Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Political Correctness Will Enable The Next Terrorist Attack On America

I read this article regarding Chertoff's dilemma with Briticsh Muslims coming to America using our 'visa free' agreement with Britain. While it is obvious to everyone that those countries that have agreements with America to visit without a visa are the most likely source of some of the terrorists who will execute the next big act of terror in America, it is disturbing to see the Dept. of Homeland Security engage in tradeoff and negotiating. For example, singling out British Muslims, or even worse, British Muslims of Pakistani descent is apparently a real nailbiter for the White HOuse and DHS. Is that what DHS is busy calculating? An estimate of the amount of Americans that can be killed by a British Muslim that is acceptable? After all, for Mr. Burns (Deb Schussel's nickname for Chertoff) 'understands' the need for political correctness. We mustn't risk offending Muslims, expecially the Muslims of Britain, our ally. We mustn't embarrass the British gov't by taking action to protect ourselves from the fifth column of Muslims terrorists the Blair government has nurtured for 10 years? I am sure that Mr. Burns is calculating that a few thousand American lives lost is a reasonable tradeoff in return for not embarrassing the Britains by pointing out the fifth column spreading across England. A growing population of British Muslims who sincerely believe that all infidels are to be killed, by whatever means. We mustn't point that out. It's a reasonable tradeoff for in return we preserve political correctness and prove to the Muslims that we know they aren't terrorists. Isn't that right, Mr. Burns?

U.S. Seeks Closing of Visa Loophole for Britons

Published: May 2, 2007

LONDON, May 1 — Omar Khyam, the ringleader of the thwarted London bomb plot who was sentenced to life imprisonment on Monday, showed the potential for disaffected young men to be lured as terrorists, a threat that British officials said they would have to contend with for a generation.

But the 25-year-old Mr. Khyam, a Briton of Pakistani descent, also personifies a larger and more immediate concern: as a British citizen, he could have entered the United States without a visa, like many of an estimated 800,000 other Britons of Pakistani origin.

American officials, citing the number of terror plots in Britain involving Britons with ties to Pakistan, expressed concern over the visa loophole. In recent months, the homeland security secretary, Michael Chertoff, has opened talks with the government here on how to curb the access of British citizens of Pakistani origin to the United States.

At the moment, the British are resistant, fearing that restrictions on the group of Britons would incur a backlash from a population that has always sided with the Labor Party. The Americans say they are hesitant to push too hard and embarrass their staunch ally in the Iraq war, Prime Minister Tony Blair, as he prepares to step down from office.

Among the options that have been put on the table, according to British officials, was the most onerous option to Britain, that of canceling the entire visa waiver program that allows all Britons entry to the United States without a visa. Another option, politically fraught as it is, would be to single out Britons of Pakistani origin, requiring them to make visa applications for the United States.

Rather than impose any visa restrictions, the British government has told Washington it would prefer if the Americans simply deported Britons who failed screening once they arrived at an airport in the United States, British officials said. The British also screen at their end, and share intelligence with the Americans.

But Washington feels strongly, Mr. Chertoff has said, that it has the right to build controls against terrorists from Britain who do not have a prior criminal record — precisely the kind of man Mr. Khyam was until he was arrested in early 2004 and put on trial for plotting to blow up targets like a major London nightclub and a popular suburban shopping mall.

For its part, the British government looks with dismay at the frequency with which Britons travel to their ancestral land of Pakistan — an estimated 400,000 trips a year — where a small minority, like Mr. Khyam, link up with extremist groups and acquire training in weapons and explosives.

Foreign office officials have said they have discussed measures with the Pakistani Embassy in London, which grants Pakistani passports to Britons of Pakistani descent, to consider tightening the rules for Pakistani travel documents.



Anonymous said...

Is a chance we could ask the ones here for visas as well?

hellosnackbar said...

I believe it would be useful to deny muslims from the UK entry to the USA.since all UK muslims must accept a collective responsibility
for the outrages perpetrated by their coreligionists.(after all they believe that the "unholy koran" must be interpreted literally.(it is in reality a manual for psychopaths).
It might also encourage sane muslims to abjure their undeclared
death cult and join the real world.