Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Connecting The Dots - Part II

In an earlier post today I speculated on the role home-grown terrorists might have played in the Kenya mall terrorist attack, and the possibility of a similar style attack here in the U.S. As is so often the case, a little later I ran across this story. It's a few months old, but IMO still (disturbingly) valid.
The White House assures that tracking our every phone call and keystroke is to stop terrorists, and yet it won't snoop in mosques, where the terrorists are.

That's right, the government's sweeping surveillance of our most private communications excludes the jihad factories where homegrown terrorists are radicalized.

Since October 2011, mosques have been off-limits to FBI agents. No more surveillance or undercover string operations...
Before mosques were excluded from the otherwise wide domestic spy net the administration has cast, the FBI launched dozens of successful sting operations against homegrown jihadists — inside mosques — and disrupted dozens of plots against the homeland.

If only they were allowed to continue, perhaps the many victims of the Boston Marathon bombings would not have lost their lives and limbs. The FBI never canvassed Boston mosques until four days after the April 15 attacks, and it did not check out the radical Boston mosque where the Muslim bombers worshiped.

The bureau didn't even contact mosque leaders for help in identifying their images after those images were captured on closed-circuit TV cameras and cellphones.

One of the Muslim bombers made extremist outbursts during worship, yet because the mosque wasn't monitored, red flags didn't go off inside the FBI about his increasing radicalization before the attacks.

This is particularly disturbing in light of recent independent surveys of American mosques, which reveal some 80% of them preach violent jihad or distribute violent literature to worshippers.

What other five-alarm jihadists are counterterrorism officials missing right now, thanks to restrictions on monitoring the one area they should be monitoring?
There you have it. Because of the obama administration's politically correct kowtowing to a cult of bloodthirsty savages we missed an opportunity to potentially prevent the killing of four victims and  the wounding of hundreds of others in that islamist terrorist attack.

Anyone care to guess if the FBI is prohibited from conducting surveillance operations in Catholic churches or Jewish synagogues...?

(Image courtesy Hope n' Change.)

At least the NYPD has the right idea...

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