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    Aftermath of Boston Bombings Leaves Many Questions Unanswered
    Indeed it does!!

    So first question...What will Socialistic Liberals try to ban next?
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    If they had any brains they would stop giving preferred status to foreigners in our campuses. Political correctness is our greatest weakness IMHO. The one question i'm left with is. What the heck is barry gonna do know? He can't ignore it out of existence like Major Hassan, or Benghazi. Interesting that six, seven months after the fact we cannot seem to find any of the witnesses to the attack. If George W. had been involved in that, there likely would have been assassination attempts by now. It is pathetic.
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    We get it.

    You hate Democrats and don't know what socialism is.

    What does that have anything to do with this topic?
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    ...come on, Vance1, tell us how you really feel? Seriously, why do you assume that:
    1) All liberals are "Socialistic"? Isn't that an extreme blanket stereotype? Do all conservatives pledge allegiance to the Tea Party (or "Tea Baggers" as Bill Maher likes to call them).
    2) Liberals will try to "ban" anything? Like what?-- much less be successful in a Congress where the GOP controls the House, and the Senate can grind to a halt with a Republican filibuster.
    After the NRA crushed the gun control crowd one would think conservatives would be more upbeat.
    DBG
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    What's your solution, Republican5150? I don't pretend to have all the answers, or any of them. Moreover, fostering an open dialogue and debate on these important questions should not be considered "nonsense"! How about trying to answer at least one of the questions?
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    @DB-Grinberg No problem.

    "Thus what are the lessons learned here? Where's the so-called "teachable moment"?"

    Lesson learned here is that peoples vigilance has diminished since 9/11, because it is no longer "trendy" or people don't want to appear prejudicial.

    The "teachable" moment here is that we need to be prejudicial to any and all who pose a threat to America. Deny some folks entry into America for a while instead of granting illegal aliens amnesty or trying to figure out how to be least offensive to illegals and criminals with labels or terminology.

    So, again, you ask a lot of questions without offering up a solution. Can I get the few moments of my life back after reviewing the nonsense you complied as an article and having to provide this rebuttal of peer review?
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    No... 1987 (senator) Mr. North did you recently spend close to $60,000 for a home security system?(North) yes I did sir.(Senator) isn't that a little excessive?(North) no sir.(Senator) and why not?(North) because the life of my family and I were threatened.(Senator) by who?(North) by a terrorist sir.(senator) terrorist? What terrorist could possibly scare you that much?(North) his name is Osama bin Ladin, he is the most evil person alive that I know of.(Senator) what should we do about him?(North) we should assemble an assassin team and take him out along with his men...14 years before the awful tragedy in New York. Nobody did anything. We have been warned a year in advance to watch these two people??? The ball was dropped just like with Bin Laden. When will America learn?
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    The third never of next juvemember.



    As shown by the people on the street having more useful hard evidence at the scene than the FBI who only had advanced warning, transparency is in order in regards to digital technology paid for by the people as well as data bases that compliment them.

