I think it’s important to note that while all were in their 20s and they were all Muslim, the weren’t all Arab. Some number were from the former Yugoslavia. This means that, yes Virginia, you do have to keep an eye on all members of the “Religion of Peace” *cough cough*.
And of course the Islamic apologists were quick to tell us:
The arrests stirred renewed worry among New Jersey’s Muslim community. Hundreds of Muslim men from New Jersey were rounded up and detained in the months after the Sept. 11 attacks, but none were 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 scores of detainees after the 2001 attacks. “But when the government says `Islamic militants,’ it sends a message to the public that Islam and militancy are synonymous.”
Synonymous? Probably not–but there is a damn good correlation there, Sparky.