It’s not just that government collects so much data on Americans that bothers me.
It’s what the government does and doesn’t do with the data that makes it worse.
Take, for example, the feisty interchange between Rep. Louis Gohmert, R-Texas, and FBI Director Robert Mueller last week.
Gohmert was grilling Mueller over the FBI’s abject failure at preventing the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing by neglecting to investigate the terrorists’ mosque, founded by Abdurahman Alamoudi, who was convicted of supporting terrorism. He also pointed out the FBI had a tip from Russia that one of the Tsarnaev brothers had been radicalized in a visit to Chechnya prior to the attack.
“The FBI never canvassed Boston mosques until four days after the April 15 attacks,” Gohmert said. “If the Russians tell you that someone has been radicalized and you go check and see the mosque that they went to, then you get the articles of incorporation as I have for the group that created the Boston mosque where these Tsarnaevs attended and you find out the name Alamoudi.”
Mueller accused Gohmert of not having his facts straight, for which he should be cited for contempt of Congress. It is Mueller who didn’t have his facts straight – even admitting he didn’t know about who founded the mosque.
That’s an illustration of why too much information in the wrong hands – and make no mistake about it, the government’s hands are the wrong hands – is so dangerous. Too much information sometimes obscures the obvious.
Islamic Society of Boston Mosque was, and remains to this day, a breeding ground for the kind of Muslim extremism that represents a grave threat to national security and the safety of the American public.
What is Mueller doing about that?
If a church had that kind of history, its charter would have been pulled long ago and those responsible for aiding and abetting terrorism would be locked up in Guantanamo. You know it, and I know it. But the FBI closes its eyes to this kind of violent and explosive hatred when those responsible are followers of Muhammad.
I encourage you to watch the fiery exchange as it was captured on CSPAN last Thursday.
It’s time for Mueller to go. I know he is a short-termer and leaving office soon. But it’s not soon enough.
This guy is not exactly Elliott Ness.
He’s been in the job too long – since a week before Sept. 11, 2001.
He obviously didn’t learn enough from that experience.
It’s time for an immediate change.
It’s also good to know there are at least a few members of Congress who know what’s really going on in this country – people like Louis Gohmert.
It’s also time to dismantle the surveillance state on general principle. It’s un-American to the core. But there’s another good reason to destroy it: Government not only ignores the vital information at its fingertips, it also misuses it, misinterprets it, fails to connect the dots and misses the forest for the trees because of the overwhelming amount of data it collects.
I don’t know what’s scarier – the fact that government collects information from every American surreptitiously or that it uses all the wrong criteria in figuring out who really represents a threat to the safety and security of our country and citizenry.