July 14, 2006



Getting goofy on homeland security
by Jim Hightower

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the goofiest of them all?

Maybe it's Robert Mueller, the dull-witted FBI boss who went on Larry King Live to announce the bust-up of a terrible terrorist cell in Florida. Maybe it's Alberto Gonzalez, the clueless attorney general who orchestrated two press conferences to pump up the story about how the Bushites had taken out these seven fearsome terrorists "to prevent America from another attack here." Or maybe it's Dick "Buckshot" Cheney, the snarling presidential puppet master who called the plot a "very real threat," from people "trying to do everything they can to kill Americans."

Who are these ferocious terrorists from whom we've been so heroically saved? They are a gaggle of seven, hapless, down-and-out doofuses from Liberty City, Florida, who got to talking big about being part of an Islamic army in the US, which got them sucked into an FBI sting. Their leader is a young, troubled fellow who called himself "Brother Naz" or "Prince Manna," and who walked around town Moses-like wearing a bathrobe and toting a crooked wooden staff.

The Bushites allege that these sad sacks were planning to blow-up the Sears Tower in Chicago as a part of a "full ground war" against the U.S. But it seems that most of their ridiculous scheme came not from brother Naz, but from an FBI infiltrator who posed as an al Qaeda operative. Indeed, the seven schmoes had no weapons, no money, no connections, no skills and no wherewithal even to find the Sears Tower, much less blow it up. The FBI was forced to admit that these guys posed no real threat and that their grandiose talk "was more aspirational that operational."

Yet the Bushites have brought the full power and majesty of the government down on the Liberty City Seven, puffing up this arrest as one of their top achievements in homeland security. And they wonder why they've lost all credibility with the public.

Jim Hightower is the best-selling author of Let’s Stop Beating Around the Bush, on sale from Viking Press. For more information, visit www.jimhightower.com


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