Another Day, Another Homegrown Jihadi

Muslim problem, what Muslim problem? What other religion in this country cultivates a steady stream of adherents that regularly plot and attempt to carry out mass casualty attacks against their fellow Americans? We’re just lucky that most of them haven’t been successful.

Alleged would be terrorist thwarted at every turn

Abdel Hameed Shehadeh, according to the FBI, traveled the world in search of jihad. But Pakistan turned him away, and Jordan did too. He tried to get into Somalia, but U.S. authorities placed him on the no-fly list. An American citizen, he visited an army recruiting station in New York’s Times Square hoping to be sent to Iraq; they did not want him either.

So, the FBI said, the 21-year-old born and raised in New York created websites and posted threats of radical Islamic violence, including one from another American expatriate, Anwar al Awlaki. Then Shehadeh flew to Hawaii and allegedly started taking target practice.

FBI agents said he wanted to join a jihadist group to learn “guerilla warfare and bomb-making.” Had he been welcomed into the U.S. army, they said, his plan was to defect in Iraq and turn against his comrades.

Shehadeh’s journeys ended last Friday. He was arrested in Honolulu and accused in a federal criminal complaint, unsealed Monday, of making false statements in an international terrorism case.

See also:
Homegrown Terrorist Offers a Vivid Reminder of the Threat We Face On U.S. Soil
US Man Arrested in Terror Case
Abdel Hameed Shehadeh, wannabe jihadi from Staten Island, was on feds’ radar two years ago
Former City Resident Is Accused of Trying to Join Terrorists
N.Y.-Born Man Arrested in Hawaii in Terror Case
Hawaii man arrested on terrorism-related charge
Isle man held on terrorism charges
Hawaii Man Facing Terror Charges Worshipped in Manoa
Prosecutors: Ex-Staten Island Man Tried to Join Taliban
Feds nab former Staten Island resident Abdel Hameed Shehadeh in failed Taliban bid
Hawaiian held after aborted Pak visit
Feds Nab Suspected Terror Traitor In the Making

What amazes me, is that the FBI catches so many of them, although they don’t catch them all and lately we’ve just gotten lucky on more than one occasion.

/oh, and there’s absolutely no reason to be the least bit nervous about Muslims on airplanes, after all, it’s been almost a whole year now since one of them tried to ignite explosives in his underwear and bring down a passenger aircraft over a major city

Don’t Let The Bedbugs Bite

Bedbugs, once virtually eradicated in the United States, are making a comeback, thanks EPA!.

EPA to Blame for Bedbug Problems?

How long until we see a bedbugs horror movie on the big screen? With the nasty critters invading everything from movie theaters in Times Square to lingerie stores and hotels, there’s a damn near panic brewing over the tiny blood-suckers.

With bedbug infestations up 71 percent since 2001 at hotels and cases popping up across the country, people are starting to wonder: just how did this happen? Considering that the bugs have come back in part because of their increased resistance to available pesticides and a general cluelessness on how to effectively get rid of them because of their long absence, it’s hard to say.

But one target of the welt-covered masses is an unlikely suspect: the Environmental Protection Agency. It seems that some scientists and victims believe that after eradicating the nasty critters between World War II and the mid-1990s, bedbugs have staged a huge comeback after the Clinton-era Congress passed a major new pesticides law in 1996 that banned a number of chemicals that had been reliable bed bug killers.

Though the long-banned DDT is not a culprit – since the bugs had already developed a tolerance for that nasty chemical – the banning of such pesticides as Malathion and Propoxur may have contributed to the new wave of infestations. Now, leaders such as Ohio governor Ted Strickland are trying to get a waiver from the EPA to use the compounds to combat one of the country’s worst outbreaks in cities such as Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio.

See also:
Why Is an Epidemic of Blood-Sucking Bed Bugs Sweeping the Nation?
US grapples with bedbugs, misuse of pesticides
Bedbugs staging dramatic comeback in the United States
Bedbugs Bite Their Way Across the Country
Battling bedbugs
Terminix Releases List of Top 15 Cities Favored by Bedbugs
Minneapolis Makes the List of Most Bedbug-Infested Cities
Twin Cities Bed Bug Problem Reaches Motel Rooms
Bedbug

Oh boy, Minneapolis is 15th on the infestation list.

/I’m glad there’s a river between Minneapolis and Saint Paul, I hope the little blood suckers can’t swim

A Muslim Soldier

While the Obama administration bends over backward to come up with euphemisms to avoid using the word terrorism, the terrorists themselves clearly call it what it is, an Islamic war against the United States and they are the Muslim soldiers that will continue to carry out attacks on U.S. soil and abroad.

