FBI source: Hezbollah terror threat in the U.S.

16 February 2008: Late yesterday, Northeast Intelligence Network director Doug Hagmann spoke with a well-placed FBI source who confirmed that the threat of terrorist attacks inside the U.S. by Hezbollah terrorist operatives living in America is currently at “an unprecedented level” The threat level has risen due to Tuesday’s car-bomb assassination of Imad Mughniyah, a top Hezbollah leader.

According to this source, there are “literally hundreds, if not thousands of Hezbollah members with attack capabilities in the U.S., and tens of thousands more Hezbollah operatives who support the Muslim terrorist organization through financing and recruitment.”

Following the death of Mughniyah, Hezbollah leaders urged members to avenge his death by attacking Jewish and American targets. While most U.S. intelligence officials believe the threat is greater to U.S. and Israeli assets abroad, the flurry of intelligence bulletins, confidential memos and warnings issued to law enforcement agencies across the U.S. indicate that there is more than an abundance of caution at play.

“Because of Mughniyah’s position within the organization, retaliation is a near certainty, it’s just a matter of timing and location” stated this FBI source. “Hezbollah is very well organized and extremely well financed, funded largely by the Iranian government. Their attack capabilities are perhaps the best of all Muslim terror groups at present, especially in the U.S.” added this source.

Although the various bulletins and warnings identify no specific threat or target, law enforcement agencies have been advised to increase protective measures for government buildings, Jewish institutions and other potential targets.