Our hearts and prayers continue to go out to the families and friends of all those murdered, and to all of the victims, of the Boston bombings terror attack !!!
Remember our perspective about these terrorist bastards, those complicit with them, and others just like them;
“Mercy to the guilty, is cruelty to the innocent”!
Newsmax.com The Boston Bombings
Aaron Goldstein | 4.26.13
Last week’s bombing won’t have a lasting impact on our nation’s policies.
A wise friend suggested to me yesterday that the Boston bombing story is “the elephant in the room, leading to total reconsideration of many issues, whether immigration, the war on terror, gun ownership, cultural decline…”
Color me skeptical.
Politicians and activists, pundits and columnists across the political spectrum have used the murder and mayhem caused by a pair of Islamic radicals (yes, President Obama, I said “Islamic”) to grind their own policy or opinion axes.
(Reuters) – Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev posted links to Islamic websites and others
George H. Wittman 4.26.13
Tactics may change, but has terrorism changed?
Jeffrey Lord 4.25.13
Princeton professor, UN official, and 9/11 truther — the left and Islam.
Marta H. Mossburg 4.25.13
How can a nonjudgmental culture deal with terrorists in its midst?
George Neumayr 4.24.13
From the Fort Hood shooting to the Boston bombings, its costs continue to mount.
William Murchison 4.24.13
A record on terrorism that’s revealing George W. Bush to be very much a president of his time.
Teresa Mull | 10:26AM
Matt Purple 4.24.13
Bizarre reactions in the wake of the Boston and Newtown attacks.
Posted by David Gerstman Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 8:55am
As Professor Jacobson has noted, there’s no shortage of denial about Tsarnaev Brothers, the perpetrators of the Boston Marathon bombing.
Now that the two (primary, at least) terrorists from the Boston Marathon attack have been killed or captured, we enter a new phase in which the dominant politically correct, factually…
Posted by William A. Jacobson Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 6:00pm
Rounding out the possibilities
I’m trying to document the various explanations being cast about by the media in an attempt to deflect attention from the obvious cause of the Boston Marathon bombing.
Maybe it wasn’t the boxing after all…
Posted by William A. Jacobson Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 8:54pm
My post, Add Boston Marathon Bombing to pile of Failed Eliminationist Narratives, seems to have gotten the attention of Dave Neiwert of Crooks and Liars, the developer of the Eliminationist Narrative.
Neiwert responds with Right-Wingers Use Boston Bombing to Paper Over Their Own Extremist Terror.
I’ll deal with the breadth of Neiwert’s post…
- Latest narrative deflection: Minimizing the Jihadist threat through misleading stats about “right-wing terrorists”
Posted by William A. Jacobson Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 3:10pm
Even most Democrats and liberals wanted a gun
This is a follow up to my post about the bitter Twitter action during the lock-down of Boston in the search for the bombers,Boston lock-down exposes gun culture divide.
The reaction to…
- American Power: Rush to Judgment: Dina Temple-Raston ‘Scoffed’ at Possibility of ‘Saudi National’ Suspected in #Boston Bombing
An al Qaeda magazine containing bomb-making instructions helped the Boston Marathon bombers construct the deadly explosive devices that killed three people and wounded more than 260, according to a U.S. official close to the ongoing investigation.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, the most senior intelligence official in the Obama administration, made a stunning claim today about the Boston Marathon bombing at a conference outside Washington, D.C. Clapper told the audience in comments first reported by Wired magazine “the dots were connected.”
“The rules were abided by, as best as I can tell at this point,” Clapper is quoted as saying. “The dots were connected.”
In fact, the older of the two Boston bombers, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, had been investigated by the intelligence community only to be cleared of any ties to violent extremism. The investigation came after Russian intelligence services tipped the CIA off that the older Tsarnaev brother was suspected of involvement in extremist activity.
He was placed on two separate watch lists in 2011, according the Wall Street Journal.
Contra Clapper, the New York Times reports today:
The picture emerging Wednesday was of a counterterrorism bureaucracy that had at least four contacts with Russian spy services about Mr. Tsarnaev in the year before he took a six-month trip to Russia in 2012, but never found reason to investigate him further after he returned, or at any time before last week’s attacks in Boston that killed 3 people and injured more than 260.
Lawmakers this week criticized federal officials for failing to share investigative leads in the months leading up to the attack, and the new disclosures are likely to increase Congressional scrutiny of why the authorities did not pay more attention to an overseas visit that may have helped radicalize Mr. Tsarnaev.
