Most people either don't know, don't care or won't admit that the FBI knew about the bombers in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing before they actually bombed the building. They had an informant on the inside who wanted to replace the explosives with a harmless substitute. Instead, the FBI reassigned him, and the bombing was successful.
Do I think that the FBI wanted people to die in the Tower that day? No. But do I think that someone should have been held accountable, and that the FBI is perfectly capable of being every bit a sluggish, inefficient bureaucracy as all the other government agencies are.
From today, this is an interview with the mother of the Boston bombers. Listen and tell me if you hear what I heard.
What I heard was that the FBI were monitoring the older brother because he was visiting Muslim extremist sites on the internet. His Mom knew about the monitoring because the FBI had come to her repeatedly and told her that he was in deep. They thought he was a leader and they were afraid of what he might do.
I don't know what to think about that. My first reaction was that they should have stopped him, but I'm not sure what laws he broke. I'm pretty sure that while I'm probably in the minority as usual, I don't want to give the FBI the power to arrest people based only on what sites they visit.
My second reaction was to wonder if they had warrants to follow this guy around the internet.
And my third reaction was sadness, because based on the lack of protest I see over the de facto martial law in Boston today, it's pretty clear that most of us actually don't cherish freedom over security.