Three Terrorist Plots Disrupted in Three Weeks: 66th Jihad Plot Proves Scope of Threat

Jihad in America
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Will the islamophobia never end?

It’s interesting to see this piece on the Heritage Foundation site, as they have hardly been on the forefront of this issue, and they get some of it wrong, i.e., “lone-wolf.” There are no lone wolves in the global jihad army. Ted Kaczynski (the unibomber) was a lone wolf. All of these Muslims are united in purpose, belief and deed.

Their strategy for stopping terrorists before they strike is also wrong — absurd, even, i.e. “Emphasize community outreach.” Yes, that’ll work.

First and foremost, we must begin to speak candidly and openly about the jihadic doctrine in Islam. We must teach it in our schools and close mosques that are teaching, preaching and advancing jihad. We must marginalized the jihad narrative and educate the general population about the true nature of the threat and its root. Terror-tied Islamic groups implicated in the Holy Land Foundation trial must be prosecuted for treason.

Here is AFDI’s 18-point platform for defeating jihad.

Three Terrorist Plots Disrupted in Three Weeks: 66th Islamist Plot Reconfirms Scope of Threat

By David Inserra and Charles “Cully” Stimson, Heritage Foundation

On Friday, April 10, the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in Topeka, Kansas, arrested John T. Booker Jr., as he prepared a car bomb for use against the nearby Fort Riley Army post. Booker, a 20-year-old U.S. citizen who goes by the name Mohammed Abdullah Hassan, expressed a desire to support the Islamic State by engaging in violent jihad here in the U.S.[1] Through the use of confidential informants, the FBI tracked Booker’s statements, plans, and actions, and arrested him before the public was in danger.

This homegrown, lone-wolf terrorist plot is the 66th known Islamist terrorist plot or attack aimed at the U.S. homeland since 9/11. It is also the third terrorist plot that has been foiled in the past 17 days, and the fourth in the past four months in which the plotter expressed support for ISIS. This surge in terrorism demonstrates yet again that the threat of terrorism continues to be very real, and that stopping terrorists before they attack is more critical than ever.

The Plot

John Booker was accepted into the Army in February 2014, but before he entered basic training the FBI became aware of multiple messages on Facebook in which he claimed to be excited to wage jihad. When interviewed, Booker “admitted that he enlisted in the United States Army with the intent to commit an insider attack against American soldiers like Major Nidal Hassan had done at Fort Hood, Texas.”[2] As a result, Booker was not allowed to join the military.

Starting in October of 2014, Booker began to communicate with an FBI confidential informant, and “repeatedly expressed to [the informant] his desire to engage in violent jihad on behalf of ISIL.”[3] Booker told the informant of his desire to go to the Middle East to join ISIS and kill Americans. As their conversations continued into November, Booker showed the informant videos of suicide bombers and spoke fondly of them. When the informant indicated that he had a cousin who could get Booker overseas, Booker excitedly accepted the offer and expressed a willingness to wage jihad in the U.S. to prove his dedication.[4]

In December 2014, Booker told the informant that he was thinking about attacking American soldiers at a nearby military base with a gun or a grenade, believing it justified by the Koran. Then in February, Booker referenced an ISIS propaganda video and expressed a desire to create a similar video. Booker thought that capturing and killing an American soldier in the U.S. would “scare this country” and warn it that “we will be coming after American soldiers in the streets…we will be picking them off one by one.”[5]

In March, the confidential informant introduced Booker to his “cousin,” another informant; the two told Booker that the cousin was a sheik planning terrorist attacks. Booker said that he had studied suicide bombing and wanted to build and detonate a truck bomb, following in the footsteps of an American called Jihad Joe, who died as a suicide bomber in Syria.[6] Booker then filmed a video threatening the U.S. and rented a storage unit for gathering bomb components.[7] By the end of March, Booker began purchasing bomb materials and gathering information on military targets, settling on Fort Riley. Booker provided the bomb components to the confidential informants, believing that they would provide the explosive material, which was actually inert. He then proclaimed that “I am going to do this Friday,” meaning April 10, and prepared a second threatening video. On April 10, the two informants drove to Fort Riley and, as Booker was arming the inert bomb, FBI agents arrested him.

Getting Serious About Terrorism

This plot is the 55th homegrown plot or attack, meaning that the terrorist was radicalized here in the U.S. It is also the 18th attack or plot aimed at U.S. military targets, the most common target of Islamist terrorists. Despite suggestions to the contrary in the media and in politics, the threat of ISIS, al-Qaeda, and other Islamist terrorists striking the U.S. has not diminished.

On June 1, a subsection of the Patriot Act—section 215 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Action, the telephone metadata collection program—is set to expire if not reauthorized. There is no way of knowing whether section 215 was used in this case. Congress is now set to debate section 215 before it expires. A healthy discussion of U.S. security and privacy is an important one that the U.S. should have. In this debate, it is important that Congress understand that intelligence programs are critical to preventing terrorists before they strike. Security alone is not enough since the U.S. cannot make every school, military base, mall, government building, or subway secure and hardened against every type of terrorist attack. Lawful intelligence, collected under proper warrants and court orders, is the best tool that the U.S. has in this battle against terrorists, who have increased the number of plots in recent months. The U.S. government has a responsibility to protect Americans from danger and respect their liberties—and it must do both well.

