Turned up to eleven: Fair and Balanced

Tuesday, June 11, 2002

One more thing about the "dirty bomber", before I get back to the boring science crap. I hope this Hispanic ex-con marks the absolute last word we ever hear about how hard it is to infiltrate Al Qaeda. Here we have a lifetime petty criminal, Hispanic, converting to Islam in prison, and then joining the merry gang of murderous thugs to blow stuff up. As if that wasn't enough, we also have a 17 year old Marin County layabout who managed to infiltrate and become "thick as thieves" with them too. I am pretty sure our vaunted intelligence services can do at least as well as an ex-con and a seventeen year old, what do you think. Next time Ashcroft, Mueller or Tenet, or any of their defenders, starts talking about the difficulty of getting "Humint" on these guys, we should just point to the seventeen year old and the Hispanic ex-con who managed to do it, without all that fancy-pants training.