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U.S. terrorism arrests an ominous sign

Last week, I reported here on the growing threat to the American homeland from al-Qaeda’s new East African affiliate, al-Shabab. Al-Shabab has been recruiting Americans, and one of its top leaders, Omar Hammami, is an American citizen who grew up in Alabama.

Well, the Associated Press just reported on the arrests in Minnesota, California and Alabama of 14 people, most of them U.S. citizens, charged with supporting al-Shabab or traveling to Somalia to join the group. The AP also reports that “In another case unrelated to Thursday's developments, a 26-year-old Chicago man who told an FBI informant that he didn't expect to reach the age of 30 was charged with plotting to go to Somalia to become a suicide bomber for al-Qaeda and al-Shabab.”

These arrests are encouraging news. But the fact that this group seems to be actively seeking out suicide bombers with American passports is an ominous sign of its intentions to strike the American homeland. Which makes President Obama’s decision last September to kill, rather than capture, the leader of al Qaeda in East Africa -- Saleh Ali Nabhan -- all the more troubling. Nabhan could have been an intelligence goldmine, providing unique information about al-Shabab’s efforts to recruit Americans and its plans for new attacks. But now that intelligence has been lost forever.

The question is: Are those just arrested being questioned for intelligence information? Or have they already lawyered up?

By Marc Thiessen  | August 5, 2010; 1:36 PM ET
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The sky is falling.

Posted by: jckdoors | August 5, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

The neocons and Israel-firsters are never gonna give up on this absurdly exaggerated "terrorist threat" as long as they can keep squeezing billions out of the federal budget to combat a very minor threat. Does anyone feel safer now that an FBI stoolie got some kook to plan a trip to Somalia then arrested him for planning the trip? If there are terrorists plotting attacks on U.S. soil, they have little to worry about from the FBI who have spent the last nine years entrapping goofy malcontents and announcing "significant victories" in the "war on terror", i.e., foiling plots which would never have existed without prodding by the agency itself.

Posted by: dnahatch1 | August 5, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

After listening to Fox No-News Hate Network and the Tea Bag Rants it really isn't surprising that some marginalized people won't like us. We don't even like each other in the dying American Dream. What is the shocker?

Posted by: fare777 | August 5, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse


laughing AT your STUPID, fact-FREE, comment.

the Islamo-Fascists HATE America because they are HATERS (that's what haters do: they HATE without cause), FANATICS, ANTISEMITES & are generally UNeducated.

their anti-American PREJUDICE has little or nothing to do with TRUTH. =====> the fanatics HATE America for the same reason that RACISTS hate NON-whites. = STUPIDITY.

making excuses for that STUPIDITY, arrogant ignorance & prejudice is in nobody's best interest.

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | August 6, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

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