Clapper’s statement is reminiscent of remarks by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano following the attempted Christmas Day bombing of Detroit-bound flight by the so-called Underwear Bomber Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab. Napolitano went on national television and claimed “the system worked” despite repeated warnings about Abdulmutallab, including an attempt by his own family to alert the US government about the threat he posed.
NewsMax Friday, 19 Apr 2013 10:15 PM
The FBI in 2011 interviewed one of the brothers suspected in the deadly Boston Marathon bombings, a disclosure that raises questions about whether the government missed potential warning signs about the men’s behavior…
Thomas Sowell| 4.24.13
Political correctness has replaced self-preservation.
Jeffrey Lord | 4.23.13
Robert Stacy McCain | 4.26.13
John Tabin | 4.25.13
Noel Koch| 4.23.13
Fearless America is learning to take terrorism in stride.
Daniel J. Flynn| 4.19.13
Relearning what first was taught 238 years ago.
From domestic terrorism of the 60’s to today: The left always finds its political openings.
R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.| 4.18.13
Before reports such as this one are dismissed, it is worth noting that University of Illinois employed for many years admitted and unrepentant terrorist bomber Bill Ayers, that convicted murderer and terrorist Kathy Boudin is currently an adjunct professor at Columbia University, and that former member of the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list because she was a terrorist Bernardine Dohrn now teaches at Northwestern Law School.
So clearly these schools have a history of giving jobs to terrorists and bombers and murderers….
Aaron Goldstein| 4.22.13
The great Liberal to our north is concerned about “root causes.”
Hannity – Homegrown radicalization spreads
O’Reilly Factor – Incredibly dumb stuff surrounding the Boston terror bombings • Glenn Beck on the Boston Marathon bombing
Fox News April 26, 2013
- By JENNIFER BAIN email@example.com in Cambridge, Mass. and GERRY SHIELDS in Montgomery Village, MD.
- Additional reporting by Frank Rosario, Dan MacLeod, the Sunday Times of London and Post Wire Services
- NY Post Last Updated: 3:55 PM, April 22, 2013
AP Boston Marathon bombings suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was radicalized in the United States, his uncle says.
Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was radicalized in the United States by someone who brainwashed him — and roped his younger sibling into the despicable plot that killed three and injured more than 180, a relative charged.
Ruslan Tsarni, an uncle of the two Chechen brothers who planned and executed the worst US terror attack since 9/11, said Tamerlan, 26, had fallen under the thrall of a religious leader while living in Cambridge, Mass.
Tamerlan — killed in a gunfight with cops early Friday — took the “path of God” after losing hope because he didn’t have “any point in life,” the uncle said, recalling a 2009 conversation.
Tsarni, a lawyer, warned Tamerlan that he was “giving up on everything, struggling with your own shadow.”
Worried, he called a mutual friend, who said his nephew was under the sway of a religious leader.
“He had been sort of brainwashing him,” Tsarni told the Sunday Times of London. “So these youngsters who do not sometimes manage their minor personal matters all of a sudden become a good catch.”
The uncle, who had called his nephews “losers” during a fiery Friday press conference outside his Maryland home, speculated that Tamerlan’s younger brother, Dzhokhar, 19, was manipulated into the bombing plot.
“[He’s] just a victim of his brother . . . his older brother pulled him into it,” Tsarni said.
“Dzhokhar is just a kid who wanted to have older brother to look up at. Except for being a murderer, he’s been a loving brother.”
“That so-called radicalization was seeded right here, not in the Caucasus, not in Russia, not in Chechnya, which he has nothing to do with,” Tsarni said.
Tamerlan’s extremist views caught the attention of Russian security officials, who in 2011 asked the FBI to question him and his family in advance of his trip to Chechnya and Dagestan last year.
The FBI never came up with anything that prevented Tamerlan from making the trip.
His views were extreme enough to anger some in his family. A relative in Dagestan told ABC News that Tamerlan’s opinions got him booted from an uncle’s house.
A neighbor of the murderous brothers said the older bomber was recently “trash-talking the Bible” in a conversation at a pizza joint.
“He said . . . the Koran spoke more of the truth then the Bible. He said the Bible was used as an excuse to invade other countries,” said Albrecht Ammon, 18, a student at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, which the bombers also attended.
REUTERS Ruslan Tsarni has been critical of his nephews as law enforcement searched for them following Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings.
