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Experts Review Terrorist Threats — Part I

By    |   Tuesday, 02 September 2014 07:46 AM

With war heating up in the Middle East and Ukraine, former president Jimmy Carter promoting a front group for Hamas and the administration providing ambivalent, indifferent leadership as the golfer in chief toggles quickly between expressing heartfelt concern over the murder of an American journalist to yucking it up in his golf cart, a briefing by serious experts is timely and especially welcome.

Frank Gaffney, president and founder of the Center for Security Policy, and Peter Brookes, national security affairs senior fellow at The Heritage Foundation, took an inventory of the threats on Aug. 22 at the Steamboat Institute's 6th Annual Freedom Conference in Steamboat, Colo.

The panelists divided the topics so that Gaffney took the subject uppermost in the minds of the audience, "the phenomenon of rising jihadism around the world, which goes by a lot of names, such as ISIS, ISIL, the Islamic State and the Caliphate, the latter of which indicate an ambition to extend jihadist rule in a lot of places." Gaffney's presentation was titled "The Gathering Storm." He listed the substantial resources ISIS has acquired, including American weapons, significant revenues from various sources and American and British citizens they are training to return home and fight.

Gaffney argued that of all the elements of the jihadist arsenal, the most formidable is its program or ideology of Sharia. He estimated that 10 percent of Sharia concerns religious practice and the interaction of adherents with others, while 90 percent consists of a totalitarian doctrine that encompasses political, military and legal aspects, including subjecting subjects to corporal punishment, amputations and beheadings. He described it as a supremacist doctrine that favors violence as the means favored by Mohammed as the most efficient way to enforce the law.

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A list of entities fighting for this cause and sometimes competing for primacy in the movement includes Al Qaeda, principally in the Magreb and the Arabian Peninsula; Iran, in Syria, Lebanon, Africa, Latin America and the United States; Hamas, in Gaza, West Bank, Latin America and the United States; Hezbollah, in Lebanon, Syria, Latin America and the United States; Boko Haram, in Nigeria; Ansar al-Sharia, in Libya and Syria; and the Taliban in Afghanistan. He specifically warned that it is not true that Al Qaeda disapproves or opposes ISIS on the ground that it is too extreme. Rather, he stressed that they are all advancing the same cause in exactly the same way.

Gaffney attacked as "outrageous" and labeled as "national security fraud" the statement delivered two days before by President Obama in response to the beheading of James Foley that "[The Islamic State] speaks for no religion. . . . No faith teaches people to massacre innocents. . . . Their ideology is bankrupt."

Rather, Gaffney explained, Islam follows the "principle of abrogation," which gives primacy to pronouncements of Mohammed later in his life, after he acquired wealth and power, when he ordered his followers to turn violently against "people of the book," principally Jews and infidels. Further, Gaffney faulted the president for cooperating with jihadist entities, such as the Muslim Brotherhood and for the illegal release of five top jihadist leaders in a misguided prisoner exchange.

In conclusion, Gaffney offered documents for further study, including a book for sale that contains contributions of 19 experts, titled Shariah: The Threat to America. The appendix to the book, available for free, is "An Explanatory Memorandum" from the Archives of the Muslim Brotherhood in America, downloadable at securefreedom.org, the strategic plan for the Muslim Brotherhood in North America, dated 1991 and used as a exhibit in the Holy Land Foundation trial, the largest terrorism financing trial in American history. It includes a mission statement that calls for the destruction of Western civilization from within, using methods of "civilization jihad" such as interfaith dialog and co-option of governmental institutions, including financial and legal institutions. He also referred the audience to information on the threat to the electrical grid, available at securethegrid.com.

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(Archived video can be found here.)

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