…as Investors’ Business Daily reports, nobody from the government has any interest in what goes on at mosques.
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.
Who makes up this body, and how do they decide requests? Nobody knows; the names of the chairman, members and staff are kept secret.
We do know the panel was set up under pressure from Islamist groups who complained about FBI stings at mosques. Just months before the panel’s formation, the Council on American-Islamic Relations teamed up with the ACLU to sue the FBI for allegedly violating the civil rights of Muslims in Los Angeles by hiring an undercover agent to infiltrate and monitor mosques there.
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.
This is precisely the same thing as the TSA security theater you endure at the airport.
The other day I was talking with someone who’d had a not-so-great experience in attempting to bring her cat on a plane. Apparently TSA had an alert go out that Al Qaeda was considering putting bombs on planes inside of pets, so when she showed up with her cat in a pet carrier she was brought in for special scrutiny. So far, that’s OK, right?
They then tested her hands for explosive residue – and she tested positive. Why? Because she had taken vitamins that morning and vitamins will set off the bomb screening.
For that, this little old lady from Baton Rouge, Louisiana got the full treatment from the Large Marge TSA agent, something she said wasn’t much different from a gynecological exam. But when Large Marge then turned her attention to the cat she became a little squeamish and asked if the cat was going to bite her if she took it out of the pet carrier. And after she got my friend to do it, she quickly said “thatcatlooksfinetomeandyou’refreetogo.”
That’s what airport security is all about these days. They call it “security theater.” It’s the appearance of security without actual security. And TSA is a unionized bureaucracy made up of people who’d be working at McDonald’s if they weren’t in their current jobs.
We all have to go through a mind-numbingly stupid and invasive security Kabuki dance which wastes our time and doesn’t make us safe, because the politically correct government refuses to focus on those travelers who actually do fit into a threat profile.
Likewise, we have the NSA collecting all of our communications data and building a gigantic data farm outside of Salt Lake City in order to house all the servers that will store it – and yet we’re not allowed to send people into the places we know are the hotbeds for jihadist activity in this country because of a Saudi-funded Hamas front group which has a miniscule membership and whose leaders support bringing sharia law into this country.
Most of the mosques in this country are owned by the North American Islamic Trust, which is a Saudi front group. The Saudis are funding the proselytization of wahhabi Islam all over the world, and including the United States. And what that means is a foreign government is operating centers of influence for a foreign ideology which is incompatible and in fact hostile to the American way of life (whatever you might think about Islam in general it’s hard to make the case that wahhabi Islam, the brand practiced in Saudi Arabia, isn’t a hostile ideology to Western civil society) and the parts of our government which are tasked with protecting us against terrorist threats emanating from that foreign ideology are not allowed to observe those centers of influence.
While we must submit to government snooping on all of our communications data, for no good reason and without probable cause. To combat the threat from Al Qaeda, whom this government says is all but finished as a viable terrorist entity despite what they were able to do to our people in Benghazi.
Should we not demand that this government explain why we’re not its target, rather than those who are trying to kill us, in light of this?