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Homegrown Terror Suspects Raise Concern

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ghostrider, Aug 30, 2006.

  1. ghostrider

    ghostrider Resident Poltergeist Founding Member

    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=440 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class=headlineblack style="PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 10px; PADDING-TOP: 5px">Homegrown Terror Suspects Raise Concern</TD></TR><TR><TD class=storytext style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 10px">Wednesday, August 30, 2006
    By LARA JAKES JORDAN, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON — Born in the USA terrorists _ as well as potential ones _ are stirring the government's interest.
    Worried about American citizens attacking their own country, law enforcement and intelligence officials are trying to learn how and why extremist sympathizers cross a line and become operational terrorists.
    Intelligence officials now fear that homegrowns pose as much of a threat to the U.S. as foreign terrorists. State and local police are being enlisted to watch for signs from people who in the past would have never gotten a second look.
    "We want to understand the phenomena: What causes a person from being, say, extreme in views, to moving to actually committing violence?"said Charles E. Allen, chief intelligence officer at the Homeland Security Department.
    Little is known about how many homegrown terrorists are in the country _ or how many sympathizers are being recruited to join their ranks. The FBI has long monitored groups that pose potential threats, from al-Qaida sympathizers to abortion clinic bombers and radical animal rights and environmental activists.
    Allen said the United States has a relatively low level of extremism and has experienced fewer attacks or potential attacks from native-born citizens than many countries. But an uptick in cases of homegrown attacks and plots _ both domestically and globally _ illustrates authorities'concerns.
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    Mass transit bombings, in Madrid in 2003 and London in 2005, were carried out by self-organized cells of homegrown extremists. In June, 17 Canadian Muslims were charged with plotting to bomb targets in Ontario. British citizens are charged with conspiring earlier this month to bomb as many as 10 trans-Atlantic flights headed to theUnited States.
    Closer to home, five U.S. citizens were charged in June for plotting to blow up the Sears Tower in Chicago and a federal building in Miami. They allegedly took an oath to al-Qaida and sought help from the terrorist organization, although FBI Deputy Director John Pistole said the group was"more aspirational than operational."
    Numbers of all federal arrests and prosecutions in homegrown terror cases were not immediately available _ in part because of differing definitions of what a homegrown terrorist is, said FBI spokesman Richard Kolko.
    He noted that homegrowns could include the six Yemeni-Americans from Lackawanna, N.Y., recruited to a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan before 9/11, but also the lone gunman who opened fire on a Jewish center last month, killing one woman and injuring five others.
    "We consider this one of the hardest things to identify,"Kolko said.
    Prisons have served as one breeding ground for homegrowns, as Islamic extremists meet up with vulnerable sympathizers and goad them into violence with distorted interpretations of the Quran, said Frank Cilluffo, homeland security director at George Washington University.
    "This is stuff straight out of the al-Qaida training manual,"Cilluffo said."Most of the people who are being converted _ in the United Kingdom and United States _ don't have any knowledge coming in about Islam. They are the most easily manipulated."
    Cilluffo is working with scholars at the University of Virginia, law enforcement officials and prison counselors on a study to be released next month on homegrown terrorists."We don't want to suggest we have an absolute epidemic on our hands; we just don't know,"he said.
    Allen said federal analysts will rely heavily on suspicious activity reports and other information from state and local authorities to root out homegrowns."A lot of data flows into Washington, and we need to learn a lot more about how to read that material, and I think the answer will be at state and local governments,"he said.
    Local police, however, have little training to know what to look for. Since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, authorities have focused mostly on young Middle Eastern men.
    "We need to start looking at people who look more like us,"said Gaithersburg, Md., police detective Patrick Word, president of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Gang Investigators Network, which shares intelligence among law enforcement officials.
    Word said the federal government also"needs to broaden the scope of what terrorism is and what homeland security is."
    "Are you more worried about the plane crashing into the building or biker gangs bringing a pipe bomb to a local restaurant? Or drive-by shootings, or machete attacks by armed gang members?"he said.
    Beyond carrying out devastating attacks, homegrowns also can inflict far greater psychological damage on the nation, said John Rollins, a former Homeland Security senior intelligence official. Homegrown attacks will inevitably make people become paranoid about neighbors, community members and others they've known for a long time, he said.
    "It's easy for us to say it's those guys over there, or it's folks that follow a certain religious belief, but if they're Americans, it's not easy for us to keep them at arms'length,"said Rollins, a terrorism specialist at the Congressional Research Service."They're part of the makeup. They're undetected."
  2. jim

    jim Monkey+++ Founding Member

    I know one thing, if any American is found guilty of Islamo/terrorism after a fair trial, then they should get a firing squad. Anyone treasonous enough to murder their fellow countrymen should be executed publicly. Of course that won't happen, but you get my point.

  3. ghostrider

    ghostrider Resident Poltergeist Founding Member

    They're not looking at Islamic terrorists, they're looking at US. This Patrick Word is talking about US as a threat, not the hadjis.
  4. sniper-66

    sniper-66 Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    It's funny that almost all the examples they give are Islamic terrorist acts, but they try to lump the average looking person into it. This is how it begins.
  5. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    :eek: its coming!
  6. monkeyman

    monkeyman Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Creating the fear so they can add more enemies and go after those who the goob dont like or feel comfortable with. Scary times.
  7. TnAndy

    TnAndy Senior Member Founding Member

    Exactly what the Redcoats said in 1776, and the Army of the Potomac in 1861.

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