The Jihadi Threat Within

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The FBI’s investigation of over 100 suspected Islamists serving within the US military highlights the growing threat these undercover jihadists pose to American troops, their families and their military communities.

That growing Islamist danger, according to the FBI, comes from an array of active and reserve military personnel as well as individuals who have work or dependent access to military facilities, such as family members and civilian employees.

Moreover, of the 100 investigative cases, the FBI disclosed that a dozen of them are grave enough to be deemed “insider threats,” which it defines as someone planning a terrorist attack on a military base or is in contact with outside individuals who are exhorting them to wage jihad.

The news of the FBI investigations, which has only now become public, was first revealed in a closed session of a House-Senate Committee hearing in December 2011, a hearing that centered on investigating possible threats to military communities inside the United States.

While civilian targets may provide an easier objective for jihadists, military targets provide them an equally palatable choice.

As Republican Representative Peter King, Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has said, military service members are “symbols of America’s power, symbols of America’s might. And if they (military personnel) can be killed, then that is a great propaganda victory for al-Qaeda.”

While some may dismiss the number of potential jihadists being investigated by the FBI as a miniscule percentage of the millions serving in the military, others, like Senator Joseph Lieberman, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, note, “the reality is it only took one man, Nidal Hasan, to kill 13 people at Fort Hood and injure a lot more.”

Unfortunately, since the shooting spree launched by Major Hasan in November 2009 on soldiers in Fort Hood’s processing center — an act which many consider the most serious terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11 — the number of terrorist plots by homegrown Islamists targeting the military has grown significantly.

Those plots include the June 2011 arrest by the FBI of Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif and Walli Mujahidh at a warehouse garage where both men were in the process of picking up machine guns and grenades to use in an attack on a Seattle area military recruiting station.

After his arrest Mujahidh admitted that he was planning on carrying out the assault at the Military Entrance Processing Station — a facility that employs nearly 1,000 service people — for the express purpose of killing United States military personnel in order “to prevent them from going to Islamic lands and killing Muslims.”

In July 2011 Private Naser Abdo was arrested and charged with planning to detonate a bomb in a Chinese restaurant popular with Fort Hood soldiers and finish the job by shooting any surviving victims. Abdo, who was AWOL from Fort Campbell in Kentucky at the time of the planned attack, confessed to his mother in a recorded jailhouse conversation that his motive to kill the soldiers was simply “religion, mom. There is no other reason.”

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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.