Federal agents had a spy inside the Branch Davidians, but after a lengthy series of AP stories in 2011 decrying NYPD spying on radical mosques federal agencies have largely taken a hands off approach to mosques.
But are their mosques where the Boston Marathon bombers and the Tennessee military base shooter found their inspirations?
An Investor’s Business Daily editorial in 2013 stated it thusly:
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.
Today’s IBD editorial states bluntly: “We have to confront the ugly truth that many of our own Muslims are at war with us.” And there don’t seem to be enough of those peaceful Muslims Obama keeps talking about informing on would-be jihadists.
TheChattanooga shooter and his family reportedly attended a mosque founded by Pakistani immigrants.
The two men who tried to shoot up a Dallas conference featuring contest for Mohammad cartoons attended a Phoenix mosque and the man who tried to behead Boston cops attended the same mosque as the marathon bombers. The Fort Hood shooter attended a local mosque.
But law enforcement is damned if it does and damned if doesn’t. The New York Times carried a story in 2009 with the lede:
The anxiety and anger have been building all year. In March, a national coalition of Islamic organizations warned that it would cease cooperating with the F.B.I. unless the agency stopped infiltrating mosques and using “agents provocateurs to trap unsuspecting Muslim youth.”
Law enforcement could use a little cooperation to trap unsuspecting and gullible youths.
But no profiling is allowed.