Remorseless Times Square car bomber Faisal Shahzad warns: ‘We will be attacking the U.S.’

A self-proclaimed “Muslim soldier” who bungled a plot to bomb Times Square promised Monday that others will succeed where he failed.

A remorseless Faisal Shahzad pleaded guilty to the frightening scheme to blow up the Crossroads of the World on a busy Saturday night, when it was packed with New Yorkers and tourists.

“It’s a war,” Shahzad, 30, said in a hateful screed to Manhattan Federal Judge Miriam Cedarbaum.

“I’m going to plead guilty a hundred times over because until the hour the U.S. pulls its forces from Iraq and Afghanistan and stops the drone strikes … we will be attacking the U.S.,” he said. “And I plead guilty to that.”

He never once said he was sorry, even when Cedarbaum pressed him on the human carnage – including the death of many children – he could have caused if his bomb-packed SUV exploded the night of May 1.

“Did you look around to see who they were?” Cedarbaum asked him of his potential victims.

“Well, the people select the government,” Shahzad said. “We consider them all the same. …”

“Including the children?” the judge demanded.

“Well, the drone hits in Afghanistan and Iraq, they don’t see children, they don’t see anybody,” Shahzad fired back.

“They kill women, children, they kill everybody. It’s a war, and in war, they kill people. They’re killing all Muslims.”

“One has to understand where I’m coming from,” Shahzad told the judge. “I consider myself … a Muslim soldier.”

“And it’s a war to kill people,” he coldly declared.

See also:
Faisal Shahzad calls Times Square bomb plot ‘war,’ pleads guilty
Faisal Shahzad pleads guilty to Times Square bomb attempt
Guilty plea in failed N.Y. car bombing
Times Square bomb suspect Faisal Shahzad pleads guilty
U.S. citizen faces life in jail after pleading guilty to failed Times Square bomb plot
Times Square bomber enters guilty plea on terrorism charges and makes threats
Faisal Shahzad: the charges against the New York car bomb accused
Time Square Car Bomber Pleads Guilty

So, we can continue to pretend and ignore the obvious or we can take the terrorists’ word for it and call it what it is, an Islamic war against the United States.

/any questions?

Obama Plans To Invade Pakistan

Mister Nobel Peace Prize winner is apparently preparing to keep one of his campaign promises and launch “overseas contingency operations” on Pakistani soil.

Options studied for a possible Pakistan strike

The U.S. military is reviewing options for a unilateral strike in Pakistan in the event that a successful attack on American soil is traced to the country’s tribal areas, according to senior military officials.

Ties between the alleged Times Square bomber, Faisal Shahzad, and elements of the Pakistani Taliban have sharpened the Obama administration’s need for retaliatory options, the officials said. They stressed that a U.S. reprisal would be contemplated only under extreme circumstances, such as a catastrophic attack that leaves President Obama convinced that the ongoing campaign of CIA drone strikes is insufficient.

“Planning has been reinvigorated in the wake of Times Square,” one of the officials said.

At the same time, the administration is trying to deepen ties to Pakistan’s intelligence officials in a bid to head off any attack by militant groups. The United States and Pakistan have recently established a joint military intelligence center on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Peshawar, and are in negotiations to set up another one near Quetta, the Pakistani city where the Afghan Taliban is based, according to the U.S. military officials. They and other officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity surrounding U.S. military and intelligence activities in Pakistan.

The “fusion centers” are meant to bolster Pakistani military operations by providing direct access to U.S. intelligence, including real-time video surveillance from drones controlled by the U.S. Special Operations Command, the officials said. But in an acknowledgment of the continuing mistrust between the two governments, the officials added that both sides also see the centers as a way to keep a closer eye on one another, as well as to monitor military operations and intelligence activities in insurgent areas.

Obama said during his campaign for the presidency that he would be willing to order strikes in Pakistan, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in a television interview after the Times Square attempt that “if, heaven forbid, an attack like this that we can trace back to Pakistan were to have been successful, there would be very severe consequences.”

Obama dispatched his national security adviser, James L. Jones, and CIA Director Leon Panetta to Islamabad this month to deliver a similar message to Pakistani officials, including President Asif Ali Zardari and the military chief, Gen. Ashfaq Kiyani.

Jones and Panetta also presented evidence gathered by U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies that Shahzad received significant support from the Pakistani Taliban.

