BBC: FBI probe biggest plot since 9/11

That’s the BBC’s title for a report yesterday about the on-going investigation into the Somali (former refugee) missing youths case that we began following last November, here.

My immediate thought on reading the title was that the FBI completely MISSED the biggest terrorist attack since 9/11—the massacre at Ft. Hood!

I don’t really see anything new in this dramatic telling but what follows are some sections I want to comment about.  This is how the article begins:

Newsbeat has been given exclusive access to one of the biggest anti-terrorist operations in America since the 9/11 attacks.

The FBI is worried a group linked to al-Qaeda is training up a new generation of terrorists.

They’re thought to be targeting young Somali immigrants, radicalising them to carry out attacks on their home country and possibly the US in the future.

It is not clear why they gave up their good life in America?  Sure it is, Allah told them to do it and we have that directly from one of the now-dead “youths.”  And, by the way, there are 6 dead now (that we know of).

It’s not clear why teenagers like these are giving up their comfortable lives in America and returning to their war torn homeland.

But over the past three years, authorities believe 20 young Somali men have gone back to fight in the bitter civil war, which is reported to have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives.

None of them have come back and three are thought to be dead.

None of them came back?  That is wrong too.  At least two who returned have been indicted and plead guilty, hereUpdate:  Today, November 20th, we learn there are 6 arrested or indicted.

I can’t emphasize enough how important it is for the future of our country for people to grasp the concept that Islamic fundamentalists don’t care about nice stuff and nice lives.   What the Koran (and their Imam!) tells them to do trumps everything.   When I said in my post earlier this morning  that we had made a grievous error in admitting so many Somalis to the US, that is what I mean.

Where on earth did the BBC reporter get this number—35,000?

According to census figures there are 35,000 Somalis living in America but the figure is almost certainly a massive underestimate as many live in the country illegally.

Some of them came to the US as refugees looking for a safer place to settle and raise families.  [Edit:  Some did and some didn’t come for a safe place; some came to change America and promote Shariah law.]

We have resettled over 80,000 Somali refugees in the last 25 years.  That number does not include all the Somalis who have illegally crossed our borders or who successfully applied for asylum.  Somalis also have large families and although I have never seen official figures the number is estimated to be well over a quarter of a million now.   Thankfully the US State Department, having uncovered widespread immigration fraud among Somalis and some other Africans, suspended the family reunification program well over a year ago, but it is expected to re-open soon.

The FBI is likely shaking in its boots over the big question, will more of the trained Somali jihadists return to the US?

The FBI were reluctant to spell out the threat, but they do believe something sinister is happening in the local Somali community.

They’re calling it their biggest terror investigation since 9/11.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in the civil war in Somalia
They’re not just concerned about those who may be travelling from America to Somalia either.

They’re also worried about who may come back, war hardened and perhaps prepared to plot attacks on American soil.

EK Wilson, one of the special agents investigating the case, says they have to consider all possibilities.

You can bet they are being radicalized in the US, where else?

Agents won’t say if mosques or religious leaders are involved but they do think victims are being radicalised in America before being trained as fighters in Somalia.

Answering Dust, and other new readers

Dust is a commenter and apparently a new reader somehow connected to the mess in Bowling Green, KY who can’t refrain from name-calling of someone she/he disagrees with (not us, but another commenter), so I won’t be posting her (I’m assuming this is a woman) comment of yesterday. However, she says something to the effect that “all of a sudden we want an investigation of how refugees are cared for” and that’s how I know she is new to RRW.

Thanks Dust for reminding me that since our readership is going through the roof, we should from time to time clarify for new readers our guiding principles here at RRW.  

I don’t want to write a book because I have a dozen more interesting pieces of news to write about today and this is voluntary work—call it a charitable contribution from Judy and Ann (me) every day—so I don’t have much time.   These are my reasons (in no particular order) for writing this blog, Judy might have some additions or subtractions, but she is away.

You will see that most of our posts focus on these themes:

*First, Dust, we have been calling for an investigation of the refugee resettlement program from the very beginning, ever since we saw refugees placed in slum buildings where we live more than 3 years ago.  Because there is a ‘presumption of good intentions’ almost no one reports problems with the program—certainly not the mainstream media.

* As a conservative I don’t believe the government should be taking money from citizens and giving it with virtually no oversight to non-profit groups and churches.  Funding your charitable causes is not a function of government.  Real charity, Dust, is for you to put your time and money into caring for people—immigrants, refugees or other impoverished people—not badgering others to do so or taking (stealing!) their money to redistribute it to others.

* Refugee families should be individually sponsored by churches or other groups in a truly charitable endeavor, and we should not take more families than we can take care of.  There are millions of refugees in the world and we will be only able to take so many, so we should be doing it right.

