When the revelations first came out that the NSA was spying on Americans by collecting phone records from Verizon, the Obama administration has defended their actions. They have made the claim, repeatedly, that the program was vital in their efforts to stop terrorists from doing their deeds of destruction. They have made the same claim about PRIZM, the program that allows the federal government to search through Internet traffic. As they have made these claims, some of us have asked the obvious questions. If the programs are so vital in the efforts to stop terrorism, why did they fail to stop the Tsarnaev brothers before they bombed the Boston Marathon? As it turns out, there’s a good explanation for that. Since 2011, well after President Bush had moved back to Texas, spying in mosques has been restricted. Hat tip to Fire Andrea Mitchell.
Investors – Since October 2011, mosques have been off-limits to FBI agents. No more surveillance or undercover string operations without high-level approval from a special oversight body at the Justice Department dubbed the Sensitive Operations Review Committee.
Who makes up this body, and how do they decide requests? Nobody knows; the names of the chairman, members and staff are kept secret.
We do know the panel was set up under pressure from Islamist groups who complained about FBI stings at mosques. Just months before the panel’s formation, the Council on American-Islamic Relations teamed up with the ACLU to sue the FBI for allegedly violating the civil rights of Muslims in Los Angeles by hiring an undercover agent to infiltrate and monitor mosques there.
Before mosques were excluded from the otherwise wide domestic spy net the administration has cast, the FBI launched dozens of successful sting operations against homegrown jihadists — inside mosques — and disrupted dozens of plots against the homeland.
I don’t know what the exact percentages are, but over the past several decades, the majority of terrorist attacks have been perpetrated by one group, men of the Muslim faith. This is true, no matter where the attackers resided or originated. Much of their radicalization took place in mosques. Considering that fact, why would we put them in the no fly zone for the FBI and other government authorities who are trying to prevent another 9/11? Could it be that the federal government is too busy twisting the facts to make it look as if conservatives are the real threat? That’s possible and it has been done, but there is another theory that is probably closer to the truth, one that troubles me even more.
Could it be that President Barack Obama is really what so many have claimed all along, a Muslim sympathizer? For some time, it has appeared to me that Islam holds more than a small place in the heart of the President. He has defended the religion of peace, both in his idle remarks and in his public speeches. He has made it plain that we can not accuse Muslims of anything untoward, without risking a violation of their civil rights. With the evidence we have in hand, it would now seem that President Obama may have a much deeper affinity for the Muslim faith than many of us first believed.
Yes, I realize my last paragraph makes at least two assumptions, but the evidence is overwhelming. The Obama administration has acted proactively to protect Muslims and their places of worship. No doubt, they consider mosques to be off-limits for the prying eyes of the FBI and the NSA. I wonder how many more people have to be blown up by radical Islamic terrorists before the Obama administration stops their ridiculous attempt to insist that Islam has nothing to do with the actions of the members of its faith? How many more people have to die at the hands of radical Islamic terrorists before they stop blaming the attacks on America?