Friday, June 28, 2013

What's That Term Again? BOHICA?

Feds: Internet influenced Boston bombing suspect
BOSTON (AP) — What Dzhokhar Tsarnaev needed to learn to make explosives with a pressure cooker was at his fingertips in jihadist files on the Internet, according to a federal indictment accusing him of carrying out the bombings at the Boston Marathon that killed three people and injured dozens more.
Investigators have been trying to determine whether Tsarnaev's older brother, Tamerlan, who was killed while the two were on the run after the bombings, was influenced or trained by Islamic militants during a trip overseas. But the indictment released Thursday against 19-year-old Dzhokhar makes no mention of any overseas influence.
Now, I'm certain that this could never be used to foment changes on how we visit websites or browse the internet, right? The government would never use a sensational but statistically unnoticeable event to bring about wide changes in our liberties, right? The ghost of Al Capone laughs at your naivete...

Again, though, what I really want to focus on, something that I feel has not gotten enough attention recently. The NSA, we have found out, has been getting detailed reports on every phone call made, every e-mail sent, every website we visit for the past, well, they'll only admit to the early 2000s (yes, George Bush's fault). With the Tsarnaev brothers, we have a multi-year trail of phone, e-mail, and even physical visits to areas known to harbor terroristsm and yet the NSA somehow missed evidence of the bombing?

Really?

The stated purpose for the spying was to stop terrorist attacks, right? They trotted out some tinfoil-wearing lunatics who were allegedly planning to assassinate the president with a ray gun (I wish I was making this up, I really do) as evidence of the NSA's success with this program. Really? That's how far they had to dig? White supremacists in upstate New York with a plan straight out of Mad Magazine's "Spy Vs. Spy"?

And yet, when two Russian immigrants were downloading bomb information after making trips to war-torn Chechnya, they just happened to miss that signs. Despite the Russians saying, "Hey, you really ought to be watching this group". Tell me again how serious we are about guarding against terrorism and why our government needs to spy on us for our own good. Go ahead. Try it.

And when you're done with that, I've got the lease papers on that bridge in New York City...

That is all.

4 comments:

Dave H said...

Da Fedz probably thought Russia's suggestion was just to get them to harrass some Chechen rebels, so they ignored it.

And you be nice when you talk about Spy vs. Spy. That's a classic. Comparing it to that nonsense in Albany is a low blow.

Personally I think that assassination plot was a con game. Those engineers were shopping their plan around to various ethnic and political groups trying to get funding to build a working model, which I don't think would ever have worked. I'm highly skeptical that you can get enough power from a car lighter socket to do that kind of damage. X-rays disperse quickly with distance, so you're not going to park outside and deliver a lethal does thorugh the wall of a house.

Old NFO said...

Yeah, that whole interagency 'cooperation' thingie...
Not so much...

notDilbert said...

"...The NSA, we have found out, has been getting detailed reports on every phone call made, every e-mail sent, every website we visit .... "


Yeah-- good luck with that. More than 10 years ago, I was asked by HR to provide a print out of all the web sites visited by the employees of a 50 person firm durring work hours for a single week week. They were stunned to see the list -- 1,500 single spaced pages -- one line = 1 website opened )

The NSA must be swimming in "hadoop"s of data .....so the chances of them actually finding the needle in the haystack the size of Montana.......

ScribblersDad said...

No, no, Jay. Remember - the Obama admin SPECIFICALLY prohibited eavesdropping on mosques. No, really. Because that would be, like profiling. Which is somehow, according to liberals, all sorts of bad. Even though pretty much ALL the acts of terrorism in my lifetime have been committed by young muslim males who have been radicalized, usually at a mosque...