    Clearly, the secretive agencies here have a long standing history of incompetence and dubiousness.
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    Can I tell u something about my use on the internet this month was my first time surfing it. I HEARD IF I GOOGLED ANYTHING IN THE WORLD I CAN ASK. SO RATHER THEN GET POLITICAL AND STRESS OUT PEOPLE I DID IT ASKED A QUESTION THAT NO ONE KNEW.... ON APRIL 16TH I GOT SCARED BECAUSE I FELT LIKE THEY WERE SERIOUS ALTHOUGH I CAN NOT FIND THAT REPLY LOOKING BACK. IT MUST HAVE GOTTEN DELEATED BUT ITS NOT THERE AND IM NOT GUNNA WASTE TIME LOOKING IVE BEEN PAYING ATTENTION TO SENETE AND CONGRESS SINCE BEFORE EASTER AND LEARNED ALL THESE AMMENDMENTS WERE PASSING ON MY OWN TIME RECORDED A FEW ISSUES PUT SOME IMPORTANT FACTS OUT THERE AND NOW I KNOW WHY THE GANGS ARE 13AND 14 THOSE NUMBERS ANOTHER IMPORTANT ONE IS 15 LOOK IM NOT INTO ALL THAT BUT MY ROOTS OF MY FAMILY RUNS DEEP IN MY SOUL BORDERS "NARCO" GANGSTERS, LIFERS, NOW I THINK I READ IN THE CONSTITUTION ABOUT REFORM WAVERS AND PROPERTY UNLESS GIVEN UP IT ALSO TALKED ABOUT THE BEER AND SO IM ASKING AS I ALREADY KNOW ITS NOT THE DRUGS UNITED STATES ARE AFTER IT SAYS HERE EL RIO GRANDE HAS OIL. SO THERE IS VERY MUCH GOOD THAT CAN COME OF THIS PLUS I READ A BLOG AFTER THEY WANTED TO SEE A PICTURE OF EL CHAPO GUZMAN. THEY WANTED TO SEE HIS PICTURE FOR SOME REASON SO I STILL HAVE NO CLUE OR NEITHER WONDER WHO OR WHAT HE DID TO HAVE SUCH LEADERSHIP TO THEM. BUT I KNOW NARCOS ARE NARKS. INVADERS. I KNOW THEY ACT LIKE ITS NO BIG DEAL BECAUSE MY AUNT SAID IT WITH A SMILE AND I DONT KNOW SPANISH VERY WELL BUT I CAN SPEAK IT AND I UNDERSTAND IT REAL WELL. MY ROOTS RUN DEEP YOU KNOW MY TOWN REYNOSA THATS MY ROOTS AND I CARE FOR EVERYONE THERE I BEARLY HEARD ITS A COUNTRY SO I THOUGHT BACK WHEN I WENT TO TJ ONE FAMILY TRIP ITS DIFFERENT. IN BOTH PLACES SANDIEGO AND MS GANGS IN ONE AND REYNOSA VERY CLOSE TO MCALLIN. TJ DIDNT ALLOW US TO TAKE A PLANT SO NOW I KNOW ITS THERE DIRT THEY WILL NOT CROSS AND THATS GOOD I SHARED MY THOUGTS WITH BORDERS THEY THOUGHT DIFFERENT THE REALLY THOUGHT IT WAS THE COKE AND ONE GUY CALLED ANOTHER AN IDIOT IT NOT THE DRUGS THEY WANT SO LIKE I TOOK IT FROM THERE I ALREADY KNOW I SAID TO MYSELF MAYBE BUSH DID A GOOD THING BY PUTTING UP A WALL. DONT TAKE THERE LAND DO GIVE IT UP AND NO DIRT SHALL BE TAKEN OUT OF MEXICO. THEY CAN HELP YOU IF THATS THE AMNISTY YOU