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Boston Bombings Pull D.C.’s Attention Back to Terrorism

In a Congress where gun control and immigration are king, and in an administration that hasn't issued a terror alert since replacing Bush's color-coded system.

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Bridget Johnson

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April 15, 2013 - 7:45 pm
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“As this situation continues to develop and our first responders continue their effort to ensure the safety of our friends and family in Boston, there are still far more questions than answers,” said Sen. Mo Cowan (D-Mass.), who was appointed to John Kerry’s seat after the longtime senator became secretary of State.

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.) said members were carefully monitoring the incident as it unfolded.

“In the end, we’ll get to the bottom of this incident and use any and all information from this horrible tragedy to bolster our security and response efforts and continue to do all that we can to keep events like this from happening again,” he said.

And that turned to franker talk of terrorism among many lawmakers.

“Our first responsibility is to secure the support the victims and their families will need in the days and months ahead,” said Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas). “We must identify those who committed this cowardly act, as well as those who encourage them through actions or silence, and hold them fully accountable for their crimes.”

“Though it remains unclear who is responsible, this attack is yet another stark reminder that we must remain vigilant in the face of continuing terrorist threats,” said House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.).

“While it’s hard for us to imagine the kind of callousness necessary to so recklessly maim and kill innocents at such a wholesome event, we will not rest until the person or persons responsible for this tragedy are brought to justice,” Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) said.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told ABC News that the bombings had the “hallmarks” of terror attack. “It could be foreign, it could be homegrown,” she added.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) called on “my fellow members of Congress to use this attack on American soil to re-commit our commitment to protecting Americans at home and abroad.”

“I am disturbed and saddened that anyone would ruin this day of celebration by targeting innocent people and murdering them in cold blood,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said. “Once it is determined who is responsible, justice must be served to the fullest extent possible.”

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, said she’s “sure” congressional hearings will be called “when the investigations are complete.”

“Within the next few months we must reevaluate the status of the safety and security of America’s large venues and large events that are coming up in the pending weeks and months,” she said.

Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas) said he was in contact with Boston authorities and federal officials to try to get information about who’s responsible as it becomes available.

“I would urge the American people to remain calm but vigilant,” McCaul said. “Today’s events are a stark reminder that our enemies continue to plot against us.”

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Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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"Boston Bombings Pull D.C.’s Attention Back to Terrorism”.....

They do? ....really?.......perhaps, but tragically, for only enough time for the politicians to assert that "we are not at War........" fill in the dotted area to suit your personal threshold or degree of political correctness.

We simply must be realistic. Our politicians keep their eyes on the potential for maintaining old voting lists and seeking new constituencies to ensure their continuity in office. Think of that enormous voting bank of illegal immigrants just waiting for their drivers' licenses, and some sort of amnesty......or something...... to be tapped for future political office tenure. Think of the uncounted Muslims resident now in our America who vote...illegally or no, and their extended families.

Sickening?......indeed it is.

The major trouble is the unwillingness of our politicians and of us, the voters who maintain them in office, to accept the fact that we are indeed at War against these Muslims. Just ask them....they remind us all the time that their Koran asserts their superiority over all other law and government. These Muslims have already declared their War against us infidel Americans.

But the very essence of our lethal "political correctness" demands that we ignore these repeated and obvious warnings indicated by our enemy Muslims lest we "offend the Muslims".

This is circular madness.
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When 'we the people' turn the tables on the terrorists among us, then we will begin to heal the wounds to our national psyche. We too can begin to push back against Shariah and Islam, tit for tat, what is good for the goose is also good for the gander. Therer are some seven million of them within our borders, and there are no moderate Muslims. A supposedly Moderate Muslim is an Apostate and must be killed by a True Muslim of the Faith as dictated by the Koran and Shariah Law.
Don't be conned by this Moderate crap. Read the Koran and remember what you read.
1 year ago
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Lots of chatter about the 26 killed in Newtown and the 26 mile race. There were people from Newtown at the run, but none were harmed.
I feel really sad for the people of Newtown, but will we be discussing this forever? Thousands of children have been killed and they are just as dead as those in Newtown. Obama keeps dragging them out for photo ops to promote his gun agenda, I am weary of hearing about them.
1 year ago
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Obama gave a 3 minute speech to address the TERRORIST ATTACK IN BOSTON without using a tele-prompter!!!!
He read from a prepared speech where he had to use his finger to follow the lines.
I think these speeches are available at office supply stores in notebook form, and all you need to do is fill in a few blanks to have an up to date, detailed speech to address every event imaginable.
Napolitano is considering activating the color code system for "man caused disasters", with vertical brown stripes indicating it is every man, woman, gay, lesbian, and transgender for themselves.
A convent of radical nuns in Montana, that recently had a bad case of indigestion, is under scrutiny as an "unofficial group of interest" by the FBI.
So far, it seems like someone threw away some illegal fireworks they found on the ground, and they were ignited when an ashtray was dumped in the trash. The ball bearings came from discarded skateboards.
1 year ago
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There is no way this sort of thing can be stopped. The police can't even keep the peace in communities of mostly law-abiding people, let alone in the violence-prone Marxocrat-riddled urban areas where those of evil intent conspire to commit such atrocities (like the commie Ayers and his Moslem brothers). Expect more of this stuff to happen, though, as the hatred and anger within the community is ginned up by "community organizers" such as the monster Hussein and the Marxocrats. Their coalition is comprised of nothing but disaffected and disgruntled pariahs and trouble-making instigators of every stripe. But now, just wait and see what happens when those in the hinterlands who have finally realized that our current government is wholly illegitimate, having been installed by massive and systemic electoral fraud and the subsequent collapse of the Constitutional Republic of old, give a yawning ho-hum on the day that the big one goes off in New York or Boston or any other Marxocrat population center. After the fiasco of the War On Terror becoming a defeat caused by Marxocrat duplicity, you'll hear nothing but crickets when the bugle calls to bail out those suckers again. The USA is so-o-o over...
1 year ago
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But not for Obama's baby, sequestration, that is rumored to have slashed 35% of the money set aside for security at the Boston Marathon, American bodies would not this April 15 have been ripped to shreds.

