2 U.S. Homeland Targets Terrorists Would Love to Attack

Stan Up America, By Tom Wyld, September 9, 2014:

In light of the looming threat posed by Ad-Dawla Al-Islamiyya (“Islamic State”) and the likely existence of sleeper cells in the U.S. homeland, I submit this appraisal, first penned in August 2013, with revisions and updates to reflect today’s threat. 

ISIS is already here.

On Sunday night, 21 July 2013 –– dozens of Jihadis stormed the Baghdad Central Prison, previously known as Abu Ghraib.  About 9 suicide bombers and as many as 12 car bombs punched through the hardened perimeter like artillery.

Last July, IS’ predecessor overwhelmed the Baghdad Central Prison, a fortified facility. (Unmarked photo, Jihadi site.)

Last July, IS’ predecessor overwhelmed the Baghdad Central Prison, a fortified facility. (Unmarked photo, Jihadi site.)

The explosions were followed by streams of Jihadigunmen.   A simultaneous strike was mounted on a jail in nearby Taji, likely a diversion, a terror trademark.

The massive July 2013 raids were the work of Al Qaeda in Iraq, precursor to today’s Ad-Dawla Al-Islamiyya (“Islamic State” or IS).

The White House refers to IS as ISIL or ISIS, names the group abandoned earlier this year.  The older terms conjure a group whose designs are limited, regional – Iraq, Syria, the Levant.

Their use by the Administration is likely intentional to minimize a threat that is increasingly global.

Significantly, last year’s 21 July raids occurred one year to the day after Al Qaeda in Iraq announced its “Demolition of the Walls” campaign designed to free imprisoned Jihadis.

Then as now, terrorists keep their word and pursue their uppermost goals with diligence and “long-breathing” (patience).

Flying the banner of the Islamic State of Iraq and Ash-Sham (ISIS), the terror army handily replenished its ranks by freeing at least 600 Al Qaeda fighters that night, but these were no mere foot soldiers.

An Iraqi MP said most were senior, combat-hardened terror leaders who faced execution.

Virtually all were captured during the 2007 Iraq surge under President George W. Bush.

Al Qaeda not only overwhelmed and totally controlled the battle space; it transformed the prison break into a celebration:  A source told me ISIS/AQI broadcast by megaphone the names of inmates before springing them from their cells.

Baghdad Central Prison the morning after the July 2013 attack.  (Unmarked photo, Jihadi site.)

Baghdad Central Prison the morning after the July 2013 attack. (Unmarked photo, Jihadi site.)

The July 2013 jailbreaks and a wave of others swelled militant ranks by the hundreds if not thousands. They prompted the Obama administration to shutter consular offices in 19 countries, from militant-riddled Mauritania in West Africa to the relatively placid and prosperous Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.

I believe the footfalls of soldiers can be foretold by profiling their generals.  Militants’ public rhetoric reveals aspirations that suggest threats beyond American icons and aircraft.  All we need do is pay attention.

December 2010.  In a video titled “Aafia Siddiqui:  Captivity & Subjugation:  Where are the Heroes?” – Al Qaeda Central warrior-theologian Abu Yahya Al-Libi urged young Muslim men to rescue the “Grey Lady of Baghram.”  Convicted in 2010 for shooting soldiers and FBI agents, Siddiqui is serving an 86-year sentence at Federal Medical Center Fort Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas.

June 2012.  Ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi campaigned on freeing Blind Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman.  So did every other Islamist candidate for president.  Abdel-Rahman was convicted of seditious conspiracy and imprisoned for life at Federal Medical Center Butner in North Carolina.

Summer 2012.  The Obama administration welcomed an Egyptian delegation that lobbied high-ranking officials at State, the White House and Congress to demand the Blind Sheikh’s release.  In that delegation was Hani Nour Al-Din, a member of Jama’at Al-Islamiya, the designated terrorist group Abdel-Rahman led and helped found.  The administration bent over backwards to allow the terrorist to lobby by issuing him a visa without advising Congress – a violation of federal law that kept Congress in the dark.

October 2012.  Al Qaeda Central Emir Ayman Al-Zawahiri urged Jihadis to kidnap Westerners to trigger the release of Abdel-Rahman and Siddiqui.

January 2013.  Mokhtar Belmokhtar, mastermind of the raid on the Algerian gas plant, offered to release all American hostages in exchange for Abdel-Rahman and Siddiqui.

