Archive for July, 2005

After the London Bombings, What’s Next?

By Randy Taylor, Analyst
rtaylor@homelandsecurityus.com

“I fully expect to see an attack in Canada, Italy, Sweden or Australia much like what we just witnessed in London.”

20 July 2005: This is the prevailing question in London and throughout the USA and the rest of the countries we consider both allies and non-allies alike. I’ve been asked this question more times than I care to speak or write about. The answer is quite simple. Beef up areas where our security is less than acceptable and do our best to thwart the terrorists.

Will they strike again? Inevitably, yes they will. Where? An additional attack could be any number of places here and abroad. Most likely I surmise that they will probably strike the U.K. again, as they are sitting right where Spain was sitting before they withdrew their troops from Iraq. It served no purpose for Spain to withdraw from operations as an ally of the United States as they are plagued today as much as ever with an al-Qaeda presence within their country. They are not any safer from a terrorist attack then they were before March 11, 2004 when their mass transit system was attacked. England will be attacked again if they remain in combat operations in Iraq and they will be attacked again if they withdraw from combat operations in Iraq. I hope the British realize this fact.

You cannot make a deal with the devil and expect the devil to keep his word. The word of Osama Bin Laden is garbage and it is imbedded in their doctrine to lie to us, the infidel to further their murderous operations. This is taught in their Islamic teachings and they will not deviate from it. The end will always justify the means to Islamic terrorists.

I dare say France may well suffer an attack soon, because although not an ally in Iraq, they are cracking down extremely hard on Islamic fanaticism within their country. Islam and al-Qaeda, along with their franchise terrorist operations may well conduct similar operations in Canada primarily because their society is much like ours, open and democratic and right next door to the United States. When the terrorists strike counties like Spain, Great britain and eventually Italy, Australia, Sweden and Canada (Canadastan) it sends a message of terror through this country that reverberates from coast to coast because it reminds us of how vulnerable we really are. Canada’s major cities are populated percentage wise with Muslims much like the U.K., and the hatred being preached in the mosques there is no different from the hatred being preached in the Islamic mosques worldwide. Terrorist websites are being operated and actively maintained from Canada spewing their hatred worldwide with no end in sight. The chances of the “homegrown” Canadian terrorist, the “quiet boy next door” becoming the next killer of innocent civilians are as high as anywhere where you have a concentrated Muslim population within a country that isn’t predominantly Islamic or doesn’t adhere to Islamic doctrine as a form of government.

“Terror” is not just deployed in the act of a bombing, murder or premeditated violence; it begins with instilling fear into the hearts and minds of mankind. Terror is just as much a mental condition as it is a physical condition. Somehow we have the developed a habit of associating “terrorism” with a physical act alone, when in fact terrorism is an entire condition which encompasses not just the physical aspects, but more importantly and even more effectively the mental aspect involved with terror. We are all victims of terror, although most of us never experienced or witnessed the acts firsthand. The sheer thought of dying inside a packed mass transit vehicle on our way to work will unnerve any rational man or woman. The attacks on societies much like our own is accomplishing the goals that the terrorists want to achieve. We are the “Great Satan” in the eyes of Islam and we will certainly be dealt with but in their own way, in their own time. We will suffer great mental anguish and uneasiness before an attack on our soil ever comes to fruition.

The al-Qaeda planners know that when they do attack the USA, it had better be something that will cripple us mentally, financially and take many lives. They will test the very limits of our resolve as Americans to withstand and go forward. In the interim, it is quite possible that we will find ourselves living much like they do in Israel. Small attacks designed to instill fear yet not large enough to provoke action against a country such as Iran the real Islamic core and central nervous system that perpetuates this mass horror worldwide. If they choose the smaller attacks as their method, it will suffice until they are ready to launch an all out assault on America. With this method, the terrorists that do conduct small operations will be labeled as the “bad apples” of Islam and because we are a tolerant society the remaining Islamic factions will be able to operate within our country, planning our demise and destruction while our laws protect them from any retaliation from the American public.

We have been suffering from a back door assault on America for years. The law enforcement community has been forced to soften towards Islam, many lawmakers have accepted contributions and monetary favors from Islamic groups and the mosques where anti-American and anti-Jewish hatred is taught are protected under our religious freedoms. We are in one heck of a mess and there really is no end in sight. It is a huge hole and I don’t know how we are ever going to dig our way out of it.I would say though, now is as good a time as any to start.

