November 20, 2009

People Waking up to American Involved in Mumbai Bombings?

One Washington Post article which weaves together two common themes I've been hammering home both here at The Jawa and in a series of articles with Pajamas Media.

First, that we have got to start thinking about homegrown radical Islamists in the US as part of the global jihad -- with targets both here and abroad.

Second, that it would appear that a raid on a halal meat packing plant in Illinois last month has uncovered connections between two Chicago area men and the worst case of terrorism in recent Indian history.

WaPo:

One counterterrorism official described as "eye-opening" an investigation that concluded the two men worked with two Pakistan-based terrorist organizations allied with al-Qaeda, Lashkar-i-Taiba and Harkat-e-Jihad-e-Islami. It is a reminder, others said, that al-Qaeda or its imitators continue to try to build a network of operatives inside the United States.

The case "stands our counterterrorism approach on its head," said Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), chairman of a Homeland Security subcommittee on intelligence. "We've been looking for people who want to attack us, whether foreign or U.S. persons, in the United States. We haven't really been looking at U.S. persons who want to attack other countries." ...

One of Headley's alleged Lashkar-i-Taiba associates was arrested in Pakistan this summer, and the U.S. case has triggered a broad investigation in India. Government authorities there suspect Headley played a role in advance of the November 2008 terrorist assault on Mumbai and may have been working on future operations, as the FBI alleges.

Indian police say they think Headley scouted Mumbai targets, including a cafe and two upscale hotels that drew fire in the coordinated attack, which left 165 people dead. He also allegedly posed as a Jew to visit Chabad House, the site of an Orthodox Jewish center also targeted that day.

Scary stuff, but at least some in power are beginning to recognize the threat.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:48 AM | Comments |