How many balls can we drop? Boston bomb ‘suspects” mother was on watch list

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva
The mother of the two Boston bombing suspects, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, left, speaking at a news conference in Makhachkala, the southern Russian province of Dagestan, April 25, 2013. Two government officials tell The Associated Press that U.S. intelligence agencies added the Boston bombing suspects’ mother to a federal terrorism database about 18 months before the attack. At right is her sister-in-law Maryam. (Image: Associated Press)

At what point do we realize we’re living int he Twilight Zone?

The Associated Press reports:

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhohkar Tsarnaev was moved from a hospital to a federal prison medical center, while FBI agents searched for evidence Friday in a landfill near the college he was attending. …

U.S. officials, meanwhile, said that the bombing suspects’ mother had been added to a federal terrorism database about 18 months before the deadly attack — a disclosure that deepens the mystery around the Tsarnaev family and marks the first time American authorities have acknowledged that Zubeidat Tsarnaeva was under investigation before the tragedy.

The news is certain to fuel questions about whether the Obama administration missed opportunities to thwart the April 15 bombing that killed three people and wounded more than 260.

Tsarnaev is charged with joining with his older brother, now dead, in setting off the shrapnel-packed pressure-cooker bombs. The brothers are ethnic Chechens from Russia who came to the United States about a decade ago with their parents. Investigators have said it appears that the brothers were angry about the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Two government officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the investigation, said the CIA had Zubeidat Tsarnaeva’s name added to the terror database along with that of her son Tamerlan Tsarnaev after Russia contacted the agency in 2011 with concerns that the two were religious militants.

This would all be rather hilarious if we didn’t have four people dead and over 170 people injured. In fact, it would be a bigger knee-slapper if we didn’t have to remember names like Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, Najibullah Zazi, Nadal Malik Hassan, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (who could forget our beloved underwear bomber?), and Faisal Shahzad. Pretty soon there will almost be enough terrorist running around on American soil to put them in their own version of “Real World.” Perhaps it will air on Current TV. Who wouldn’t be interested in following the exploits of the underwear bomber, who is looking for love but having a tough time since he incinerated Allah-his family jewels?

Low blow? Don’t blame me. He was the one who tried to kill Americans over the Christmas holidays by detonating plastic explosives in his underwear.

Remember when we were told that authorities didn’t know who perpetrated the April 15 terror attacks in Boston, and then millions of Americans started looking at online images to find suspicious people, sending in cell phone images to the FBI and trying to do the right thing? I do. But it turns out that the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the CIA had a very clear idea of who to look for within minutes. They had to, because an entire family of welfare-collecting psycho-jihadists were on their terror lists.

Marathon bombings mastermind Tamerlan Tsarnaev was living on taxpayer-funded state welfare benefits even as he was delving deep into the world of radical anti-American Islamism, the Herald has learned.

State officials confirmed last night that Tsarnaev, slain in a raging gun battle with police last Friday, was receiving benefits along with his wife, Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, and their 3-year-old daughter. The state’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services said those benefits ended in 2012 when the couple stopped meeting income eligibility limits. Russell Tsarnaev’s attorney has claimed Katherine — who had converted to Islam — was working up to 80 hours a week as a home health aide while Tsarnaev stayed at home.

In addition, both of Tsarnaev’s parents received benefits, and accused brother bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan were recipients through their parents when they were younger, according to the state.

Got that? Taxpayer subsidized jihad, courtesy of the state of Massachusetts. It’s now possible be on a terror list and a welfare role at the same time. Is it possible that maybe — just maybe — the government is too big and doing too many things if these are the types of scenarios we are finding ourselves in?

The United States now has the sad distinction of having brought over immigrants, who then attended radical mosques, collected welfare, got put on terror watch lists, and ultimately killed and maimed innocent Americans.

The excuse? Spelling errors.

Imagine, if you will, that George W. Bush was still president. What do you think the media landscape would look like? Welcome … to The Twilight Zone.

