One Year Anniversary of Boston Bombing: A Lesson in FBI Failure

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With the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon jihad bombings now here (April 15),  the New York Times made yet another attempt to exonerate the Obama Administration of responsibility for one of its manifest failures, claiming that an inspector general’s report on the bombings was an “exoneration of the F.B.I.,” as it showed that “the Russian government declined to provide the F.B.I. with information about one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects that would most likely have led to more extensive scrutiny of him at least two years before the attack.” 

See? The bombing was all the fault of that scoundrel Putin. It had nothing to do with the FBI, because of fecklessness and political correctness, failing to act properly on information the Russians gave them.

Full disclosure: I used to give FBI agents and other law enforcement and military personnel training on the teachings of Islam about jihad warfare against and subjugation of non-Muslims, so that they would understand the motives and goals of those who have vowed to destroy the United States as a free society, and be better equipped to counter them. I provided this training free of charge, out of a sense of patriotic duty, and it was well received: I received certificates of appreciation from the United States Central Command and the Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group.

But as I explain in detail in my book Arab Winter Comes to America, all that ended on October 19, 2011, when Islamic supremacist advocacy groups, many with ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, demanded that FBI counter-terror trainers (including me) and training materials that referred to Islam and jihad in connection with terrorism be discarded, and agents educated by them be retrained. John Brennan, then the U.S. Homeland Security Advisor and now the director of the CIA, readily agreed in a response that was written on White House stationery – thereby emphasizing how seriously the Obama Administration took this demand.

Subsequently, as I detail in the book, politically correct willful ignorance then took hold in our intelligence and law enforcement agencies – to the extent that after the Boston Marathon bombing, then-FBI director Robert Mueller admitted that the bureau had not investigated the Islamic Society of Boston, where the Tsarnaev brothers attended mosque, and had not even visited it except as part of an “outreach” program – despite the fact that it was founded by Abdurrahman Alamoudi, who is currently in prison for financing al Qaeda, and was attended by convicted jihad terrorists such as Tarek Mehanna and Aafia Siddiqui. 

Accordingly, the FBI was harshly criticized for not doing all it could to prevent the Boston bombing, and that criticism was bipartisan, coming not only from Texas Republican Representative Louie Gohmert, but from Massachusetts Democrat Representative William Keating and South Carolina RINO Senator Lindsey Graham. And the inspector general’s new report shows how justified that criticism was. According to the Times, the Russians told the feds that Tamerlan 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.”

Those “underground groups” could in this context only have been a reference to jihad groups. And so that means that the Russians essentially told the FBI that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a jihadi. Why wasn’t that enough for the FBI to keep him under close surveillance? It has now become clear that Tsarnaev murdered three Jews – his former friends – on September 11, 2011, the tenth anniversary of the day that jihad came most bloodily to the United States. The victims’ friendship with Tsarnaev was known to many – why didn’t those murders, even if law enforcement officials couldn’t charge him with them at the time, lead the FBI to think it might be worth watching him?

The Times says that the FBI didn’t pursue watching him and his brother because they hadn’t “found anything substantive that ties them to a terrorist group.” The possibility that they could have pulled off a lone wolf jihad attack apparently didn’t occur to these intel experts. And because of the Obama/Brennan scrubbing of counter-terror training materials of information about Islam and jihad, agents probably had no idea of the deep roots or virulence of Islamic anti-Semitism, so they had no idea of the implications of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s close acquaintance with the 9/11/11 murder victims, despite the fact that the Russians had told them he was a “radical.”

The FBI clearly failed in this case and bears some responsibility for the Boston bombing, but ultimately the responsibility lies with Barack Obama and John Brennan, who made sure that agents would be abysmally ignorant of Islam and jihad when they scrubbed all mention of both from counterterror training — so how could the FBI properly evaluate what the Russians told them?

The FBI’s failure wasn’t the Russians’ fault. It was the fault of the Obama Administration’s politically correct unwillingness to face the nature and magnitude of the jihad threat. Meanwhile, the media stigmatizing of all resistance to jihad terror and Islamic supremacism as “Islamophobia” only abets this willful ignorance, and leaves us all less safe. The one lesson that is clear one year after the Boston Marathon jihad bombing is that, unless there is a massive change of thinking at the highest levels of government and media, there will be many more such bombings.

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    The same political correctness ignored, tolerated nidal hassans islamofascist strutting and eventual attack on Fort Hood.

    The officers saw the smoke, and ignored the eventual fire.

