Over the last decade or so the NSA and other nondescript government agencies have spent billions of dollars monitoring every single piece of electronic traffic that they can get their eyes and ears on. We’ve written about it here at Eagle Rising (here, here, here and here – just for starters), and I won’t rehash the many arguments we’ve made against this kind of observation… only to say I am profoundly against the government’s monitoring of Americans without warrants or even just cause.
In recent days we are learning that all of that spying on American citizens that is supposed to be helping in the war on terror… isn’t. None of these domestic spying programs that are horrendous infringements upon our rights as Americans have helped in the War on Terror.
Recently more evidence of that fact played out as a radical Islamic terrorist travelled freely between the Middle East and the USA. Moner Mohammad Abusalha is the first American known to have carried out a suicide attack in Syria when he blew himself up in a restaurant that was popular with Syrian soldiers.
His death May 25 was accompanied by the release of a menacing video. “You think you are safe where you are in America,” he said, threatening his own country and a half-dozen others. “You are not safe.”
Moner Mohammad Abusalha was waved through without any further scrutiny or perceived need to notify the FBI that he was back in the United States.
It was a warning from someone who had been in position to deliver on that threat. By then, Abusalha had made two trips to a conflict zone seen as the largest incubator of Islamist radicalism since Afghanistan in the 1980s.
Between those visits he wandered inside the United States for more than six months, U.S. officials said, attracting no attention from authorities after their brief telephone conversation with his mother.
His movements went unmonitored despite a major push by U.S. security and intelligence agencies over the past two years to track the flow of foreign fighters into and out of Syria.
If it was this easy for an al Qaeda soldier to move back and forth between the Middle East and the USA, how “safe” do you really think we are?
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