The Jihadi Threat Within

Frank Crimi is a San Diego-based writer and author of the book Raining Frogs and Heart Attacks. You can read more of Frank's work at his blog,www.politicallyunbalanced.com.


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Finally, in November 2011 Jose Pimentel was arrested and charged with plotting to build and detonate bombs in New York City in order to kill US servicemen returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan, in particular Marines and Army personnel.

Now, the revelation of the FBI’s investigation of the Islamist threat comes as a report on Muslim radicalization by the House Homeland Security Committee has found the danger posed to US military communities both grave and growing, one that has a “potentially devastating development” for the security of troops and their families.

Unfortunately, the House report also noted that the response to this Islamist threat had been undermined by “political correctness” within the United States toward Islam, an attitude which it states has “prevented many from sufficiently acknowledging and tackling this dangerous problem.”

Not surprisingly, one of those unable to adequately grasp the lethal problem posed by these budding jihadists is the Obama administration, which has openly refused to even use the term “Islamic extremists” lest it offend the sensibilities of the broader Muslim world.

That viewpoint was most egregiously on display in the case of Major Nidal Hasan, when the Defense Department officially declared the former Army psychiatrist’s murderous spree was not terror-related but rather a simple case of “workplace violence.”

That pronouncement came despite the fact Hasan was shouting “Allahu Akhbar” as he killed his victims; possessed private business cards that identified him as a “Soldier of Allah, Glory to God”; and professed drawing inspiration for his barbarous actions from Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical US-born cleric and operational leader al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Yet, even though some Army officials at Fort Hood had raised concerns about Hasan’s behavior, even referring to him as “a ticking time bomb,” the Army’s institutional fear of being subject to accusations of racial profiling led them to ignore the problem.

That Pentagon fealty to PC dogma was disturbingly expressed in the days shortly after the Fort Hood shooting when General George Casey, Chief of Staff of the Army, said, “Our diversity, not only in our Army, but in our country, it is a strength.  And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse.”

Of course, there are others who think Truth trumps Diversity.

That belief was voiced by Darius Long, whose son, Army Private William Andrew Long, in June 2009 was shot and killed in a shooting attack on a US Army recruiting office in Little Rock, Arkansas, by Carlos Bledsoe, a US-born Muslim convert who had become radicalized from his travels to Yemen to live with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Yet, while Bledsoe claimed he specifically targeted the US military to avenge the mistreatment of Muslims, the evidence of his terrorist ties did not prevent him from being tried in a civilian state court rather than under federal terrorism charges.

That decision led Darius Long in testimony before a joint session of the Senate and House Homeland Security Committee in December 2011 to say, “My faith in government is diminished. It invents euphemisms … Little Rock is a drive by and Fort Hood is just workplace violence. The truth is denied.”

Hopefully, it won’t take another Fort Hood to finally reveal that truth and expose the real dangers faced by America’s military personnel and their families from jihadists safely ensconced inside their ranks.

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  • Jim

    Oh Dear did I detect hate speech in the article. Lets be less intolerant . They are not Islamists. They are just folks advocating and practicing murder in the name of Islam.

  • Asher

    This is the real threat…The Terrorists lurking within…could perpetuate another Fort Hood, or massacre in large cities.

  • Adam

    And don't forget Sgt. Asan Akbar. It happened over seas, but he still killed American Soldiers while pretending to be one.

  • Steve

    Part of the Islam problem lies at the feet of America's Powers That Be (past and present). You let them in; now suck it up Consider this as collateral damage to being so open minded as to be shallow in thinking. The same applies to other Western countries. You ain't seen nothin' yet. The present situation is just the tip of the iceberg.

  • Drakken

    If the US Govt fails in it's duty to protect our own people, the troops will then take that as a sign they are no longer important to this country and will take matters into their own hands and protect themselves. PC and diversity be damned.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Islamofascist terrorist Fifth Columnists are here. Major hasan is a prime example.

    And some US governmental agency tried to whitewash, trivialize this jihad as "workplace violence".

    This was an Islamist terrorist attack within the borders of the US. All the signs were there but hasans higher ups were more concerned with being "tolerant" and not being viewed as "islamofascist-phobic".

    A good part of the blame goes to hasans superiors as well.

    To be forewarned is to be forearmed.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Islam's Fifth Column is here thanks to our Congessional Filth Column sucking up to the vile
    criminal invaders that are protected by Mullah Obama & Co………..How much money does
    our elected elites receive each year from Islamist entities while professing to be representing
    American freedom and values. We as a Nation must come to the understanding the idiots
    parading around Washington, elected and appointed are our most dangerous problem
    and are destoying America as we have known it for their elitist ends. The ruling class gains
    in power by buying votes from unproductive slugs and imported subversives. Will Americans
    wake up and understand that next November is the most important month in our history.
    Vote everyone out…………………………..William

  • marios

    Cannot be said better! BHOis one more term and our Great country will be end.
    We should be proactive to prevent i'st happened.

  • hajid

    "100 suspected Islamists "? FBI is too PC polluted. We don't call time bomb a "suspected" time bomb, but time bomb indeed!

