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article imageOp-Ed: The Deterioration of American Domestic Security

By Johnny Simpson     May 11, 2010 in Crime
The primary duty of the United States government is to provide for the safety and security of the American people. In this key responsibility, many top federal officials are not only in full abrogation, but dismiss concerns so cavalierly it's disturbing.
It's no big secret that the federal government has been asleep at the switch lately with regard to American domestic security. Only one term can accurately describe America's close calls with mass destruction and loss of life via the recent Undiebomber and Times Square bomb plots: lucky. Both were totally preventable. In each case, the US terrorist watch system should have lit up like a Christmas tree. There were huge red flags everywhere in both men's cases. Even worse, Faisal Shahzad had been on the watch list since the Clinton administration, yet he was somehow removed from that list early in Obama's term. Can anyone explain that to me to where it makes sense?
Unfortunately, asking why is not a question I'd ever expect this administration to answer. They have their own interests to look out for that take precedence over We The People. Just ask Senators Joe Leiberman and Susan Collins, who had to take the extraordinary step of issuing Congressional subpoenas to the Obama administration for records on the Fort Hood shootings that it refuses to release even to Congress. Given that Major Nidal Hasan's history prior to that massacre reeked of Islamist extremism for years and the government knew it, whose interests are being served by the stonewalling of those records and the truth of the matter? The Obama administration's? Or the American people's?
Yet another issue that seems to take precedence in Washington over public safety is allowing the illegal immigration and border problems to fester to the point where the Mexican drug cartels now operate as freely on our southern border as the Taliban does Pakistan's. Phoenix is now the kidnapping capitol of the United States. Police officers and even ordinary citizens in Arizona are getting shot and murdered by illegals at alarming rates. And in one Arizona county alone last month, Pinal County, all 64 high-speed pursuits involved illegal aliens.
Yet the Obama administration would rather play the race card and proffer the idea that illegals are all honest folks working three jobs and raising three kids, and to even address the problem as the State of Arizona is trying to do sans federal help is racial profiling. Yet no one can symbolize government indifference to the very real problems of our open border as our own House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who recently stated that it was cheaper to treat American teenagers for drug problems than to interdict drugs at the border.
Think of all that incredible statement entails. To Madame Speaker, the high cost of stopping hard drugs like heroin and cocaine from being shipped across the the border by Mexican drug cartels makes treating American teens now addicted to those drugs the more sensible option. Given the government's abandonment of a secure border fence, its preferential treatment of illegals over our own citizenry, and Arizona's skyrocketing crime rates as a direct result of glaring federal inaction, is it any wonder Arizona felt it had to take the drastic steps it did?
In summation. The terrorist watch system failed big time when it shouldn't have. Twice. It failed in the case of Times Square bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad because, for some inexplicable reason, he was removed from the US terror watch list. No explanation given. The Obama administration is now stonewalling Congressional investigation into the Fort Hood shootings, the only official released 86-page report of which made no reference whatsoever to Major Hasan's radical Islamist extremist views. Never mind the fact he shouted "Allahu Akbar!" as he shot fifty-four and murdered fourteen. Nothing to see here, people. Move along.
President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder now promising to "address" the issue of Arizona's new strict laws on illegals, no doubt through a federal lawsuit, without even acknowledging the overwhelming public safety and law enforcement issues that drove Arizona to pass that legislation in the first place. And now, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confessing that is it better and more cost-effective to treat American teens for addictions to hard drugs than to stop the Mexican cartels from FedExing tons of them across our borders. Feeling safer now, America? Perhaps the more apropos question would be, do you feel lucky? Just remember that luck don't last. Nor can it much longer under these circumstances.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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