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Biden: Guys who killed four, injured over 170 and left many Americans without limbs are ‘knock-off jihadis’

Was the April 15 terror attack in Boston committed by terrorists or "knock-off jihadis"? Joe Biden might go with option one or he might go with option two, depending on the day. (Image: Associated Press)
Was the April 15 terror attack in Boston committed by terrorists or “knock-off jihadis”? Joe Biden might go with option one or he might go with option two, depending on the day. (Image: Associated Press)

The death of slain MIT campus police officer Sean Collier is just another example of just how precious every moment of every day is. He died at the hands of terrorists Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, as they sought to flee Boston for Manhattan, no doubt in search of more opportunities to maim and kill Americans.

Thousands of people mourned officer Collier at his funeral on Wednesday, among them Vice President Joe Biden. His statements, while sincere, are just another example of an administration that fundamentally doesn’t understand the threat Western Civilization is up against:

Vice President Joseph R. Biden had some choice words for Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, calling them “perverted jihadis” while speaking at a memorial service for slain MIT police officer Sean Collier Wednesday afternoon.

“Why, whether it’s al Qaeda central out of the FATAs or two twisted, perverted, cowardly, knock-off jihadis here in Boston. Why do they do what they do?” he asked rhetorically.

Four dead. Over 170 injured, many with amputated limbs. An entire city locked down for hours. American citizens pulled from their homes at gunpoint. Main roads deserted, like something you might find in North Korea.

Question: At what point do “knock-off jihadis” become “real jihadis”? Does a platoon of al Qaeda foot soldiers have to be charging into downtown Boston, guns blazing? Are they “knock-off jihadis” until they bring down large airliners in heavily populated cities using nothing but box cutters? The answer is that they are not knock-offs because they are cut from the same cloth.

Russian authorities warned the U.S. about Tsarnaev years ago. They told us this was most likely no “knock off” and, for whatever reason, Tsarnaev was interviewed and left to his own devices. We’re also told that “spelling errors” prevented the U.S. from realizing the guy spent six months (spending time with good old dad, I’m sure) in Russia.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has asked Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.) to hold a hearing into why a spelling error in travel documents for bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev prevented federal authorities from learning he returned to the United States in 2012 after spending six months in Russia. …

McCain has also voiced concern about a lack of coordination among law enforcement agencies, a problem that plagued authorities before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

I said years ago that the Department of Homeland Security was unnecessary. I still believe that.

An entirely new department lumped onto the federal bureaucracy. Hundreds-of-billions of dollars spent. And yet, authorities still can not coordinate with each other, even though the whole rationale for creating the monstrosity was to improve coordination between agencies. The government gets bigger and bigger and bigger and spends more and more and more and yet … it is never is enough, is it?

But I digress.

The point is, this is the same administration that called the Fort Hood massacre an act of “workplace violence.” That’s right. The guy who got all buddy-buddy with Anwar al-Awlaki before going on an rampage that killed 13 and wounded 32 (replete with screams of “Allah Akbar!”) was just a disgruntled employee, kind of like your stereotypical postal service worker. Instead of “Newman!”, we can tell the injured — who weren’t awarded purple hearts — to just give a Jerry Seinfeld-ian “Nidal Hasan!”

This is the same administration that became infamous for calling terrorism a “man-caused disaster” in order to convince themselves that we could move on to bigger and better things (e.g., NIH obesity studies to figure out why lesbians tend to be fat and gay men do not).

Even as investigators were hunting for the perpetrator of the botched “man-caused disaster” in Times Square, our cool homeland security secretary, Janet Napolitano, was reassuring a frazzled nation that the failed bombing appeared to be an isolated incident — a “one-off” — and avoided the notion of (much less the word) “terrorism.”

“One off”? To quote Ned Flanders: “Whoopsie doodle!”

Listen to Joe Biden. He usually will tell the truth, even if he’s doing so inadvertently.

