The Free Congress Commentary: A Dearth of Defense and Possible Disaster By Paul M. Weyrich

John Quayle blueoval57 at VERIZON.NET
Tue Aug 15 21:28:27 MDT 2006

>The Free Congress Commentary
>A Dearth of Defense and Possible Disaster
>By Paul M. Weyrich
>August 15, 2006
>I was listening to the Chris Core show on WMAL radio on Thursday 
>when the terrorist plot to blow up at least 10 airliners en route 
>from Great Britain to the United States was the hot topic of the 
>day. A pilot called in on his way to fly out of Reagan National 
>Airport. The pilot said if the terrorists had been on this side of 
>the Atlantic, and thus the aircraft to blow up were to have 
>originated in Washington or New York or Chicago, he wasn't at all 
>sure we would have stopped the plot. That call sent shivers up and 
>down my spine. He may well be right.
>We have become victims of political correctness to the point that we 
>have tied our own hands in handling cases such as this. The British 
>use profiling, for example. We do not. We do not because various 
>Arab-American groups complained to high heaven that profiling was 
>discrimination against them. I am sorry. 100% of the people who flew 
>planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and would have 
>destroyed the Capitol if some brave passengers had not revolted in 
>Pennsylvania were Muslims. Likewise the 25 men arrested in Great 
>Britain and Pakistan who were involved in the plot to blow up 
>thousands of people were Muslims. I attend a church whose roots are 
>in the Middle East. I know and love my Arab brethren. But to be 
>inconvenienced a bit if they happen to fit the profile of a 
>terrorist then so be it if they are questioned until it is 
>determined that they are not a terrorist. Mistakes will be made. 
>Feelings will be hurt. But it is far better that we hurt someone's 
>feelings than if an airplane blows up with 300 innocent victims aboard.
>The British pulled off this rather spectacular bit of police work by 
>infiltrating the organization. The infiltrator was doing his work 
>for the past seven months. He kept Scotland Yard and M I 5 appraised 
>as to what was going on. Exactly how this infiltrator gained the 
>trust of the conspirators is not known. It should not be known. Had 
>the plot been in the United States the NEW YORK TIMES would send 30 
>reporters to find out how we obtained the intelligence so they could 
>expose it and thus assure that it never would be used again. 
>Hopefully the British press will have more loyalty to their country 
>that our media has here.
>Speaking of loyalty, Great Britain has over two million Muslims now 
>living there. Some are native. Others came as refugees. A survey was 
>taken of the Moslem community by a British newspaper. 92% of British 
>citizens who profess the Moslem Faith say they are Moslems first and 
>British citizens second. That is compared with France, where the 
>Moslem population has been causing a great deal of trouble of late, 
>46% consider themselves Frenchmen first and Moslems second. 54%, a 
>tight majority, consider themselves Moslems first and Frenchmen 
>second.  British citizens are asking themselves how it is that they 
>have extended hospitality and even citizenship to two million 
>Moslems, that these people have enjoyed the fruits of a peaceful 
>society and freedom to operate, and yet they put their faith ahead 
>of their citizenship. It is true that when it comes to identifying 
>candidates to run for high office, I often say that I am a Christian 
>first, an American second, a conservative third and a Republican 
>only fourth. But there is no doubt that if I were asked that I would 
>say that I am a proud American. I love this country or at least what 
>it was. I do not love what it is becoming.
>Now that the terrorists have been caught in London it will not take 
>them long to figure out that they might have succeeded had they 
>plotted here rather than there. During the Clinton Administration 
>virtually all efforts to infiltrate groups were eliminated. When the 
>George W. Bush Administration came in it found the cupboard bare. 
>The Bush Administration began to recruit and train people who are 
>capable of gaining the trust of the terrorists so that at the 
>critical moment they could be stopped. It is a long process. A 
>former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), James 
>Woolsey, told me it takes at least twelve years to develop a cadre 
>of people who are trained and ready for such action. The Bush 
>Administration is closing out its sixth year. So even after it will 
>have finished eight years in office it will take another similar 
>Administration with the same goals before such a cadre is ready and 
>operative. If the nation were to elect a President who does not 
>believe in infiltration, as President William J. Clinton did not, 
>the work of the past eight years would go down the drain. That is 
>what happened following eight years of Presidents Ronald W. Reagan 
>and four of George Herbert Walker Bush. When Reagan came into office 
>he also found the cupboard bare. President Jimmy Carter had 
>destroyed much of the infrastructure of the CIA and what was left 
>was highly regulated by the Congress. Reagan and Bush, a former CIA 
>Director himself, slowly re-built the intelligence effort to the 
>point where at the end of the Bush '41 Administration, things were 
>back in order. Then came Clinton. President Clinton did not believe 
>in human intelligence. He believed that you get get all the 
>information you needed to know by satellites. But satellites cannot 
>infiltrate meetings. Satellites cannot win the confidence of 
>terrorists so that at the proper time they can prevent the plot to 
>kill us. That is the real danger.
>Given the unpopularity of the President and the likelihood that the 
>Republican Congress will be hung out to dry that will set things up 
>for a change at the Presidential level as well. If that change were 
>Joseph I. Lieberman or someone who understood what it takes to run a 
>good intelligence operation it would not bother me. If the change 
>represented the wing of the Democratic Party, which will 
>be dedicated again to doing away with spying, we would be back to 
>the same situation again.
>I hope the Presidential candidates will stress that when they vote. 
>This should be an issue in 2008. If we throw our intelligence away, 
>such as it is at this point, then there is the likelihood that the 
>terrorists will plot their strategy here. There will be no agent to 
>infiltrate the group. Instead of the triumph of police work which we 
>saw last Thursday we would end up with finger pointing and the loss 
>of countless lives because there would have been no one to 
>infiltrate the terrorist groups. This has got be an issue in 2008. 
>If the candidates do not make it one conservative groups should make 
>it an issue. The same for missile defense. A team B group of experts 
>has now concluded that the entire nation, even Alaska and Hawaii, 
>could be defended for around $30 billion via a space-based defense 
>program known as Brilliant Pebbles. More on this later but suffice 
>it to say that it must be an issue in 2008 that at present the 
>United States is not being defended. Senators and Congressmen must 
>be asked why they do not favor defending us. The left will scream 
>that we do not want weapons in space. But this is a totally 
>defensive system. If Russia and China don't like it they can be 
>invited to build their own. This will be the great moral issue of 
>our time and combined with the need for good intelligence the issue 
>can reveal all you need to know about Presidential candidates of 
>both parties. God save the Republic.
>Paul M. Weyrich is Chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Foundation.
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