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Monday, January 11, 2010

How Effective Is Homeland Security?

Breaking from
Trying Terrorists in Civilian Courts Cripples National Security

NewsMax reports that "The Obama administration is making a dangerous mistake by trying the Detroit airline bomber in a civilian court, says Sen. Kit Bond, the ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Putting Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab will not only pose a threat to the city in which he’s prosecuted, Bond says, but it also hampers the ability of intelligence professionals to get valuable information."

I think a majority of American agree with this statement, I know that I do!

“We’ve learned the hard way that trying terrorists in a federal court comes at a high price,” said Bond, R-Mo.
“First, we lose out on potential lifesaving intelligence, which we need right now. It also in the past has compromised our sources and methods.”

The problem I have and many others have as well, is that the terrorists are NOT American citizens who committed burglary or arson or something like that, they are enemy combatants/ In case anybody forgot, we are at war with these people. Why would we give someone who is NOT a citizen the same rights and access to legal representation in the states when they do not have such protection. They are foreigners and do NOT have the right. I just don't understand the Obama Administration's thinking in this matter.

The NewsMax report continues by stating that "Bond also opposes closing the prison for terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, as President Obama has pledged to do. “Based on what we now know, Gitmo is the best place to keep these enemy combatants,” Bond said. “When you release them, and even worse if you bring them to the United States, that is likely to compromise our national security.”

All we can do at this point is hope that enough support will grow on both sides of the Senate to prevent the closing of the Guantanamo Bay facility. This is my hope at least, and I am sure the hope of a lot of Americans today. However, what concerns me is that the Senate is unwilling to go against the President, who obviously wants to close the facility so I doubt this situation will become reality. The President is determined to close Gitmo and we all know that he usually gets what he wants. Right?

As far as I am concerned, it appears that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is naive and does not really understand the task that her job requires to keep us secure. If the Democrats won't admit that we are at war with terrorism and see acts like Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab Christmas Day attempt to harm us as a terrorism threat, then how can they really protect us? Did you notice that, although Democrats will not use the phrase "War on Terrorism", the President finally admitted on television that we are at war with al-Qaeda. The problem with his statement is that we are not at war with just al-Qaeda but with hundreds of terrorist groups (mostly from the Muslim/Arab nations).

I do believe that the President is starting to see things a little more clearly about terrorism but I do not think he is taking it seriously enough yet. If he really understood terrorism the way he should as Commander and Cheif, then why did he take so long to leave his golf game and pay attention to what happened n Christmas day? I would like to believe that he understands but it's hard for me to accept right now.

Obviously our system malfunctioned on Christmas day and that means American still are far from being safe. Bond is right when he questioned: “Is there somebody who is egregiously at fault, or is the system just not adequate to handle all these points?” reported that Bond said he is confident in the ability of Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to conduct a fair, nonpartisan investigation. “She has worked on a very bipartisan basis with us,” he said. “I’m pleased with how the Intelligence Committee is working.”

Are you as confident in Dianne Feinstein to conduct a fair, nonpartisan investigation as Bond? Perhaps you have the same problem I do with the attitude of most Democrats on terrorism. Please leave a comment. I would love to hear from you on this topic.

Homeland Security, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, Intelligence Committee Chairwoman, Dianne Feinstein

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