Listen to the Footsteps, Watch the Dust
This is not a paranoid outburst of anti-jihadism. Listen carefully and you must see the increasing frequency of individuals and groups coming out of the closet and into the open. Right now it is a "short list," but a list nonetheless, and it is growing.
● Of course in June 2007, there was the the JFK Terrorist plot involving three men from Guyana and one from Trinidad and the case of the Lackawana (Buffalo) Six, Yemeni-Americans (by birth) who were convicted of providing support to al Qaeda. Additionally, we've had the Detroit Sleeper Cell and the planned attack on Ft. Dix, NJ.
● In May 2008, we had the case of Jeffrey Don Detrixhe who was arrested because he had "innocently" purchased cyanide pellets saying that with it he could euthanize an entire village.
● Nearly a year ago, in November 2008, there was the arrest of the five leaders of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development
● After a nearly year-long investigation, a plot to attack and blow up a Jewish Syngogue in RIverdale New York was pre-empted.
More recently, in July 2009 we had Bashir al-Ameriki on Long Island. Also in July, there was the arrest of eight men in North Carolina, two of whom are now suspected of somehow planning a delusional attack against the Marine Base at Quantico, Va.
It is now becoming a bit more clear that the case against Najibullah Zazi is expanding. Now officials are indicating that he had purchased amount of hydrogen peroxide and acetone as components of a bomb. Meanwhile his father and his F.B.I. informant imam are accused on "merely lying" to law enforcement. But now, as more facts emerge, the Zazi case is being called one of the most serious in years.
But now, in an apparently unrelated case, there is the arrest just yesterday of Hosam Maher Husein Smadi in a sting operation in which he parked a government supplied vehicle with fake bombs in front of Dallas office building. Let us not hear of entrapment! Smadi had "pledged allegiance to Osama bin Laden and expressed a desire to kill Americans" to undercover Arabic speaking agents.
Some of Smadi's co-workers at the Texas Best Smokehouse (they're all the "best") expressed disbelief at his arrest and involvement in a plot to kill Americans.
Friends, who knew him as "Sam," said he lived there for about a year and that he was fun, easygoing and always willing to lend a hand. Several said he regularly offered them rides in his Honda sedan.
"This comes as a shock to us; he was just an awesome person," said friend Tabatha Rogers. "He was good to us."He loved techno music, had earrings in both ears, and he was often seen wearing a belt buckle decorated with rhinestones that formed a gun. Rogers said he looked just like "your average American rock star."
"Sam" was just a "regular guy." Wanna bet? How many more "sleeper cells" are lying in the bushes or in the dusty confines of their closets waiting for a signal to launch an attack against our citizens? How many might act independently? They could be just "Regular looking guys." The question remains, how do we determine who is a terrorist, and who is a "regular guy?" Indeed, how do you tell the difference between a terrorist, and someone like "Sam" who looks like "your average American rock star?"
No, it is not paranoia, but reality. This great country enables the free flow of people from all over the Globe within the constraints of immigration laws. Some, however, enter the country illegally. Surveillance of people doing things that "don't look right" is one of the ways to keep us safe from "regular guys" like Hosam Maher Husein Smadi ("Sam"). The threat is here, even if it comes from "there." When people can go to training camps in Pakistan or Afghanistan, learn about bombmaking,become indoctrinated in the beliefs of the ant-West jihad, the War on Terrorism is in your town, it's on your street. If something doesn't look right, report it to the authorities. But don't wait because you think that it might be paranoid.