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Lieberman Back on Hill to Warn of ‘Rapidly Spreading’ Islamist Threat

In first hearing on Boston bombings, former senator says "it was possible to have prevented" attack and questions why mosque that says it threw out Tamerlan Tsarnaev didn't report him.

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Bridget Johnson

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May 9, 2013 - 10:02 pm
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Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said the bombings showed “we certainly need to enlist the community better.”

“And the points about identifying radical extremism and ferreting that out, the first thing we need to do is go to the community. We need to explain to the community that they have a responsibility to their community and to their nation and to what’s right to report the kind of activity that these brothers were involved in prior to the incident. And I think that’s the first line of defense,” he said.

“…The truth of the matter is, nobody bats 1,000, and I think that as a nation we need to comes to terms with it and do everything we can to prevent it, but also recognize that fusion centers and intelligence analysis and joint terrorism task forces are part of our future.”

“Before the bombing, were you aware of the Russian intelligence warning regarding Tamerlan and the fact that he may travel overseas to meet with extremists?” McCaul asked Davis.

“We have three detectives and a sergeant who were assigned to the joint terrorism task force. One of my detectives is actually in the squad that investigated that,” Davis said. “We have access to all the databases. But we were not, in fact, informed of that particular development.”

The commissioner said the information about Tsarnaev started to flow into his department the morning after the shootout in Watertown, Mass., in which the suspect was killed.

“In this case, aggravatingly, you have two of our great homeland security agencies that didn’t involve, before the event, the local and state authorities that could have helped us prevent the attack on the marathon,” Lieberman said.

“…We’re in a war. And, as I said, it’s against an ideology that is not receding. It’s spreading. And it’s taking a very difficult turn, which is, as we saw in Boston case, because — the only three attacks against America, terrorist attacks that have succeeded since 9/11, are homegrown terrorists.”

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) asked Davis if anyone from the local mosque came forward to identify either of the brothers after the photos of the suspects were made public.

“I don’t — I’m not certain of that. I don’t know of anyone that did, but I know that there was some conversation with a group we — that we meet with frequently from the mosques,” Davis responded, promising to check on whether any specific tips were received from the mosque.

The commissioner did know with certainty, though, that no students from UMass Dartmouth came forward to identify Dzohkhar Tsarnaev.

King noted to Lieberman that, unlike anyone in the Obama administration, the former senator freely used the terms “violent Islamist ideology” and “violent Islamist extremism.”

“It was self-evidently and publicly violent Islamist extremism that led to the attacks on us on 9/11/01 and didn’t take detective work. Osama bin Laden and everybody else declared that to be the purpose. They want to bring down America and our civilization. And I — you know, it’s the old Chinese wisdom a millennia ago: The first thing you gotta know in war is your enemy is. And you have to call it by its name,” Lieberman said.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) asked Davis if, at this point, there’s “any mass labeling of the Muslim community in Boston.”

“That’s always a concern of ours. I’ve met with members of that community, and they’re concerned about it. But there have been no incidents reported to me,” he responded.

Jackson Lee chided the committee that “this is not a place to raise a partisan divide between Congress and the administration. This is a place to stand against this ever happening again.”

Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) asked Lieberman why he believes this administration is unwilling to use the term “radical Islam” to describe these acts of terror.

“What is gained by the president’s refusal to appropriately describe jihad as expressed by radical Islamist extremists as their motivation for attacking the United States and other free nations?” Perry said.

“Well, I don’t know. In other words, this is a debate that I had over the years in my time in the Senate and particularly with this administration,” Lieberman responded.

“The sad fact is today that most terrorists that we’re dealing with in America are inspired by this violent Islamic extremist ideology,” he added. “You have to recognize that to deal with them.”

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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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Agree. There are for all practical purposes only two types of muslims - the radical muslim all of whom would not hesitate to kill us - and the 'moderates' - those who want the radical muslim to kill us.

Other than a few muslims that are vocal whenever heinous acts occur the so-called 'moderates' seem to get lockjaw whenever one of their radical members blow up something. I'm beginning to think those few vocal muslims are practicing deception - AKA taqiyya. And the existence of the moderate muslim is myth.

Enough information now exists to remove all doubt that this admin is actively ignoring the muslim threat.

