Bo Dietl backs Ted Cruz's bigoted plan: Fox & Friends "terror analyst" double downs on tracking Muslims in U.S.

Dietl called NYPD Commissioner takedown of Ted Cruz's call for more surveillance of Muslims, "ridiculous"


Brendan Gauthier
March 24, 2016 8:44PM (UTC)

"Fox & Friends" analyst Bo Dietl Thursday morning blamed the Brussels attacks on "an intelligence breakdown."

Dietl called members of ISIS sleeper cells in Brussels "little punks," a lot of whom "have criminal records."

"They got criminal records and what they could have done is flipped some other ones," he added.

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"All they had to do was put surveillance on these people over there and they would have found out what's going on," Dietl said, citing undercover surveillance operations in New York City in the 1990s that led to the arrest and life-sentencing of "The Blind Sheikh," Omar Abdel-Rahman, in connection with the 1993 World Trade Center bombings.

Responding to NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton  who, during a joint news conference with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Tuesday, strongly rebutted Ted Cruz's suggestion that America increase its surveillance of "Muslim neighborhoods" — Dietl said, "When they step up in New York and they said, 'we don't need to infiltrate certain areas of Muslim' — that's ridiculous."

"We've got to get intelligence to stop the bomb before it goes off and the only way is get intelligence, get inside of there," he added.

For rationalism's sake, former-Iraq War embedded journalist Michael Ware informed Dietl that getting "some undercovers" inside a terrorist organization is "easier said than done."

"Our great weakness throughout this War on Terror has been human intelligence," Ware said. "It's a lot harder than you think to get someone inside these organizations. It's not like flipping and turning someone from the mafia."

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Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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