By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Thursday, April 03, 2008 4:20 PM PT
Defense: A top al-Qaida expert sees an election year terrorist attack, yet Congress keeps America vulnerable by letting FISA expire. Top Democrats have other priorities: “Time’s running out for the polar bear,” says one.
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It could pass for stand-up comedy if the implications weren’t so grave. America is now in its seventh week lacking protection from terrorism because the Democratic Congress refuses to renew the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Don’t worry, they’re not wasting time. Senate Democrats were busy this week pining about the fate of the Arctic’s polar bears.
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee head Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., charged that “the Bush Administration is violating the law” because the Interior Department missed a deadline on whether to add polar bears to the endangered species list.
“These species do not have an indefinite time to be saved,” Boxer warned. “Time is running out for the polar bear, and time has run out for this decision.”
Maybe Boxer thinks polar bears would be more effective against al-Qaida operatives than a government being able to foil their plots ahead of time by listening in on terrorists’ communications without waiting for a warrant. Funnier still, the world polar bear population has actually doubled in recent decades to nearly 25,000.
If two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steve Coll, whose new book is “The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century,” is to be heeded, congressional Democrats might want to shelve the conservation issue and give more attention to conserving American lives from bin Laden’s schemes.
In remarks to Der Spiegel this week, the New Yorker writer noted that bin Laden, the self-admitted mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, “sees himself as a master of global changes and their technologies. He believes, not quite incorrectly, that he has used the modern media more effectively than his American adversaries.”
And just as bin Laden issued a message shortly before the last presidential election in 2004, Coll believes “he wants to influence America this time, as well.” Coll, who now heads Washington’s New America Foundation think tank, warned: “There is a threat of the terrorist attack on American soil that al-Qaida has long warned of. Osama bin Laden is planning something for the U.S. election.”
Coll, a longtime foreign correspondent, believes bin Laden lives in Pakistan’s mountainous North Waziristan, near a city called Miram Shah. That town is controlled by the Haqqani clan, who gained fame as mujahedeen fighters against the USSR in the 1980s.
The fierce Pakistani army is afraid to go there. But maybe congressional Democrats could authorize parachuting in a few polar bears.