Posted 07/17/2013 06:21 PM ET
Homeland Insecurity: If there’s any doubt the FBI’s gone soft on Islamic terror and may be overlooking more Boston-style plots, witness the bureau chief’s recent Hill testimony.
In a testy exchange with Republican lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee, FBI Director Robert Mueller reluctantly acknowledged FBI counterterrorism training materials have been purged of references to “jihad” and “Islam” and that counterterrorism agents have been restricted from doing undercover investigations at mosques.
These outrageous policies likely contributed to the FBI missing signs of radicalization in the Muslim community — including that of the Tsarnaev brothers in Boston. The marathon bombers operated in plain sight of the FBI before killing three and wounding 260.
During the hearing, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, blasted Mueller for concluding his agency had done an “excellent” and “thorough job” protecting the public and for saying he didn’t know what more could have been done to disrupt the marathon bombing plot.
Gohmert also read aloud from IBD’s recent editorial on the subject, “Obama’s Snooping Excludes Mosques, Missed Boston Bombers.”
Mueller confirmed that instead of investigating the militant Boston mosque where the bomber brothers were radicalized, the FBI partnered with it for political “outreach.”
Asked if he was aware the mosque was co-founded by a convicted terrorist cited by the Treasury Department as an al-Qaida fundraiser, Mueller sheepishly replied, “I was not.”
The same mosque also has graduated several other convicted terrorists. The FBI helped put all these terrorists behind bars, yet didn’t tie them back to the mosque. If the bureau had, it would have seen something rotten with the leadership there.
FBI documents recently released from the 9/11 investigation of al-Qaida cleric Anwar Awlaki reveal he was a close associate of the current lead imam of that same Boston mosque. Yet agents still reached out to the imam as a trusted “partner.”
The FBI, moreover, had the Tsarnaev brothers on its anti-terrorist radar — thanks only to a tip from Russian intelligence — yet didn’t track them back to the mosque or monitor their behavior at that mosque.
Even with the brothers’ photos and case files in the FBI database, the bureau had to appeal to the American people to ID the evil jihadists on national TV.
It’s a sorry — and scary — state of affairs when the director of the FBI and his field agents know less than the public about major threats from Islamic fanatics living among us.
Mueller wasn’t always Mr. Magoo. Who put the PC blinders on him? Eric Holder.
In October 2011, the attorney general quietly put in force two policies that have made the nation far more vulnerable to homegrown terrorism.
For one, he set up a special review committee to curb mosque investigations, classifying the names of the reviewers, who reportedly may include outside parties.
Also that month he ordered a review of all FBI counterterrorist training manuals “to identify and correct any material that may be construed as offensive to someone of the Islamic faith,” according to a directive sent to all FBI field offices.
Reviewers proceeded to purge references to “jihad” and “Islam” in connection to terrorism.
Mueller told Gohmert that the names of the Islamic “subject matter experts” who helped conduct the review remain classified.
What this means is that shadowy and unaccountable Islamic sympathizers are now effectively running counterterror programs. Feel safer?
It’s plain that political correctness is hindering efforts to stop Islamic terrorists before they strike.
Until we purge PC from law enforcement, we won’t truly be safe from future Bostons.