Makes you wonder who's side they're on.
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“The sad fact is today that most terrorists that we’re dealing with in America are inspired by this violent Islamic extremist ideology,” he added. “You have to recognize that to deal with them.”

They are easy to recognize. They are Muslims, this conduct is part of Islam.
Are we to believe that only a small minority of lions would attack a flock of sheep; that the vast majority of lions really are good lions.
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I agree FC we need the courage to call the enemy by its name: Islam, not any of the euphemisms currently popular. The same goes for "radicalization" or "radicalized". "Radical Islam" is a redundancy. Islam is by definition radical.

Another example of Islamic terrorism tells us that Islam is dangerous? Really? That's like getting the results of yet another study to tell us that smoking cigarettes is bad for you.

Why can't they JUST SAY IT. Islam is EVIL and needs to be squeezed until it is no more!
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The leaders and the members of the Boston mosque that threw Tamerlan out because of his extreme views could have said something to the police and even done something to counter his radicalization,...."
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It's the same mentality that exists in the Black community. "You don't rat on a brother"
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This has been going on for about 1300 years, seems to me after a short while someone would get the idea that they want to kill all of you!!!
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We need to eliminate the use of the term "radicalize" and use the term "Islamize".
As in "self-Islamized" rather than "self radicalized"

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Those who follow Muhammad are following Islam. What did Muhammad do?

Muhammad lied, raided caravans, murdered, and raped. The only extremists within Islam are the Apostates.

Why is Islam within America? What will those who follow Muhammad do?
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After the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks I tried to get an Iranian-born American friend--a U.S. citizen who grew up here-- (and is Moslem) to admit that Moslem terrorists are our enemies. He just kept shrugging and saying things like, "The terrorists haven't done anything to ME." And not a religious guy who goes to mosque, just Joe College who enjoys playing basketball and is a huge NBA fan.
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Wake up all you foolish people.
There are no Moderate Muslims, the Koran does not allow for this Moderation to exist. The Koran is very specific concerning acitons of the Muslim. Read the Koran and learn who our enemy really is.
The Muslim who does not join in Jihad must pay Zakat to support those in Jihad. Obama gave a speech about Zakat and how we were interferring with the Muslim's ability to perform this duty with our laws and he was going to change the laws so as not to interfer with this Muslim duty of Zakat. Hard to believe huh? But it is exactly true, he actually gave a speech about this.
Of course the people of the Mosque certainly chastized Tsarnaev for his extreme beliefs, is there really any doubt in your mind?
The Mosque is the Capital of Islam within the area, it is the school of Islam, it is the home of the Imam (President of the area), it is the Court of Shariah Law in the area. The Mosque is the Center of Life for Islam in the area.
Soon we will start to wake up to reality and then you will understand our enemy. You will understand they are relentless and continuous and are driven by their ideology to kill all Infidels and Infidels are those who are not Islam or slaves to Islam. This is there calling and their life.....
If you wish to be safe and secure in America then we must deport all Muslims from our country and never allow another to enter for any purpose, ever....
There is no other way. England, France, Spain, Germany and every other country in Europe has tried every method of social engineering possible. NONE of them work. Islam is not compatible with anything except Islam and even they are not peaceful with each other....
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I love it when idiots finally get a clue...hope it's not too late.
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"...the enemy we face is violent Islamist extremism..."

And even a relatively clear-sighted person like Lieberman engages in euphemism and false distinction. It isn't "Islamic extremism." It is Islam, plain and simple. What the Tsarnaevs and all the other jihadists do is *mainstream* Islam, supported by all their holy texts and Islamic scholars ancient and modern. And until we state that truth, we'll never really deal effectively with the war they're waging against us.
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I've not always agreed with Joe Lieberman, but I've always respected him as a true patriot. He is usually spot on when it comes to national security.
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And that is why he was booted from the demonrat party.
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"...Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) asked Davis if, at this point, there’s “any mass labeling of the Muslim community in Boston.”

To Sheila Jackson and her like--including Obama first and foremost--"mass labeling" of Muslims is a greater concern than murdered Americans.

As for labels, Mohamed was a pirate, Islam is a pirate's religion and Sharia is a pirate's code. Kidnap, torture and murder are the core culture of Muslims.
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Actually, Mo' was a successful bandit and organized crime boss, turned conqueror. He raided caravans, and raked off loot from other bandits, until he had enough bandits and loot to organize into an army.
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