Law enforcement has a term for the period after a crisis when things revert to norm — condition white. Well, the American people are just about there, three-and-a-half years after the 9/11 attacks.
But as the media obsess over Michael Jackson’s favorite lubricants and Paula Abdul’s dalliances with idol wannabes, al-Qaida is “very active” recruiting and planning to attack the United States again. “As months and years pass,” Vice President Dick Cheney warns, “they are hoping that our country will grow complacent” and forget the horror of 9/11. And they’re getting their wish, judging from the picayune issues that are catching the nation’s attention now.
Cheney echoed President Bush’s own warning a few days earlier to resist the urge to lower our guard. “One of my concerns after September the 11th is the farther away we got from September the 11th, the more relaxed we would all become and assume that there wasn’t an enemy out there ready to hit us,” Bush asserted.
Do they know something we don’t? Short answer: yes.
Behind the scenes, homeland security officials are wringing their hands over intelligence indicating al-Qaida is preparing to attack major American cities, including Washington, using Pakistani nationals and possibly Pakistani-Americans.
Internal Department of Homeland Security documents I’ve obtained show officials fear Pakistan-based al-Qaida may be sending terrorists our way, including ones trained in terror camps up and running inside Pakistan — that’s right, Pakistan. The terror-training camps we shut down in Afghanistan are now open for business on the other side of the border, despite Islamabad’s apparent efforts to crack down on them.
According to the closely held intelligence bulletins, officials worry Pakistanis trained in the camps are trying to sneak into America to carry out terrorist attacks. In fact, U.S. border authorities are reminded each day in shift musters that Pakistanis pose the No. 1 terrorist threat to America right now. And for the past several months, they have been under orders to increase scrutiny of travelers of Pakistani origin…
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