Wednesday, April 24, 2013

New details emerging in Boston terror investigation, say filmmakers

New details emerging in Boston terror investigation, say filmmakers, As new details emerge in the Boston Marathon Bombing investigation, more and more questions regarding local and federal counterterrorism practices are being raised, according to scholars at the Clarion Project in a report and film released on Tuesday.

Additional questions include how Chechen-born suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev became radicalized while living in Boston, and whether the pair had connections to established terror organizations, said Clarion Project's Clare M. Lopez, a former CIA operations officer and now a strategic policy and intelligence expert with a focus on national defense, Islam, Iran, and counterterrorism issues; and Ryan Mauro, the national security analyst for the Clarion Project.

The accumulating details in the case suggest that the marathon bombing may not be an isolated, lone-gunman style incident. It has been proven that larger terror networks including al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood are often involved in motivating, training and dispatching terrorists inside the United States.

Dzhokar Tsarnaev, who has been arrested for the terrorist bombings in Boston, attended the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) in Cambridge, a mosque with strong Muslim Brotherhood links. The ISB Cultural Center, which is at a separate location, is even run by a group that federal prosecutors said in 2008 “was founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.”

An ISB attendee reports last seeing Tsarnaev there during Ramadan last year. It is unclear if his brother, the other bomber, also attended the mosque. The ISB has links to the Muslim Brotherhood, has had radical leadership and promotes anti-Western themes.

For instance, the Islamic Society of Boston recently invited journalist Victoria Brittain to speak at the mosque, who in an article she wrote on wrote that the War on Terror is a “war on Islam” and that Muslims in the West face widespread persecution. In her article, Brittain also criticized British security services who “returned to a post-9/11 stance on overdrive” in the aftermath of the 2005 London subway bombings, referred to as the “7/7″ attacks.

A controversial and critically-acclaimed film, "The Third Jihad: Radical Islam's Vision for America," documents the recruitment process, motivation and training tactics employed by terror organizations in American neighborhoods.

The film has been used by law enforcement agencies across America -- including the NYPD -- in counterterrorism training.

"I viewed the film and, compared to the politically-correct claptrap used by the Obama administration to train local cops, it's a revealing training aid that's as informative as it is disturbing," said former NYPD Officer Iris Aquino.

The public is invited to watch the film for free now at the Clarion Project web site.

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