August 2014.  IS proposed the release of hostages, including slain journalist James Foley, for millions of dollars and the release of “Muslims currently in your detention like our sister Dr. Afia Sidiqqi (sic)…”

The Take-Away.  From Islamist political candidates to Al Qaeda, its affiliates and today’s Islamic State, the release of Blind Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman and “Lady Qaeda” Aafia Siddiqui has been an uppermost priority for years.

The jailbreaks in Iraq proved that the Islamic State was devilishly good at them.  In the past year, the Jihadishave only gotten better.

Encircled by Meandering Road, the prison holding Siddiqui in Fort Worth is a few hundred meters from Lake Worth and collocated with Naval Air Station/Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth (the runway is southwest of the image), providing Jihadis ample diversionary targets.  The base is an 8-hour drive from the Mexican border.

Encircled by Meandering Road, the prison holding Siddiqui in Fort Worth is a few hundred meters from Lake Worth and collocated with Naval Air Station/Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth (the runway is southwest of the image), providing Jihadis ample diversionary targets. The base is an 8-hour drive from the Mexican border.

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About the author – A former Navy Commander, Tom Wyld served since 2008 as director of intelligence for a private security firm specializing in Naval Special Warfare training and operational support. Prior assignments include Communications Coordinator, Swift Boat Veterans & POWs for Truth; lobbyist for State Motorcyclists’ Rights Organizations (e.g., ABATEs); and Chief of Staff and PR Director for the Institute for Legislative Action, the lobbying and political arm of the NRA.

SISTER OF 9/11 PENTAGON PILOT BLASTS RELEASE OF LYNNE STEWART

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by WILLIAM BIGELOW:

On Thursday, Fox’s Megyn Kelly interviewed a furious Debra Burlingame about the release from prison of Lynne Stewart, the attorney who conspired with the blind cleric Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman. The “Blind Sheik” was convicted of planning to wage a “war of urban terrorism” against the United States, of which the 1993 WTC bombing killing six people was assumed to be a part. Burlingame is director and co-founder of 9/11 Families for a safe and strong America and the sister of Captain Charles Burlingame, the pilot of the jet that crashed into the Pentagon.

After the “Blind Sheik” was sentenced to life in prison he was banned from any communication with the outside world. Stewart, who represented him, violated that that edict, and was convicted in 2005 of helping to smuggle messages from him to his terrorist groups abroad. She was supposed to be in jail until 2018, but U.S. District Judge John Koeltl granted a motion filed by federal prosecutors and the Federal Bureau of Prisons to reduce her sentence.

Kelly: This is unbelievable. She had stage-4 breast cancer, and she said she didn’t want to die in a strange, loveless place. So, pursuant to a request by the Administration, the judge said, “Off you go,” and now she is a free woman. Supposed to be released in 2018.

Burlingame: That’s right. She’s been campaigning, trying to get out on “compassionate release” for some time; she’s had cancer for a number of years, and she was actually in remission at one point. They expect her to live another 18 months, maybe less. She looked pretty hale and hearty when she came out at LaGuardia yesterday, giving interviews to the press again. She is a remorseless woman. She calls the blind sheik, whose followers have maimed, mutilated, killed dozens and dozens of people in an effort to get him released; she calls him the hero of the mujahadeen. And she did more than get messages out; she facilitated actual meetings between the blind sheik and his lieutenants, if you will, impersonating a translator inside the maximum prison where he was being held. She pretended to be listening to the translation and… they even joked, she even joked in the middle of one of these settings, that she should get an Academy Award for how well she was doing at pretending to have a lawyer client meeting.

Kelly: After one of those messages was sent out, over 60 people were slaughtered in Luxor, Egypt, by members of the blind sheik’s organization and the bodies of many of the victims were mutilated by machetes, the torso of one of the female victims was slit by the terrorists and a leaflet calling for the blind sheik’s release was inserted. This was after she was helping him smuggle messages out to his followers.

Burlingame: It was in 1997, he was imprisoned in ’96, you have to remember; she was on his defense team right from the get-go. He was arrested in ’93, tried in ’95, sentenced in ’96. She knows perfectly well what he’s done, and that he, in fact, was the spiritual inspiration for Osama bin Laden. Bin Laden said in September of 2000, a year before 9/11, that he was the honorable Omar, Sheik Rahaman and later said he gave the fatwa for 9/11. So he has bloody hands and she was convicted of material support.

