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Even the Tsarnaev Brothers Can’t Awaken MSM from Its Slumber

I bet they're asleep at Salon. I bet they're asleep all over "Progressive" America.

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Jack Dunphy

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May 1, 2013 - 12:08 am
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And how could it?  There are untold thousands of people on such watchlists, and many of them present a more clear and present danger than the Tsarnaev brothers did until the day they carried out their crime.  It takes a minimum of five agents in five cars to conduct even a bare-bones surveillance of a single individual, and twice that many to follow someone who is surveillance-savvy.  There aren’t enough federal agents or police officers in the entire country to adequately monitor everyone about whom some suspicion has been raised.

But there are things that can be done. Chief among them is the monitoring of large public events by federal agents and local police officers trained in the art of identifying the criminal in the crowd.  And it is an art, but one based on science.  In every police department there are officers whose ability to spot a stolen car or an armed gang member seems so uncanny to their peers that it is assumed their success is the result of luck.  Similarly, at every international airport and port of entry there are customs agents whose “hit rates” in interdicting contraband far surpass those of their coworkers.  The successes these men and women have are not the result of luck, but rather of their ability to detect the subtle behavioral cues exhibited by people who drive stolen cars, carry weapons, or attempt to smuggle contraband into the country.

In viewing the photographs and video footage of the Tsarnaev brothers moving through the crowd before planting their bombs, I’m certain they displayed the same sort of behavioral cues that a trained observer would have detected.  For example, their backpacks appeared heavier than those carried by others in the crowd, something that might have attracted the notice of someone trained to spot would-be terrorists.  Also, at times they appeared to be together while at others they seemed to try to distance themselves from each other, a red flag to anyone looking to spot troublemakers.  And in some of the photographs they are looking in a direction different from everyone else nearby, an indication that they were interested in something other than the passing marathoners.  None of these cues, or even all of them taken together, would have justified a warrantless search of the brothers’ backpacks, but they might have attracted the attention of an observant police officer who then could have initiated questioning through a consensual encounter.  And a trained observer can almost always detect attempts at deception with just a few questions, usually within seconds of the first contact.

These techniques can be taught and learned, and they should be.  Vice President Biden may comfort himself by labeling the Tsarnaevs as “knock-off jihadis,” but even a knock-off can be every bit as deadly as the real thing.  Surely there are more Tsarnaevs out there waiting for their moment to strike.  Will it take another wake-up call before we figure out how to stop them?

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Jack Dunphy is the pseudonym of a police officer in Southern California.

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The state media takes its cues from the White House which it, correctly, sees as a future employment possibility when the Democrats are in power. Holder the other day emphasized once again that the greatest danger, one that he and Obama will fight against with all the power they can command, is "a backlash" against the Muslims. Islam zealots can shoot and bomb at will but let the tea party raise its head again -- which it will in the next congressional elections -- and Napolitano and the rest of that crowd will warn of the danger they represent, along with the veterans, of course.
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And, Jack...don't be fooled.

The Agenda Media isn't sleeping. They are hard at work destroying this land of ours. There is no wake up call for the cult of leftism. They can't hear it.

Like Pavlov's drooling dogs, they respond only to their master's rings. The difference between ignorance and the current ignominy of our information stream...lies in the danger to us for allowing it to get to this stage.
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What is a "knock-off" jihadi? The inference makes no sense, which should be expected from a knock-off VP.

If the Muslim terrorists were trained by muslim jihadists and performed according to that training, there is no "knock-off" element to the deed.

The despicable and pernicious leftist's attempts to water down the obvious implications of radical Islam trying to harm us and...well, everyone who isn't them...is more than mere typical hissing of their forked tongues.

They first clicked their ruby heels and wished and wished for it to be a Tea Party White Man. When that Toto didn't bark, they then turned to wishing away the Muslim-ity of the perps. And the jihad motive. And the complete and utter lack of "root causes".

Not content to merely whitewash the story these days, they have "white man" the story. Inventing out of whole cloth inane and disturbing mechanizations designed to excuse, alibi and blameshift back onto US...the "real reason" why these two perps blew off the legs of women and children.

Look, the left is a disgusting band of treasonous slimebags. There is no need to mince words any longer. They are not countrymen in any real sense. They openly root for the enemy and against us. It is time to confront the enemies face on. Both foreign...AND domestic.
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It's time that our government admit there are problems in admitting so many of the Islamic faith to our country. That "religion" through the Koran requires its followers to become messengers of hate and to act accordingly.

Regardless of ethnicity, members of that faith are usually behind acts of terror consisting of murders, bombing, and slaughters of innocents. In general, they violently oppose those of other religions. Too many of them exist within their society to take the risk of allowing any of them into ours.

These people have not learned to exist in civil societies. Their society mirrors that which existed hundreds of years ago.
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Before World war II, people with the same progressive mentality were saying the facist and Nazi movements were admirable. These are the sentiments we hear from the administration about Islam.

We americans do bring terrorist death and destruction down upon ourselves because our leaders admonish the public to not place blame blame where it clearly belongs.

The killers in Boston were completely in line with the teachings of "the religion of peace".
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---- Even the Tsarnaev Brothers Can’t Awaken MSM from Its Slumber

Indeed, yes. But thank God, President Obama WILL NOT REST until they do -- or until we do -- or until anybody but his own administration does. And we can all take comfort in that.
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"None of these cues, or even all of them taken together, would have justified a warrantless search of the brothers’ backpacks"

Any LEO worth his salt should be able to move that along to a Terry Stop in short order.
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I am an American living in Canada (for a couple more months) and last week the RCMP busted two "Not Canadians" (as they obsessively repeated again and again and again, though the two men were Permanent Residents who had been here 15 or more years) who were planning to blow up the Amtrak train I regularly take to visit my Mom, as it crossed the Niagara Gorge just below the falls. If you google Niagara Gorge Railroad Trestle you'll see this w ould have been A Bridge On The River Kwai Moment for the rest of you...One man is a Palestinian Refugee who should have been deported in 2004, but is still here, and the other is defending himself and said baldly that Canadian Law does not apply to im, as he recognizes only Sharia. Canada of course is Bowing Down. They always do. Terrorism doesn't happen here -- because this is where the Terrorists live...
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They're not sleeping, it just that their sympathy with the terrorists gets in the way. Really, after 12 years there ought not to be any doubt. The Left and the islamists share one thing in common, they both hate America.
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Muslims appear to be divided into two groups: active Jihadists murderers and passive Jihadists who by their silence and actions support Jihadi terror. Why are any Muslims permitted in the United States? How many Jihadi acts will the regime permit before we act to expel them from our society? They constitute a subversive element intended to undermine our society and our Constitution.
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So out of touch with reality this lot is. All I can figure is indulgence allows for the miind to atrophy. They honestly will not recognize danger until the boot is on the neck.
1 year ago
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almost as most media coverage for bombers and the truth as for Dr. Gosnell and the murders at his abortion/murder mill
1 year ago
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The MSM has been asleep and at the wheel for years..
When news reporting became tainted with personal opinion, the whole world of journalism went down the tubes'
It was all about the ratings and sensationalism, and one up man ship, The truth has taken a back seat to opinion.
It's time for The MSM to go the way of the buggy whip.
Time for them to get out of the way, let the independent truth seekers and tellers be heard by the masses !
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