BC-thomas 04/18 TMS Original

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 17, 2013 at 1:46 pm •  Published: April 17, 2013
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Robert Liscouski, a former Homeland Security assistant secretary for Infrastructure Protection, told the London Daily Mail that the Obama administration has cut $9 million from the Bush administration's $20 million budget "allocated for preventing the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) by terrorists working inside the United States." Did those cuts make Monday's attack easier? Congress should find out.

Authorities in Boston have requested the public's help in sharing videos and photographs of the blast site. Do they have too little information? If so, why? A lot of taxpayer money is being spent on "security." What happened in Boston?

Someone knows the perpetrator(s). Unless this was a perfect crime with all involved pledged to silence, someone has valuable information. And we shouldn't have to offer a reward to get it.

Mimicking what happened after 9/11, an envelope addressed to Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) has tested positive for Ricin. All mail delivery to the Capitol Building was temporarily suspended as a precaution. For weeks following 9/11, letters containing anthrax spores were mailed to two Democratic senators and several media offices.

Pressure cookers and poisoned letters are relatively simple ways to gain international attention for whatever grievance or cause one might wish to publicize. No level of security can protect everyone from everything all the time, but could more have been done to prevent the Boston attack?

People who know nothing about the investigation, but still blame conservatives for domestic terrorism, should consider the group lionized in the film "The Company You Keep." The left-wing Weather Underground bombed buildings and killed people as a protest against the U.S. government and the Vietnam War.

Terrorists don't discriminate. They kill people of all political stripes. Just as Americans pulled together 12 years ago, pundits would do well to refrain from trying to blame the right wing and pull together with other Americans now. As the president said, "...on days like this there are no Republicans or Democrats -- we are Americans, united in concern for our fellow citizens."

(Readers may e-mail Cal Thomas at tmseditors@tribune.com.)

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