Read more at Breitbart

Also see Obama Frees a Terror Lawyer by Daniel Greenfield

 

How to Defeat Terrorism In America Without Firing A Shot

20130528_OBAMA_MUSLIM_BROTHERHOODby ALAN KORNMAN:

The Muslim Brotherhoods top spiritual leader Youssef Qaradawi has been banned from entering the United States since 1999.  Qaradawi called for attacks on US troops and civilians,  death to all Jews, and for the collapse of the United States.  Hatred of America is the spiritual core of The Muslim Brotherhood as articulated by its spiritual leader.  When someone says they wish to cause you harm — believe them.

How To Cripple Terrorism In America Without Firing A Shot

If the American people want our elected officials and law enforcement to cripple Islamic terrorism without having to fire a shot, it can be done in three easy steps.

Step 1:  Declare The Muslim Brotherhood a FTO (Foreign Terrorist Organization)

Step 2:  Publicly name all The Muslim Brotherhood affiliates operating in the United States,  based on evidence submitted during The Holy Land Foundation terrorist funding trial.

Step 3:  The FTO designation will trigger a provision of law allowing theTreasury Department and FBI to shut down all Muslim Brotherhood sub groups operating in the United States, confiscate their records, assets, real estate, freeze bank accounts, then jail and/or deport all individuals associated with The Muslim Brotherhood.

Designation of  Foreign Terrorist Organizations

The Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury and the Attorney General, are authorized to designate an organization as a foreign terrorist organization in accordance with:

(A) the organization is a foreign organization;

(B)     the organization engages in terrorist activity (as defined in section 1182 (a)(3)(B) of this title or terrorism (as defined in section 2656f (d)(2) of title 22), or retains the capability and intent to engage in terrorist activity or terrorism)  [1] ; and

(C) the terrorist activity or terrorism of the organization threatens the security of United States nationals or the national security of the United States.

The Case For The Muslim Brotherhood’s FTO Status

Muslim Brotherhood Motto

“Allah is our objective, the Prophet our leader, the Quran our Constitution, jihad our way, and dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope. Allahu Akbar.”

The United States became the victim of high profile Islamic terrorism on February 26, 1993 with the bombing of the World Trade Center.  The mastermind of this attack on America was Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman aka The Blind Sheikh.

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi has proclaimed repeatedly he wishes to gain the release of Muslim Brotherhood operative Omar Abdel Rahman.  Muslim Brotherhood leader Morsi’s support for the blind Sheikh ties the Brotherhood directly to Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya (GIA) aka Armed Islamic Group, designated a FTO on 10/8/1997 yet mysteriously delisted on 10/15/2010.

On December 15, 2010 Secretary of State Clinton delisted the GIA under mysterious circumstances, as the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak by The Muslim Brotherhood was in play.

The GIA is the military wing of The Muslim Brotherhood and The Blind Sheikh is its leader. Second in charge of the MB military wing was Ayman al-Zawahiri who later became Al-Qaeda’s #2 behind Osama Bin Laden.  John Guandolo would call this a clue  The Muslim Brotherhood poses a national security risk to the United States of America.

Read more: Family Security Matters

 

Why terrorists love the blind sheikh

Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman

Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman

By Andrew McCarthy

An ugly and confusing terrorist attack at an Algerian gas facility is getting  even more troubling as the Islamic radicals now demand the release of Sheikh  Omar Abdel Rahman and another prominent terrorist in exchange for the remaining  American hostages.

Abdel Rahman is the blind sheikh now serving a life sentence for  masterminding the 1993 attack against the World Trade Center. Terrorists are  also demanding the release of Aafia Saddiqui, who is imprisoned on her  conviction for attempted murder.

And the captors in Algeria are not the only ones who want to see Abdel Rahman  released. The new leaders in Egypt are also urging the U.S. to free him. But why  is Abdel Rahman so revered?

“He is the most iconic symbol to Islamic supremacists the world over of not  only their struggle against the West but their deep-seeded conviction that they  will win that battle,” said Andrew C. McCarthy, the lead federal prosecutor in  the case that put Rahman and 11 others behind bars.

“He is thought of internationally as somebody who is virtually without equal  in facing down the United States in particular. That’s not just because of the  1993 Trade Center bombing and the plots that occurred right after that to try to  take out New York City landmarks but the fact that Osama bin Laden, someone else  that was thought very highly of as an iconic figure in the international jihad,  attributed to Abdel Rahman the credit for issuing the fatwa that approved the  9/11 attacks. So he’s a singular figure in this global movement and that’s why  really since we imprisoned him in the summer of 1993 they’ve been agitating for  his release.”

Despite the adoration that Islamic radicals have for Abdel Rahman, the  assumption of most is that the Obama administration will obviously reject the  demands. McCarthy told WND he isn’t so sure. He said the odd response from the  administration following Egyptian efforts to free Abdel Rahman leads him to  believe there is some chance this could happen down the road.