The U.S. options for potential retaliatory action rely mainly on air and missile strikes, but could also employ small teams of U.S. Special Operations troops already positioned along the border with Afghanistan. One of the senior military officials said plans for military strikes in Pakistan have been revised significantly over the past several years, moving away from a “large, punitive response” to more measured plans meant to deliver retaliatory blows against specific militant groups.

See also:
Report: US Preparing for Retaliatory Strike if Terror Attack Traced to Pakistan
US mulls unilateral Pakistan raids
U.S. studies options for possible Pakistan attack: report
US Army reviewing options for ‘unilateral’ strike on Pakistan
US develops plans for unilateral strike on Pakistan
US Preps a Retaliatory Hit on Pakistan
Airstrike on civilians blamed on mistakes…Pakistani Taliban could face retaliation if they strike the US

If you’re willing to put American boots on Pakistani ground in response to an attack on the United States you should also be willing to do the same as part of the war in Afghanistan.

/you can’t beat the Taliban unless you ultimately take the fight to where they live, in their Pakistani sanctuaries

Surprise, It’s Another Muslim Jihadi!

Of course, it’s really no surprise at all, unless you’re a lefty . . .

Was he a lone deranged nut, upset with Obamacare?

Maybe he was a right-wing nut?

Joining the Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-independent Bloomberg in the ranks of liberals quick-on-the-draw to accuse “mentally deranged” anti-big-government activists of being closeted domestic terrorists was Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler.

“It could have been an Islamic terrorist,” Nadler told the Politico, but then again “it could have been a right-wing nut,” he added. “People who are motivated because they’re sympathetic to al-Qaida, or to right-wing nut jobs sympathetic to others in Michigan, don’t have to be in contact with their leaders,” the House Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee’s chief said.

Robert Dreyfuss says, how about a Tea Party Teabagger?

It may be that the Pakistan-based Taliban, the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), has quietly established a Connecticut franchise while we weren’t looking. That’s possible. But it seems far more likely to me that the perpetrator of the bungled Times Square bomb plot was either a lone nut job or a member of some squirrely branch of the Tea Party, anti-government far right. Which actually exists in Connecticut, where, it seems, the car’s license plates were stolen.

Ezra Klein thinks maybe he was just upset and despondent because he lost his house?

This guy is like string theory for the media: He brings together the seemingly incompatible stories that drove the past decade. That said, you of course don’t want to speculate on why someone “really” did something. The hearts of men are opaque, and motives are complex. But it’s a reminder that foreclosures generate an enormous amount of misery and anxiety and depression that can tip people into all sorts of dangerous behaviors that don’t make headlines but do ruin lives. And for all that we’ve done to save the financial sector, we’ve not done nearly enough to help struggling homeowners.

Seriously, who the hell knows why Faisal Shahzad parked a vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) in Times Square on a busy Saturday night, it’s all a big mystery . . . to Lefty.

Contessa Brewer was just hoping he was Michigan Militia and not a Muslim.

See also:
Denying Jihad — Again
Fallout: The terrorist who bombed
Car bomb suspect struggled to find a place
The Meaning of Faisal ‘Rorschach’ Shahzad
Link emerges between Times Square bomb attempt and Pakistani militant group
Where in Pakistan did Faisal Shahzad learn bomb-making skills?
Tracing NY bomb plot to Pakistan roots
Lawmakers, Officials Question How Faisal Shahzad Managed to Board a Plane
War By Euphemism
Obama Administration Declares Victory In War On Semantics
Domestic Contingency Operation
National Security Policy In Wonderland

You know, sometimes a Muslim jihadi is just a Muslim jihadi and Faisal Shahzad is a Muslim jihadi, trained to make bombs in Pakistan and carry out a jihad attack in the United States! Any second grader can easily connect the obvious dots with an oversized crayon, but not Lefty. Lefty refuses to acknowledge that the concept of “Islamic terrorism” even exists.

The Obama administration and Lefties everywhere had better start taking this real world threat seriously, instead of prancing around the edges of the problem, making up clever euphemisms and excuses for Islamic terrorism, so as not to offend the easily offended Muslims.

I don’t know about you, but I see a disturbing trend emerging. Lately, we haven’t stopped any Islamic terror attacks.

/except for Muslim jihadi Nidal Hasan, who succeeded in shooting 43 people, killing 13, the only reason we haven’t seen an even more enormous loss of life is because Muslim jihadi Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and Muslim jihadi Faisal Shahzad failed to successfully detonate their terrorist bombs

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 26 other followers