Theodore R. Griffiths
Less than a week after the death of Tamerlan Tsarnaev and the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the men who allegedly orchestrated last Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon, Canada has foiled the plot of a terrorist attack on a passenger train with support from al-Qaeda.
With tensions high after the attack in Boston, it makes sense that any plot of terrorism would be uncovered after the events. The part that doesn’t make sense is why the FBI was not alarmed prior to the Boston attack, especially when working for a country fighting multiple wars, many involving religious extremists.
According to The Telegraph, a United Kingdom-based publication, the FBI had already interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011 after Russia raised concerns that he was becoming a follower of radical Islam. After a six-month trip to Dagestan, a known center of Islamic militancy, he returned home only to put up YouTube videos spewing jihadist rhetoric.
In a time when American’s rights are infringed upon more and more each day, there is no excuse for this man to slip through the cracks. There is no such thing as privacy in America. As I’m writing this article my e-mails may be read, my phone may be tapped, hell, I may even be interviewed by the FBI for a job because in writing this article I show a level of competence that their current employees lack.
The point is that Americans have no private freedoms, and it seems that we were sold a lie to give up these rights, because this access to each of our lives has done nothing to stop an obvious source of terror, that being Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
Of course, this is not the first time the FBI has neglected such a shockingly obvious threat. Americans have notoriously short memory, but I’m going to take you back to November 5, 2009. Does the name Nidal Malik Hasan ring a bell? Come on, work with me people.
Nidal Malik Hasan is the United States Army Medical Corps officer charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder after a mass shooting at Fort Hood in Texas.
Hasan, like Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was under investigation by the FBI prior to the shooting. They were investigating Hasan’s e-mails with the late Imam Anwar al-Awlaki, but determined that the e-mails were related to his authorized professional research and was not a threat.
That sounds like a reasonable conclusion, but apparently the FBI only goes as deep as the surface in its investigations, then decides that their job is done and begins a constant stream of sexting for the rest of the day (for those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, there actually have been reports from every major publication about the outbreak of sexting in the FBI. Seriously.).
Anyway, Hasan was described as paranoid and schizoid by his colleagues, and did strange things leading up to the shooting, like giving away many of his belongings to his neighbor two days before the shooting. I don’t know how much easier a job can get, yet the FBI still found a way to not earn their pay. We can’t have government employees actually working for their money, now can we? That would be blasphemy!
If we couple this with the fact that, according to the New York Post, three members out of a four-person TSA inspections group boarded planes at Newark Airport on Feb. 25, each with a mock IED, it makes me wonder why we gave up these freedoms for complete and utter incompetence.
Can any person in this country honestly tell me that they feel safer after the implementation of the USA PATRIOT Act in 2001? If so, in what way are we made safe by giving up our privacy while giving law enforcement agencies what realistically amounts to immunity? We can see the fruits of that decision: Two national tragedies committed by men previously investigated by an agency tasked with preventing these types of attacks.
This is why every American should be terrified over the next few months. Now don’t go worrying about another attack, I’m sure our friends at the FBI have that covered, but start worrying about the legislation that will come in response to the Boston bombings. The United States government loves tragedies, so much so that the only legislation they’ll pass in the next few years will be another act to limit our privacy because, apparently, we’re all potential threats to the almighty state. Incompetence at its finest. It’s beautiful, really.