Pubdate: Tue, 04 Jun 2002
Source: Amarillo Globe-News (TX)
Copyright: 2002 Amarillo Globe-News
Author: Mike Plylar
Bookmark: (Rainbow Campground Shooting)


Larry Milam's May 29 column, "Fault of Sept. 11 lies with airlines, not 
government," was excellent reading, but it only tells just a small part of 
the larger story.

The truth is, if the FBI's attention had been directed toward actual 
threats to our freedoms instead of playing Rambo with a couple of local 
potheads, the disaster that occurred Sept. 11 might never have happened.

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 Sept. 11, the FBI had 
deployed more than 50 agents and snipers to participate in an asset 
forfeiture situation in Cass County, Mich.

This was just scant hours away from where Zacarias Moussaoui was being held 
by - you guessed it - the FBI.

Apparently pot-smokers somehow deserve more attention than terrorists under 
the Bush administration.

Two of America's sons lay dead on the ground.

One was shot through the forehead by an 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 nearly 3,000 innocent Americans.

Desperate to prevent the media attention of another Waco or Ruby Ridge, 
John 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.

While terrorists were attacking our freedoms, the FBI was laying a deadly 
siege at the Rainbow Farm.

Go figure.

Mike Plylar

Kremmling, Colo.
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