SEPTEMBER 23, 2014
The Obama administration insists that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) doesn’t present a danger to the homeland yet a man in the U.S. has been indicted for helping the terrorist group and the governor of one of the nation’s most populous states is spending tens of millions of dollars to protect against terrorism.
Combine these two alarming developments with previous Judicial Watch reports of ISIS operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and it’s difficult not to conclude that the homeland is in danger. Back in August 29 high-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources confirmed to JW that Islamic terrorist groups are in Juarez—situated adjacent to El Paso, Texas—planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED). A warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued and agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads, JW’s inside sources confirm.
The Obama administration has denied that too, even as a key U.S. Army base in El Paso, Ft. Bliss, increased security measures in the aftermath of JW’s report. Senior military experts later confirmed that military installations in the U.S. only make changes to security measures when there are clear and present threats. That means Ft. Bliss could be a target, according to a retired Army Lt. Gen. who said “It is a significant issue when this is done.” Ft. Bliss was getting a threat stream, a clear and present threat, according to the Lt. Gen., a former commander of the Army’s elite Delta Force who also served as Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence.
Now we learn that a man from Rochester New York has been indicted for helping ISIS by plotting to shoot and kill members of the U.S. military and that the state’s governor is deploying hundreds of additional law enforcement officers to secure major transportation hubs that could suffer a terrorist attack. This will cost “tens of millions of dollars,” according to a mainstream newspaper and will require additional “tactics” and equipment. New York City should be on high alert, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo, though he too maintains that there are no credible threats.
Meanwhile a federal grand jury indicts a 30-year-old Rochester man named Mufid Elfgeeh with three counts of attempting to provide ISIS with material support and resources, attempted murder of current and former members of the United States military and possessing firearms equipped with silencers. Elfgeeh, a U.S. citizen, bought handguns equipped with silencers as part of a plot to shoot and kill American troops returning from Iraq, according to the indictment. He also arranged to have three individuals travel to Syria to join ISIS, all from his home base in western New York.
The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force used confidential informants to bust Elfgeeh, who first discussed the idea of shooting U.S. military members in December 2013. He told a government informant that he was thinking about getting a gun and ammunition, putting on a bulletproof vest, and “just going around and start shooting,” according to an FBI statement. A few months later Elfgee gave the informant $1,050 in cash to purchase two handguns equipped with silencers and ammunition.
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