Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton have released a ten year anniversary follow-up to the 9/11 Commission Report, “Today’s Rising Terrorist Threat and the Danger to the United States: Reflections on the Tenth Anniversary of the 9/11 Commission Report.”
As the title suggests, the latest report claims the terror threat, primarily Islamic in origin, has grown exponentially since the September 11, 2001 attack allegedly perpetrated by al-Qaeda. Despite the expansion of the police state and the diminishment of civil liberties the threat remains, Kean and Hamilton insist, and, more worrisome, the American people are lackadaisical:
Many Americans think that the terrorist threat is waning – that, as a country, we can begin turning back to other concerns. They are wrong. The absence of another major attack on the homeland is a success in itself but does not mean that the terrorist threat has diminished. The threat remains grave, and the trend lines in many parts of the world are pointing in the wrong direction. We cannot afford to be complacent – vigorous counterterrorism efforts are as important as ever. Without public support, the government will not be able to sustain the robust capabilities and policies needed to keep Americans safe.
Kean and Lee cite a litany of potential terror threats, from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to thousands of foreign fighters in Syria. Left unmentioned is the role the United States has played in creating this panoply of threats.
“The Saudi-born Ibrahim al-Asiri, AQAP’s chief bomb maker, devised the underwear bomb worn by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab,” they write.
Ignored is the nearly comical ineptitude of this “chief bomb maker” who is supposedly responsible for the Northwest Airlines Flight 253 fizzle bomb caper carried out by Abdulmutallab, a witless patsy who was allowed to keep his U.S. entry visa as the result of a national security override. Hassan al-Asiri also allegedly made the bombs discovered on cargo planes in Dubai. Both bungled plots were attributed to AQAP and Anwar al-Awlaki, the former FBI operative who dined at the Pentagon a few months after 9/11. ….
etc etc etc… do you feel insulted yet? Or are you just keeping your head down in the hope they won’t come after you? If so, you’re kidding yourself. They’re going to come after EVERYONE sooner or later. They have the technical means and the motivation because they are everyone’s enemy. Now is the time to speak the obvious. Tomorrow it may be too late.