Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Muslim-Americans are playing prominent roles in Al Qaeda and are threatening more attacks
Homegrown Islamic terrorists are playing increasingly prominent roles within Al Qaeda and are threatening more deadly attacks from within the United States, the much anticipated 9/11 report card has revealed. Airport security is still not thorough enough to stop a large-scale air bombing, the report claimed and, even more worryingly, the greatest threat to national security may well be coming from America itself, with the frighteningly common radicalization of Muslim-American teens. Muslim-American youth are being recruited in Somali communities in Minneapolis and Portland, Oregon, in some respects moving the front lines to the interior of the United States. In recent years, there has been a jump in the number of attacks against the United States by homegrown Muslim-Americans. In 2009, there were two of these high-profile terrorist attacks in the United States. In the first attack, 13 people were killed and 29 injured in the Fort Hood shooting, the sole suspect for which is Nidal Malik Hasan, a U.S. born Palestinian who faces the death penalty for the charges. In the same year, a U.S. military recruiter was killed in Little Rock, Arkansas and another man injured. Black Muslim convert Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad was said by police to have confessed to the killing of Private William Long, saying that he had been sent to kill as many soldiers as possible by Al Qaeda. The report card added that despite the government spending billions of dollars on airport security, scanners still cannot reliably detect bombs which could bring down planes. Among concerns raised were ones about full body scanners, which, aside from raising privacy concerns, cannot see explosives hidden within the body.