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Ever vigilant against terrorism

January 2, 2009
The Daily Mining Gazette

Islamic terrorists have not been able to carry out a single major attack in our country since Sept. 11, 2001. That is a credit to the nation's homeland security program. It turns out that it also is a tribute to alert, courageous, patriotic Americans.

One of them is Brian Morganstern, a 25-year-old clerk at a Circuit City store in New Jersey. Nearly two years ago, while working at another Circuit City store, Morganstern was asked by a customer to transfer the content of a video tape onto a DVD.

It was not an unusual request. But what Morganstern saw on the video was very much out of the ordinary. It depicted a group of men in a mountainous area, firing weapons and shouting, "Allah akbar" - Arabic for "God is great." It is a slogan favored by Islamic terrorists.

Morganstern discreetly contacted police, who called the FBI. That agency launched an investigation.

Earlier this week five men involved with the tape were convicted of charges relating to their plot to kill American soldiers at Fort Dix, N.J.

It took some courage for Morganstern to react as he did. Thank heaven he felt a sense of duty.

Now, he wants to begin a career in law enforcement. We'd say he has the right instincts for that.



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