The radical ideology that attracts people to sympathize with and engage in Islamist terrorism is all-too-often not given the weight it deserves. Two recent separate articulations on the vital need to do more to counter and actually triumph over extremist Islamist ideology deserve a close look, those of former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith at the Aspen Security Forum and HSPI Director Frank Cilluffo speaking before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs.
It has been almost a year since the death of Osama bin Laden. Though we are right to be proud in dispensing justice to the terrorist mastermind, it is no time to rest on our laurels. Al-Qaeda is weakened and scattered, but this has only led them to adjust their tactics. A particularly worrisome trend is al-Qaeda’s shift toward recruiting homegrown terrorists.
Senator Susan Collins ripped in to representatives of the Department of Defense this week. The issue was one so absurd that I could not believe it at first. The Department has categorized the Fort Hood Shootings where Major Nidal Hasan murdered 13 people as an example of “workplace violence.” The Senator responded rightly; she was not incredulous, she was livid. Calling this incident of terrorism workplace violence equates it with the proverbial postal employee gone wild. This was an act of Islamic terrorism.
The U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security held a joint hearing today with the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs entitled “Homegrown Terrorism: The Threat to Military Communities Inside the United States.” According to the Department of Defense, American soil is the most dangerous place for our service men and women outside of actual war zones due to radicalism and homegrown terrorism.
The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence has issued a report calling attention to a new threat to the U.S. homeland. Boko Harem has up to this point focused largely in Nigeria but has recently turned its violence toward international targets.
Houston Muslims question FBI terror tactics – Houston Chronicle Check out the article below about FBI tactics of using informers within Muslim communities. Security Debrief’s Ron Marks notes that if the political environment doesn’t change, then the FBI is in a position of having to use all tools available to avoid being criticized for having […]
Social Media Accounts of Violence in Cairo Challenge Official Narrative – NYTimes.com Although Egypt’s prime minister, Essam Sharaf, hinted darkly that the violence had been orchestrated as part of a foreign plot to inflame sectarian tensions, some witnesses to the mayhem claimed in accounts posted on social media Web sites that the military had used […]
Recent developments in terror threats against the United States are at odds with the latest counterterrorism line coming out of the White House. We need some new thinking.
Congressional Report: Al Shabaab: Recruitment and Radicalization within the Muslim American Community and the Threat to the Homeland
The Majority staff of the Committee on Homeland Security has conducted an investigation into the threat by al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen in Somalia, Al Qaeda’s major ally in East Africa, and its efforts to radicalize and recruit Muslim-Americans inside the U.S.
Homeland Security rep to look at terrorist activity in prisons Witnesses will testify about findings that disaffected inmates are a “captive audience” for radicalization by charismatic Muslim extremists. Finding religion in prison brings comfort to many but can it lead to deadly consequences of mass proportions? That’s what Rep. Peter King (R-NY) will examine when […]