Jewish World Review June 11, 2002 / 1 Tamuz, 5762
No surprise that questions are already being raised by the usual suspects about the Bush Administration's decision to classify al Mujahir as an "enemy combatant" rather than charging him as a regular criminal suspect. This put al Mujahir in military custody and means he can be held indefinitely. Wails of protest are no doubt forthcoming from the ACLU which will demand that he be "officially charged," allowed to speak immediately with an attorney, meet with family members, get a massage etc. Aw come on, let's just set him free and hope for the best!
So far we know that al Qaeda was successful in recruiting at least two Americans--John Walker Lindh and now al Mujahir. How many more discontented, recent Muslim converts have answered al Qaeda's call? Who knows. But it shows us once again how important it is that we put real teeth into our intelligence gathering. The streamlining of security responsibilities in a new Homeland Security Department could be a really positive move--but not unless the old bureaucratic mindset is scrapped, too.
For decades, the bureaucrats in charge of aviation security at the
Department of Transportation allowed cargo holds of commercial airlines to
go unscreened and unchecked for explosive devices. And since 9/11 that
hasn't changed! What stops a package carrying a bomb from exploding on an
airline today? Virtually nothing, since cargo packages big and small go
virtually unscreened, according to a new DOT Inspector General draft
report. We have yet another hole to plug in aviation security. Add it to
the growing "To Do" list of the Department of Homeland Security--which
will probably not be up and running until January at the earliest.
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