The conversation veered into foreign affairs — and Ammon said that “bombing civilians and justifying it under the Koran is wrong, and he agreed with me.
“[Tamerlan] mentioned how in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, most casualties are innocent people gunned down by American soldiers. He mentioned that America has colonial power and is trying to take over in the Middle East and Africa.”
Who nudged Tamerlan into his radicalism is unclear.
He and his younger brother sometimes visited The Islamic Society of Boston, near their Cambridge home, the society said in a statement expressing “shock” at the terror acts.
Tamerlan “would sometimes come to pray at congregational prayer,” said community member Yusufi Vali, who said the terrorist’s views are inconsistent with those of the congregation.
“This is a congregation that is told to get civically engaged,” Vali said. Tonight, the mosque plans an interfaith vigil. “You wouldn’t have a radicalized person going to something like this,” Vali said.
Monday’s bombing sparked a frantic search that finally ended Friday when a wounded Dzhokhar was nabbed by cops, who found him hiding and bleeding in a boat in the back yard of a Watertown home.
Photos of Dzhokhar and his brother were released Thursday by the FBI and likely spurred their frenzied attempted escape from the city, sources said.
They killed an Massachusetts Institute of Technology cop, carjacked an SUV and used the driver’s ATM card to steal $800, authorities said.
The carjacking led to a chase with cops, during which the bomber brothers hurled explosives and fired gunshots at police, badly injuring one officer, authorities said.
The car stopped at some point in Watertown, and the Tsarnaevs got out and continued to throw bombs and fire from behind a car, authorities said.
Tamerlan was shot, and his brother allegedly ran him over as he escaped.
Dzhokhar eluded cops all day Friday until a man stepping outside his house for some fresh air noticed blood on his parked boat and then found the younger brother cowering under the tarp.
Dzhokhar was also wounded in Friday’ s battle with police, suffering gunshot wounds to the neck and leg, the sources said.
Their parents, who live in Russia, were so distraught that they both suffered medical problems, a relative told a Russian news agency yesterday. “You gotta understand, they are in shock. The older son is killed, the younger is arrested, charged with a terrible crime,” a relative said.
“They had to call the ambulance for their mother yesterday. The father also had seizure.”
Federal charges were pending against Dzhokhar, who was listed in serious condition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston — where several of the bombing victims were treated.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said he believed the bomber was “not able to communicate yet” with investigators.
“We have a million questions, and those questions need to be answered,” Patrick said.
Dzhokhar’s uncle said he wants justice for his nephew’s victims.
“His life is no more valuable than the lives that were taken,” he told The Post. “If the death penalty is fair justice, then it’s fair justice.”
Tsarni added that he hopes his nephew survives “for the sake of seeking forgiveness from those who suffered; that will be relief for him whatever he does in the future.”
By: John Hayward 4/19/2013 11:54 AM
Family members of the Boston Marathon bombers – brothers Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, killed by police this morning, and Dzhokar, 19, still at large at the time of this writing – were quickly located by both police and the media.
Their father, Anzor Tsarnaev, lives in the Russian city of Makhachkala. He spoke with ABC News as the manhunt for his son Dzhokar was under way, and is apparently a raving lunatic:
The father said he spoke to his sons by phone earlier this week. “We talked about the bombing. I was worried about then,” Anzor Tsarnaev said.
He said his sons reassured him, saying, “Everything is good, Daddy. Everything is very good.”
The elder Tsarnaev insisted that his sons were innocent, but said he would appeal to his son to “surrender peacefully.”
“Give up. Give up. You have a bright future ahead of you. Come home to Russia,” the dad said.
The father warned, however, “If they killed him, then all hell would break loose.”
“If they kill my second child, I will know that it is an inside job, a hit job. The police are to blame,” the father told ABC News. “Someone, some organization is out to get them.”
Other reports have Anzor referring to fugitive killer Dzhokar as “a true angel.”
Details on their mother have not been nailed down as yet. Buzzfeed reported that “Zubeidat K. Tsarnaeva, 45, who shares an address with the two men and could be their mother, was arrested last summer for shoplifting.”
For what it’s worth, the UK Daily Mail treats this as confirmed information about the mother, and says the shoplifting incident involved “$1624 in clothes from Lord and Taylor” – the department store whose security cameras helped identify the Tsarnaev brothers as perpetrators of the Boston Marathon bombing.
