The problem with fighting this so called War On Terror , is we have been doing it wrong from the begining .
The terrorists are using quite low-tech gorilla tactics against us .
What we need to focus on is good intellegence , each time one of these attacks happen intellegence seems to have failed .
We need Spies everywhere from your career spy to the little old lady walking her dog .
I also think we need to fight this like "The Cold War " in that we never really knew what was happening in that war , i don't care if people are taken out in the dead of night by our security services , play the buggers at their own game go deep undercover and root them out and kill them , before they kill us .
I hear what you are saying, DaveRam, but we have to be very careful when we wish for things like this. Yes, in the perfect world, only the bad guys would be taken out in the dead of night. And if YOU were in charge of everything, then no one would come take you or your family by mistake.
But what about me? Mistakes get made, the wrong people get taken away and "disappeared" ... or worse, that process is used as a tool to settle political scores and the like. And before we know it, we are like Argentina, where a whole generation was disappeared, and the country is scarred for another generation more.
If for no reason other than no process is perfect, and because it is not acceptable for innocent people to be made to disappear, it's so important that habeus corpus be part of the legal code of any civilized society.
The argument has been made that if we start doing away with underpinnings of civilization to fight terrorism, then we have already lost that war. I think there is a lot to be said for that.
Just my 2c!