WANT EVEN SHOW YOU HOW TO SLAUTER A GOAT. MILK A GOAT AND COOK A PIG AND THEY DONT PUT UP WITH TAX BULL NONSENCE. SO THEY ARE GOOD I FEEL SOME GOOD WILL COME OF THIS. BEFORE THINGS GOT WORSE FOR THE POOR BUSH GETS AWAY WITH MURDER OF USAMA BIN LADEN AND HE DIDNT DESERVE TO BE PUT TO DEATH THE WAY HE WAS PUT AND SO FURTHER MORE AMNESTY WILL SHOW IT WASNT OK BIN LADENS SON IN LAW SHALL BERELEASED TO HIS COUNTRY BUSH GETS AWAY WITH MURDER AND HE HAS RIGHT TO BACK IT UP HE HAS YET TO BRING IT UP WHILE IM THINKING ABOUT PRISONS BORDERS S.S. CAN LIFERS GIVE UP THERE SOL SECUIRTY SINCE THERE IS NOTHING LEFT FOR THEM ARE WE PREPARED FOR EARTH QUAKES DADS DOING LIFE WHILE MOM DIES AND HIS SON WHAT ABOUT THE SON AND TO TELL HIS SON GRANDPA WAS THE CAUSE AND GRANDPA LABLED HIM A DANGER TO SOCIATY WHEN HE DID NOT NEVER IN HIS LIFE KILL THATS UNJUSTACE UNFAIR SO I BELIVE GOOD WILL COME OF THIS AND I WONT BE FOOLED BY THE RICH ONES WHO HAVE TO BUDGET AND PAY FAIR TAXES. MONEY THEY GOT GOES TO WASTE I CANT STAND FAMILY GUY, TED, BUT THE SIMPSONS YEAH THATS A GOOD CARTOON. SO THINK ABOUT THE JUSTICE TELL US WERE THE DISPOSE OF DRUGS IS INSTED OF TELLING LIES ABOUT A VOULT. AND WORRY ABOT U.S. AND THINK ABOUT SLAVES WE WERE SLAVES TO THE HIGHER POWER BUT NOT NO MORE WE WELCOME FAMILIES AND HOPE TO OWN ONE DAY MILITARY CAN BASE IN PRISONS AND YOU KNOW EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE. GOOD NIGHT TAKE CARE YOU ASKED FOR HELP SO I THOUGHT I COULD HELP YOU BETTER UNDERSTAND.
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    I wash born here, an I wash raished here, and dad gum it, I am gonna die here, an no sidewindin' bushwackin', hornswagglin' cracker croaker is gonna rouin me bishen cutter.
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    We have to DEMAND that the Feds dramatically increase the standards and rules for allowing Foreign Nationals to achieve Legal Status in our Country. We are not the International Collection Bin for political refugees. Student Visas must be seriously monitored with Foreigners checking in on a regular basis to prove they really are students and DESERVE American generousity.
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    I agree, this incident does bring up a lot of questions. If the Russian's knew this guy was dangerous and tipped us off and the Fed's checked up on him, why was he even allowed to stay in this country?

