TAMPA -- Its been seven years since the September 11th attacks, and according to a just released independent study, the United States remains "dangerously vunerable" to chemical, biological and nuclear attacks. Why? In part, the report says because there is still a shortage of Arabic speakers, and experts on the Jihadist movement, the use of the Muslim faith to justify attacks on the West.
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"You're the one that love the oil", says a man in a heavy Arabic accent.
He's Frank Wuco, a consultant and 28-year-military intelligence veteran who is role playing as "Fuad Wasul" -- a Jihadist on controlled release, the cover story goes, from an American military prison, to teach westerners what makes Muslim fighters like him tick.
"If you think you're winning this war," Fuad tells a roomful of Americans, "if you think that you're defeating Jihad, you're wrong, dead wrong." Fuad will tell you the September 11th attack put the Jihadists on the map. Before that fateful day, he asks, had you ever heard the word "jihad"?
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"We have to know how they think," Wuco says. "We have to understand their upbringing, their education, religion, everything about them that provides the prism through which they look at the world." Wuco's audience is comprised of civilian analysts working for military intelligence at MacDill Air Force Base. Their boss is a retired Army officer, Gregory Celestan, who says this is a good chance to get educated about the Jihadists.
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"A lot of our analysts have not spent time in the Middle East, a lot of them, since they don't speak Arabic, don't have a chance to talk and interact with Middle Easterners and see how they see the world". In the studios of WFLA Radio in Tampa, Wuco is doing 'Faud' on the "Schnitt Show". Schnitt is pushing the Jihadist for answers, saying, "72 virgins, right?", to which Faud fires back, "that's what you think because you people are obsessed with the sex, which is one of the reasons we fight Jihad, to purify the world, because of the thoughts that you have."
When Wuco went public with his Jihadist, going on the radio, he says the reaction was strong, believe it or not, even from the FBI."FBI agents got into their car", Wuco says, "turned on their radio, right when I was fully into the role play of the Jihadist, they called their headquarters and they told them they believed they had a problem in Tampa," Wuco said.
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After realizing it was role play, Wuco says he's negotiating a training deal with the FBI.What about more attacks? Wuco says September 11th is not a target date, but, "yes, I believe its inevitable that they will at least attempt to attack again in a major way". The only question, Wuco says, is when. IS THER A TERROR CELL IN TAMPA FL ?
Bill Warner...Private Investigator