The U.S. government monitors the private communications its citizens, but apparently that surveillance does not include mosques.
Investor's Business Daily reports mosques have been off limits since 2011, when Islamism groups complained about FBI sting operations targeting mosques.
Before they were excluded, dozens of successful sting operations thwarted plots being hatched by homegrown jihadists.
Because of the ban on mosque surveillance, the FBI never checked out the radical Boston mosque where the Boston Marathon Bombers worshipped until days after the marathon attack.
Will the Boston Marathon bombing will change the way the FBI monitors mosques? CBN News Terrorism Analyst Erick Stakelbeck addresses that question and more on CBN's Newswatch, June 14.