Regardless of what numbers predict, the fact is that there are extremist groups organizing and training in the US. Both of these links are to non
governmental sites, but the information is simlar, though somewhat less complete, than what is circulating through the law enforcement community. The
pdf file on homelandsecurityus has a fairly up to date map of activities. Also, this group just finished up a conference in Red House VA, and
instructions went out for how LE should adress these people in case there is some need to interact.
The man who started this group and created the first compound in NY has been photographed with Bin Laden in Pakistan. This is the group thought by
most to be associated with the murder of Daniel Pearl, though they deny it.
So, part of the reason that we don't see lots of radical
Muslims walking the streets is because in the US they use compounds. There's lots
of land and privacy. In other countries you'll find the same thing, like in... Afghanistan. In countries without the land, you have enclaves, like
in Great Britain, France, and the Netherlands. But there are still some radicals out in public. In my area there is a guy who throws a party every
year on the anniversary of 9/11.
Waco was mentioned earlier, and this is what makes me angry. There is a "war on terror", yet these compounds are allowed to flourish, and even
operate outside of local laws and ordinances. Take a radical Christian that is doing the same thing, and the federal government burns them out. I am
was in no way supportive of Koresh, but the differences smack of political correctness, and a sucidal level of cultural sensitivity.
Also, look at the FBI hunt for the fundamentalist Morman, Warren Jeffs. The FBI inflitrates the KKK and other hate groups. Clearly native born
extremists are much more at risk of prosecution than these Muslim enclaves. As for the percentage of being a possible victim of rape or murder, of
course its going to be higher. There are more rapists and murderers, and they don't act as a group. The very nature of extremest groups require
that they remain low profile and when they do act, to make it count. Therefore, the danger is much greater to a mass of people, than to one. And
there are methods of prosecuting regular criminals. What I am not seeing is a method or effort to drive these extremists out into the open.
Thank you Shots for bringing this topic up. I just wanted to make it known that if you don't see the 400 terrorists, there is a reason why, and it
isn't that they don't exist.
[edit on 26-7-2006 by hogtie]