April 30 2013

Bombers with Benefits

Charlotte Hays

The Boston bombers have once again shown that the United States can’t buy love.

This from the Boston Herald:

The Tsarnaev family, including the suspected terrorists and their parents, benefited from more than $100,000 in taxpayer-funded assistance — a bonanza ranging from cash and food stamps to Section 8 housing from 2002 to 2012, the Herald has learned.

“The breadth of the benefits the family was receiving was stunning,” said a person with knowledge of documents handed over to a legislative committee today.

The state has handed over more than 500 documents to the 11-member House Post Audit and Oversight Committee, which today met for the first time and plans to call in officials from the Department of Transitional Assistance to testify….

Transitional assistance officials also told the Herald tonight that the agency was conducting its own investigation into whether Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s family ever notified the DTA about his extended trip to Russia, and has since expanded its probe to include a full history of the benefits received by the entire Tsarnaev family.

And still they killed and maimed U.S. citizens.

We also still don’t know yet why the Tsarnaev family was (apparently) given asylum in the U.S. or how the FBI and other agencies failed to recognize that they were a threat.

On the latter, I have a theory: Rep. Michele Bachmann has charged that the FBI has “purged” references to Islamic terrorism from its training manuals. Without the Islamic terrorism connection, the Tsarnaevs are just another thuggish family living on the taxpayers.

Victor Davis Hanson has a must-read piece today on how the administration has taught us to turn a blind eye to Islamic radicalism's relation to terrorism:  

In Star Trek lore, the Borg was a collective of servile drone operatives that sought to assimilate other species into its “hive mind.”

Something akin to that creepy groupthink arose when the Obama administration took power and sought to reformulate the so-called war on terror. Almost immediately, Obama operatives suggested that radical Islamists were no more likely than any other group to commit acts of terrorism. In fact, the very idea of terrorism — not to mention a war against it — was supposedly a Bush-administration construct unfairly aimed at Muslims.

So it is hardly surprising that signals were missed.

Taxpayers couldn’t supply 72 virgins (though one erstwhile virgin tells of giving herself to Tamerlan in today's New York Post). But I’d say 100 K plus is a pretty good take for budding bombers.  

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