The DHS has reassured us with an editorial in the USA Today. She has promised to "find and fix" the problems that allowed the near Christmas bombing to occur. As I read the editorial I was struck by the fact that she spent the article twisting herself into a pretzel as she wrote with angst about finding out why these people don't like us and want to kill us. Oh and by the way, using the word "terrorist" in a general way is a gutless attempt to sound tough. Read this quote:
At the Department of Homeland Security, we have increasingly focused on understanding the behaviors associated with violent extremism, from known terrorist groups, such as al-Qaeda, to home-based individuals acting alone.
Why do they hate us? I can help you out here, Madam Secretary. These people hate western civilization. They hate our way of life. They hate our freedoms. They hate that we afford civil rights to everyone, especially women. They don't like Christianity because it's against their interpretation of Islam. They hate our high standard of living. In other words, they hate the very air we breath and they want to take us back to the seventh century. Oh, and by the way, you should really not worry too much about those "home-based individuals acting alone." Those right-wing veterans you're so worried about aren't much of a threat to blow up a plane carrying 300 people.
In law enforcement, Madam Secretary, any type of analysis of the terrorist attacks against us would show "a continuing course of criminal conduct." I'm just a simple retired police officer, who is a military veteran, but I can really look at this information and formulate a pattern and a plan to address it. Stop checking out old ladies and others who don't fit the profile and get on your job and check out the right people.
I know profiling is a bad word in your world but a dispassionate appraisal of all the circumstances surrounding a crime spree gives you a course of action. The police are bound by the constitution in their actions and it makes acting quickly almost impossible. If this was a declared war the situation could be attacked with an eye toward ending the threat. But wait, we can't do that because we might offend some people. Madam Secretary, al-Qaeda are terrorists.
Someone trying to blow up a plane with 300 people on board offends me and a lot of other Americans. How about doing your job? How about protecting us with every tool at your disposal? How about fulfilling your constitutional duty to protect us from all enemies foreign and domestic?
How about resigning?