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Terrorist “chatter:” Forest Fires

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

11 February 2009: Surveillance of Arabiic language web sites used by Islamic terrorists and their supporters found a number of references to the current forest fires in Australia, with suggestions that no other resources aside from “a match” are needed to create new destruction in dry areas. Although there are no claims of any responsibility for setting the current Australian forest fires, there is plenty of cheering by Islamists about the death and destruction being caused by the fires.

Messages posted in terrorist web sites are urging Islamic fundamentalists everywhere to be proactive and to start their own conflagrations as there is no excuse not too. As one terrorist stated, “the only resource needed is a single match.” This reference was found by deep-cover intelligence operative who is well known in intelligence circles as “Archangel.”

Image posted by the Northeast Intelligence Network in 2003 of California wildfires - taken from space (NASA image)

Image posted by the Northeast Intelligence Network in 2003 of California wildfires - taken from space (NASA image)

As we have reported in the past, the plans to attack the United States and all non-Muslim countries by

By contrast - Ground zero from space in 2001. Also posted by the Northeast Intelligence Network in 2003

By contrast - Ground zero from space in 2001. Also posted by the Northeast Intelligence Network in 2003

lighting forest fires aren’t new, and have been frequently discussed on radical Islamic web sites and forums. In 2003, we began to see - and report on directives posted on Internet forums—instructional posts to terrorists in this country to actually start fires in the US to weaken our infrastructure and deplete our resources. Additionally, instructional communications were published on methods of choosing the best location to start wildfires, the “how-to’s” of conducting surveillance of fire stations and emergency response vehicles, and methods to impede their response.

The issue of using arson to cause damage to the infrastructure, strain and deplete resources is nothing new. What seems to be new, however, is that some people are just beginning to wake up to this threat.

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