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Look Who’s Checking Your Bags

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Bassam KHALAF, 21

17 July 2005: “I’ve been screening your bags for the past six months, and you don’t even know it.” How reassuring. Those are the words of Bassam KHALAF, 21, pictured above, who worked as a baggage screener at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas from January 16, 2005 until he was terminated on July 7, 2005. Oh, the irony.

Khalaf is of Palestinian descent but was born in Houston. He is also a self-admitted “Arabic Assassin” who supports Islamic Terrorism against America, according to his hip-hop song lyrics. His unreleased CD “Terror Alert” contains lyrics about flying a plane into a building and descriptions of himself as a “crazy, suicidal Arabic . . . equipped with bombs.” And if that is not sufficient, he sings in praise the raping, torturing, and murdering of Christians and Blacks, and forcing everyone to perform oral sex on him. He is anti-Semitic and supports violence against women and necrophilia. And he speaks of a plane flying into a building on 9/11/05. And he was hired by the Transportation Security Administration because he had no criminal record.

According to Andrea McCauley, a spokeswoman for the regional Transportation Security Administration office in Dallas, the “TSA checks criminal records before hiring screeners, but it does not investigate what people do in their spare time.” How much more effort does it take to insert an applicant’s name into an Internet search engine?

A simple Internet search by name would have provided a treasure trove of background information about Khalaf and avoided the embarrassing situation of allowing a “Arabic Assassin” to work in a position of security at an airport named after a U.S. president. Obviously, Internet searches are not involved in the screening process. You can bet there are more “Bassam Khalafs” working in sensitive positions in this country because of incomplete and insufficient background investigations and incompetant investigators. We are no safer than we were on September 10, 2001.

Columnist Debbie Schlussel writes about this incident as well as former Detroit screener Sadeq Naji AHMED, a TSA screener in Detroit, who was dismissed from the Air Force for praising Bin Laden, the 9/11 attacks, and future attacks on America, but then hired by the TSA to screen bags at Metro Detroit Airport. To understand the insanity involved in the system, visit Ms. Schlussel’s web site. Meanwhile, know that the TSA has everything under control.

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“Nuclear Warfare is the Solution for Destroying America”

Military Expert & Analyst Advances Theory: How about an American Hiroshima which is a repeat, an eye for an eye of the events of exactly sixty years ago this August 6th and 9th? Is it plausible? I believe so.

Sean Osborne, Military Affairs & Senior Analyst

17 July 2005: The early morning of August 6, 2005 began as any summer-time Saturday does in New York City with school vacations winding down and kids wanting to get the most of the remaining days of summer. An avid Mets fan, 10 year old Trevor Blaylock of Flushing, New York was already pestering his dad about when they were going to begin the short walk to Shea Stadium. The Chicago Cubs were in town and Trevor was very eager to be one of the first 12,000 kids through the gates so he’d get the official New York Mets back-to-school binder.

Meanwhile, in the up-the-Hudson city of Poughkeepsie, nefarious activity was going on at the Dutchess County Airport were an undetected Al Qaeda terrorist cell was making final preparations with their Cessna 152 and its tactical nuclear payload. The chosen plan of attack of the cell was to approach New York City at low altitude, barely tree top level so as you use the natural ground cover to mask the aircraft in the ambiguous radar returns. This course was chosen to further the operational security of this long-planned mass casualty attack against the infidels as General Aviation rules did not preclude their direct approach to the selected target.

It was at 2 PM Eastern Daylight Time, bottom of the first inning, the Mets had retired the Cubbies three up three down, Jose Reyes was at the plate awaiting the first pitch from the towering Carlos Zambrano when there was a blinding flash of blue-white light which illuminated Shea Stadium. Time itself seemed to come to a halt in that very microsecond and just as quickly all hell broke out in New York City. We came to learn later that the terrorists had followed the flight plan exactly, tree top to tree top and down the Hudson River. Upon seeing the George Washington Bridge the pilot suddenly pulled the Cessna 152 into a steep climb to an altitude of 2000 feet. Throttled up to full speed at 98 knots the terrorist made a mad dash for midtown Manhattan and at a position directly over the Empire State Building, with a shout of “allah akhbar” the terrorists detonated their ex-Soviet tactical nuclear weapon. The “American Hiroshima” had occurred exactly as the terrorists had been saying it was going to happen for the past three years.

The image of a broad daylight mushroom cloud over a World Trade Center-less New York skyline was now a reality. That image flashed around the world within seconds, New York was destroyed and four million Americans were dead - including 2 million children just like Trevor Blaylock. Three days later a second bomb was detonated 2000 feet over the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant a mere 45 miles south of Washington DC. The Jihadists had demonstrated the military concept of a “force multiplier” with the selection of this target.

