The West’s Islamist Infiltrators
By Daniel Pipes
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com |Â Aafia Siddiqui, 36, is a Pakistani mother of three, an alumna of MIT, and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Brandeis University. She is also accused of working for Al-Qaeda and wasÂ charged last weekÂ in New York City with attempting to kill American soldiers.
Her arrest serves to remind how invisibly most Islamist infiltration proceeds. In particular, an estimatedÂ forty Al-Qaeda sympathizers or operativesÂ have sought to penetrate U.S. intelligence agencies.
Such a well-placed infiltrator can wreck great damage explains a former CIA chief of counterintelligence,Michael Sulick: “In the war on terrorism, intelligence has replaced the Cold War’s tanks and fighter planes as the primary weapon against an unseen enemy.” Islamist moles, he argues, “could inflict far more damage to national security than Soviet spies,” for the U.S. and Soviet Union never actually fought each other, whereas now, “our nation is at war.”
|Aafia Siddiqui is accused of working for Al-Qaeda.|
Here are some American cases of attempted infiltration since 2001 that have been made public:
- The Air Force dischargedÂ 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 firedÂ Patricia Eng-HussainÂ 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 firedÂ Arif Sulejmanovski, a supervising janitor at its 25thÂ 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 subsequentlyÂ pleaded guiltyÂ to transporting stolen property.
- False Reports of Jihadists “Quitting” or Abandoning Islamic Supremacism
By Jeffrey Imm
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.Â
- Waheeda Tehseen, a Pakistani immigrant who filled a sensitive toxicologist position with the Environmental Protection Agency, pleaded guilty to fraud and was deported. World Net Daily 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.
Three other cases are less clear. The Transportation Security Administration firedÂ Bassam Khalaf, 21, a Texan ofÂ ChristianÂ Palestinian origins, as an airport baggage screener because lyrics on his music CD,Â Terror Alert, applaud the 9/11 attacks. FBI Special AgentÂ Gamal Abdel-HafizÂ “showed a pattern of pro-Islamist behavior,” according to author Paul Sperry, that may have helped acquit Sami Al-Arian of terrorism charges. The Pentagon clearedÂ Hesham Islam, an Egyptian immigrant, former U.S. Navy commander, and special assistant to the deputy secretary of defense, but major questions remain about hisbiographyÂ and hisÂ outlook.
Other Western countries too – Australia, Canada, Israel, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom – have been subject to infiltration efforts. (For details, see my weblog entry, “Islamists Penetrate Western Security.”)
This record prompts one to wonder what catastrophe must occur before government agencies, some of which haveÂ banished the words “Islam” and “jihad,”seriously confront their internal threat?
Westerners are indebted to Muslim agents likeÂ Fred GhussinÂ and “Kamil Pasha” who have been critical to fighting terrorism. That said, I stand by myÂ 2003 statementÂ that “There is no escaping the unfortunate fact that Muslim government employees in law enforcement, the military and the diplomatic corps need to be watched for connections to terrorism.”