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Why didn’t the FBI Director mention The Khorasan Group in his terror assessment?

The FBI Director takes swipe at Portland for its failure to fully embrace the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

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The head of the FBI Director James Comey says, as the top counterterrorism cop in America, two things concern him:

The first is the phenomenon of ‘the traveler’ from the United States and Western Europe especially to conflict zones where the progeny of Al Qaeda have flourished in lightly governe or ungoverned spaces in North Africa, throughout the Gulf, the Horn of Africa–especially today in Syria and Iraq. We’ve seen the blossoming of a couple of the Al Qaeda progeny, one you know well, ISIL, the other group called Al Nusra Front.

The other, he said, was home grown radicalization. An example of that kind of terrorist is the case of the Christmas Tree bomber, Mohamed Mohamud, who has just been sent to federal prison for 30 years for the plot that was, thank God, intercepted by the FBI.

There a couple of interesting things about Comey’s comments at a Portland news conference last Wednesday (HT The Zero for the video below). For one thing, he mentioned the need for local cops to participate in JTTFs because they’re likely the first to become aware of bad actors. This was either a swipe at or a plea to Portland’s leaders to fully embrace the JTTF, notwithstanding that yet ANOTHER Portland mayor, Charlie Hales, doesn’t qualify for a top secret clearance.

Portland’s on again, off again relationship with the JTTF is a running joke. The City Council is worried about civil rights violations, an understandable concern, but, in a town that has produced more home grown terrorists than any other so far (Can you think of another one? Minneapolis, maybe?)  you’d think they’d at least want to be a full partner on the task force to keep track of these bad guys so, oh, I don’t know, they’d STOP HIRING terrorists!  No wonder author John Trudel calls Portland a Soft Target in one of his recent spy thrillers.

In JTTF’s latest report, which the Council reluctantly received and then scrubbed from its website, Police Chief Mike Reese confirmed local cops did work with FBI officials,

On “at least one case of suspected domestic terrorism.”

Oh, is that all? Why is this not front page news? Oh, that’s right. It’s Portland. Just keeping it weird. 

Back to the FBI Chief. In his recitation of “Al Qaeda progeny”, Comey didn’t mention The Khorasan Group. This is quite interesting to me. The president made up the name so as not have to admit he hasn’t “decimated” “destroyed” “core” Al Qaeda. You read that right. That group? Made up. They’re all Zawahiri’s buddies who are there to help their friends in the Al Nusra Front. Remember Zawahiri? “Core” Al Qaeda.

As terrorist prosecutor and author Andy McCarthy writes in National Review,

The Obama administration portrayed the abruptly emergent “Khorasan Group” as if it were a standalone terrorist organization — a jihadist-combat entity targeting the United States. In reality, the threat the administration was talking about was from al-Qaeda. The administration does not like to admit that al-Qaeda is still a formidable enemy because President Obama has made a habit of falsely claiming to have defeated it. That is why we are hearing about the “Khorasan Group.”

Why did Comey not name them as an Al Qaeda group? Is he peddling the fiction this group isn’t Al Qaeda? We look to these people to keep us safe, not safe from the truth.

Perhaps the more important question is why Comey didn’t announce them as a threat. Remember, they were supposedly plotting an “imminent attack” against the west–us!–which was why we had to bomb them…or something. Comey mentioned two groups, ISIL and Al Nusra Front, but not The Khorasan Group. 

Andy McCarthy observes,

As Mr. [Eli] Lake points out, “U.S. officials have walked back claims in the last week that the strikes on the Khorasan Group were an attempt to disrupt an imminent threat.” Moreover, I have contended that the administration had a motive to exaggerate the threats as “imminent.” A president is not required to seek congressional authorization in order to respond militarily to threats of imminent attack. Obama did not want to ask Congress’s approval. Doing so would have launched a potentially embarrassing examination of (a) the president’s claims to have defeated al-Qaeda, and (b) the fact that the “moderate rebels” Obama proposes to aid in Syria work arm-in-arm with al-Qaeda.

So how did a group the Administration insisted over and over was an imminent threat not get mentioned by the FBI Chief? 

Politics–local and national–dictates how safe we are.  Here we go again. Gown up.

Oregon Terrorist Mohamed Mohamud Writes Apology Letter for Bomb Plot

Terrorist writes letter of apology seeking lenient sentence
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Convicted Oregon terrorist Mohamed Mohamud has sent a letter of apology to a Federal judge in a bid for leniency before his scheduled sentencing next week. Mohamud faces life in prison for helping to plan a bombing on November 26, 2010 that would have vaporized thousands of Christmas revelers at Portland’s Pioneer Square at the tree lighting ceremony. The then 19 year old terrorist twice tried to dial the code that would have detonated the bomb. 

Instead, the FBI intercepted Mohamud as he reached out to terrorists, including notorious imam, Anwar al Awlaki (the imam to the Fort Hood Shooter and two 9/11 hijackers), and Samir Khan, the publisher of online terrorist magazines Jihad Recollections and Inspire, and members of Al Shabab, the Somali franchise of Al Qaeda. 

Although Mohamud was portrayed during his trial as an innocent college student who had been cajoled by the opportunistic FBI, his letter to Judge Garr King showed it to be a lie. As he said in his letter,

I have renounced and I again renounce my former beliefs.

Mohamud began his letter by claiming he was horror stricken by the person he saw on the (FBI surveillance) tapes.

I keep asking myself, ‘Is that really me on the tape?’ My heart is filled with remorse, shame, sorrow, misery every time I think of my actions that day.