Is this Tom Clancyesque work of fiction that far removed from a potential reality? Myself and a few others think not. The actual targets may be deviant but the concept is exactly what the terrorists of Al Qaeda have been saying for three years.

The Al Qaeda nuclear fatwa issued in December 2002 by Abu Shihab al-Kandahari is quite explicit and revealing. He begins by saying in Islamic Fatwa religious edict, which this article takes as its own title,

“Thus, you are not mistaken in reading this text. This is the only way to kill the greatest possible number of Americans. The Americans have never experienced a threat like this one. During World War II, America used this [nuclear] weapon twice in three days…”

“Al-Qaeda has in its possession bombs which are called “dirty bombs,” and bombs with deadly viruses, which will spread fatal diseases throughout American cities…”

“The coming days will prove that Kaedat el-Jihad [the Al-Qaeda organization] is capable of turning America into a sea of deadly radiation. Yes, we will destroy America and its allies…”

It has long been maintained in private consensus within the intelligence community that Al Qaeda obtained tactical nuclear weapons from the former-Soviet Union sources in central Asia. Al Qaeda number two, Ayman al-Zawahiri is on record saying:

“We sent our people to Moscow, to Tashkent, to other Central Asian states, and they negotiated, and we purchased some suitcase [tactical nuclear] bombs.” 9 months after September 11, 2001 and six months prior to the “nuclear fatwa” issued by al-Kandahari, in June of 2002, the former Kuwaiti-born Al Qaeda spokesman, Suleiman Abu Gheith, issued the baseline of Al Qaeda’s nuclear plan for America, this is the public genesis of the concept of an “American Hiroshima.” It is a detailed blueprint of their intentions and must be heeded in the literal sense. Here are the key excerpts from Abu Gheith’s three-part “In the Shadow of the Lances:”

“The [premises] on which we base ourselves as an organization, and on which we base our operations and our method of action, are practical and realistic… They are also scientific and [in accordance with] Islamic religious law, and they give us confidence and certainty… In writing them and in [publicly] revealing them, I do not intend to be apologetic for what was done; I lay [these arguments] before you so as to emphasize that we are continuing with our blows against the Americans and the Jews, and with attacking them, both people and installations [so as to stress] that what awaits the Americans will not, Allah willing, be less than what has already happened to them. America must prepare itself; it must go on maximum alert; …because, Allah willing, the blow will come from where they least expect it…”

“The religious arguments on which we base ourselves in our Jihad against the Americans - the explanations that inspire us with confidence in the triumph of our religion, our belief, and our faith - are many, and this is not the place to enumerate them, as they are included in the books of the sages.”

“If by religious law it is permitted to punish a Muslim [for the crime he committed] - it is all the more permitted to punish a Harbi infidel [i.e. he who belongs to Dar Al-Harb 'the domain of disbelief” or “any nation on earth not under Islamic rule”] in the same way he treated the Muslim.”

“We have not reached parity with them. We have the right to kill 4 million Americans - 2 million of them children - and to exile twice as many and wound and cripple hundreds of thousands. Furthermore, it is our right to fight them with chemical and biological weapons, so as to afflict them with the fatal maladies that have afflicted the Muslims because of the [Americans'] chemical and biological weapons.”

Based upon these words above and in combination of everything I have heard or seen concerning the terrorist activity of Qaedat-al-Jihad the backbone of my Clancyesque “American Hiroshima” theory was born. There are several directly quoted sentences above I wish to reiterate at this point:

“During World War II, America used this [nuclear] weapon twice in three days…”

“Therefore, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth…”

“Al-Qaeda… has in its possession bombs which are called ‘dirty bombs,’ and bombs with deadly viruses, which will spread fatal diseases throughout American cities…”

“we will destroy America and its allies”

So how about an American Hiroshima which is a repeat, an eye for an eye of the events of exactly sixty years ago this August 6th and 9th? Is it plausible? I believe so. I believe it is consistent with the Department of Homeland Security Informational Bulletin released on June 28, 2005 warning to law enforcement and all concerned parties, first responders, et al., for the month of July 2005. I would extend that warning to cover the anniversaries of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki attacks of August 6/9, 1945. I also think there is no small coincidence with all the recent chatter of talk concerning this topic in the recent past, or the exceptional reaction in Washington DC to an errant, lone Cessna 152 which was three minutes from the White House when intercepted. Nuclear weapons are like hand grenades: “close enough” gets you that celebratory cigar.

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