A former chief of the Central Intelligence Agency suggested Sunday that “political correctness” in the Department of Justice has cost the U.S. “a number of opportunities” to stop terrorists, including the brothers accused of the Boston Marathon bombing.
Former CIA Director James Woolsey was a guest on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York City’s WABC Radio, when Klein asked Woolsey whether the FBI could have done more before the bombing with reports of the Tsarnaev brothers’ Islamic leanings and activities abroad.
“What seems really strange is, having had this indication from the Russians, the FBI interrogates [Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older of the two suspects], and they asked, ‘Are you going to do anything violent or had you?’ and he says, ‘Nope,’ and they say, ‘OK,’ and a few weeks later they close the case, close the file – so subsequent things that come in don’t get any attention paid to them,” Woolsey said. “That seems pretty stupid, I think, to an awful lot of people.
“But the Bureau was apparently following Justice Department rules,” he continued. “I don’t know why the Justice Department, assuming that’s who it is, has ordered the Bureau to shut down investigations after 90 days. Things can come around again, as they did in this case.”
Woolsey concluded, “I think your concern about … political correctness and, ‘Is that keeping us from having sensible policies that would be permitted by our Constitution but would have a bit more of a war-time flavor than what we have now?’ – I think we could do that, and I think we’re missing a number of opportunities.”
Woolsey touched upon theme later in the interview, as well, when talking about the Obama administration’s narrative that the war on terror is over and domestic, Islamic attacks are merely “workplace violence” or lone-wolf lunatics.
“We’ve got to be able to talk about the religious offshoots and the roots in Islam of what is taking place,” Woolsey insisted. “It doesn’t mean that all Muslims are like that; it doesn’t mean that all Muslims are fanatics or anything like it. But if people are so afraid of being called an Islamophobe that they won’t even call it straight, we can’t defeat something we can’t talk about.”
The Boston Marathon bombing on April 15 killed three people near the finish line of the famous footrace and injured over 260.
Chechan brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev stand accused of the bombing, though Tamerlan was reportedly killed in a shootout with police. Further reporting has revealed the brothers, particularly Tamerlan, had been growing more deeply involved with jihadist Islam, including online evidence of exploring violent, terrorist websites.
In 2011 Russian intelligence informed the FBI that Tamerlan was a radical Islamist, prompting an FBI investigation that was subsequently closed. In 2012, Tamerlan flew to Russia and spent six months overseas, during which he visited the North Caucasus, a hotbed of militant Islamic activity.
Woolsey also talked to Klein about the United States’ vulnerability to an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, weapon, which could disrupt the nation’s far-too-fragile energy grid.
Audio of the full interview can be heard below: