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Oregon’s Al Qaeda Training Camp: ‘Car loads’ of Terrorists Came. Where Will Master Mind Go?

The camp wasn’t a bust. It was a threat. Why weren’t you told?

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For years we’ve been told efforts to set up the Bly, Oregon terrorist training camp went nowhere. It fizzled. It was a failure. Now, in stories about the conviction and sentencing of Abu Hamza al-Masri, I read in fact ‘car loads’ of jihadis converged upon the ranch of a woman–a Muslim convert–who turned her place over to the terrorists. 

Al- Masri, a British citizen, is the notorious former Finsbury Park imam who funded terrorists, kidnappings and other forms of murderous jihad. 

Here’s what the New York Post wrote about the Eva Hatley’s testimony:

But US-born Muslim convert Eva Hatley testified in Manhattan federal court Tuesday [April 2014] that after the “carloads’’ of fellow Muslims she met through her mosque arrived at the 160-acre ranch in Bly in 1999, the couple watched helplessly as their home was turned into an al Qaeda training camp.

“It wasn’t anything like I envisioned for the property,” insisted Hatley, testifying at the trial of one-eyed, hook-handed hate preacher Abu Hamza al-Masri.

Hatley, a two-time witness-protection-program flunky who prefers going by her Muslim name, Ayat Hakimah, said other Muslims from London would soon arrive on al-Masri’s orders.

Failure? Really? 

Hatley said one of the arrivals, militant Oussama Kassir, boasted about previously running training camps in Afghanistan and being a “hit man” for Osama bin Laden.

She said Kassir told her that al-Masri was his “leader” and that al-Masri sent him and others to the Bly ranch to create a “training camp” where men would learn to shoot guns, throw knives and do calisthenics along open, spacious fields abutting a ravine and desolate dirt roads.

“He said he was there to train men for jihad,” she said. “He said that Abu Hamza sent him. He intended to train them to fight.”

I’d like to ask what constitutes a failure in any of this? Foreign nationals, possibly illegal aliens, converge upon a property, take it over, and train jihadis IN OREGON. Sounds like a SUCCESSFUL training camp to me. Perhaps it was short lived, but up to now, the description of the the Bly, Oregon operation has been that it simply never got off the ground, no one was trained and little harm was done except scare to the heck out of people after the fact. Now we discover that wasn’t true. At all. 

She added that some had CDs with information on how to make poisons to “kill people” and regularly “talked” about “robbing and killing truck drivers” on nearby roads.

Kassir, she recalled, claimed there were plans to eventually dig a hillside compound at the ranch for al-Masri to hide out in.

“I was shocked,” said Hatley, who claims she fled the ranch in fear in December 1999, four months after moving in.

Now granted, she is a bit of a weirdo and twice got booted out of the witness protection program. That’s right, home girl there was in the witness protection program. Why? Because she knew the people running a TERRORIST TRAINING CAMP IN OREGON, that’s why. 

The UK Daily Mail reports:

However one arrival, a militant man named Oussama Kassir, told a particularly terrifying campfire story, boasting of running training camps in Afghanistan and acting as a ‘hit man’ for al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

…A Lebanese-born Swede, in 2009 he was convicted of plotting to help al-Qaeda build a weapons-training post at the ranch as well as distributing terror training manuals online to help recruit new members. 

Kassir claimed at the time that al-Masri was his ‘leader’ and that he had been recruited by hm to the Bly Ranch to create a new training camp where the terrorist group’s future foot soldiers could learn to shoot, throw knives, and use the open fields to practice calisthenics. 

In some of the most willfully ignorant and gullible reporting I’ve seen in quite some time, the Zero said the training camp was a big bust, indeed, it was a scam:

What emerges from the trial record is an almost comic account of passwords, night patrols and target practice. Jihad, it seems, couldn’t take root alongside the sagebrush and weeds that greeted Kassir. 

Kassir recently was sentenced to life in prison for his effort, and his two partners in the enterprise are awaiting extradition to the U.S. 

The whole set up was in fact a hustle by a petty crook from Seattle named James Ujaama.

Weird. The Feds didn’t think having ‘carloads’  of jihadis coming into train — seriously or not–was a big nothing burger or a hustle.

Then the paper reported on the bad actors involved in the ranch. 

Kassir and Aswat took refuge in a Seattle mosque and tried taking the training to the Muslims who hadn’t wanted to move to Bly. 

After a few classes, the men from London gave up and packed their bags for home. Kassir explained his exasperation to Osman. 

“I’ve been trying to train these brothers,” Kassir said. “They’re not taking it seriously.”

The Oregonian purposely tried to minimize the seriousness of the real and potential threat from this camp. I suppose they’d take it seriously when–what?–a cell from the camp had successfully carried out jihad? And, how do we know people complicit in it did not. We DO know the organizers did and were very bad actors to the highest degree. They’re going to prison for life for it. 

The Zero lived up to its name in coverage of this trial. 

Al Masri –you know, the guy who inspired this camp in the first place– has been found guilty on eleven terrorism counts, each worth a life sentence. It’s undetermined yet in what prison he’ll spend the rest of his life.

If he is sentenced to the supermax in Florence, Colorado, he’ll join these… er … people …already locked up. See my story on this for Independent Journal Review here.  Note the bad guys who are scheduled to get out in the next few years. I’m sure they’ll be trade bait for President Obama in the future. Watch. 

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.