Monday, December 27, 2010

Sue Myrick's letter to Obama on home-grown terrorists

America has become a terrorism exporting nation.

When DoF first heard that a congresswoman had written the president to complain that America is exporting terrorism, we naturally assumed that the woman was just another nutty liberal out to malign America's patriotic and profitable defense industry.

Fortunately -- and most alarmingly -- that turns out not to be the case.  

The Age reports that Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC), in a letter to Obama, warned the president that the US is now an Islamic terrorist exporting nation:
In her letter, Mrs Myrick said: ''For many years we lulled ourselves with the idea that radicalisation was not happening inside the United States. We believed American Muslims were immune to radicalisation because, unlike their European counterparts, they are socially and economically well integrated into society.
"There had been warnings that these assumptions were false but we paid them no mind. Today, there is no doubt that radicalisation is taking place inside America."
"The strikingly accelerated rate of American Muslims arrested for involvement in terrorist activities since May 2009 makes this fact self-evident. What has been missed is that our home-grown terrorists are now becoming a global threat."
Among cases Mrs Myrick cited was that of David Coleman Headley, a US citizen who conducted the reconnaissance for the Mumbai attacks and also visited Britain. She also wrote about Samir Khan, a propagandist with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula who produces an English-language online magazine called Inspire. He comes from Mrs Myrick's home town of Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Congresswomen is not only a serious person, a Republican from North Carolina, but she has an enviable track record when it comes to keeping Americans alert to the threat of terrorism.   The article notes Myrick warned the nation that the Council on American Islamic Relations was trying to plant spies on Capitol Hill by placing Muslim interns.  She also urged the State Department to yank President Carter's passport after he held a meeting with Hamas, the Gaza-based terrorist group.

It goes without saying that the best way to decrease the threat of homegrown Muslim terrorism is to continue to bomb Muslim countries, thereby decreasing the number of Muslims who want to emigrate here.     Another common sense approach would be to fly drones over American communities known to be providing sanctuary to Muslim terrorists, striking any buildings in which they may be holding out.  

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