Today’s Wall Street Journal lays out our marching orders in the wake of Orlando:
After Orlando, a Long War
To stop future terrorist attacks, we need solutions from all sides: better security and surveillance at home, a vigorous fight abroad and the support of Muslim moderates everywhere
Max Boot, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
The marching orders…
(1) Disarm Americans
There is no reason why the American public should be able to purchase military-style semiautomatic weapons such as the AR-15, which has become a favorite of mass shooters.
(2) Create a class of precriminals who are not put in jail but have rights taken away without due process
Congress should, at a minimum, prevent suspects on terrorism watch lists from purchasing firearms legally
(3) Expand the police state
By all means, let’s follow the example of Israel and have more security guards and more metal detectors at the entrances of clubs and malls.
(4) Reduce freedom, increase surveillance
The fact that [the Orlando shooter] was able to work as a licensed security guard and to legally purchase firearms, despite having been investigated twice by the FBI for potential terrorist ties, suggests a fundamental breakdown in our safeguards….controversial counterterrorism programs need to be continued or revived…
(5) Escalate war in Syria
We will defeat Islamic State not simply by dropping more bombs or sending more troops, although we must do both.
Also, the author falsely asserts that libertarians object to FBI tactics through a misguided sense of freedom and an arbitrary attachment to fundamental rights…
The best bet to stop terrorists is to uncover their intentions in advance. The FBI has done just that since 2001 by sending undercover agents and informants to pose as would-be terrorists to prosecute suspects intent on turning violent. Such investigations have resulted in charges against nearly 90 Americans but have also sparked controversy, with civil libertarians accusing the FBI of entrapping innocent people.
The author is repeating the false meme that civil libertarians have pushed back on the FBI “hatching terrorist plots” (http://www.nytimes.com/…/terrorist-plots-helped-along-by-th…) because we object to their entrapping innocent people–that has never been the issue (for me anyway). The issue is that the FBI is actually manufacturing terrorism resulting in danger to the public (the WTC93 bombing was an FBI sting operation in which 6 died and many others were hurt https://monicaperezshow.com/…/the-clinton-bush-obama-co…/) and a misdirection of resources…