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CHATTANOOGA REMINDS US: Homegrown Terror Threats Very Much Alive

by Denise Simon
Clash Daily Contributor

U.S. Northern Command Admiral William Gortney ordered the increase of the force protection condition in the United States to FPCON Bravo in May of 2015.

This order was to increase security given recent threats from Islamic State when they posted the names and photos of former and active military personnel on the internet.

Additionally, this came on the heels of the Garland, Texas shooting coupled with the aggressive and correct statements from FBI Director James Comey where all 50 states had open investigations on terror plots.

Over the July 4th Independence Day weekend, the FBI made several arrests of which the details on those cases have not been fully released.

It should be noted there has been a calculated mistake made by the Obama administration in cadence with the Pentagon to train Islamists and to have them embed with our forces where often the results have been deadly, most notably the deaths of Seal Team 6 members in Extortion 17.

The enemy has embedded with our forces and the psychology of our troops has been to accept this dangerous condition where if for nothing else the Green on Blue attacks occur all too often.

When it comes to attacks on any of our military bases anywhere in the world, the security trip wires for protection is wrapped in political correctness and includes our diplomatic posts which lead to the cause of death in locations such as Benghazi. A suicide attack in the first week of July killed 33 in Khost, Afghanistan at a NATO base.

It was only a few weeks ago that a potentially deadly decision was made that former U.S. bases in Iraq would come out of mothballs and re-open on a measured schedule, when one base in particular, Taqqadum, is now staffed with both Iranian militia and U.S. forces. How deadly stupid is that?

The matter of feeble security and the decisions to keep a LIGHT FOOTPRINT  has been a well argued issue going back to 2011 where serious testimony and factual events were listed for both at home and abroad.

It is important to take a look back. It puts things in real perspective given the “Allah” event in Chattanooga that took the treasured lives of four Marines.

It must also be noted and beyond dispute, there is NO such thing as a “lone wolf”; that is merely a poll tested phrase to not offend any enemy. Any wolf is led by a pack leader after an effective propaganda war creed is launched.

December 2011, the document report and testimony to Congress

Homegrown Terrorism: The Threat To Military Communities Inside The United States

At least 33 threats, plots and strikes against U.S. military communities since 9/11 have been part of a surge of homegrown terrorism which Attorney General Eric Holder has said “keeps me up at night.” After Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was killed May 1, the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Defense Intelligence Agency warned thousands of U.S. law enforcement and security agencies about possible retaliatory attacks by Al Qaeda, its allies or unaffiliated homegrown terrorists on our military. Weeks after the Pakistan raid, two radicalized U.S. citizens allegedly plotted to attack military personnel in Seattle.

The Majority Staff of the House Committee on Homeland Security has been conducting an investigation, which finds that 70% of the plots against military targets occurred since mid-2009 – including the two successful homeland attacks since 9/11. Other key findings:
 More than five terror plots have been disrupted involving U.S. military insiders in the past decade and at least 11 or more cases involved veterans or those who attempted to join law enforcement and intelligence agencies. The likelihood of another deadly attack by a trusted insider is a severe and emerging threat, which the Pentagon is aggressively investigating to identify perpetrators;
 Two successful attacks against the military outside of Afghanistan and Iraq were perpetrated by radicalized soldiers assigned to U.S.-based Army units: at Camp Pennsylvania in Kuwait in 2003 and at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009;
 At least 16 external terror plots targeting military personnel stationed inside the U.S. Homeland have been disrupted or investigated;
 At least nine other external plots were thwarted involving U.S. Persons in the homeland who traveled or planned trips overseas to kill G.I.s in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere;
 A growing number of terrorist threats are directed at families of military personnel. Particularly at risk are relatives of troops in units involved in counterterror operations.

For the full 14 page report that includes names and locations up to 2011, click here


Denis SimonDENISE SIMON is the Senior Research/Intelligence Analyst for Foreign and Domestic Policy for Stand Up America US as well as the aide de camp for MAJOR GENERAL PAUL E. VALLELY, US ARMY (ret). Her weekly show delves into the very deep and murky waters of foreign and domestic issues. Each week her guests include high level Intel people, former Flag Officers, DEA, CIA, NSA, etc… You name it…