Don't be confused by the title of this. I'm not talking about gays in the military here. The subject is terrorism and who is protecting whom from what and how are they doing it? Who knows what? Who are they telling? Who has the need to know and who is in charge of making that determination?
Remember the aftermath of 9/11? The press was filled with the tales of compartmentalization of information. It was a bureaucratic nightmare with competition for resources and lots of "not invented here" discrediting which prevented applying what we knew where it could protect us. In short order we got the Department of Homeland Security, the USA Patriot Act and TSA to disrobe us at airports while confiscating lip gloss and toothpaste. Supposedly data would be centralized and the system would prevent recurrence. There was a lot of blame casting and some of it was justified.
Here's what the media in England have found out about our attempted airplane destruction over Detroit on Christmas Eve:
Child Of Privilege Goes Astray
Why didn't I read that in the US newspapers? Apparently the Brits had a better handle on this guy than our Janet Napolitano, who has apparently gone into the Witless Protection Program since this terrorist attempt. The Sec. of Homeland Security has been conspicuously silent. Maybe she's waiting for the Attorney General to buy a prison to keep this boob who set his crotch on fire incarcerated. Let's see where this goes...shoe bomber means take off your shoes before flight, crotch-bomber means wedgies at check-in?
But maybe we've got a trend in terrorism. Or, maybe it is a trend in having info but not using it:
FBI Stings Illegal Into Bomb Plot
Wouldn't it make more sense to take these jihadis out of circulation and out of the country rather than depend that our sting will be the only bomb plot they attempt?
Or maybe you heard about this guy that we had some info on:
Counseling For the Battle Weary and Assassinations a Specialty
How much longer must we subordinate our common sense regarding anti-terrorism activity to the lesser good of political correctness? Seriously, when you see an emerging story about an attempted nut-job action do you expect that when the terrorist name is released that it will be Stanley Kowalski or Harvey Goldstein?