Blame America first?

Government's bombing investigation instills little confidence

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It’s weird. And more than a little unsettling.

The federal government 1) seems intent on proving the Boston bombers acted alone and 2) has taken steps to ensure we’ll get as little information out of the surviving suspect as possible.

Meanwhile, folks on the left continue to try to blame America for the bombing.

It appears the United States isn’t as unified now as after the 2001 attacks – and, quite honestly, we don’t have the same confidence that our government is doing what it can to protect us.

When the Obama administration decided to read the surviving suspect his Miranda rights, for instance – rather than question him at length as an enemy combatant – that pretty much assured we won’t get whatever public safety information we might have.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., says he has no problem sending the suspect to federal court, but that he should’ve been questioned as an enemy combatant first. Prosecutors can’t use, but won’t need, the information that could be gleaned from such interrogations, Graham argues.

The Obama administration has now thrown away that opportunity.

Some even suspect the government is hiding a possible suspect in the form of the Saudi student who was tackled at the bombing scene and who was first a person of interest, then a witness, then some sort of victim.

We don’t know if that’s true, but neither is the administration filling us with confidence. When Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., asked about reports that the Saudi student was being quickly spirited home, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano angrily – and imperiously – denied knowledge of it and indignantly refused to “dignify” the congressman’s questions with an answer.

You would think more cooperation would be in order at a time such as this. Authorities have urged us to speak up if we see something suspicious – but they’re not quite as forthcoming with us.

And why are they so eager to proclaim that the Brothers Tsarnaev had no help, no ties to Islamic terrorists? How can they be so sure this soon, particularly when they’re only now starting to investigate the older brother’s unexplained six-month expedition to Russia last year – after, mind you, Russian authorities had actually warned the U.S. long ago that he may have terrorist ties or intentions.

Shouldn’t they just go where the investigation leads them, rather than put a conclusion out there ahead of time?

Are they trying to tamp down evidence that the Obama administration’s view of the war on terror – that there really isn’t one – is incorrect and even foolhardy? Are they bending over backward to protect the image of Islam?

Shouldn’t their highest priority be protecting Americans?

Forgive Americans for having a trust issue with this administration: After the deadly attacks on our embassy in Benghazi, Libya, last year, the administration lied about the origin of it – and has kept a lid on the scandal ever since.

After 9-11, the Bush administration did a lot of things that folks on the left didn’t like. But there was never any question what their priorities were. And the critics’ biggest knock on Bush is that he may have done too much to protect the homeland.

Today, we frankly worry that the Obama administration is so tied up in political correctness and its own narrative about the war on terror – it once tried to banish the term – that they will do too little to protect us.

Meanwhile, liberals such as former NBC news anchorman Tom Brokaw even seem to blame America for the Boston bombing, noting our use of drones and America’s overall “presumptuousness.” Would they also argue that a battered woman must look in the mirror to see what she’s done to bring on the abuse? Not likely.

Even if our use of drones was a stimulus, was there not also a stimulus for the drones? Who attacked whom first?

Moreover, Canadian authorities more or less blew up Mr. Brokaw’s blame-America-first reasoning with the arrest of suspects in a bombing plot there this week.

Or perhaps Mr. Brokaw feels the Canadians should now ponder what they, too, have done to bring terror upon themselves?

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owensjef3
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owensjef3 04/24/13 - 01:19 am
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I was waiting for the silly
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I was waiting for the silly politics to start.

TruthJusticeFaithHope
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TruthJusticeFaithHope 04/24/13 - 02:10 am
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Did Phil Kent return as

Did Phil Kent return as Editorial Page Editor, and I missed it ? Wow, this is an extreme piece for the current Augusta Chronicle editors. Facts please... we have experienced too much conjecture and speculation in news reports recently. Convince me with facts, not partisan accusations which are meant to shock and awe us into some form of dissent against Democrats. Both parties are horrible right now... The sequester proves that. And, if you want to discuss safety in America... look no further than Congress' failure to pass any form of comprehensive background check for gun purchases. Come on Chronicle, get the facts, then make your points, and it will matter to those of us who are rejecting party retoric... no matter which party is doing the grandstanding.

