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Dr. Laina Farhat-Holzman  

October 2011

FBI's Terrorism Procedures Defended

San Francisco Chronicle
October 24, 2011

I cannot believe the ACLU has veered so far off rationality in their attack on the FBI's Counterterrorism procedures. One must follow the numbers when dealing with potential terrorists who want to inflict maximum carnage on our civilian population. Where else should the FBI look?

Their training has them watch young men who have changed their behavior, have pulled away from their families, have become obsessed with Islam, spend time in the mosque, and have a sudden desire to go to Yemen, Sudan, or Pakistan to "learn Arabic." Should the FBI ignore this and instead profile Mennonites or accountants? Then who will be blamed when a shopping mall is attacked, when a car bomb is detonated, when teens are recruited to be suicide bombers? This is political correctness gone amok.

Laina Farhat-Holzman
Aptos, California