Here are two news stories that came out this morning. They need no commentary–their juxtaposition really says it all.
The first is from the Investor’s Business Daily:
The White House assures that tracking our every phone call and keystroke is to stop terrorists, and yet it won’t snoop in mosques, where the terrorists are.
That’s right, the government’s sweeping surveillance of our most private communications excludes the jihad factories where homegrown terrorists are radicalized.
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 …
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.
The bureau didn’t even contact mosque leaders for help in identifying their images after those images were captured on closed-circuit TV cameras and cellphones.
One of the Muslim bombers made extremist outbursts during worship, yet because the mosque wasn’t monitored, red flags didn’t go off inside the FBI about his increasing radicalization before the attacks.
The second is courtesy of the Examiner’s Anthony Martin,
Speaking on condition of anonymity, sources have told The Examiner that the Obama administration has allegedly engaged in a top secret, highly classified program of infiltrating Christian churches in order to snoop on their activities …
According to [a] source, officials from the Obama administration had contacted certain selected pastors to attempt to solicit their help in identifying and exposing anti-government sentiment within conservative, evangelical churches. The request was worded in a manner that was intended to give the impression that the concern was about potential domestic terrorists who may share some of the same points of view as Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh and other so-called “home grown terrorists”
But one pastor disclosed that the program went much further. He was asked by government operatives to keep his eyes and ears open to those within the congregation who are highly critical of the government, i.e., the Obama administration, and to report such “suspicious” activity to the authorities. The pastor was also told to keep tabs on persons who talk a great deal about being gun owners and/or being a part of the Tea Party.
Further, the pastor stated that in private conversations with other pastors there was a distinct impression that government operatives may even go as far as to join churches for the purpose of snooping into their activities …
It has been no secret that Obama has been very unpopular in most conservative, evangelical churches, which include the largest congregations in America. And with the Homeland Security internal memos which show that any person who is a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, pro-Constitution, and pro-Bible is to be considered a “potential home grown terrorist,” the attempt by Obama operatives to infiltrate churches that adhere to this belief system would be a natural outgrowth of their vendetta against conservatives.
We now know, for example, that the IRS engaged in a massive scheme to target conservatives and conservative groups such as the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, the Tea Party, pro-life groups, and even pro-Israel organizations.
The program of infiltration has had a chilling effect on some churches. As one pastor stated, “You have to be careful what you say and who you talk to.”