Fourteen years after 9/11 the terror threat has increased
On the eve of 14th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks by Muslims and the all but guaranteed passage of President Barack Obama's (D) Iran deal, Rep Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, released a truly disconcerting report on the state of US security.
Short version: this country is very insecure.
Long version: this country scarily insecure and frighteningly vulnerable; the situation is getting worse. Read on.
• The jihadist threat in the U.S. homeland is high and has escalated dramatically this year. There have been more U.S.-based jihadist terror cases in 2015 than in any full year since 9/11. The number of U.S. terrorist cases involving homegrown violent jihadists has gone from 38 in July 2010 to 124 today—more than a three-fold increase in just five years.
• ISIS is fueling the Islamist terror wildfire across the globe at unprecedented speed. As of the end of August, the group has inspired or directed 57 terror attack plots against Western targets, including 15 in the United States. A recent train attack in France would have been a mass-casualty attack had it not been for an alert group of Americans. There have now been nearly twice as many ISIS-linked attack plots against the West this year (37) as there were in all of 2014 (20).
• Islamist terrorists are intent on killing American law enforcement and military personnel, in addition to innocent civilians. Radicals are increasingly targeting men and women in uniform here in the United States. In August, ISIS supporters released another “hit list” of American government personnel, including service members. Since early 2014, the majority of Islamist terror plots on U.S. soil have featured plans to kill police or U.S. service members.
• ISIS has largely maintained its terror safe havens in Syria and Iraq while expanding globally more than a year after the U.S. and its allies launched operations against it. Al Qaeda affiliates from Syria to Yemen have also carved out sanctuary and seized additional terrain. ISIS retained control over its major strongholds in Syria and Iraq while undertaking disruption attacks and offensives in key territory; ISIS-affiliated militants have simultaneously consolidated control in Libya. Foreign fighters continue to swell the ranks of Islamist extremist groups looking to recruit foot soldiers and activate followers to launch attacks in their home countries.
For those who celebrate diversity and multi culturalism, here are some frightening recent examples of it in action in the USA.
-More than 250 Americans are estimated to have traveled – or attempted to travel – to Syria to fight. Several dozen are currently believed to be fighting with ISIS.
• Around 40 American fighters who traveled to Syria have returned to the United States as of March 2015, and several have been arrested on terror charges.
• In addition to fighters joining Sunni extremist groups like ISIS and Jabhat al Nusrah in Syria, an estimated 5,000-7,000 Lebanese Hezbollah members and other Shi’a militants are fighting alongside the Bashar al Assad regime under Iranian direction. Recent Developments
• August 10: Naader Saadeh, a 20-year-old from Rutherford, New Jersey, was charged after he attempted to travel to Syria to join ISIS. Saadeh was part of a cell based in New York and New Jersey that also included his brother and was dismantled in June 2015. Saadeh flew to Amman, Jordan, in May but was detained by authorities there. Saadeh had viewed ISIS propaganda views online and expressed support for the group via his Facebook account.
• August 8: A couple from Starksville, Mississippi, was arrested at the airport after attempting to travel through Turkey to join ISIS in Syria. Jaelyn Delshaun Young, 20, and Muhammad Oda Dakhlalla, 22, expressed their support for ISIS over various social media outlets, including Twitter, and attempted to seek out advice regarding joining ISIS in Syria over the Internet.
• July 29: Arafat Nagi, 42, of Lackawanna, New York, was arrested after pledging allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi and attempting to join the group. Nagi purchased military gear and traveled to Turkey in 2012 and 2014 in attempts to meet with ISIS members. He also traveled to Yemen. Nagi expressed support for ISIS and disseminated its propaganda, including pictures of beheadings, through Twitter.
And that's just a small example terrorist diversity. More from Rep McCaul on the terrorist threat.
And what do many in the government and their advisors propose to solve this? Let's bring in more terrorist "refugees" to the US, ignore the terrorists slipping across the Mexican border or the students who overstay their visa who are all part of the problem.
As for the foreign students, as Fox News reported http://insider.foxnews.com/2014/09/03/administration-admits-60k-may-have-overstayed-student-visas-past-year-6k-referred last year
What happens to the thousands of foreign nationals who come here on student visas and then disappear?
Shannon Bream tonight reported that the administration admits that 60,000 people may have overstayed their student visas in the past year, and that 6,000 have been referred to Homeland Security for further investigation.
A top recommendation by the 9/11 commission was to clean up the student visa system, since many of the 9/11 attackers got in legally that way. ICE says it has made many improvements to visa security since the 9/11 terror attacks. (snip)
Rep. Peter King (R-NY) was on “The Kelly File” to discuss the student visa program, which he said has been “a serious issue” for many years. He said that universities are at fault because they often look the other way, since many international students pay top dollar to U.S. schools.
Of the threat of ISIS to the U.S., King said, “I’m worried whether it’s 9/11 or not, I’m very concerned.”
And so are we, Rep King, so are we. Many of these students are leading the anti American, anti Israel movements on campus, disrupting speakers and activities supporting America, its soldiers or Israel while knowingly funding the terrorists and their organizations, all the while taking advantage of our freedoms as they complain about racism or "Islamophobia" when challenged.
On Wednesday, James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence stated
that U.S. intelligence officials have a “huge concern” about Islamic State’s ability to infiltrate waves of Syrian war refugees flowing into Europe and potentially the United States as pressure mounts on Western nations to take in a growing number of people fleeing the conflict in the heart of the Middle East.
“As they descend on Europe, one of the obvious issues that we worry about, and in turn as we bring refugees into this country, is exactly what’s their background?” Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper said. “We don’t obviously put it past the likes of ISIL to infiltrate operatives among these refugees.”
“That is a huge concern of ours,” Mr. Clapper said during a rare and unusually informal public appearance at an annual U.S. intelligence community conference that kicked off Wednesday morning in Washington.
While he added that U.S. authorities, who have so far allowed in fewer than 2,000 of Syria’s some 4 million refugees, have a “pretty aggressive” system for screening the backgrounds of those seeking entry into the United States, Mr. Clapper said he’s not so confident about the capabilities of some European nations.
Oh, and btw, as uncovered here on American Thinker, and numerous investigative reports elsewhere such as "Migrant Wave Inspires Others to Attempt Trek to Europe," and The Syrian Refugee Crisis Is Not Our Problem, many of them are not refugees in the classic sense but terrorists in refugee clothing along with genuine refugees who lost the battles of their own making and economic migrants from African countries.
Yeah, I know. I was surprised too!
Cherish the memory of the victims of September 11 by not allowing more victims.
hat tip: Homeland Security Today