October 16, 2006, - 4:20 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Today’s Wall Street Journal reports that Michael Chertoff and his Homeland Security Department will finally work with local police in the war on terror–more than 5 years after the 9/11 attacks. He reportedly announced this, today, at the annual meeting of the International Association of Chief of Police.
But we’re not buying it, and we’re alarmed by the new plans, even if they do go into effect.
For the entirety of its existence, DHS shunned local police, a problem which the Wall St. Journal illuminated in a plethora of in-depth stories and interviews with police chiefs. DHS refused to share terrorism databases and information regarding threats with local police, but expected the locals to share information with the department, unfettered.
In some cases, this ill-advised policy is appropriate, such as in the case of the City of Dearbornistan in the heart of Islamic America, where the Chief of Police and some of his Muslim community-based police are not to be trusted. Federal law enforcement officials have told us of some Dearborn police apparently tipping off their co-religionists about raids and investigations, rendering them useless and blown.
But in most other cases, the relationship has been sour for no reason, and DHS hoarded valuable information. In other instances, DHS employees tipped off friends in New York to alleged terror threats, causing heartache and resentment by NYPD officials who were not privy to serious threats that threatened their lives and limbs.
Deputy DHS Secretary Michael Jackson–whose pronouncements often sound like they’re coming from that other Michael Jackson–says that security clearances will be resolved more quickly by a private company (uh-oh!–like the private company that granted visas to the deceased 9/11 hijackers) and that police officers will soon be able to access terror databases. DHS will also create “fellowships” for senior police to work in Washington with DHS analysts and intteligence officials in Washington.
Since the article does not mention how the security clearances will be limited and to whom they will be doled out–and it also mentions civil liberties advocates–we hope that a floodgate will not open in order to make up for the trickle thus far. That is to say, we hope local police officers like Daniel Saab–a Muslim community based police officer in Dearborn, who was convicted of using his position to harass a Michigan official, yet remains on the force–will not have access to any terror databases, regardless of what Islamists and ACLU types accompany Chertoff civil rights advisor, Daniel Sutherland, to meet with the boss (Chertoff). Several sources told us that Saab, who should have been fired from the force pursuant to his conviction (but wasn’t–hey, he’s Muslim and, thus, untouchable), posted Hezbollah posters at or near his post in the Dearborn Public Library.
Unfortunately, Chertoff does not know how to limit things in this way. He repeatedly told USA Today he’s against profiling of Muslim males, using a phony excuse about “the women.”
His real reason: He simply doesn’t have the testicles to do what the Israelis do to save lives–profile. And that includes profiling who gets what information in local law enforcement, even if it means the corner of Hezbollah-occupied America will get this information.
Like we’ve said, which Michael Jackson is running this show?
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