The FBI’s Islamic Terrorism Denial

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book, Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We're In, is now available.


fbi-sfSpanThe Washington Free Beacon revealed Friday that “the FBI’s most recent national threat assessment for domestic terrorism makes no reference to Islamist terror threats, despite last year’s Boston Marathon bombing and the 2009 Fort Hood shooting—both carried out by radical Muslim Americans.” Instead, the threat assessment focused on eight types of groups: “anti-government militia groups and white supremacy extremists, along with ‘sovereign citizen’ nationalists, and anarchists,” along with “violent animal rights and environmentalist extremists, black separatists, anti- and pro-abortion activists, and Puerto Rican nationalists.”

The FBI focus on “anti-government militia groups and white supremacy extremists, along with ‘sovereign citizen’ nationalists, and anarchists” is ominous, for while there are indeed such people, the Obama Administration has already shown a disturbing tendency to lump all of its opponents into such categories, with scant concern for accuracy, and to be willing to use the IRS and the courts effectively to criminalize opposition to its agenda. Some such groups may indeed be violent and dangerous, but they’re nothing compared to the global character of jihad terrorism – and yet jihad terrorism didn’t even make the FBI list.

Meanwhile, it is comforting to know that the FBI is on watch against Puerto Rican nationalists: tonight at the Blair House, President Truman can rest easy. But in this, the FBI’s latest national threat assessment shows that the Obama Administration’s fog of denial and willful ignorance about the jihad threat is thicker than ever. To be warning about Puerto Rican nationalists while Islamic jihadists are increasingly aggressive, assertive and violent around the world is tantamount to warning about slow waiters on the Titanic.

Just look at some recent events: Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas beefed up security for the Labor Day weekend in response to credible threats from Puerto Rican nationalists to enter the country from Mexico and stage a terror attack here. In Chicago, a man who had a Puerto Rican flag on his car threatened police with a bomb. Puerto Rican nationalists tweeted: “we are in your state/ we are in your cities / we are in your streets.  You are our goals anywhere,” and “we are here #america near our #target sooooooooooooon.” Just before beheading an American journalist, Puerto Rican nationalists sent a message to his family containing more threats: “Government and citizens alike!…We will not stop untill [sic] we quench our thirst for your blood.”

None of that, of course, was actually done by Puerto Rican nationalists. The attempt to assassinate Truman in 1950 and their shooting of five congressmen at the House of Representatives in 1954 were the Puerto Rican nationalists’ high-water marks as far as terrorism is concerned. These threats all really came from the Islamic State – the foremost present exponent of the threat that the FBI doesn’t deem to be important enough to include in its national threat assessment for domestic terrorism.

As I detail in my book Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We’re In, this willful ignorance at the highest levels has endangered Americans more than once, making for murderous attacks that could have and should have been prevented. The most notorious of these are the Boston Marathon bombing and the Fort Hood massacre.

Two years before the Boston bombing, Russian intelligence agents told the FBI that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a “follower of radical Islam” and a “strong believer” who had tried to join “underground groups” in Dagestan. That is tantamount to saying that Tsarnaev was an Islamic jihadist, which should have been enough for the FBI to keep him under constant or at least regular surveillance. It did not – and not coincidentally, right around the time the Russians gave the feds this information, the Obama administration (under pressure from Muslim groups with links to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood) mandated the scrubbing of counter-terror training materials of all mention of Islam and jihad (and the dismissal of FBI trainers who spoke about the motives and goals of jihad terrorists, including me).

Agents who still knew how to evaluate the Russian intel were probably afraid that to do so, in the prevailing politically correct climate, would have been career suicide. In any case, after a cursory investigation, Tamerlan Tsarnarev slipped off the FBI radar screen, and didn’t even catch their attention when three Jews who were close acquaintances of his were found with their throats slit.  It would have been “Islamophobic” for the FBI to note the Qur’an’s virulent anti-Semitism (amid much vituperation, it designates Jews as the worst enemies of the Muslims (5:82)) and to consider the possibility that the devout Tsarnaev could be worth questioning about the murders.

