September 2009

The Terrorist Threat Still Exists

by Diane Dimond on September 27, 2009

Terror Suspect Najibullah Zazi

Terror Suspect Najibullah Zazi

Crime happens when we least expect it. Criminal activity festers in places we can’t imagine and in the minds of those we least expect. We should not be surprised when it is discovered.

The recent arrest of three seemingly low-key, non-descript men on charges of lying to federal agents about a plot to blow up American targets sounds like the stuff Hollywood makes movies about. But these arrests were all too real and should go to remind us that America’s fight against terrorism is far from over. The battlefield is worldwide.

These most recent suspects … [click to continue…]


A Government That Feels Our Pain – Too Much To Ask?

by Diane Dimond on September 21, 2009

Blind to our needs?

Blind to our needs?

This column is about both crime fighting and journalism – the two entities that come together to define what I do. Regular readers know this column has never been about politics but today it contains an appeal to politicians and other government workers nationwide.

Get your heads out of the rule book and think about the human consequences of what you do! Think about how your actions impact the feelings of your fellow Americans.

Look, I’m all for practicing crime fighting skills – practice makes perfect, I’d say. But what bureaucratic moron thought it was appropriate to stage a mock Coast Guard drill in the Potomac River at the same time the president of the United States was leading a solemn September 11th commemoration ceremony for mourners a short distance away?

The Coast Guard didn’t warn anyone …  [click to continue…]


An Antidote for Bank Robbery

by Diane Dimond on September 14, 2009

Finally, A New Approach

Finally, A New Approach

Have you gone into a bank lately and noticed anything different?

During my recent travels I noticed a bank in Albuquerque invited me, via a sign on the door, to “Please remove your sunglasses so we can smile at you!” At a bank in Los Angeles I was greeted by not one but three employees who looked me directly in the eye and chanted a hearty, “Good afternoon!”  Maybe you have noticed how suddenly friendly and accommodating your bank staff has become.

Why is that? Have banks suddenly realized that to engage the unfamiliar customer might be a good way of thwarting robberies? [click to continue…]


Is Rape Okay With You?

by Diane Dimond on September 7, 2009

No Rape Support Groups In Prison

No Rape Support Groups In Prison

Is there anyone out there reading this who condones rape?

No, of course not.

Who in civilized society would believe the violent sexual assault of another person is okay?

So then, why do we allow the brutal, repeated rape of our prisoners? We’ve known about the problem for decades. We read about the sexual victimization of inmates in books and newspapers, we see it depicted on TV and in the movies. Yet …. [click to continue…]