Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Real Terrorists

While this statement certainly seems rational and prudent regarding the recently leaked DHS bulletin on right wing extremism..
"Let me be very clear: we monitor the risks of violent extremism taking root here in the United States. We don´t have the luxury of focusing our efforts on one group; we must protect the country from terrorism whether foreign or homegrown, and regardless of the ideology that motivates its violence," Ms. Napolitano said.
..(emphasis added) didn't Ms. Napolitano also recently say we needed to get away from the "politics of fear" by dropping the use of that word?
Napolitano: Of course it does. I presume there is always a threat from terrorism. In my speech, although I did not use the word "terrorism," I referred to "man-caused" disasters. That is perhaps only a nuance, but it demonstrates that we want to move away from the politics of fear toward a policy of being prepared for all risks that can occur.
Just trying to keep up with the fears, here.

Oh, as to the Director's personal involvement in Oklahoma City perhaps she can tell us what formally became of John Doe Number Two investigation, or perhaps answer Mr. Clarke's question about that mystery trip Mr. Nichols took to the Philippines..
What Clinton Did Right
Page 129: Declared "a war on terror before the term became fashionable." This was back in 1996, after the first World Trade Center attack, the Bush assassination attempt, the Khobar Towers attack, and the Oklahoma City bombing. (On Page 127, Clarke notes that it's possible that al-Qaida operatives in the Philippines "taught Terry Nichols how to blow up the Oklahoma Federal Building." Intelligence places Nichols there on the same days as Ramzi Yousef, and "we do know that Nichols's bombs did not work before his Philippines stay and were deadly when he returned.")
Of course if that's true it puts the far right in league with al Qaeda. Applying liberal logic gets a direct equivalent between Rush Limbaugh and bin Laden so who knows, it might work. They could have the CIA construct a new AQ tape with Zawahiri praising 'the Maha Rushie" along with a Paul Shanklin-like parody song mocking Obama's outreach to Islam (done by Azzam the American). The media would probably play along.

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