The Daily Mail also offers some recollections about Dzhokar from his friends, beginning with a 2011 YouTube video in which he is seen “clowning around” with pals:
In the clip uploaded October 4 of that year, the young man sitting in the driver’s seat of a car shows off his knack for doing different accents from the Caucasus region, from Armenian to Azerbaijani, Ossetian and Chechen.
Impersonating a Armenian hood who came to Moscow to collect a debt, Tsarnaev brandishes a red pocket knife and says: ‘You see this this knife? It was my grandfather’s. We’ll cut him, cut him!’
At one point, a friend asks Tsarnaev to do a Chechen accent. In response, Dzhokhar says with a grin: ‘Now my bros are going to bring guns, we’ll whack anyone, anyone.’
Later in his monologue, he goes on to say: ‘Whoever points at Chechnya even with his toe, we’ll whack him, whack him.’
[…] His high school friend Mercado said there was only one time he remembered him discussing terrorism.
‘A friend of mine remembered a conversation he had had with Dzhokhar. It was along the lines of when justified, terrorism is not necessarily a bad thing. It was a red flag but people say things all the time and you don’t take it out of context. You don’t believe someone’s going to be a terrorist because of these conversations.’
The bombers have an uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, who lives in Maryland. He has a very different opinion of the boys from their father, as related by CBS News:
Ruslan Tsarni said he was “absolutely shocked” and “absolutely devastated” upon hearing of his nephews’ involvement in the attack and said it was “not comprehendible [sic] in our family.”
“They’ve been refugees in this country. Refugees come from war,” Ruslan said of their background, though he described the older brother, Tamerlan, as a “a loser.”
He called his nephews “barbarians, wherever they are” and said after learning of their involvement in the bombings, “They do not deserve to be on this earth … What can I say? They murdered.”
The CBS affiliate in Boston brings some more background on the bombers from their uncle:
Tsarni says Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev immigrated to the United States around 2000 or 2001, and have lived at the same Cambridge address since that time.
According to Tsarni, Dzhokhar completed high school in Cambridge and was attending college somewhere outside of Boston.
Tsarni, who says he hasn’t been in touch with the brothers since around 2009, tells WBZ-TV he believes that the brothers’ parents may have moved back to Russia.
Tsarni’s grief over the crimes of his nephews appears bottomless. ”I just wish they never existed,” Politico quotes him saying. ”I’m wordless. I’m wordless. I am wordless. Shocked.” He said he was ready to accept “curses” because “I’m associated with these bastards.”
In an interview with CNN, he expressed condolences for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, going so far as to describe several individual victims he had seen on television. He said the brothers never lived with him, and he had not seen them since 2006. He confirmed that the family is Muslim but angrily denied that Islam had anything to do with the bombings, calling that idea “a lie, a fraud.” However, he speculated that someone may have radicalized them into a violent sect, but not their father, who “spent his life bringing bread to their table and fixing cars.”
Tsarni also very loudly repeated his call for Dzhokar to turn himself in immediately and beg for forgiveness, saying that his actions brought shame upon the Chechen community.
Another uncle, Alvi Tsarni, said in a different interview: “If he did this one, I’m sorry too. It’s crazy, it’s not possible, I can’t believe it.” CBS News in Boston reports that he had not spoken to the brothers in years… until yesterday, when he says Tamerlan called him to apologize for being out of touch so long.
Edit: I initially misunderstood what Ruslan Tsarni said about the boys’ radicalization during his interview; he does not think their father was responsible. I have corrected the reference.
Video of Uncle Ruslan’s press conference:
Update: The Toronto Sun has located the bombers’ aunt, Maret Tsarnaev:
“This is a huge tragedy for the family,” Tsarnaev, 45, said. “My brother’s two boys, they are growing up so fast. My first reaction is, ‘Why the hell would they do this?’ But when I go through all the material, it’s not giving anything … the whole world is now making a decision (on them) now by just seeing these pictures and not having anything else.”
The aunt said she hasn’t seen the two men for five years, but knew they were living in Cambridge. Dzhokhar had a love of math and was attending school there. As was Tamerlan, but it was unclear if he dropped out when his daughter was born, two years ago.
“These two boys, all they must have in their heads at this age is love,” she said. “I cannot believe Tamerlan is dead. This cannot be true.”
Update: Auntie Maret speaks from her home in Toronto. She professes herself to be a lawyer with very high standards of evidence for the allegations against her nephews… to the point where she thinks the case against them was “staged.” This family does not seem to include any small- or medium-sized personalities.