  • mennma

    mullah mueller flopped as FBI director. He spent more time protecting mosques than listening to the jihad prayers.

  • PAthena

    President Barack Obama promised to defend Muslims in his Cairo speech. He insisted that the jihad attack by Major Nidal Hassan at Fort Hood be called “workplace violence” instead of “jihad.” See Michelle Bachmann’s reports about the penetration of the U.S. Government by the Muslim Brotherhood.

  • John Davidson

    Mister Facts, it isn’t Robert’s job to deal with threats. It’s the job of the executive branch of the Federal Government. If we don’t point out mistakes, they’ll never even attempt to correct them.

    • aemoreira81

      The problem is that you can’t trust Russia. That is a problem that can never be fixed so long as Vladimir Putin or someone of his thinking is in power.

      • John Davidson

        You can’t trust any socialists and right now, many are in charge here as well as all throughout the world. Judging from the lessons learned historically, they soon stop trusting each other. Best example was between Stalin and Hitler.

      • Fran800

        What do you mean you can’t trust Russia? Putin DID warn the FBI. It was the FBI under Obama that you can’t trust.

        • aemoreira81

          If Putin were really trustworthy, he would have prevented Tsarnev from returning to the USA. You cannot trust a Russian.

  • WillyWallace

    Blame Obama! He has ordered his whole government to not look at any Muslim and to look instead at the real terrorists: The Tea Party.
    Notice how the attack two days ago by a member of the KKK was tied to the Right Wing and now the Left is going bonkers. He was said to be shouting “Heil Hitler.” Terrible right? Now what happens to those who shout, “Allah Akbar?” Silence!

  • knowshistory

    lighten up, Robert. our government is doing a fine job preventing the crimes they CARE bout. we have virtually no islamophobia here. white racism is way down. no one would dare contemplate hate speech. we love our foreign invaders. our legal population quakes before an all powerful government that delves yearly into their personal finances, takes what it wants, and tells them how to spend the rest. our law abiding population is cowed by government regulations that dictate everything they do. we are being groomed for what our elites have planned for us. sharia.

    • Ruh110

      w r u from may I ask… I am from Estonia nd the muslims here get on fine

  • LeungChiSi

    Thank you, Robert Spencer, for your untiring, extraordinary and sorely needed efforts.

    You are a true gem, a courageous and gifted scholar and a great asset to those of us who treasure and value our Western Civilization and it Judeo-Christian values and wisdom.

    That the Obama regime and its apparatchiks make every effort to quash and to thwart your efforts speaks volumes about their clear and sinister motives and goals.

    Bless you, Robert Spencer, again and again.

    • chris heath

      All attempts to label him as a ‘hate speaker’ are doomed.
      The question is ” Where is the real hate?”
      Is it in a political ideology of intolerant, violent, supremacists, who have slaughtered 10’s of thousands across the world since 9/11, backed up with a so-called “Word of God” religion, or in someone who merely points us to the true motive behind these killings?

      • LeungChiSi

        If there is to be “truth” as opposed to a shifting and goal-directed immorality, which is now both pervasive and rampant, if “truth” is to win out, then the purveyors of immorality and deceit are those who properly and justifiably would be “doomed”.

        The “facts on the ground”, however, demonstrate otherwise – they show that the purveyors of islamofascist hate, the islamic scourge on mankind, the umma, with their creed which has been present since the 7th Century founding of their misbegotten, hegemonic and murderous cult, continuing to this very day, have gained traction, most sadly in the cradle and in the belly of Western / Christian societies whose willful, self-destructive, self-effacing blindness will doom us all.

  • 2wotvet

    Spencer can’t speak a sentence of Arabic, has never been to a single Islamic country, has never set foot inside a mosque and does not have a degree in any kind of Islamic, Near Eastern or Middle Eastern studies….and he blames ‘Islamic supremacy groups’ for demanding that the FBI discard him? Seems more likely that the FBI finally got fed up with his pseudo-scholarly work and kicked him out themselves.

    • pennant8

      You are right about the importance of being able to speak Arabic. For example, when you read Koran verse 98:6 in English it comes out as “non-believers are the most vile of created beings.” But when you read it in Arabic, which is the official language to be used when reading the Koran, this same verse comes out as “non-believers are the most wonderful of all created beings.”

    • Drakken

      Your sympathy for muslims and Islamic jihad is duly noted. Bloody Quislings like you who live in the west spouting that islam is peaceful is really starting to wear thin. We are a few Islamic atrocities away from playing cowboys and muslims, let it rain.

