What's the FBI good for?

Not much. By the looks of their fliers they haven’t come across a terrorist they don’t like to this very day.


Notice anyone missing? No wonder they were caught flat-footed on 9/11. And as the outrageously great Kathy Shaidle points out, they could put out the same flyer today, for all the notice they have taken of the global Islamic jihad.

Daniel Pipes posted this related article at frontpagemag.com yesterday:
The West’s Islamist Infiltrators

Here are some American cases of attempted infiltration since 2001 that have been made public:

* The Air Force discharged Sadeq Naji Ahmed, a Yemeni immigrant, when his superiors learned of his pro-Al-Qaeda statements. Ahmed subsequently became a baggage screener at Detroit’s Metro Airport, which terminated him for hiding his earlier discharge from the Air Force. He was convicted of making false statements and sentenced to eighteen months in jail.
* The Chicago Police Department fired Patricia Eng-Hussain just three days into her training on learning that her husband, Mohammad Azam Hussain, was arrested for being an active member of Mohajir Qaumi Movement-Haqiqi (MQM-H), a Pakistani terrorist group.
* The Chicago Police Department also fired Arif Sulejmanovski, a supervising janitor at its 25th District station after it learned his name was on a federal terrorist watch list of international terrorism suspects.
* Mohammad Alavi, an engineer at the Palo Verde nuclear power plant, was arrested as he arrived on a flight from Iran, accused of taking computer access codes and software to Iran that provide details on the plant’s control rooms and plant layout. He subsequently pleaded guilty to transporting stolen property.
* Nada Nadim Prouty pleaded guilty to multiple charges. Nada Nadim Prouty, a Lebanese immigrant who worked for both the FBI and CIA, pleaded guilty to charges of: fraudulently obtaining U.S. citizenship; accessing a federal computer system to unlawfully query information about her relatives and the terrorist organization Hizballah; and engaging in conspiracy to defraud the United States.
* Waheeda Tehseen, a Pakistani immigrant who filled a sensitive toxicologist position with the Environmental Protection Agency, pleaded guilty to fraud and was deported. WorldNetDaily.com explains that “investigators suspect espionage is probable, as she produced highly sensitive health-hazard documents for toxic compounds and chemical pesticides. Tehseen also was an expert in parasitology as it relates to public water systems.”
* Weiss Rasool, 31, a Fairfax County police sergeant and Afghan immigrant, pleaded guilty for checking police databases without authorization, thereby jeopardizing at least one federal terrorism investigation.
* Nadire P. Zenelaj, 32, a 911 emergency operator of Albanian origins, was charged with 232 felony counts of computer trespass for illegally searching New York State databases, including at least one person on the FBI’s terrorist watch list.

Hugh comments:

That document is dated 1999. The big attack was in September 2001. A lot can happen in two years. Who knew about, who could possibly remember, the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993? The bomb in that Berlin discotheque? The attack on American marines in Beirut? The blowing up of a TWA jet over Greece? The Pan Am flight,and the Arabs who beat to death Robert Stethem? All the attacks and blowing up of planes and hijacking of planes, going back decades. Did the FBI know about the Air France hijacking, the one where the plane was forced to fly all the way to Entebbe, and the Jewish passengers carefully separated from the rest. You know, that example of international terrorism, in which the passengers were so spectacularly rescued on July 4, 1776 by the long arm of Israel, embodied in Yonatan Netanyahu and other heroes under his command. That attack, and that rescue, which was both a present, and a lesson to be heeded, just in time for the American Bicentennial.

But why should the FBI have known about any of that? Entebbe, after all, had been so far away. And the first attack on the World Trade Center had been so long ago, a full six years before, in 1993.

Yes, by 1999, it was all so long ago, and so far away. So why blame the FBI? They can’t be expected to keep track of everything, can they? 

Posted by: Hugh [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 13, 2008 8:16 PM