Update: Not to be outdone, the Tsarnaev’s father, speaking from Russia, was just quoted on CNN saying his sons were “framed,” and calling the police who shot Tamerlan “cowards.”
Fake Islam by an idiot to appease her husband, or worse, complicit and supporting a terrorist?
By JENNIFER BAIN in Cambridge, Mass., and KATE KOWSH in North Kingstown, RI
- Last Updated: 11:34 AM, April 21, 2013
CHECH MATE: Katherine Russell, wife of killed Tamerlan Tsarnaev, converted for the killer.
The weeping bride of the elder Boston bomber returned to the family’s Cambridge home yesterday, a day after her twisted husband died in a shootout with police.
Katherine Russell, 24, who converted to Islam for jihadist hubby Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, covered her head with a leopard-print hijab and nervously shouted for the landlord when she couldn’t get in the door.
“Joanna,” she screamed.
The woman frantically pounded on the door until she was let into the three-story colonial on Norfolk Street.
Her daughter with Tsarnaev, 3-year-old Zahara, waited inside a white Volvo with an unidentified woman.
“The mother and baby didn’t do anything,” neighbor Harvey Smith told The Post. Smith said his roommate helped her pack some belongings.
“She came to get her cat also,” he added. “I heard the cat crying.”
She left the home after a few minutes carrying her pet cat, a shopping bag and a duffel bag.
The Tsarnaev family moved into the quaint, white-shingled home around 2002 or 2003, Smith said.
Tamerlan and brother Dzhokhar continued to live there after their parents moved back to Russia.
“I would see her more than him,” he said. “She would be out in the yard playing with her child.”
At her family’s home on Coriander Lane in North Kingstown, RI, neighbors said Katherine was quiet and polite — though her drastic wardrobe change shocked them.
“Last fall, I saw her outside, and she was in full Muslim [dress]. It just got my attention,” said Karen Mather, 41.
Russell, raised a Christian, began shrouding herself in Muslim garb after leaving Suffolk University in 2010, a neighbor said.
Additional reporting by Candice M. Giove in New York
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The Blaze- “I told him, ‘listen, Islam always been there. You just do your business, work, go to school, be useful, know why you came to America.”
Mr. President, these are Muslim terrorists
- By MICHAEL GOODWIN NY Post Last Updated: 4:15 AM, April 22, 2013
After the capture of the second Boston bombing suspect, President Obama gave a Friday-night speech to praise private citizens and law-enforcement officials. He called the bombers “terrorists” and said, “They failed because the people of Boston refused to be intimidated. They failed because, as Americans, we refused to be terrorized.”
Good, strong stuff — before he ruined it. Obama’s uplifting tone suddenly shifted into peevish scold as he warned against a rush to judgment “about the motivations of these individuals” or “entire groups of people.”
He continued: “One of the things that makes America the greatest nation on Earth . . . is that we welcome people from all around the world — people of every faith, every ethnicity, from every corner of the globe. So as we continue to learn more about why and how this tragedy happened, let’s make sure that we sustain that spirit.”
My immediate reaction was loud and unprintable. Reading the transcript in the light of day didn’t help.
To put it kindly, the president is stuck in deep denial. Shadow-boxing against the truth, he can’t bring himself to say “Muslim terrorists.”
To do so would, in his mind, feed a stereotype and fuel innate American prejudice. So reality must be avoided and important facts omitted about the extraordinary events in Boston. Liberal pieties dictate that the praise for American resilience is mere prelude to a warning against our lesser angels.
The scolding diminished a moment of national pride by suggesting that Islam played no role in the worst terror attack on American civilians since 9/11. Those who think Islam matters are regarded as bigots.
Obama’s not fooling anybody except himself. The ties between terrorism and radical Islam won’t disappear because he refuses to see them.
The speech was another missed opportunity for straight talk that is not nearly as toxic as the president imagines. He could easily acknowledge the bombers’ drift to radicalization while still cautioning against stereotypes. He could say they apparently were motivated by jihadists while stressing that not all Muslims are terrorists.
That simple truth, obvious and balanced, is embraced by the overwhelming majority of Americans. By denying it, Obama insults them and discredits himself.
More disturbing is that his Friday speech perfectly captures his worldview, part of which subscribes to the myth that America is fundamentally anti-Islam.
