It has become not only fashionable,but almost required to sneer at home-grown terror plots against the United States . For example, when the case against 6 wannabee suspects - who were described as "long on aspirations" - resulted in a mistrial, the Media was barely able to conceal its scorn : one even describing the result as a "stinging rebuke to the Bush Administration".
The laughter seems to be the loudest on the West Coast : especially in California.
Few in California are laughing now, however, concerning a recently foiled terror plot , which originated -not in some Middle East bazaar-but inside the California prison system ; and which was intended to be launched against military and civilian targets in that state.
Four persons have been indicted, and two: Levar Haney Washington, and Kevin Lamar James,have entered guilty pleas to seditious conspiracy to take up arms against the United States.
James, who is described as the ringleader, is the founder of JIS - The Assembly of Authentic Islam : an offshoot of the Louis Farrakhan's Nation of Islam. JIS is well known to California penal authorities,who regard it as a grave danger, and who have tried to control it by dispersing its followers whenever possible.
Though it may seem "paranoid" to point this out,similar groups may be found in our prisons nationwide ...and abroad. Richard Reid-the attempted shoe-bomber, and Jose Padilla - who trained with al-Qaeda in Afghanistan come to mind.
There are also "White supremacy" groups : some of which ( if I'm interpreting recent comments correctly) have "tactically aligned" themselves with certain Middle Eastern extremists in their quest for power here at home. Like their Black counterparts, many have their roots in outlaw and prison gangs.
We have not seen the last of these dangerous "home-made" terror groups - no matter how much the Media snickers at the idea - and it seems doubtful we ever will.