Jewish World Review August 7, 2002 / 29 Menachem-Av, 5762
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What did he know and when did he know it? That's the rhetorical question that the Press is asking after 9-11...George Will, Peggy Noonan, and Michael Isikoff ... all editorial boards of major newspapers --- and, now, Time magazine.
Yes, there were warnings... the Phoenix Memo and the Federal Agent in Minnesota.
Yes, there were even intelligence reports... But there are hundreds of those a day and there have been for years.
Then, it is said, "Why didn't our intelligence people put it together?" Hindsight is twenty-twenty. What are we playing, The Wheel of Fortune?
"Pat, I want to guess the puzzle now...World Trade Center and Pentagon Bombing 9-11."
What we did know wouldn't have helped in this "Politically Correct" culture. Imagine a memo from FBI Director, Robert Mueller, to American airports and the FAA ..."Twenty or so Middle Eastern men, who were learning to fly in American flight schools, are perceived to be Bin Laden terrorists. It is thought that they are planning to hijack commercial airliners. Please detain, question, and search ALL Middle Eastern men until further notice." There would have been more of an explosion from this memo than the actual World Trade Center and Pentagon bombings!
Can you imagine the political and human fallout from this? We would hear from every organization from the NAACP, ACLU, NCAA, KKK, Ralph Nader, Jesse Jackson, Jane Fonda, and Bono.
The fault lies with this thing we call "Political Correctness" and with nobody or no one else.
These extreme Islamic fundamentalists, except for some expired visas, had done nothing wrong. Box cutters were allowed then. The Press is playing, "The Emperor's New Clothes." We know what the problems are, but not even the Press wants to say it out loud. I will.
It's not the FBI, CIA, or any other intelligence agency --- it's "Political Correctness" that caused 9-11.
In the last war that the United States won, World War II, the enemy in this country was watched and even interned. That's right --- interned. And that's not a bad idea now for Middle Easterners who were not born in the United States.
Yes, there are going to be future attacks on America, but it's not the PLO or Al Qaeda that's going to terrorize America ... it's "Political Correctness"!
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