Recently there’s been orgasmic media coverage of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and former FBI chief James Comey. Here’s a quick thought. Was there a single Q&A focused on the terrorist threats that have been publicly identified by Comey’s very own FBI?
During roughly this same timeframe, jihadi killers, who’d previously been identified by intelligence authorities, managed to join an “evolving” wave of deadly attacks rearing their ugly heads in Europe. And what’s the first thing we hear from government officials when, for example one of the murderers had appeared on a “Jihadi Next Door” video? The pols whimper they just don’t have the law enforcement resources to keep up with the growing numbers of these butchers.
Think that can’t happen here? Too late. It already has. Post 9/11, two of the most devastating and deadly attacks were the Boston Marathon Bombing, and Orlando, Pulse Nightclub Shooting. Both bloodbaths were planned and executed by “losers” who’d been previously marked for scrutiny.
The NY Times reported, “In March 2011, the Russian security service (yup Putin’s Russia!) sent a stark warning to the F.B.I., reporting that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was “a follower of radical Islam” who had “changed drastically since 2010” and was preparing to travel to Russia’s turbulent Caucasus to connect with underground militant groups. Six months later, Russia sent the same warning to the C.I.A.”
In June of 2016, Mr. Comey, admitted “….that the gunman in the mass killing in Orlando was on a terrorist watch list from 2103 to 2104….”. He defended his agency by saying agents didn’t miss any chances to “apprehend or prosecute Mr. Mateen before the deadly rampage in which he proclaimed his allegiance to the Islamic State.”
The Tsarnaev brothers killed 4 and maimed 264. Omar Mateen massacred 49 and wounded 58. Those are 375 innocent lives, along with the lives of their families and loved ones, that have been unalterably, savagely changed, because somehow these “jihadis next door” didn’t warrant further, closer, continued examination.
Here are responsibilities assumed by this senate committee and our FBI:
“The United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence …. is dedicated to overseeing theUnited States Intelligence Community—the agencies and bureaus of the federal government of the United States who provide information and analysis for leaders of the executive and legislative branches.”
“The FBI is the nation’s lead federal law enforcement agency for investigating and preventing acts of domestic and international terrorism. It is the lead federal agency for investigating attacks involving weapons of mass destruction—those involving chemical, radiological, or biological agents or nuclear weapons. …. The FBI also works closely with the Director of National Intelligence and other U.S. intelligence agencies to gather and analyze intelligence on terrorism and other security threats. It is the number one priority of the FBI to protect the U.S. and U.S. persons and interests around the world from terrorist attack.” Our emphasis added.
Less than 2 months before all the recent over-hyped political hoopla, Homeland Security Sec. John Kelly stated, America is facing its “highest terror threat in years”, with the FBI launching investigations in all 50 states. He continued, “In fact, the threat has metastasized and decentralized.”
Meanwhile, this kind of congressional investigation, perennially critiqued by the side being “targeted” as a waste of precious time, focus and money….continues. The irony here, unless President Trump poses the same threat as some, as of yet, unidentified mass murdering jihadist, is that the tired old critique might finally apply.
Sadly, it appears agencies, duty bound to protect us, are being distracted and blinded by the media spotlight focused on a political witch-hunt. Somewhere out there in our 50 states, the next Tamerlan Tsarnaev or Omar Mateen is relishing uninterrupted quiet time, safe in the shadows, planning a future slaughter of more American innocents. They’re our own “jihadists next door”.