Posted by: rshalomw | May 2, 2013


It is such a tragedy that what occurred in the Boston Marathon might have been prevented. Ideology is such an important aspect of discerning Truth. If you miss the ideology of those destined to harm America, you cannot prevent the determined plans to cause destruction. What will it take to wake up Americans? Watch the following Video for the facts:

What went wrong with American policy

Last year we put out a series of emails describing the purge of any references to radical Islam in federal government counterterrorism materials.

This didn’t happen by accident. It’s the result of a conscious and deliberate policy decision at the highest levels of the Obama administration.

Please view the short video below, put out by our friends at EMET.

We now know that Russian authorities wire tapped a phone call between Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his mother, in which they discussed “jihad.” This phone call was part of the reason the Russians alerted the FBI about Tsarnaev.

Had John Brennan, now our CIA director, listened in on this phone call, he almost certainly would have dismissed any concerns about Tsarnaev.

Why? Because Brennan has stated publicly he believes the notion that “jihad” is connected to terrorism is false. Brennan believes “jihad” is a “holy tenet” of Islam, because he claims it refers only to personal improvement.

Or what our friend Dr. Walid Phares calls “Islamic yoga.”

This administration refuses to acknowledge any jihadist ideology behind Islamic terrorism. The short video is a must-see in this regard.

We can only speculate what might have happened when the FBI investigated Tamerlan Tsarnaev if our counterterrorism strategy included identifying jihadist ideology as a prime motivator of jihadist attacks.

But since the FBI can’t consider jihadist ideology when it does such investigations, it’s no wonder it dropped its investigation of Tamerlan Tsarnaev.


On Not Knowing What to Look For
June 6, 2013, American Thinker
By Dennis Hale

The Congressional delegation investigating Russian intelligence alerts about Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011 returned from Moscow this week with a message that completely misses the point.

If we had had the kind of U.S./Russian cooperation a year ago that we have now, the delegation postulate, the Boston Marathon bombings might have been prevented. According to the Boston Globe, Representative Dana Rohrabacher, a California Republican who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee that organized the trip, said that “[the bombing] could have been averted [if] both countries were working together on a much higher level.”

This conclusion, however, is wrong. The Russians did warn the FBI about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and their warnings were quite specific. Based on their own intelligence intercepts, the Russian secret service knew that Tsarnaev was communicating with jihadists in Chechnya, had become a follower of “radical Islam,” and might attempt to travel to Russia to join the Chechnyan “resistance” — something he apparently did, or tried to do, one year later.

So the FBI dutifully interviewed Tsarnaev and his family in January of 2011. When they failed to find any evidence that Tsarnaev had committed, or was about to commit, a crime, they closed his file and forgot all about him. They did not share the Russian warnings with anyone in the Cambridge police department (the city where the Tsarnaevs lived) or the Massachusetts State Police, apparently because becoming a “follower of radical Islam” is not illegal and therefore not something the FBI should worry about.

That’s too bad, because nine months after the warnings — on September 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks — three men in Tamerlan’s social circle were murdered in the Boston suburb of Waltham under what must have struck local police as highly unusual circumstances. The three — Brendan Mess, Erik Weissman, and Raphael Teken — were found in different parts of their apartment on the morning of September 12, their throats cut so deeply that they had been nearly decapitated. Furthermore, the bodies had been sprinkled with marijuana and money – over $5,000 in cash. One local police officer said that it was the bloodiest crime scene he had ever encountered, and that it looked like something “right out of an al-Qaeda training video.” What it did not look like was a typical “drug-related crime.”

And yet that is how the police apparently treated it. If investigators had asked questions about the victims’ associates, they would certainly have turned up the name of Tamerlan Tsarnaev and possibly also Tamerlan’s younger brother Dzhokhar. Tamerlan was a close friend of Brendan Mess. After the Marathon bombings, in fact, Mess’s family told reporters how puzzled they were that Tamerlan had not attended Brendan’s funeral, since they had once been very close. But apparently the police did not discover this in 2011.

However, even if local police had learned of Tamerlan’s association with the Waltham victims, would they have noted the significance of the 9/11 anniversary, the religion of the victims (two of them were Jews), and the Koranic method of execution — “strike [the unbelievers] on their necks” (Koran 8:12), commonly cited by jihadists when beheading infidels? If so, they might have given Tamerlan the kind of scrutiny that would have turned up the same information that had alarmed the Russians in the first place — Tamerlan’s Youtube page, to name one possibility, featuring jihadist preachers from Lebanon and Chechnya.

Would they then have learned that the FBI had also been interested in Tamerlan Tsarnaev, less than a year earlier, based on warnings from Russian intelligence? Wouldn’t it have been helpful if the FBI had alerted local authorities more broadly to keep an eye on the Tsarnaevs? Had local authorities known these things, and if they had been trained to spot the pattern of jihad crimes and jihad incitement, then Tamerlan Tsarnaev could not long have escaped whatever responsibility he might have shared for the killings in Waltham. He would now be in prison, and the victims of the Marathon bombing would be alive and well.

So it would seem that Russian/U.S. cooperation is not what we need more of, if we are to prevent so-called “lone wolf” terrorist attacks. Rather, we need more cooperation between the FBI and local law enforcement. But what we need most is a greatly enhanced program for educating law enforcement about what jihad means, where it comes from, who promotes it, and how to spot it. We would have had such a program long ago were it not for the baleful influence of the government’s “Muslim outreach partners,” who have convinced government officials that there is no connection between Islamic doctrine and acts of terror. The bloody consequences of such deliberate miseducation are more apparent now than ever before.

Until the police know what to look for, they will never be able to find it, and if they don’t know what it looks like, they won’t be able to see it, even when it is right in front of their noses — even when it looks like something straight out of an al-Qaeda training video.

Dennis Hale teaches political science at Boston College, and is a director of Americans for Peace and Tolerance.


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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