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Eternal Vigilance: The Price of Liberty

Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnist | Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Eternal Vigilance: The Price of Liberty

Today, New York congressman Peter King conducts hearings to examine the terror threat that Iran poses to the American homeland. The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee told me Iran and Hezbollah have agents inside America. He believes they must be closely monitored to reduce the likelihood they may become "operational," as he put it. That's not a surprise to anyone not in denial, but King, who has come under strong criticism from people who don't want the public to know about this, bravely soldiers on.

King praises the New York City police department under Commissioner Ray Kelly for monitoring the suspected terrorists and for standing against the self-styled civil liberties groups who think any monitoring of people who have declared they want to kill us is a violation of their constitutional rights.

All of this reminds me of an episode of the Fox series "24" a few seasons back. Jack Bauer was confronted with Islamic terrorist cells buried deep in the mainstream American neighborhoods. When they got the code, they started killing Americans. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.

Publication date: March 21, 2012