"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Friday, December 16, 2005
City officials in San Jose, California, are still wondering how a miniature golf course landed on a federal list of the most attractive terrorist targets.
Local officials said on Thursday they were shocked to learn that Emerald Hills Golfland, a 1.2 hectare theme park with two miniature golf courses, had been placed on a Homeland Security watch list.
"The moment we realised it was on the list, it was taken off," said San Jose police officer Rubens Dalaison, who handles "critical infrastructure assessment" for the department. "I myself took it off."
But the list remains secret, and even San Jose Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, who is the ranking minority member of a House subcommittee on terrorism risk assessment, said she did not know whether it is still listed.
"We had a subcommittee hearing with department officials before Thanksgiving and I asked, 'What's going on with the list?' and they couldn't answer," she said. "I do not know if Golfland is on the list today or not. It's so embarrassing."
Remember, if you can't hit the ball through the little windmill, then the terrorists have already won - or something like that.