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Lost in The Headlines

This is the second time I’ve brought this up, but amidst Katrina and Rehnquist (and I mean those stories no disrespect) I worry that people have overlooked the fact that A TERRORIST CELL PLANNED TO ATTACK LOS ANGELES! Which is big, because, you know, I live here. And maybe also because the terrorists were all Americans, and not of Arab descent.

From Daniel Pipes’s column of Tuesday: “The emergence of a primarily African-American Islamist terrorist cell signals a new trend. Native-born Americans have taken part in terrorist operations before, but (again, as in London), this case this marks their first large-scale plot.

Terrorist plans that fail don’t make headlines, but they should. This was a near-miss. Home-grown radical Islam has arrived and will do damage.”

The phrase “near-miss” bears repeating. A near-miss, and a wakeup call. My thanks and congratulations to the dedicated law enforcement officials who broke the case.

Warren BellWarren Bell was nominated June 20, 2006, by President George W. Bush to be a member of the Board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for the remainder of a ...

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