Saturday, February 11, 2012

Janet Napolitano Tries to Allay Jews' Fears--and Fails Miserably

I feel soooo much better after reading this:
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and top U.S. security officials told Jewish community leaders there is no imminent threat of an attack on Jewish targets in the United States.

"Officials on the call said government and security agencies are closely monitoring intelligence information amid rising Mideast tensions, but confirmed that there are no immediate threats directed at a specific target in the U.S. at this time," said a statement by the Jewish Federations of North America, which co-hosted the call with DHS and the Secure Community Network, the group that partners with JFNA to consult with Jewish communities on security.

Napolitano and top officials of the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the White House spoke for an hour and "stressed that there is currently no indication of any such threat, and urged the Jewish community to continue to engage in normal activity," the JFNA release said.

A senior Homeland Security official said that Napolitano had been concerned by the level of worry in the Jewish community arising from a number of aborted attempts overseas to target Jewish institutions, as well as recent arson attacks on synagogues in northern New Jersey.

"What she was hoping to achieve was to reduce the level of anxiety," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Noting the "diverse" array of possible threats against Jewish targets, both domestic and foreign, the official said that "none of these may be connected, but when looked at in totality, that is the source of the major concern in the Jewish community."...
No kidding. But, hey, since those threats so "diverse" and not necessarily "connected," I get everything's copacetic.

1 comment:

Carlos Perera said...

Well, since Homeland Security's prime concern seems to be the threat emanating from scary right-wing organizations like the Knights of Columbus, the NRA, and the Tea Party, I don't wonder that they have not been able to identify any imminent threats against Jews.

Wait, what's that? . . . surveil some Islamic or radical Left organizations? . . . nah, don't be silly!