Like most Acts of Domestic Terrorism the Boston Bombings have a Connection to Militant Islam

Posted by PITHOCRATES - April 21st, 2013

Week in Review

We’ve had some people with mental health problems obtain firearms and go on shooting sprees on soft targets.  Grade schools.  Colleges.  Theaters.  High schools.  The government’s answer to these?  Take guns away from law-abiding people.  As they don’t appear to want to track people with mental health problems.  Which would be easier.  Because there are a lot of warning signs.  Schools complain about strange and disturbing behavior.  Strange and disturbing enough to expel some people from school.  But it ends there.  And these people wander free amongst us.  Family members have even tried to get these people committed for public safety concerns.  But doing that today is so difficult that few can get people who are a danger to themselves or to the public committed.  Changing this would make grade schools, colleges, theaters and high schools safer than new gun control legislation.  For using guns is not the only way to kill soft targets (see Boston bombers: FBI hunting 12-strong terrorist “sleeper cell” linked to brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by Christopher Bucktin and Andy Lines posted 4/21/2013 on the Mirror).

The FBI was last night hunting a 12-strong terrorist “sleeper cell” linked to the Boston marathon bomb brothers.

Police believe Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were specially trained to carry out the devastating attack.

More than 1,000 FBI operatives were last night working to track down the cell and arrested a man and two women 60 miles from Boston in the hours before Dzhokhar’s dramatic capture after a bloody shootout on Friday.

A source close to the investigation said: “We have no doubt the brothers were not acting alone. The devices used to detonate the two bombs were highly sophisticated and not the kind of thing people learn from Google.

“They were too advanced. Someone gave the brothers the skills and it is now our job to find out just who they were. Agents think the sleeper cell has up to a dozen members and has been waiting several years for their day to come…”

Investigators have begun piecing together how the “well-mannered” brothers of Chechen origin were radicalised. Neighbours of the family said older brother Tamerlan had recently become obsessed with Islam. He mysteriously left the US in January last year to spend six months in Russia. Yesterday senior FBI counter-terrorism official Kevin Brock said: “It’s a key thread for investigators.”

It also emerged the Bureau interviewed Tamerlan two years ago, at the request of the Russian government, but could not establish that he had ties to terrorist radicals.

This was despite his worrying Russian-language YouTube page featuring links to extremist Islamic sites and others since taken down by YouTube.

One link showed an hour-long speech by an Islamic teacher called Shaykh Feiz Mohammed, while other videos are labled “Terrorists” and “Islam”.

The radical cleric, with links to extremist British Muslims, encouraged his followers to become martyrs for Islam. He said: “Teach them this: There is nothing more beloved to me than wanting to die as a mujahid…”

US Government officials have said the brothers were not under surveillance as possible militants. And an FBI statement said the matter was closed because interviews with Tamerlan and family members “did not find any terrorism activity, domestic or foreign”. But now they believe the pair, who emigrated to the United States from Dagestan about a decade ago, were part of a terror cell.

If there is a sleeper cell they may be able find a trail to them by exploring the past lives of the two bombers.  There were a lot of warning signs before the bombings we missed.  Perhaps we’ll be able to see them when we’re actually looking for them.

It almost appears that we have a problem looking at people.  Whether they’re people with mental health problems.  Or domestic terrorists.  It’s as bad as our airport security.  Where we’re patting down every grandmother and child.  We need to start profiling people.  Not so much by skin color.  But by behavior.  And with good questioning.  “Where are you traveling?  Who are you visiting?  Where does he work?  What’s his boss’ name?  Where does his wife work?  How good are you at making bombs?”  Depending on the answers to these questions security either moves on to someone else.  Or they pull this person aside for further questioning.

We need well-trained and highly skilled people.  So we don’t turn the country into a police state.  Observe everyone.  Question those whose behavior looks off in some way.  And read their body language.  Is he searching for answers?  Or do they appear too well rehearsed?  Does he seem nervous?  Is he avoiding eye contact?  Is he sweating?  Does he laugh at the bomb question?  Or does he flinch involuntarily?  Does he seem different from other travelers?  Is he carrying a large backpack and doesn’t appear interested in what everyone else is interested in?  Like a marathon?  If so perhaps security should approach this person.  Talk to him.  Ask what’s inside that backpack.  And search that backpack.  You can’t search everyone standing along a marathon course.  But you can have security mingling through the crowds looking for things that are not like other things.

Of course before you can do that you have to admit that there are people out there that want to hurt us.  That there is a War on Terror.  And not explain terrorist attacks away as workplace violence (the Fort Hood shooting).  Or say that al Qaeda is on the ropes and deny additional security requests in a hot bed of Islamist activity (Benghazi).  Just because it wouldn’t look good during an election campaign where a common refrain was Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive.

To fight the War on Terror will require some in government to stop putting politics first.  The gun control debate is more about passing long-desired legislation than it is about making our kids safe.  To prevent the senseless slaughter of innocent people by people with mental health problems it would be far more effective to institutionalize these people that are a risk to themselves and to the public.  And to protect us from further acts of domestic terrorism we have to be able to say words like Muslim extremist.  Militant Islamist.  Islamist terrorist.  For even Bill Maher has said that Islam is the one faith that has a history of killing Americans.  Not all Muslims are terrorists.  But Muslims carry out the majority of terrorist attacks.  And until you accept that fact how are you going to defend the United States against militant Islam?  For you can’t fight this war with one arm tied behind your back because of political correctness.  Which means when we’re profiling people we have to look at those who are most likely to kill us in a terrorist attack.  People who travel to hotbeds of Islamist activity.  Those who are kicked out of mosques for being too radical.  People who have YouTube pages featuring links to extremist Islamic sites.  And what do these all have in common?  That word the Obama administration does not like to use attached to any acts of domestic terrorism.  Muslim.

