Domestic Terror Hit update
Atlas has the best and quickest, so here it is…
What follows is a Department of Homeland Security report dated September 25 (unclassified), outlining the threat of the lone jihadis and the difficulty in tracking and stopping them. The disconnect is the motivation. Al Qaeda and the global jihadist ideology inspires these would-be mass slaughterers. The fact is, it’s Islam. It’s the Quran. When we can address that and talk about that and purge those violent passages from the Quran, suras, hadiths etc……… we can begin to fight this war successfully and stop this nonsense: Is This Any Way To Fight A War? (see my earlier post – Lisa)
The DHS/Office of Intelligence and Analysis and the FBI are issuing this joint note to provide additional information on the recent arrests in Illinois and Texas. The arrests of the two individuals referenced below are not in any way related to the ongoing terror investigation in New York and Colorado. UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
On 23 September 2009, the FBI arrested U.S. citizen Michael Curtiss FintonUSPER in Springfield, IL, and on 24 September 2009, arrested Jordanian citizen Hosam Maher Husein Smadi in Dallas, TX. The two were engaged in separate, unrelated plots to conduct attacks against prominent buildings—Finton against the Federal Building in Springfield, IL, and Smadi against the Wells Fargo Motor Bank in Dallas—using vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices. Each will face weapons of mass destructioncharges. These arrests are not related to the FBI arrests earlier this week in Denver and New York.
Though Finton and Smadi were engaged in separate, unrelated plots, they illustrate the continuing threat posed by Islamic terrorist extremists who are inspired by global jihad to commit violent acts in the United States, but do not necessarily receive direct guidance from any overseas terrorist organization. The FBI investigations into Finton and Smadi revealed that neither individual had ties to a formal terrorist network.
Finton and Smadi are similar to other lone terrorists and terrorist cells disrupted by U.S. law enforcement that identified with the ideas and goals of the global jihadist movement, but lacked direct guidance or instructions from the of a formal terrorist network. Despite this, they demonstrated the intent and potential capability to advance plots by conducting training, selecting targets, and procuring weapons, but weredisrupted before executing attacks.
On 27 July 2009, the FBI arrested Daniel Patrick Boyd [Muslim convert] USPER and seven of his associates on charges of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and conspiracy to murder, kidnap, maim, and injure persons abroad. The arrests disrupted Boyd’s ongoing efforts to radicalize young men in the Raleigh-Durham area for the purpose of conducting violent jihad abroad.
On 20 May 2009, the FBI arrested three U.S. citizens and one Haitian national in New York on charges of conspiracy to use in the United States and conspiracy to acquire anti-aircraft missiles, ending an eight-month operation. The charges arose from a plot to detonate explosives near a and synagogue in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, New York, and to attack military planes with improvised devices and anti-aircraft missile systems at the Base located at Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, New York.
In June 2007, the FBI arrested six individuals for planning a terrorist attack on military facilities, including the Fort Dix Army base in New Jersey. They trained for the attack in several different ways, including viewing jihadist videos, firing weapons at a shooting range in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, and playing paintball.was influenced by al-Qa‘ida and the global jihad message, but received no outside assistance with the plot.
In December 2006, the FBI arrested U.S. citizen Derrick ShareefUSPER when he attempted to purchase grenades and weapons for a self-directed terrorist attack against a shopping mall food court. Shareef was inspired by global jihadist ideology, yet received no direction from any foreign terrorist or organized terrorist group.
(And you thought GWB et al wasn’t doing anything to keep is safe… riiiiight.)
(U) Suggested Protective Measures
Building management personnel may want to consider the following enhanced protective measures.
- — Keep vehicles away from critical assets and from areas where large numbers of people congregate.
- — Require all illegally parked vehicles be moved or have them towed.
- — Identify emergency entry and exit points.
- — Be aware of suspicious behavior and alert to the presence of unattended bags, backpacks, briefcases, and suitcases.
- —Review footage daily to detect possible indicators of preoperational surveillance.
- — Ensure employees are familiar with procedures for shutting off utility services (electricity, natural gas) in emergency situations.
- — Conduct random explosive detection searches staggering search times and patterns.
Is this any way to fight a war?
Detection and disruption of lone terrorists are difficult because law enforcement cannot rely on networks or associations to identify them before an attack takes place. Violent extremists inspired by al-Qa‘ida’s militant ideology may adopt terrorist tradecraft and planning methodology similar to that employed by terrorist organizations like al-Qa‘ida, including extensive pre-attack surveillance and careful target selection. These similarities provide law enforcement with opportunities to uncover plots in the planning phase through careful observance of suspicious activity. DHS and the FBI do not currently possess credible information regarding any specific targets of terrorist plotting in the United States. DHS and the FBI continue to urge vigilance and the prompt reporting of any suspicious activities or information to appropriate authorities.
They are inspired by the Quran ………….
I was impressed that The State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL) and other area papers covered the story well and rather non-partisanly. Bravo to Matt Dietrich, editor, and the writers for doing a great job of reporting ‘all the news that’s fit to print’ (especially since no OTHER rag is doing it!!) 😉
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