Friday, July 24, 2009

The Jihad in the CONUS

Al-Quaeda operates in places such as Pakistan, Afghanistan and a lot of other countries "over there." And except for 9/11 and the first strike of the World Trade towers, we're pretty safe here at home. Right? Wrong!

How many people know, for instance, that Al-Quaeda and Hamas have cells currently operating in Santa Clara, California? Or, how about the Algerian Armed Islamic Group in San Diego, or Hizballah in Detroit, or the group known as the Islamic Jihad in Herndon, Virginia. According Steve Emerson in his book, American Jihad, and others, there are dozens of terrorist cells or terrorist support groups across the U.S. in cities such as Raleigh, North Carolina, Columbia, Missouri and even in Orlando--Disney Land for goodness sake.

As Americans we need to take our heads out of the sand and look around. I did a book a couple of years ago called Soldier of God in which I have suicide bombers coming to our shores. Cops I talked to around the country all had the same thing to say: It's not if suicide bombers are coming here, it's when.

Let's wake up.


  1. You're right, they are here and more can come. We need to wake up. But when we do, we need to react right. The relation that Cheney wanted to send US troops to Buffalo to arrest terrorists sounds like a bad movie about an attempt to undermine our government by our own "patriots" -- we have the FBI and thousands of local and state agencies capable of making arrests. Let's let the feds and cops do their job and the military do theirs.

  2. Junius

    I completely agree with you. Cheney's idea of using U.S., troops in law enforcement operations on our soil must never be allowed to happen. One day tanks on Pennsylvania Avenue? (Though the U.S. Coast Guard is charged with LE operations.) The problem is the general lack of cooperatiopn between local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies--and especially with the CIA, the one agency that could be alerting our domestic LE people of incoming terrorist threats.

  3. Speaking of the Devil, the homegrown terrorist variety, there is news today about a jihad terrorist group in North Carolina ran by a guy named Boyd. It says they train here to commit terrorist acts "abroad." That's a new one on me. I will be interested in hearing what the actual plan was.

  4. David,

    Thanks for the invite to join you on your blog. Mine is and I welcome you to join that too. I'm just getting started, though.

    Now, as to comment on this:

    One, I would like to find your book Soldier of God. It sounds like the type that would interest me greatly. I'll let you know what luck I have.

    Homegrown terrorism? That has been a part of our society for longer than a lot of people are aware. Certainly back in the early sixties when we were beginning to see splinter groups forming such as the Shining Path in Peru and the Baader-Meinhof group in Germany. (If you are not aware of these two, they might bear looking into). The Baader-Meinhof group were the ones who established the Red Army Faction. My son, when he was in the army, dealt with them as a CID man in Germany. Oh, the Red Army Faction also was a sort of "clearing house" for assignments given to Carlos the Jackal.

    The U.S. as a training ground for terrorism is what we once called "passive training" in that certain locations around the U.S. were target with "dummy bombs" by those groups training their agents how to work within a country with a liberal society and open border (well, pretty much) policy. The U.S. wasn't alone in this. Great Britain was too. France. And Germany. And, to a certain extent, Italy. Later, the small training grounds branched out into certain South American countries as well. In addition to training, however, these groups learned enough about targets to be able to "rapidly deploy" terrorist activities if determined needed. So, we have had this for a long time.

    Is there a need for fear? No, I don't think so. I would prefer the term watchful awareness as one can never take anything for granted. 9-11 proved that. Cheney has always been an alarmist. But perhaps such a person is needed in this day and age. We can no longer take safety for granted and must be aware that given certain immigration standards plus the fact that it is extremely easy for agents to inflitrate the U.S. has totally changed the complexion of things over the past many years. Why would a "training ground" be in the North/South Carolina region? Lots of reasons. One is the wide expanse of beaches and isolated groves and the many islands that are off the coast. Another is the Dismal Swamp which was a training ground as well for U.S. Army special ops groups. I'm not saying that things happened in these areas, but it just gives credence to the possibilities.