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No Better Time Than Right Now

Wednesday, 29 May 2002 12:00 AM

(Yeah, yeah, I know. Not much in the way of notes today. So, I slept in. So sue me. I'm paid to do a talk show ... not an Internet page.)

I'll say it again. I want you to go see that movie "The Sum of All Fears." Yeah, that one. The one that some people in D.C. aren't exactly happy about. And just why aren't they happy? They're not happy because there is a scene in that movie where terrorists (Arabs in the Clancy book, white guys in the movie) detonate a nuke near Washington.

Take a look. See what it might look like when a nuclear bomb is detonated somewhere near you. It's amazing to see that blast shock wave rip through neighborhoods … people ripped from their desks when the shock wave hits their high-rise office building … cars being blown off highways.

Now, right after you see this movie with the terrorist nuclear blast, I want you to go see some movie involving drug use. I want you to see someone take a puff on a marijuana cigarette, or see someone snort a line of coke or shoot up a little heroin.

Then draw a contrast between the two. An idiot drug user slumped against a wall while strange hallucinations course through his mind, and people dying by the tens of thousands in a nuclear blast.

Now – which scenario frightens you the most? Have you spent one minute in the last six months sitting around thinking about the threat posed to you by drug users? How about terrorist actions?

I went through the whole Cold War without spending one moment thinking that there was any realistic chance I might perish in a nuclear blast. I don't feel that way anymore.

Today, FBI Director Robert Mueller and Attorney General John Ashcroft will hold a press conference. This press conference is important to you. Yes, YOU.

Mueller and Ashcroft are going to talk about changes in the structure and mission of the FBI. They want to move from investigating crimes to preventing them. You may hear that they plan to hire and train about 900 new agents to fight terrorism.

The FBI doesn't need to hire 900 new agents. The FBI needs to take the agents it currently has assigned to the absurd drug war and put them into the terrorism task force.

Further – the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies need to take the tens of millions of dollars that are wasted fighting the unwinnable war on drugs and direct those funds to the anti-terrorism effort.

You might not agree. Ask yourself: Which would you rather see, someone walking into your restaurant smoking a crack pipe, or wearing a bomb belt?

The terrorism threat to this country is grave. More grave than you know. Our resources are limited. Let's not waste them.

I heard a news reporter this morning say that the FBI "missed" clues about terrorist activities in the United States. Not so. Clues weren't "missed." They were IGNORED. Big difference.

Now that we're going to have this fancy reorganization of the structure and mission of the FBI, and now that they're going to concentrate more on terrorism – one question. Is the FBI going to remain slavishly tied to political correctness?

If so, just forget it. No amount of reorganization nor any change in focus is going to have any positive effect on the ability of the FBI to prevent terrorist attacks unless they concentrate their efforts on the people who are threatening us. Those people are – all together now – ARABS. Deal with it.

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