It appears that the press is only recently becoming aware of issues of home grown terrorism and needed mechanisms for dealing with the same. Plaudits for the current administration’s redefinition of a controlled but unclassified information category and means for various departments to share disparate types of information are daily in the press as if this were a new development. The one thing which I gave unmitigated credit to the last administration for accomplishing was the breakdown in the walls separating these different categories of information and the means developed for sharing the same, including the designation of a controlled but unclassified category of information. These efforts are not new, though it is heartening to see that they are still being pursued. The re-visitation of this as an issue seems to be a realization within the current administration of the significant perils we still face from movements either tightly or loosely affiliated with Al Quaida. It is not so much that the movement has new cloths, but rather that their ensemble of means accent the whole to our detriment and in ways which we are still ill prepared to confront as evidenced by the current administration’s adoption of many of the policies of the past administration.
The Authorized Use of Military Force (AUMF)
enacted post 9/11 gave the executive broad authority for carrying out actions
against those who perpetrated, or who supported, the attacks. Since 9/11, the affiliation, or nexus, argument
has expanded. It first represented both
the perpetrators as well as those who directly assisted, aided, or abetted Al Qaida. It next
expanded, logically, to those currently associated with Al Qaida
in a practical sense, whether they were active abettors of 9/11 or not. Once that bar was passed, it morphed into
those whose affiliation was less direct.
It has long been known that groups composed of both
It seems we are re-tailoring our
view of affiliation still, quite possibly in response to a new administration
which has now become aware of the real threat in all of its forms and its
implications. We still do not have a “Title