Skip to comments.FBI investigating over 100 suspected Islamic jihadists in U.S. military
Posted on 06/26/2012 9:53:37 AM PDT by bayouranger
But doing anything other than assuming the loyalty of Muslims in the military would be "Islamophobic." It would be better for hundreds or thousands die in a jihad attack by one of these Muslims in the military than for military officials to commit an act of "Islamophobia." Death (other peoples') before political incorrectness! "FBI Tracking 100 Suspected Extremists In Military," by Dina Temple-Raston for NPR, June 25 (thanks to Holly):
The FBI has conducted more than 100 investigations into suspected Islamic extremists within the military, NPR has learned. About a dozen of those cases are considered serious.
That probably means that the other 88 and more include Muslims in the military who said or wrote something pro-jihad or anti-American, but who don't seem to be planning an attack or communicating with "dangerous individuals" right now. What they might do tomorrow is anybody's guess.
Officials define that as a case requiring a formal investigation to gather information against suspects who appear to have demonstrated a strong intent to attack military targets. This is the first time the figures have been publicly disclosed.
The FBI and Department of Defense call these cases "insider threats." They include not just active and reserve military personnel but also individuals who have access to military facilities such as contractors and close family members with dependent ID cards.
Officials would not provide details about the cases and the FBI would not confirm the numbers, but they did say that cases seen as serious could include, among others things, suspects who seem to be planning an attack or were in touch with "dangerous individuals" who were goading them to attack.
Details Revealed At Closed Congressional Hearing
The FBI and the Department of Defense declined to discuss the figures on the record, but three sources with direct knowledge confirmed that the numbers were revealed in a closed session of a House-Senate committee hearing in December. The FBI also declined to say whether it has compiled more up-to-date figures since that time.
Why is it only coming out now?
"I was surprised and struck by the numbers; they were larger than I expected," Sen. Joseph Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut and chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, told NPR. He stopped short of confirming the numbers....
The FBI compiled its tally of Islamic extremist cases in the military late last year for a joint hearing that Lieberman co-chaired. The hearing was looking at possible threats to military communities inside the United States, and the number of cases was revealed at that time....
"This number speaks not only to the reality that there is a problem of violent Islamic extremists in the military, but also that the Department of Defense and the FBI since the Nidal Hassan case are working much more closely together," said Lieberman.
Officials stressed that the FBI and the Department of Defense track all kinds of extremism within the military community from white supremacists to neo-Nazis, not just Islamic extremists.
Yes, of course. Mustn't appear "Islamophobic." After all, the KKK has tried to pull off so many terror attacks in the U.S. military lately.
But the Fort Hood shooting inspired new reporting procedures aimed at catching plots before they unfold. Since 2001, law enforcement officials have foiled and prosecuted more than 30 plots or attacks against military targets within the United States.
A Conviction Last Month
Just last month, an AWOL Muslim soldier named Naser Abdo was convicted of plotting to attack Fort Hood. Officers found components for an explosive device in Abdo's hotel room not far from the base.
Abdo told the judge that the plot was supposed to exact some "justice" for the people of Afghanistan and Iraq. In an audio recording played during the trial, Abdo said his Islamic faith was part of the reason he planned the attack....
But remember: unless you pretend that he didn't say that or didn't mean it, or that he is yet another Misunderstander of Islam, you're a greasy Islamophobe.
Officials say for many aspiring violent jihadis a military base is seen as fair game for an attack. Al-Qaida's narrative revolves around the idea that America is at war with Islam the world over, and the perception is that the U.S. military is at the forefront of that battle.
Counterterrorism officials say that for many freshly minted jihadists, a military target is an easier choice and easier to justify than targeting a shopping mall or other soft civilian targets precisely because it is seen as part and parcel of the battle.
"After the Fort Hood shooting, having just one serious case, much less having a dozen, is cause for concern," says Bruce Hoffman, a professor and counterterrorism expert at Georgetown University and a distinguished scholar at the Wilson Center.
"You have to think about how people in the military community aren't just your run-of-the-mill jihadis," Hoffman says. "These are people who have access to guns and to bases and are supposed to have security clearances. This is not the community you want to be radicalizing." [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]"
The enemy is within the gates.