Read more at WND with audio

Morsi Promises to Ask Obama for ‘Blind Sheik’ Release

Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman

Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman

IPT: by John Rossomando

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi promised to lobby President Obama to release 1993 World Trade Center bombing mastermind Omar Abdel Rahman, aka “The Blind Sheik,” the next time he sees the president.

“When I meet with him I will talk to him about this issue,” Morsi said during a Monday interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

The Egyptian president repeatedly reaffirmed the commitment he made last June to free the cleric, who is serving a life sentence for his role in the bombing and subsequent plans to target New York City landmarks. Abdel Rahman also issued a fatwa justifying the murder of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and was tied to Egyptian Islamic Jihad, led by al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahiri.

His release was also demanded by the Salafist protesters who stormed the U.S. embassy in Cairo on Sept. 11, 2012.

“I want him to be free, but I respect the law and the rule of law in Egypt and the United States. What I am talking about isn’t a violation. I don’t want a violation of the rule of law, but there are also many humane aspects,” Morsi told Blitzer. “There can be things like visitation, assistance, his children, his family assisting him. He is an old sheik and sick and blind. We need to respect that.

“Because he is a man, an old man, and he deserves full care,” Morsi continued. “I wish that there could be a big possibility for the American administration to look into this matter about this sheikh who is very old.”

Morsi’s statement was rebuffed on Capitol Hill by Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Tex.

“I urge the Obama administration to stand firm against pleas from Egypt to free Omar Abdel Rahman. Releasing a terrorist who plotted against the United States and has American blood on his hands would be seen as a sign of weakness throughout the Muslim extremist world and will only serve to embolden our enemies who continue to plot against us,” McCaul said Tuesday in a statement.

Spokesmen for the National Security Council and the Justice Department vowed that Abdel Rahman will serve out his full life sentence despite any Egyptian requests.

Zawahiri wants Muslims to abduct Westerners

Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman

Money Jihad:

From Global Post on Oct. 27:

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri is calling on Muslims to kidnap Westerners to exchange for imprisoned jihadists.

In an undated two-hour, two-part video posted on jihadist websites, al-Zawahiri urged for the abductions as part of a vow not to “spare any efforts” to free Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, the blind Egyptian cleric who masterminded the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, reported CNN.

“God the great and almighty granted us success to capture the Jewish American Warren Weinstein,” al-Zawahiri said in the video posted Wednesday, according to CNN.

“We are seeking, by the help of God, to capture others and to incite Muslims to capture the citizens of the countries that are fighting Muslims in order to release our captives”…

Taking hostages in the name of jihad?  Where did Zawahiri ever get such a daffy idea?

Readers may recall previous Money Jihad coverage of Verse 4 of Sura 47 of the Koran, which reads, “When ye encounter the infidels, strike off their heads till ye have made a great slaughter among them, and of the rest make fast the fetters.  And afterwards let there either be free dismissals or ransomings, till the war hath laid down its burdens.”

The decision on whether to release or ransom the prisoner of war depends wholly on whatever will benefit Islam the most at the time.  As Robert Spencer pointed out in his “Blogging the Qur’an” series:

The same verse goes on to call for the taking of prisoners and allowing for “either generosity or ransom” of prisoners of war. This has been enshrined in Islamic law: ‘Umdat al-Salik, a manual of Islamic jurisprudence certified by Al-Azhar University in Cairo (the most respected authority in Sunni Islam) as conforming “to the practice and faith of the orthodox Sunni community,” lays out four options for prisoners, in line with this verse: “When an adult male is taken captive, the caliph considers the interests … (of Islam and the Muslims) and decides between the prisoner’s death, slavery, release without paying anything, or ransoming himself in exchange for money or for a Muslim captive held by the enemy” (9.14).

A Duplicitous Administration: After Libya and More, We Can Hardly Trust Obama on the Blind Sheikh

by Andrew McCarthy:

If they lie, you can’t trust them. That’s a fairly straightforward rule. It  is certainly the one that trial lawyers bank on.

It is not a hard and fast rule. A person may shade the truth for various  reasons: vanity, personal allegiances, financial incentives, etc. Usually, once  you figure out the relevant motivation, you can sort out on what matters he is  probably credible and what he is prone to lie about. Sometimes, though, the  story is so unbelievable, so insulting to the intelligence, that a rational  juror knows it is best to discount all of the testimony – or, worse, to conclude  that the truth is likely the opposite of the witness’s desperate version.

