Allen B. West

Terror threat to our water supply?

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Much has been reported about the chemical spill in West Virginia and the adverse impact upon the drinking water for local communities. However, could there be even greater – and purposeful — threats to drinking water here in America, which is going unreported and ignored?

Consider this story from Dave Gibson at The Examiner about a 26-year-old man named Asaf Mohammed who was found trapped in a 20-inch pipe at a New Jersey water facility. Operated by United Water, the facility supplies drinking water to about 40,000 customers. The plant is surrounded by barbed wire fencing and workers are still trying to determine how the man was able to gain access to the facility without detection – and why he was there in the first place. Mr. Mohammed has been charged with fourth-degree criminal trespassing.

I suppose you could simply dismiss this as an isolated incident and of no real circumstance, but Gibson also reveals something even more disturbing:

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In May 2013, seven Muslims from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Singapore were arrested in the middle of the night at the Quabbin Reservoir which supplies drinking water to the city of Boston as well as dozens of other Massachusetts communities.

The group of two women and five men told the state trooper who discovered them, that they were all “chemical engineers” and simply wanted to check out the facility.

Three locks had been cut to gain access to the reservoir. This incident occurred only one month after the Boston marathon terrorist attack. No charges were filled, the names of these individuals are not publicly known, and it seems their whereabouts are unknown as well.

At a time we’re being told it’s necessary to “data mine” the American public in order to prevent terrorist attacks, how is it that these occurrences got under the radar screen? And why are they under-reported?

I am reminded of Benjamin Franklin’s quote, “Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

Franklin’s words are coming to fruition, and we have neither liberty nor security. As a Member of Congress, I voted for a three-month extension of the Patriot Act in order to study it in more depth. What I found was not convincing and when then-FBI Director Mueller refused to answer my pointed inquiries, I voted against the 5-year extension of the Patriot Act.

I don’t want to see Americans forced to live under a surveillance state simply because we have too many politically correct politicians who are reluctant and afraid to confront who the enemy truly is, right here beneath our nose.

What do you think, is America unnecessarily becoming a surveillance state because we are too politically correct? And do you believe these efforts are truly preventing Islamic terror attacks?

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