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What About Holding People Responsible?

You could be excused for being a terrorist mastermind in Grozny – the capital of Chechnya – and sleeping rather soundly tonight.

Glaringly omitted from President Obama’s remarks Friday evening after the capture of the second terrorist was any mention of bringing justice to those who planned and supported this, and combating whatever group is responsible.

Here’s what we got instead:

We will determine what happened. We will investigate any associations that these terrorists may have had. And we’ll continue to do whatever we have to do to keep our people safe.

Oh, jolly, there will be an INVESTIGATION.

Look, I get that there’s a possibility that these two cooked this thing up between bong hits in their parents’ attic.

But one of them just spend six months in Russia, and the Russian government suspected him of having ties to terrorists. Our leader could have at least said that IF there are those overseas who are responsible, we will make corpses out of them too.

There is something about this president that seems to not want to accept that there is a systemic problem here: Islamism and its vicious foot soldiers – most prominently, al Qaeda – who want to do away with our freedom.

What’s more, the problem seems to be expanding in that those overseas are succeeding in convincing American citizens and residents to act against their own country.

Obama seemed to reference this when he noted that we need to answer the question, “why did young men who grew up and studied here, as part of our communities and our country, resort to such violence?” But you almost get the sense he thinks they may have needed better early childhood education and healthier school lunches.

And Obama needs to understand that this conspiracy of hatred got through our defenses this time, as did those who planned and attacked our consulate in Benghazi seven months ago.

Whatever they thought they could ultimately achieve, they’ve already failed.  They failed because the people of Boston refused to be intimidated.  They failed because, as Americans, we refused to be terrorized.

Well, actually, they succeeded. They killed four people and ruined the lives of many others.

No one believes more strongly than I do in the American spirit. But Obama seems to be minimizing in his own head the danger we face and failing to grasp the WAR on terrorism in which we are engaged. Or supposed to be engaged.

And that’s why we take care not to rush to judgment — not about the motivations of these individuals; certainly not about entire groups of people.

After all, one of the things that makes America the greatest nation on Earth, but also, one of the things that makes Boston such a great city, is that we welcome people from all around the world — people of every faith, every ethnicity, from every corner of the globe.  So as we continue to learn more about why and how this tragedy happened, let’s make sure that we sustain that spirit.

Okay, I agree. This must not be about assailing the Muslim religion, it’s about finding extremists within it. But if such thinking means that the FBI must decide out of fairness it needs to send one agent to monitor the local Quaker meeting house for every agent it sends to the downtown mosque, then he’s got it all wrong.

After the attacks on Monday, I directed the full resources of the federal government to be made available to help state and local authorities in the investigation and to increase security as needed.  Over the past week, close coordination among federal, state, and local officials — sharing information, moving swiftly to track down leads — has been critical to this effort.

Well, while you’re patting yourself on the back, where’s your statement about getting to the bottom of why this attack slipped through the cracks of our counterterrorism firewall?

Our enemies are finding out that terrorist attacks against the United States and its interests are doable. We need to figure out why this is so and make sure we confront our enemies, not just put Dzhokar Tsarnaev on trial as if this were a criminal matter.

104 Responses to What About Holding People Responsible?

  1. They always come up with this rush to judgment thing. Like we are being accused. I don’t know anyone who thinks all Muslims are heartless murderers. I have several Muslim friends. Response crimes against Muslims are relatively rare. But, Mr President, we as Americans are detecting a mindset in some Muslims, esp from abroad. So let’s be realistic.

    • And PS—I do think the older brother may have had some training in Russia…who paid for that…what person, what group, did they have cohorts in the US? Maybe the president can ask Putin to check this out the next time he gets him on the horn. Also I am disgusted that no one in the family of these two–including the uncle who was quick to call them losers–dropped a dime. I know it’s hard to turn in a family member–but the Unabom’s brother did it. If you want to be in the “US family,” that carries some obligations.

    • Star, don’t forget that there WAS a rush to judgment on the parts of Obama, his henchmen, and the liberal media. Remember? It was probably an act of terror by the ‘right’ on tax day.

    • I think all koranimals are heartless murderers. If they are not actually committing the heinous crimes that the pisslamics are known for, they are supporting it.
      You do NOT have any koranimal friends.

      And I think it is way past time that the response they are always whining about really happens. There should be mosques burning all over this country this week end. And deport every last one of them and quit letting them in. Seal the borders with sharpshooters, they will quit coming. Those traitors and their amnesty BS, didn’t we use to kill traitors?

