Authorities are concerned how Hizballah might react in case Israel or other countries get into a conflict with Iran, which sponsors the terrorist group, said FBI Assistant Special Agent Todd Mayberry, who oversees counter-terrorism in Michigan.
One challenge is being able to keep track of so many potentially radical websites and differentiating what might be a legitimate threat from harmless talk. Estimating there are thousands websites that could have extremist activity, he said:
“If I gave you the number of Michigan IP addresses that are on some of these sites, it’s staggering,” Mayberry said.
Asked by a member of the Jewish Community Council of Metro Detroit about possible Hizballah support in Muslim-American communities, Mayberry said: “There are (some) people who see Hizballah as freedom fighters and as charitable.”
But at the FBI and other federal agencies, he said: “Our position remains the same… they’re terrorists.”
“If you give them (Hizballah) money, and I can show that you’re giving them money, you’re going to jail,” Mayberry said.
He added: “If you preach in your mosque or in…your home, where you espouse Hizballah rhetoric and you say how great they are and everything, you’re going to get a case opened…They are terrorists.”
“Everybody has their opinion…It’s a free country up and to a point. But they are a terrorist group…and until that changes,” the FBI will go after “anyone who supports them whether financially or with material support.”
Some have alleged there are Hizballah training camps in metro Detroit, but Mayberry said such claims are not true.
“The threats are more vague,” he said.
In his talk, Mayberry said that Hizballah is as much a threat as Al-Qaeda, if not more, in some ways.
“Hizballah is absolutely no joke,” Mayberry said. “Al-Qaeda is certainly a threat, but Hizballah” has been operating for decades against Israel and others.
“People underestimate Hizballah… Hizballah is a huge threat” that operates at a “much higher level than we’re dealing with on the Al-Qaeda side.”
Mayberry also talked about the FBI’s attempts to work with local imams on the issue of young Muslims becoming radicalized through the Internet.
He said that sometimes, potential terrorists may try to contact a “legitimate mosque” in sort of a “last-ditch effort” to find out if his actions are OK. The potential terrorist may be wondering, Mayberry said, “Is this really what the Quran says?”
“One of the things we’re really working with the imams on is” trying to convince them to take seriously radicals who contact them.
“Behind every Islamic terrorist is an imam.” (quiz: who said that?)
“Don’t take that lightly,” he said.
Mayberry said “the imams have been very responsive.”
Mayberry was also asked about a controversial memo from 1991 that was cited by authorities in the case of a Muslim charity in Texas, Holy Land Foundation. The memo indicated that some Muslim-American groups may have been involved in extremist activity. Mayberry said in response to the question: “You see a lot of the groups trying to distance themselves from their past.”
Wow. Look how slick the author of this piece – stealth Islamist Niraj Warikoo – put that, “a controversial memo form 1991.” That is a Muslim Brotherhood memorandum that lists frequent Warikoo contact CAIR as like-minded friends of the Muslim Brotherhood. Here is what Warikoo doesn’t tell you or link to, An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Brotherhood in North America:
The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions. Without this level of understanding, we are not up to this challenge and have not prepared ourselves for Jihad yet. It is a Muslim’s destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands…
Great segue as he again conceals facts, this time that Hamas-linked CAIR is waging legal jihad on the FBI:
Mayberry was also asked about the lawsuit filed earlier this month by Muslim-Americans who say they’re been profiled by federal agents at border crossings. According to the lawsuit, some agents asked the Muslims about their religious beliefs.
But Mayberry said such questions can be legitimate at times.
“I understand there are members of the Muslim community who think we should not ask these types of questions. Well, I don’t necessarily agree with that…What really are the offensive questions here?”
Mayberry said: “Those lawsuits do not affect the way we do business at all,” adding that, “A lot of it (the lawsuit) is grandstanding as far as I’m concerned.”