What was the saying? “Bin Laden is dead and GM is alive”? Yeah. Unfortunately, the scope of the problem was always a lot bigger than one man or a well-known terrorist organization. But when you ideologically side with people who hope terrorism is caused by white Americans, you tend to get blinded by things like that.

The aftermath of the April 15 terror attack in Boston, perpetrated by jihadists — not "knock-off" jihadists.
The aftermath of the April 15 terror attack in Boston, perpetrated by jihadists — not “knock-off” jihadists. (Image: Associated Press)

Janet Napolitano scrubs Alharbi’s record; media salute and walk on by

Abdulrahman Ali Alharbi

On Sunday, April 21, I wrote on the curious case of the Abdulrahman Ali Alharbi, the Saudi student (who was supposed to be attending school in Ohio) who was injured in the April 15 terrorist attack in Boston. Shortly after the bombing, sources confirmed with CNN that a Alharbi was a “person of interest” and then “in custody.” Then his Boston apartment (again, he was supposed to be attending school in Ohio) was searched. For hours. And then his roommate was questioned. For hours.

The next day it was reported that Abdulrahman Ali Alharbi was going to be deported for national security reasons. Shortly before a press conference on the Boston Marathon terror attack, in which reporters would undoubtedly ask about Alharbi’s status, there was a bomb threat. The press conference was nixed. Since I watch and gather news all day every day for my job, I found this to be incredibly odd.

Likewise, I found it odd that President Obama had an unscheduled meeting with the Saudi foreign minister that Wednesday. Topic: “Syria.”

What then transpired was a series of events, in which the “person of interest” who had been “in custody” and scheduled to be deported for “national security reasons” was suddenly turned into a ghost.

On April 18, Congressman Jeff Duncan of South Carolina had this exchange with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano:

Jeff Duncan: CBS says this: This gentlemen is here on a student visa. He was at the scene with many other people. As everyone is standing in shock, three Boston PD detectives see this guy moving quickly out of the crowd. As they’re watching him he seems to be moving very deliberately, which could be a very natural thing after a bombing. They stop him to the hospital because he’s covered with blood. That’s straight off CBS. … And now we have someone who is being deported over national security concerns, and I’m assuming he has some sort of link to terror or he wouldn’t be deported. He was at the scene. … He could possibly ID the bomber. … He was at the scene, and yet were’ going to deport him.

Janet Napolitano: If I might representative, I am unaware of anyone who is being deported for national security concerns related to Boston. … I don’t even think he was technically a person of interest or a suspect. That was a wash. I am unaware of any proceeding there. I will clarify that for you. …

Jeff Duncan: Wouldn’t you agree with me that it is negligent for us as an American administration to deport someone who reportedly at the scene of a bombing and we’re going to deport him, not to be able to question him anymore. Is that not negligence?

Janet Napolitano: I am not going to answer that question. It is so full of misstatements and misapprehension that it’s just not worthy of an answer. … There’s been so much reported on this that’s been wrong I can’t even begin to tell you, congressman. We will provide you with accurate information as it becomes available.”

A couple of days go by. It’s now Tuesday, April 23. Asked by Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa on Alharbi’s status, Napolitano says:

Janet Napolitano: “He was not on a watchlist. What happened is — this student was, really when you back it out, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was never a subject. He was never even really a person of interest. Because he was being interviewed, he was at that point put on a watchlist, and then when it was quickly determined he had nothing to do with the bombing, the watch listing status was removed.

Only days earlier the question about deportation was “not worthy of an answer,” but then on Tuesday, April 23 she admits that he had been placed on a watch list! So clearly, Rep. Duncan’s inquiry was most definitely worthy of an answer. People do not just willy-nilly end up on a watch list. It just doesn’t happen that way. The guy was in a hospital surrounded by law enforcement personnel, so why would he be placed on a watch list if they were simply questioning him?

Also, Napolitano says he was “in the wrong place at the wrong time.” Exactly. He was in living in Boston when he was supposed to be studying in Ohio. And then he just so happened to wind up in the middle of a terrorist attack and he just so happened to be singled out by three detectives — at an event teeming with international participants and fans — as a guy who was acting strange enough to be pulled aside.

