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FBI director admits that the bureau has gone soft on Islamic jihad terror

As I have been pointing out for several years now. “The PC-ification Of The FBI,” from Investor’s Business Daily, July 17 (thanks to Anne Crockett):

Homeland Insecurity: If there’s any doubt the FBI’s gone soft on Islamic terror and may be overlooking more Boston-style plots, witness the bureau chief’s recent Hill testimony.In a testy exchange with Republican lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee, FBI Director Robert Mueller reluctantly acknowledged FBI counterterrorism training materials have been purged of references to “jihad” and “Islam” and that counterterrorism agents have been restricted from doing undercover investigations at mosques.

These outrageous policies likely contributed to the FBI missing signs of radicalization in the Muslim community — including that of the Tsarnaev brothers in Boston. The marathon bombers operated in plain sight of the FBI before killing three and wounding 260.

During the hearing, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, blasted Mueller for concluding his agency had done an “excellent” and “thorough job” protecting the public and for saying he didn’t know what more could have been done to disrupt the marathon bombing plot.

Gohmert also read aloud from IBD’s recent editorial on the subject, “Obama’s Snooping Excludes Mosques, Missed Boston Bombers.”

Mueller confirmed that instead of investigating the militant Boston mosque where the bomber brothers were radicalized, the FBI partnered with it for political “outreach.”

Asked if he was aware the mosque was co-founded by a convicted terrorist cited by the Treasury Department as an al-Qaida fundraiser, Mueller sheepishly replied, “I was not.”

The same mosque also has graduated several other convicted terrorists. The FBI helped put all these terrorists behind bars, yet didn’t tie them back to the mosque. If the bureau had, it would have seen something rotten with the leadership there.

FBI documents recently released from the 9/11 investigation of al-Qaida cleric Anwar Awlaki reveal he was a close associate of the current lead imam of that same Boston mosque. Yet agents still reached out to the imam as a trusted “partner.”

The FBI, moreover, had the Tsarnaev brothers on its anti-terrorist radar — thanks only to a tip from Russian intelligence — yet didn’t track them back to the mosque or monitor their behavior at that mosque.

Even with the brothers’ photos and case files in the FBI database, the bureau had to appeal to the American people to ID the evil jihadists on national TV.

It’s a sorry — and scary — state of affairs when the director of the FBI and his field agents know less than the public about major threats from Islamic fanatics living among us.

Check out the status of Anti-Sharia Bills introduced nationwide

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Contact your representatives and tell them why they should support anti-sharia legislation as well as why terror-linked CAIR is fighting to kill these bills.

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Bans on court use of sharia/international law: AL threatens to refuse full faith and credit to court decisions of other states; new OK bill avoids using word “sharia”

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March 29th, 2013 by Bill Raftery Gavel to Gavel

As I noted in last month’s update, this year’s batch of bans of sharia/international law use by state courts looks very different than those of the past several years. After criticism that a) past versions would effectively cripple businesses who have to sign international contracts and b) that bans on references to the law and court decisions of other nations would make the judicial determinations of tribal courts in the U.S. enforceable, most such bills have been completely rewritten.

  • Alabama’s newest versions (SB 4 and SB 44) are new and unique; beyond banning just that state’s courts from using international law they also purport to ban the use in other state courts. SB 4, as approved by the Senate last week, reads in operative part:

Where the public acts, records, or judicial proceedings of another state violate the public policy of the State of Alabama, the State of Alabama shall not give full faith and credit thereto

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The bill elsewhere defines the “public policy” of the state to exclude use of international law.

  • Oklahoma, whose original version used the word “sharia” and was struck down by the federal courts for that reason, has come up with a new version that amends existing statutes (the original version amended the state’s constitution) and avoids using the word “sharia”.

  • Also tellingly is the concern businesses have had over such bans in the past. Texas’ latest version, although limited to banning use of international or foreign law in family court proceedings, has nevertheless been forwarded to the Senate Business & CommerceCommittee.

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List of bills:

Bill
Does not affect right to contract freely/contract provisions
Does not apply to corporations
Does not apply to tribal court decisions
Does not apply to ecclesiastical matters/religious orgs
Other items
Status
X
X
Full faith and credit with other states suspended if they use international law
Approved by full Senate 3/20/13.
X
X
Full faith and credit with other states suspended if they use international law
In Senate Judiciary Committee.
X
X
X
In House Judiciary Committee.
X
X
X
X
Limited to Family law. Does not apply to use of English common law.
Approved by House Judiciary Committee 2/21/13.
X
X
X
X
Limited to Family law. Does not apply to use of English common law.
Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee 3/6/13. Approved by House Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee 3/21/13. In House Children, Families, and Elder Affairs Committee.
X
In Senate Rules Committee.
X
Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee 2/21/12. Approved by full Senate 2/26/13. In House Judiciary Committee.
X
X
X
X
In House Judiciary Committee.
X
X
In House Judiciary Committee.
X
Specifically uses word “sharia” Died in House Judiciary A Committee.
X
X
X
Died in House Judiciary A Committee.
X
Died in House Judiciary A Committee.
X
X
Died in Senate Judiciary A Committee.
X
X
X
In House Judiciary Committee.
X
X
Approved by Senate General Laws Committee 3/27/13.
X
X
X
X
Approved by full House 3/6/13. Approved by Senate Judicairy Committee 3/26/13.
X
In House States’ Rights Committee.
X
X
In House Rules Committee.
X
X
X
In House Rules Committee.
X
X
In Senate Judiciary Committee.
X
X
X
X
Approved by full Senate 3/13/13. In House Judiciary Committee.
Approved by full Senate 2/25/13. In House Judiciary Committee.
X
In Senate Judiciary Committee.
X
In Senate Judiciary Committee.
In House Judiciary Committee.
X
X
Limited to family law (divorce, marriage, parent-child relationship)
In House Judiciary Committee.
In House State Affairs Committee.
X
X
Limited to family law (divorce, marriage, parent-child relationship)
In Senate State Affairs Committee.
X
In Senate State Affairs Committee.
X
X
Limited to family law (divorce, marriage, parent-child relationship)
In Senate Business & Commerce Committee.
Limited to Domestic Relations (marriage, divorce, custody, visitation, support, adoption)
Withdrawn at sponsor’s request.
X
X
In House Judiciary Committee.
X
X
In House Judiciary Committee.
Does not apply to use of English common law, if enacted
Killed by full House 1/24/13.
Does not apply to use of English common law, if enacted
Died in House Judiciary Committee.

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