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Monday, June 04, 2007

What's next? Rastafarians of Mass Destruction?
Posted by Jill | 7:03 AM
I guess now our annual trips to Jamaica will put Mr. Brilliant and I on a watch list:

The alleged plot, which authorities had been monitoring for about 18 months, involved men with connections in Guyana and Trinidad. Defreitas and the informant also made a number of trips to the two Caribbean countries, leaving law enforcement officials to claim that there is a new region of the world to be mindful of for terrorism threats.

"This latest plot was at once different and similar to what we have seen before," said New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. "Different in its distinct ties to the Caribbean, a region that is rarely thought of in terms of terrorism but of increasing concern ... ."

Yet despite the international scope, Kelly pointed out that New York City remained at the heart of terrorism threats.

"If we learned anything from this latest plot, it's that they keep coming back to New York," he said.

Is there any region in the world that isn't going to be regarded as a source of increasing concern? Hell, New York itself is probably going to be under increasing scrutiny as a hotbed breeder of terrorists.

And Rudy Giuliani is going to be ready:

On the campaign trail, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said in Florida last night that the foiled airport plot points up the need for anti-terror tactics like the Patriot Act, electronic surveillance and "aggressive" interrogation techniques.

Uh....except that the Patriot Act had absolutely nothing to do with these arrests. This plot, such as it was, was uncovered using good old fashioned bribery of a guy with a criminal record to be a paid informant.

But why let the facts stand in the way of a good old fashioned vision of a fascist crackdown in which the government regards every one of its citizens as a potential enemy?

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