There were these footnotes to the story of America's war on terrorism.
A Michigan state police report, identifying that state, and the Muslim-heavy Detroit Dearborn area in particular as a source of terrorist fund-raising and recruiting, has triggered a political uproar.
The report, two years in the making, says there are 374 threat elements in Michigan and that "members of terrorist groups commit criminal acts to raise financial resources to support terrorist operations overseas." It also quotes the F.B.I. as saying 28 major terrorist organizations, including Usama bin Laden's "are represented in Michigan."
Michigan Democratic Congressman David Bonior denounced the report as "character assassination of a community. The kind of thing," he said, "that went on during the McCarthy era," end quote.
Remember Sheikh Mohamed Gomayh (ph), the leader of that Islamic cultural center and mosque in New York? He is a supposedly moderate Muslim leader who told a hard line Muslim Web site earlier this month that Jews were behind the attack on the World Trade Center.
Now it turns out that he had left the country two weeks after the September 11 atrocities, and is now living in Cairo with his family. The New York Times says his colleagues at the New York mosque are mystified by his remarks and by his departure.
A school district in St. Petersburg, Florida has now reversed itself and decided to allow a high school physics project, which a teacher had tried to enliven by tying it to September 11. The idea was to drop some carefully wrapped eggs onto a poster of Usama bin Laden in the middle of the football field. But school officials stepped in and said, no, that would conflict with the school's message of multiculturalism. That view apparently hasn't changed, but the school district has now decided to let the Usama egg drop go forward Thursday morning.
And CNN anchor Aaron Brown is saying the September 11th atrocities have been good for him. "It's sort of sickening to say it," Brown told the New York Observer, but for now I'm probably the principle beneficiary of the worst terrorist attack in human history," end quote.
Brown, though, says he's not sure his new prominence will last. "I have no sense for whether this is a meteor or a comet, but I know right now my life has changed."