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June 13, 2013 - 11:48 am

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) slammed FBI Director Robert Mueller for not sweeping through Boston mosques after receiving tips about the radicalization of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, while the bureau’s chief told the House Judiciary Committee that his agency did visit the Chechens’ mosque for “outreach.”

Mueller appeared before the committee for a regular oversight hearing, but members bombarded him with questions ranging from operation PRISM to IRS targeting of conservative groups and government snooping on reporters.

“You said the FBI ‘did an excellent job,’ ‘did a thorough job,’ ‘don’t know what else we could have done.’ And according to the Russians, there’s a great deal more that could have been done,” Gohmert said.

“The FBI never canvassed Boston mosques until four days after the April 15th attacks. If the Russians tell you that someone has been radicalized and you go check and see the mosques that they went to, then you get the articles of incorporation, as I have, for the group that created the Boston mosques where these Tsarnaevs attended and you find out the name al-Amoudi, which you’ll remember, because while you were FBI director this man, who was so helpful to the Clinton administration with so many big things, he gets arrested at Dulles airport by the FBI and he’s now doing over 20 years for supporting terrorism,” the congressman said in reference to Abdul Rahman al-Amoudi, the founder of the American Muslim Council who is serving a 23-year sentence on financial and conspiracy charges.

“This is the guy that started the mosques where your Tsarnaevs were attending, and you didn’t even bother to go check about the mosque? And then when you have the pictures, why did no one go to the mosque and say, ‘Who are these guys? They attend — may attend here?’” Gohmert continued. “Why — why was that not done since such a ‘thorough’ job was done?”

“Your facts are not altogether –” Mueller began before Gohmert interjected, “Sir, if you’re gonna call me a liar you need to point out specifically where any facts are wrong.”

“We went to the mosque,” Mueller said. “Prior to Boston happening we were in that mosque talking to imams several months beforehand as part of our outreach efforts.”

“So were you aware that those mosques were started by al-Amoudi?”

“I’ve answered the question, sir,” the FBI director tersely responded.

“You didn’t answer the question, were you aware they were started by al-Amoudi?” Gohmert pressed.

“No,” Mueller replied.

Bridget Johnson is a career 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 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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One of my dearest and oldest friends has been with the agency for over 20 years. He told me Director Mueller was really a stand-up guy placed in an impossible situation. He is desperately trying to limit the damage done to the agency much the same way the Joint Chiefs tried to limit the damage to the military during democratic administrations prior to placing chicken$h!t weasels like "My Favorite Martian" Dempsey in command.

I would like to believe that, but it appears to me that Mueller sold his soul for personal advancement. Allowing the mooslim bruthahood operatives into our security apparatus will haunt us for decades unless we take back control of this bloated, oppressive, assinine bureaucracy.

Remember Benghazi!
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“You didn’t answer the question, were you aware they were started by al-Amoudi?” Gohmert pressed.
“No,” Mueller replied.

Then what the &$!# are we paying you for, sir?
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I'll bet anything that if those mosques had been established by the Tea Party, the FBI would have been all over every member's e-mails, phone conversations, tax records, and the content of their prayers, in a flash.
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Hey, FBI people. Start here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taqiyya
1 year ago
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So much for the argument that NSA wiretaps make us safer.
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Every member of his REGIME that is interviewed knows 'NOTHING' just as the unqualified USURPER himself knows 'NOTHING'. So they must be either incompetent or LIARS - in my opinion they are incompetent AND LIARS. But as they know 'NOTHING' about anything they they are obviously USELESS and ineffectual so we don't need them - sack the lot of them and IMPEACH the USURPER.
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See how this works? Islam, or moon god worship, allowed into the country, any country by the millions, then due to following Muhammad and planning murder, I give you PRISM.

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The government's a$$ kissing approach in dealing with Muslims will eventually blow up in their faces. We will be lucky if the explosion doesn't take an American city with it.
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Just lovely. We have an administration willing to spend billions of taxpayer dollars building a huge apparatus to spy on ordinary Americans while it performs "outreach" to Muslims who have sworn to kill us. Insane, evil, or both. You decide.
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Would obama act any differently if he is/was a closet muslim?
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Well now, if all that grand spying on everyone has been working so well, how could they possibly missed 2 young men in Boston?
1 year ago
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These aren't the droids we're looking for.
1 year ago
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.....uh, that's "hermaphrodite" ;)
1 year ago
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One of my dearest and oldest friends has been with the agency for over 20 years. He told me Director Mueller was really a stand-up guy placed in an impossible situation. He is desperately trying to limit the damage done to the agency much the same way the Joint Chiefs tried to limit the damage to the military during democratic administrations prior to placing chicken$h!t weasels like "My Favorite Martian" Dempsey in command.

I would like to believe that, but it appears to me that Mueller sold his soul for personal advancement. Allowing the mooslim bruthahood operatives into our security apparatus will haunt us for decades unless we take back control of this bloated, oppressive, assinine bureaucracy.

Remember Benghazi!
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Michelle Backmann edged into those waters, and got stung.
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See? See? This is exactly why we need a $2 billion NSA data warehouse in Utah housing a complete history of all of your communications! Cause if it had been completed and operational none of this would have happened!

It's all so obvious what needs to be done...focusing on "connecting the dots" based on info that is already known and using a little human logic - how's that gonna help??
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