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April 29th, 2013
05:45 PM ET

Former Attorney General: FBI is too delicate about Islamic terrorism

Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey says there is no way the Boston Marathon bombing suspects acted alone.  Mukasey said that the FBI is too delicate about Islamic terrorism.

"The FBI for years has been purging its training materials of any reference to Islamist terrorism," said Mukasey. "It's also been taking instruction on that, and on sensitivity, from organizations that are themselves Muslim Brotherhood affiliates."

Mukasey wrote in the Wall Street Journal recently that the terrorist attack was an act of jihad, and that the Obama administration needs to recognize that threat.

The keen and intense Islamic interest of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and the fact that he appears to have been self-radicalized, said Mukasey, is evidence that the Boston attack was an act of jihad.

Mukasey notes that Tamerlan Tsarnaev is the fifth person since 9/11 who has participated in terror attacks after being questioned by the FBI. The others are Nidal Hassan, Anwar al Awlaki, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, and David Coleman Headley.

Asked what needs to happen to stop these people from slipping through the cracks, Mukasey said, people need "to get their minds around the fact we're dealing with an ideology."

"We need to approach it in that way, and understand what motivates people to do this, and keep records of the people who are interviewed, and where they go and what they do," said Mukasey.

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