Michelle Malkin

2. Report illegal aliens. More than 115,000 people from Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries are here illegally among a total population of some 7 to 11 million illegal aliens. Some 6,000 Middle Eastern men who have defied deportation orders remain on the loose. There are roughly 300 agents assigned to apprehend such absconders, plus an additional 5,000 FBI agents newly assigned to investigate foreign terrorist threats.

Again, these outnumbered agents and investigators could use all the help they can get. If you know or suspect an illegal alien, fugitive deportee or other criminal alien, call the feds. An anonymous Justice Department official who writes under the pseudonym Juan Mann has published an enormously helpful reference guide to reporting illegal aliens at Peter Brimelow's VDARE.com. (See http://www.vdare.com/mann/reporting_aliens.htm).

As Mann notes, it's possible your call may not be acted upon, but "you are performing a vital public service by doing this. Officers in these divisions are obligated by law to make a written record of your report. . . . The government will know about it -- and will know we know it knows about it. The Chinese say a journey of a thousand miles must start with one step. Americans can start regaining control of their borders -- and of their nation's destiny -- with one phone call."

3. Watch the campuses. If you study or work at a college or university, be alert. We know al Qaeda operatives -- from the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Africa -- have been training in the American ivory tower for decades. Be especially on guard against suspicious behavior if you are in the computer or engineering fields. Don't let political correctness paralyze you from reporting unusual activity. And don't rest easy if your school is in a small town. Recently arrested terror suspects have gone to school in tiny Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Muncie, Ind.; and Moscow, Idaho. The tentacles of terror reach across the heartland.

4. Be always prepared. Take nothing for granted in your daily life: your trips to the mall, your commute across the bridge, your stop at the library or Home Depot. Sharpen your powers of observation. Take note that the Islamists abroad are recruiting women suicide bombers. If you are trained and licensed to carry a concealed weapon, don't leave home without it. Remember that it was armed private guards, along with a private citizen, who tackled and killed the last "lone wolf" terrorist on American soil, Hesham Hadayet, at Los Angeles International Airport last July 4th.

War is here. The choice is ours: Shields or sheeple? Let's roll.

Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies" (Regnery 2010).

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