GLENN: ISIS has attacked New York City. An Uzbek immigrant rented a Home Depot Truck and entered the West Side Highway bike path at 3:05pm yesterday afternoon. He drove for seventeen blocks mowing down everything in his path. After it was all over, eight people are dead and 15 are seriously wounded. The attack might have been worse had he not crashed into a school bus, ending his terror drive. Two children were hurt in that final crash, one critically.
The terrorist jumped out of his truck upon crashing, brandishing a BB gun and a paintball gun. The words “Allahu Akbar” could be heard coming from the terrorist’s mouth. Suicide by cop is probably what he wanted, but as of this morning he’s out of surgery and alive. A police search of the truck revealed an ISIS flag and a note pledging his allegiance to the group.
This is our reality. A reality our kids have had to grow up in for OVER A DECADE AND A HALF. They don’t know anything different. A world where if they go to a concert, attend a public gathering, or even ride a bike they have to pause and ask themselves, “What do I do if a terrorist shows up?” Can you imagine growing up like that? I can’t even fathom that, but to our kids it’s the new norm.
These attacks will get more frequent and continue to come out of nowhere. That might be the scariest part of this new era in Islamic terrorism. The terrorists are adapting to our security measures. They’re staying away from items that might get them caught. Things like explosives, guns and anything else that might draw attention. The new era terrorists are completely invisible. They’re ghosts. This Uzbek was a LEGAL immigrant, a business owner with two trucking companies, an Uber driver in good standing, and had NO digital footprint. ZERO social media accounts have been found so far. There’s absolutely NO way this attack could have been prevented.
Actually, there is one way. We need to significantly modify our immigration policy. Enough is enough. How can we begin to fix this when one judge has the power to override national security policy? Something has got to be done and the partisan politics need to be checked at the door.
I’m looking at you, 9th circuit.