Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Senate-Passed Protect America Act Is Needed To Thwart Terrorist Attacks!


"Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and other liberals in the House of Representatives have decided to put partisan politics ahead of our nation's security once again.

And, in doing so, Pelosi and company have sent a clear message to terrorists who wish to harm America and our interests: Get on the phone with your operatives in the United States. If you are plotting terrorist attacks against innocent people, the American intelligence community is operating with one hand tied behind its back...

Since 9/11, our intelligence agencies have used these tools to thwart major plots to commit unspeakable atrocities:

In mid-2002, U.S. agents uncovered a plot to hit targets on the East Coast. The plotters intended to use hijacked airplanes. By the way, one of the plotters of this caper was also involved in planning 9/11.
In May of 2002, our intelligence network busted a plot to bomb U.S. apartment buildings.

One of the plotters, Jose Padilla, planned to explode a "dirty bomb" inside the U.S. A dirty bomb is filled with conventional explosives and radioactive materials.

Padilla was recently found guilty of Conspiracy to Murder, Kidnap, and Maim Persons in a Foreign Country and Conspiracy to Provide Material Support for Terrorists.

Intelligence agencies -- with the help of telephone companies -- intercepted 70 calls by Padilla and his cohorts to their handlers. Enough said!

In 2006, U.S. and international authorities foiled a plot hatched by eight terrorists to blow up a commuter train tunnel connecting New Jersey and Manhattan.

According to CNN:

"[L]aw enforcement sources said the suspects wanted to cross the Canadian border into the United States."

"Once in New York City, they would board trains with backpacks full of explosives, which they planned to detonate when the trains passed through a tunnel under the Hudson River."

In addition to these plots to attack us on our home soil, the U.S. helped to uncover and thwart a number of major plots throughout the world. For example:

A 2003 plot to attack London's Heathrow Airport, using hijacked airliners,

At least two plots in 2004 to blow up targets in Britain -- strategies designed specifically to kill civilians,

At least two plots to attack ships in the Arabian Gulf and the Straits of Hormuz.

It's time to force Speaker Pelosi to stop playing politics with our national security!

[Contact] President George W. Bush, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and the Republican and Democrat leaders of the House of Representatives.

Tell them in no uncertain terms that Pelosi's egregious actions did not go unnoticed. Tell them enough is enough. Tell them that American citizens and our troops overseas are not expendable pawns in a petty game of political chess. Demand that they make the passage of the Protect America Act -- as originally passed by the Senate -- their first order of business."

The Center for Individual Freedom, www.cfif.org