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Bodhisattva 04/24/13 - 05:37 am
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Welcome to the Glenn Beck

Welcome to the Glenn Beck show. Buy gold, survival seeds (otherwise known as-seeds), an expensive inverter that will run a lamp for maybe 2 hours, and enjoy the crazy conspiracy theory du jour. Only the chalkboards are missing. The big question is: Do the editors really believe this drivel, or do they just cater to an audience that they assume will believe this drivel?

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ymnbde 04/24/13 - 06:33 am
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i believe! i believe!

when the mainstream media says it was because of a drone
i believe! i believe!
when the mainstream media says the temperature it is a'rising
i believe! i believe!
when Hillary says it was the video it was the video
i believe! i believe!
when the media says them weren't no real babies no real babies fo sho
i believe! i believe!
when that education man says that kid can read he just can't do it on test
i believe! i believe!
when the man on the tv says the guvment says it needs mo o'my money
i put my hands on the tv and praise them people inside that thang
and i believe! i believe!

Rhetor
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Rhetor 04/24/13 - 06:42 am
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paranoia strikes deep

Really, any event like this leads to wild rumors. A responsible editorial writer should at least deal with the realm of things that are remotely possible.
Seriously, the FBI and the Boston police are investigating this very thoroughly. Their investigation isn't complete. This totally unhinged editorial contributes nothing to our national discourse.

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karradur 04/24/13 - 06:49 am
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@ymnbde

I don't recall any advertisements for a minstrel show.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/24/13 - 07:14 am
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OMG

When a huge American city is blown up will some get the message then? When you are running down the road with your clothes burning off....do you think it will register then....we have been warned over & over.....sure, in the big picture we haven't had the BIG one yet......I hate to say this but it seems the Russians have a better idea of what is in our future than our very own citizens.....you are living in lala land my friends....

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justthefacts 04/24/13 - 07:34 am
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Seenit

As I sit here looking out the window of my room in the Millenium Hotel at where the World Trade Center stood, I am reminded of the message.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/24/13 - 07:39 am
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Thank you JTF

Thanks for reminding me that some get it.....I will never forget the picture of the men/women jumping from the towers.....NEVER..they want to destroy our way of life....sometimes I think some of our people have been programmed or maybe have been drinking the lala water...BUT, we still have some thinkers---straight shooters in our midst...I just hope we have enough to protect us.

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Fiat_Lux 04/24/13 - 07:42 am
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Probably not, Seenitb4 (re: 8:14 comment)

This current crop of aging hippies and America haters will still believe with all their hearts, minds and souls that some nefarious overly-zealous patriotic American right-wing, gun-loving, Christian, survivalist, home-schooling tea party type either did it, inspired it directly or in some other obscure, inexplicable, or even less-than-tenuous way was absolutely responsible for it.

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Humble Angela 04/24/13 - 07:42 am
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Bodhisattva, not all seeds
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Bodhisattva, not all seeds are the same. Hybrids (the most common gardening seeds) are only good for one year, and produce no usable seeds for the following year. An "inverter" won't power ANYTHING unless it has a power source. Next time you want to belittle someone for rightfully informing people how to be prepared for any emergency, you might want to at least have your facts correct. But you are right. Being prepared sure is kooky. Good thing the people in NY and LA didn't waste time being prepared when devastation hit them.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 04/24/13 - 07:47 am
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The ostrich population

has begun to overwhelm the food supply.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 04/24/13 - 07:50 am
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Me too SB4

I can't think of that day without the vision of people jumping. At first you didn't know what it was because the people were tiny in comparison to the huge buildings. When it became clear, it just made you want to cry in sorrow for their horror. It still hits me in the pit of my stomach, and I will carry resentment and contempt of radical Islam to my grave no matterhow hard Obama and the left try to sugar coat it.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/24/13 - 08:01 am
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anotherday

THAT is exactly what I feel......^^

I just read that we were giving the bombers bennies at one time...amazing that some bite the hand hat feeds them....carcraft put this on here in another article....

