Pubdate: Thu, 06 Jun 2002
Source: Zephyr, The (IL)
Copyright: 2002, The Zephyr
Author: Mike Plylar



Tim May is right on the money in "September 11th attack warnings" (letter, 
May 28).

The whole idea that Bush knew, the FBI knew, or any other red-blooded 
American could have known that the attack on September 11, 2001 would take 
place and ignored it, is ludicrous? Such questions inhibit our ability to 
ascertain why the FBI didn't know about such a serious threat to the 
homeland, in the first place. Maybe the Justice Department's focus was 
elsewhere, and if the FBI's attention had been directed toward actual 
threats against our freedoms, instead of playing Rambo with a couple of 
local potheads in southeastern Michigan, about 500 miles from Minneapolis, 
the disaster that occurred on September 11, 2001, may never have happened 
in the first place.

While Americans ask why the Justice Department failed to investigate the 
"20th hijacker" when informed of his capture in Minneapolis, one area that 
clearly needs review is why, just one week prior to September 11th, 
Ashcroft's FBI had deployed more than 50 agents and snipers to participate 
in a local asset forfeiture situation in Cass County, Michigan, scant hours 
away from where Zacarias Moussaoui was held by, you guessed it, the FBI. 
Apparently pot smokers somehow deserve more attention than terrorists in 
the Bush administration.

Two of America's sons lay dead on the ground. One shot through the forehead 
by a FBI sharpshooter, while the Minneapolis and Phoenix offices of the FBI 
begged for someone at headquarters to listen concerning an imminent 
terrorist threat that ultimately resulted in the death of over 3000 
innocent Americans.

Desperate to prevent the media attention of another Waco or Ruby Ridge 
fiasco, Ashcroft and his Justice Department focused on two rural Americans, 
while the World Trade Center was about to burn. Now we all pay the price 
for their negligence.

I'd like to thank John Ashcroft and Michigan's Governor John Engler for 
saving America from those two potheads outside Vandalia, Michigan, who 
clearly deserved the undivided attention of the Justice Department, while 
terrorists moved freely among us. Protest against marijuana prohibition, 
you die. Plot the deadliest attack ever to occur on American soil and 
you're largely ignored. While terrorists were attacking our freedoms, the 
FBI was laying a deadly siege at the Rainbow Farm. Go figure.

Put another way, the names of three men crossed the bureaucracies' desks in 
Washington. Grover Crosslin (a/k/a "Tom") and Rolland Rohm (a/k/a 
"Rollie"), two all-American boys with a penchant for pot, and the third, 
one Zacarias Moussaoui (a/k/a "Shaqil", a/k/a "Abu Khalid al Sahrawi", 
a/k/a "the 20th hijacker"), born in France of Moroccan descent, freshly 
arrived from Pakistan, and known to have associated with al Qaeda. With 
numerous terrorist warnings leading up to September 11th, you make the 
call. Unfortunately someone at the highest level of the Justice Department 
did and the rest is a terrible chapter in our nation's history. As the FBI 
focused on two Americans for liking pot, our enemies were taking aim at 
thousands of our fellow citizens, right under the noses of the FBI.

Hundreds of thousands of U.S. law enforcement and government agents posted 
locally, nationally, and around the globe. Close to one trillion dollars in 
taxpayers' assets spent annually, in one form or another, to protect the 
homeland from attack. So how are they doing? In 2001 U.S. law enforcement 
arrested about 750,000 Americans for simple possession of marijuana and 
exactly two terrorists, while allowing possibly hundreds, maybe thousands, 
of our enemy to infiltrate our borders. Don't you feel safer or, are their 
priorities a little skewed? Maybe the entire government needs a make-over, 
starting at the top.

Mike Plylar

Kremmling, Colo.
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