Fresh Warnings of New Terror

Fresh Warnings of New Terror
Vol: 8 Issue: 26 Sunday, May 26, 2002

The FBI issued a fresh warning Saturday that terrorists may be interested in using small planes to carry out suicide attacks.

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association said on its Web site the alert was issued because the FBI “has received information indicating that terrorists may still be interested in using small general aviation aircraft for suicide attacks in the United States.”

“Pilots are strongly encouraged to remain alert for suspicious activities anytime they are flying, or at an airport just before or after a flight,” the association said. “Individuals observing anything suspicious should report it to the local FBI or law enforcement officials.”

Assessment:

In just the past week, Americans have been pelted with warnings about the possibility of suicide bombers, terrorist scuba divers, subway and railroad attacks, suicide attacks using small planes, seaport sabotage, use of weapons of mass destruction and assaults on nuclear plants and landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge.

The government is stung by charges it failed to do all it could to prevent 9/11. While there is no evidence pointing to the White House, as some have charged, there is considerable evidence that those making the charges have much to answer for, since oversight of federal law enforcement is a Congressional responsibility.

But the White House is making sure there will be no charges down the road that it failed to tell the public what it knew about attacks that do come to pass.

The problem is what it has always been and will continue to be. Guesswork is an imprecise art at best made even more difficult by the hamstringing effect of political correctness in all its forms.

Since federal officials can t use profiling to reduce the number of leads, there are threats to just about everything. But any law enforcement officer who decides to investigate someone solely because they are of Middle Eastern descent is risking his career.

Three Middle Eastern men were arrested last week in Kentucky as they were videotaping a water reservoir. When it turned out they weren t terrorists, there was a media hue and cry about profiling .

When I was in the Marine Corps, part of the preparatory training for deployment to Vietnam included a class entitled Know Your Enemy in which the enemy was profiled; what he liked to eat, where he liked to sleep, what his tactics were, what he was taught about you, and what he looked like.

All those things were believed relevant to survival, since the enemy was not just the North Vietnamese Army, but also the gigantic guerilla force called the Viet Cong.

We are in a war against Islamic terrorists, who, like the Viet Cong, wear no uniform and attempt to blend into the civilian population.

A friend, Jim Simmers, emailed me a quiz — 12 multiple choice questions about who our enemy is.

It s a bit lengthy, but it makes a powerful point.

Profiling

To ensure that we Americans never offend anyone – particularly fanatics intent on killing us – airport screeners will not be allowed to profile people. They will continue random searches of 80-year-old women, little kids, airline pilots with proper identification, Secret Service agents who are members of the President’s security detail, 85-year old Congressmen with metal hips, and Medal of Honor winning former governors.

Let’s take the following test.

1. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and massacred by:

(a) Olga Korbut

(b) Sitting Bull

(c) Arnold Schwarzenegger

(d) Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

2. In 1979, the U.S. embassy in Iran was taken over by:

(a) Lost Norwegians

(b) Elvis

(c) A tour bus full of 80-year-old women

(d) Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

3. During the 1980’s a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by:

(a) John Dillinger

(b) The King of Sweden

(c) The Boy Scouts

(d) Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

4. In 1983, the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by:

(a) A pizza delivery boy

(b) Pee Wee Herman

(c) Geraldo Rivera

(d) Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.

5. In 1985 the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked, and a 70 year

old American passenger was murdered and thrown overboard by:

(a) The Smurfs

(b) Davy Jones

(c) The Little Mermaid

d) Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.

6. In 1985, TWA flight 847 was hijacked at Athens, and a U.S. Navy

diver was murdered by:

(a) Captain Kidd

(b) Charles Lindbergh

(c) Mother Teresa

(d) Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

7. In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by:

(a) Scooby Doo

(b) The Tooth Fairy

(c) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

(d) Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

8. In 1993 the World Trade Center was bombed the first time by:

(a) Richard Simmons

(b) Grandma Moses

(c) Michael Jordan

(d) Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

9. In 1998, the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by:

(a) Mr. Rogers

(b) Hillary, to distract attention from Wild Bill’s women problems

(c) The World Wrestling Federation to promote its next villain:

“Mustapha the Merciless”

(d) Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

10. On 9/11/01, four airliners were hijacked and destroyed and

thousands of people were killed by:

(a) Bugs Bunny, Wile E. Coyote, Daffy Duck, and Elmer Fudd

(b) The Supreme Court of Florida

(c) The Rolling Stones

(d) Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

11. In 2002 the United States fought a war in Afghanistan against:

(a) Enron

(b) The Lutheran Church

(c) The NFL

(d) Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

12. In 2002 reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered by:

(a) Bonnie and Clyde

(b) Captain Kangaroo

(c) Billy Graham

(d) Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

The correct answer is “D”

Our enemy is Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40. Maybe we should start looking there?

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About Pete Garcia

Christian, father, husband, veteran, pilot, and sinner saved by grace. I am a firm believer in, and follower of Jesus Christ. I am Pre-Trib, Dispensational, and Non-Denominational (but I lean Southern Baptist).

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