  2. A huge riff in Obama’s speech was tolerance for the Muslims. Not that I’m advocating the opposite, but it was an apathetic performance when it came to protecting the American people though. It’s as if these past five days of terror have thrown a monkey wrench into his grand, above-it-all Nobel pose It all comes down to protecting his image.

    • Obama is all against “rush to judgment” or branding an entire group as evil, unless he’s covering for one of his peeps (Skip Gates) or demonizing what was once called the loyal opposition (NRA, the rich, the GOP).

      He’s got lots of tolerance for people who might plot to destroy Americans, but for those who disagree with him on principle, then he’s all about a gun to a knife fight, get in their faces, revenge, and “punish your enemies”.

      Shouldn’t “punish our enemies” also apply to those who would “vote” against us with lethal force?

    • Why is it he doesn’t want us to rush to judgement only for a select few that he happens to like ? He should be consistent with his kumbahyah and include the center/right of “his” country too.

      It’s the Texas tea party organizing relief efforts for the blast victims, hard to find that story anywhere :(

  3. I think he takes this “don’t rush to judgement” tack because of CAIR, and the Muslim Brotherhood individuals that are in his administration.

    • ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization)

      January. 2013

      Saudi Arabian nationals will experience better chances of traveling to America and getting their American visa. This is as a result of US President Barack Obama having lifted most of the restrictions of Saudis entering the country.

      According to Joseph Hood, US Consul General in the city of Dhahran, the United States is currently aiming at increasing the number of United States of America visa approvals on an annual basis. This vision now extends to Saudi nationals as it recognizes them to be an important group.

  4. Bravo, Keith!! Everyone should read this.
    Someone needs to answer the question of how did these 2 support themselves. Did either one of them work? Parents don’t seem to have any money. Who paid for Big brother to fly to Russia and spend 6 months there. Who paid for his wife and kid. Who was paying for them to go to college?(we the tax payer? Another issue)
    Their mechanic said they had “tastes for expensive cars”. With what money. How the 19 year old,get a Mercedes?
    Maybe they were just crazy kids,but something called radical Islam drove them and possably funded them. We need to know. That is not jumping to conclusions.

    • I heard (from Howie Carr I think) that when you receive political asylum status as this family did, you get welfare immediately. No standing in line, go to the head of the line right away.

    • The mother was convicted of shoplifting $1600 worth of merchandise from Lord and Taylor. (Ironically, the camera that picked up the grainy photos of her sons was from Lord and Taylor).

      Why wasn’t she deported? Isn’t shoplifting a felony?

      • I think she is back in Russia–whether she was deported or not, I don’t know. I finally got around to the WSJ this AM, and there was a sort of sob story about how their immigrant life “unraveled”–they couldn’t find a job, they didn’t understand Americans, etc. Well, I do a daily site on the economy–and I get mail–and believe me, plenty of people cannot find a job and their life is unraveling or has unraveled and they aren’t jetting around or blowing things up! I am impatient with attempts to “explain” these actions.


      • Apparently the FBI had Big Brother in their sights for the last 5 years! Why was he allowed to visit Dagestan last year? Why didn’t that trip raise a red flag to someone, anyone in the FBI? Heads should roll over this, but with Barry as president, likely nothing will be done. “What difference does it make”, after all?

  5. Keith, your comments are very reasoned, as usual. The exceptions to that are comments we hear frequently from “open-minded” people who condemn the “Jews” because of what they have heard from ignorant people about the alleged behavior of a few Jews. The Catholic Church is wholly condemned because of the behavior of a few aberrant priests. Blacks, rednecks, Italians, Poles, et al, are roundly characterized and subjected to derisive condescension and disdain, but despite the antics of CAIR, Hamas, Fatah, if it still exists, al-Qaeda, the Taliban, etc., and 1700 years replete with attempts to conquer others and convert them by force and kill or enforce onerous pecuniary measures against those who refuse to convert, only individual transgressors get any blame.
    Maybe there is hope for people who are not of the faith that they may enjoy the same judgement as individuals, as long as they can avoid the scimitar.

    • YES YES YES!! When we have loony ministers trying to protest at millitary funerals, who are the first ones to speak up? Other Christians, that’s who. Where are all the good moderate muslims to protest this individual? We NEVER hear from them. If they are not going to weed out the bad seeds than it’s OUR job to do that for them.

