whether we want to admit it or not, islamic jihadism and terrorism is here amongst us. There are no borders or boundaries to this battlefield and with the proliferation of social media, the tentacles of savage barbarism first unleashed by Mohammad have an unbelievably wide reach. How incredibly ironic that we have been debating the issue of domestic surveillance when this latest jihadist plot was uncovered.
As we reported yesterday, and Fox News now details, “The man shot and killed Tuesday by Boston police was plotting with another suspect to behead a cop, according to a law enforcement source. The dead suspect, 26-year-old Usaama Rahim, was under surveillance by the Joint Terrorism Task Force, which is comprised of state, local and federal law enforcement agents, when he was shot at about 7 a.m. near a CVS in the city’s Roslindale neighborhood, when he brandished the blade at police.”
“Later Tuesday, authorities arrested another suspect, David Wright, in connection with the case, police said. “We believe the intent was to behead a police officer,” one official told The Boston Globe. “We knew the plot had to be stopped. They were planning to take action Tuesday.”
“Rahim, Wright and an unidentified third person met Sunday on a Rhode Island beach to discus plans, the affidavit, which was released Wednesday, said. Wright, who waived his Miranda rights, told the FBI the plans included an attack on a victim in another state, the court papers said.”
And by the way, that “victim in another state” is apparently Pamela Geller, who organized the Mohammed cartoon contest in Garland, Texas.
Hours prior to the shooting, Rahim told Wright he had changed plans and was going to “go after” the “boys in blue,” the court papers said.
This of course reminds us of the attack in New York City against two NYPD officers by an axe-wielding jihadist who was shot dead — who could forget the video images of his closing in for his strike?
However, what I saw on Wednesday gave me cause for greater concern. It appears that in America there are those who have learned in the case of a law enforcement shooting, the false narrative has to be promulgated.
In this case, there were family members of Rahim who immediately began to spread the lie that he was shot in the back three times while on a cell phone. And horribly enough, there were those in the community who immediately became skeptical. Not only have we entered into the realm of constant jihadists attacks, but we’re also now in a state of dysfunction where law enforcement is put on the defense.
It was very telling that the Boston Police Commissioner had to hold a special viewing of a video that detailed the incident surrounding the shooting of Rahim for community “leaders” such as the Urban League and Muslim clerics. Hat tip to the Boston Police Department Commissioner who clearly understands the new normal and defused a situation before Al Sharpton showed up in Boston and started ranting “Cell Phone hang up, don’t shoot.” I’m glad the Task Force personnel had the smarts to video the engagement so as to put all rumor and innuendo to bed.
All across America, we’re seeing the result of the persecution and distrust of our law enforcement officers. Violent crimes are up in just about every major urban center. Therefore, if there were a time for Islamic jihadists to strike – particularly black ones — it would be now.
Sure, I don’t agree with the massive metadata collection but what are we going to do? Somehow our law enforcement officers tracked, monitored and were able to confront and kill Rahim who had a nefarious intent. And in waiving his Miranda rights, Wright appears to have no remorse about the plot he intended to unleash.
But what if this plot was not aimed toward a law enforcement officer but rather just an innocent citizen — which as been the case in Australia. How do we protect ourselves on this modern borderless battlefield?
We are restraining ourselves through political correctness. We are restraining ourselves by allowing the enemy to hide in plain sight turning our liberties against us. We are demonizing our law enforcement — granted, there are bad apples in any bushel.
But are our domestic rules of engagement worse than those on the distant battlefields? I always hear people speak out against “profiling” — well, I prefer to term it as “trend analysis” — but for instance, Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Usaama Rahim had something in common — the same Islamic center in Boston. It’s not profiling, it is good investigative work to connect the dots. Look, I don’t want to know the exact TTPs (Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures) used to track down Rahim leading to the confrontation. I’m glad he wasn’t wounded but shot dead – I’m sick of these bleeding heart trials, and covers on Rolling Stone celebrating jihadists.
I think we should all consider the neutering of our law enforcement officers, especially in the heavily populated urban centers. It will be very hard for jihadists to launch an attack in “flyover country America.” But in the inner cities they’re able to blend in and execute their heinous actions. If we continue down the path of making our law enforcement tentative — just the same as in the combat zone restrictive ROE cause troops to hesitate — nothing good will result.
It was a sad day to watch the Police Commissioner of Boston, which has already suffered one horrific Islamic terrorist attack, forced to show a video to prove they acted correctly. Then again, it was President Obama who first castigated law enforcement officers in Cambridge, Massachusetts as “acting stupidly” — and thus the declining respect and regard for our police began.