western” passports; the kind of passports that are unlikely to draw attention or increased scrutiny at an American airport. While there is no way to accurately account for the number of westerners who have joined the cause, most conservative estimates place the number between 160 and 200 individuals and, perhaps, as many as 50 from the United States.
They, all of them, allowed 9-11-01 to happen. For all the talk of how much safer we are today, we open the weekend newspaper and see that two intruders attempted to gain access to the White House. Yes, Mr. Gonzalez did penetrate far beyond the security perimeter and how he was able to manage that feat will be an important aspect of the after action reports and review.