Those murders could have been prevented, and the Boston Marathon jihad massacre could have been headed off as well, if the FBI had taken seriously the information it received from the Russians. But to have done so would have required acknowledging that there was indeed a threat from a “strong believer” in “radical Islam,” and as the FBI’s new national threat assessment for domestic terrorism shows, the agency was not disposed to admit that – and still isn’t.

And so while Barack Obama and James Comey keep their eyes peeled for the spiritual children of Griselio Torresola and Oscar Collazo, Islamic State jihadists plot ways to murder as many Americans as they possibly can. But not to worry: maybe the Islamic State will convert a few Puerto Rican nationalists to Islam, and set them up to mount the next large-scale jihad terror attack in the U.S. – and we’ll all catch a break.

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  • Hank Rearden

    The FBI was negligent in the Tsarnaev matter. Even now they should be investigated by Congress for how they handled that matter.

    • claspur

      Yea-but, who’s going to investigate congress first though? *sigh

    • woody

      Yeah; have Holder, Justice Dept. head and boss of the FBI conduct an investigation of the FBI. That would be very enlightening, NOT!

  • sasdigger

    The FBI deliberately not including the Islamist Terrorist threat is same as if J Edgar Hoover did not include Communists as a threat to the United States post WWII.
    Tsk, Tsk—FBI just lost any legitimate credibility it might have had.

  • truebearing

    Thank goodness the FBI is all over the ‘sovereign citizen’ nationalist threat. I hear they can run in packs of 2 to 4 people and are frequently heavily armed with slogans and bumper stickers. Sometimes they even carry fully automatic Gadsen flags!

    What a relief it is that our FBI has its priorities straight and is tracking down such virulent threats to the US instead of wasting their time trying to keep ISIS from crossing the Mexican border with chemical or biological weapons.

  • Larry Larkin

    Didn’t the FBI’s boss, the Criminal General, turn a bunch of Puerto Rican terrorists loose last time he got near the reins of Govt?

    • claspur

      Yes…why yes he did, Larry.

  • Bamaguje

    What Jihad?
    There’s no Jihad.
    It’s all in the bigoted minds of we intolerant Islamophobes!!

  • DontMessWithAmerica

    J. Edgar Hoover was a rotten, power-hungry, sonofabitch who had the goods on all presidents who would never have dared to try to remove him. If he were still alive today he could have saved the country because all of Obama’s tricks would have been exposed, starting with his birth certificate. Where are our politicians with the honesty and courage of a William Gladstone who was four times Prime Minister of Britain and once in Parliament held the Koran above his head and declared: “As long as there is this book, there will be no peace in the world.”

    • gacl

      I completely agree with the criticisms of Obama in this article and tons of others, however I don’t see a reason to doubt his place of birth or birth certificate.

  • pennant8

    My guess is that the original FBI threat assessment did in fact have Islamic groups on the list. Then CAIR found out about and showed up at FBI HQ with their bottles of White-Out.

    • DB1954

      Nooo, that’s so 2009. Nowadays, CAIR makes all the rules for G-men.

    • NJK

      And the idiots running the FBI, took them on a tour. While jihadists are plotting, the FBI, is conducting “outreach.” This used to be called treason.

  • http://WWW.SPIRITOFAMERICAPARTYRADIOSHOW.COM TOM P O’DONNELL

    Holder runs the FBI. Mueller was a failure.Destroying the FBI is one of the 45 goals of the communist party read into the congressional record 1962. ANOTHER GOAL WAS TO SEIZE ONE PARTY. GUESS WHICH ONE? FBI DOES NOT PROTECT THE NATION AGAINST THE MOSLEM EMPIRE.
    http://WWW.SPIRITOFAMERICAPARTYRADIOSHOW.COM

    • freebird4533@yahoo.com

      Holder is a pos

  • guyjones

    It’s amazing, isn’t it? Thirteen years after the 9/11 attacks — with scores of additional attacks having since been committed on U.S. soil (and, around the globe) by adherents of the ideology of Submission — idiotic political correctness, multicultural naivete and self-delusion, and, nauseating dhimmitude still characterize our anti-terrorism posture. It is an attitude that is as dangerous as it is revolting.

