For several months the FBI has been investigating about a dozen Somali-American men who disappeared from their homes in the Minneapolis area late last year and may have joined terrorist groups overseas. One of the men, 27-year-old Shirwa Ahmed, later blew himself up in Somalia. The FBI recently called him the first U.S. citizen to carry out a suicide bombing, and FBI Director Mueller said he was "radicalized in his hometown in Minnesota."
At a forum in Washington two weeks ago, FBI Director Robert Mueller said the trend of young men "radicalized and recruited" in the United States to take up arms overseas "in particular concerns us."
"It raises the question of whether these young men will one day come home, and, if so, what they might undertake here," he said.
The U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security is set to hold a hearing tomorrow morning looking at Somalia-based terrorist groups, particularly the Al Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab, and their efforts to recruit inside the United States. A top-ranking official with the FBI's National Security Branch, J. Philip Mudd, and the Deputy Director for Intelligence at the National Counterterrorism Center, Andrew Liepman, are scheduled to testify at the hearing.
The FBI and the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security need to look real hard at the Somalia-based terrorist group (and Al Qaeda-linked) al-Shabaab, and their efforts to recruit inside the United States with their website http://www.kataaib.net/ that was hosted in Vancouver WA, USA by the Dotster Company.
Al Shabaab terrorists in Somalia have had a website spewing out their propaganda on a website hosted by Dotster Inc in Vancouver, Washington, USA since April of 2007.
Al-Shabaab had been using the Vancouver WA website www.kataaib.net to recruit suicide bombers for Somalia from the United States, arrests were made in Somalia of 11 Americans on the same day the Al-Shabaab website was shut down by the US government, "Domain pending cancelation per government order, Jan 23rd 2009."
All during 2008 and into 2009 I, Bill Warner, have fought to get the Al-Shabaab website in Vancouver WA shut down, my reward was an attack piece in the Columbian Newspaper calling me an "Internet Censor" and having the Columbian Newspaper telling me that it was none of my business; "In our view "The Columbian Newspaper": Internet censor (Bill Warner) Wednesday, May 07, 2008".
'A Florida man’s heart might be in the right place, but he is misguided in his bid to get a Vancouver Internet service company to drop a Somali-language Web site. Bill Warner, a Sarasota private investigator (http://www.wbipi.com/ ), wants Dotster Inc. of Vancouver to refuse service to http://www.kataaib.net/ ".
"Warner, who has launched similar purge efforts in other cities (Boston, Tampa, Phoenix and Dallas) with other Internet companies, says kataaib.net supports an al-Qaida organization in Somalia, where war and genocide are tragic facts of daily life".
“There are groups like this one that associate with al-Qaida through Web sites that help promote the ideology, help find new recruits and help the effort to support terrorism,” Warner said in a Tuesday, May 07, 2008 Columbian story by Courtney Sherwood. “It’s not freedom of speech. This site should not be hosted in Vancouver.”