Friday, July 15, 2005

The Constitution is Not a Suicide Pact (or Profiling II)

More reasons to eavesdrop on mosques.

15, 2005
U.S. Faces Danger From Terrorists Traveling Legally
By Mort Kondracke

While talk show hosts and politicians have been fixated on illegal immigrants pouring into the United States, a more chilling potential danger comes from terrorists traveling to the United States on a perfectly legal basis.

The menace detailed in the summer issue of Foreign Affairs by the scholar Robert Leiken of the Nixon Center is that of "passport-carrying, visa-exempt mujahedeen coming from the United States' Western European allies." ...

..."Unlike American Muslims, who are geographically diffuse, ethnically fragmented and generally well-off," Leiken writes, "Europe's Muslims gather in bleak enclaves with their compatriots," isolated from their host population and "bitter" in outlook...

...According to The New York Times, counterterrorism officials estimate that 10,000 to 15,000 Muslims living in Britain are supporters of al Qaeda and that about 600 have received military training in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

The danger to the United States is that jihadist recruits carry European Union passports and are therefore entitled to visa-free travel into the United States without an interview...


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