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And I’m Melissa Block. We begin this hour with an exclusive story about alleged threats from within the U.S. military. NPR has learned that the FBI conducted more than 100 investigations into suspected Islamic extremists inside the military, and at least a dozen of those cases are considered serious - serious enough to warrant a deeper inquiry.
This is the first time these numbers have been revealed publically. NPR’s Dina Temple-Raston joins me with more on the story. And Dina, what have you learned.
DINA TEMPLE-RASTON, BYLINE: Well, what we know is that at the end of last year, the FBI provided a handful of lawmakers with an accounting of all the active Islamic extremist cases they were pursuing inside the military community. And this happened during a closed session in December that was called to look at threats to the military here at home. And that’s when lawmakers first heard that the FBI and the Department of Defense had about 100 cases, and that a dozen of them were considered serious.
You know, the FBI declined to confirm the numbers for us because they said they’re classified, but the officials familiar with the tally confirmed that the numbers we have are correct. What we don’t know is if those numbers have changed dramatically since December.
BLOCK: And Dina, specifically, these are cases in which the FBI and the Pentagon were worried that somebody inside the military was actually going to attack a military target?
TEMPLE-RASTON: Exactly right. I mean, the universe of people is more than just active military and reservists. It also includes close family members and contractors, basically anyone who can get onto a military installation by showing a military ID. Now, if you think about that, that’s hundreds of thousands of people that could be included in that universe.
And you could say that 100 cases is just a tiny percentage of that. But Senator Joseph Lieberman, who co-chaired that joint hearing last December, told us that that wasn’t the only way to think about it.
SENATOR JOSEPH LIEBERMAN: But the reality is, it only took one man, Nidal Hasan, to kill 13 people at Fort Hood and injure a lot more. So I thought the number was higher than I would have guessed.
TEMPLE-RASTON: Now, the man he’s referring to, Nidal Hasan, that’s Major Nidal Hasan. He was an active-duty Army psychiatrist who opened fire on soldiers at a processing center at Fort Hood in 2009. Counterterrorism officials considered that to be the worst terrorist attack on the homeland since 9/11.
BLOCK: And Dina, these investigations that you’re talking about, are they a reaction to that mass shooting at Fort Hood? Did these stem from that, specifically?
TEMPLE-RASTON: To a certain extent, they are. Both the FBI and the Defense Department have been extra vigilant in tracking these cases since Fort Hood, and there have been - there had been a bunch of warning signs that indicated that Major Hasan was becoming increasingly radicalized. And people like Senator Lieberman think officials at the time may have turned a blind eye to them.
And since Fort Hood, the presumption is to treat these things much more seriously.
BLOCK: Now, Dina, we mentioned there were maybe 100 or so investigations into suspected Islamic extremists, but that narrowed way down to those that were considered a possibly serious threat. Any way to judge how serious these threats might be?
TEMPLE-RASTON: Well, it’s difficult to say. I mean, there’s always a chance that there has been some overreaction. I mean, the military and the FBI have been really wary of looking like they’re only going after Muslims. Officials that we talked to stressed that the FBI and the military track all kinds of extremism in the ranks, from white supremacists to neo-Nazis.
And it’s also hard to gauge how serious these cases are, because as a general matter, the FBI doesn’t discuss open investigations, which is what all of these would be. But everybody I talked to said that after Fort Hood, there was new vigilance to not allow an attack like that to happen again. Among other things, the FBI and the Defense Department set up a new reporting procedure to make sure that someone like Hasan wouldn’t fall through the cracks.
And the FBI wouldn’t say how close any of these cases are to becoming something like a Hasan case or a Fort Hood case, or how close they are to arrests. And until something like that happens and we could see the evidence, it’s hard to gauge what kind of threat this really is.
BLOCK: That’s NPR’s Dina Temple-Raston with an exclusive report on FBI investigations into possible Islamic extremists within the U.S. military. Dina, thank you.
The Nidal Hasan case has taught us that the Military does not care that there are islamic terrorists within the ranks.
They just don’t care.
I’d suggest they start their investigation at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington DC.
***Allowing muslims to serve in our present military is equivalent to allowing Nazi party members to serve in our military during WWII.***
During WWII it was found that some US troops did have pro-Nazi leanings. These men were kept in the US and used as POW camp guards, UNTIL it was found they were letting prisoners escape.
They were removed from their positions and replaced by pro-American guards. I don’t know what happened to the pro-nazi guards after that.
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