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Boston Bombing: Putting Together the Pieces

At this point, we now have more questions than we do answers about the Boston Bombing suspects, their ties to radical Islamists and how much our government actually knew.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has now been charged with two federal counts of using a weapon of mass destruction and could face the death penalty. With our national security potentially at stake, I disagree with the Obama administration's decision not to label Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as an enemy combatant, a designation which can later be dropped if it is determined that he has no broader terror network ties. The criminal case against him is a slam dunk; What we need/needed was enough time so as to glean any information about planned future attacks, anyone else who was involved or aided in their attack, any ties to larger terrorist cells, etc. Now he has been read his Miranda rights – He has the right to remain silent. Any information that he could possibly give us can now be zipped up and can be extracted only through legal proceedings with a lawyer. The Wall Street Journal asks an excellent question that lawmakers and the administration may need to revisit: “One question for Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama is whether they decided against enemy combatant status based on the evidence or their ideology.” If they have the evidence to prove that he is not involved with any terrorist network, then I wish we were told that definitively. Instead, we have Sherlock Janet Napolitano telling us that this is not part of a broader plot, but with what certain proof? I just think we need the time to better figure that out. Here's some of the information we do know …

According to the New York Times, “When Dzhokhar Tsarnaev spoke to investigators on Sunday, officials said, he indicated that he and his brother had learned to make the pressure-cooker bombs that they used at the marathon from Inspire, the online Al Qaeda magazine.” The Times goes on to report, “Dzhokhar Tsarnaev admitted to playing a role in the marathon bombings … and told federal agents that he and his brother were motivated by extremist Islamic beliefs, when he was interviewed Sunday at the hospital, law enforcement officials said.”

According to USA Today, the brothers attended a mosque Cambridge (that has a sister mosque in Boston) with radical ties: “The FBI has not indicated that either mosque was involved in any criminal activity, but mosque attendees and officials have been implicated in terrorist activity.”

According to the family, as reported by several news outlets, Tamerlan had some mystery friend by the name of Misha who was apparently the one who steered the now deceased terrorist toward a radical strain of Islam. He was supposedly the one who convinced Tamerlan to give up boxing and put all these conspiracy theories in his head about 9/11. If this Misha is real, where is he and do we have anyone questioning him?

A report in the New York Post says that the man who was abducted by these terrorist the night Tamerlan was killed by gunfire and Dzhokhar went into hiding claims the brothers bragged about having more plans to attack New York City.

Perhaps the biggest source of controversy is over the acknowledged FBI investigation into Tamerlan in 2011 at the request of the Russians. The biggest question remains: What did the federal government know about Tamerlan Tsarnaev and why was there no follow-up? In the last few days, we've received conflicting evidence on what little we do apparently know. An FBI official is now saying that the government was not aware of his trip to Russia because of a misspelling of his name. However the Department of Homeland Security, according to Sherlock Janet Napolitano, says that the system did in fact alert them about Tamerlan's travel to Russia in 2012. A report from Reuters states: “The name of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was listed on the U.S. government's highly classified central database of people it views as potential terrorists. But the list is so vast that this did not mean authorities automatically kept close tabs on him.” Perhaps we need to go back and evaluate the effectiveness of this TIDE list - "Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment." Also as Senator Lindsey Graham has pointed out, once the FBI had the pictures of these terrorist, shouldn't they then have been able to determine that at least one of them was in their databases?

At this point, the story about the potential failures within our system is a welcomed distraction to many, including the lapdog media, who do not want to discuss the real issue here: Radical Islamists. The radicalization of these terrorists, terrorists around the world and within the United States, is something that this administration has shied away from. Just look at the Obama administration and the FBI and how they've literally changed the language in regards to Islam, Islamist radicals, jihad, etc. We face a very real threat from radical Islamists. Politicians, the media, everyone should not be afraid to call it what it is. This administration is either too naïve or too politically correct to say it or acknowledge it. This is a very dangerous, pre-9/11 mindset.

These brothers were following a sick, twisted ideology that promotes the killing of infidels. They are at war with non-Muslims. The particularly scary part about the Boston Bombings is that these brothers proved that this war still exists and that it is possible to carry out attacks on small, soft targets in America; Could we in America face a future similar to that of Israel's, where they are constantly subjected to soft target terrorism on a daily basis? I'm not saying that this is our future, but this attack opened up that possibility where it seemed like it didn't exist before.

Then of course, the list of those who want to blame the United States continues to grow. Now we have Richard Falk, the UN Human Rights Council's Palestine monitor saying the bombings were the result of “American global domination.”

Adding insult to injury, were Massachusetts taxpayers funding the terrorist plotting of these brothers? State officials confirmed to the Boston Herald that Tamerlan's family (he, his wife and daughter) along with both of Tsarnaev’s parents received welfare benefits from the state. Just infuriating.