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  • Thwarting the Next Terrorist Attack: Are We More Prepared?

    Knowing what we know now, would the U.S. be able to stop another attack like that of Christmas Day 2009? This is certainly the question on the minds of many Americans today.  It is also one that Jamie McIntyre, veteran journalist and blogger for Military.com, had the opportunity to ask of Rand Beers, Under Secretary for National Protection and Programs Directorate from DHS, at a Heritage Foundation National Security Bloggers Luncheon.

    Mr. Beers’ response can be seen here at LineOfDeparture.com thanks to a video posted by Jamie on his blog. However, to summarize the answer, Mr. Beer’s explains that while “Murphy’s law is alive and well…. the probability is considerably higher.”

    To make sure that Mr. Beer’s is right, however, the Administration still has work to do.  As Heritage expert James Carafano outlined, the White House and the Department of Homeland Security must seek to enhance visa coordination between DHS and the Department of State; place more air marshals on passenger flights; accelerate the Secure Flight Program, Real ID, and the Visa Waiver Program; and, also, end the 100 percent interview requirement on visa applications.

    Indeed, Mr. Beer’s will never be able to say that he is 100 percent certain that the U.S. is able to thwart the next terrorist attack, but actions by the Administration can at least ensure that he is right to say that the probability for success is higher.

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    4 Responses to Thwarting the Next Terrorist Attack: Are We More Prepared?

    1. Lloyd Scallan - New says:

      "Are we more prepared". In one word, NO! Obama has put into place, not only the most incompetent bunch of lackeys anyone can imagine, but he is actually preventing our info gathering agencies form uncovering plots that are intended to attack us on our soil. Obama is the most distructive and dangerous person to sit in the Oval Office.

    2. Al Wunsch, Fl says:

      Preparation for terror attacks is, indeed, a challenge. Especially for home grown ones such as Jihad Jane. Read an interesting article the other day by a William Kilpatrick in the Magazine "Catholic World Report" (March edition) entitled "The Purpose-Driven Strife". In it he basically says that, in addition to the war on terror we are currently waging (a hot war so to speak), we need to also engage in a cold war – a propaganda style approach that questions the theology behind Islam. Many young people are sucked into the Islamic Jihad business and there is no overt influence to question whether "killing the infidels" makes real sense for any religion.

    3. Drew Page, IL says:

      "My fellow Americans", how many times have we heard our presidents address us in this way? I was thinking about this as I read the above articel. I was thinking that there are, or ought to be, some things that we all, as Americans, could agree upon. One of those things, l I thought, would be the right and obligation to defend ourselves from attack by our enemies. Sadly, I'm afraid we can't seem to agree on even that.

      There are those among my countrymen who would deny our right to defend ourselves. Unbelieveably, there are those who believe that our own President Bush was complicit in the 9/11 attack that killed more Americans (all civilians) than the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. We have movie stars like Tom Hanks who have created brilliant movies attesting to the hardships, self sacrifice and heroism of our armed forces in the mini-series "Band of Brothers" and his latest mini-series "The Pacific" who then come out and say things like "the U.S war against Japan was racist, just like the U.S. war against jihadists is racism against Muslims. I am stuned and saddened that a decent man like Tom Hanks would believe something like this.

      We have those in our Department of Justice who believe that enemy combatants captured on a battle field, or who are apprehended here in the U.S. while completing or attempting an act of terrorissm must be treated as domestic criminals; be given Miranda rights; provided with court appointed lawyers who will have the opportunity to examine government witnesses (including armed forces in the field, the chain of command from the field up to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Secretary of Defense and the Commander-in Chief) and demand classified information.

      We have a President who believes that the U.S. will be safer if we unilaterally disarm our nuclear capability.

      And we have a country devided over so many things that concensus on anything seems impossible. Half the country thinks that whatever the President does is absolutely correct and the other half thinks he is absolutely wrong. Since we can't seem to agree on how, or even if, we should defend ourselves, I am fearful that we have truely become a "House Devided", and therefore one that cannot stand.

    4. Frank ANS.Ct says:

      The legal system that is now in use is way way to easy on the terrorist dirt bags that have been caught trying to put thier crazy beliefs in our society ,( which will never never happen ) we should be more harsh on the people who want to destroy this great country and treat them with the same respect that they treat us which is no respect at all , and get rid of all these losers once and for all .

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