The Boston Massacre
|Rachel Ehrenfeld||April 26th 2013|
Economic Warfare Institute
Turns out the White House has already been hard at work â€œto Counter Online Radicalization to Violence in the United States.â€
A White House blog with the above title, dated February 15, 2013, stated that â€œViolent extremist groups â”€ like al-Qaâ€™ida and its affiliates and adherents, violent supremacist groups, and violent â€˜sovereign citizensâ€˜â€ are using the Internet â€œto propagate messages of violence and division.â€ The 1,055 word Blog never mentioned anything related to Islam, Muslims or Jihad. However, an ongoing study by the New America Foundation has found that since 2001 the majority (188) of 362 ideologically motivated violent attacks in the U.S. were committed by Islamists, often shouting â€œAllah Akbar.â€
To counter the use of the Internet by â€œviolent extremist groups â€¦ to disseminate propaganda, identify and groom potential recruits,â€ the White House declared just two months ago, â€œas a point to prevent online radicalization to violence in the homeland, the Federal Government initially will focus on raising awareness about the threat.â€
The Boston Marathon bombing by Islamists who, as we are told, have been radicalized through the Internet, calls for immediate action to stop jihadist websites from radicalizing Americans. But thus far, the administration has focused on Countering Violence Extremism abroad in countries the State Department considers most â€œat risk.â€ The program works with the Departmentâ€™s Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications to provide web materials targeted at vulnerable youth that argue against violence and promote â€œbetter waysâ€ among those who are attracted to terrorism.
The sharp increase in Islamist radicalization and anti-American sentiments in countries â€œat risk,â€ as well as in the U.S., as alarmingly witnessed in Boston, shows that the U.S. attempts to compete with, not counter, jihadist websites, have failed. Living in the U.S. on government subsidies (welfare) and stipends, and being offered freedomâ€“unlike in any of the countries â€œat riskâ€â€“did nothing to change the Tsarnaev brothersâ€™ thinking or course of action. This, in turn, is used by the willfully blind and deaf to argue that this was â€œa lone wolf incident.â€
The investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing is already moving in a disturbing direction. Given his Miranda warning, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev clamed up and the investigators were stopped in their tracks. Many doubted that the administration would interfere with or obscure the investigation. However, Vice President Joe Bidenâ€™s speech at Wednesdayâ€™s memorial service for Sean Collier, a campus police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology murdered by the Tsarnaevs, unveiled the administrationsâ€™ direction.
Biden bemoaned the fact that the jihadist murderers wereâ€two twisted, perverted, cowardly, knockoff jihadis [?!] (added emphasis) Imagine, the killing several people, injuring, maiming and traumatizing hundreds, shutting down a city at the cost of more than $1 billion a day was committed by two jihadi impersonators who happened to be Muslims. Clearly Biden, does not consider them â€œthe real thing!â€
The little known thus far about the government failure to monitor and stop the â€œknockoffâ€ Tsarnaevs should initiate immediate Congressional investigations not only into the administrationâ€™s failure to prevent the Boston Marathon bombing; more importantly, Congress should look into the governmentâ€™s readiness to monitor and stop the next terror attack by â€œrealâ€ jihadis.