WARNING:This is a patriotic, ethnocentric rant; it will most likely offend many of you. "Don't equate actions with religion" Sohail Mohammed, a lawyer - That's darn hard to do when you come into my backyard and try to blow it up. I don't see Unitarians, Lutherans, or Pentecostals doing this stuff. It is always radical fundamentalist Muslims. I had an idea after 9/11/01 which I made the mistake of voicing. All my liberal friends were horrified I could think, let alone voice such a narrow-minded thing. But I think it's time has come. We need to update and re-vamp the concept of Ellis Island. We need three maybe four points of entry for all legal immigrants. These check points should be staffed by our military not civilians, not college kids, and not that joke entity Homeland Security. Possible Ports of Entry: Syracuse, NY - Portland, OR - Miami, FL - Newport News, VA - Groton, CT - San Diego, CA - Houston, TX - Bayonne, NJ 6 Charged With Plot on Army Post in N.J. By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press Writer 2 hours ago FORT DIX, N.J. - Six Islamic militants from Yugoslavia and the Middle East were arrested on charges of plotting to attack the Fort Dix Army post and "kill as many soldiers as possible," authorities said Tuesday. In conversations secretly recorded by an FBI informant over the past year, the men talked about killing in the name of Allah and attacking U.S. warships that might dock in Philadelphia, according an FBI criminal complaint. "This was a serious plot put together by people who were intent on harming Americans," U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie said Tuesday. "We're very gratified federal law enforcement was able to catch these people before they acted and took innocent life." One suspect reportedly spoke of using rocket-propelled grenades to kill at least 100 soldiers at a time, according to court documents. "If you want to do anything here, there is Fort Dix and I don't want to exaggerate, and I assure you that you can hit an American base very easily," suspect Mohamad Ibrahim Shnewer said in one conversation secretly recorded by a government informant, according to the criminal complaint. "It doesn't matter to me whether I get locked up, arrested or get taken away," a suspect identified as Serdar Tatar said in another recorded conversation. "Or I die, it doesn't matter. I'm doing it in the name of Allah." Another suspect, Eljvir Duka, was recorded saying: "In the end, when it comes to defending your religion, when someone is trying attacks your religion, your way of life, then you go jihad." The FBI was tipped off in January 2006 when a shopkeeper alerted agents about a "disturbing" video he had been asked to copy onto a DVD, according to court documents. The video showed 10 men in their early 20s "shooting assault weapons at a firing range ... while calling for jihad and shouting in Arabic 'Allah Akbar' (God is great)," the complaint said. Christie said one of the suspects worked at Super Mario's Pizza in nearby Cookstown and delivered pizzas to the base. . . . The description of the suspects as "Islamic militants" renewed fears in New Jersey's Muslim community. Hundreds of Muslim men from New Jersey were rounded up and detained by authorities in the months following the 2001 attacks, but none was connected to that plot. "If these people did something, then they deserve to be punished to the fullest extent of the law," said Sohail Mohammed, a lawyer who represented many of the detainees. "But when the government says 'Islamic militants,' it sends a message to the public that Islam and militancy are synonymous." "Don't equate actions with religion," he said. ~~~***~~~***~~~***~~~***~~~***~~~***~~~***~~~***~~~ "Don't equate actions with religion," - That is a lot easier said than done. I'm just damned sick and tired of people coming over here and starting stuff. I am not saying my country is perfect, as a Black Woman I know it's not perfect. But why can't these people hate us, from over there. If they are so religious why can't they say a prayer and light a candle? Seriously, why not say a prayer for our sinful, capitalist, sexist, racist ways? I do, it every night. If you are even remotely familiar with our behavior on an international level you know that we rarely act; we react. The president of the United States is a jackass, we all know that. However we would not be in Iraq if we had not been reacting to the 9/11/01 attacks in this country. Getting off course a bit, the whole Saddam Hossein and Iran thing was GWB just trying to avenge his daddy. It had nothing to do with avenging the deaths of thousands of civilians on 9/11/01. FYI - Fort Dix Army base is a 20 minute drive from my home. I have a cousin who is a retired Air Force Reserve Master Sergeant and she lives only 10 minutes from both Fort Dix Army Base and McGuire Air Force Base. So yes, I am taking this personally.