Wildfires: We’ve been warning about them since 2003

By Douglas J. Hagmann

3 October 2012:  Since 2003, the Northeast Intelligence Network has been warning that Islamic terrorists living in the United States and sympathetic to the objectives of al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood, have been posting instructions to destroy the U.S. from within. A “simple” and inexpensive way to cause great and costly calamities to the U.S. is by setting forest fires, especially in drought-ravaged areas.

In May 2003, we reported that postings appeared on several password-protected forums that the California wildfires were started by members of al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood.  An FBI memo published in June 2003 carried identical warnings.

Following those warnings, we reported that “verified intelligence indicates that Islamic terrorists had a hand in some of the existing fires in southern California that have already engulfed over 1/2 million acres.”


Saturday, 12 July 2003: PHOENIX, Arizona  - The FBI  alerted law enforcement agencies last month that an Al Qaeda terrorist now in detention had talked of masterminding a plot to set a series of devastating forest fires around the western United States. Source: Fox News.

Internet Intercept 26 October 2003:

“Allah’s soldiers will devastate America by its burning…this is nothing but the start of the punishment assisted by Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds….These are the new fires different from the normal as Ramadan starts.”

Other truncated messages from September 2003:

Oh Allah support the fighters everywhere, and hasten your support of them Oh Allah…

Oh Allah… ignite the land a fire from below the feet of the Crusaders and cunning Zionists…

Our warnings continued through 2010, at which time it appeared that the Department of Homeland Security would have had enough intelligence gathered on the plans of Muslim terror suspects living here in the U.S.

Today, al Qaeda is being blamed for Europe-wide forest fires, as the head of Russia’s Federal Security Service claimed they were set by arsonists as part of the group’s low-cost attack strategy.

Previous reports:

11 February 2009: Terrorist “chatter:” Forest Fires

26 October 2007:  Photography, surveillance, FBI warnings preceded California wildfires

25 October 2007:  Domestic Terrorism? California arson fires easier than hijacking planes