  6. Keith, I forgot. I checked my old dictionary. Grozny is an adjective which means threatening or formidable. Ivan The Terrible was known as Ioanni Grozny in the old language. Suitable name for the capitol of a country which the contemporary history we have seen.

    • I once wrote a screenplay that touched on that whole region and the fighting and tortures are horrendous…I heard an “expert” say it’s some of the most brutal ever. But that is only an interesting sidebar–it does not explain or excuse the behavior of these men.

      • If this were a book written by Tom Clancy, the people in Chechnya behind these bastards would be silently killed by John Clark just as the syringe filled the lethal mixture is inserted into Tsarnaev’s IV.

    • Federal terrorism charges against Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev could be filed soon, even as he remains hospitalized, a Justice Department official told CNN on Saturday. The 19-year-old could also face murder charges at the state level.


      For now, the government is invoking the public safety exception, a designation that allows investigators to question Tsarnaev without reading him his Miranda rights, a Justice Department official told CNN on condition of anonymity.


      “The police have said there’s no public safety issue; it’s solved, it’s over,” Dershowitz said. “There are no further threats. But the FBI is saying there’s enough further threats to justify an exception.”

      Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said the federal government may have known about international threats about which state officials were not aware.


  7. The older brother went lo Russia. The older brother was on the FBI’s watch list.

    This is not a new problem really. We have had sleeper cells, moles etc. forever. But now they don’t want to merely take us over,subvert us and steal secrets, they want to kill us in our own country. It’s what we are doing and will do to get them before they get us.

    And I do not have confidence in an administration that provides American rights and civil liberties and civil trials to known foreign terrorists, let alone domestic terrorists. We need the political will to combat radical islamists extremists committed to jihad who are radicalizing our citizens and others. And we need to call them what they are. The peaceful Muslim community has to be part of the solution or they will become perhaps unjustly part of the problem. They cannot sit on the sidelines.

    In America there should never have to be a choice between your religion/faith or your country.

      • Dunno. Wouldn’t be surprised. If we looked closely I suspect we would see a lot of stuff we don’t like. We are a big country. Liberty requires vigilance and voice.

        • I did a little checking. There is one in New York, Islamberg.

          IIRC, there’s also one near Dover, Tennessee, not too far from Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, and Nashville.

  8. The Left is more worried about the reputation of “diversity” than they are the safety and security of Americans. That includes The Won…. but everybody with half a brain in their head knows that he’s not keeping us safe.

    • Absolutely right, Annie.

      They forget that “diversity” is related to “divided” and “divisive.”

      A culture with “multi-culturalism” is a geographic terriority with potential civil wars.

      There is a difference between American subcultures, such a Cajuns, and imported cultures that come here to not assimilate and to change our way of life.

      • I don’t believe they have forgotten that diversity is related to divided and divisive. I believe both are exactly part of their Alinsky/Clowen-Pivard playbook. A house divided cannot stand. The left constantly provokes us to be divided and at war amongst ourselves. Their code word diversity is their call to war because they want crisis after crisis to advance their end goal of stripping away all rights and freedom to usher in their hellish utopia.

  9. I don’t want a rush to justice. I want the government to take extreme care as they build the case against him. I want the government to follow due process to the letter. I want this cretin to be afforded all constitutional protections to which he is entitled. I want the appellate court to have no reason to over-turn his conviction lest he not get the justice due to him.

  10. I saved this story about how the FCMABBHO Administration has dealt with those convicted of funding terrorism.

    It is stunningly myopic that Judge John Keenan sided with defense attorneys Philippe Solages and Gino Giorgini who argued for zero jail time on the flimsy grounds that Long Island hawala dealer Mohammad Younis (not to be confused with international microcredit advocate and suspected embezzler Muhammad Yunus) supposedly “cooperated” with law enforcement.

    But the more scandalous head-scratcher is why federal prosecutors, including the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara and Asst. Attorney John Cronan, only pushed for a six month sentence on two charges that each carried up to a five-year sentence. Mr. Bharara made the news in 2010 for dissolving a successful counterterror section of his office and merging it with a narcotics office. The non-sentence within the framework of a deal backed by prosecutors would appear to be another Bharara failure to understand that funding terrorism against civilians is no ordinary crime.

