You might think that the terror threat from Islamic extremism in the United States would be high on the FBI watch list — the national threat assessment, as the bureau calls it. But, remarkably, it’s NOT high on the list. In fact, the threat of attacks inside the U.S. from Muslim extremists is NOT ON THE LIST AT ALL.
According to an article in the Washington Free Beacon, the newly released internal FBI report:
…makes no reference to Islamist terror threats, despite last year’s Boston Marathon bombing and the 2009 Fort Hood shooting—both carried out by radical Muslim Americans.
Instead, the internal FBI intelligence report concluded in its 2013 assessment published this month that the threat to U.S. internal security from extremists is limited to attacks and activities by eight types of domestic extremist movements—none motivated by radical Islam.
The groups we need to watch out for, says the FBI, include:
…anti-government militia groups and white supremacy extremists, along with “sovereign citizen” nationalists, and anarchists. Other domestic threat groups outlined by the FBI assessment include violent animal rights and environmentalist extremists, black separatists, anti- and pro-abortion activists, and Puerto Rican nationalists.
The Free Beacon report points out that Islamic terror groups are not included on the FBI’s watch list, despite the fact that there were specific, violent, fatal attacks by domestic terrorists inspired or motivated by Islamic extremism:
The report left out all references to the April 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon, which killed three people and injured some 264 others. Two brothers, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who were motivated by Islamist extremist beliefs, carried out the bombing. They learned the techniques for the homemade pressure cooker bombers from an al Qaeda linked magazine.
The fact that the FBI leaves terror threats by Islamic radicals off its list draws sharp criticism from law enforcement experts:
Former FBI Agent John Guandolo said…“It should not surprise anyone who follows the jihadi threats in the United States that the FBI would not even include ‘Islamic terrorism’ in its assessment of serious threats to the republic in an official report.
“Since 9/11, FBI leadership—as well as leaders from Department of Homeland Security, the State Department, CIA, Pentagon, and the National Security Council—relies on easily identifiable jihadis from the Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas, al Qaeda and elsewhere to advise it on how to deal with ‘domestic extremism.’”
Patrick Poole, a domestic terrorism expert, also was critical of the report’s omission of U.S. Islamist extremism, blaming “politically correct” policies at the FBI for the problem.
“At the same time we have senior members of the Obama administration openly saying that it’s not a question of if but when we have a terror attack targeting the United States by ISIL, we have the FBI putting on blinders to make sure they don’t see that threat,” Poole said. “These politically correct policies have already allowed Americans to be killed at Fort Hood and in Boston,” he added.
In considering why the FBI would omit Islamic terrorism from its domestic threat list, one must consider who runs the Department of Justice…Eric Holder.
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