Tuesday, April 23, 2013

We Can't Even Identify Our Enemy!

The FBI’s failure to recognize Islam as a drive of jihadist terrorism is partly to blame that the Boston bombers were not seen as a security risk. The FBI admitted last week that it was warned by Russia in 2011 that Tamerlan Tsarnaev had ties to radical Islam. 
As we learned yesterday, Al Qaeda is fair game, but anything related to religion, is untouchable. This stems from the fatal error that religion is not ideology. It is! And it can be either good or bad. 

Religion has been expunged from counterterrorism training. The FBI can’t talk about Islam and jihad has also been declared taboo. The FBI limited its description of the two Boston bombers as ethnic Chechens who became radicalized prior to the April 15 bombing of the Boston Marathon.

Critics said the FBI’s failure to properly investigate Tsarnaev was a repeat of the bureau’s lapse in missing advance signs of the Islamist radicalization of accused Fort Hood massacre shooter, Army Maj. Nidal Hasan. 

The FBI had emails linking Hasan to al Qaeda operative Anwar al Awlaki prior to the 2009 shooting at the Texas Army base that killed 13 people and wounded 30 others. The Obama administration has labeled that Islamist attack "workplace violence" as part of an overall policy of dissociating Islam from terrorism. This policy fails to properly identify the nature of the enemy engaged in waging religiously inspired war and insurgency against the West.

The FBI has been aware of a future terrorist’s escalating religious radicalization and did nothing about it because bureau policies prohibited them from doing so. The FBI said in a statement Friday it was alerted by a foreign government—later identified as the Russian government—that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was "a follower of radical Islam".

If we may not identify our enemy, how can we fight him?

And then there's the insane prohibition to connect the dots, to deduce a generality from a number of specifics: instead we see the 20,000 terror attacks since 9/11 as unrelated incidents!