The view surfaces in his apology tours abroad and his contempt for those who don’t share his faith in value-free multiculturalism. His support for building a mosque near Ground Zero rested on the distorted claim that opposition would undermine “our commitment to religious freedom.”
His view also informs his policies, including his determination to close Gitmo and release all combatants we capture on foreign battlefields without interrogation. He initially blamed the terror attack that killed our ambassador in Libya on a supposed protest against an anti-Muslim video that never existed. His demand that Israel make endless concessions to the Palestinians reflects his refusal to recognize broad Muslim anti-Semitism.
Stubbornness is no virtue when it is based on a closed mind. And while there is much we don’t know about the Boston bombers, we already know they held a twisted view of America shared by many terrorists.
The brothers Tsarnaev, along with their mother, reportedly called 9/11 “an inside job” concocted to fuel hatred of Muslims. That this generous nation gave them asylum, freedom and welfare made no difference.
The family’s journey from gratitude to hatred would be a remarkable story if we hadn’t seen it before. But we have, and the warning about radical Islam’s appeal in the West has been sounded repeatedly, most eloquently by Tony Blair.
“The problem is not simply the extremism. And I think one of the mistakes is in thinking that if you deal with the extremists, you deal with the problem,” the former British prime minister said in a TV interview in 2010.
Blair argues that global jihad is more complicated than most Westerners believe, and that the terrorists’ narrative is not limited to those who take up arms.
The heart of the jihad myth, he said, is “that Islam is under oppression from the West, that the West is hostile, and that by the leadership of Muslim countries being in alliance with the West, they are somehow complicit in a betrayal of the fundamentals of their religion.”
Blair added, “That is a narrative that has a broader reach than we think.”
He cited as examples young men educated in the West who became radicalized and plotted to blow up airliners, trains and buildings in New York and London. He warned that the phenomenon is growing.
We can now add to the roster of homegrown terrorists a pair of ethnic Chechens who, as their lives in America unraveled, turned to radical Islam, and then turned against their adopted homeland.
These are facts, and even the man in the Oval Office can’t make them go away.
Send him to Guantanamo
Say this for Pete King: The pugilistic Long Island Republican isn’t backing down from the good fight.
Already under fire from a loud minority of students opposed to his giving the commencement speech at St. John’s University, King is upping the ante. Those who find his long-standing concern about homegrown terror cells “offensive” will go wiggy with his latest salvo.
King joined GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham, John McCain and Kelly Ayotte yesterday in calling for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to be held as an “enemy combatant.” The tag would allow at least 30 days of unlimited interrogation before Tsarnaev would get Miranda rights.
As it stands, the administration is claiming a “public safety” exemption from Miranda, which lasts only two days.
“There is a lot we don’t know,” King told me yesterday. “I have had classified security briefings for eight years, and Chechens never came up once. This guy has a lot of information we need.”
He’s right — and would go even further. After I said that in a better world Tsarnaev would be sent packing to Gitmo, King quickly agreed.
“That’s where he belongs,” he said, but conceded it might not be legal under existing law.
So change the law. The idea makes a perfect theme for the commencement speech on his schedule. The students would love it.
But just to be safe, King should bring his boxing gloves.
Slip of the tax tongue
David Axelrod made the gaffe of the week. As with most Washington gaffes, the president’s political guru inadvertently told the truth.
Asked why Obama didn’t immediately call the April 15 Boston bombings a “terrorist attack,” Axelrod told an interviewer that “I’m sure what was going through the president’s mind is — we really don’t know who did this — it was Tax Day.”
There you have it. The gut instinct in the White House — or maybe the hope — was that the bomber would have ties to the Tea Party or another conservative group.
There’s a word for that instinct: prejudice. Not to mention clinging to ignorance.
Thomas Sowell| 4.24.13
Political correctness has replaced self-preservation.
Thomas Sowell 4.25.13
Whose interests do current immigration reform proposals actually serve?
Fast US entry for terrorists
By MICHELLE MALKIN firstname.lastname@example.org
- Last Updated: 12:34 AM, April 27, 2013
In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon killing spree by foreign-born jihadists, see-no-evil bureaucrats in Washington are stubbornly defending America’s lax asylum policies. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told the Senate on Tuesday that the screening process is rigorous, effective and extensive.
These people can’t handle the truth. Or tell it.
