Local FBI chief will help fight U.S. terror war

  • Article by: JAMES WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 6, 2011 - 10:38 PM

Ralph Boelter, who has a new job in Washington, plans to use lessons learned from reaching out to Twin Cities Somalis.

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ccschonsMar. 6, 11 9:38 PM

The Global War On Terror is a nonsensical concept designed to promote ulterior motives.

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dar8888Mar. 6, 1111:24 PM

How is becoming a bureaucrat fighting "terrorism"?

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sopholMar. 7, 1112:19 AM

Dudes, back off the criticism. Strategy is paramount and he provided it. Good luck in DC!

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sellisMar. 7, 11 2:53 AM

We're still calling it a "war" on terror? The deceitful rhetoric of the Bush administration should have been put to rest long ago.

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ccschonsMar. 7, 11 8:06 AM

And Obama should have put the wasteful practices of the Bush administration to rest a long time ago.

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skier_rickMar. 7, 11 8:30 AM

I find this article interesting in that a comparison can be made between the FBI and Al Shabab. Both are armed militias that impose and enforce laws on a population of people. In order to clarify, read Michel Foucault who, "argues between the 17th and 18th centuries a new, more subtle form of power was being exercised transnationally. He calls this form of power discipline. Soldiers (like Boelton and members of Al Shabab) could be made and formed rather than just being chosen because of their natural characteristics. What is central to Foucault's analysis is knowledge/power. He questions common concepts like justice or equality, and asks where these concepts originalized and whom they privilege? The process of observing and evaluating individuals leads to more and more knowledge about peoples"...and the motives of the people including the FBI's Boelter and members of Al Shabab. "Foucault suggests that a "carceral continuum" runs through modern society, from the maximum security prison, through secure accommodation, probation, social workers, police, and teachers, to our everyday working and domestic lives. All are connected by the (witting or unwitting) supervision (surveillance, application of norms of acceptable behaviour) of some humans by others." See where this is going? On the one hand we have the USA laws and enforcement and on the other we have Islam and sharia law. Both have similar origins as manipulators of human behavior and I argue are cross-dressing sisters of the same daddy. Read Foucault and you will begin to understand that we have disconnected the historical origins of concepts, actions and meanings to the point we can no longer evaluate and analyze behaviors objectively as I have, maybe awkwardly, pointed out above in my opening sentences.

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Oxman39Mar. 7, 11 9:08 AM

Seriously??? Really???!!! This article has nothing to do with the foreign policies of past or present Presidents. I can understand people being more than a little tired with the rhetoric around terrorism but like it or not, it is a very real threat. Opinions on that aside, what we should be doing here is celebrating someone who has worked very hard to lead during a time riddled with adversity. Building relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve is easier said than done. When those commuities are born from places where corruption and murder are commonplace, that job becomes exponentially more difficult. I say we show some repect and while we are at it, some much deserved thanks to Mr. Boetler. He will be missed but our country needs him more than Minnesota.

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hoisonsauceMar. 7, 11 9:38 AM

@skier_rick Why don't you give us some Orientalism to round out the "analysis?"

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parksoy125Mar. 7, 11 9:50 AM

"Show" is repeated several times. That is what they do, "give the appearence of" but not actually do what they say. Pretty much sums it up.....must give the appearence that we care and are humaine......but not actually do that. What a dark world this man is in or will be in. Imagine having to answer to nobody and having blank checks given to you.....that would draw in some people with bad intentions....

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anonymous13Mar. 7, 1110:09 AM

Ralph Boelter is a true American hero, and Somalis should be thankful for the cancerous cells that were cut from their communities. The war on terror will continue to exist as long as there are radical Muslims intent on imposing their Islamic will towards a peaceful society.

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