  • aemoreira81

    Except that this is Putin’s fault! He had everything to gain from an attack on Americans…and did it again around Christmastime. Can you really trust a Russian to provide an American intelligence agency with accurate information?

    • Fran800

      It’s Putin’s fault for warming us of a genuine threat rather than the FBI’s fault for ignoring that accurate information? What a fool you are! it’s Muslim’s and Leftists that you had better stop trusting.

      • aemoreira81

        The problem is that you cannot tell when a Russian is telling the truth or lying. Their history of deception is just as bad as that of Muslim countries. If the information came from a non-Russian, I’d be more inclined to believe it. You have to double- and triple-check Russian sources.

  • Long Ben

    The pertinent question is, what are such people doing in our country in the first place ?

    • chris heath

      Following their desire to submit the world to Allah – using Sharia law (which is above all man-made laws (apparently).
      To see how this works , you need to look at Islamic countries. (These are, generally not democratic countries).
      Saudi Arabia, Iran and Pakistan are examples.
      Typically, intolerance of religions (other than Islam), a liberal use of the death penalty for a variety of (so-called) crimes, religious police, and an allowance of ‘mob’ rule, where a person has committed a ‘crime’ against the precepts of Islam are in place.. . a girl can be stoned to death, if she has been raped (it is considered to be her fault). Adulterers can be whipped or stoned to death – people who leave the Islamic faith can be killed.
      A short search on google will quickly expose a kind of ‘death cult’, and a personal bloodlust, that is hard to reconcile with modern views of humanism, human rights, and equality.
      Equal justice, as an example, means that a Muslim will always be treated preferentially over a non-Muslim. A Muslim who kills a non-Muslim will receive a far lighter sentence than a non-Muslim who kills a Musllim – a woman is usually considered as below the worth of a man.
      For you own safety, never admit to being a homosexual in an Islamic country.

    • BS77

      Exactly!!! Our legal and illegal immigration nightmare is part of the liberal left “let’s ,mandate diversity” agenda…..England, France, Sweden and Holland bought into this insanity …and look at how wonderful things are for them.


      As a child of the 1940’s and 1950’s, we used to be absolutely protected against illegal foreign invasion of the sort that seems acceptable, at least is the fact, today. I so liked it better then.

      I am all for people coming here to make a better life but let it be done legally. Does our legal citizenship application process need to be streamlined somehow? What might be making it so hard for so many?

  • Walter Sieruk

    One lesson that the American public should have learned the the Boston Bombing is that Islam is not a “peaceful religion” as the apologists for this death cult claim. As the Quran teaches in Sura 47:4 “Whenever you encounter the unbelievers strike off their heads, until you make a great slaughter among them…” Lets face it a bomb or two sure can make a greater “slaughter among them” then a sword can. Furthemore. Thomas Paine did have a valid point when he wrote in his book THE AGE OF REASON. “Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child. cannot be a true system.

  • popseal

    Muslims easily “abrogate” the older peaceful teaching of Mohammed for the new Medina violent teachings. That wonderful Muslim neighbor can easily abrogate to the Medina passages and change in the twinkle of his evil eye. This combined with the willful blindness of DHIMMIs like New York mayors of recent make for a very dangerous environment. It all goes way passed the typical Westerner’s mind set about religion.

  • Rebel

    We must not forget that obama cut the Homeland Bomb Prevention budget less than a year prior to the bombing.. keeping up the false appearance that with the death of Bin Laden, the death of terrorism occurred also

  • Bklyn Farmer

    If ever there was a thought that these terrorist and their minion of trolls have even an iota of humanity or morality one needs to look no further than the post of the enablers right here on this website on the 1st anniversary of the Boston bombing, disgusting.

  • NCOriolesFan

    Gee Robert, are you another media person glorifying terrorists posting their pictures instead of humanizing victms and survivors of terror with their pictures instead? Adrienne Davis-Haslet should slap you.


      You’re thinking of Rolling Stoned magazine.

      But thanks for playing Whack A Socialist!

  • Hank Rearden

    An interesting thing comes out of this piece. Now we can see much more clearly why a Joe McCarthy was needed and what his role was. Communists were infiltrating the government – AND DETERMINING POLICY – during the late 1940’s. The Dems were in charge and were doing nothing about it. Marquess of Queensbury was not going to cut it. It needed a brawler to take the communists on and Joe was that guy.

