September 26, 2001
The act of war that was committed against America on 9-11 has
changed the way we look at many things. I guess we won't hear much now
from the conspiracy-debunkers; it had to be a criminal conspiracy that
planned and carried out the simultaneous hijacking of four airliners.
President's Bush's plan to identify and target the enemy is
brilliant. Tell all our so-called friends and allies in other lands:
you have to make a choice: you're either with us to stamp out
terrorism or we will consider you are against us.
Cooperate in handing over the criminals or we will consider you
the enemy! For starters, any NATO country that doesn't fully cooperate
should be automatically expelled from NATO; isn't that what the NATO
treaty says -- an attack on one country is an attack on all?
At the same time, Americans have some soul-searching to do about
our security. Why were our FBI and CIA caught so completely by
Why have they been spending their resources chasing after a few
people who were no harm to society, such as one loner on a mountaintop
at Ruby Ridge and a pathetic religious group in Waco, while the
plotting foreign terrorists crossed our borders and lived in our
country illegally, got their flight training in Florida, and freely
boarded our planes under their own names?
The terrorists are foreigners, most or all of whom should never
have been in our country, and they have sophisticated techniques with
which to manifest their hatred. The policy of opening our borders to
anyone who wants to sneak into our country illegally must be exposed
Early reports suggest that some of the hijackers who crashed into
the World Trade Center entered Canada and snuck over our porous border
into Maine, Vermont or New Hampshire. FBI Director Robert Mueller said
that at least some of the hijackers were "out of status," i.e., they
had no proper immigration documents.
Canada has a no-questions-asked immigration policy, many border
crossings between the United States and Canada are unmanned, and our
State Department has a laissez faire policy on issuing visas. This
easy access into the United States has repeatedly been exploited by
aliens bent on terrorism, so it should have been no surprise that it
was used by last week's hijackers.
The criminals who were convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center
bombing, of the murders in front of the CIA headquarters in 1993, and
who were involved in a 1998 plot to bomb New York's subway system all
were Middle East aliens who should not have been in the United States.
They either were granted a visa that should never have been issued or
had overstayed a visa and should have been expelled.
It is inexcusable that visa applicants aren't screened more
carefully, and that aliens aren't expelled when their visa expires.
Immigrations officials don't even know how many people are in the
United States on visas or how many are so-called "overstays," but it's
clearly a substantial factor in illegal immigration.
The chance of a group of U.S. citizens hijacking a plane on a
suicide mission is infinitely smaller than the chance of foreign
enemies doing the same. Why are all passengers interrogated about
their luggage rather than about their citizenship?
Let's bring back the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
We need congressional watchdogs to close the cracks in our internal
Attorney General John Ashcroft's announcement that some planes
will carry armed guards is a good move. We want security measures that
will put the criminals at risk, not harass law-abiding citizens.
It's time to rethink the rule that an airplane be a gun-free zone.
If the foreign masterminds behind this attack had thought that the crew
or passengers were armed, they might not have invested so much in this
type of terrorism.
The courageous actions of passengers against the hijackers on the
flight that crashed in Pennsylvania apparently prevented the plane from
reaching its target where many more people would have been killed.
Self-help is essential in emergency when no law enforcement officials
Many new airport security measures are making airline travel
longer and more difficult. The question should be asked how any of
these measures, if they had been in place, would have prevented
While we worry about hijacked planes today, we may soon worry
about hijacked foreign missile silos. Terrorists who would commit the
unspeakable crimes of last week would not hesitate to use nuclear
Congress should move forward on the missile defense system needed
to protect our cities against foreign attack. Our government should
spend the taxpayers' money for the most important business of
government, providing for the common defense.