Why do we need a smoking SUV to tell us that a terrorist attack is under way?
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But Shazad — and an unknown number of others like him — are US citizens who are also dedicated Islamists who live lawfully before called upon to attack. All it will take is someone such as Gadahn or Al-Awlaki to shout “shazam” and the Shazads will turn from apparently quiet citizens into mass murderers.
What should be done?
Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Ct) has legislation that would strip people involved with terrorist groups defined by the State Department of their citizenship. My friend Andy McCarthy suggests amending the Authorization for the Use of Military Force passed by Congress after 9-11 to enable such people to be treated as enemy combatants (“unprivileged enemy belligerents” under the current version of the law.) McCarthy’s solution is better, as it provides more flexibility to the intelligence and law enforcement agencies, and will require fewer Congressional and court actions to carry out.
But both deal with the aftermath, once a terrorist suspect has been caught. What can we do — right now, today — to prevent the next attack?
From evaluations I’ve seen, there is — judging from the messages the Pakistani Taliban have sent — a high likelihood that more attacks will be made in the next weeks or months. We need to do something right bloody now, or innocent Americans will be killed and maimed.
Shazad is — dare we say it? — a Muslim man between the ages of 18 and 45. That population cohort, more than any other, contains Islamic terrorists. Pakistan — at best a sometime ally — has enormous territories where the writ of the government doesn’t run. Shazad visited Waziristan — in northwest Pakistanis bordering Afghanistan — one of those territories controlled by terrorists and warlords.
Any American citizen who travels to Pakistan — especially those who visit the areas such as Waziristan — should be interrogated upon their return. And the same should be true for those that visit — legally or otherwise — any of the nations that sponsor or harbor terrorism.
And here’s the kicker: anyone who travels to any of those nations should be the subject of intense electronic surveillance, especially if they are Muslims, male or female, in the 18 to 45 age bracket. That travel should be enough for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court to issue a warrant allowing all of their electronic communications to be monitored.
If, perchance, CIA Director Leon Panetta can entice Eric Holder to take time from planning civilian trials for Khalid Sheik Mohammed et al., they should be putting a plan to do just this into operation forthwith.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
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