Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Terror Indictments, The Patriot Act, and Howard Dean 

So, it seems that the raised threat level last august was not in vain. I'm sure we can all remember the storm of accusations that came flying from the left regarding the raising of terror threat levels:
The latest elevated alert — specifically for financial buildings in New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. — was issued three days after the end of the Democratic National Convention, as Sen. John Kerry was hoping to bask in the headlines from his nomination...

For former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean, there is little question that the latest alert was politically timed.
"You don't know. You can't know. All you can do is put together the facts," he said. "Because of the timing, one would suspect strongly that politics had something to do with this announcement."

Compare those comments with the content of the Star Article Today:

A four-count indictment unsealed Tuesday accuses Dhiran Barot, Nadeem Tarmohammed and Qaisar Shaffi of scouting the New York Stock Exchange and Citicorp Building in New York, the Prudential Building in Newark, N.J., and the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in the District of Columbia.(emphasis mine)

Needless to say, Howard Dean has had a case of Foot-in-Mouth Disease for some time as it is, but when accusations about terror are being thrown around, it seems useful to remind people of the words that were spoken by the current head of the DNC. More importantly, it only strengthens the argument to support renewal of the Patriot Act. The simple fact, as democrats will crassly remind you, is that there haven't been any terror attacks since September 11. But that is because of the work being done behind the scenes, not in spite of it. The necessity of new tools to fight terror becomes all the more apparent in stories such as these. Clearly we still have problems if these men were apprehended with detailed schematics and plans for buildings in major US cities. The last thing America needs is to further weaken and hamper law enforcement from preventing these sort of things from coming to fruition by removing legal tools and methods already permitted against domestic suspects. Indeed, there hasn't been a terrorist attack since September 11 (if you ignore the anthrax, the DC sniper and Janet Jackson's Breast). Let's keep it that way.

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