Americans who are watching the news these days might wonder about the apparent inconsistencies in how authorities respond to different security threats. A Muslim worker in Oklahoma this week cut off the head of a fellow woman worker and seriously wounded another. With decapitation by ISIS terrorists being in the news accompanied by their recruitment calls among the willing, a logical and reasonable person would make a connection.
Government authorities and law enforcement should not leap to conclusions as they must examine the facts. Initially, the word to the media was that this person was just an errant and deranged person who committed a workforce crime, meaning that this was not an act of terrorism.
Are not radical Muslim terrorists not errant and deranged? The difference must be in motive. The Muslim worker was upset that he was unable to successfully recruit fellow workers to his faith. So he cut off her head, or tried to. Was he recruited by ISIS or somebody to do this? Did he just listen to the news to conclude that this is what his Islamic sect does? In the end, this behavior resides among a subset of people who subscribe to a common faith.
Some might conclude that law enforcement and Homeland Security underplayed this circumstance. The fact is, the investigation and situation remain fluid.
In today’s news, Ian Simpson of Reuters filed a story titled, “Prospect of tighter White House security touches nerve in Washington.” It is about the fence jumpers that included a deranged Iraq War Veteran who packed a large number of rounds in his car that he parked in Washington DC not far from the White House before he decided to jump the fence and attack with a knife.
Awhile back, a sniper took shots at the White House, breaking a second-floor window and lodging bullets into a window frame. The news about that was the Secret Service low-balled the event and failed to respond properly. There is apparent unevenness about these things.
If you live and work in Washington DC, it is no piece of cake to get around in a car, on a bike, by public transit, or even walking. Every time that dignitaries pop out of an office, they and their entourage create a stir, sometimes halting traffic.
There are security inspections everywhere as well as street monitors. They observe people and even check the trash regularly. There is high monitoring, vigilance, and attention as there should be.
In the situation of the fence jumpers, all that Secret Service needed to do was detect and observe it and release the dogs. They observed it and didn’t release the dogs. For that, we now go into a tizzy.
Well, the big tizzy is that this intruder brought with him 800 rounds of ammo. What was he doing with 800 rounds of ammo? That’s legal. Having guns is legal. Having assault weapons is legal?
Anything wrong with that?
“The week after a 42-year-old Iraq war veteran climbed the 7-foot (2.1-meter) wrought-iron fence, sprinted across the lawn with a knife in his pocket and entered the executive mansion through an open door, law enforcement officials erected a second fence around parts of the White House.
They are considering further measures including closing more sidewalks to pedestrians, setting up additional barriers and possibly searching the bags of people approaching the building, the Washington Post and the New York Times said, citing unnamed sources.”