Let me remind you of what that Iraqi refugee boy said in Arizona last year, here.

It is better to have 10 Iraqi refugees who are satisfied with their lives than having 100 angry ones with no life at all.

* There needs to be a national debate about how many refugees and other immigrants we take and from what cultures they come.  Frankly, we have made a grievous error in taking the Muslim refugees, Somalis in particular, who have no intention of becoming Americans.  They are here to change America.  Unfortunately, political correctness and a worshipful attitude toward multiculturalism have blinded us.  The explosion on this front is yet to come and it will be like the Major Hasan slaughter at Ft. Hood and there will be much fingerpointing and gnashing of teeth about who is to blame primarily at the US State Department.

It is my view, that the ‘diversity is strength’ line is way overused, and mostly hogwash. 

* Again, and we have said this on many occasions, we should have a debate about who comes to America and how many, but once they are here (and until there is some sensible reform of the program), these agencies contracted to resettle the refugees better darn well do their jobs.  Dust, we have written over 2500 posts since July 2007 and hundreds of them involve refugee resettlement agencies who have left refugees in the lurch, Bowling Green is just one more in a long line.

*  The refugee resettlement program has become a bureaucracy where agencies, both government and non-profit, need to protect jobs, buy buildings, expand “services,” and like any other government-funded industry they have in my opinion forgotten their original mission.

*  In that national debate about how many refugees we take, there needs to be a realistic discussion about the impact of the increased number of people on our natural resources (air, water, energy), how many schools, houses, cars etc. will be needed and what impact will that have on open space and quality of life.

*  It is wrong to bring refugees to the US and have some insider deals with large industries, like the meatpackers, for cheap labor especially when apparently the refugees are not told the full story abroad.  If the volags (short for voluntary agencies that are really taxpayer funded resettlement agencies, so the word ‘voluntary’ is a misnomer) are making deals with industry, then let’s get it out in the open instead of hiding behind that presumption of good intentions.   Also, Dust, do you think it’s fair for unemployed Americans to have to compete with people who have government-funded employment agencies scouting jobs for them as the refugees do?

*  And, it makes no sense to bring in tens of thousands of refugees and place them on welfare and other public assistance either, unless of course you are a proponent of the Cloward-Piven/Alinsky strategy of bringing about crisis to crash our form of government.   As a matter of fact, I have joked previously that if the refugees came to the US and all registered as Republicans, this program would end overnight!

* This is getting too long, but I must make this point.  The program must be reformed, it is crumbling in the on-going recession, there will be more Bowling Greens.  One major reform I want to see is that local communities that will be receiving refugees be completely and thoroughly informed of the good and bad aspects of the program.  They should have the whole truth laid out.  If the program is good the public will accept it, but if the volags and the federal government can’t sell it (with all the facts on the table!) to the community then the community shouldn’t have to accept any refugees.  We help bring facts to citizens of those communities.

* We also educate with articles from around the world on refugees, so readers know what is happening elsewhere.

Sorry, this got much longer than I intended, but one final thing.  Judy and I don’t care what you call us!   Some of you reading this have for way too long intimidated and silenced people you disagree with by calling them racists, xenophobes, hatemongers and on and on and on.  It doesn’t work here, in fact, when you start with that sort of attack and don’t address the issues we raise, it validates our work.

In fact, Dust, it might be better that you spend your time helping reform the program and caring for individual refugees, rather than attacking the messengers.  But, if it makes you feel better, attack us, afterall, that is a large part of what this program is all about—feeling good about oneself.

Addendum from Judy: I can’t add much to Ann’s good post, but I want to say that some of what we do is connecting the dots. Ann, especially, does a lot of investigative reporting where she shows how the meatpacking firms are involved in refugee resettlement, or various people in the refugee resettlement “game” are doing very well out of it. There is real news in the refugee resettlement area that very few if any mainstream journalists are touching. I expect that at some point the refugee issue will blow up big, and perhaps reporters will then turn to our archives to find out some background.

We also connect the refugee issue with larger ideological, political and international issues, such as Saul Alinsky’s tactics or the incredible double standard and political motives regarding the Palestinian refugees.

Somalia Shariah Alert! Another woman stoned to death

And, this is what our former refugee youths have gone to Africa to fight for!   Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch explains why (Shariah law says so) this modern day version of Muhammad’s solution was carried out this week in Somalia and directs readers to a resource to learn the prescription for punishment laid down by Muhammad.  Read about the barbaric practice at Jihad Watch, a blog everyone should visit on a daily basis.

Almost a year ago we told you about the stoning death of a 13-year-old refugee girl in Somalia here.