We had Tamerlan Tsarnaev in Boston. The Russians of all people notified us he was leaning to radicalism. The FBI went out and interviewed him and his family. He then left the country and associated with Muslim Radicals in Russia and Chechnya and came back. The FBI did nothing about this, as far as we know. He then did the Boston Marathon bombing.
The San Bernardino Muslim duo who murdered people at a Christmas party apparently was not on the FBI radar, as far as we know. Should they have been? In retrospect yes, but we do not want to be a Monday morning quarterback.
Now we have Omar Mateen. Born and bred in the United States. He makes the Tsarnaev’s look like a couple of incompetents. He murdered 47 more people than they did. He was on the FBI radar. Twice, imagine that, he came to its attention. Its agents obviously missed that he was a threat to Americans. We know that they missed it because he murdered 50 people. As far as we know, he fell off its radar but he should not have.
I say as far as we know because if any of the FBI’s involvement would lead to embarrassing it then it will be covered up. Were these guys radicalized by the FBI? Were they informants?
Note the coverage. We know papers like the Boston Globe depend on the FBI for inside information. How many others do? Those that do are afraid to criticized their source. The FBI goes on not performing well and Americans suffer because of the Silence of the Media.
Now isn’t this something that is very significant that we must think about. At least two of the Muslims who committed probably the worst terrorist acts in America by people who lived in America came to the attention of the FBI. The first question one would ask is how many Muslims who someone feared was becoming or was radicalized have come to the FBI’s attention. If it was a million then obviously some would slip through; but if it was in the low thousands, then I suggest the FBI is doing something wrong.
I know what it is. I’ve got a sense of what is wrong. It goes back to the long-standing lazy FBI approach of loving statistics and using informants and undercover operatives. The NY Times last week told how they operate. They get informants into groups of low intelligence people who they convince to become radicals and purchase the deadly devices give them to the saps who they radicalized, and then arrest them.
It is obvious that most of the people they trap were incapable of doing anything harmful if they did not have the FBI’s informant or undercover guys help. It seems the FBI is playing a game building up statistics. It feeds the NY Times it statistics to pretend it is addressing the problem but as we see it is fooling itself. It is not doing anything that really matters. It is time to stop that foolishness.
There is little glory and few statistics in doing the daily hard work of staying on top of guys like Tsarnaev or Mateen. Those are the guys who will cause the damage not those who have to be created. Informants are a lazy cop’s tool. The FBI should reduce its reliance on them. The way to stop these terrorists is through hard, unrewarding, and tiring work that involves the daily drudgery of keeping these people in an open status and staying on top of them. .
Two big questions remain:
1. Has there been any instance where a person reported to the FBI as a possible Muslim radical has been brought to justice without an informant or undercover operative? i know of none. If that is the case then the FBI better figure out what hard work is necessary to do that.
2: Were any of these people who did terrorist acts like Tsarnaev or Mateen recruited to be or did become FBI informants? The MO of the FBI is to get these Muslim radicals and try to flip them. The FBI will never disclose who they have done it to especially if they become rogue. There should be a mechanism where an outside independent authority has the power to find this out.
You will note all the nonsense coming out from retired FBI agents and so-called terrorist experts saying it is “almost impossible” to stop lone wolf attacks. That is true if the person has not been called to the FBI’s attention. But these people have been. Keep that it mind. The FBI knew someone thought they were threats. It wrongly stopped watching them. It erred. Unless it admits it and stops the false propaganda we are in trouble.
If we are to be protected the FBI and our media must change. Unfortunately some things never change. So prepare for more attacks and more excuses and more meaningless statistics.