The Al Shabaab Threat: We May Be On The Verge Of Chronic Terror In Our Cities
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson reacted to the video by warning that, “groups like ISIL [ISIS], al-Shabaab, AQAP (al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula) are now publicly calling for attacks either through the internet, through videos, through publications, which means that we need to respond militarily but we also have to have a whole government approach through law enforcement, homeland security and frankly countering violent extremism efforts here in the homeland in communities.” Johnson also said that, “we’re in a new phase now and I’m afraid that this most recent video release reflects that.”
On the contrary, Vice President Joe Biden made it clear that the “wave” of Muslim immigration is “not going to stop.” Paul Sperry, in an editorial for Investors.Com, describes the situation as more like a tsunami than a wave.
Sperry makes a few additional points:
- “Between 2010 and 2013, the Obama administration imported almost 300,000 new immigrants from Muslim nations — more immigrants than the U.S. let in from Central America and Mexico combined over that period.
- Many of the recent Muslim immigrants are from terrorist hot spots like Iraq, where the Islamic State operates. From 2010-2013, Obama ushered in 41,094 Iraqi nationals from there.
- Now the State Department says it will quadruple the number of refugees brought here from Syria, where IS is headquartered.
- The U.S. will admit as many as 2,000 Syrian nationals by the end of fiscal year 2015, up from 525 since fiscal 2011.
- Top U.S. counterterror officials say terrorists could easily slip into the country from Iraq and Syria, in spite of promised screening procedures for such refugees.”
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul recently referred to these practices as, “a federally sanctioned welcome party to potential terrorists.” Sperry points out that, “if just a fraction of the 300,000 new Muslim immigrants already here follow in the footsteps of the Franco-Algerian brothers who recently terrorized Paris, we could be facing chronic terror in our cities.”
Terrorist recruiters in Iraq and Syria are now targeting Muslim youth in Minnesota and there are three confirmed cases of Minnesotans traveling to Syria, with more rumored to have done so.These particular recruiters use tactics similar to those of al Shabaab and the goal is centered on the establishment of an Islamic state. The invitation is extended to doctors, engineers and other individuals who would be an asset to the organization. Of course, help will be needed for rebuilding roads and buildings, etc. The recruitment techniques are professional and sophisticated, making use of social media, a glossy magazine and various compelling videos.
Within the Minneapolis Somali-American community the most publicly visible individual is Abdirizak Bihi, the founder and director of the Somali Education and Social Advocacy Center. Bihi is the center’s only employee. His mission is to derail the numerous unemployed malcontents in the area—intervening, hopefully before al Shabaab gets to them.