The FBI Can Pull Back Your Curtain, But Mosques Are Off-Limits


Ever since Islamic groups cried out against the FBI’s semi-successful surveillance into terrorist plots that emanated from mosques, the agency has been forced to turn its attention elsewhere in the ongoing campaign to uncover domestic terrorism.

In February 2011, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) joined the Council for American-Islamic Relations of Greater Los Angeles in filing a Federal class-action lawsuit against the FBI for infiltrating mosques in Southern California and allegedly gathering general information without probable cause.

Regardless of the merits of that suit, the backlash over the Southern California case had a subversive effect on Federal domestic surveillance policy. Later that same year, the Administration of President Barack Obama established a review panel within the Department of Justice called the Sensitive Operations Review Committee, effectively carving out special treatment for the religious, political, journalistic and academic spheres:

A sensitive investigative matter (SIM) is defined as an investigative matter involving the activities of a domestic public official or domestic political candidate (involving corruption or a threat to the national security), a religious or domestic political organization or individual prominent in such an organization, or the news media; an investigative matter having an academic nexus; or any other matter which, in the judgment of the official authorizing the investigation, should be brought to the attention of FBI Headquarters (FBIHQ) and other DOJ officials. (Attorney General’s Guidelines for Domestic FBI Operations (AGG-I Dom), Part VILN.) As a matter of FBI policy, “judgment” means that the decision of the authorizing official is discretionary.

Whether the FBI should be indiscriminately watching any individual or affiliated group is a matter for a separate article (indeed, we’ve written several of them), and recent scandals showing that the Nation’s vast enforcement empire is doing just that are both loathsome and alarming. But if Obama is going to watch most of us, it’s only fair (and makes a fair amount of sense) that he watch all of us.

The Tsarnaev brothers had ties to a Boston-area mosque that itself was linked to an assassination plot against a Saudi prince, teaches jihad against Zionists and Jews, and encourages the upheaval of Western values and institutions.

Even so, it was the mosque, and not the FBI, that revealed what it knew about the Tsarnaevs four days after the marathon bombing. Under the new Sensitive Operations Review guidelines, the FBI had been looking everywhere but mosques for Islamic terrorists. Regardless of whether this particular mosque did or didn’t help “radicalize” the Boston bombers, law enforcement would have had no way to investigate — until after innocent people were already dead.

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • 1steadyfella

    mosques synagogues and israel are off limits ben,,, you useless neo con plant.

    • chocopot

      You’re an idiot. When have you ever heard of a terrorist plot being hatched in a synagogue? You are a MORON!

      • dan

        911…it was an insurance scam and the new owner just happened to be …. well ,criminals have to got to Temple,too.

        • chocopot

          Really? Where do you get this crap?

      • 1steadyfella

        ill give you three…

        The Lavonne Affair
        The USS Liberty
        Al Qaeda
        The Federal Reserve Bank
        The Patriot Act
        The Kosher Tax

        ooops thas more than 3.. consider the rest bonus freebies.

        these are ALL rabbinically approved acts of terror on the USA with one end game… SUBDUE THE GOYIM.

        As to why YOU are the obvious imbecile… ask your parents. Here is their number: 1-800-GFY-TROLL

        • chocopot

          I repeat: you are an idiot.

          • Vigilant

            …and anti-Semite as well.

          • 1steadyfella

            “The five dancing Israelis” were not al-qaeda ” troll. Neither was Israel rabinowitz from 1987. The anti Semite card is debunked. Try again.

          • Vigilant

            I once thought it was impossible for one person to corner the market on idiocy. You have proven me wrong.

          • Native Blood

            Anti Israelii or anti-jew?

            Definition: Semite a member of any of a number of peoples of ancient southwestern Asia including the Akkadians, Phoenicians, Hebrews, and Arabs.
            It would not necessarily be anti-semite to interject a fact about them. (especially the list mentioned above.

            The anti-semite card has been way over rated and the days of using such can no longer accepted as a debate buster while such facts remain.

          • Vigilant

            Anti-Jew, to answer your question. The wholly pedantic definition of Semite is well known. I speak of the general usage of the term.

            “It would not necessarily be anti-semite [sic] to interject a fact about them.” And that’s why the list is antisemitic. Those “facts” don’t bear up to scrutiny.

            For example, “The “Kosher tax” (or “Jewish tax”) is a canard or urban legend spread by antisemitic, white supremacist and other extremist organizations. They claim that unwilling food companies and unwitting consumers are forced to pay money to Jewish organizations to support Zionist causes and Israel.” (Wikipedia)

            P.S. One does not win a debate with falsehoods, half-baked conspiracy theories, speculations and fantasies. You and your prejudiced buddies are busted.

