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May 29, 2013

Marathon bombing ‘would not have happened’ in New York

Filed under: Terrorist Threats & Attacks — by Christopher Bellavita on May 29, 2013

In the Hill’s Blog Briefing Room, Jordy Yager reports:

A terror attack like the bombing of the Boston Marathon would never have happened in New York City, according to former CIA Director Michael Hayden.

Hayden, who also headed the National Security Agency, said the New York police department’s expansive spying on the city’s Muslim communities would have helped officials to identify the radical tendencies of the alleged bombers and prevent the attack.

“If these two mopes were living in New York this attack would not have happened,” said Hayden, speaking at a panel on Tuesday organized by the Institute for Education.
“The New York police department is far more aggressive, far more invasive, going what’s been termed ‘mosque crawling’ and a whole bunch of other things to permeate the Islamic-American community. Boston doesn’t do that,” he continued.

“The probability that these two young [men’s] — particularly the older one, Tamerlan [Tsarnaev] — behavior shows up on the scope in New York is much higher than it was in Boston.”

Hayden argued that there is not much more the government and law enforcement officials can do that would still maintain the civil liberties and personal freedoms that define America.

And Americans, he said, need to accept the consequences of that: the “inevitable” nature of another terror attack.

“We’ve already squeezed American privacy, American commerce, American convenience,” said Hayden. “My personal view is: we’re just about okay. I don’t know that I can promise you any more dramatic returns for doing more to make this kind of attack less likely.”

“In order to preserve our way of life, our DNA as a free people, we’re all going to agree that sooner or later something down here is going to happen.”

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Comment by William R. Cumming

May 29, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

Sorry no pass on this one for CIA or FBI or feds including DHS. Travelers to and from Dagestan, other STANS and Chechnya should have been extensively covered since the Balkan wars of the 90’s. See Robert D. Kaplan’s “Balkan Ghosts” of 1993-1996!

There are obvious hot spots and this does not trample on civil rights, or civil liberty’s to spend some time and effort on these areas of the world.

And of course there is that Russian warning to both the CIA and FBI separately about the bombers radicalization.

This is classic CIA misdirection from a former CIA head.

Comment by HGRATTAN

May 29, 2013 @ 5:35 pm

Briefly (I apologize this subject requires greater attention).

Domestic intelligence is a tough business.

NYPD Intelligence Writ Large is a step in the right direction.

NYPD, however, needs checks and balances and it seems that their internal controls have not satisfied everyone.

Damned if you do. Damned (and sometimes dead)when you don’t.

A long time ago, I hear a term:

“Better tried by twelve than carried by six”

To be continued.

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