The Threat Is Still There

Brothers Eljvir Duka, left, and Shain Duka are seen in an artist's drawing during a court appearance at the U.S. District Courthouse in Camden, N.J., Tuesday, May 8, 2007. The Dukas are among six foreign-born Muslims who were arrested and accused Tuesday of plotting to attack the Army's Fort Dix and massacre scores of U.S. soldiers. (AP Photo/Andrea Shepard)
AP Photo/Andrea Shepard
This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.
So they caught a group of would-be terrorists in New Jersey. They planned to go into Fort Dix and murder soldiers. Authorities have tape of these guys talking about jihad, and we know they had guns and went to Pennsylvania to fire them. The government says these guys were trying to buy a grenade launcher.

Looks like terrorism. Sounds like terrorism. These guys are terrorists, right? But where is the celebration? Maybe it's because we don't trust what we've been told. The last big terrorism bust in Miami turned out to be a bunch of blowhard incompetents.

These guys seem smarter, to be sure. But you get the feeling maybe they are more like the Michigan militia than the Mahdi army. That's talkers, not fighters. I hope the government's case is ironclad, that we can see a trial and re-learn that the threat of terrorism on U.S. soil is still real.

I hope these guys were not just caught being stupid.

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By Harry Smith
By Harry Smith