Boston Investigation: FBI impacted by Islamic Influences
“Critics said the FBI’s failure to properly investigate Tsarnaev was a repeat of the bureau’s lapse in missing advance signs of the Islamist radicalization of accused Fort Hood massacre shooter, Army Maj. Nidal Hasan.”
Conciliatory FBI policies toward Islamism hampered probe into Boston bombers, experts say
From The Washington Free Beacon
By Bill Gertz, April 23, 2013
The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s failure to recognize political Islam as a driver of jihadist terrorism is partly to blame for the FBI not identifying one of the Boston Marathon bombers in 2011 as a security risk, according to U.S. officials and private counterterrorism analysts.
The FBI revealed last week that it was warned by a foreign government in 2011 that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed Friday, was tied to “radical Islam” but the FBI was unable to confirm the links.
“The fact is religion has been expunged from counterterrorism training,” said Sebastian Gorka, a counterterrorism specialist with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. “The FBI can’t talk about Islam and they can’t talk about jihad.”
Added Patrick S. Poole, another counterterrorism specialist, about FBI policies on Islam: “I have zero doubt it affected their investigation of Tsarnaev.”
A U.S. official said FBI policies of playing down Islamic links to terrorism resulted in the FBI not identifying Tsarnaev, 26, or his brother, Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19, who was charged with last week’s bombing, as Islamist terrorists.
Instead, the FBI is limiting its description of the two men as ethnic Chechens who became “radicalized” prior to the April 15 bombing of the Boston Marathon. Three people were killed and more than 200 injured in the attack using two homemade bombs placed in pressure cookers and remotely detonated.
Full Article: http://freebeacon.com/blind-eye/
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: This type of report is disturbing but not new. Post 9/11 reorganization of federal law enforcement has included elements of “sensitivity training” that has had a substantial negative impact on anti-terror capabilities. One of our sources, a former lead FBI counter-terror investigator, described the Bureau’s counter-terror section as being “gutted” with practically all experienced personnel being moved to other assignments or forced out.
Question: How has this happened?
Answer: From a very dangerous policy of appointing Islamic “experts” and community leaders to advisory positions.
As noted in our Apr 22 Boston Bombing report, Islamic special interest groups have gained considerable influence in determining how U.S. agencies handle matters involving Muslims. As a result, training and operational policies have been modified to be culturally sensitive and politically correct. In many cases this outright appeasement has taken priority over common sense and investigative logic.
The most disturbing aspect is that many of the Islamic groups and/or their representatives have been linked to terrorist organizations. CAIR. maintained considerable influence over FBI investigations involving Muslims. Ties were reported to be “severed” in 2008/2009 when it became embarrassingly clear that being in bed with a group tied to Hamas was probably not in their best interests.
Despite this official claim, it appears that some local field offices have maintained ties. The impact CAIR made on agency operations is still felt.
The attempts by Islamic groups to influence policies and investigations are not limited to just the federal level. State and local police agencies have found themselves targeted in campaigns to make them more culturally aware to the sensitivities of Muslims in their respective communities.
Example – FLORIDA: In 2012, CAIR Florida attempted to have the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) block training provided by CTOC to agencies throughout the state, citing that it was teaching “anti-Muslim bigotry“. In reality, the CTOC seminars were providing police officers and investigators practical tools and intelligence to help recognize and deal with Islamic jihadist threats at the street level. In a prudent move, FDLE rejected CAIR’s position.
The situation in other states is not as clear. CAIR, and affiliated Islamic groups, continue to work on agendas that would place them in advisory roles to influence law enforcement agencies. To accomplish this, they push for the removal of all Muslim related training, except for the programs they endorse. This year, CAIR-MN put substantial pressure on local agencies to drop training they found offensive. Last year, CAIR-LA provided a law enforcement training conference that implied endorsement by Homeland Security.
There is substantial evidence and documentation linking CAIR and other Muslim Brotherhood affiliated groups to terror organizations. It doesn’t take much imagination to understand that their efforts to influence law enforcement agency polices and procedures simply clouds investigative effectiveness and presents an unacceptable operational security threat.
- Recognizing Radical Islam as Our Enemy: Lessons From the Cold War (pjmedia.com)
- Blind Eye: Conciliatory FBI policies toward Islamism hampered probe into Boston bombers (washingtontimes.com)
- FBI: Boston suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev followed ‘radical Islam’ (wickedbelief.wordpress.com)
- Boston Bombings: Did FBI Miss Something? (on.aol.com)
- FBI defended in handling of Boston bombing suspect in 2011 (stripes.com)
- FBI Admits It: Russian Government Told Us Tsarnaev Was a “Follower of Radical Islam” (patterico.com)
- CAIR FAIL! Officials rebuff CAIR’s bullying tactics (barenakedislam.com)