comment by Jerry Gordon
A tip of the hat to Patrick Poole who sent me this article on the fascinating NYPD undercover operation to identify local Jihadi wannabees in the Big Apple. This is the saga of a Bengladeshi Muslim undercover cop who infiltrated these groups and reported on their activities. It is a cautionary tale. The revelations support that Mosques in New York City and doubtless elsewhere in the US are centers of Jihadi development. We know that because three of the Fort Dix Six perpetrators, due for a Federal trial in Camden, New Jersey, shortly, trekked to Brooklyn to get stoked by extremist Imams. We have written about that, here. Then there is the fundamentalist Islamic Thinkers Society and their notorious public US flag burning, support for overthrow of our US Constiitution with Sharia and manipulation of our laws against us. While this New York Daily News article perpetuates the 'leaderless networks' paradigm of former CIA psychiatrist Marc Sagerman, we cotton to the comments of NYPD Intelligence chief, David Cohen, who supports our colleague Joe Shahda on the importance of shutting down terrorist websites that provide training and indoctrination of these New York City Jihadi wannabees. Note his comments:
Intelligence analysts for the department have compiled a report, "Radicalization in the West," that "conceptualized the whole notion of the homegrown threat," said David Cohen, deputy commissioner of intelligence. The Internet as training ground and recruitment tool for homegrown radicals is strong, Cohen said, but the number of jihadist Web sites - up from a dozen in 1998 to more than 5,000 now - has probably flattened out.
"Along with expanding computer investigations done by the cyber unit, we have expanded our human program," Cohen said, referring to traditional undercover detective work. The detective appeared in Brooklyn Federal Court two years ago as the final witness at the four-week trial of Shahawar Matin Siraj, 23, a Pakistani immigrant who was convicted of plotting to blow up the Herald Square subway station during the Republican National Convention in 2004.
By Patrice O'Shaughnessy, Daily News, July 5, 2008
As the global war on terror approaches the start of its eighth year, the NYPD says it has never been more prepared - but also warns that the city can never let its guard down. In a two-part series, Daily News reporter Patrice O'Shaughnessy looks at the terror threat in New York - and around the world. Sunday's installment focuses on an NYPD undercover officer who dug deep into the potential terrorists in our midst.
A young undercover city detective spent four years in the shadowy world of terrorist wanna-bes - taking part in jihadist discussions and training in parks in the dead of night - to get a handle on the homegrown threat.
At great personal risk, he participated in everything from prayers at a mosque to martial arts training under cover of darkness to watching jihadist videos, with many of the activities laced with talk of killing, according to a source familiar with the undercover's investigations.
His experiences paint a vivid portrait of the potential for local terror. While the picture is in no way indicative of the city's Muslim population as a whole, it provides insight into its most radical element.
The detective spent his time interacting with informal groups of youths and men who shared extremist views - and his experiences illustrate what police say is the potential for radicalization of some elements in the community.
He reported that after prayers at a neighborhood mosque, there were often private classes that included discussions about bombing different areas.
The men discussed violent jihad in bookstores, private houses and on buses en route to paintball and shooting-range events.
He was invited to join in "bonding" activities like working out at a gym and martial arts training in parks at night, during which the group discussed ideological justifications for killing Westerners.
He also watched military movies and jihadist videos with groups of young men in private homes. During one such evening, one man got so excited he punched a wall.
The detective reported that some youths became extremists after they traveled to their home countries; others went on the hajj - the pilgrimage to Mecca - and came back fired up by imams who encouraged violence as a religious obligation. (Continue Reading This Article)