          • 1steadyfella

            Are you saying my list of acts of terror on the USA are not facts? And I’m the idiot… Typical shill you are.

  • Darral

    Spy on the American people but can not spy on the source of terrorists , This Democratic Administration don’t give a Rats AZZ about our security.

    • wavesofgrain

      Yup…this admin demands the prayer content of Christian groups, but gives a pass to terrorist organizations and Islam. Even when Russia gave US terrorist acitivity info on those Boston brothers, our admin ignored it.

    • FreedomFighter

      Muslims are a plague on humanity, the religion is evil, a cult and the goal is world domination thru blood letting and domination. No need to spy on those guys is there?
      Laus Deo
      Semper FI

      • Ted Crawford

        You are in very good company!
        “I have studied the Quran a great deal. I came away from that study with the conviction that by and large there have been few Religions in the World as deadly to man as that of Muhammad….
        I therefore regard it as a form of decadence rather than a form of Progress” Alexis de Tocqueville

        • chocopot

          Late during the 19th century, after being stationed with the British Army in North Africa, Churchill said something very similar.

      • Alex Sawyer

        You can’t just say that every Muslim is a terrorist hell-bent on murdering everyone. Obviously, the radicals are much more violent than in any other religion, and that alone should be reason to monitor mosques. Putting them off limits is about the most asinine thing I’ve ever heard of. Political correctness at its worst and most dangerous. If there’s a pit bull on the loose maiming people in the neighborhood, you don’t exempt pit bulls from your investigation because it might offend pit bull owners.

  • chocopot

    As I have been saying for years now, whereas all other immigrant groups come to the U.S. as just that, immigrants, Muslim immigrants come here as colonizers. In other words, they come here not to join us but to take over. And with the Muslim fraud in the WH, they have been ramping up the process.

    • Ted Crawford

      There is another such group! MECHA, offshot of La Raza, Ultimate goal; Creation of Atzlan!

      • chocopot

        La Raza does not even attempt to hide the fact that they are an overwhelmingly racist organization, yet not only do the MSM ignore that fact, but they refer to La Raza as a “civil rights organization.” Yes, just like the KKK was/is a civil rights organization.

  • dan

    I just declared my home a Mexican community mosque….i’m sure there’s some government money floating in the progressive slush fund for that.

  • altonlee

    Can wire tap American citizens, and churches but cannot tap mooslesums? Makes sense I guess when the oblammer has stated he will stand by the mooslesums.

    If the law allows someone to sue the kkk because some nut that went to one of the clan meetings four years down the road killed someone, why can’t the people’s families that were killed or injured sue this mosque?

    • Ted Crawford

      Obama has openly admitted to his Muslim faith. Even complementing McCain for not mentioning it during the 2008 Presidential Campaign in an interview with George Stephanopoulos!

  • Peter

    This is the dhimmi policies of BO apologetics for i-slam revealed in all its ubiquitous glory.
    Get ready folks.
    i-slam has already won, and sharia law is coming to a suburb near you.

    • chocopot

      Lock and load, baby.

  • Vigilant

    Mr.Bullard says, “But if Obama is going to watch most of us, it’s only fair (and makes a fair amount of sense) that he watch all of us.”

    What the hell kind of argument is that? You either support ubiquitous surveillance of Americans or you don’t, period. In effect, you are saying, “Suspension of First and Fourth Amendment guarantees should be applied (“fairly”) across the board.” Ridiculous.

    No sir, your argument falls of its own weight. Bad behavior does NOT justify subsequent bad behavior.

    • Alex Sawyer

      I don’t think he’s saying the massive surveillance is OK — just that if we’re all going to be spied on, then it really ought to be EVERYONE, no exceptions because of whom you might offend in the process.

      • Vigilant

        Alex, I think Mr. Bullard is either trying to be cute, or he’s saying “if you can’t beat ’em then join ’em.”

        How do you exercise “fairness” as a subset of an unfair program?

        To be sure, the correct method would be to apply surveillance on a profiling basis, i.e., mosques with connections to terrorism should be watched. Even “probable cause” has been scuttled at local levels in favor of “reasonable suspicion.” Such should be applied to the monitorship of Muslim activities.


    Could our Fraud in the WH be anymore clear about how he plans to create his new, anything but Christian, voter base and ruling class? This clown who mind is a glowing brain fart is planning on bring syrian refugees here to the states and protecting them with more US tax dollars, the same free dollars and weapons he gives to the egyptian MB’s, the one’s who just finished declaring, America is still their enemy…..

  • Sam

    This just makes Muslims look worse in the public. Playing favoritism towards a group whose been through so much and trying to make life easier for them and everyone else’s hard doesn’t make it better. If the government continues to do this, Muslims will be hated even more than they already are by the public.