November 26, 2007, - 10:06 am
“A Touchy Area”: Detroit Won’t Give Firefighters Anti-Terror Intelligence Info B/c It Would Offend Arabs
By Debbie Schlussel
It’s about time (actually well past it) that firefighters around the country are receiving intelligence training on how to spot terrorist activity. We know that Al-Qaeda, Fatah/PLO, and HAMAS have all committed arson as a method of terrorism. And firefighters are in a unique position to spot things–such as dangerous chemicals and bombmaking materials–that others may not. This isn’t about people snooping. It’s about firefighters getting intelligence info on what to look for in relation to what’s going on overseas.
But the ACLU and the usual suspects are upset about it. And that–not the good aspects of the training and how useful it is–is the topic of an AP story by Eileen Sullivan.
Not in Detroitistan. It might offend Muslims . . .
But don’t worry. The same AP story tells us that the City of Detroit a/k/a “D-Mecca” will NOT train firemen on how to spot terrorists or dangerous activity because the city does not want to offend Arabs (the story says Arabs, but what they really mean is Muslims). Says Detroit Deputy Fire Commissioner Seth Doyle:
That’s a touchy area. I don’t want our folks to be put in a position where they’re reporting something that creates a situation where there was really no real problem in the first place.
Ri-i-ight. Like Muslim Arab guys taking flying lessons and not wanting to learn how to take off or land. No real prob. And we wouldn’t want to uncover it.
And, um, how is telling your people to look out for suspicious behavior and substances “touchy” to Arabs? I thought Arabs “aren’t terrorists.” I thought they were “loyal Americans who are against terrorism.” (I mean Kiefer Sutherland told us that about Muslims, so it must be true.) If these were truly the case, why would they be irked by firefighters noticing that Ahmed has an illegal accelerant peaking out of his garage next to the Holy Land Foundation poster.
Also, this dhimmiwit, Doyle, says that he doesn’t want to give his men and women this training because it “might not be enough”:
A structural diagram of the Ambassador Bridge, which links Detroit to Canada, materials and literature to make a bomb and a bomb prototype are things firefighters should pay attention to, Doyle said. But the bridge diagram by itself might not be enough.
What an Einstein! Don’t give them any training in this aspect of saving lives because it might not be maximum training (ie., training that will offend Muslims).
Oh, and by the way, here’s what they will not receive in Detroit, that New York and DC firefighters WILL receive:
Because firefighters are on the front lines, the fire service needs to know about intelligence that could somehow affect what they do, said Gregory Cade, who as head of the U.S. Fire Administration is the nation’s top fire chief.
If, for example, Washington is hosting an International Monetary Fund meeting where there will be a large group of protesters and a truckload of gasoline has been stolen in Baltimore, firefighters need to know about intelligence from overseas that terrorists are trying to make explosive devices out of gasoline, Schultz said.
“Getting appropriate, actionable intelligence is important for a fire chief in deciding what to do and how to allocate resources and to know what’s going on,” Cade said. “No one is expecting us to be the analyst person who is sitting down, trying to connect all of this stuff together and determining, ‘Oh, yes, this looks like a terrorist plot.’ ”
But Cade said that until recently, there’s been no mechanism for fire departments to share what they learn with law enforcement and intelligence analysts who could use it.
Yup, we can’t have this logical training and information in Detroitistan because it might offend Muslims.
I remember the photo of heroic firefighters raising the flag at Ground Zero on the day of the 9/11 attacks. And I think: Not in Detroit. It might offend Islam.
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