[lit-ideas] Re: the bombing blues

  • From: "Phil Enns" <phil.enns@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 8 Jul 2005 16:13:35 -0400

Andreas Ramos wrote:

"Last month, a father and son in California were arrested for attending a
madras in Pakistan.  That's ALL the FBI/CIA/NSA/DOT/FCC/whatever could find.
And they would LOVE to find more, to prove they're doing something."

This doesn't seem right.  First, the arrest of the father and son strikes me
as being largely political, as showing that "they're doing something."
Second, the father and son appear to be small fish and perhaps that is why
they were arrested.  It seems to me that if the relevant agencies had found
big fish, they wouldn't be arrested because there would be the chance of
getting even bigger fish.  Andreas may be right, and no other 'terrorists'
have been found, but there is a certain logic to keeping the big fish in
play while arresting the small fish for political purposes.  Sort of like
arresting the street dealers in order to keep the locals happy but watching
the mid-level conduits in order to get to the druglords.


Phil Enns
Toronto, ON

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