GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE—It is “highly unlikely” that the 9/11 military hearings scheduled to resume this week will do so amid new revelations in a report about treatment of detainees released by Senate Democrats last week and more recent accusations that the FBI enlisted a mole to spy on defense lawyers representing the accused terrorists, according to sources familiar with internal deliberations.
The FBI refused to appear before Congress earlier this week to testify openly on the threats posed to American citizens by foreign fighters and other extremists who have traveled from Western countries to fight alongside the Islamic State (IS), according to multiple congressional sources familiar with the situation.
The FBI’s most recent national threat assessment for domestic terrorism makes no reference to Islamist terror threats, despite last year’s Boston Marathon bombing and the 2009 Fort Hood shooting—both carried out by radical Muslim Americans.
Americans who have travelled to foreign countries to train and fight with terror groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS or ISIL) are not being barred from freely returning to America, where they post a substantial terror threat, according to a leading member of Congress.
FBI Director James Comey said stoners should still apply to work for his agency, noting that the best and brightest to fight cyber crime usually “smoke weed on the way to the interview.”
FBI agents and Utah state prosecutors found accusations of wrongdoing by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) and Sen. Mike Lee (R., Utah), but the Justice Department is blocking an investigation, the Washington Times reports.
The director of a Russian government-run exchange program based in the United States is being investigated by the FBI for attempting to recruit Americans as intelligence assets for Russia.