He was mocked at the time, but presidential candidate John Kerry was right in 2004 when he said the most effective way to fight terrorism was with enhanced international police work, intelligence sharing and special operations.
A Washington Post article this week pointed to the remarkable success of U.S. efforts to fingerprint hundreds of suspected terrorists detained in Afghanistan, Iraq and many other countries. The compiling and cross-checking of data with Interpol and other agencies have paid off by identifying and linking suspects in new ways, keeping hundreds of potentially dangerous suspects from traveling to this country.
“That’s the beauty of this whole data-sharing effort. We’re pushing our borders back,” said Thomas Bush, an FBI assistant director.