    We have learned absolutely nothing. We can’t defeat Submissive fanaticism if our political leaders can’t even summon the honesty and the gumption to unabashedly and unhesitatingly label it as a threat. Instead, these idiots are more worried about observing PC niceties and promoting kumbaya delusions, all to avoid offending delicate Submissive sensibilities.

    • Guest

      That’s what I’ve been saying. We are letting terrorists run unabashed and unstopped because we fear simple words like “racist” and “Islamophobe”. We are letting children get raped and abused in all sorts of ways, not wanting their abusers to face justice because we fear mere, simple words.

      Why have we let these words hold so much power? They are merely groundless tools used by suicidal lunatics to silence those explaining reality, and thus ruining the lunatics’ illusions of utopia. What group can look evil in the face and refuse to admit it exists, and then defend it in the name of ‘unity’ against all reason and common sense? We have all been blinded by this rubbish. There should be no concerns about ‘needing to be sensitive’ and ‘not wanting to offend’ TERRORISTS and their ilk – it’s unbelievable that people even worry about this.

      It just really is revolting how we recoil at mere words; giving in to PC nonsense just allows the atrocities to continue. It is abeting that behavior. Let the maniacs scream for their kumbaya – people that far removed from reality cannot be relied upon for any proper decisions or speech. They have proven to be bent on suicide.

  • John Davidson

    The march of the tin soldiers has begun.

  • jon

    Perhaps we need to look at our “leader”………all of these things are easier understood if one decides that “O” truly is a muslim. The pieces fit much better.

    • William

      Uh, no. If you look at his war on terror it becomes apparent that Obama is anything but a Muslim. He kills them without remorse.

      • jon

        Do “they” pay you for these inane posts???

        • IslamDownpressesHumanity

          He could be merely a cowardly moslem — unwilling to give his life in the way of jihad and this is his cheap substitute for that duty.

          • jon

            You may be on to something…..its apparent that he is lacking in the ‘nad dept. More like what we used to call “fairy”.

          • DB1954

            Or he could be a Marxist, therefore an atheist, and a Muslim sympathizer, since he hates white people, and thinks that until he was elected President, America was a thoroughly racist nation dedicated to the enslavement of all “peoples of color.”

            I mean, you’ll never prove he’s a Muslim, so why try? He’s a Muslim sympathizer.

          • freebird4533@yahoo.com

            Don’t they have him on tape stating his muslim faith? His school records state his religion as islam – a religion where you can’t convert to another religion/

      • iluvisrael

        Plenty of moslems kill other moslems. If obama isn’t one, he sure has moslem sympathies.

        • DB1954

          There’s my whole point in a nut shell. We don’t have to prove he’s a Muslim. That’s good, because we can’t. But we KNOW he’s a Muzzie sympathizer.

          • IslamDownpressesHumanity

            True enough. The fruit of the zero regime has been poisonous.

      • iluvisrael

        btw billy, Fox keeps repeating Meagan Kelly eviscerating you and your weatherman goons!

      • DB1954

        Speaking of remorseless slaughter, you would know about that, since you and your wife remorselessly killed a San Francisco police officer in February, 1970, right?

    • freebird4533@yahoo.com

      No doubt about it he is a muslim

      • DB1954

        Totally wrong. Read my reply to jon above.

