One person whose privacy was not invaded by U.S. intelligence was Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as he repeatedly visited the al Qaeda online magazine Inspire for its recipe “Build a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom.” Even after Russian intelligence asked the FBI to investigate Tsarnaev, the huge databases our intelligence services maintain in the name of our national security failed to alert the agents to Tsarnaev’s interest in building the pressure cooker bombs he would use to devastating effect at the Boston Marathon. In the immediate aftermath of the Boston bombings, investigators did not fail to note similarities
Immediately after his inauguration, Barack Obama´s Department of Homeland Security nominees wrote a report naming conservatives, Republicans, Libertarians and TEA Party members as "domestic terrorists."
Of course they weren´t looking for Tamerlan Tsarnaev. He actually posed a real threat to America. Far more fun to pretend that people asking for limited, Constitutional government pose a threat to our Republic.
The NSA is wasting billions of dollars and countless man hours chasing down phantom enemies. Hannity had coupe former NSA whistle blowers on yesterday and they had a very effective and cost effective system of IDing terrorists and they were thrown out by NSA bigwigs who replaced their system with a new billion dollar system which then switched to spying on Americans morseso than anybody.
They didn´t catch the boston bombers because their filters ignored them due to heritage.
These other guys claim their system could have prevented 911 because it connected the dots on the terrorist´s travels.
This all probably comes down to a super fat governmnet contract and insider cronyism.
I think it is pretty evident who obama considers the enemy (it is us)and who he is attacking (again, it is us). There are no resources left to protect us from the enemy. Heck, even our congress is getting ready to "welcome" in a large bunch of law breakers....with benefits!
The HSD, NSA, CIA, TSA, and FBI haven´t been all that effective in preventing terror. Let´s throw in the US ARMY too since they neglected to recognize the ticking time bomb that was Nidal Hassan. The common thread that runs through all these agencies is their inability to recognize that Muslims could pose a threat. They are too busy harassing good America loving patriots to be bothered with any practitioner of the religion of peace. When you are so willfully stubborn that you will risk the lives of fellow Americans in order to not offend a Muslim, you have put us all at risk. Muslims play the victim role perfectly and use it against us very effectively. Our government is at best a world class chump and at worst an enabler. Either way, Americans are getting killed on their watch. Take the blinders off and see what is right there in front of your face then you may be more successful in stopping terror attacks. You cannot stop the enemy if you insist upon protecting them.
What I really can´t get is the absolute silence from the people directly affected. Or is the LSM got that much of a stranglehold on the news. Shouldn´t we be hearing from the Ft Hood and Boston Marathon victims? They need a voice. It´s all getting spooky like what Ft. Hood?
This is an Marxist Administration that only answers to itself. So why does any sensible citizen think that Obama and the rest of his spying and lying dictatorship will pay any attention to a SCOTUS decision telling them to stop. The won´t, they will deny, deny and deny and continue on the road to chaos.
We have to do all the little stuff first. That ischeckingIDs at theairport. Everyone has to have a legitimate real govt photo ID. No exceptions. The Christmas bomber was talked onto the flight with NO ID at all. "Oh, he is a somali -they have no govt there . Let him on" The gate agent said on but the supervisor issued the bording pass. Also, the TSA should be required to have 2 employees fly on every flight that those 2 screen.Then if that flight goes down, their fellow TSA-ers can find out who passed thru the bomber and even the score.IMO, but it will stop all this sympathy for the terrorists if there is any. If we do these boring, basic things then we won´t need these Jumbo programs.
Just as everyone at the airport must be inconvenienced so as not to engage in logical profiling, everyone´s mail must be scanned, phone records collected, emails grabbed--for now overwhelming the detective ability of the an insufficient number of collectors, and when their numbers are increased slowly subjecting the rest of us to a police state.
#18, there have been stories about the Marathon victims running in the Boston papers. Little Martin Richard would have been nine years old a few days ago. I don´t think many of these stories have been posted because they´re local interest features.
Like #5 I saw one of the NSA Whistleblowers on Megyn Kelly´s show who said the information gathered could be tailored to track only foreign terrorists (which was the purpose of the Patriot Act) and he was fired. 0bama wants to bring down this country because it is the only free nation on the earth standing in his way of Agenda 21 and the United Nations making decisions for the entire world. I know, I´ll now take off my tin foil hat. Anyone who doesn´t believe 0bama has evil, nefarious intentions for our country is delusional. His background is hidden because it would support this assumption.
The NSA and FBI have two total fails that we know about. Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Nidal Hasan. Both were well known to authorities but both were left alone while Granny was being molested at the airport. The FBI was investigating terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki and knew he was corresponding with Hasan yet did nothing. According to Andrew McCarthy´s book "The Grand Jihad", the FBI did not even share that information with the Army.
As for Tsarnaev, even with a heads up from Russia he was also left alone. Can´t afford to upset CAIR you know. #10 says it very well: When you are so willfully stubborn that you will risk the lives of fellow Americans in order to not offend a Muslim, you have put us all at risk.
The sub-title of McCarthy´s book, "How Islam and the Left Sabotage America." Sabotage. The word applies here and we are all at risk.
The Obama administration motto is never let a crisis go to waste. His govt provides no protection from the likes of Tamerlan Tsarnaev and when he attacks you increase surveillance on everyone. Obama regards the citizens as the enemy while bowing to the real enemy. The real enemies attacks provide the pretext to set up even more surveillance of the citizen population shredding the 4th amendment.
Gathering intelligence never was about Islamic terrorist, it was all about American citizens who oppose the Obama criminal cabal. The Tea Party is the target. A private citizen helped catch the little bomb maker, murdering terrorist not some billion plus dollar data gathering organization. Give me a break!
# 27 makes the valid point completely overlooked by Republicans that are defending the program. Was information gathered used for personal, political or blackmail purposes ? That pattern has already been established by the Obama Administration and it´s a logical assumption. Anyone who gives Obama and his henchmen carte blanche to invade the privacy of every law abiding American is a fool.
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I have never been much of a conspiracy theorist. For me it was always Oswald by himself from the Texas School Book Depository and nothing in the intervening fifty years has disabused me of this notion. For the most part, I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy — the most obvious explanation is likely to be true. (Snip) To put it bluntly, Occam’s Razor has moved. Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me. Principal among those is that Obama’s academic records are perpetually unavailable for a reason — and that reason is most likely that they reveal
One of President Obama´s chief political assets has been his ability to excite young people like almost no politician in history. But the days of America´s youth fawning over the president are over. A new Harvard University Institute of Politics poll released Wednesday confirms what other surveys have shown in recent months: Millennials have soured on Obama so much this year that their opinion of him largely mirrors the American public´s. Even though Obama does not ever have to face another election, he should be worried about the findings for a couple of reasons, which we will dive into momentarily.
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Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him
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