On the Radar Screen but Not Out of Our Country

In analyzing the police press releases about the recent terrorist attacks in London this past weekend, we find that yet once again at least one of the terrorists was strongly on the radar screen of British police and their anti-terrorist intelligence services. This terrorist was not hiding in the shadows. In fact, he was so public about his pro-ISIS sympathies that he was once featured in a British documentary where he spouted pro-terrorist rhetoric, while unfurling a black ISIS flag in a public park. How much more “in your face” does a terrorist have to be to get some law enforcement and legal “service” in that country?

While the idiot Muslim Mayor of London tells his citizens that there is “nothing to worry about,” British law enforcement and intelligence sources document that they are “monitoring” over 26,000 individuals with suspected ties to Islamic extremist and/or terrorist organizations. Neither fact reconciles with a “nothing to worry about” environment of safety and security for British subjects.

Scary you say? Well, the United States is not all that far behind Great Britain and its European counterparts where suspected terrorists and extremist sympathizers are concerned.

Last year, the FBI told us that they have over 1,000 active investigations where they are monitoring thousands of American citizens and foreign born aliens in this country with suspected ties to Islamic terrorist organizations. Last year, I wrote about the Bureau’s limited manpower and how they prioritize and resource their 24/7 surveillance teams to monitor suspected terrorists and their sympathizers.

The fact is that the FBI cannot do any type of adequate full-time monitoring job with the very limited number of special agents they currently have, combined with all their other domestic and international investigative distractions. The FBI has only 15,000 special agents world-wide. For instance, the Bureau assigned over 150 special agents alone to the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

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To conduct 24/7 surveillance operations on even the top 500 terrorist suspects in the U.S. would take a minimum of 2,000 special agents to even begin to do an adequate job. Agent attrition and new agent selection and training lag time, combined with other pressing investigation and intelligence gathering responsibilities physically preclude the FBI from addressing our current level of domestic and international terrorist threats.

As a former investigator, intelligence gatherer and analyst, I understand the need to surveil certain prioritized terrorist cell leaders to identify associates and sympathizers. However, once this is done, we need to move swiftly to arrest, prosecute, adjudicate and remove these active threats from our country permanently. How do we do this?

First, all non-citizens convicted of crimes should be immediately deported to their native countries as soon as they complete sentencing. Next, those identified as sympathizing, associating, communicating with, funding and/or aiding and abetting known terrorists or terrorist/extremist organizations; or accessing terrorist and extremist-related social media sites should be immediately detained, have their visas confiscated, held without bail, have expedited deportation hearings and then deported.

As we all know, nearly each time we have had a terrorist incident in the United States, we have subsequently learned that the involved suspect(s) have been “on the radar screens” of the FBI and/or other law enforcement or intelligence gathering agencies. Whether it’s in the U.S. or in Europe, within 48 hours of a known terrorist incident, law enforcement immediately arrest numerous other known terrorist associates. Why are these people still in our countries if we know they have direct ties to other known and active terrorists?! These people don’t need to be on our radar screens; they need to be deported to their native terrorist infested countries where they belong.

Europe and the U.S. need a severe paradigm shift in mindset if we are going to survive the terrorist threat to our nations. Freedoms of speech and religion do not allow one to commit murder, or encourage others to kill us. It is high time our nations redefine and realign the “red lines” between what constitutes freedoms of speech and religion as opposed to security threats to our nations; treason, sedition and aiding and abetting the enemy.

Next, since there are apparently tens of thousands of ISIS and other Islamic extremists, terrorists, associates and sympathizers in Europe and the U.S.; our nations’ legislatures and courts need to create a criminal justice system that expedites the process for arresting, adjudicating and permanently removing from our countries as many of these individuals as possible, as soon as possible. This might even mean the loss of citizenship to those not born in the threatened nation.

The bottom line is many of us are tired of hearing two things every time there is a terrorist incident where our citizens are murdered and maimed: (1) the terrorists were already on our radar screen; and (2) this is a “wake up call” for action. We don’t need any more wake-up calls and we don’t want these terrorists, their associates and sympathizers on our radar screens. We want them either dead, or in prison or jail and then out of our countries for good.

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Ron Martinelli, Ph.D., CMI-V, is a nationally renowned forensic criminologist and retired police detective with the San Jose (CA) Police Department. Dr. Martinelli directs the nation’s only Forensic Death Investigations & Independent review Team and is the author of the new book, “The Truth Behind the Black Lives Matter Movement and the War on Police,” The Show: A Thread of Evidence deals with real crime stories; their victims, violators; and cops and forensic investigators who solve those crimes and bring the bad guys to justice. Go out onto the mean streets; visit the crimes scenes and work in the forensic lab with your host nationally renowned forensic criminologist and investigator DrRon Martinelli.