05/15/2010

Ability to respond has come far since 9/11

Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise

WASHINGTON — With a slight glitch or two, the apprehension of the unsuccessful terrorist in New York was accomplished with remarkable speed that signals emphatically to the world that the United States has come a long way since Sept. 11, 2001, in meeting this kind of challenge. Just maybe we are no longer the patsies we once were. That isn't to say that we also haven't been lucky with a couple of bumbling bombers, but when confronted we respond more quickly.

Why? On the official side of the counterterrorism effort there seems to have been unparalleled improvement in the cooperation among local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, not only in this case but several other recent attempts by would-be jihadists. That includes the planned bombing in the New York subway system.

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