- Posted August 28, 2014 by
Jacksonville, FL, Florida
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Jonathan J Tibbs: ISIS
JACKSONVILLE FL- In a joint bulletin issued to local, state and federal law enforcement, the Department of Homeland Security and FBI said that while they are “unaware of any specific, credible threats against the Homeland” and find most threats to the U.S. homeland by supporters of ISIS “not credible,” they cannot rule out attacks in the United States from sympathizers radicalized by the group’s online propaganda.
Did the United States intelligence community dismiss a warning of an al Qaeda plot to hijack a commercial airliner a year before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001?
That's the assertion made by Judicial Watch, a conservative, nonpartisan government watchdog group, based on a document it obtained from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) through the Freedom of Information Act and distributed to media.
In the Intelligence Information Report dated September 27, 2001, the DIA says al Qaeda planned to hijack a plane leaving Frankfurt International Airport sometime between March and August 2000. Advanced warning of that plot "was disregarded because nobody believed that (Osama) bin Laden or the Taliban could carry out such an operation," the report said.
Just as Japan and Germany once were threats to free people, so are Islamic fanatics by whatever label they wear. The beheading of James Foley, an American photojournalist, and a threat to behead a second American kidnapped by ISIS fighters are only the latest of numerous atrocities perpetrated by these fanatics.
The Republican senator, who is also a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, identified the militants as a "direct threat to our homeland."
“Because of the individualized nature of the radicalization process – it is difficult to predict triggers that will contribute to [homegrown violent extremists] attempting acts of violence,” the bulletin states. Moreover, such lone offenders “present law enforcement with limited opportunities to detect and disrupt plots, which frequently involve simple plotting against targets of opportunity,” according to the bulletin.
"In June 2014, ISIS had at least 4,000 fighters in its ranks in Iraq who, in addition to attacks on government and military targets, have claimed responsibility for attacks that have killed thousands of civilians. In August 2014, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed that the group had increased its strength to 50,000 fighters in Syria and 30,000 in Iraq."
"The number of individuals in the organization who have undergone proper military training, and are capable of commanding insurgent forces, is largely unknown. Documents captured in the raid on bin Laden compound in 2011, show that the core al-Qaeda membership in 2002 was 170"
In 2006, it was estimated that al-Qaeda had several thousand commanders embedded in 40 different countries. As of 2009, it was believed that no more than 200–300 members were still active commanders.
They’re vicious, battle-hardened, and maybe most frighteningly, they learn fast. That’s the word from U.S. officials, who tell CNN; ‘ISIS’ is getting better on the battlefield.
The ranks of ‘ISIS’ fighters are building, in-part due to their savvy use of social media. Experts say their outside supporters use social media to help them recruit and promote.
Could ISIS fester to become the new Al-Queda. The course of a power vacuum could be filled in the Middle East?.
The middle east has become a story of biblical proportions and recognition. We wait and see if history shall repeat itself with these "Revelations".
"Remaining and Expanding"
Jonathan J Tibbs