Report: homegrown terrorism the real threat, but we thought they would assimilate

On the eve of 9/11 The Bipartisan Policy Center released this report* entitled ‘Assessing the Terrorist Threat’ about the biggest threat to America now isn’t Islamic extremists who slip into the US and fly planes into buildings.   The threat now is from Islamic supremacists in our midst, including former refugees.

I found this story on a Somali on-line publication called Duhur, but it’s a Star Tribune story that Duhur doesn’t credit or link.

The article discusses the on-going saga of the Somali missing youths, a story we began following in earnest here in 2008.  If you are new to the story, read the article or review our dozens and dozens of posts on the subject. 

This made me laugh:

But, but, but we thought the magic melting pot would work!

Officials have believed that the nation’s melting pot of nationalities and religions would protect it from internal radical strife, the report said.

‘Fundamentally troubling’

The terrorists, said the report, may have discovered America’s “Achilles heel in that we currently have no strategy to counter the type of threat posed by homegrown terrorists and other radicalized recruits.”

“It is fundamentally troubling, given this collection of new threats and new adversaries directly targeting America, that there remains no federal government agency or department specifically charged with identifying radicalization and interdicting the recruitment of U.S. citizens or residents for terrorism. … America is thus vulnerable to a threat that is not only diversifying, but arguably intensifying.”

Federal officials have acknowledged the need to address the radicalization problem, and for the first time, the White House this year added combating homegrown terrorism to its national security strategy.

According to the report, “as the ranks of U.S. recruits have grown, the new front lines have become the streets of Bridgeport, Denver, Minneapolis and other big and small communities across America.”

I’ve been reading and studying about Islamic supremacism and the Islamic Jihad imperative for the last five years or so and I can assure you that experts like Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch, Steve Emerson at The Investigative Project on Terrorism and Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs (among many other excellent investigators in the anti-Jihad movement) have been warning the federal government about this since before 9/11.  They must all be saying, ‘told you so!’  

Waaaahhh!  If only we had resources (your tax dollars) the Somali youths wouldn’t be leaving for Jihad training.

Many Americans, and especially American reporters, simply can’t get past their erroneous idea that Islamic radicalism comes from poverty rather than from the Jihad imperative of Islam itself.  See this last section of the Star Tribune piece:

Still, communication and understanding may not be enough, said Abdirizak Bihi, head of the Somali Education and Social Advocacy Center in Minneapolis. The seeds of radicalization may be sown in the hopelessness felt by Somali youth here.

An uncle of a Minneapolis man killed in Somalia, Bihi has been working to give local Somalis alternatives to the seduction of Al-Shabab. But winning the hearts and minds of young Somalis has been stymied by a lack of resources and a seeming indifference on the part of local public officials, he said.

For the past few days, he’s been trying scrounge up enough cash to keep a gym open for basketball.

“It all comes down to resources. There are no resources for Somali-American youth,” he said. “Eighty percent of them who are employable are unemployed. They are isolated from their own community and from the larger community.

Abdirizak Bihi knows better, he is a sensible man.  We have written about him on many previous occasions (archive for posts mentioning Bihi is here).  He knows and we know that available basketball courts do not trump the religious imperative to join the Jihad!

* The report will be downloaded into your computer, so if you don’t want to see the whole report, skip the download.

Surprise, refugees stressed because there are no jobs

As the end of the fiscal year approaches on September 30th we see that the US has admitted 60,566 (figures as of July 31, here) refugees to that date with 14,836 of those being Iraqis.  President Obama, this time last year, pledged to aim to bring a record 80,000 refugees to the US during the recession. It will be interesting to see what the figures are for August which should be available shortly.  I’m guessing they are trying really hard to pour in the refugees in the final weeks in an effort to come close to their goal.

Meanwhile, of course, the complaints keep coming that there is no work for large numbers of these refugees.  Here is a report from Oregon:

But less than half of the refugees coming to the U.S. this year will find work, according to Kay Bellor. She’s the vice president of the International Rescue Committee. Bellor says the bad economy has caused refugees to experience stress levels similar to the trauma they faced in their home countries, even for Iraqi refugees who’ve just left a war zone [emphasis mine].

Kay Bellor: And to come seeking safety and have the safety, but then realize you’re faced with the possibility of not being able to keep that roof over your head, it’s a huge strain on the refugees.

It’s a strain that employment specialist Lucy Merlot knows all too well. She says refugees face evictions. Some have turned to illegal activities like dealing drugs and prostitution. Merlot says they’re getting desperate and frustrated, even with her.

Merlot (Lucy who works for Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization: They are trusting that we are going to be their saviors, and the reality is we are trying our best to assist them, but we have our hands tied.

Merlot and the relief agency she works for have their own set of challenges. IRCO recently laid off a handful of staff members to keep the books in the black. For now, its budget is safe, until the new fiscal year begins in October. After that, even Lucy Merlot may be looking for work.

Shortly, if its not out already and as the recession continues, we will see how many refugees President Obama will be proposing for admission to the US in FY2011.