American Al Qaeda May Now Pose Most Clear Threat to Homeland Security
U.S. Authorities Worry Over Americans Rising to Leadership Roles in Al Qaeda
By PIERRE THOMAS, JACK CLOHERTY and JASON RYAN
American Al Qaeda may now pose the most clear and present threat to the homeland, top government sources tell ABC News.
Americans have risen high in Al Qaeda's leadership and are now helping shape strategy for attacks on the U.S.
One source told ABC that it is clear these homegrown Al Qaeda want to spill American blood.
American Al Qaeda may be even more dangerous than foreign fighters, sources say, because they know the nation's psyche and its "soft" targets, and its American recruits can often move about the country freely. In fact, during a speech to the top police chiefs in the country Monday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano shared a stark assessment:
"The stark reality that I shared with Congress recently – and that I'm sharing with you today – is that we at the Department of Homeland Security, and I venture to say the FBI as well, are operating under the premise that individuals prepared to carry out terrorist acts are already in the country, and may carry out these acts of violence with little or no warning," Napolitano said.
So who are these self-proclaimed traitors now in the Al Qaeda leadership? The Yemeni-American cleric Anwar Al Awlaki, once a propagandist, has now gone operational, and sources say Awlaki is emerging as a top threat to America, perhaps even enemy number one after Osama Bin Laden himself. Awlaki has ties to the Fort Hood shooter, and U.S. officials say he was a key figure behind the Christmas plot to blow-up an airplane over Detroit.
While Awlaki is known to many Americans, he is now joined by a supporting cast of radicalized, and dangerous, former Americans. Adnan Shukrijumah lived in Florida and was in the U.S. at least 15 years as a permanent resident. He is now believed to be a top Al Qaeda operational leader. The government says he helped plan a failed plot on the New York City subway system last year.
Anwar Awlaki and Shukrijumah are both believed to be actively plotting attacks right now. And sources tell ABC that Al Qaeda desperately wants another hit on the homeland before the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
American Members of Al Qaeda Want Another Attack on U.S.
Another American Al Qaeda is Adam Gadahn, formerly of California. He's perhaps the top propagandist for Al Qaeda. Just this past weekend he used the internet to urge Muslim immigrants in the suburbs of Detroit to murder their non-Muslim neighbors.
Samir Khan lived in Queens, N.Y., and in Charlotte, N.C., but now he says, "I am proud to be a traitor to America." Sources say he is a major player behind "INSPIRE," an online Al Qaeda magazine which is aimed at radicalizing and recruiting young Muslim Americans. The magazine recently called for conducting lunch hour attacks at Washington, D.C., restaurants.
Yahya Ibrahim, a radical Egyptian cleric, allegedly penned the article that mentions this but the whole magazine is believed to be written by Khan and Awlaki.
These calls for violence fit with what senior counterterror officials have told ABC News: that American Al Qaeda are urgently pushing for its followers to launch attacks like the 2007 assault in Mumbai, India. They believe even a small scale attack, if successful, will generate international coverage and shake American confidence.
Former FBI official Brad Garrett says, "We would be just as traumatized if someone walked into a mall or train station then if you had another 9/11."
Counterterrorism officials are clearly warning Americans that the threat from the new American Al Qaeda is very real.
Not all Nazis sprinkled cyanide into the gas chambers.
Not all Muslims plant bombs.
Yet they all, individually and collectively, support and aquiesce to murderous ideologies of supremacism, and so share a common guilt. Terrorism is an integral part of Islam, and any Muslim who denies it is quite simply lying: http://crombouke.blogspot.com/2010/01/islam-terrorism.html
I admit to snickering at the way these "top level" plotters don't try to carry out these attacks themselves but send over hapless, half-trained shaheed wannabes who just screw things up and get caught by us kuffar civilians.
Whether a successful "Mumbai-style" attack would shake our confidence or wake us up will depend on who is in a position to respond, which is one reason next Tuesday's elections mean so much. Napolitano may have felt compelled to warn about such attacks, but we know she would rather have her fingernails pulled out than do anything about one that would piss off the Left's muzzie friends. So we would get the same weeping and mourning and memorial concerts and teddy bears we did after 9/11. Obama might launch a Tora-Bora II just for show, but he'll be back on the Apology Trail of Tears as soon as he thinks he can get away with it.
If it happens, we must do everything possible to help and support those affected and that includes DEMANDING an end to the dhimmitude, the PC attitudes and policies, and DEMANDING that our voices be heard.
And also DEMANDING that the damned "moderate" moo-slum "community" stand up or shut up and DEMANDING security surveillence of mosques and investigation of groups such as CAIR.
It should never have to come to that. If it does, make everyone who enabled it pay.
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