By reprinting a CAIR press release on its own website. That’s not standard operating procedure, either: a quick tour through the 2006 archives reveals that the releases are otherwise all agency announcements.
I hate to post stuff that’s already been pushed by mega-bloggers (i.e., the boss and LGF), but Andy McCarthy’s column at NRO is a must-link if only for the recitation of CAIR’s many, many ties to extremism. I scoffed a few weeks ago when someone at the Strib speculated CAIR might be using the flying imams incident to boost anti-profiling legislation because after all, I countered, Bush would surely veto it.
Would he, though? If he’s willing to cuddle with CAIR, why wouldn’t he sign an anti-profiling bill? Or is kissing the occasional interest-group ass at home just his way of buying political cover for fighting jihad abroad, especially with a surge coming in Iraq?
Whatever. Like McCarthy says, if some Democrat wants to seize this as a Sister Souljah moment, more power to him. Or rather, her: it’d be awkward for obvious reasons for Obama to come out in favor of airport profiling (although all the more impressive if he did so), but it’s tailor made for Hillary. We’ll probably have to wait until after the primaries, but if she squeaks through, it’ll be Souljahmania.
Update: State and local governments are taking no chances with the feds and have begun organizing their own counterterrorism intelligence centers.
Frustrated by poor federal cooperation, states and cities are building their own network of intelligence centers led by police to help detect and disrupt terrorist plots.
The new “fusion centers” are now operating in 37 states and another covers the Washington area, according to the Department of Homeland Security. The centers, which have received $380 million in federal support since the 2001 terrorist attacks, pool and analyze information from local, state and federal law enforcement officials.
The emerging “network of networks” marks a new era of opportunity for law enforcement, according to U.S. officials and homeland security experts. Police are hungry for federal intelligence in an age of homegrown terrorism and more sophisticated crime.