Wednesday, February 7, 20075 Comments
A look at the facts would suggest the latter. First of all, security at airports has already been significantly enhanced, relative to other forms of entry, since 9/11. And while the US likes to argue that Canada is a safe haven for terrorists and a likely entry route for them onto US soil, there are no passport requirements for entry by vehicle, which would likely have been the entry method of choice regardless due to the increased security checks at airports. Even without a passport requirement, there are still “no fly” lists and an increased level of suspicion around air travel.
Even if you believe that a group of around 20 of Osama’s operatives where so skilled as to highjack four commercial airlines simultaneously on 9/11 and fly them with military precision, then consider what the likelihood would be of them trying to pull off another attack using much of the same methods. Pulling the same stunt twice, or a very similar one, is not something a criminal mastermind of the type Osama is portrayed as would likely do.
But now lets consider the rhetoric we are lambasted with every day. We are told that there are terrorist “sleeper cells” within the US that are fully capable of carrying out devastating attacks, and that they are just waiting for the right moment. Compare this to the case of the Olympic bomb scare that happened over a decade ago in Atlanta in 1996. We were told at the time that there was a pipe bomb in the stadium that cost only $12 to make, and was produced entirely from materials that could be purchased at the local hardware store and supermarket.
If terrorist sleeper cells actually exist in the US, and they are bent on killing as many Americans as possible, they certainly are taking their time. There has so far been absolutely no “terrorist attacks” within the US since 9/11, and if one were being planed, it would be much easier to pull off with their operatives within the country than trying to fly others in.
Far more dangerous than sleeper cells trying to explode pipe bombs, or highjackers trying to take down commercial airliners is the real threat of a rogue group exploding a nuclear device within the US that is brought in through a sea port. Dr. Helen Caldicott, a recipient of an honorary degree from the University of Guelph, writes in her recent book New Nuclear Danger that the Soviet Union “lost” almost 100 suitcase sized nuclear warheads before it crumbled. Any one of these could easily be smuggled into the US in a shipping container. Even if it was detected, it could be set to explode at the port. Nobody knows who has them, but the threat exists and the War on Terror has not made the US many friends.
All in all, we have to ask ourselves, is this move likely to actually deter the type of attack that the program is designed to prevent. I argue no for the above reasons, Remember, the official story of what happened on 9/11 includes the assumption that all 19 of the accused terrorists had passports that looked good enough to permit them on the planes they supposedly highjacked. Faking a passport is something that would be a piece of cake for an organization as advanced as Osama’s network is made out to be.