Statement on Tsarnaev Brothers Department of Transitional Assistance Status:

“The brothers were not receiving transitional assistance benefits at the time of the incident and have not received any transitional assistance benefits this year. The Tsarnaevs’ parents are former recipients of transitional assistance benefits, and both Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev received benefits through their parents when they were younger. Separately, Tamerlan and his family received benefits until 2012, when the family became ineligible based on their income.”

— Alec Loftus, communications director, MA Health and Human Services

They were cut off last year. (More details here.)

And they yelled, “More, More, More.”

Obviously, we done them wrong.

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deestafford 04/24/13 - 08:24 am
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What a great editorial!

As I was reading it I'd think of a point I'd want to make and lo and behold it would appear in the next paragraph.

Suffice it for me to say that I believe the Obama administration is more concerned about political correctness, diversity, and protecting Islam than it is in protecting Americans first. Oh, you can add the leftist liberals in with the Obama administration's efforts as well.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 04/24/13 - 08:38 am
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This is what happens

when people become godless and soulless.

It's easy to forget the horror that happened to some of us--US! our fellow citizens, brothers and sisters and children and parents of people who still suffer from their loss.

But Obama and his toadies and groupies and adoring droolers either have found it easy to forget or never really cared that much in the first place.

If you seriously and rationally can choose to deliberately kill an innocent unborn baby, and even more despicably, to murder a baby after it is born alive, you really don't qualify as having a conscience any more. The stain on such a soul is unimaginably dark; and having that as a common societal reality leads inevitably to a culture/nation, such as ours, where political ends and the social agenda of tyrannical groups completely overwhelm and supplant the value of human life and the importance of human dignity.

Some of us are probably quite proud of having contributed to this miserable condition in our nation.

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itsanotherday1 04/24/13 - 09:00 am
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Tell me please

What is wrong with Lindsey Graham's proposal? It protects the criminal rights of this so-called citizen while still allowing for intelligence gathering.

http://www.videolin.com/news/lindsey-graham-fbi---dropped-the-ball---wit...

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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 04/24/13 - 09:34 am
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Juan Cole writes:

"Contrary to what is alleged by bigots like Bill Maher, Muslims are not more violent than people of other religions. Murder rates in most of the Muslim world are very low compared to the United States.

As for political violence, people of Christian heritage in the twentieth century polished off tens of millions of people in the two world wars and colonial repression. This massive carnage did not occur because European Christians are worse than or different from other human beings, but because they were the first to industrialize war and pursue a national model. Sometimes it is argued that they did not act in the name of religion but of nationalism. But, really, how naive. Religion and nationalism are closely intertwined. ... And what’s sauce for the goose: much Muslim violence is driven by forms of modern nationalism, too.

I don’t figure that Muslims killed more than a 2 million people or so in political violence in the entire twentieth century, and that mainly in the Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988 and the Soviet and post-Soviet wars in Afghanistan, for which Europeans bear some blame.

Compare that to the Christian European tally of, oh, lets say 100 million (16 million in WW I, 60 million in WW II– though some of those were attributable to Buddhists in Asia– and millions more in colonial wars.) ..."

http://www.juancole.com/2013/04/terrorism-other-religions.html

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Rhetor 04/24/13 - 09:39 am
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give me a break

Look, Obama and his administration have been very tough on the terrorists--so tough that I have heard Fox commentators complain very loudly that Obama is violating the terrorists' civil rights with drone strikes. The FBI and the Boston police (who have substantial capabilities of their own) are looking into the Boston bombing carefully and thoroughly. I am sure that they will leave no stone unturned, and that any responsible people who are still alive will face justice. This editorial passes rumor and suspicion as facts. One could reasonably say that the government should investigate thoroughly and deal with the terrorists firmly. One cannot reasonably say that the administration is ignoring the problem. Sen. Graham's suggestion to treat an American citizen as an enemy combatant was absurd from a legal and practical standpoint and consisted purely of political grandstanding. He is a very smart man, and I'm sure that he knew it was absurd when he said it. BTW, if you want to accuse liberals of being America-haters, take a look at the National Review--they published a recent column with the same thesis, but it is written in good English and offers actual arguments for its position. If you want to make wild accusations, at least pretend to be reasonable. That way, someone other than true believers might take you seriously.