    Another set of questions, why is our government putting so much effort taking legal gun owners rights away while also invading our privacy and scrutinizing our travel, while we have suspected terrorist making themselves at home in our country while they seem to do little if anything? Seems like we have our priorities mixed up.
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    First...put the blame squarely where it belongs, Islamic extremists. Then understand that they exploit the very freedoms we, as citizens of the USA, enjoy. It is incumbent upon every one of us to be vigilant concerning these people. And, hell yes, it is perfectly all right to PROFILE them. IMHO, the FBI dropped the ball two years ago when they failed to completely follow through with the investigation of the older brother. They got the information sharing needed when Russia notified them of his suspected involvement with Islamic terrorism. Opps, I said a no-no; but that is exactly why I think the FBI dropped the investigation...they were just following the lead, and probably the instructions from, the Barack Husssein Obama administration. His opposition to "harassing" Muslims is well known, and the FBI takes its marching orders from the AG, Eric Holder, who answers directly to Barack Hussein Obama.
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    I believe you just totally slapped down the FBI, and that is just not right. Have you any idea how many of these investigations are assigned to the FBI and do you know how they are processed? I am sure you would be totally surprised if you knew the answers to those questions, along with the facts associated with those on a watch list at this time. If they are not actively working on a specific mission, how would the FBI or any other Law Enforcement agency be able to enforce a law which they are not violating? They are put on a watch list which is a secret list and not publicized.
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    @Bill2E No,no,no....I just slapped down their chain of command. Remember, the FBI is part of the Justice Department. And, they must follow the rules set down by the administration in office. Remember how they have stopped enforcing certain immigration laws along the Mexican border? I has everything to do with winning favor from the Hispanic/Latino community. And Barack Husssein Obama has made it plain that he did not want the phrases "Islamic Terrorist" or "Muslim Terrorist" used.
    So, his immigration policy has been driven by ideology, not US law. And, remember, BHO based his re-election campaign partly upon the phrase, "Osama Bin Laden is dead and Al Queda is on the run." And, he touted his foreign policy as having reduced terrorism against the USA to almost nothing. It is no wonder why there was no mention of this or deep FBI involvement. It is easy to stop investigating a credible threat and put the suspect on a "watch list." Now that will be used as duck and cover.
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    @seedtick
    You mixed many things in your post. FBI is not involved in border security per say, they are involved in major crimes, ICE handles the border problems along with homeland security. They are both under the DOJ, however they have separate and distinct tasks. Your complaint is with the President not the agencies under his control. I would almost insure you that the majority of FBI agents did not vote for President Obama, however they are true to their oath of office and follow the edicts of the President, DOJ and other regulating areas. It is their sworn duty, not optional. Their efforts lead to the death of one terrorist and the arrest of another. I congratulate them for their hard work and bringing this particular incident to an end.
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    @Bill2E Look, don't try to "educate" me about the border or the FBI. I say exactly what I mean and know why I say it. And being condescending will get you nothing from me. So, calm down.
    Now, go back and read what I posted. I put the blame on their chain of command...that means Eric Holder and Barack Husssein Obama. And, if you think the FBI is not involved in crime along the Mexican border, or any of our border for that matter, you are the one who needs "education" in the matter. And, it doesn't matter which federal agency is investigating what, they get their marching orders from the DOJ and the POTUS.
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    There were red flags all over this.... But heck let's open the boarders and get us some new democratic voters, no ID required.... I'm sure none of the Millions of Illegal Immigrants crossing our boarders are Islamic Jehadists that would wait a few years, go to school on tax payers money to learn our weak spots and then kill us, no way that would ever happen....
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    Congress is trying to erode our constitutional freedoms? HUH? This writer is a lieberal hack carrying water for the progressive socialist lieberal democrats. IT IS OBAMA WHO IS TRYING TO TAKE OUR FREEDOMS AWAY. Be aware citizens and vote smarter in 2014. That means vote republican across the board and throw these anti-American democrats OUT. The fix is to scrutinize immigration and enforce the laws we already have on the books. The older Muslim murderer was convicted of spousal abuse in 1997. He should have been deported for that, then this would've never happened.
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    Hey Fallstaff, I think you just fell on your staff. Again, let's be CLEAR about what I wrote before defaming one's alleged political affiliation and personal views (which you really no nothing about, by the way). Read it again! I posed a question about Congress and the erosion of Constiutional freedoms. Posing a question is not stating an answer, nor does it necessarily imply one. If you have a beef with the POTUS than you have a beef with the America people who RE-ELECTED HIM -- please don't blindly assume I'm one of them -- how the heck would you even know if or how I voted???
    MOREOVER, this writer is a registered Independent with no current political affiliation, FYI -- only to speak truth based on high-level experience in government, politics, journalism and the news media. Further, I'm sharing my knowledge, experience and viewpoints for the sake of fostering open, constructive and intellectual debate to get at the heart of controversial issues and flesh them out -- rather than relying on petty, immature and needless name calling fit for teenagers.
    So don't you dare judge me, Fallstaff, especially based on false pretense!!! The only person I carry water for is the good Lord above -- and, of course, my wife.
    Moreover, this "anti-American" rhetoric has got to end because it accounts for nothing more than 21st century McCathryism!!! And remember what happended to him? Hopefully, it won't happen to you.
    DBG
