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Why isn't it just smart?

Reader comment on item: [Mosque Mischief and] Counting Mosques

Submitted by Ilana Rosansky (United States), Feb 4, 2003 at 08:54

Yes, I think you say it like it needs to be said (as usual) . You wrote:

>Barraged with criticisms, the FBI dissimulated, pretending that the purpose of >mosque-counting has nothing to do with preventing possible mosque-based terrorist >actions but is intended to learn the "vulnerabilities" of those structures, the better to >protect them from possible assault.

>Why does the leading law-enforcement institution in the United States hide its >counterterrorism efforts? It's known that some mosques throughout the West have >been used as a base for terror, filling a variety of roles:

Why, indeed, does the FBI need to backtrack? Why indeed is it not legitimate to look for terrorist pockets where they have been found in other Western countries? Why is that bad or repressive? Why isn't that just 'smart' ?

You should be honored for your work!

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