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Rhetor 04/24/13 - 09:49 am
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Really?

How long do we need to continue this nonsense from Sen. Graham? It is not even legal to try an American civilian in a military court. Period. Sen. Graham knows this. He knew it when he said it. Good grief.
Since the federal charges in civilian court carry the possibility of a death penalty, what is the big hoopla from the ACES about this? Graham's suggestion was not only wrong, but silly. Federal courts have a much, much better record of convicting terrorists than the military courts, as you should already know. A military tribunal would not be legal in this case, and the appeals courts would quickly overturn any conviction. Graham's suggestion was pure political grandstanding--much like this uninformed editorial.

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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 04/24/13 - 09:53 am
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" A Boston-area mosque has

" A Boston-area mosque has refused to hold a funeral for Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the dead suspect in the attack on the Boston Marathon, his aunt said Wednesday."

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/24/17893358-boston-bomb-suspects...

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Humble Angela 04/24/13 - 10:05 am
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"the two world wars and
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"the two world wars and colonial repression."

Just change the name to fit your agenda......How very "progressive" of you.

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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 04/24/13 - 10:09 am
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A reporter asked Muhammad

A reporter asked Muhammad Ali, "How do you feel about the suspected hijackers of 9/11 sharing your faith?" Ali answered, "How do you feel about Hitler sharing yours?"

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 04/24/13 - 10:42 am
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What religion today, kills
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What religion today, kills more people in the name of that religion than any other?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 04/24/13 - 10:46 am
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Hitler was violating his
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Hitler was violating his religion when he killed people....Muslims are OBEYING theirs when they kill people.

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seenitB4 04/24/13 - 10:48 am
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Poster...are you an American?

NBC's Pete Williams also said the carjacking victim "told the police investigators after this episode, when they finally got to him — he is the one who called 911 — that they let him out of the car and didn’t kill him because he wasn’t an American.”

You would have been on their radar for killing....maybe you could just "talk" to them & maybe you could lie & say you are not an American...GEEZ folks get real!

BTW JohnRandolph.....We fought Hitler & won...how soon we forget ..

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Humble Angela 04/24/13 - 10:50 am
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I find it ironic that the
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I find it ironic that the victim of the carjacking had a "coexist" bumper sticker on his car.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/24/13 - 11:01 am
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A matter of time

It won't be long before the killers will have something "more" than a pressure cooker to use on us.....we see the news everyday...but what is so unsettling to me are our very own citizens looking for excuses----blaming the USA----finding any way possible to ignore the WARNING SIGNS.....please don't be fooled by their jibberish...fooled like the friends we see on tv telling us what a normal & decent guy the younger brother was...no, they are not all out to get us.....but please folks...we need to be careful & aware at all times..
I need some fresh air......seeya

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dichotomy 04/24/13 - 11:14 am
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"Murder rates in most of the

"Murder rates in most of the Muslim world are very low compared to the United States."

That's because they are too busy trying to kill US.

As for this "investigation" into the marathon bombing, they have reached their conclusions way too fast. No foreign involvement. Yeh right. Who paid for the trip to Russia for the welfare bomber? Did his wife go with him?

This "investigation" should be called as Benghazi-lite. In other words, cover up.

Oh hey, and they now have cables with Hillary's signature denying the ambassador's requests for more security. You know, the murdered ambassador she wouldn't get out of bed to help. The one she denied everything he asked for and refused to send available help while he and others were being murdered.

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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 04/24/13 - 11:14 am
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From August 3, 2011: "New

From August 3, 2011: "New data from polling firm Gallup shows that out of all the religious groups in the U.S., Muslims are most likely to reject violence, followed by the non-religious atheists and agnostics."

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/08/03/poll-muslims-atheists-most-likely-...

United States has killed hundreds of thousands of civilians in the name of its religion which is war profiteering in its "war on terror" since October 2001.

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