Convicted terrorist, Mohamed Mohamud, says he's sorry to America for bombing plot.
Convicted terrorist, Mohamed Mohamud, says he’s sorry to America for bombing plot.

He also tried to strike a chord with the countrymen who took him in as his own him, Somalia, was riven with war and jihad.

“I have hurt not only my family and my friends, who had thought so well of me, but also my fellow Americans who had trusted me as their fellow compatriot. I am sorry, and I hope they can forgive me.”

 

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He also offered to “speak to young Muslims to help keep them away from the path of extremism.” If he can keep Muslims from extremist beliefs and terroristm in Federal prison, that would be quite a feat. The prison system is among the greatest recruitment areas for Muslim extremists. 

See other stories about the letter here and here. Find my posts about the Mo Mo trial below:

 

 

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  1. Mohamud Trial Day 11: Mo Mo to Nurse: “Al Qaeda  – Victoria Taft

    www.victoriataft.com/mohamud-trial-day-11-momo-to-nurse-al-qaeda-…

    Jan 29, 2013 – The prosecution finished presenting its case yesterday against Mohamed Osman Mohamud. The 21 year old is accused of trying to use a 

  2. VICTORIA TAFT: Mohamud Trial Day 4: Mo Mo’s Martyr Tape

    victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/mohamud-trial-day-4-mo-mos-martyr-…

    Jan 15, 2013 – Mo Mo made a martyr tape. Oh, yes, he did. While the would-be jihadi never said he wanted to be martyred, just ‘operational’ (see yesterday’s 

  3. VICTORIA TAFT: Mohamud Trial Day 3: Mo Mo’s Jihad Recollections

    victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/mohamud-trial-day-3-mo-mos-jihad.ht…

    Jan 15, 2013 – Background: Mohamed Osman Mohamud is on trial for trying to detonate a bomb to vaporize thousands of Portlanders during “The Tree” 

  4. VICTORIA TAFT: Mo Mo Trial Starts Today.

    victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2013/01/momo-trial-starts-today.html

    Jan 10, 2013 – Previous posts on the Mohamed Mohamud case: http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2010/12/mo-mos-other-mosque-eight-terrorists-in.html

  5. VICTORIA TAFT: Mohamud Trial Day 9: “Champagne and a Blunt”

    victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/mohamud-trial-day-9-champagne-and-…

    Jan 27, 2013 – Mohamud Trial Day 9: “Champagne and a Blunt”. Defense attorneys in the terrorism case against Mohamed Osman Mohamud (Mo Mo) spent 

  6. VICTORIA TAFT: Mohamud Trial Day 8: There’s a “Portland Mosque 

    victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/mohamud-trial-day-8-theres-portland….

    Jan 24, 2013 – When the informant asked Mohamud how “these guys get their things” –referring to weapons– Mo Mo told him they shouldn’t discuss such 

  7. VICTORIA TAFT: Mohamud Trial Day 7: “Dial it Again.”

    victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/mohamud-trial-day-7-dial-it-again.htm…

    Jan 20, 2013 – It was a bomb Mohamed Mohamud declared “beautiful” earlier in the day. The bomb  It was a toggle switch Mo Mo himself had purchased.

  8. VICTORIA TAFT: Mo Mo Trial Day 5: “The Tree is the Bait for the Fish”

    victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/momo-trial-day-5-tree-is-bait-for-fish….

    Jan 17, 2013 – It was an effort to neutralize the defense’s claim that Mo Mo was entrapped into the terrorist plot. Video showed Mohamud getting excited at the 

  9. VICTORIA TAFT: Mohamud Trial Day 10: “I’m Having the Greatest 

    victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/mohamud-trial-day-10-im-having-grea…

    Jan 28, 2013 – Raed Abdelli, one of Mohamud’s college buddies, recounted in court Abdelli said he saw Mo Mo outside the JC Penney at the outlet mall in 

  10. VICTORIA TAFT: Day 13: The Mohamud Case Goes to the Jury

    victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/day-13-mohamud-case-goes-to-jury.ht…

    Jan 31, 2013 – The jury is now considering whether Mohamed Mohamud was enticed The defense argued Mo Mo was simply a talker not a doer and was 

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    1. Mo Mo Trial Day 6: “He Was Talking About Religion  – Victoria Taft

      victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/momo-trial-day-6-he-was-talking-abo…

      Jan 18, 2013 – Mo Mo’s defense attorneys know better than that, of course. Mohamudhimself is heard on tape talking about becoming a mujahid, how his 

    2. VICTORIA TAFT: Day 12 Mohamud Trial: “Your Honor, the Defense 

      victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/day-12-mohamud-trial-your-honor-de…

      Jan 29, 2013 – The defense has rested in case of Mohamed Mohamud in a  The defense witness said Mo Mo demonstrated this by drinking, taking drugs and 

    3. VICTORIA TAFT: GUILTY VERDICT IN MOHAMUD TRIAL

      victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/guilty-verdict-in-mohamud-trial.html

      Jan 31, 2013 – Day 13: Mohamud Trial Goes to Jury (Explainer of Case) · Closing Arguments: Guess  Day 3: Mo Mo’s Jihad Recollections · Mo Mo Trial Starts 

    4. The Muslim Student Association: Where Mo Mo Met  – Victoria Taft

      victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/muslim-student-association-where-mo-…

      Nov 30, 2010 – When and where did Mo Mo become radicalized?  At a second meeting in August 2010, Mohamud allegedly told undercover FBI operatives