Tuesday, September 16, 2014

One Source Appears Reliable. The Other Is In The U.S. Senate.

Is there a mole inside the U.S. intelligence agency slipping information to Steve M. of nomoremisterniceguyblog?   On September 3 he quoted from a news outlet in the Twin Cities area which had reported

He was the second known American killed while fighting for ISIS in Syria, and the second from Minnesota -- and a Fox 9 exclusive uncovering his employment history is raising a few eyebrows.

An airport is probably the last place anyone would want a suspected terrorist to work, but before he died overseas, that's exactly what Abdirahmaan Muhumed did in the Twin Cities. In fact, he may have cleaned your plane at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

... Multiple sources tell Fox 9 News that, for a time, he worked at a job that gave him security clearance at the airport, access to the tarmac and unfettered access to planes.

Two former employees confirmed working with Muhumed at Delta Global Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delta Airlines. Earlier this year, the cleaning contract was taken over by another company, Airserv....

SM responded

Think about it for one second: You're the leadership of ISIS. You make a big effort to recruit foreign fighters, and one of those fighters turns out to have access to secure areas at a major U.S. airport. What do you do? 

Well, if you're serious about conducting terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, you don't put this guy on the front lines as cannon fodder. You send him to a training camp far away from the field of battle. Then you send him back to Minnesota in one piece. You don't squander an asset like this by getting him killed like any random soldier -- unless you don't give a crap about launching attacks in America.

Ten days later, the Huffington Post noted

While the Islamic State group is getting the most attention now, another band of extremists in Syria — a mix of hardened jihadis from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe — poses a more direct and imminent threat to the United States, working with Yemeni bomb-makers to target U.S. aviation, American officials say.

At the center is a cell known as the Khorasan group, a cadre of veteran al-Qaida fighters from Afghanistan and Pakistan who traveled to Syria to link up with the al-Qaida affiliate there, the Nusra Front.

But the Khorasan militants did not go to Syria principally to fight the government of President Bashar Assad, U.S. officials say. Instead, they were sent by al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri to recruit Europeans and Americans whose passports allow them to board a U.S.-bound airliner with less scrutiny from security officials.

In addition, according to classified U.S. intelligence assessments, the Khorasan militants have been working with bomb-makers from al-Qaida's Yemen affiliate to test new ways to slip explosives past airport security. The fear is that the Khorasan militants will provide these sophisticated explosives to their Western recruits who could sneak them onto U.S.-bound flights.

The Obama administration has said that the Islamic State group, the target of more than 150 U.S. airstrikes in recent weeks, does not pose an imminent threat to the continental U.S. The Khorasan group, which has not been subject to American military action, is considered the more immediate threat.

It's unlikely, then, that the group which wants to establish a caliphate in the Middle East and is willing to kill innumerable Muslims (and others) to do it is coming to get us, though other terrorist groups may have that in mind.   All the more irresponsible and reprehensible, then, that Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) would declare

[T]hey’re intending to come here. So, I will not let this president suggest to the American people we can outsource our security and this is not about our safety. There is no way in hell you can form an army on the ground to go into Syria, to destroy ISIL without a substantial American component. And to destroy ISIL, you have to kill or capture their leaders, take the territory they hold back, cut off their financing and destroy their capability to regenerate...

This is a war we’re fighting, it is not a counterterrorism operation! This is not Somalia; this is not Yemen; this is a turning point in the war on terror. Our strategy will fail yet again. This president needs to rise to the occasion before we all get killed back here at home.

"They're" (probably) not "intending to come here." The President hasn't suggested "we can outsource our security."  It is "a counterterrorism operation,"   though if the Senator has his way, it will turn into a full-scale war.  The President has risen to the occasion, proposing an ambitious strategy which may or may not prove successful.  And no one will be killing 300 million-plus Americans.

Other than that, Senator Graham has it nailed. Or thinks he does.  But then he also "think(s) of an American city in flames because of the terrorists’ ability to operate in Syria and Iraq" (video, below). And a few short months ago, was adamant that the USA overthrow Bashir Assad, whose primary enemy is ISIL. And in 2003 was adamant that Sadaam Hussein be overthrown because of those biological and chemical weapons Graham just knew the Iraqi strongman had.

Lindsey Graham could be called "hysterical." But that would be offensive.  So let's just call him "uncontrollably divorced from objective reality."

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