posted on Apr, 24 2009 @ 06:37 AM
reply to post by makeitso
Well, my offer still stands if Homer and Martin would like me to email them the paper I mentioned. Granted it was written from an academic
perspective, the sources utilized, which some cannot
be accessed or obtained unless via academic domains, could or would prove useful to their
expose (i.e.: investigative journalism) on this topic.
My academic thesis and research runs counter/contrary to many within the academic community on this matter. In this paper, I argue, via numerous
sourcings, that there is indeed a growing nexus/connection between piracy and terrorism. As such, apparently, this nexus/connection continues to be
increasingly exposed. The job of an intelligence analyst is to obtain information, whether via public or secret intel, etc. and then to plausibly
piece such together like a puzzle till a picture either emrges or does not. Accordingly, my own research, among a few others, have begun to make
visible a picture
Consider these few articles arguably indicating a link, an emerging nexus:
Somalia pirates shuttling al Qaeda terrorists and weapons for al-Shabab, sharing ransoms
Pondering Somali Piracy
Former Ambassador David H. Shinn recently claimed there was no direct connection between the two and then immediately cited a credible source to the
"Jane’s [Intelligence Review] has identified a close link between the pirates and the extremist al-Shabab group, which says it has links to
al-Qaeda. The pirates in Kismayu coordinate with the al-Shabab militia in the area, although al-Shabab apparently does not play an active role in the
pirate attacks. Al-Shabab requires some pirates to pay a protection fee of 5 to 10 percent of the ransom money. If al-Shabab helps to train the
pirates, it might receive 20 percent and up to 50 percent if it finances the piracy operation. There is increasing evidence that the pirates are
assisting al-Shabab with arms smuggling from Yemen and two central Asian countries. They are also reportedly helping al-Shabab develop an independent
maritime force so that it can smuggle foreign jihadist fighters and 'special weapons' into Somalia."
Are Somali Pirates helping al-Qaeda?
"As I noted in this column two months ago, to date there has yet to be "evidence of anything other than opportunistic instances of cooperation
between Somalia's Islamists and pirates – the latter have played no small role in the ferrying of the estimated 1,500 non-Somali jihadists into the
country – the ongoing ascendancy of al-Shabaab and its allies does not bode well for efforts to stem the contemporaneous rise of the pirates."
While that analysis still largely holds true, it does not mean that it will always be the case. As another one of my FDD colleagues, Dr. Walid Phares,
pointed out earlier this week, the Somali pirates could easily be transformed into the tip of a far wider jihadist thrust in a geopolitically
sensitive region, a move that, as I reported last month, Usama bin Laden, among others, earnestly seeks. Thus, recognizing the deadly potential of a
common cause between the pirate gangs and al-Shabaab and other Islamist militants..."
"Lt. Gen. Maples touched upon the links between the Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab and the more well-known al-Qaeda, stating that, 'Recent
propaganda from both al-Qaeda and the Somalia-base terrorist group al-Shabaab highlighting their shared ideology suggests a formal merger announcement
Such an alliance would allow al-Qaeda to gain a more concrete base of operations in East Africa, within the territory that al-Shabaab already controls
in the southern part of Somalia. Given that al-Qaeda has already carried a number of succesful terror attacks in the region, including the bombings of
the U.S. embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam and the seaborne assaults on the USS Cole and the MT Limburg, the transnational security risks this
poses are great.
And since al-Shabaab is believed to receive at least some of its funding from pirate gangs operating within its sphere of control, this increases the
reasons we have to both stem the tide of piracy off Somalia and address the land-based security issues."
[edit on 24-4-2009 by Seekerof]