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March 18, 2010

American Jihad

American jihadists, Daniel Boyd and Jihad Jane

I guess we can forget about the whole racial profiling thing.  These aren’t Muslim immigrants from the Middle East, or wherever, who get nationalized so we have to call them “American”.  These are native born, red blooded American jihadists.

For years U.S. officials have predicted there would be a rise in homegrown terrorism. “Now we’re beginning to see the predictions coming true,” said Michael Chertoff, the former Homeland Security secretary.  Because of this, Chertoff said, it is critical for communities to be on the lookout for unusual behavior. Law enforcement, he added, needs to continue to educate people on the differing signs of terrorism.There is no single reason people drift toward terrorism.  “It’s a combination of psychology, sociology and people who, just for cultural reasons, gravitate” to Islamic extremism, Chertoff said. “We can’t assume we’ve got months and years.”

Colleen LaRose, the Pennsylvania woman who allegedly met violent jihadists online under the name “JihadJane,” took only months.  LaRose, according to her boyfriend, never showed religious leanings during the five years they dated. Then, her boyfriend came home last summer and she was gone.

In a June 2008 YouTube video, the blond-haired, green-eyed Muslim convert said she was “desperate to do something somehow to help” ease the suffering of Muslims, federal prosecutors allege. Some homegrown terrorists take much longer to show their militant leanings. In the case of North Carolina drywall contractor Daniel Boyd, federal prosecutors say he nursed his ambitions for jihad over decades.

Boyd is accused of leading a group of men — including two of his sons — who planned to kidnap, kill and maim people in other countries in the name of jihad.  One of Boyd’s neighbors said he didn’t think Boyd was a terrorist. “If he’s a terrorist, he’s the nicest terrorist I ever met in my life,” Charles Casale said.

Boyd decried the U.S. military, praised the honor in martyrdom, bemoaned the struggle of Muslims and said “I love jihad” on audiotapes obtained by federal authorities.

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These particular jihadis weren’t trying to blow up an airliner, but that still remains a terrorist’s most desired target.  If they can shut down our skies, they can cripple our economy.  So it seems to me the time may soon be coming for the Israelification of our anti-terror security methods.  It doesn’t sound like a perfect fit for us, but surely we can learn something from them:

“Israel’s system may be somewhat controversial, but it has made for a near-perfect record.”

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