    • jacob

      Considering that the 9/11 horror can be attributed in part to the nonchalant way the FBI people who
      ordered shelved the report ont he irregular and strange way the Arabs learning flight were doing it,
      that is, no take off's or landing but just straight and level flight, I would take this report of just 100
      suspicious cases with a grain of salt and believe its number a hundred fold rather, included converts
      which seem to be as bad as worst than the born ones, moreover considering the things that have
      been circulating about Muslim organizations learning FBI anti-terrroist procedures right from the
      horse's mouth and so on and so forth….
      We are still to fully learn the dangers this invasion means to our country and freedoms plus the
      damage inflicted so far by this "administration"r…..

  • jacob

    How in the hell dares the army brass have the chrome plated brass ballls of calling HASSAN's murderous
    deed and "workplace incident" ???
    Are they Muslims or do they fear so much the White House Muslim ??
    If so, I wonder how did they get to the high rank they are (perhaps for good behavior) as it seems that the
    Marine who refused to consider him his supreme commander showed more "cojones" that such brass ever
    did in their entire military careers….
    May I ask what need (other than strict POLITICAL CORRECTNESS and blind obedience) does the military
    have for Muslims in their midst ???
    They have proven so far to be unreliable and outright dangerous….
    Or do they need an enlarged and improved FORT HOOD replay ?????

  • RUI

    Muslims in America must be:

    -imediatelly expelled from the military, Government, Judicial and other State institutions;
    -interrogated at length about where their loyalties lie;
    -Those who continue to demonstrate their resistance to integrate and reject the violent tenets of their faith must either be deported or placed in internment camps, until the threat of islam is broken decisively and this disgraceful ideology becomes nothing more than a religion.

    -The US must cut any political and economic partnership with countries like Saudi Arabia and Egypt. It must declare the Muslim Brotherwhood a terrorist organization (which it is) as well as every other muslim supremacist group. It must cut any support to the "palestinian" cause and to Pakistan as well.
    -American institutions must undertake all efforts to report on the truth about Islam at every opportunity, as well as promoting American values based on its historicity of liberty and defiance of tyranny.
    -"Islam" and "muslim" must be again part of the lexicon of law enforcement and civil institutions.
    -CAIR and other such institutions must be outlawed and criminalized, its assets confiscated and invested in a proper American recovery, their members tried and arrested for sedition;
    -Muslim groups on campus must be screened, surveilled and investigated in depth and consequently banned if the circumstances dictate;
    -All muslim schools, centers and so on must be scrutinized to guarantee that anti-West hatred is stripped of its teachings and segregation (religious and sexual) in prohibited.

  • johan

    If they had closed the muslim borders years ago they wouldn't need any muslims in the army. It is so simple, they, our governments have asked for this trouble.

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  • patriot077

    If they are serious about understanding the root of terrorism, the FBI should hire Stephen Coughlin. He knew so much about the koran, the suras and the hadiths that the Pentagon fired him.

  • Ronald Johnston

    Many people have been convicted and have been executed or are serving life sentences for less than osama obama and his evil cohorts have been doing to this country!!!!

  • mixplix

    When are we going to learn to keep our mouths shut? Letting the world know we are looking at 100 possibles is insane. When the msm told the world we were listening to terrorists phones and getting valuable intelligence the phones went silent, BRILLIANT GOING MSM. Loose lips sinks ships, from WW II is just as relevant today as it was then. When the Chicago Tribune announced to the world that we broke the secret Japanese code during WW II how many lives do you think that piece of news cost?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Yes, but then everyone kind of understands you're an Iranian paid hack posting comments here that are not even probably your own.

    6 minutes ago @ Breitbart.com – Protests to greet Ahma… · 1 reply · 0 points
    "I'm like jesus, I'm gonna chase you money changers out of the temple and out of town and of course out of this forum. Me and ohsoquiet and a few other REAL AMERICANS who are being PAID to be here like you Israeli PR men. I'm here to chase you filth out."

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    An American patriot doesn't say something like this.

    An iranian backed troll would.

    6 minutes ago @ Breitbart.com – Protests to greet Ahma… · 1 reply · 0 points
    "I'm like jesus, I'm gonna chase you money changers out of the temple and out of town and of course out of this forum. Me and ohsoquiet and a few other REAL AMERICANS who are being PAID to be here like you Israeli PR men. I'm here to chase you filth out."

    Where did all those other people go? Back to the Tehran slums?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    You don't admit to the Iranian threat. Sounds like you're not just a troll but a stupid one.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    You are just way to stressed out. You need to chill and relax. Here's a great video to make you laugh. You'll feel better after you unwind some.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXMIQDVOs98

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    And as long as Iran is a threat to peace, I don't blame the Saudi's for doing so.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    We both know the silly pink ponies in your head won't let you talk about anything else.

    And Iran is a threat that needed countering.
    So, do you have cousins fighting against the Syrian people in Damascus?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Still stuck on cut and paste for your comments?

    You're such a silly monkey.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    More cut and paste when your handlers won't allow a real answer?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Why don't you admit the real nature of the Iranian threat?

    Sounds like a lot of big words for you, but hey… I hate to sell the silly monkeys short.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Yes, until a Saudi buys a bomb to go under it.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    I do get it. That's why you are so upset by my comments.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Not in your lifetime. Not in Keith's lifetime.

    You just don't realize all that laughter is aimed at you. Not with you.