The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, is demanding answers as to why his intelligence services failed to prevent the horrific murder of Drummer Lee Rigby, 25, a machine-gunner in the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, the other day at the hands of two jihadists in the streets during broad daylight, according to the Washington Times.
Intelligence had previously halted one of the suspects — Michael Adebolajo, 28, the one videotaped with bloody hands, waving a machete and knife — en route to Somalia, where it was suspected he was heading to fight with the terrorist group Al-Shabaab, The Telegraph said.
Six years ago, he was also arrested during a violent protest in Britain that was led by an extremist group. He also held membership in a group of militants who joined with known radical clerics to preach anti-Western messages in the streets of London, The Telegraph reported.
The other suspect, Michael Adebowale, 22, was a known extremist whose apartment was recently raided by police, The Telegraph said.
Cameron was also quick to call the attack what it was – a terrorist attack. Police also speculated whether or not it was part of a wider terrorist plot. Now compare that to similar attacks in the US over the past few years.
Carlos Bledsoe was a suspected terrorist before he shot two soldiers on recruiting duty in Little Rock, Arkansas. Even though he admitted that he was influenced by Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical imam, also known as the “bin Laden of the internet”, Bledsoe was never indicted on terrorist charges and the government won’t admit that there was a larger plot. A few months later, Nidal Hassan killed more than 13 unarmed soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas and that’s still classified as “workplace violence”.
Even though Bledsoe and Hassan were both targets of federal investigations at the time of their respective crimes, no one called for answers in any meaningful way. Then we get, as a reward for our complacency, the Boston Marathon bombing, also perpetrated by subjects of federal law enforcement investigations. Still no one is calling for the feds to answer tough questions about why they failed the American people. After all, doesn’t the Constitution call for the federal government to “provide for the common defense” – and not for all of that other bullshit that the government is wrapped up in these days, which ultimately detract from it’s ability to do what it’s supposed to be doing.