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Thwarting Terrorism

Recorded on May 22, 2011

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

The elimination of Osama bin Laden is only one part of America's counter-terrorism success.

At least 39 plots have been thwarted by the USA thanks to policies established after the attacks on 9/11. We foiled plots against the Sears Tower in Chicago, the World Bank headquarters in Washington, the New York Stock Exchange, synagogues in New York City, and a multitude of other targets, including Americans traveling overseas. Many of the court convictions received only minor news coverage, whereas events like the Fort Hood killings were widely reported.

The thwarted plots teach us several lessons, including the fact that it is absolutely impossible to protect the huge number of potential targets, and that it requires intelligence efforts and surveillance to halt those plots.

Removing the head of al-Qaieda does not eliminate all terrorism; as always, eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.