Get Your Homeland Security Badge Right Here

Michelle Malkin had a post up yesterday, linking to a story about the surge of sales on disposable cell phones in Walmart and Target stores to people from Pakistan and some “of Middle East origin.”

     …Law enforcement officials say the phones were used to detonate the bombs terrorists used in the Madrid train attacks in March 2004.
…The FBI is closely monitoring the potentially dangerous development, which came to light following recent large-quantity purchases in California and Texas, officials confirmed.
In one New Year’s Eve transaction at a Target store in Hemet, Calif., 150 disposable tracfones were purchased. Suspicious store employees notified police, who called in the FBI, law enforcement sources said.

”Suspicious store employees?” Good thing they weren’t working in airline terminals. They’d be fired for racial profiling.

As Ms. Malkin points out, their post-9/11 consciences told them what to do. She put it succinctly: “we’re all Homeland Security agents now.”

Ain’t that the truth! So when Annie Jacobsen relates her story about the “dry run” she saw on a flight to Los Angeles, she’s being a Homeland Security agent, not an hysterical female.

And when the Baron goes investigating those Jamaat al-Fuqa compounds, he’s doing his part. Even if it scares me to death. Ms. Malkin says it this way:

     The investigations may yield solid terrorism leads. Or they may not. But if 9/11 taught us anything, it was to be unapologetically vigilant. To act now and avoid the cacophony of hindsight hysterics later. What good are all the “Be alert” admonitions from the government if no one alerts authorities when their alarms go off?
Some civil liberties absolutists will no doubt go bananas over “racist” store clerks who blow the whistle on suspicious behavior. But the rest of us, including the feds who are now following up on the citizen watchdog reports, should be nothing but grateful–and ready to do the same.

I can tell you from experience: we’d best all hang together now. You never can tell when things will heat up in your neighborhood.

And if you don’t think they’re out to get us — to get you — just spend a little time on our site meter’s record of search words. I’m am sick of strange people who google “how to make bomb jihad.” They come from all over the world, and they wash up on our little spit of land.

What do you want to bet that just posting this item from Ms. Malkin will start drawing the sicko wanna-be terrorists who will search on “how to make bomb cell phone?” Bloody minded they may be, but original they’re not.