Morning Bell: Another Bullet Dodged in New York
This past Saturday evening at 6:28 p.m., a white male in his 40s drove a 1993 Nissan Pathfinder into Times Square, parked, departed the vehicle, and slipped down a nearby alley. Within minutes a t-shirt street vendor alerted authorities about smoke emanating from the vehicle and, after pedestrians had been cleared from the area, a bomb squad discovered that the SUV was packed with what was intended to be lethal incendiary materials.
The device inside the SUV has since been described by investigators as “at the bottom of the food chain when it comes to explosives.” The large amounts of fertilizer surrounding the gas and propane tanks in the car was good for growing plants but bad for explosions; it was not the ammonium nitrate grade that can explode. Still if the propane and gas had ignited, the SUV would have exploded in half, spraying shrapnel with enough force to kill innocent pedestrians enjoying a warm summer evening in a busy Times Square.
On Sunday, the Pakistani Taliban posted a YouTube video created on April 30th claiming responsibility for the attack. But New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, “So far, there is no evidence that any of this has anything to do with one of the recognized terrorist organizations,” and New York police Commissioner Ray Kelly noted that the same group had falsely taken credit for previous attacks on U.S. soil.
Whether Saturday’s failed attack turns out to be connected to Islamic radicalism or is the work of a lone wolf, there have now been 31 foiled terrorist attacks in the United States since 9/11, eleven in New York City alone. Yesterday’s plot was foiled by sheer luck and quick-thinking civilians. But luck is not an adequate strategy for protecting a nation. Continuing to stop acts of terrorism requires vigilance in finding and stopping people from doing this before they launch their attack. Effective intelligence collection, information-sharing and counter-terrorism operations are the best tools we have, making investigative authorities such as those granted under the PATRIOT Act so very important.
Unfortunately this Congress and this President have repeatedly prioritized politics over security. Instead of providing stability and confidence in the intelligence community by seeking long-term renewal of key investigatory authorities authorized under the USA Patriot Act, President Obama has settled for a six-month extension tacked on to the Defense appropriations bill. Such a move is unfortunate given that the PATRIOT Act provides just the type of investigative tools the United States needs for the foreseeable future. If our political leaders are serious about preventing terrorist attacks in the United States, they need to stop the delaying and renew the crime-stopping, lifesaving provisions of the act.
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Morning Bell: Another Bullet Dodged in New York
Somehow, I don’t think this was a well planned Taliban or al-Qaida bomb operation.
I hate the Taliban and al-Qaida, and everything they stand for. I am not defending them, in any way. But if this was an attempt to bomb Times Square, they are either slipping or have gone totally stupid.
I don’t think they are slipping. These guys KNOW how to build bombs.
The recent incident in New York City wasn’t the work of a well trained terrorist bomber. Had he been a well trained bomber, there would have been dead people all over Times Square.
Maybe the *War on Terror*, you know the one I am talking about? The one that our President calls an Overseas Contingency or some such nonsense? Maybe it’s actually having an effect on the bomb making capabilities of the terrorists.
Let’s think about capability for a moment.
Northwest Airlines Flight 253 was an international passenger flight from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport in Detroit, Michigan, United States. The flight was the target of a failed al-Qaeda bombing attempt on Christmas Day, December 25, 2009, in which a passenger tried to set off plastic explosives sewn to his underwear. There were 290 people were on board the plane, which was operated by Northwest Airlines. SOURCE
All the Underwear Bomber accomplished was injury to himself! A dud!
Indeed these guys are looking quite inept at the moment, but their past performances in other nations still sends chills up your spine. Even a failed attempt can produce some stressful times for folks in the immediate area, and that is what the intent is, to cause TERROR, even if a bomb doesn’t go off, the mind still thinks TERROR. That is why the Pakistani Taliban has issued this story: Pakistani Taliban promise US attacks post-NY scare.
Don’t hide in terror America, if you hide, THEY (terrorists) win.
Our President may not call it a War on Terror, but the vast majority of Americans know that is exactly what we are facing. We also know that Barack Hussein Obama is looked upon as being the weakest leader America has had since Jimmy Carter. The Taliban and al-Qaida thought George W. Bush was a weak leader, they thought he would be the kind of man that did the *duck and cover*. They (terrorists) were wrong!
They (terrorists) have Obama’s number. They have his weaknesses pegged! They (terrorists) know that Obama still believes in his early Muslim teaching and the teachings he received in being an anti-American socialist, and they WILL play their *fish* for everything he is worth!
Overseas contingency? No America, it’s a War on Terror, and it’s here on our shores. Until such time as We, The People get a President that’s a fighter against Islam, and not a sympathizer with Islam, we will continue to have more threats, and possibly, more REAL attacks.