The United States is experiencing its highest level of terrorist activity since Sept. 11, 2001, according to a Heritage Foundation report published last week advocating Congress to take the U.S. terrorism threat “much more seriously.” The report detailed the FBI’s arrest of a 19-year-old in North Carolina for conspiring with the Islamic State, the terrorist group better known as ISIS, to attack public venues in an attempt to kill hundreds of Americans. The case is the 71st publicly known terrorist plot in the United States since 9/11.
The report outlines recommendations for Congress to prevent terrorist attacks. These include:
The continuance of government surveillance programs
A legal ability for local law enforcement to track terrorist activity online along with greater federal support of local and civil partners
Cooperation between intelligence and law enforcement among allied countries to track foreign fighters
“There is no silver bullet,” said David Inserra, author of the report and a homeland security expert The Heritage Foundation.
Somehow, I think General Kitchener might disagree with that. Back in the day, it was called the Maxim Gun; during World War II it was called Fat Man and Little Boy; today, we have other names for it. What we don’t have is the will to use it. Instead, we’d rather create a police state right here at home and call it “security.”
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