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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Friday, August 11, 2006

Terror, Spending, Travel, Communication

Certainly if the New York Times, ACLU and assorted Liberals would have their way Scotland Yard would not have foiled the plot to blow up 10 passenger airplanes. British antiterrorism chief Peter Clarke said at a news conference that the plot was foiled because "a large number of people" had been under surveillance, with police monitoring "spending, travel and communications."
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As the Wall Street Journal points out:
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Members of the Congressional Democratic leadership were using the occasion to suggest that the U.S. is actually more vulnerable today despite this antiterrorism success. Harry Reid, who's bidding to run the Senate as Majority Leader, saw it as one more opportunity to insist that "The Iraq war has diverted our focus and more than $300 billion in resources from the war on terrorism and has created a rallying cry for international terrorists."
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Ted Kennedy chimed in that "it is clear that our misguided policies are making America more hated in the world and making the war on terrorism harder to win." Mr. Kennedy somehow overlooked that the foiled plan was nearly identical to the "Bojinka" plot led by Ramzi Yousef and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to blow up airliners over the Pacific Ocean in 1995. Did the Clinton Administration's "misguided policies" invite that plot? And if the Iraq war is a diversion and provocation, just what policies would Senators Reid and Kennedy have us "focus" on?
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Communication:
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Senator Reid has labeled anonymous and overseas telephone surveillance as "illegal" and "spying programs." Some Democrats such as the disgraced Cynthia McKinney have declared they will seek impeachment of President Bush over these programs that help secure our nation and don't break any laws, nor do they actually infringe on our civil liberties.
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Reid openly touted he "killed" the Patriot Act, somewhat prematurely we might add. The Patriot Act knocked down the wall between our law enforcement and intelligent agencies built by the Reno justice department and Jamie Gorelich during the lacks Clinton years. Fortunately the Patriot Act was renewed by Congress.
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The plot in Britain was foiled when an undercover British agent infiltrated the UK-based group, and passed information to authorities. The spy was one of the main reasons for unmasking the plot.
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Spending:
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The New York Times exposed a classified program used to monitor bank transfers of suspected terrorists and their organizations. Exposing a classified program was somehow "in the public interest." The Bank of England said it had frozen the accounts of 19 people arrested Thursday.
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Travel:
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The attackers planned to use common electronic devices to detonate liquid explosives to bring down as many as 10 planes. The bombs were to be assembled on the aircraft, apparently with peroxide-based solution and everyday carry-on items such as a disposable camera or a music player.
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Airport security will certainly be enhanced and more items will be disallowed from luggage. This will cause a debate and anger some but what is more important, security or total convenience?
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Liberals and the ACLU don't want any focus in interrogation, intelligence, or detention as the civil rights of the detainees may somehow be infringed upon. British and other European legal systems generally permit far more intrusive surveillance and detention policies than the Bush Administration has ever contemplated.
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Does anyone think that when the British interrogate those 20 or so suspects this week that they will recoil at harsh or stressful questioning? Do we believe anyone will cry out at the practices of interrogation in Pakistan? Did spying on the ilk who sought to bring down 10 airplanes filled with innocent victims infringes on someone's right to plot mass murder?
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The threat of terror remains imminent and the tools to prevent these atrocities remain necessary. Hyperbole and rhetoric for political gain is ultimately dangerous.

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