Long story short, this whole situation does not pass the sniff test, and there are very few media outlets who are interested in what their noses are telling them. Anyone who knows me knows I’m not big into Glenn Beck, but on this story he has been a profile in courage. Check out his site for the latest updates on this story since you won’t get much information from other news outlets.

Note: If you’re wondering why WordPress — a blogging platform which millions of other people have no problem accessing — is now turning up a security warning via Facebook for this particular blog, don’t ask me. It just started happening and readers are letting me know. I have put in a request to reclassify my blog as “safe” since someone with enough clout has obviously flagged my site as “abusive.”

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Chick-fil-A piece proves Mark Steyn a future steynborg sent to save us

This is a picture taken in front of the White House by an anonymous patriot, which proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Mark Steyn is a time-traveling steynborg genius sent to save us all. Notice how space and time warp around him as he shields Chick-fil-A cows from the idiocy of men like Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel.

I’ve wondered for quite some time if Mark Steyn was a secret agent or a Mega Man from the future sent to save us all. Who would have thought that the selective outrage of liberal politicians over chicken sandwiches would have proved once and for all that Mark Steyn is a time-traveling steynborg of conservative awesomeness.

As usual, the steynborg gets to the heart of the matter.

[M]ayor Tom Menino announced that Chick-fil-A would not be opening in his burg anytime soon. “If they need licenses in the city, it will be very difficult,” said His Honor. If you’ve just wandered in in the middle of the column, this guy Menino isn’t the mayor of Soviet Novosibirsk or Kampong Cham under the Khmer Rouge, but of Boston, Massachusetts. Nevertheless, he shares the commissars’ view that in order to operate even a modest and politically inconsequential business it is necessary to demonstrate that one is in full ideological compliance with party orthodoxy. …

As the Boston Herald’s Michael Graham pointed out, Menino is happy to hand out municipal licenses to groups whose most prominent figures call for gays to be put to death. The mayor couldn’t have been more accommodating (including giving them $1.8 million of municipal land) of the new mosque of the Islamic Society of Boston, whose IRS returns listed as one of their seven trustees Yusuf al-Qaradawi. Like President Obama, Imam Qaradawi’s position on gays is in a state of “evolution”: He can’t decide whether to burn them or toss ’em off a cliff. “Some say we should throw them from a high place,” he told Al Jazeera. “Some say we should burn them, and so on. There is disagreement. . . . The important thing is to treat this act as a crime.”

In one fell swoop, Steyn points out the cowardice and danger of these idiots, who target their rage — and power — based on political calculations rather than engaging in open and honest debate. Let’s talk about marriage. Let’s talk about Christianity. Let’s talk about Islam. But don’t threaten to shut down certain groups or sit silent with others because of petty politics.

Can you imagine the outrage if the president of Dominos Pizza made a remark about abortion that upset elected officials in Texas or Oklahoma or Nebraska — so much so that that they channeled Rahm Emmanuel and said, “Dominos values aren’t Austin values” before threatening to turn their lives into zoning-law hell?

When Ben and Jerry’s came out in favor of the “Occupy” movement (and by extension their bowel movements on cop cars) you didn’t see conservatives organize national boycotts. That’s mainly because they have jobs … but also because they’d rather have it out in the court of public opinion. Ben and Jerry are allowed to say things that I believe are stupid, and if I’m angry enough I simply won’t buy their product.

Likewise, Morgan Freeman likes to call guys like me a “racist,” but I still saw The Dark Knight Rises because Christopher Nolan’s talent supersedes Morgan’s ignorance. See how that works, liberals? The free market is a beautiful thing, and much more appealing than threats and intimidation by public officials who try and squelch free speech at every opportunity.

Mark, next time you go to the future, take me with you. My own spaceship broke down, and I’m yearning to return to the time and place when liberals outlaw self defense sporks, if only for a laugh.