But not for the inept, incompetent pukes and pukettes; the Kerrys the Napolitanos, the Hagels that Obama has placed in key cabinet positions, the United States might have some of the leadership it so desperately needs.

As most Americans believe in their heart of hearts, Barack Obama has intentionally led this nation down the path of its ultimate destruction. And in the process, put countless Americans in harms way. If he is not the ultimate terrorist, I don't know who is.

The one who behind closed doors today called the slaughter at Boston collateral sequestration damage.

Many, many Americans believe that Obama has Boston blood on his hands. You see, the truth has already started to leak out of the Washington rumor mill. That Obama knew a day like this was destined to happen because he had knowingly and strategically placed people in high places whose incompetence is only outstripped by Obama's miscreant boldness. Which isn't the only reason many believe this small c communist President should be brought up on charges of dereliction of duty and treason.

Or have you forgotten that instead of ordering Italy stationed rescue-ready special forces to Benghazi, he ordered a pepperoni pizza and went to bed, losing no sleep as Americans battled for their lives throughout the night of September 11?

Of course, Obama would never have been in the position to let Americans die if his corruption hadn't corrupted two Presidential elections.

How many Americans are aware that Obama has bragged to his inner sanctum that he stole them like a pack of thieves in the night.

By Obama's own figures, in his two Presidential elections, his workers liberated more than three million votes in each one, either by changing votes electronically or by illegally registering voters.

Who in their right mind would not agree that this man is morally bankrupt; tearing at the very fabric of this once great nation; someone who couldn't even bring himself to admit today's slaughter was a terrorist act. Barack called it an event.

If you ever wondered what it would be like to have a Stalin or Hitler equivalent in the oval office; literally a square peg in a round hole, you have to wonder no longer.

It took pure, perfect planning to accomplish the evil that Obama has rung up for his Muslim brothers. Pure evil.

If he's not supporting the late term killing of babies born alive, or ordering the mainstream media not to report on the mass baby killing doctor, Kermit Gosnell, he's opening the doors to Islamic terrorists, refusing even to admit they exist, supporting them in every manner, shape and way. Only months ago, handing out to the Muslim brotherhood billions in American tax dollars.

Just as bad, like sheep, a majority of Americans support him.

Sheep who eventually, be it by a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile a few years down the road because Obama killed our missile defense program, or at the hands of a Muslim terrorist, will be killed; like lambs to slaughter.

With a disgust usually reserved for child molesters, I am disgusted by Obama.

He's perverted the constitution, our entire justice system and the values hundreds of thousands of American soldiers have shed their blood for.

In my humble opinion, Obama hates America as much as he loves Muslim extremists.

And, as far as those hundreds of thousands of brave Americans who have made the ultimate sacrifice on the alter of freedom, Obama couldn't care less. His ridiculously dangerous insane rules of engagement in Afghanistan have gotten whole platoons wiped out. And his ridiculous misplacing of homeland security personnel at the federal level has, in patriotic minds throughout America, directly led to today's Boston massacre.

April 15, 2013, a date that will go down in history; the date when Barack Obama let lapses in security turn a bright blue Boston day into a blood red American killing field.

That same discredited presence extends hands of friendship to our sworn enemies while insulting our allies. That same atrocious example of purposeful incompetence, Barack Obama, stands shoulder to shoulder with Bill Ayers who proudly posed on the cover of Chicago magazine a decade ago, shown stomping on old glory as our flag lay beneath his fetid feet on the dirty floor.

He is a cancer on the Presidency. Is there a doctor in the house?
1 year ago
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Does this mean you will not vote for Michelle in the next two presidential elections in order to keep Barrack & his extended family, in the White House for a total of 16 years?
1 year ago
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FROM FT. HOOD TO BOSTON

After the lunatic Moslem jihadist psychiatrist Nidal Hassan killed twelve soldiers and one civilian in his deadly attack at Ft. Hood the administration refused to call it a terrorist attack calling it instead "workplace violence." Now if it's discovered that yesterday's mass causality attack in Boston was a terrorist attack carried out by a jihadist Moslem like Hassan will our see-know-evil-in-Isalm administration call it "tragic sports event violence?"
1 year ago
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"The worst attack on U.S. soil since 9/11..."

Didn't Ft. Hood have a higher death toll?
1 year ago
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Yes, but Obama has assured us that Ft. Hood was an act of workplace violence and had nothing to do with terrorism.
1 year ago
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My thoughts and prayers go out to all the folks that are still alive in this country with this band of jokers running the show. Sorry.
1 year ago
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Well all I know is that our beloved Dear Leader must have still more power to save us.
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