Stopping Terrorists Before They Strike

As the U.S. faces an apparently growing wave of terrorism, Congress should:

  • Maintain essential counterterrorism tools. Support for important investigative tools is essential to maintaining the security of the U.S. and combating terrorist threats. Legitimate government surveillance programs are also a vital component of U.S. national security and should be allowed to continue. The need for effective counterterrorism operations, however, does not relieve the government of its obligation to follow the law and respect individual privacy and liberty. In the American system, the government must do both equally well.
  • Emphasize community outreach. Federal grant funds should be used to create robust community outreach capabilities in higher-risk urban areas. These funds must not be used for political pork or so broadly that they no longer target those communities at greatest risk. Such capabilities are key to building trust within these communities, and if the United States is to be successful in thwarting lone-wolf terrorist attacks, it must place effective community outreach operations at the tip of the spear.
  • Prioritize local cyber capabilities. Building cyber-investigation capabilities in the higher-risk urban areas must become a primary focus of Department of Homeland Security grants. With so much terrorism-related activity occurring on the Internet, local law enforcement must have the constitutional ability to monitor and track violent extremist activity on the Web when reasonable suspicion exists to do so.

Keeping the Homeland Safe

Vigilance is necessary to combat terrorism. With three terror plots disrupted in 17 days, the idea of vigilance should take on new meaning for Americans. The U.S. must have the strategies and tools it needs to stop terrorists before they attack again.

—David Inserra is a Research Associate for Homeland Security and Cyber Security in the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy, of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, at The Heritage Foundation. Charles D. Stimson is Manager of the National Security Law Program and Senior Legal Fellow in the Davis Institute at The Heritage Foundation. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs (2006–2007) and was a local, state, federal, and military prosecutor, defense attorney, and military judge in the United States Navy JAG Corps.

  • knight

    Best way is to send all Muslims back to Sudai
    Arabia no matter how many.

    The world does not need them as they are robbing countries blind in services as everything winds down as non Muslims suffer.

    One other way is banning Burqas etc, closing Mosques, stop their prayer in groups and associating in groups. Make them work for a living, no free hand outs than have them sit on the internet and plan terror and disrupt freedom of speech. Defineately get it out of the school system and closing Muslim schools, where truth is doctured to breed more converts to Islam. Doctured text books, even altered Quran given out if I am right.

    Seeing this video should be sending alarm bells when truth is eliminated in what students are taught, then to learn the way of Muslims including prayer to Allah. The next terrorist brainwashed. One thing shown in this video is the Quran used by students. Love to compare it against the every day Quran used in the Mosque, as this one may have all the hate, violence removed etc
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6qzkSes69Rw

    • Betty4440

      I would do every thing to sue the school. they are lying to these children. because to them this is so cool they will try it. HEAVEN HELP US THIS IS GOING TO BE OUR FUTURE LEADERS IN THIS COUNTRY. fire that dumb a$$ teacher. not telling these children the truth. HOW EVIL ISLAM IS. TO ALLOW THIS TO GO ON. THESE CHILDREN NEED TO BE TAKEN AWAY FROM THE PARENTS. IS THIS TEACHER TELLING THE KIDS THESE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT ARE KILLING CHRISTIANS? IS HE TELLING THEM IF THEY DON’T CONVERT TO ISLAM THEY WILL BE KILLED? IS HE TELLING THEM THAT MUSLIM MEN THINK THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO RAPE THEM? AND IS HE TELLING THE GIRLS IF THEY MARRY A MUSLIM. HE HAS A RIGHT TO BEAT THE CRAP OUT OF THEM ANY TIME HE FEELS LIKE IT? AND THE GUYS THAT ARE GAY THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO KILL THEM? PER THE QUR’AN? OF COURSE HE ISN’T TELLING THEM NONE OF THIS STUFF. BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE TELLING THE TRUTH. AND HOW EVIL ISLAM REALLY IS. PARENTS GET A QUR’AN AND READ IT THEN HAVE YOUR CHILDREN READ IT. THEY ARE CHEAP ENOUGH. AND SOME PLACES GIVE THEM AWAY.

      • knight

        If they do not nail this in the schools and in the media, we will defineately have home grown terrorist as I am sure some are.

    • Mike

      The part that they forgot to teach them so they could act like a person in ancient Islam is” My name is Ahkbar Al Hobani and I am a buisness man. I have 20 slave women for sale from amoung the kaffirs whom I have slain and taken their wives and children as our Prophet, Allah be Praised! Mohamed has commanded us. All the Jews living in my district are demi and pay a tax for their lives to me so that they may live. Many Christians have fallen under my sword because they would not convert to Islam. I am very rich from all of the plunder I have obtained from the kaffers that I have killed. AhAlla Akbar!!!!

  • PAM IS RIGHT IN SAYING

    “there are no lone wolves in the global jiahdist army.” Moreover, as she once said, “there are no self-radicalized Moslems. There is always a mosque, a religious leader, the imprimatur of a Muslim cleric.” In fact, the only exception to this rule died 1400 years ago: the Prophet Mohammed.

    http://www.apollospeaks.com

  • Walter Sieruk

    The picture of this young Muslim man at the top of this article who really wanted to be a suicide/homicide bomber, attacker is sadly not the only Muslim male who had this insane and evil jihad mindset. This deluded, warped and sick way of thinking is the outcome of him and other male Muslims actually believing in the odd and far-fetched Islamic doctrine from the Koran ,44:54. 55:56. 78:31., of a sex-filled paradise with many virgins in it for the male Muslim who dies in the jihad for the cause of Islam. This bizarre ,strange and outlandish Koranic doctrine of a sex -filled place with virgins has inspired Muslim men to commit much murderous chaos. In other words, this weird and nonsensical Koranic doctrine has caused and will continue to cause much murder and mayhem. The French philosopher, Voltaire, had a good and valid point when he wrote “As long as men continue to believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities.”

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