Eternal Vigilance

September 9, 2011

Two days before we commemorate the tenth anniversary of the September 11th massacres by a cohort of Takfiri terrorists from Saudi Arabia and Egypt, which led to the erasure of the World Trade Center from our city’s majestic skyline, I’d like to point out two reports from ABC News that highlight our continued vulnerability to international terrorism perpetrated by Islamic extremists.

The first reveals an existing plot by Osama Bin Laden’s successor in Al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, to insert a cell into the United States from Pakistan that will attempt to replicate the horrors of 9/11 on the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks. The second reveals what most of us have known for quite some time, i.e. that local police chiefs-the front line responders to terrorism on American soil-lack confidence in the government’s ability to respond to terrorist threats.

The lack of communication between federal and state law enforcement and investigative agencies should come as no surprise to anyone who’s read the 9/11 Commission Report, neither should the fact that almost all of the major attacks by Islamic terrorists on American soil were committed by individuals who were permitted to enter this country by agencies within our federal bureaucracy. The threats posed by our porous borders are only exacerbated by the consistent refusal of our federal government to exercise prudence in deciding who should be admitted to the United States from abroad. And while the details of this potential plot are uncorroborated, the notion that one or several Al Qaeda cell members might be legal permanent residents of this country should come as no surprise, particularly to those of you who’ve followed the sordid history of Adnan Shukrijumah.

Although this nation’s intelligence gatherers and law enforcement officials have done yeoman’s work to ensure that we don’t experience another 9/11, they are not operating in a vacuum. The specter of terrorist atrocities will never vanish from the public consciousness as long as we have (potentially) millions of jihadists willing to sacrifice their lives in order to create their ideal state. However, the risks associated with pan-Islamic terror, at least, to those of us living in America, could be greatly reduced if our nation’s policy-makers would begin to recognize the danger posed by allowing people with dubious backgrounds to come here with almost no scrutiny. Hopefully, this plot-if verified-will be foiled, but we need to demand that our government make the possibility of future plots less likely in the future.

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