The Tsarnaev brothers reportedly were granted asylum by “derivative” status through their parents. After entering on short-term tourist visas, the mother and father won asylum and acquired US citizenship. Next, younger son Dzhokhar obtained US citizenship. Tamerlan, whose naturalization application was pending, traveled freely between the United States and the jihad recruitment zone of Dagestan, Russia, last year.
Huh? The Boston bombing suspects’ parents, here in Russia at Thursday’s press conference, gained US entry thanks to supposed dangers back home.
Though they’d convinced Uncle Sam that they faced deadly persecution, the Tsarnaevs’ parents both returned to their native land and were there when their sons launched last week’s terror rampage. Authorities won’t reveal any details of the sob stories the Tsarnaevs originally spun to win asylum benefits for the entire family.
The whole thing stinks. And it’s an old, familiar stench. Immigration lawyers have been working the system on behalf of asylum con artists for decades. The racketeers coach applicants with phony stories and documents from “chop shops” and game their way through “refugee roulette.”
Asylum and refugee claimants are being rubber-stamped at all-time-high rates. Government data analyzed by the nonpartisan Web site TRAC show that “the odds of an asylum claim being denied in Immigration Court reached an historic low in FY 2012, with only 44.5 percent being turned down. Ten years ago, almost two out of three (62.6 percent) individuals seeking asylum lost their cases in similar actions. Twenty years ago, fewer than one out of four (24 percent) asylum applicants won their cases, while three out of four (76 percent) lost.”
Why won’t Washington err on the side of public safety by re-examining and overhauling our fraud-riddled asylum, detention, deportation and visa-issuance policies after Boston?
The Tsarnaevs were not the first murder-minded jihadists to benefit from ineffective policing of our asylum and refugee policies. As I’ve reported previously:
* Ramzi Yousef landed at JFK airport from Pakistan and flashed an Iraqi passport without a visa to inspectors. He was briefly detained for illegal entry and fingerprinted, but was allowed to remain in the country after invoking the magic words “political asylum.” He was released for lack of detention space and headed to Jersey City to plot the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
* Gazi Ibrahim Abu Mezer, a Palestinian bomb-builder, entered the United States illegally through Canada in 1996-97. He claimed political asylum based on phony persecution by Israelis, was released on a reduced $5,000 bond posted by a man who was himself an illegal alien and then skipped his asylum hearing. In June 1997, a federal immigration judge ordered Mezer to leave on a “voluntary departure order.” Mezer ignored him. He joined the New York City bombing plot before being arrested in July 1997 after a roommate tipped off local police.
* Mir Aimal Kansi, convicted in 1997 of capital murder and nine other charges stemming from his January 1993 shooting spree outside the CIA headquarters in McLean, Va., also exploited our insane asylum laxity. Despite his history as a known Pakistani militant who had participated in anti-American protests abroad, Kansi received a business visa in 1991. After arrival, he claimed political asylum based on his ethnic minority status in Pakistan. While his asylum application was pending, he obtained a driver’s license and an AK-47, murdered two CIA agents and wounded three others.
* Somali national Nuradin Abdi, the al Qaeda shopping-mall-bomb plotter convicted in 2007, first entered the United States in 1995 using a false passport. He entered again illegally from Canada in 1997 and secured asylum on false grounds. Abdi then was able to fraudulently obtain a refugee travel document, which he used to fly to Ethiopia and, yes, Chechnya for jihad training.
* Among the convicted Fort Dix (NJ) jihad plotters were three ethnic Albanian illegal alien brothers — Dritan, Shain and Eljvir Duka, who snuck into the country through Mexico with their parents. In 1984, the father applied for asylum, but the feds ignored them for two decades. In the meantime, as America showed the Dukas’ refugee community unmatched compassion and generosity, the Muslim trio returned the favor by planning to massacre US soldiers.
As always, political correctness and political pandering are the handmaidens of terrorism.
Newsmax Saturday, 20 Apr 2013 10:01 PM
Two foreign nationals have been arrested on immigration violations in the Massachusetts town where police say the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect may have once lived.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Saturday that Homeland Security Investigations agents had arrested two people in New Bedford.
An ICE spokesman would not comment on the people who were arrested or if they are connected to bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-KHAR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehv). The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth student remains hospitalized after exchanging gunfire with police Friday.
ICE did not say whether they are suspected in any other crimes. A federal prosecutor’s spokeswoman declined comment.
New Bedford police said federal authorities searched off-campus housing near the school Friday and took three people in for questioning. Police say Tsarnaev may have lived at the complex.