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Terrorism in Boston

Posted by Larry Doyle on April 19, 2013 7:54 AM |

Boston, Irish, America, Notre Dame….STRONG!!!
The Fighting Irish football and softball teams will wear special helmet decals today to pay tribute to the countless victims in and around Boston. Coach Brian Kelly, a Boston native who still has family in the area, tweeted this photo on Friday.

With the scene in and around Boston remaining very fluid, let me first offer my concern for the residents of the entire area there. Stay safe.

We certainly did not need a situation such as this to make us realize that we are living in a very dangerous time. I hope that the one individual currently being hunted down is found quickly and that no more harm occurs to anybody in that process. Beyond that, I hope that we can quickly learn all of what lies behind these individuals and this situation including:   

1. Who supported them?

2. Where and how were they trained?

3. With whom did they associate?

4. Did they travel overseas to source backing, financial and otherwise, for this operation?

5. Were they known by law enforcement authorities prior to this?

6. In the process of learning information related to these questions, will this lead to others who are of like mind?

7. Might we be so fortunate that this situation is a one off never to be experienced again? We could only hope but hope is not a strategy.

We have enemies. Whether overseas or here at home, there are people out there who hate us. Prior episodes of domestic terrorism should not be underestimated but with the city of Boston and many surrounding communities in a total lockdown, we have entered into a new realm of terrorism.

I have no doubt that we will succeed in our fight but enemies within our midst present new challenges. How will America face these challenges? What does this situation mean in terms of security measures, immigration, surveillance, and other means of monitoring those who may do us harm?

Great questions.

What do people think?

Larry Doyle

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  • fred


    The situation in Boston appears to have both international and domestic components. Best I can tell the older brother was recruited by Islamist jihadist, he in turn recruited his younger brother.

    Kind of reminds me of my college days and the Hari Khrishnas who would try to recruit the young, passionate and disenfranchised.

    Make no mistake, like it or not, we are involved in a war, what is at stake is our way of life.

    If I am right and there is now a “cultlike component” to all this, the most lethal weapon of choice being used by our enemies are the “hearts and minds” of our children.

    Maybe what authorities need to focus on is the “cult” recruitment process, how and where is this taking place?

    As parents, what we need to focus on is strength of character, to instill a strong set of morals, values and beliefs in our children to guard them against false prophesy as they move into young adulthood.

    • fred


      I want to make it clear that I don’t believed the Hari Khrishnas are a terrorist organization or are linked to terrorism in any way; my comments are only directed at their recruitment practice of targeting young adults.

  • We’ll never learn the answers to the questions if we kill him first.

  • SBD

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t Vladimir Putin publicly offering Russia’s assistance prior to the two assailants’ identities being ‘discovered’ / disclosed?


    Don’t take your eye off the Saudi national story … however:

    A press release on the FBI website of Friday, April 19, 2013 tells us that “a foreign government” — Russia — alerted the FBI in “early 2011” that Tamarlan Tsarnaev was “a follower of radical Islam and a strong believer, and that he had changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the United States for travel to the country’s region to join unspecified underground groups.”

    How you say “radical Islam” in Russian? Never mind. This is big and shocking news on several levels. The first concerns the government reflex to suppress speculation regarding Islamic terrorism, or even terrorism, period as when David Axelrod let fly that the president was thinking “tax day” might be what we used to obsess over as the so-called root cause. We might even look back on FBI’s special agent in charge Richard DesLauriers’ plea to the public on Thursday evening (April 18) as reinforcing the domestic confines of the suspect pool by omission. His carefully genericized statement failed to open the public mind to any suggestion that the suspects might not be homegrown locals.

    Somebody out there knows these individuals as friends, neighbors, co-workers or family members of the suspects,

    True enough. of course, and somebody did. It is not known whether anyone in the public — including the terrorists’ “ashamed” uncle — actually called up the FBI with that information.

    But might the FBI have already known the Tsarnaev brothers’ names before they asked us for help? By the FBI’s Friday admission, the foreign government — Russia — had already raised red flags over Tamarlan Tsaernov in early 2011. (Notice, the FBI continually emphasizes the Russian communique as a “request” for information, not a warning.)

    Here from its press release is the FBI’s story, or cover story:

    Once the FBI learned the identities of the two brothers today, the FBI reviewed its records and determined that in early 2011, a foreign government asked the FBI for information about Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

    “Today” means April 19, four days after the Monday bombing attack. When and how did the feds learn those names? At what point after midnight and into the wee hours of Friday morning — when the shootout began that left MIT police officer Sean Collier, 26, “assassinated,” as a police official put it — did the Tsarnaev name pop up? Are we supposed to believe that no one at Robert Mueller’s FBI pulled that “early 2011” Russian warning — sorry, “request” — about that Chechen Muslim Tamarlan Tsarnaev in the Boston area after two Al Qaeda-style pressure-cooker bombs went off on Monday killing and maiming and terrorizing Americans in the heart of Boston?

    The [Russian] request stated that it was based on information that he was a follower of radical Islam and a strong believer, and that he had changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the United States for travel to the country’s region to join unspecified underground groups.

    Again, not a warning, but a “request.” Maybe the FBI is trying to prevent anyone from remembering that it dismissed red flags (emails with jihad-preacher Anwar Al-Awlaki) that went up in December 2008 over the perpetrator of another jihad attack — sorry, “workplace violence” — committed by Nidal Hassan at Ft. Hood in November 2009.

    Back to Boston 2013:

    In response to this 2011 request, the FBI checked U.S. government databases and other information to look for such things as derogatory telephone communications, possible use of online sites associated with the promotion of radical activity, associations with other persons of interest, travel history and plans, and education history. The FBI also interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev and family members. The FBI did not find any terrorism activity, domestic or foreign, and those results were provided to the foreign government in the summer of 2011.

    That’s reassuring.

    The final line is priceless.

    The FBI requested but did not receive more specific or additional information from the foreign government.

    What more did the FBI need from the Russkies — a Koran? This is no joke, of course. FBI Director Mueller’s has presided over the purge of Islamic training materials (military training has been simiiarly purged) while practicing what we might think of as extremist Muslim outreach. Now this. Of course, this scandal takes in anyone in the Obama administration in charge of national security.

    Congressional oversight, anyone?

    Will FBI Director Mueller Ever Be Held Accountable for Anything?

  • Ted

    Q. Why are my tax dollars sheltering and educating this guy at UMass Dartmouth, Governor Patrick?

  • SBD

    I had already lost confidence on security matters after the secret service allowed two low-level party crashers to walk the red carpet & straight through the White House doors,- after they were initially turned away. I guess we’re a country of “second chances.”

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