Where is the last place you might expect to find terrorist suspects? Kentucky would be high on my list, which is why those infiltrating us probably picked it.
Two Iraqis living in Bowling Green, Kentucky, have been arrested and charged with trying to send sniper rifles, stinger missiles and money to al-Qaeda operatives in their home country.
The men, 30-year-old Alwan and 23-year-old Mohamed Shareef Hammadi were indicted by a federal grand jury on 23 counts that included conspiracy to kill a U.S. national, conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support for terrorists.
One report I saw said the two men came to the U.S. as refugees and so were not required to have rigorous background checks. If that is so, that policy should be changed. These guys were stopped before they could do harm. Others are waiting to take their place, including some who are determined to again attack the United States.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.
This article published on June 3, 2011.