Joe Scarborough, Mika Brezinski, Camille Paglia, et al. are making sanctimonious, specious and hyperbolic arguments against Ted Cruz's anti-terrorism policy prescription
(CNN) Ted Cruz on Tuesday called for law enforcement to step up their policing of Muslim neighborhoods in the U.S. in the wake of terrorist attacks in Brussels, comparing it to police boosting their presence in areas with known gang activity.
"If you have a neighborhood where there's a high level of gang activity, the way to prevent it is you increase the law enforcement presence there and you target the gang members to get them off the streets," the Texas senator told CNN's Anderson Cooper. "I'm talking about any area where there is a higher incidence of radical Islamic terrorism."...The sanctimonious, specious, and hyperbolic arguments against Cruz's escalation have been quick to follow from the likes of Joe Scarborough, Mika Brezinski (video starting at 5:50 time mark), Camille Paglia and many others.
In a classic tu quoque moment, New York City's police commissioner, William J. Bratton, head of an organization that has been criticized by the ACLU for its Muslim Surveillance Program, criticized the senator's recommendation. Can you say chutzpah?
Much of the criticism comes across as virtue signaling to an informed citizen.
The FBI's own historical record is replete with targeted enforcement actions against:
- Italian Organized Crime
- African Criminal Enterprises
- Asian Criminal Enterprises
- Balkan Criminal Enterprises
- Eurasian Criminal Enterprises
- Middle Eastern Criminal Enterprises
...What exactly are the telltale signs of creeping radicalization that roving patrol cars would be able to spot—an uptick in Bedouin garb and the waving of scimitars in the street, as in a Rudolph Valentino movie? And how would American police “secure” any neighborhood without violating basic constitutional rights?...
In fact, the FBI is already tracking 900 'homegrown' ISIS cases in all 50 States and these are the areas Senator Cruz is recommending "you increase the law enforcement presence" against.