    The 9/11 Commission identified hawala as a funding method for Al Qaeda leading up to the attacks on the Twin Towers and Pentagon. But unwilling to ban hawala or even to tax hawala transactions, public policy makers have been at a loss for how to tighten the screws on hawala.

    And here came a case sitting on a silver platter. Mohammad Younis received $12,000 from his brother, a fellow hawaladar in Pakistan, and gave $7,000 of it to Shahzad and $5,000 to somebody else. According to Bharara, “Shahzad noted that the cash he received from Younis facilitated the attempt.” The payment, again according to Bharara and Shahzad himself, was arranged by Tehrik-e-Taliban (the Pakistani Taliban). So here in the middle of a Taliban-funded terror attack was an unlicensed hawala dealer.

    This case presented a fast ball right down the middle for prosecutors: a clear-cut incident of an unlicensed hawala dealer accepting Taliban money and giving it to a jihadist for an attempted terrorist attack on the U.S. It was a golden opportunity for federal prosecutors and New York law enforcement to knock it out of the park, and demonstrate the full force of American law. They could have used the case to set the example to Muslim hawaladars operating throughout the U.S. that they will be prosecuted fully. But the prosecutors foolishly blinked.


    Younis will have to pay a $2,000 fine and forfeit $12,000. By comparison, a Jewish rabbi in New York convicted on unlicensed money exchange charges earlier this year (in a case that involved zero allegations of funding terrorism) was fined $36,740 and had to forfeit $367,500. Younis, whose work funded an actual terrorist attempt, will pay only about 3 percent of what Rabbi Kassin was forced to pay.


  11. We need to cut the guy some slack, Keith. He stopped short of holding the NRA, Republicans and Tea Party responsible for the shootings in Newtown and Tucson. He blamed Benghazi on an obscure filmmaker. He blamed the killing of Treyvon on a racist security guard. He blamed Ft. Hood on workplace violence.

    We can’t expect miracles from our first anti-American Muslim sympathizer/appeaser President! He reluctantly took out the bedraggled, senile recluse, OBL…and declared that Al Qaeda is on the run. What more can we expect?

    Meanwhile, an immigration bill is looming over us that will open the floodgates to every radical extremist refugee from Afghanistan to Zaire via ‘family reunification’. No doubt, Obama’s dour demeanor during last night’s statement from the WH reflects his concern that the actions of the Chechan brothers will put a damper on his diabolical scheme to destroy America. Sunlight is the greatest disinfectant. We have Obama on the run now, we must hold him resposible! Kill the immigration bill before it kills us!

    (Ironically, the AP Stylebook dropped the name “Islamist’ when referring to radical, militant, extremists – just days before the terrorist attack in Boston and just two days after dropping the term ‘Illegal Immigrant”.)

  12. Enemy combatant works for me. It was an act of terror against the country. People died. It might be a deterrent to future terrorists, domestic and foreign who are inspired by these guys. I am so over trying terrorists in court with full rights. Actions have consequences.

    • Can a citizen be charged as an enemy combatant if he commits terrorism on our soil? I thought that kind of charge applied to terrorists in foreign lands.

      • I think the enemy combatant issue might be up for debate. But for now “Government investigators have invoked the public safety exception, allowing them to question Tsarnaev before advising him of his Miranda rights, a Justice Department official says. Usually, suspects are told they have the right to remain silent and to have an attorney present during questioning.”

        Read more:

        In my opinion, largely because of the way the Obama administration has afforded full rights to terrorists, our intelligence gathering efforts to stem the tide and keep our country safe by gathering up as many of the cohorts as possible is severely hampered.

        I am no legal scholar but if we can’t try treat him as an enemy combatant treason works for me.

  13. It’s way too soon to sort out everything that happened since Monday, and some of the events are disconcerting at the least.

    Why did VladimirPutin offer his “condolences” to PresObama? Somehow, it doesn’t seem plausible that the Russians give a hoo-ha that someone set off a bomb at a sporting event that killed “only” three citizens. We know he didn’t call after the FtHood massacre, or even the carnage in Bengazi.

    Of all the people carrying backpacks or bags, how did the FBI know to zero in on the two brothers? They provided us with fuzzy photos and jumpy video as if we aren’t aware of the super-duper forensic magic they perform at their labs. I daresay they already had information that led them to the terrorists, but wanted the public aware so that the brothers couldn’t run.

