Self-congratulations a little hollow?
The Bush administration is doing a little self-congratulations on the fact that there have been no further attacks on the US since 9/11:Islamic extremists have been targeting Europe instead of the United States because the Bush administration has made a domestic attack much more difficult thr
Recruiting station bombed in NY
IEDs in Manhattan?The New York City police issued a statement at 7:33 a.m. describing the source of the explosion as an “improvised explosive device” and putting the time of the blast at 3:43 a.m. The authorities are looking into a possible connection to two earlier bombings at foreign consulates in Manhattan, in 2005 and 2007. Subways and
IEDs a "major threat" to U.S.?
Obviously there are real threats out there against the US, but I have to wonder, on the face of it, whether IEDs are really one of them:The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI agree that the homemade explosive devices that have wreaked havoc in Iraq pose a rising threat to the United States. But lawmakers and first respond
Special Interest Politics, Democrat style
If you believe the era of "special interest politics" is dead, let me just assure you it isn’t, and, instead, has just shifted it’s focus a bit:As part of a bill to follow through on recommendations of the 9/11 commission, House Democrats have included a provision that would give union rights to about 43,000 airport sc
Still learning to love the veil?
This should prompt some interesting reaction from those who feel cultural traditions (even if they’re not those of your country) trump all other concerns:A man who was being hunted for the murder of a policewoman is understood to have escaped from Britain by disguising himself as a veiled Muslim woman.Mustaf Jama, a prime suspect in the fatal shoo
The 6 Imams and air safety
I’ve been watching this story develop over the past few days with growing amazement. Trying to glean the facts from among the multitude of stories about humiliation, injured pride and alleged violations of civil rights has been difficult at best.As I understand them, however, there was certainly enough cause for alarm raised by their actions that it appears the
The Port issue: Neither side seems interested in security
How many times have we heard port security touted as vital and lacking? How many times have we heard both sides claim we need to do more in that area?Well, John Fund says while legislation has been passed, via the Port Security Act last Saturday, how secure it makes the ports, in reality, is an open question. Here’s why:But the House-Senate conference drastica
Dangerous Amateurs?
The more I read about the 7 arrested in Miami, the more it reminds me of the 17 arrested in Canada. Mostly home-grown, radicalized amateurs. And, of course, they make amateur mistakes.For instance:Residents living near the warehouse said the men taken into custody described themselves as Muslims and had tried to recruit young people to join their group. Rose said they tr
Details, Details, Details ...
A few are coming out concerning the deploying of National Guard troops to help on the border. As you recall, President Bush talked about that in his address to the nation. The purpose was to release more Border Patrol personnel to work in the field. Robert Novak is reporting the reality is that deploying 6,000 NG does not translate into releasing 6,000 BP, at least
Distorting the picture on border security
We’re obviously at odds here at QandO (and that is a good and healthy situation ... and pretty normal for us) on certain elements of the umbrella "immigration issue". For instance, Jon believes border security is something which is virtually impossible. He offers this as an example of why the strategic use of fencing is doomed to failure:Starting in 1993, the Border Patrol blo
Immigration: And we disagree for different reasons
Dale is concerned about the inability of the country to absorb and assimilate the flood of illegals entering the country. Jon feels they benefit the country economically.Me? It’s the security question. While I understand the economic argument that "open borders and free movement" are the ideal, in all my years, I’ve never lived in an ideal environment. There’s always some fly in the ointment which precludes implementing the ideal. I
Let’s play "Would’ja Rather"
There’s an old game, usually played by drinking buddies after a few beers, called "Would’ja Rather". It’s a simple game. Everyone takes turns proposing a set of two horrific hypotheticals, and the other players then have to choose the hypothetical they prefer. "Would’ja rather eat 5 cockroaches, or tongue-kiss Tom Cruise for 3 minutes?"It’s all a bit silly, really. In real life, though, we play Wou
Border Security? This is why ....
Three Iraqis in their 20s claiming to be Iraqi Christians and traveling on Greek passports were caught trying to enter the US illegally from Mexico. From Harlingen, Texas’s Channel 5:We’re told the men are each in their early 20s. They were caught near the Los Indios International Bridge near Harlingen on Saturday. FBI agents say the men claim to be Chris
Speaking of border security
This ought to give you a "warm fuzzy" concerning that area:Undercover federal investigators say they were able to drive into the United States from Canada and Mexico last year with enough radioactive material in the trunks of their rented cars to build two so-called dirty bombs.The exercises, conducted on Dec. 14 at unidentified bor
The Battle of the Borders
Arnold King has a piece out on TCS which is a good distillation of the issues concerning our borders. And as I’ve been saying for quite some time (as have many others), it is this subject which will decide the ’08 election in my opinion.But to Kling:Many people are eager to fight the Battle of the Borders. The idea is to prevent illegal immigration
Chinese company to ensure container security
The Dubai port situation has been settled in favor of those who find it unthinkable that a foreign company associated with a foreign government should be managing port terminals in the US. I have to ask, then, how these same people might view this deal?One of Americans’ favorite beach destinations, the Bahamas, is getting a new U.S. arrival — sophisticated equipment to dete