Getting the story straight on “24” and Arabs in homeland security

Getting the story straight on “24” and Arabs in homeland security

When I first heard that the first undersecretary of homeland security for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts was going to be an Arab-American woman, I didn’t think much about it, expect perhaps that maybe her heritage would provide special insight into terrorist groups.

Unfortunately, it appears that Juliette Kayyem is more interested in bowing to liberal pieties than to actual security. After all, she says she’s dedicated to dedicated to getting the truth out about Arab-Americans, but then immediately spreads an untruth.

“I watch “24” like everyone else. There is no Arab on that show who is not a terrorist or ex-terrorist,” said Juliette Kayyem, who officially becomes undersecretary of homeland security on Monday. “I hope the American public can separate fiction from fact, but I worry that the only representations of Arabs on TV are as terrorists.”

Either Kayyem is lying when she says she watches “24” or she’s too caught up in her persecution complex to see what’s going on. In fact, there have been quite a few Arabic characters on the show who have not been terrorists. In the first four hours of this season that aired last week, we saw a character who is head of the fictional version of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, who not only tries to cooperate with “violations of his civil liberties” by the FBI against his lawyer’s advice, he also informs on some fellow Arabs who he overheard talking about a terrorism plot.

Put that aside for the moment though and consider that “24” is a show about countering terrorism. Yet last season it wasn’t Arab terrorists they were fighting but Russians (and an American cabal at the highest levels of government, etc.) The fact is that 90 percent of the terrorist threat we face as a nation and as a commonwealth today comes from radical Islamic groups and the vast majority of them are Arabs. But Kayyem wants to play the politically correct card and close her eyes to reality.

Self-contradictory: Does her heritage matter or not?

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Domenico Bettinelli