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Obama’s Spy Dragnet Excludes Mosques

That’s right, the government’s sweeping surveillance of our most private communications excludes the jihad factories where homegrown terrorists are radicalized.

Since October 2011, mosques have been off-limits to FBI agents. No more surveillance or undercover string operations without high-level approval from a special oversight body at the Justice Department dubbed the Sensitive Operations Review Committee.

Who makes up this body, and how do they decide requests? Nobody knows; the names of the chairman, members and staff are kept secret.

We do know the panel was set up under pressure from Islamist groups who complained about FBI stings at mosques. Just months before the panel’s formation, the Council on American-Islamic Relations teamed up with the ACLU to sue the FBI for allegedly violating the civil rights of Muslims in Los Angeles by hiring an undercover agent to infiltrate and monitor mosques there.

Before mosques were excluded from the otherwise wide domestic spy net the administration has cast, the FBI launched dozens of successful sting operations against homegrown jihadists — inside mosques — and disrupted dozens of plots against the homeland.

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To calm the many people who are upset that the government is using invasive methods to collect anti-terror information from every source in America, the Whitehouse has made it clear that this is not the case – because they’re not collecting data from mosques.

That’s right – in the push to uncover radical Islamic acts of terror before they take place, the government has decided that political correctness forbids having the FBI focus attention on those places radical Islamists are most likely to be.

Mind you, the government used to create sting operations within mosques to see if anyone was interested in blowing American innocents to hell and gone. But there was a serious problem: the program worked, disrupting many jihadist terror plots. So the ACLU and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (one of those “apolitical” organizations the IRS actually favors with tax-exempt status) sued the FBI to create a “hands off” policy – which is ironically the same policy practiced by amateur bomb makers if they can’t tell the red wire from the blue wire.

The FBI is now on such a short leash (a choker chain that formerly belonged to Barack Obama’s alleged dog, Bo) that following the Boston Marathon Bombing, the bureau didn’t even take the security camera pictures of the Tsarneav brothers to local mosques for possible identification…out of fear that it would seem insensitive and (even worse) fear that it would reveal that Muslims really were behind the terror.

And so, the government continues to mount the largest and most expensive intelligence gathering operation in history, excluding only those people most likely to be the ones they’re looking for.

Which raises two important questions: why then is the government spying on the 
 of us and why, in the bloody aftermath of Ft. Hood, does the government of Barack Hussein Obama still place a higher value on political correctness than saving American lives?

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