Of course, all the world’s a stage, not a courtroom. I am reminded of this  when, as now, I happen to have a book out (Spring  Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy) that speaks to events  currently roiling the world. I am reminded, that is, that I am no longer a trial  lawyer making arguments to a jury. Now I am a writer who makes his arguments to  the public and, at book-publication times like these, through the prism of the  mainstream media. So it was that, in a few interviews this week, I have been  asked about two currently raging symptoms of “Spring Fever,” the Libya attacks  and the Blind Sheikh.

Today’s journalists do not resemble jurors. The interviews proceed in a  now-familiar pattern. We go through the events of last week’s atrocity in Libya,  where U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were  murdered in Benghazi. Again and again, Obama-administration officials insisted  that the killings were the result of spontaneous rioting over an obscure movie  casting Islam’s prophet in an unflattering light – a movie from months ago, a  movie virtually no one knew about, much less saw, a production so cockamamie  that calling it a “movie” fails the straight-face test.

As the administration well knew, this was a coordinated jihadist attack led  by al-Qaeda-affiliated forces, clearly well-trained and equipped with  sophisticated weapons. One of the participants was a former Gitmo prisoner,  detained there for years because it was patent that, given the chance, he’d go  back to the jihad. There appears to have been forewarning about likely trouble  on the 9/11 anniversary.

Did anyone really need in-depth intelligence to recognize these dangers? Part  of the reason the United States struck up an alliance with Qaddafi’s despicable  regime was his intelligence cooperation: Per capita, Libya sent more jihadists  to Iraq to fight against American troops than any other country. The only  difference between then and now is that, with Obama having toppled Qaddafi in a  war the U.S. launched without provocation and on the side of al-Qaeda, the  rabidly anti-American Islamists of Benghazi now have access to high-powered  weaponry previously unavailable to them. A movie? Before the president ever got  to his unseemly Vegas fundraiser, with the nation still mourning its dead, it  was pluperfectly obvious that we’d been subjected to a terrorist strike that had  nothing to do with a moronic movie.

Yet our U.N. ambassador, Susan Rice, repeated the farcical  Obama-admnistration line with a straight face. It was insulting, and even  reporters for whom Obama can do no wrong could not take it seriously. In some of  my interviews there has been nervous laughter – not over the situation, which is  so deadly serious, but over the administration’s line, which has been  ludicrous.

But then we get to the Blind Sheikh. I prosecuted Omar Abdel Rahman back in  my former trial-lawyer life. He is less than 20 years into his life sentence for  terrorism convictions. During his time in prison, he nevertheless managed to  issue the fatwa Osama bin Laden credited as the required sharia green-light for  the 9/11 attacks. So I have been asked often this week about reports that he may  be transferred to his native Egypt. There, as Spring Fever  demonstrates, the populace is overwhelmingly adherent to the supremacist Islam  that dominates the Middle East. There, his war against America makes him a hero,  and he would be welcomed, triumphantly, as such.

Could that possibly happen? “You bet it could,” I’ve told my interlocutors,  “it could and it will.” Watch for the frightening weeks between Election Day and  Inauguration Day, when, no matter who wins the election, Barack Obama will  retain all the awesome power of the presidency without any of the accountability  of an impending election.

“But wait,” I’m admonished. “They’ve denied it. The Justice Department has  denied it. So has the State Department, and at least one member of the National  Security Council. How much clearer can they be?”

I don’t know. How much clearer could they have been about Libya?

The Obama administration is the witness whose testimony a jury would discount  out of hand. We trust jurors to decide important questions because they bring to  the task the common sense of the community. After Libya, the sensible person  says, “Never again.” The sensible person does not even see the point of asking  Obama officials for information.

Not the media, though. Whether it is Libya, the “practically complete fence”  along the Mexican border, the Obamacare tax that is not a tax, the indignant  denial of gun-running, cutting the deficit in half by the end of the first term,  the composite girlfriend, the “most transparent administration in history,” and  so on – the media compartmentalizes from lie to lie, assessing the next as if  the last had never happened.

Does the president rate the benefit of the doubt at this point?  Seriously?

No way this administration would spring a notorious terrorist? Are you  kidding?

The president has already released the terrorists responsible for murdering  our five soldiers in Karbala. In his last go-round at Justice, Eric Holder  orchestrated pardons for convicted FALN terrorists – pardons signed off on by  President Clinton, who went on to release two convicted Weather Underground  terrorists on his way out the Oval Office door.

Read more at Family Security Matters