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    @DB-Grinberg You are a liberal are you not? And not a journalist, but an "opinion maker"? Hum? Well the lack of journalistic professionalism is a primary reason people do not buy newspapers any longer, and watch fair & balanced news on Fox instead of the liberal bias on NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC and ABC.
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    Oh Flagstaff, you apparently never cease to amaze. FYI -- I have significant professional journalism experience, albeit earlier in my careeer before my federal public/civil service:
    1) I was a daily beat reporter for BNA, Inc. which is a well respected national news organization specializing in legal and regulatory issues, among other things. Michael Bloomberg's media conglomerate paid $100 million dollars to buy it (now known as "Bloomberg BNA"). I reported on environmental issues and federal legislation, rules and regulations -- which included covering the White House, Congress and federal agencies.
    2) I was a regional correspondent for "U." magazine, part of Colleges.com , a business leader in the education management industry. It's a news and lifestyle magazine with a strong demographic readership and a monthly national circulation of about two million, plus online readership. I reported on, among other things, former Virginina Governor Douglas Wilder, the presidents of the Universities of Virginia and Maryland, and even interviewed Patricia Ireland, the controversial former director of NOW (I'm assuming you're a big supporter of the women's rights movement and equal opportunity).
    3) I've won writing awards and honors from The Society of Professional Journalists, a leading national industry association, as well as Rolling Stone magazine (another of your favorite publications, I'm sure (lol).
    4) I have a degree in journalism from the University of Maryland's Phillip E. Merrill College of Journalism, consistently named one of the top ranked J-schools nationwide (and arguably the best).
    5) Finally, as an undergrad, I served as the editorial page editor and weekly columnist of the100-year old, nationally-recognized, award-winning daily indpendent campus newspaper (owned and operated by Maryland Media, Inc., a private sector company). The flagship paper of the flagship campus is consistently ranked one of the top college newpapers nationwide, and usually the best (No. 1) in the mid-Atlantic region.
    Is that enough experience for you, friend? If not, too bad, so sad...
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    @Fallstaff -- Moreover, as an expert in communications and media relations, plus as a former professional journalist, I can tell you that many TV news outlets are biased to some extent. And, unfortunately, media bias in increasing generally due to the explosion of social/digita/mobile media in this high-tech information age. However, if you think for a second that Fox is not a staunch proponent of the conservative ring-wing agenda, then you must be living on Mars. If Fox is not unbiased, then neither are the rest of the TV news media you named. Sorry, but you can't have your cake and eat it too, friend. Moreover, if you're admantly opposed to social media and professinal opinons, then maybe, just maybe, you shouldn't be participating in an online social media forum the likes of which you surmise to be so distasteful or whatever negative terms you care to use.
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    @Fallstaff -- Lastly, since you deem yourself omnicient, let me explain some facts about the state of media that you can hopefully wrap your head around: print media is declining not because of op-eds, opinon makers, or any subsequent correlation, but because of the explosion of digital and mobile technology, which has led to a sharp decline in advertising revenue and circulation. This has been statistically proven again and again through survery research, as well as professional academic and industry studies. So let's at least get our FACTS correct before we stand on a soap box. Perhaps you need to clean up some of your own biases!!!!
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    Many unanswered questions...But, we KNOW they were muslim!! I love it when the lame stream media and Hussein's puppets are wrong!
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    Yes I agree, especially the FBI being tipped off. How many other tips have they recieved on others like this that are possibly sleeper cells? I am from Kentucky and am now leary of attending the Kentucky Derby. They do search the bags and purses however the streets outside the area are always crowded afterward. There is no possible way to protect that plus homeowners outside the track rent out parking spaces in their yard. Imagine a car trunk full of explosives! It makes one think of how lame our investigation of immigrants and legalized citizens really is. The problem is that someone dropped the ball-just like Bengazi-but no one suffers the reprocussions except the victims!
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    We are in a war with a large and well organized group of Muslim extremist. They have found a way to fight us and win. They use terror and our own fears against us. We haven't really come to grips yet on how to fight them. They don't " hold ground" so to speak. If we invade a country to go after them they slip out the back and go somewhere else. All the while getting us tangled up in a war with the wrong people making enemies where didn't have to. They exploit our media and feed the apologist every charge of American crimes.
    They are winning using political correctness against us.
    Even though some of us think we can just stop the war on terror because we say we have won it doesn't mean the terrorist have stopped fighting it against us.
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    Thanks for asking. I don't think we need more national security laws enacted by Congress, just more effective and expeditious enforcement of the post-9/11 laws already on the books. More funding for the intelligence community wouldn't hurt either. How about a slice from DoD's half trillion dollar budget pie?
    Moreover, please keep in mind that merely posing a question does not necessarily imply an answer. If the multitude of law enforcement and intelligence agencies at all levels worked together as efficiently before the bombings as they did afterwards, this entire episode may have been avoided. Inter-governmental communications need to be further streamlined and agency turf battles need to be put aside once and for all. We need the entire government working as a team in order to proactively prevent future terrorist plots. We also need more citizen involvement. Let's remember it was the public -- not law enforcement -- that ultimately helped bring this sad saga to an end by actually finding the bad guy hiding in the boat. The initial police perimeter and shutdown of Watertown apparently didn't pay off. A diligent and attentive average American really saved day. God bless him!
    DBG
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    You truly believe security intelligence and defense is underfunded? Who does it belong to when funded?

