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Defenseless in the Face of our Enemies: What Keeps America from Protecting Itself from Radical Islam

Defenseless in the Face of our Enemies: What Keeps America from Protecting Itself from Radical Islam

Andrew C. McCarthy III

June 22, 2016, 7:30 pm-8:45 pm

Our legal architecture for fighting the infiltration of radical Islam is stuck in a pre-1993 Cold War framework. That framework prohibits the exclusion of aliens on the grounds of ideological animus against the U.S. as opposed to terrorist activities. We face an ideology that promotes acts of mass terror and thrives on resistance to assimilation.

The State Department’s strategy for countering violent extremism issued a week ago is, as usual, absent any mention of Islam. What’s more, the U.S. continues to suffer from the lack of any institution within the government from which to actually execute such a strategy, were we to have a sensible one, in terms of the war of ideas.

Andrew C. McCarthy III is a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. He led the 1995 terrorism prosecution against Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman and eleven others. The defendants were convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and of planning a series of attacks against New York City landmarks. He also contributed to the prosecutions of terrorists who bombed U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. He resigned from the Justice Department in 2003. He is a contributing editor of National Review and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

McCarthy is the author of The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America, How Obama Embraces Islam’s Sharia Agenda, Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad, Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy, and How the Obama Administration Has Politicized Justice.

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