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Where's our Patriot Act?

In the counter-terrorism front, the post-Charlie circus will be a gift that will keep on giving -- in full "war on terra" mode. All the alleged perpetrators are conveniently dead -- so there are zero chances of piecing together the real story. This may have been Al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP); this may have been division of labor between AQAP and IS/ISIL/Daesh; this may have been a jihadi commando that acted like pros until, as French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve admitted, they made the "one fatal mistake" -- how thoughtful! -- of leaving an ID card in their abandoned getaway Citroen.

The Ministry of Fear has issued a worldwide warning about the "continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against US citizens and interests throughout the world." There will be a "security" summit in the White House on February 18 -- even as France's Interior Minister stresses Europe needs to "exchange information" about people returning from "Syraq."

It does not occur to any "expert" that the "West" created the playground for "these people" to go hone their jihadi skills in the first place.

King Sarko the First, predictably, is on a roll. His new spin is "war of civilizations" -- which is essentially a made in France take on Dubya's "war on terra," paving the way for a French Patriot Act. The real game, though, has nothing to do with "democracy," or "freedom of speech," not to mention "war of civilizations." And predictably, the only Western response is to multiply the tentacles of the Orwellian surveillance/security hydra -- a dead ender because it refuses to address the real root causes of jihadism.

Up next: a Guantanamo made in France sponsored by Dior. Thank the Lord we have so many bright politicians to protect us.

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