    He was also right, and history still has not given him his due. The reason for that is that history is mostly written by Libs and they cannot afford to acknowledge that Liberalism led to the commies getting into powerful positions in the government. It would discredit the movement.

    Now we have Islamists at the heart of the government. They prohibit the FBI from using the manifest hostility of Islam to America as the background for evaluating data. And look what happens. Six year olds are blown to pieces on American streets and nobody in the Lib side of goverment gives a da*n.

    Joe, where are ya when we need ya?

  • American1969

    Political Correctness will be the death of us all.

    • CaoMoo

      PC is Pure Cancer

  • Softly Bob

    Why hasn’t Obama been driven through Dallas yet in an open-top car? Just asking.

    • knowshistory

      presidential assassins or would be assassins in the last hundred years have all been leftists. our messiah would be as safe as a baby in its mothers arms roaming around dallas in an open car. the potential assassins would be bowing in worship.

  • knowshistory

    the silver lining….the ONLY thing that will save us infidels from genocide at the hands of our superiors, the practitioners of the religion of peace, is a devastating nuclear attack perpetrated by the religion of peace. that is the only thing that can wake up our silly, ignorant, indoctrinated, lazy population to the threat of extinction at the hands of islam. bring it on, and the sooner the better. better to sacrifice a few large cities and our population to survive, than to all suffer genocide from those peaceful muslims we all profess to love so much, but who love us not at all. it would be better if the traitors in our government stopped all efforts to stop terrorism. or they could expel all muslims, but that would be the reasonable thing to do. so we wait for the terror attack.

  • geral sosbee
  • chris heath

    Isn’t that the FBI’s job? Spencer was ‘educating’ the intelligence – they cut him out of the loop, and this makes us less safe.

  • knowshistory

    we are not paying taxes to spencer to provide protection from enemies, foreign and domestic. we are paying taxes to the government that loves domestic enemies, and welcomes all foreign enemies to become domestic enemies. it is not spencer’s job to protect us from enemies. he has tried, however, to notify us what our enemies, foreign and domestic, are doing. the enemies of our population are making a lot of noise trying to drown out the message.

  • iluvisrael

    It really pisses you off that Spencer is exposing the moslem threat and keeping the public informed and educated.

  • chris heath

    Are you being deliberately disingenuous? Witches, at the last count, kill very few, or no people. It is simply a fact, that around the world, jihadists are taking lives, by the thousand. A threat worth considering, at the very least.
    Who would expect to train for, and run a marathon, and be bombed?

  • Drakken

    Still running your Islamic suck huh haji? Why are you still in the west? Why are you not in the ME joining your fellow ragheads? Coward!

  • The Facts

    No, frankly, it’s bathos. It doesn’t inspire “pissed off.” It’s too grotesquely ineffectual.

  • The Facts

    Are you being disingenuous? You aren’t even in America. You think you know so much about our area’s policing, and the effectiveness of our local hustlers like Mr. Spencer.

  • The Whole Truth

    So says the American hating Islamo-Facist troll.

  • iluvisrael

    The number of books sold tells a different story – you lose again!

  • Fact Checker

    A very accurate description of you own post

  • Facts

    Are you paid for the garbage you write?

  • Light of Day

    One would think, given today is the one year anniversary of the Boston bombing, the islamo-facist apologist troll would be too embraced to crawl out from under his rock. Is it because of lack of common sense or just plain stupidity on your part?

  • Bklyn Farmer

    Spenser must be on to something if the Islamist have their 3rd rate troll spewing out lies.

  • Drakken

    I would much rather give Spencer millions in tax dollars than one goddamn muslim. Spencer at least is a patriot and an asset to the US, you effing ragheads are an abomination and a drain on the us taxpayer, so get the eff out.

  • The Facts

    You don’t get to claim the one year anniversary of the marathon bombing, you bozo.

  • The Facts

    People bought a lot of 50 Shades of Gray. It still sucks.

  • Bklyn Farmer

    It definitely doesn’t belong to you a shrill for islamo-facist terrorist

  • Drakken

    Your still not in the ME dumbazz.

  • The Facts

    You don’t have millions of dollars, any Muslims in the room, any build to back up your constant threats of violence, or even a leg to stand on. So who cares what you’d rather?

  • Drakken

    I keep telling your inbred dumbazz to come join me in the ME and we’ll work out the problem. The little coward that you are never takes me up on the offer. Make sure you tell your uncle/dad I said hi.