This story was all over talk radio this afternoon. I'm going to guess that we'll hear Congressional Democrats applauding this about as much as Rosie O'Donnell. God forbid that they condemn terrorists - that might mean that George Bush is right!
Here's my favorite - although "favorite" might not be the right term - part of the article: three of the men were here illegally. Imagine that! Imagine my confusion... haven't the amnesty advocates said that the people who are here illegally are either 1) Catholic or 2) just trying to make a better life for their families? Could they be, gasp, wrong? Maybe we should add "3) mentally ill jihadis obsessed with killing Americans" to that list?
Wait, well, this might be a close second:
"The arrests renewed worries among New Jersey's Muslim community. Hundreds of Muslim men from New Jersey were rounded up and detained in the months after the Sept. 11 attacks, but none were connected to that plot.
'If these people did something, then they deserve to be punished to the fullest extent of the law,' said Sohail Mohammed, a lawyer who represented scores of detainees after the 2001 attacks. 'But when the government says `Islamic militants,' it sends a message to the public that Islam and militancy are synonymous.'
'Don't equate actions with religion,' he said."
Hey, um, Mohammed? You've got yourself an image problem, no question about it. BUT IT IS YOUR OWN DOING. Using the term "Islamic militants" is fair in that it is qualifying the type of militants we're talking about (as opposed to "Gay Rights Militants", "Animal Rights Militants", "Global Warming Militants", etc.). That you fail to recognize this makes me think the Mohammed doth protest too much. And spare me with the lawyering. If they did something wrong? I think they did - they tried to buy automatic weapons and planned to attack Fort Dix.
OK, I'm better now.
Remember to say a prayer of thanks tonight for the hardworking law enforcement officers who are working overtime to stay a step ahead of these "homegrown" jihadis (a term I object to, considering only one was what I'd call "homegrown").
Heck, say that prayer every night.