    • DB1954

      Or not. Isn’t this really a no-brainer? There could never be any conclusive evidence proving that Obama is a Muslim. That’s because religion is the equivalent of an ideology. It’s enough for me to know, and I do know it because of the verifiable evidence–that Barack Obama is a Muslim sympathizer.

  • IslamDownpressesHumanity

    So what ever happened to the criminal investigation of the three Jewish men murdered in Boston? Were the Tsaranev brothers the only suspects?

    • DB1954

      The FBI will probably issue a statement soon addressing this matter. They’ll say, ” murder is a state crime, so we didn’t have any hand in that investigation.”

  • William

    The vast majority of domestic terror cases involve non-Muslims.
    In America the terrorists are neo-nazi Christian-types.

    • IslamDownpressesHumanity

      Do you really think that retarded lie will fly here? Your Al Taqiyya needs a lot more work Taqiyya Pet Junior.

  • freebird4533@yahoo.com

    Obama is with the muslims and he wants to destroy America.

  • glpage

    I hope the rank and file FBI folks aren’t as muddle minded as their superiors.

    • DB1954

      They are, I’m sure. For one thing, it’s all but a certainty that the FBI hires more “minorities” these days than whites, and of the whites they hire, probably most are female, and of these, it’s a fair bet that the FBI hires a significant number of lesbians or assorted other malcontents.

      I wouldn’t trust the FBI to investigate a robbery of the corner grocery store.

  • dan from ohio

    Obama has Muslim supporters in his administration as well as Homeland security,they want an attack to happen so Obama will declare Martial Law and attack his enemies the FBI listed,all americans who do not support him.

    • IslamDownpressesHumanity

      This is my fear as well. I have to wonder if the various alphabet soup of federal law enforcement agencies don’t already have defined enemies of the (islamic) state.

      • jon

        All we can do is vote and be prepared…..clean your weapons….remain vigilant…lock and load.

  • wileyvet

    The Muslim Public Affairs Council has a publication entitled “Not Qualified” a look at the “deception” practiced by the top 25 “pseudo expert” critics of Islam. Of course singled out are Mr. Spencer, Nonie Darwish, Pamela Geller, Andrew Bostom, Steve Emerson, Brigitte Gabriel, Frank Gaffney, Daniel Pipes, Walid Phares, Raymond Ibrahim, Andrew McCarthy, Erik Stakelback and David Horowitz. Rather than denouncing the violence perpetrated in their “religions” name, they naturally in a typical leftist move, smear the messenger, rather than addressing the questions or criticism of Islam that are raised. Islam must not be criticized, only the critics of Islam can be.

  • Steve Dietrich

    Bachmann Hits Back at Critics Regarding Her Letter About Muslim Brotherhood and Its U.S. Tentacle: http://bit.ly/1rg6OHV

  • Legatus legionis

    The commentators are missing the point. Aiding the enemy is treason. The authors of this report, including their handlers in the Obama Administration are guilty of treason! Call them out for it. Make the FBI and Home Land Security explain the presence of more than 30 Islamic military training compounds in our homeland. WTF

  • Dallas25305

    Of course the FBI can’t deal with the Islamo terrorist. President Hussein has said there is no terrorism, just work place violence. As Hussein’s Islamo Fascist rape, murder and torture Christians in the middle east , Hussein Obozo is busy sending the FBI, IRS and his henchman Eric Holder to attack his American enemies and that is anyone who is Conservative and anyone who is white and stands against him. Hussein Obama doesn’t hate Islamic Terror because he supports any enemy of the United States. He told a leftist black audience before his last election “voting for me will be the best revenge”.

  • roccolore

    You know Hamas-linked CAIR was involved in the report.

  • DTM

    That’s because Obama plans to go to war with the American people – he ain’t leaving’ that taxpayer funded action job baby.

    Anti-government for Obama & Holder is anyone that didn’t vote for Obama.

