Representative Peter King (R-NY) says he'll call for hearings into the radicalization of Muslim Americans when he takes over as chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security in the new congressional term.
In an interview on FOX's "America Live," King said "We have to break through this politically correct nonsense which keeps us from debating and discussing what I think is one of the most vitally important issues in this country. We are under siege by Muslim terrorists and yet there are Muslim leaders in this country who do not cooperate with law enforcement."
And he also notes a rise in terrorist recruitment in the United States saying, "We have the reality that Al-Qaida is trying to recruit Muslim-Americans, and yet we have people in the Muslim community who refuse to face up to this."
King cites foiled terror plots to bomb Times Square and the New York Subway, the 2009 Fort Hood shootings, and arrests of who he calls "homegrown Muslim terrorists" in Texas, Chicago, Virginia, New Jersey, San Diego and Portland, Oregon as examples of the type of radicalization on which the hearings would focus, MORE FROM THIS SOURCE....
INTERNET TERROR RECRUITMENT AND TRADECRAFT; The House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment.
RECRUITED MUSLIM TERRORISTS; The sheer diversity of the perpetrators and nature of their U.S. plots is remarkable. These have included highly trained al Qaeda operatives like Najibullah Zazi, the Afghan-born U.S. resident who sought to replicate the 7 July 2005 suicide attacks on London transport in Manhattan; motivated, but less competent, recruits like Shahzad and the five youths from a Washington, D.C. suburb who last December sought training in Pakistan to fight in Afghanistan but, had they been successful in establishing contact with a Pakistan-based terrorist group, could just as well have been deployed back to U.S.; dedicated sleeper agents like the U.S. citizen David Headley whose reconnaissance efforts on behalf of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), a longstanding al Qaeda ally, were pivotal to the November 2008 Mumbai, India attack’s success; bona fide “lone wolves” like Major Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter, and other individuals with murkier terrorist connections like Abdulhakim Muhammad (Carlos Bledsoe), an African-American convert to Islam who returned from Yemen last year and killed a U.S. military recruiter and wounded another in Little Rock, Arkansas and has now claimed in court to have done so on behalf of AQAP—the same group responsible for Christmas Day plot; and, finally, the incompetent, wannabe terrorists who are easily entrapped and apprehended such as the four parolees and converts to Islam who attempted to bomb 2 Bronx synagogues and an upstate air national guard base, the Jordanian national who overstayed his US tourist visa and plotted to bomb a downtown Dallas office tower last September, and another convert who wanted to blow up a Springfield, IL federal building that same month, among others.
INTERNET RADICALIZATION OF MUSLIM TERRORISTS; As disparate and diverse as the above list of individuals may appear, the one thing that the majority of them had in common was the role that the Internet played in their respective plots and often their radicalization. For example:
• Zazi conducted several Internet searches to identify and obtain commercially available materials for the bombs he intended to use in attacks on the New York City subway.
• Hasan exchanged at least eighteen e-mails between December 2008 and June 2009 with Anwar al Awlaki, an operational officer with al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
• Colleen LaRose used the online monikers “Fatima La Rose” and “JihadJane” allegedly to recruit others in the United States and abroad, supposedly to carry out a terrorist attack in Sweden. She boasted in e-mails how, given her appearance—e.g., a petite, blue-eyed, blonde—she could “blend in with many people.” She also sought to recruit other Western women who looked like her on http://www.revolutionmuslim.com/ .
David Kris, an assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, was quoted in the Washington Post as stating that the fact that a suburban American woman stands accused of conspiring to support terrorists and traveling overseas to implement an attack “underscores the evolving nature of the threat we face”.
• Hosam Smadi, the young Jordanian national implicated in the Dallas, Texas bomb plot, according to his indictment, allegedly belonged to “an online group of extremists . . . who espoused violence.”
• Michael Finton, a U.S. citizen, implicated in a plot to bomb a federal building in Springfield Illinois, claimed both to have been influenced by an al Qaeda video and to have obtained “all that he could . . . . use the Internet to look up all he needed to know to conduct such an attack . "
• David Headley, the U.S. citizen who allegedly carried out reconnaissance and surveillance operations on behalf of both Pakistani jihadi terrorist organizations and al Qaeda was actively involved in on-line user groups and chat room forums14 as was one of his alleged coconspirators, Tahawur Rana.
• Tarek Mehanna, a U.S. citizen charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists allegedly made extensive use of the Internet, amassing, according to the criminal complaint filed against him in federal court, “Video files, audio files, images, stored messages, word processed documents and cached web pages”.
• Bryant Neal Vinas, a U.S. citizen from Long Island, New York who traveled to Pakistan to enlist in al Qaeda and, in addition to providing information to facilitate an al Qaeda plot to blow up a Long Island Rail Road train inside New York’s Pennsylvania Station, participated in an attack on U.S. military forces in Afghanistan, is believed to have been radicalized as a result of “visiting jihadist Web sites”.
• Umar Farouk Abdulmuttalab, the AQAP operative who attempted to bomb a North West airlines flight on Christmas Day, 2009 was in regular contact with the aforementioned Anwar al Awlaki.
• Faisal Shahzad has been widely reported to have viewed radical jihadi material on the Internet and apparently has admitted to having been inspired by al Awlaki as well.
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