The One Place You Can Be Free of Surveillance is a Mosque

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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There is nothing wrong with law enforcement monitoring Muslim terrorists or potential Muslim terrorists. But unfortunately, as I wrote in the Dumb Police State, that’s not really the system we have.

Instead our system “spreads the pain” and specifically excludes Muslims from some of the same experiences to avoid “alienating” them and to win their cooperation.

And the results can often be schizophrenic.

Since October 2011, mosques have been off-limits to FBI agents. No more surveillance or undercover string operations without high-level approval from a special oversight body at the Justice Department dubbed the Sensitive Operations Review Committee.

Who makes up this body, and how do they decide requests? Nobody knows; the names of the chairman, members and staff are kept secret.

We do know the panel was set up under pressure from Islamist groups who complained about FBI stings at mosques. Just months before the panel’s formation, the Council on American-Islamic Relations teamed up with the ACLU to sue the FBI for allegedly violating the civil rights of Muslims in Los Angeles by hiring an undercover agent to infiltrate and monitor mosques there.

Before mosques were excluded from the otherwise wide domestic spy net the administration has cast, the FBI launched dozens of successful sting operations against homegrown jihadists — inside mosques — and disrupted dozens of plots against the homeland.

If only they were allowed to continue, perhaps the many victims of the Boston Marathon bombings would not have lost their lives and limbs. The FBI never canvassed Boston mosques until four days after the April 15 attacks, and it did not check out the radical Boston mosque where the Muslim bombers worshipped.

This is particularly disturbing in light of recent independent surveys of American mosques, which reveal some 80% of them preach violent jihad or distribute violent literature to worshippers.

We need enforcement and surveillance, but it needs to be smart and targeted surveillance. And that can only happen under leaders who stop apologizing for singling out members of an ideology responsible for our long war because of their beliefs.

We’re at war with an ideology. Singling out members of that ideology is the only rational way to fight that war.

  • Softly Bob

    I feel that I have to reply to this but what can I say that hasn’t been said before? I would like to point out the insanity, stupidity and pure evil that lies behind this, but I’m sure we’ve all said this hundreds of times when referring to either Leftist tricks or to Islam.
    So I’ll just leave you with one question:

    When are you Yanks going to drag the entire Obama admin out of the White House and have them all arrested for treason and sedition?

    For the love of God, please do this soon.

    • Jb_fastpitch

      We have as much chance as Hitler’s opposition. Obama and his DemoNAZIS are desperate to disarm us now.
      For the truly evil, nothing is beyond the pale.

    • Van Grungy

      Because the military and secret service, contrary to their oaths, protect the domestic enemy from the People.

    • bungopony

      i’ve been begging them to do this,too.

  • LEL817

    Yes, this is the argument the right SHOULD be making, targeted surveilling of muslims. Instead they aligned with Glen Greenwald and Michael Moore to discredit the very notion of surveillance altogether.

  • DogmaelJones1

    I noted one glaring omission in Edward Snowden’s “revelation” that the U.S. had been hacking Mainland and Hong Kong emails and computers: all the Red/Fascist Chinese plots against the U.S., most recently their hacking into the Treasury Department’s database. Mr. Snowden, have you any comment on that?

    • DurkaDurka

      He has NSA/CIA papers, not CyberCommand papers. You want a appletini too? He knows China hacks the h3ll out of the US. Every admin knows that. That ain’t news. Why would he have Chinese documents on them attacking us?

  • DurkaDurka

    Obama will protect his people. He wrote in his struggle, err, dreams of his father book.

    • http://1389blog.com/ 1389AD

      “Mein Kampf” translates into “My Jihad” in the Arabic-language editions.

  • Bill Freeme

    Where did the italicized part of this come from? I believe it, just wonder the source…

    • http://1389blog.com/ 1389AD

      The link is just above, in brown, from IBD.

  • Van Grungy

    when it comes to muslims, just keep arming clandestinely for that possibility. you know they are.

    one day there won’t be anyone for CAIR to complain to, that will be the time to get out the RAID

  • http://1389blog.com/ 1389AD

    The real story is NOT about what kind of person Snowden is or what are his motives or what should be done with him or even about China. That’s a distraction.

    The real story is about totalitarian surveillance and persecution in the US, after the fashion of the East German Stasi.

    Gotta stay focused here.

  • MyPoorHusband

    Happened just a month after a mosque opens up just a block from Ground Zero. Really!!!