    The lockdown of Watertown was impressive. The sight of hundreds of uniformed law enforcement carrying real assault weapons, and driving their bomb-proof military sytle vehicles down the tree-lined streets of suburbia was more than impressive, it was a chilling reminder that we no longer control our government agencies who act as they see fit.

    • Interesting that you say that. The scenes reminded me of the riots in DC in 1968–with Army Jeeps in the streets of DC on every corner…That was creepy, too.

      • This does remind me of the turmoil and bombings of the 60s and 70s. Who knew the spoiled rich kids turned communist terrorists of those days would wind up as pillars of their communities and educators of our children. One of them even launched the political career of the current president in his home. Scary to realize those same people control the reins of power in this country.

  14. “why did young men who grew up and studied here, as part of our communities and our country, resort to such violence?”

    When people know there will be little to no negative consequences to their actions, they will do whatever they want to achieve their goals.
    Our country is so hogtied by political correctness and lack of consequences, and pity for terrorists to the point where we will not even investigate something like Benghazi. We are more concerned with the comforts and rights and feelings of those such as Hasan, the Blind Sheik. and the terrorists who are imprisoned at Gitmo. We allow our country to be dictated to by the leftist media who have convinced at least half of America that we are a racist, hateful, war mongering, piss poor excuse of a country.
    My belief is when you do something as heinous as the Boston Marathon bombers, the killing of soldiers and civilians at Ft. Hood, the bombing of the twin towers in 1993 and 2001, the horrors perpetrated by the likes of Kermit Gosnell and his vicious band of “helpers,” you lose your rights, period. If you can’t act like a human being, you do not deserve to be treated like one. You should be kicked to the curb, like the trash that you are.
    Unfortunately, our public forums and our government has been infiltrated by sorry-assed, weak minded, politically correct schmucks who are controlling the thoughts of a lot of America.

  15. No one has held the Chief Mourner responsible for his stewardship of the American economy so far so…..I guess this is the New Normal.

  16. Excellent article, Keith. I’m kind of curious why nothing much is being said about the three people who were arrested in New Beford, MA yesterday. The youngest terrorist is thought to have close ties with the two men from Kazakhstan, and tweeted a picture of their BMW with the “Terrorista #1” license plate from his Twitter account. Intriguing story about two Russian speaking men, claiming to be reporters for the Boston Globe, who entered their apartment after the FBI left the scene.

    • This sort of ties in with the story from the bomber’s mechanic. Saw him interviewed on CNN yesterday. He said that the younger brother appeared in his shop (across the street from the bomber’s apt.) the day after the bombing and said he needed to get his girlfriend’s car (a Mercedes station wagon) right away, even though it hadn’t been fixed yet., He was nervous – biting his nails. He was wearing a pair of $900 shoes.

      The mechanic said the brothers lived in Turkey for a time, and all of their friends appeared to be Turkish.

      The ‘Terrorista – 1 ‘ license plate sounds like something out of Borat, one of the younger brother’s faves. Could the bombing be something as crazy as ‘life imitating art’?

    • There are ramifications to this story I hope will be blown wide open. The money is one. There seem to be two sources here. One is the US taxpayer paying for welfare (including free college?). This, btw, while our own students have to go into debt for the rest of their lives in order to go to college. You wonder who is responsible for all of these student visas. Is it a State Dept. racket? “You give my son student visa, I pay good money.”

      The other is that, in addition to what I see as student visa/political asylum hanky-panky, I don’t see the system providing these two with enough money for the life style they have been leading so it had to come from another source. Nice apartment, expensive cars (even if they are rentals), $900
      shoes, computer expenses, sports expenses. Where did that money come from?

  17. Regarding the president’s comment that one of the things that makes Boston great is it welcomes people from around the world.

    Why did he ignore that fact that one of the things that makes us and Boston in particular great is: the princples embodies in our Constitution and our committment to the Bill of Rights.

    Why did he ignore the fact that the failure of our schools to teach those princples and rights, and their greatness and righteousness, contributes to the lack of common civic bonds. Why did he ignore the .fact that his dividing the citizenzry into discrete pockets of ethnic gorups contributes to the lack of common civic bonds. Why did he ignore the fact that the lack of common civic bonds enables people to become terrorists?

    • Well said, mo1. When he referred to himself as a ‘citizen of the world’ in 2008, he should have been dis-qualified to run as President of the United States.

