Worried about terrorists retaliating for a possible military strike against Syria, the FBI is stepping up surveillance of Syrians in the United States and the Department of Homeland Security is asking state and local police forces to do the same, The New York Times reported Sunday.
Federal agencies and private companies are also being warned of the possibility of retaliatory cyberattacks, some of which have already been reported by the Syrian Electronic Army, The Times reported. That special army supports the Syrian regime against various media outlets, including The Times, National Public Radio and even the satirical news site, The Onion.
FBI agents are expected to interview “hundreds” of Syrians in the coming days, according to The Times.
All of this makes perfect sense. The United States is preparing to attack a country, the FBI decides to increase surveillance of potential sympathizers of that country, including its own citizens, warning private companies that they could be attacked in retaliation.
It’s so sensible, in fact, you have to wonder, where’s the outrage? Where’s the American Civil Liberties Union demanding that the FBI stop “nationally profiling” Syrians just because they come from Syria? Is Al Sharpton complaining that Syrians living in the United States are being subjected to a federal version of “stop and frisk”? Is anyone saying there’s an “open season” on Syrians the way “stand your ground” laws allegedly made for an open season on black men?
Is The Associated Press preparing an expose?
The reality is this: Rightly or wrongly, the United States is on the verge of a military tangle with another country, and the men and women in charge of keeping this country from being retaliated against are trying to determine where the danger is most likely to emerge.
That’s something even the ACLU, Sharpton and the media can understand – as long as there’s a Democrat in the White House.
It would be nice if the left, its media and the professional grievance mongers could pretend they understood that all the time.