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Jihad USA: Confronting the Threat of Homegrown Terror (Airing 3-29-08)

Posted by wordforit on March 28, 2008


“Jihad, USA,” a new FOX News documentary hosted by E.D. Hill, airs on the FOX News Channel at 9 p.m. ET on March 29.

Law enforcement officials and security experts are warning against the threat of homegrown terrorism as several cases involving alleged American jihadists enter the courts.

“The public is getting complacent,” New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly tells FOX News. Kelly, who was the police commissioner during the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, has developed a task force of counterterrorism officers trained to spot jihadists.

Although there has not been a major terrorist strike in the U.S. since Sept. 11, 2001, Kelley says the country cannot let down its guard.

“We can’t afford to be complacent in law enforcement, and I don’t think we are,” Kelly says in the new FOX News documentary, “Jihad, USA,” which will air at 9 p.m. ET on March 29.

Several terror-related cases now in the courts highlight this need for continued vigilance, experts say.

– In Florida, the retrial of six of the “Liberty City Seven” is coming to a close. The group members, who allegedly plotted to destroy the Sears Tower in Chicago and swore allegiance to Al Qaeda on a secret FBI surveillance tape, were arrested in June 2006. Their first trial ended in a not-guilty verdict for one defendant and a mistrial for the other six.

– In Washington state, the murder trial has begun for Pakistani-American Naveed Haq, who is accused of opening fire in Seattle’s Jewish Federation Building in July 2006, killing one woman and wounding five others. Haq allegedly said he was mad at the Jews and how they are running the country.

Two other cases are to enter court next month.

– In Michigan, a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Houssein Zorkot, a Lebanese-born medical student at Wayne State University in Detroit who posted on his Web site in September 2007 that he was launching a personal jihad. He was arrested that same day in a nearby park, wearing camouflage paint and holding a loaded AK-47.

– In South Carolina a trial is set for Youssef Megahed and Ahmed Mohamed, two University of South Florida students who officials say had pipe bombs in their car when they were caught speeding near the Goose Creek weapons base.

Terror experts say these and other cases since Sept. 11 illustrate an emerging threat from homegrown terrorists, people who have been radicalized by extreme Muslim doctrine within the U.S.

“Al Qaeda is depending today upon the spontaneous emergence of these jihadist cells that are not tethered to the leadership of Al Qaeda by either telephone or e-mail,” terror investigator and author Steve Emerson told FOX News.

But others say the threat of homegrown Islamic terrorism is overstated.

In “none of these cases brought in the United States did the government ever produce any evidence suggesting that someone had prepared a bomb,” says Jim Wedick, a former FBI agent. “Someone’s actual ability to do harm needs to be taken into the equation.”

Wedick consulted with the defense on the Liberty City Seven case.

“The solution is not to treat the whole Muslim community as a suspect community,” says Hussam Ayloush, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “This is not about ignoring a threat, but this … should not be about exaggerating any threat in a way that promotes certain political agendas.”

Kelly says the threat is real and the only way to combat it is through prevention.

“Just imagine if the 19 hijackers on Sept. 11 were arrested on Sept. 10,” he says. “How would that have been characterized?”

“Jihad, USA,” a new FOX News documentary hosted by E.D. Hill, airs on the FOX News Channel at 9 p.m. ET on March 29.



2 Responses to “Jihad USA: Confronting the Threat of Homegrown Terror (Airing 3-29-08)”

  1. Mark Sardella said

    I hope that Commissioner Kelley is correct in his belief that law enforcement has not become complacent. Unfortunately, I fear that the general population has become complacent. The visual memory of 9/11 may still be with people, but I fear that many have lost the emotional memory, and forgotten the near universal feeling of outrage and anger Americans felt in the weeks and months after the attack.

    Mark Sardella

    WfI Reply~

    Welcome, Mark, and thanks for your patriotism! Are we too enthralled with superficials?

    As painful as it feels, I have to agree with you, Mark. Isn’t it strange to hear anti-American talk from Americans, especially while still facing the tragedy of 9/11?

    Revisionists aren’t waiting to change the scenario on this one and they don’t contrast life in the US with the angle of holding on to our liberties—just what ‘bullies’ we have been and continue imposing on others. “Don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone”?

    Thanks for coming by and commenting in support!

  2. stushie said

    Have you watched the FITNA movie from the netherlands online? It’s chilling.

    Yes, and it’s a strange phenomenon that a group of radicals can strike so much fear in people that they control what’s on the web to cause it to be removed!! I was kinda surprised that it was the Netherlands who stood up and rejected Muslim infiltration but I read recently that it’s b/c they don’t want thier liberal way of life interfered with. Even though I’m not a liberal, why should a country be held hostage by a group who murders those who are considered infidels?

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Stushie!

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