No wonder they can't catch the REAL terrorists!
The Boston Globe broke the story. The Department of Homeland Security in conjunction with the Boston Police Department had planned an exercise where terrorists used backpack bombs to attack. The exercise was never held because the real attack occurred first.
What's most interesting about the planned exercise is that Boston Police and Homeland Security created a fictional right wing group "Free America Citizens" as the perpetrators. One wonders if someone at the IRS involved in targeting Tea Party groups might have come up with the name.
Of course this isn't the first time that Homeland Security or other agencies of the U.S. government and law enforcement have pointed the finger at right wing groups. It isn't the second time. Or third, fourth, fifth, sixth and so on. (1,2,3)
Meanwhile, the real terrorists go undetected. Despite knowing that Major Nidal Hassan carried a business card declaring himself a "soldier of Allah" and actively corresponding with terrorist mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki, the Army and federal agencies did nothing to stop his murder spree at Fort Hood. Ditto with the Tsarnaev brothers in Boston. Despite warnings, and travel to a terrorist hot spot the Feds turned a blind eye. We're scooping up all the phone records of innocent Americans but the Feds can't take a look at the jihadi postings on Tamerlan Tsarnaev's web page?
It's an open question whether the FBI spent more time investigating Tea Party groups than they did looking into any of these real threats. The focus of federal law enforcement and Homeland Security seems more tuned to investigating Obama's political foes than terrorists who are plotting to kill Americans!