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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burninater
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burninater 04/24/13 - 06:20 pm
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Misused word in my last post.

Misused word in my last post. As all the rest of my posts stated, I meant Islamic, not Islamist terror. You, too, have been using "Islamic", not "Islamist". The two meanings have strong differences.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 04/24/13 - 06:27 pm
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I see NO difference in
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I see NO difference in assuming it must be a domestic terrorist or a Muslim terrorist.

burninater
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burninater 04/24/13 - 06:43 pm
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"Domestic terrorism" only

"Domestic terrorism" only implies activity by a longterm resident, without assuming a driving motivation.

"Islamic terrorism" implies activity motivated by Islam, which is not correct. It is motivated by radical Islamism, which is a political and militant ideology that is uniquely separate from the overall belief system of Islam.

That is what I meant by my statement that the difference is clearly shown by the 99.9% of Muslims NOT engaged in terrorism.

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KSL 04/24/13 - 07:41 pm
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burn, get back to me when the

burn, get back to me when the number of members of other religious sects are presently committing these types of atrocious acts REACH up to that very small percentage.

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specsta 04/24/13 - 07:54 pm
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It Is A Mess

ACES wrote - "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."

I sure hope that ANY American citizen would be read their Miranda rights.

You cannot pick-and-choose whether to follow proper procedure for an arrest. This guy Tsarnaev is no different from other US citizens who have chosen to kill in mass numbers.

James Holmes, who is accused of murdering 12 and injuring 58 in Aurora; Jared Loughner killed 6 and injured 13, including Congresswoman Gabby Giffords in Tuscon; Gian Ferri killed 9 and injured 6 in San Francisco; this is just a few of the cases of mass killings and each suspect was read their MIRANDA rights. Just because a suspect might be Islamic, if they are a US citizen, they are afforded the protections of US law.

And why are Americans so surprised when these horrific events happen? USA Today estimated that a mass killing occurs in the USA every two weeks. As I have said before and I'll keep saying it, we are a violent culture, refusing to grow up and act like we have some common sense and decency to toward other human beings.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/12/18/mass-killings-commo...

The truth is, the violent folks have already won. We have allowed ourselves to succumb to knee-jerk reactions to every threat and our freedoms have eroded as a result. The PATRIOT ACT, drone surveillance, video surveillance on our streets, "police state" activities that require the showing of "your papers", the gutting of the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th Amendments to the US Constitution, the existence of TSA, Homeland Security, sanctioned torture of prisoners - and the list goes on.

The America of freedom and privacy and the right to be left alone from government intrusion - is a mere shadow of the nation that the Founding Fathers envisioned. And it's not just conservatives and liberals who are at fault - it is every American citizen who allowed the US Congress, the Supreme Court and the Oval Office to take away their freedoms in the name of "protecting" them from the scary things of the world.

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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 04/24/13 - 08:53 pm
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"Time to talk about the war

"Time to talk about the war on Islam" by Paul Woodward

"Historians will eventually be forced to shed the euphemisms and the geopolitical gloss that currently accounts for America’s actions over the last decade, and instead acknowledge that the needs for vengeance and restoration of power, justified in the name of combating terrorism, were what — even if it was never formally named as such — amounted to a war on Islam."

http://warincontext.org/2013/04/24/time-to-talk-about-the-war-on-islam/

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KSL 04/24/13 - 09:21 pm
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STUCK IN A TIME WARP

STUCK IN A TIME WARP

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KSL 04/24/13 - 09:52 pm
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Anwar Al-Awlaki

specsta, I eagerly await your explanation/lame justification of this lack of due process. Just seeking consistency. Or, if you didn't agree with the action, at least admitting that you didn't agree, if you can indeed criticize Obama for anything.

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KSL 04/24/13 - 10:13 pm
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KSL 04/24/13 - 10:14 pm
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Anwar Al-Awlaki

specsta, I eagerly await your explanation/lame justification of this lack of due process. Just seeking consistency. Or, if you didn't agree with the action, at least admitting that you didn't agree, if you can indeed criticize Obama for anything.

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InChristLove 04/25/13 - 05:16 am
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specsta, I agree with you to

specsta, I agree with you to the point that we can not begin to choose which Americans we read their Miranda rights to but have to disagree when you state "Tsarnaev is no different from other US citizens who have chosen to kill in mass numbers."

In the cases of Loughner and Holmes, these two men were just straight up mentally deranged individuals and Ferri was just straight out evil. In neither of these cases (as with the Boston case) were the acts against our Nation. Neither in Loughner, Holmes or Ferri's case were these killings done for religious or governmental reasons.

Now if you want to compare the Boston bombing and the Ft. Hood killing, then I'd say yes, these two killings have a lot in common. These men killed for no other reason than because they follow a religion that hates our country.

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Humble Angela 04/25/13 - 06:40 am
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Criticize Obama?!
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KSL....surely you jest!

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dahreese 04/25/13 - 04:33 pm
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"The big question is: Do the
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"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?"

Both.

dahreese
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dahreese 04/25/13 - 05:17 pm
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" There IS more than one
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" There IS more than one person writing for the Augusta Chronicle Editorial STAFF."

That doesn't say much for editorial balance.

Although the critics of the AC editorials are in a minority here, their informed observations and comments are pretty much on target.

dahreese
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dahreese 04/25/13 - 06:11 pm
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"Now if you want to compare
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"Now if you want to compare the Boston bombing and the Ft. Hood killing, then I'd say yes, these two killings have a lot in common. These men killed for no other reason than because they follow a religion that hates our country."

Let's make a correction here; it isn't "a religion that hates our country", rather it is individuals and groups of individuals within that religion who "hate our country."

And this is worth repeating (from above);

"Just because a suspect might be Islamic, if they are a US citizen, they are afforded the protections of US law."

It cannot be denied that this Boston terrorist was not read his Miranda rights, until after some questioning, 'because' he is a "Muslim."

KSL
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KSL 04/25/13 - 09:35 pm
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Have you read the Koran?

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KSL 04/25/13 - 10:52 pm
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No answer. Well I have, in a

No answer. Well I have, in a religions of the world course in college, years ago before the radical group started acting out the actual commands found in the Koran.

dahreese
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dahreese 04/26/13 - 08:35 am
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"No answer. Well I have, in a
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"No answer. Well I have, in a religions of the world course in college, years ago before the radical group started acting out the actual commands found in the Koran."

To start, I was not on the computer at 10:35 last night.

And I'm glad you use the words, "the radical group" because you know and I know that all Muslims aren't terrorists.

That Islam too, like our good "Southern Baptist" has its internal struggles with its own theology; some wanting to live in peace and "the radical group" wanting to blow up people and things.

It's interesting too, isn't it, how this paper never writes about the theological internal struggles going on within Islam, only about "the radical group" as if all Muslims are radicals.

But, so it is with all "right-wing" editorials.

It isn't "a religion that hates our country", rather it is individuals and groups of individuals within that religion who "hate our country."

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