Monday, April 22, 2013

How safe are we really?

King also was critical of the FBI, questioning why agents didn’t follow up on Tamerlan Tsarnaev after interviewed him in 2011, based on a tip from Russian authorities about his possible extremist views. Tsarnaev later made a six-month overseas trip, primarily to Russia.

Why didn’t the FBI go back and look at this,” King said. “This is at least the fifth case I’m aware of.”

But McCaul and King said the handling of Tamerlan Tsarnaev's case looked like it was part of a pattern.
The 26-year-old "appears to be the fifth person since September 11, 2001, to participate in terror attacks despite being under investigation by the FBI," the pair said in a joint letter.
They named the others as 
Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric and leader of al Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen who was killed in a U.S. drone strike;
David Headley, an American who admitted scouting targets for a 2008 Islamic militant raid on Mumbai;
Carlos Bledsoe, who killed an Army private outside a military recruiting office in Arkansas in 2009; and
Nidal Hasan, who is accused of killing 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009.
In addition, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who tried to bring down a U.S. jetliner over Detroit on Christmas Day 2009, had been identified to the CIA as a potential terrorist, the letter said, adding the cases "raise the most serious questions about the efficacy of federal counterterrorism efforts."
The McCaul-King letter asked for all information the U.S. government had on Tamerlan Tsarnaev before April 15. It was also addressed to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.


What about the one's we don't know about? Is there another bombing in our future?

Kinda takes away from that warm, comfy safe feeling.


Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Sunday she “regrets” discussions on whether the surviving Boston bombing suspect should be interrogated as a potential enemy combatant.

The California Democrat told “Fox News Sunday” the Obama administration’s High Value Interrogation Group will interview suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, he will be read his Miranda rights at a later date and federal courts, not a military commission, can handle the case.

"I really regret all of this discussion, which is creating a conflict that need not be there,” she said. “The administration is ready. … I don’t think all of this is very helpful.”
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Enemy Combatants in Boston

Was there a FISA order issued for Tamerlan Tsarnaev?

A row has broken out over whether the Obama Administration is violating the legal due process of Boston terror suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by not reading him his Miranda rights before questioning. 

The more relevant question for the safety of the U.S. homeland is why the Administration has declined to designate him as a terrorist enemy combatant.

With Dzhokhar wounded and in custody and his brother Tamerlan dead, the focus is shifting to how the brothers became radicalized and whether they had links to foreign or domestic terror networks. 

It's becoming clearer by the day that elder brother Tamerlan had become increasingly religious and that his motive last week was Islamic jihad against America.
U.S. officials say he spent months overseas in 2012, including time in Chechnya. When he returned, media reports say the FBI questioned him after a warning from a foreign intelligence service (presumably Russia's). 

Yet the FBI appears not to have kept an eye on him, though media reports now say that within a month of returning from Russia he was posting jihadist videos on websites.

The FBI has some explaining to do, and more than merely claiming that it can't track everyone who pops up on a foreign intelligence list. One question is whether anyone in government requested that the federal FISA court issue a warrant so Tamerlan could have his Web postings or phone calls surveilled electronically. This doesn't mean G-men in a car following him 24-7. It means putting him into a National Security Agency program so that pro-jihad postings would be noticed.

FBI officials were clearly major sources for the Associated Press stories in 2011 that attacked the New York Police Department for its antiterror surveillance program, in part for reasons of bureaucratic competition. 
But in the Boston case, we only wish the NYPD had been in charge. Instead the FBI interviewed Tamerlan, then apparently lost interest or focus even as he was showing signs of radicalization, so the homegrown jihadist was able to engineer the most successful terror attack on U.S. soil since 9/11.
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