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Morning Bell: Preserving Our Terror Fighting Tools
Posted By Conn Carroll On January 23, 2008 @ 8:56 am In Ongoing Priorities | Comments Disabled
A federal judge in Miami sentenced Brooklyn-born convert to Islam Jose Padilla  to over 17 years in prison pursuant to his jury conviction for conspiracy to provide material support for terrorism.
The judge stressed that the sentence would serve as a warning to others that support for terrosism “will not be tolerated. ” A spokeswoman for the United States attorney’s office said, “These are serious sentences that effectively dismantle a North American support cell for terrorists. That’s a good thing. ”
Padilla’s conviction is just the latest accomplishment in the United States’ post-9/11 security efforts. In the past six years the US has thwarted 19 unclassified terrorist attacks , including the Padilla cell. In oder to keep this remarkable record, Congress must preserve the terror fighting tools the governemnt currently has, including modernizing FISA to secure US intelligence gathering overseas. Vice President Dick Cheney will be making the case for FISA refrom at Heritage  today.
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 Jose Padilla: http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSN22530850
 will not be tolerated.: http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0123/p11s01-usju.html
 These are serious sentences that effectively dismantle a North American support cell for terrorists. That’s a good thing.: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/23/us/23padilla.html?ref=world
 the US has thwarted 19 unclassified terrorist attacks: http://www.heritage.org/Research/HomelandDefense/bg2085.cfm
 Heritage: http://www.heritage.org/
 Financial Times: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/dd4bcf7c-c929-11dc-9807-000077b07658.html?nclick_check=1
 self-deporting: http://www.shns.com/shns/g_index2.cfm?action=detail&pk=MEXICO-ARIZONA-01-22-08
 price controlled: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/world/AP/story/388983.html
 fewer Atlantic hurricanes: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/weather/hurricane/sfl-0122hurricanes,0,7701514.story
 report: http://www.cphpost.dk/get/105238.html
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