Al Qaeda recently took an opportunity to poke our intelligence community in the eye. They did it by conducting a mass get together i.e. party, in Yemen. Somehow our intelligence missed the biggest gathering of Al Qaeda bigwigs in the history of the war on terror. More than a hundred affiliated “soldiers” were there, including the groups most important rockstar.
“In the middle of the clip, the man known as al Qaeda’s crown prince, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, appears brazenly out in the open, greeting followers in Yemen. Al-Wuhayshi, the No. 2 leader of al Qaeda globally and the head of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has said he wants to attack the United States. But in the video, he looks unconcerned that he could be hit by an American drone.”
How could something like this possibly slip through the grasp of the NSA, CIA and other anti-terror organizations? Isn’t this the entire reason they have trampled the Constitution in the first place? We’ve become adept at using drones to attack a single terror suspect surrounded by his family while driving down some nondescript desert road, but we can’t find a gathering of over a hundred terrorists (including the biggest prize since Osama bin Laden) in a nation we are watching intently?
This cannot be good, and CNN seems confounded too.
Can you hear the total lack of understanding in the voice of the reporter? It almost sounds like she is so completely floored by the brazenness of the video that she is having a hard time understanding all of the information she has likely taken in.
Let me clear things up for her.
“His message to the United States… was very much the same as (former al Qaeda leader Osama) bin Laden’s: ‘We’re coming after you.’ “
Maybe it won’t be here on US soil. Maybe it will be an attack in Iraq, Afghanistan or Pakistan first. Maybe it will be a show of force in Australia, Britain or Germany… but make no mistake, they aren’t throwing parties to celebrate a bombing at a wedding in Yemen. They are reminding us all that they are still standing.
So what do we do next?
The same thing we did on September 12, 2001. We wake up, we go to work, we love on our families, we worship at church and we enjoy baseball, apple pie and barbecue. It was a mistake to give up so much of our privacy to the government in hopes of securing some safety. Our privacy is part of what makes fighting these terrorists worthwhile. Our government must learn to use every measure available within the framework of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights to fight these vicious madmen. Not one inch more. Even if they promise they won’t misuse it.
We should fight these terrorists. We MUST fight these terrorists. But we must do it as Americans, through bravery and sacrifice, because of our Liberty. Don’t give up what it means to be American because then… what’s the point of fighting back?