  • Arizona

    THE ONLY CLAIM TO FAME THE “SCUM” AT THE F.B.I. HAVE is their ability to KILL women and children,of which their very good at,THANK GOD we”ll never see any of them in heaven,their all satanic demons from hell,HEY at least SATAN LOVES THEM,who else could………….

    • IslamDownpressesHumanity

      It is kinda sick how the FIB and ATF had no problems gunning down David Koresh and his followers yet don’t have any problems w/islamic terrorist training camps all over the USA.

  • mikeman

    Isn’t john brennan the head of the CIA a practicing muslim? Why aren’t there pictures showing him leaving a mosque or something linking him to his muslim faith? As for the FBI, under eric holder, this agency has become the muscle to intimidate political foes. And I wouldn’t be surprised if they promote agents based on their ability to ignore islamic threats. The FBI might as well be part of the muslim brotherhood. I wonder if they consult some D.C. Iman before opening an investigation. Like every other federal bureaucracy, its now run by a democrat whose loyalty is to obama, the democrat party, their careers, and social justice.

  • DB1954

    We’ll catch the biggest break of all time if the U.S. isn’t hit with a second 9-11 type mass-murder attack before Obozo is gone–presumably in January, 2017.

  • Maynard

    Maybe the spelling should be FIB instead of FBI

  • DB1954

    I think she was less than serious about the second half. That was funny, you have to admit. As for the first part, you mean there’s someone who doesn’t know that?

  • freebird4533@yahoo.com

    If we just stand back and look at the probability that his actions are destroying American – obama’s actions make sense.

  • knowshistory

    it was the duty of every FBI agent to ignore the muslim in chief’s obviously illegal and treasonous order to ignore the jihadi menace. when responsible people take over our government, which is far from certain to ever happen, everyone who was employed by the fbi and obeyed that treasonous order should be fired, and never ever again hired by any government agency. why is our FBI, so brave when ambushing innocent women and babies, so dam cowardly when face to face with a traitor?

  • ebonystone

    This is reminiscent of the FBI’s notorious “Report on Terrorism, 1980-2005″. In this report the FBI listed 318 terrorist incidents in the U.S. during that period, and lo and behold, only 19 of them, or 6%, were committed by Moslems. It seems that even “Jewish terrorists” were more common than Moslem ones, committing 7% of the “incidents”. And “left-wing” and “right-wing” groups committed even more. So. gee, I guess the Moslems aren’t such a threat after all, eh?
    Well, not so fast. First, 90 (nearly 30%) of the incidents occurred in Puerto Rico, which although it is within FBI jurisdiction, is not generally thought of as part of the U.S. Then, let’s look at the second largest category: eco-terrorism — the sabotage of sawmill and forestry equipment, and raids on commercial mink farms, destroying the cages and freeing the mink. That’s more like what one would ordinarily call vandalism rather than terrorism. And there no fatalities in any of these raids to free the mink or save the trees. But yet the FBI counts each mink-farm raid as one terrorist incident.
    Which brings us to the nitty-gritty: fatalities. There were over 3200 in total, and over 3000 (94%) were due to the “only 6%” of the incidents that were by Moslems. Almost all of these were on 9/11, but all the attacks of 9/11 count as only one “incident”. Yes, all of the events of 9/11 were lumped together as one case, equal in statistical weight to one raid on a mink farm.
    So, to recap: Moslems — 6% of the incidents, 94% of the fatalities;
    and everybody else — 94% of the incidents but only 6% of the fatalities.
    As the wise man said: “Figures can’t lie, but liars can figure.”

    • IslamDownpressesHumanity

      Well done. It just goes to show how corrupt the FIB really is these days.

  • NJK

    The only way the FBI will learn its lesson, is when they are personally touched by terrorism. Let’s hope if there’s another attack here, they are the victims. They need to suffer for their criminal negligence, and not innocent people. They view themselves as untouchable. I hope not.

  • USARetired

    This is exactly why they have been best known as ‘FUMBLE BUTT INVESTIGATORS’