September 16, 2014

The Threats From Within

I meant to write this article last year but time got away from me and then I misplaced my notes.  My wife recently found my notes so I decided to write the article now.  I had the opportunity to attend  MSTEP, Minnesota Symposium on Terrorism and Emergency Preparedness, in November of 2011.  This article will be about some of the things I learned about through MSTEP, but will not just be about Minnesota.  I will discuss several of the threats that I believe we face from within our borders.

At the symposium there were four keynote speakers and twenty four classes to choose from.  Each person attended eight classes they chose.  Much of the information given was facts, and some of it overlapped between the various classes.  Because of this, the article might be a list of facts and not flow all that well.  I apologize.

There is not a nation on earth that could successfully invade America.  Our armed forces are unparalleled, even if the majority of them are overseas.  Also, as the Japanese General said, “You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.”  For these reasons, I believe we will see small groups of people and even lone wolves that strike us.  I wrote an article a couple years ago called Lone Wolves and Swarm Attacks that goes into more detail on them.

 

Gangs

There are an estimated 1,400,000 gang members in the Unites States.  In this article from the military newspaper “Stars and Stripes”, the FBI says U.S. criminal gangs are using military to spread their reach.  I have also read reports of gang members joining the military to learn tactics.

 

Unrestricted Warfare, China’s Plan to Destroy the USA

One of the keynote speakers mentioned that a Chinese Military manual touts different ways to attack America, which our Military could not deal with.  Some of the attacks are terroristic in nature, while others are economic attacks.

 

Hackers Infiltrating our Infrastructure

I have linked various articles detailing hackers from unfriendly nations, such as Russia, China, and others in the Middle East, infiltrating our electric and water infrastructure.   The thinking is that they are learning the systems and could shut them down at a later time.

 

Terrorist Attacks

From 9-11 until the fall of 2011, there have been 58 terrorist attacks stopped.   Every two weeks there is another terrorist attack plotted.  One of the keynote speakers said that a deputy director of the FBI said he believed a dirty bomb would go off in the USA.  I have read other reports from people “in the know” who have predicted the same thing.

 

Somalis in Minnesota

You may have seen reports over the last few years of Somali men that immigrated to Minnesota, who were found dead in Somalia and other places in Africa.  It was said that in 1991, charity organizations moved Somali refugees to Minnesota.  On a side note, did these charities look at the weather differences between these two places?  I digress, many of these families moved into the Twin Cities, which consists of Minneapolis and St. Paul.  Most of the families continue their ethnic heritage and traditional dress and have not assimilated into American culture.

It is believed that these men were approached by Al Shibab, a Somali terrorist organization, in a Mosque in the Twin Cities.  If they can recruit them to go back to Somalia and commit a suicide bombing, they can probably get them to do one in the states.

 

Pandemic

Trudee also attended a talk on the risk of pandemic and the response of healthcare in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas.  Whether the pandemic is natural or “weaponized” this is an area of great enough concern that there are caches of antibiotics and others medications that might be needed.  There are also several facilities that can be converted into mass dispensing facilities, and other facilities that will be used when local hospitals are filled.

 

Outside of Minnesota

I have seen multiple articles, such as this one from the Arizona Capital Times entitled Hezbollah terror threat on U.S.-Mexico border is real .  The article is worth reading.  It gives several examples of people tied to terrorist groups sneaking through our border with Mexico.  One example is:

“According to Mr. Taylor, a Muslim cleric, Abdullah al-Nafsi, said that “there is no need for airplanes and planning; one man with the courage to carry a suitcase of anthrax through the tunnels from Mexico to the United States could kill 330,000 Americans in one hour.”

There are also issues at many of our ports.  I read a report that said maybe only 10% of the cargo containers are checked.  It would be quite easy for someone to sneak in along with some type of payload.

 

Please Don’t Dumb it Down

Terrorists have a thing for big elaborate attacks.  9-11 is well known, but there have been many other, mostly failed, attacks all over the world.  Don’t get me wrong, they have some luck with collaborated attacks, sometimes bombing multiple US embassies in multiple countries.

When they have done the greatest damage is usually when one man acts alone, using easily attainable weapons.  It is when they include multiple people or elaborate plots that they are arrested or fail.

 

Final Thoughts

There are so many potential threats already inside our borders, they only need to get lucky once for terror to set in, and liberty to slip away.  Let’s pray for continued excellent law enforcement, as well as continued elaborate and failed plans for those who seek to do us harm.

 

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Comments

  1. It’s incredible when you think of it all. And we keep giving the religious zealot terrorist more and more fuel with the dissolving of our moral values. I believe the greatest threats within are the entitlement mentality, complacency, the care-less of what we should learn from history attitude and anti-Christian social movement. I’ve been around for well over 50 years and it is appalling the direction our society has moved and is moving.

    What if 100 sleeper cells are just waiting for us to declare war on Iran or Syria or even waiting for Israel to do something and they choose that same day to attack all around the country. That would be terror. I recently read a fiction book with just that scenario. Thanks for bringing these up Chris. It’s truly amazing what we have allowed and are allowing to happen on American soil.

    • Servantheart says:

      I agree with everything you have said here, Jim, but add this one thing, which, may be greater than all other reasons why we are in serious trouble: our support of Israel. Under our Muslim king, we are withdrawing our support for Israel, and that, alone, will doom us. Genesis 12:3 “I will bless them that bless your and curse them that curse you”. Holy G-d to the ‘Apple of His Eye’ – Israel; I believe His judgement upon us a nation has begun.

      • I don’t know if I would go so far as to call ombama our muslim king, I have seen a few banners claiming obama wants a third term. He may want it, but if he truly did try, we would see another civil war. Could it happen, I suppose, but I don’t think its likely.

    • Yep, there are all kinds of threats that are already underway. Some are from external sources, some are internal and are rotting us from the inside out.

      100 sleeper cells would bring us to our knee’s for sure, but I can think of a few ways that 5-10 loosely connected terrorists acting as lone wolves or in a few different swarms could do the same.

  2. Thanks for another insightful article. To me, this is a list of reasons why law abiding citizens should be armed. If something goes haywire, it would be terrible if ony criminals and terrorists had guns.

  3. How much disruption in our infastructure would it take to turn us against one another, power off in major cities for a week, a derailed train carrying a lethal chemical, or the explosion of a LP gas tanker in heavy downtown traffic and many other things could send this country reeling. How prepared are most Americans for something like any or all of those.

    • I think in both Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy we saw fuses quite short after just a few days. I think the reason for this is that most people are not prepared to be self sufficient for more than a few days.

  4. Rick Pollard says:

    Another thought about the terror within, is that we all see a continual movement by our government to deny and restrict our God given rights.
    Using any one of the above senarios would be impetious enough for a call for the suspension of our rights and liberties. Actions so far through the Patriot Act, NDAA and “obamacare” begin that process and alow for a more controlled state.
    Most events would bring an economic collapse which would trigger the call for such measures to be implemeted to their fullest, and the initall aftermath would create a general strife amoungst the population.
    So the possibilities are almost endless, which makes being prepared personally and forming like minded communities that much more imperative.

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