AL QAEDA IN THE U.S. -- REALLY, DO YOU THINK SO?
Don't you love these periodic pronouncements from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security to the effect that al Qaeda may have terrorist cells operating in the United States?
"We have to assume that there are persons out there that want to attack us," said FBI director Robert Mueller.
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said police chiefs have been told to review all the intelligence the federal government has given them in the last two years about al Qaeda tactics.
Chertoff told ABC News: "We've seen them attack in London, for example. We've seen them attack in Spain. We've seen them attack elsewhere, so I think we have to operate on the assumption that they do have some capability and they certainly have the intent."
This, coming from an administration that has allowed millions of illegal aliens to jump this country's borders and live and work here with impunity -- lawbreakers without proper documentation in an era of international terrorism.
This, coming from an administration that has allowed one country in particular -- Mexico -- to encourage an invasion of our country and to make armed incursions into our land.
Chertoff insisted that the country has made security upgrades since the attacks of 9/11. He admitted though that a number of vulnerabilities remain.
Right, Mr. Chertoff -- two such "vulnerabilities" being our porous contiguous border with Canada and our porous contiguous border with Mexico. And a third "vulnerability" being President Bush's determination to install a "Guest Worker Program," tantamount to blanket amnesty, that will permit anywhere from 11 million to 20 million illegal aliens (lawbreakers, one and all) to live and work in this country, and become citizens.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: the GWOT is a contradiction in terms when 4 years and 5 months later, after the horrific "9/11" Islamofascist terrorists' attacks on the U.S. homeland, our country's borders have not been secured. Fact is, the Bush administration put too few troops on the ground to secure Iraq's borders (with deadly consequences for our troops and the Iraqi people) and has put no troops on the ground (and too few U.S. Border Patrol agents) to secure our contiguous border with Mexico to repell an invasion that continues largely unabated.
The president has patronized the American people in telling them time and again that America is fighting terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan so that it does not have to fight them here at home.
Meanwhile, our borders can be virtually breeched at will. We see that; we read about it; we know the Bush administration is sucking and blowing on national security. We're not fools.
After all, if our lack of border security has led to a ruthless illegal immigrant gang -- MS-13 -- establishing itself in 33 states, than is it any leap in logic to presume that al Qaeda operatives are here and poised to hurt us, owing to unsecured borders?
FOLLOW-UP: If you challenge my comment to the effect that the Bush administration is talking out of both sides of its mouth vis-a-vis enhanced border security, then gain some clarity by reading this important post at The Dan Stein Report. OTMs ("Other Than Mexicans") pose a serious threat to national security. According to Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO), 48,000 OTMs from "countries of interest" were interdicted in 2005, which statistically suggests that around 240,000 entered our country undetected.
FOLLOW-UP II: Yet another post that reinforces what I'm talking about.
FOLLOW-UP III: Don't miss this eye-opening post from Lone Wacko!