Arrests define current Islamic terror threat

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

25 September 2009: In perhaps the most significant ten-day period since 9/11 for domestic counter-terrorism operations, law enforcement officials across the US have made multiple arrests this week of individuals planning to sow death and destruction in the name of Islam. The criminal complaints against those charged provide valuable insight into the thoughts and plans of Islamic terrorists on the streets of America, and most accurately define the current threat facing all of us in the US and Canada today. The documents provide critical insight into the inspirational objectives and operational planning of the Islamic jihad being waged against the West.

The criminal complaints document that among the adherents to fundamentalist Islam, loyalty to Islam supersedes loyalty to the US. They also confirm or serve to illustrate that prison recruitment to Islam, specifically to “jihad” continues unchecked, and there is a disturbing level of covert facilitation to would-be terrorists by Islamic leaders in mosques and Islamic centers across the US.In the case against Michael C. Finton (a/k/a Talib Islam), financial assistance was also provided to the suspect by a “shaykh” living in Saudi Arabia. Although the financial assistance was ostensibly for travel expenses to the Islamic Kingdom so the suspect could marry the “shaykh’s” daughter, the underlying motives should be clear.

The individuals arrested include:

Najibullah ZAZI, a 24 year-old Afghan native and current resident of suburban Denver, for lying to authorities in a terror investigation; Criminal complaint ( PDF file)

Mohammed Wali ZAZI, 53, father of Najibullah and resident of suburban Denver, for lying to authorities in a terror investigation; Criminal complaint (PDF file)

Ahmad Wais AFZALI, 37, the Imam of the Hazrat-I-Abubakr Sadiq mosque in Queens, NY, for lying to authorities in a terror investigation; Link to background article

Hosam Maher Husein SMADI, 19,an illegal alien from Jordan, for planning to detonate a vehicle bomb in Dallas; Criminal Complaint (PDF file)

Michale C. FINTON (a/k/a Talib Islam), recruited to Islam in prison, for attempted murder and using a weapon of mass destruction, for planning to detonate a vehicle bomb at a federal building in Springfield, IL. Criminal Complaint: Fenton, Michael C. (PDF file)

Although the plots of above suspects have been disrupted, others remain free. Some are under surveillance by law enforcement officials, while others are being sought. While many Americans have forgotten the threat posed by Islamic terrorists and have forgotten that they have declared war against the West, the terrorists have not forgotten, and live every day with their evil intentions. Perusal through the criminal complaints linked above verify that.