After conducting numerous case studies at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, research has demonstrated a pattern for radicalization among Americans who embrace jihad, whether foreign or U.S. born. The cases of the Lackawanna Six, the Portland Seven, the Virginia Jihad Group, as well as John Walker Lindh, Adam Gadahn and others demonstrate the need to travel overseas to receive training.
The quote above is from "Behind the Indoctrination and Training of American Jihadis", and drives home one important point -- terrorist wannabes need training, and that training is generally obtained in places like Pakistan. This should be a very important piece of knowledge for America's Homeland Security and other organizations. We should be keeping track of travelers to terror training countries. (Global Terrorism Analysis, via Insight Into Today's Middle East)
Ohio-born Mahmud Faruq Brent, 32, admitted to attending training camps run by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT, Army of the Pure) in 2002, a Pakistani-based jihadi group established during the 1980s campaign against the Soviets in Afghanistan. [snip]
The Virginia Jihad Group
Based out of Falls Church, Virginia, the informal jihadi group was led by Ali al-Timimi. A U.S. citizen, al-Timimi was sentenced to life in prison for soliciting others to levy war against the United States. [snip]
The group's webmaster, Sami Omar Hussayen, was a graduate student in Idaho when he posted two fatwas from Saudi Salafi-Jihadis Salman al-Awda and Safar al-Hawali, which incited jihad against Americans. Sami's uncle, Saleh Hussayen, is a high-ranking Saudi minister who gave at least $100,000 to IANA.
These cases all suggest that ideology, above anything else, is the common identity among group members. Their belief and commitment to the Salafi movement and its aims to purify Islam, which is the foundation upon which bin Laden and other jihadi leaders have built their platforms, was the common factor that bound together these diverse individuals with various ethnic, national and linguistic backgrounds. Even a cursory look at the Brent case reveals ties to members of Ali al-Timimi's northern Virginia jihad group, and through them, a much larger world of official Saudi funding and militant Salafi influence. For nearly all the terrorism cases involving radical Islam, the subjects began their journey with the Salafi Islam offered by the Saudi establishment, its leading scholars and its prestigious institutions in Mecca and Medina. (read it all)
Also of interest in squashing home grown terrorists, "Saudi Arabia is paying to indoctrinate a generation of American schoolchildren with a white-washed version of Islam-- and the U.S. taxpayers are unwitting accomplices to this well entrenched program."
All the knowledge in the world of how terrorists work and train is for naught, when the media refuses to acknowledge that a terrorist is, well, a terrorist:
Terrorists in the United States? WHAT terrorists in the United States?, by HCDL at Wake Up America:
Authorities: Men Had Pipe Bombs in Their Car
MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) -- Authorities say two Middle Eastern men arrested near a Navy base had several pipe bombs in their car.
Authorities say 24-year-old Ahmed Abda Sherf Mohamed and 21-year-old Yousef Samir Megahed were charged Monday with possession of an incendiary device.
An FBI spokeswoman says a joint state-federal investigation is under way to see if there was any terrorism connection but no link had been found yet. The Navy base is the site of a brig where enemy combatants have been held.
Enter columnist Diana West with some sarcasm: "Want to stop terrorism? Give in to its supporters"
It’s a dispiriting truth for a dispiriting time. American resolve has given way to American submission, and almost no one has noticed.
Let's hope Ms. West is wrong.
Be sure to read:
Al-Qaeda Cell In America, Wake Up America
"Paul Williams: In the Belly of the Beast" Jamaat ul-Fuqra, at Atlas Shrugs
Why are we not hearing about this?, Wake Up America
Huge hat tip to the Moderate Voice for this one.
Not Speaking Our Language, Sigmund, Carl and Alfred
That lesson has yet to be learned in much of the Arab world and until that lesson is learned, there is no point entering into talks or negotiations. Simply put, right now, they are speaking the language of barbarians and beasts.