    Is it possible that, considering the advent of the impressive technology that is in everyone's hands, that empowering the people, who have indeed paid, with access to the very technology and existing data bases, along with holding secret agencies accountable for their histories of well documented blunders such as this one, so that just like in apprehending this alleged perp, any and everyone could just as easily be 100% certain the right perps were indeed apprehended.

    For example, it was noted by many that the one captured last night never changed the expression on his face and that's a bit disturbing. However, if you don't know that gait prints of this young man do indeed exist and how they could be used to exhortation or absolutely condemn him, then it is possible your thinking is a bit superficial and uninformed.

    You do realize that it was civilian technology that provided far better digital renderings of the alleged perps than that of the government agencies?

    Once you know these things to be true, does it not beg the question why such isn't being shown to the public and why should such technology, such as gait and even voice printing along, not be accessible to those who pay for it and trust agencies with it, and who knows what all else, that you seem to indict as possibly being incompetent?

    Now is there any rational reason that you would like to see the suspects gait prints to compare to tons of civilian possessed digital information for yourself?

    Is there any rational reason why you would not want to confirm with all means available that there is no slight of hand taking place?

    I'm not saying these guys didn't do it. I'm saying I want to know for sure they did using all means available to sure it is true.
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    @TheHandsomeOne --
    Hey Handsome: just to clarify, I never used the term "underfunded" so please don't put words in my mouth. What I did say is that reallocating SOME funding from DoD in general for the intelligence community specifically "wouldn't hurt either" -- and yes, folks, I understand that DoD is part of the intelligence community. However, the military is not the same as the FBI and CIA, both independent agencies which different missions and roles. Thanks.
    DBG
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    @TheHandsomeOne -- whoops, I erred in stating the FBI is an independent agency when it falls under DOJ. Just goes to show none of us are flawless. For whom do I lobby -- that's easy: me, myself and I. Let's throw in my wife too, just in case she reads this (lol).
    FYI -- I think lobbyists are one of the main reasons why Washington is broken and can't be fixed. Most lobbyists are folks who go through the revolving door and take the "golden parachute" from Congress to K Street, and then back to Capitol Hill albeit no longer as official staff. Shame on lobbyists for corrupting our political system!!!
    I think the only thing George Washington ever lobbied for were real teeth -- rather than those wooden choppers of his. Thus in summary: lobbyists = bad, Congress = bad. American people = generally good and well intended.
    Federalism and the Imperial Presidency have run amok, regardless of political affiliation. I say let's get back to the basics of the Founding Fathers' original Constitutional intent. That being a weak central government with most powers delegated to the States! Not vice versa. Heck, it might even work!
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    @DB-Grinberg Well here it would at least mean the plutocrats that need to be removed from office would be that much closer to home.

    I have to wonder if any of this will get onto bro and I wonder if anyone at politix have the minerals to do a probing expose on the subject.

    http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2013...

    http://tinyurl.com/d95zlsh

    http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2010/oct...

    http://tinyurl.com/29p3axx

    http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2011/dec...

    http://tinyurl.com/c974834

    There is a real story in all that slick accounting.....
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    "Apparently, reports have surfaced that the Russian government had informed U.S. intelligence officials about one of the Boston terrorist suspects a couple of years ago." Along with how many other tips from the Russian government and other sources? Along with how many false leads and disinformation? How long should one individual be monitored before he is determined to be a low threat?

    "Why was the national intelligence community apparently unaware of this insidious terrorist plot?" Most likely because the national intelligence community is not as omniscient and as dismissive of the Constitution as some would have us believe. Beyond that, no matter how many intelligence operatives there are, and how many man hours and how much money that are spent in intelligence gathering, there are many times more people living within and travelling to and from the United States than can be investigated..

    Do we really want to pursue Total Information Awareness because of the fear of attacks like this? If we voluntarily give up the last shred of privacy to the intelligence community to gain more security, haven't we simultaneously surrendered the last shred of our security FROM those agencies?
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    No I don't agree with this. I mean there is always going to be a "lone wolf" willing to commit a terrorist act....It was my understanding that ---This year there was even more police security and presence at the marathon than in any past year...These things can never be completely stopped....Unfortunately!
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    If we restrict freedoms or encroach on civil liberties a la Patriot Act, citizens are outraged, perhaps rightly so. But these are among the tools law enforcement uses to gather the vital information used to thwart future attacks and maintain peace and security.
    There is current chatter questioning whether or not these two brothers acted alone, or if they were members of a larger plot- Islamic terrorist sleeper cells in the US.
    We must be open to discussing topics that may be uncomfortable to us as a reasonable and civilized people; surveillance, profiling, et al, including the role that modern day Islam plays in terrorist activities.
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    I agree with the article.
    It raises vital questions that must be answered if we are to move forward in security while maintaining privacy, two primary pillars of American life.
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    It's rather scary, isn't it? How they were fairly organized while doing their thing at the marathon but had virtually 0 end-game. I seen speculation on Reddit that some on there are thinking they were part of a plan of a larger extent, and were expecting something to help, after the initial explosions (getaway car, money to get out of the country, etc.), but the people who were supposed to provide such backed out in some way, leaving them in the wind. That's why they got so sloppy afterwards, MIT, 7/11, they panicked, needed money to skedaddle and realized they weren't going to get any help from anyone and had no backup.

    Purely speculation, of course. Hopefully the kid lives so we can get some info out of him.
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    @Polusalo
    I saw that same article.
    As you say, their end game was keystone cops.
    There very well may be more to this story...
    Stay vigilant.
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