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President Obama has made Real Spending Cuts…in the Office for Bombing Prevention

Posted by PITHOCRATES - April 21st, 2013

Week in Review

At first the Left was blaming the Republicans for the Boston Marathon bombings.  For their ‘anti-government’ views.  And causing President Obama’s proposed sequester to go into effect.  Then they were blaming white rightwing extremists because of the symbolism of the day.  Now that the bomber have been captured and we’ve learned who they are we see that perhaps those in government could have done a better job in preventing this particular terrorist attack (see Obama administration has SLASHED budget for domestic bombing prevention by 45 per cent, says former Homeland Security Assistant Secretary by David Martosko posted 4/16/2013 on the Daily Mail).

Barack Obama’s administration has cut the budget nearly in half for preventing domestic bombings, MailOnline can reveal.

Under President George W. Bush, the Department of Homeland Security had $20 million allocated for preventing the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) by terrorists working inside the United States. The current White House has cut that funding down to $11 million.

That assessment comes from Robert Liscouski, a former Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection, in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15 that killed three Americans and injured at least 173 others.

He told MailOnline that the Obama-era DHS is, on the whole, about as well-positioned as it was during the Bush administration to handle the aftermath of the April 15 bombings in Boston, ‘but the Obama administration has continued to cut the budget for offices such as the Office for Bombing Prevention from $20 million started under Bush, to $11 million today…

The Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP) was created in 2003 when the Department of Homeland Security was founded. Its original name was the WMD/Bombing Prevention Unit, and it was part of the department’s Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection Directorate…

Today the OBP describes its mission as ‘enhanc[ing] the Nation’s ability to prevent, protect against, respond to, and mitigate the terrorist use of explosives against critical infrastructure, the private sector, and Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial entities.’

Its website says it works to ‘coordinate national and intergovernmental bombing prevention efforts’ and ‘enhance counter-IED capabilities.’

But little is known about what role OBP actually plays in attempting to prevent bombings at public events that could be considered target-rich environments…

On February 26 the Obama White House issued a lengthy National Policy for Countering Improvised Explosive Devices. Obama wrote in an introduction to that document that ‘we have no greater responsibility than providing for the safety and security for [sic] our citizens, allies, and partners … The use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) threatens these interests by killing, injuring, and intimidating citizens and political leaders around the world.’

‘We must not become complacent,’ he wrote.

Even when the president writes he sounds like he is campaigning.  Sounds good.  But one day you have to stop campaigning and actually do your job.  And actually get results for policy actions.  Not just keep talking in lofty tones. And blaming continued failures on the opposition.

So we have a governmental agency that exists to prevent what happened in Boston this past April 15.  Well, we can assume that’s their job.  It sounds like it’s their job.  But no one really knows what this agency does.  Other than spend $11 million a year.  Reduced from $20 million under President Bush.  Hey, how about that?  The president can cut federal spending.  As long as it’s not for something important he can cut federal spending.  Green energy investments and studying why lesbians are generally more overweight than gay men are really important so he continues to spend on them.  But something less critical to the well-being of the nation, like preventing domestic terrorist bombings, that he can cut.

The mainstream media was blaming these bombings on some angry rightwing white guy before the dust settled.  And they gave their reasons why.  It was April 15th.  Tax day.  And angry white rightwing extremists hate paying taxes.  It was Patriots’ Day in Boston.  Another day of symbolic importance to white rightwing extremists.  It was near the anniversary of the fiery end to the government’s Waco siege.  And the Oklahoma City bombing.  So it was just dripping with white rightwing extremist symbolism.  So if the mainstream media could understand this within minutes of the bombings you’d think the government who spends a lot of time attacking those white rightwing extremists would have, too.  And used their OBP to take it up a notch in the weeks leading up to that day in Boston.  Such as stopping people weighed down by very large and heavy backpacks to search what’s inside.  A woman can’t see a concert these days without security searching her purse.  You’d think they’d have a backpack search policy on a day just dripping with white rightwing extremist symbolism.

Yes, hindsight is always 20-20.  But we’re learning there were some serious clues that we should have acted on.  The Russians asked us to look into bomber #1 in 2011 who was in the U.S. on a Green Card.  Due to his ties with radical Islamist groups in his homeland.  The FBI did.  But found no cause for concern.  Then he spent 7 months in Russia.  And visited his father in the Republic of Dagestan.  Which is next door to Chechnya.  A hotbed of Islamist terrorism.  Upon returning to the United States he got kicked out of a Boston mosque for being too radical.  He was in contact with radical Islamist groups.  And his YouTube channel was full of anti-American, Islamist and terrorist videos.  You’d think that the federal government would have been watching this guy very closely during the run-up to the Boston Marathon.  Perhaps even monitoring his purchases.  For if the OBP were not watching people like him just who were they watching?

The federal government’s primary job is to protect this country from its foreign and domestic enemies.  Perhaps we should be doing a little more of that and spending a little less on green energy investments.  And researching why lesbians tend to be heavier than gay men.  Had they there was a chance they could have prevented this one terrorist attack.  For Bomber #1 was leaving a trail of clues behind him for us to follow.  You can’t look into everyone doing one of the things he did.  But someone doing all of the things he did should have popped up on someone’s radar.  Hopefully we can learn from this intelligence failure.  And make it harder for the next domestic terrorist.

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