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January 22, 2014 - 12:43 pm

A Massachusetts Democrat in Sochi said that Russian police have undertaken “extraordinary” efforts to find would-be terrorists in the region of the Olympic Games because they “do not have the constraints of human rights and civil rights that we have in the United States.”

Rep. Bill Keating (D-Mass.), a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, said he was witnessing “the greatest security effort ever implemented in the Olympics.”

“There’s 100,000 estimated law enforcement agents here, 40,000 police officers, 30,000 active military people,” Keating told CNN. “…There’s what President Putin calls his ring of steel, which is a concentric area of concentration, making access here without proper credentials and background checks nearly impossible.”

“Despite all of the complicated differences with Russia and the U.S. right now, everyone hopes for a safe and secure Olympics. Everyone hopes that this could be another avenue or window for the U.S. aside from the Boston Marathon bombing, where we can show some cooperation and information sharing, and where we can move forward,” he added.

Keating said he wasn’t confident that Russia had tracked down any of the “black widow” terrorists who had been married to Chechen or Dagestani terrorists and are feared to have infiltrated the security zone.

“But I’m must tell you, we’ve learned since we’ve been here how extraordinary the efforts have been. They have literally — the Russians have gone in a way they could never do in the U.S., house to house through this area, knocking on doors and removing people that they think could be a problem,” Keating said. “So they also do not have the constraints of human rights and civil rights that we have in the United States when they are doing these things.”

In the coming weeks, the Homeland Security Committee is expected to release a report on the Boston Marathon bombing and the Tsarnaev brothers’ link to terrorists in Dagestan.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev “met with insurgents” on his trip to the region, Keating confirmed.

“He met with – at some length – he met with one person who was called a presenter or a recruiter, Mahmoud Nidel,” he said. “…And I think we also know that he was having trouble passing the muster to be accepted by these people. So he went back home, and when he went back home, there were red flags that were missed by our government.”

“We will explore not only the good practices but also looking at lapses and trying to move forward to see where we can improve. And I think the inability to share information, not only country to country but within our own domestic law enforcement unit, I think present the real security risks.”

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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It is ludicrous for a politico from an American State that last Spring sent twenty thousand heavily armed Fed troops into Boston during a terrorist incident and ordered everyone in the city to stay shut up in their homes or face dire consequences who now stands up to criticize the Russian government for using too much police state power. The Americans are now run by a vicious dictatorship which allows no variation from State doctrine. Cuomo of New York has just declared that people who do not bow down to his political and moral values should be driven from the State. So ridiculous for American politicians to condemn any other government anywhere in the world. America has become the new Soviet Union of the twenty first century.
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“So they also do not have the constraints of human rights and civil rights that we have in the United States when they are doing these things.”

He says that like it's a good thing.
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"...red flags that were missed by our government” - such as being alerted to the bomber by the Russians, like telephone calls to Dagestan, like having a pro-Islamist internet presence. NSA, FBI, HLS, and the CIA seem to have "missed" the warning signs. Were they incompetent or were they ordered to lay off Muslims with terrorist ties? I bet both.
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It is ludicrous for a politico from an American State that last Spring sent twenty thousand heavily armed Fed troops into Boston during a terrorist incident and ordered everyone in the city to stay shut up in their homes or face dire consequences who now stands up to criticize the Russian government for using too much police state power. The Americans are now run by a vicious dictatorship which allows no variation from State doctrine. Cuomo of New York has just declared that people who do not bow down to his political and moral values should be driven from the State. So ridiculous for American politicians to condemn any other government anywhere in the world. America has become the new Soviet Union of the twenty first century.
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“So they also do not have the constraints of human rights and civil rights that we have in the United States when they are doing these things.”

He says that like it's a good thing.
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That's how I read it too.
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Creating a full on police state to usurp all our Liberties IS the goal.
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