Rumors are floating about many Blog Sites regarding an “Americanized” AQ agent named Adnan El-Shukrijumah, who is plotting attacks in America for Ramadan 2006. This man is mentioned at the end of this article
War On Terror: Declassified details of plots pried from high-value al-Qaida detainees should put to rest the left’s silly notion that President Bush has been hyping the threat for political gain.
Detainees have confirmed that al-Qaida continues to work on operations against the U.S., a fact underscored most recently by the foiled airline plot in London. But don’t tell that to war critics such as John Mueller, a political science professor at Ohio State University.
He argues in the latest issue of “Foreign Affairs” that the threat from Islamic terrorists “has been massively exaggerated” and that Bush has juiced the war to grab more power in the form of “massive eavesdropping and detention programs . . . that have led nowhere.”
The professor is massively wrong. The programs have yielded clues that have saved American lives.
Besides the London operation, the U.S. and its partners have disrupted several serious plots since 9-11, including al-Qaida plots to attack inside the U.S. — namely, ones targeting the West Coast, the Brooklyn Bridge and financial buildings on the East Coast.
More “huffing and puffing,” Mueller harrumphs. Actual attacks have been sparse since 9-11, he says, noting that al-Qaida hasn’t struck America in five years. Thus his facile conclusion: “There are no terrorists in the United States, and few have the means or the inclination to strike from abroad.”
So let’s bring home the troops, reassign FBI agents to bank robberies and stop fingerprinting and registering all those poor Arab and Muslim immigrants, he suggests. The war, if it can even be called that, is over.
Of course, the scholar’s conclusion is not only demonstrably false — evidenced just by the number of homegrown terror plots uncovered in recent months, from Los Angeles to Miami — but also dangerously cavalier. Yet it’s an attitude gaining traction among Democrats, along with their friends in academia and the media.
If put into policy, it could get people killed. It’s foolishly complacent to assume there’s no internal or external threat of terrorist attack here just because we haven’t been attacked in five years.
Patience is one of al-Qaida’s hallmarks. Five years is nothing in its scheme of things. It took it eight years to finish off the World Trade Center.
And it’s not only in Iraq and Pakistan, but also right here, living among us. We have to get to it before it gets to us.
U.S. intelligence estimates that as many as 5,000 al-Qaida terrorists and supporters are in the U.S. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the 9-11 mastermind in custody, won’t give up any of their whereabouts. Authorities recovered from his possessions a notebook containing U.S. ZIP codes. He claims he was planning to use them to open new e-mail accounts. Uh-huh. The CIA suspects he’s protecting operatives secreted inside America.
In 2003 and 2004, an operative was tasked by al-Qaida to case important government and tourist targets here. Also in 2003, al-Qaida sent a cell here by way of North Africa to gas the New York subway. The FBI is still looking for the team of men.
Detainees have told investigators that al-Qaida leaders plan to use new cells of second-generation immigrant Muslims who have lived in the U.S. and can blend in and not attract as much suspicion. They’re being held in reserve for larger attacks.
One such Americanized operative, Adnan El-Shukrijumah, has reportedly been scouting potential targets in New York, Washington and Chicago. He’s on the FBI’s most wanted list.
Yet Mueller maintains Islamists aren’t interested in attacking us. He says the administration is guilty of alarmism and sees “terrorists under the bed.”
Those on the left see no evil at all. To them al-Qaida is a phantom. Tell that to the families of the victims of 9-11 or 3-11 or 7-7.
“Although it remains heretical to say so, the evidence so far suggests that fear of the omnipotent terrorists — reminiscent of those inspired by images of the 20-foot-tall Japanese after Pearl Harbor or the 20-foot-tall communists at various points in the Cold War — may have been overblown, the threat presented within the United States by al-Qaida greatly exaggerated,” Mueller lectures.
“The massive and expensive homeland security apparatus erected after 9-11 may be persecuting some, spying on many, inconveniencing most and taxing all to defend the United States against an enemy that scarcely exists.”
Good thing Mueller isn’t directing that effort. Fact is, we beat the Nazis, the kamikazes and the commies precisely because we took the threat so seriously. The new Neville Chamberlains on the left should stick to their political knitting and leave the terror-fighting to the freedom warriors who understand what it takes to win.