Tuesday, 18 June 2013

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What the FBI Director didn’t know

Dear Harold,

You want to know what’s wrong with our counterterrorism approach as it relates to radical Islam?

Look no further than the exchange between U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, a courageous congressman who truly “gets it,” and FBI Director Robert Mueller.

See the video below.

While the National Security Agency (NSA) has been busy collecting phone records of hundreds of millions of Americans, our FBI ignored evidence provided by the Russians that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was talking about jihad.

Had the FBI not ignored the jihad warnings, the Boston Marathon bombing might well have been prevented.

Obviously, the NSA phone collection program didn’t prevent it.

In an open society it’s not possible to prevent every terrorist attack. And there are good arguments for and against what the NSA does (and truth be told, who is sure how far their data collection goes?). Given the IRS targeting of certain kinds of organizations, one of our concerns is that the data will be misused.

But the more our government counterterrorism approach practices “Jihad Denial Syndrome,” the more likely it will be that jihadists like Tamerlan Tsarnaev will slip through our defenses.

And no amount of phone data collection will make up for that politically correct failure.


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