  18. What I find interesting and disheartening is that evidentially the FBI interviewed the older brother at the request of the Russians back in 2009 and “cleared” him of terrorist ties–even though he later on left the country and traveled to Chechnya. Therefore, they have to have a file on him. Why did it take the great minds at the Bureau with all that wonderful technology at their fingertips so long to reach the obvious matchup? Where were they and the DHS?? Asleep at the switch?

  19. Obama is insisting on declaring himself both defense and prosecuting attorney as well as judge, jury, & executioner.

    The United states government or any of its representatives will not decide my thoughts, opinions,, reactions or feelings on ANY subject.
    Subjugation of its subjects is the byword of tyrannical and oppressed countries.

  20. “This must not be about assailing the Muslim religion, it’s about finding extremists within it.”
    — Is there another religion in which “extremist” can be read as “likely to cause or promote violence”? Another religion whose adherents become more dangerous as they become more devout? Another religion whose houses of “worship” have a substantial likelihood of being places where individuals learn to become virulently hateful toward other human beings?

    No, there isn’t. The problem is not just “extremism,” a qualifier of degree that’s meaningless without the term it qualifies. Extremely what? Extremely (i.e. very much) Islamic. More Islam = more problems for everyone else, and for “moderate” Muslims too.

    Those who directly engage in violent jihad are not the only problem, nor even those who encourage or condone violent jihad. They are just part of a continuum that also includes people who employ less violent — but sometimes more effective — ways of imposing Islamic rules on non-Muslims. One reason why seemingly nonviolent Islamic demands and lawsuits are so effective is that behind them lies a long, appalling history of Islamic violence.

    Western countries have invited in hoards of Muslims who at first seemed grateful for their new freedom and opportunity. But the second generation has, on average, been much less grateful, and some first-generation immigrants also become disillusioned, and they follow the old Islamic tradition of ascribing every imperfection of their lives to an insufficiency of Islamic strictness in society. And they set about trying to make everyone submit to Islam.

    The evidence is clear: as the proportion of Muslims increases in any society, trouble grows for everyone else. And it doesn’t take a very large percentage of Muslims to become troublesome for others.

    It’s unfortunate if nice people who just happened to be born Muslim (and face a death penalty of they wish to leave the faith) are thus viewed with a measure of wariness. But that wariness isn’t proof of bigotry. It rests on a clear-eyed view of what Islam teaches and what it has done to human culture over the centuries. Islam itself is a massive problem for humanity.

  21. “There is something about this president that seems to not want to accept that there is a systemic problem here: Islamism and its vicious foot soldiers – most prominently, al Qaeda – who want to do away with our freedom.”

    Hmmm…let’s see. Wonder what that could be? Perhaps because he was educated for a while in an Islamic school in Indonesia? Naw, couldn’t be that.

    Maybe it’s because he turned NASA into a Muslim outreach. No, not that.

    How about when he said the the Muslim call to prayer was one of the prettiest sounds in the world? No, couldn’t possibly be that.

    I give up, Keith. I’m stumped.

  22. How is it that one refugee can file papers to bring all blood relatives here? Auntie got in (the one who is a lawyer in her own country and thinks this is all a set up like in Chen), and brought Bro and bro brought kids that grew up to be less than grateful for refuge.

    And if its’ safe enough for Daddy Bro to be in Chetnya right now because he felt nostalgic and wanted to visit, why can’t the whole family lose their refugee status and be returned to their homeland?

    Why is it that once a refuge, live forever in the U.S. and bring in every relative for whom you can file papers.

    Remember the African refugees who brought over tons of fake relatives — proven by DNA analysis — and we were told it was an African custom that greatly enlarged who could be considered family.

    American are CHUMPS to let this continue.

  23. Isn’t part of the problem the fact we do let people from around the globe into this country legally?

    Does it make sense that the two brothers coming from a known origin of long term terror were given asylum while ICE has ordered a Christian family from Germany who also entered legally and given asylum on the basis they were denied their parental right to homeschool their children and the were persecuted because of their religious beliefs, deported because they now say religious persecution isn’t a valid reason for asylum?

  24. Barry: “They failed because the people of Boston refused to be intimidated. They failed because, as Americans, we refused to be terrorized.”

    Keith: “Well, actually, they succeeded. They killed four people and ruined the lives of many others.”

    Me: So what is Barry’s threshold for “success?” Guess not enough casualties on this one…move along, nothing to see.