Thursday, June 13, 2013

Obama: Spy On All America--Mosques Excluded

Mr. Obama assures us that it is necessary for the FBI and NSA to track every phone call and keystroke so that the government can stop terrorists. If we complain that this level of privacy invasion is costing us our freedom, Mr. Obama counters that you can’t have 100% Security and at the same time have 100% Freedom. Instead, he offers us 0% Freedom with a near 0% Security.

His argument turns completely to smoke when you learn that the FBI is barred from snooping in mosques.

Yes, you read that correctly! Our government's sweeping surveillance of our most private communications excludes mosques! Surely, you are finding it difficult to comprehend that when an agency is looking for radical jihadists, you would overlook their breeding ground, the mosque.

Mosques have been off-limits to Federal agents since October 2011. They may not conduct surveillance or string operations without first obtaining approval from a special/high-level/secret oversight group dubbed the Sensitive Operations Review Committee.

Who serves on this committee, how they make decisions is (big surprise here) all classified.

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 (CAIR) 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.

During the George W. Bush years, before mosques were excluded, the FBI launched dozens of successful sting operations against homegrown jihadists — inside mosques — and disrupted dozens of plots against the homeland.

In the face of solid leads and frequent warnings, it was undoubtedly the hands off Muslims policy of the administration that prevented the FBI from aggressively following up on the leads provided by Russian intelligence officers prior to the Boston Marathon bombings.

The FBI never tapped the phones nor did they canvass the radical Boston mosque where the Muslim bombers worshipped.

One of the Muslim bombers made extremist outbursts during worship, yet because the mosque wasn't monitored, red flags didn't go off inside the FBI about his increasing radicalization before the attacks.

Recent independent surveys of American mosques reveal that about 80% of them preach violent jihad and/or distribute violent literature to worshippers.

However, the Obama anti-terrorist efforts are aimed at those groups which the White House and DHS consider to be the greater threats—namely Veterans and Christians!

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