Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri has been described as many things ranging from terrorist to genius. A former chemistry student whose hobby is developing and experimenting with explosives, he has an ambition to blow up the West.
The 32 year old implanted his brother with a non-metallic explosive in order that he could assassinate a Saudi Prince. The device worked, blowing his brother to pieces, but the Prince escaped with his life.
His favorite explosive at the moment is PETN, pentaerythritol tetranitrate, a non-metallic explosive with no odor that can slip past sniffer dogs and does not show up on X-ray machines. al-Asiri is a leading figure in the Yemeni-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsular.(AQAP). It's thought that AQAP have joined forces with Jabhat al-Nursra jihadists based in Syria and that they have passed their bomb-making skills and equipment onto the rebels, an increasing number of whom are British and European.
There is speculation that the new explosives he is developing could be used to soak clothes worn by would-be suicide bombers, and that the material could be implanted into electronic devices such as laptops and phones, these are all techniques that have been tried by al-Asiri in the past. US officials singled out Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxy models for extra security checks.
At Heathrow, Lisa Simeone, 57, an American journalist, said security staff were carrying out "vigorous" physical searches which she likened to assault, as well as extra tests for explosives.
In addition to the threat to the U.S terrorist alerts and attacks are increasing in frequency around the globe.
The U.S. embassy in Kampala, Uganda, has warned of a specific threat to Entebbe airport.
"The US embassy has received information from the Uganda police force that according to intelligence sources there is a specific threat to attack Entebbe International Airport by an unknown terrorist group today, July 3rd, between the hours of 2100-2300 (1800 GMT to 2000 GMT)," the statement said.
The Kenyan government has the entire country on a high alert after constant, seemingly random attacks by al-Shabaab militants. The attack on the Westgate shopping mall, Nairobi, in September of 2013 cost 67 lives with many more injured.
The United States, China, The Philippines, South Korea, Belgium, Djibouti, Nigeria, Madagascar, Thailand, India, Egypt, Iraq, Yemen, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Somalia,, Indonesia, Central African Republic, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Ukraine and Pakistan have all been subject to what Western governments have designated to be terrorist attacks since the start of 2014.
26 countries and we've only just past the halfway point of the year. The State Department report for 2013 which was published in April this year, makes dismal reading.
Terrorist attacks worldwide increased by more than 43 percent last year despite the efforts of the U.S. and its allies to destroy or disrupt extremist networks, the State Department acknowledged in a new report Wednesday.
Total attacks around the world grew from more than 6,700 to more than 9,700 last year, killing nearly 18,000 people. Nearly 33,000 people were injured, and nearly 30,000 were kidnapped or taken hostage.
While the Dow breaks all records on the heights it's achieving the world burns and explodes.
- If the NSA can target people so precisely why are these terrorists still walking around? Why can the government spy on anyone it choses anywhere in the world but it can't even get an approximate location on any of the people who are forcing law abiding citizens to undergo humiliating and unnecessary invasive body searches?
- How many terrorists have been caught, or terror plots foiled by enhanced security checks?
- How long will people put up with 'enhanced security checks' before they decide to vacation somewhere else? How long before the tourism sector, a multi-billion dollar industry, and all the businesses associated with it start reporting financial losses both financial and job lay-offs?
- Why is there an automatic assumption that terrorists will arrive in the U.S. by plane? Flying into South America and arriving via the southern border is as valid a way of gaining entry as trying to fight your way through an airport full of armed security staff. Given the right papers and a fake passport the possibilities of entering the United States, I would think are pretty high. failing that pretend to be Mexican and they'll give you accommodation and money to ease your passage.
- What is being done to monitor those who are already resident in the United States, but wish to do their adopted country harm? Past events have shown that these people exist, and that they are in contact with terrors cells outside of the U.S.
- What is going to be done about a president who is asking for billions of dollars to fund the military training and to provide equipment to 'moderate' rebels in Syria? were we misled when we were told the funding of terrorists was a felony offence?
The rebels in Syria have been proven to have an affiliation to al Qaeda, al Nusra and several other terrorist organizations. The White House has actually said that a cause of prime concern is those rebels returning to the UK and some European countries battle-hardened and ready to inflict injury and death on citizens not only of those countries, but also in the United States. He has requested all the enhanced security checks to try and diminish the threat they present. Proof positive that he knows and accepts that they are terrorists.
This therefore is a direct contravention of U.S. Code 2339B – Providing material support or resources to designated foreign terrorist organizations:
(a) Prohibited Activities.—
(1) Unlawful conduct.— Whoever knowingly provides material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization, or attempts or conspires to do so, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 15 years, or both, and, if the death of any person results, shall be imprisoned for any term of years or for life. To violate this paragraph, a person must have knowledge that the organization is a designated terrorist organization (as defined in subsection (g)(6)), that the organization has engaged or engages in terrorist activity (as defined in section 212(a)(3)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), or that the organization has engaged or engages in terrorism (as defined in section 140(d)(2) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1988 and 1989).
Excerpts from a report by the BBC:
The UK drew up plans to train and equip a 100,000-strong Syrian rebel army to defeat President Bashar al-Assad, BBC Newsnight can reveal…
The secret initiative, put forward two years ago, was the brainchild of the then most senior UK military officer, General Sir David Richards…
It was considered by the PM and the National Security Council, as well as US officials, but was deemed too risky…
While it was thought to be too radical at the time, US President Barack Obama said last week he was seeking $500m (£291m) funding to train Syrian rebels - an echo of Lord Richards' plan.
Followed by a more recent report:
President Barack Obama has asked the US Congress to approve $500m (£294m) to train and equip what he described as "moderate" Syrian opposition forces…
Last month Mr. Obama hinted at increased help for the Syrian opposition in a speech at the military academy at West Point.
Now, if you or I have a telephone conversation that mentions certain words we are on a watch list or arrested. If we mix with anyone that the government feels is a terrorist, or even one in the making we get watched or arrested. If we store food, we are obviously unstable so we get watched or arrested. The list is endless, yet, here is a man, who quite openly asks our government for money to support a band of roaming cutthroats who have openly admitted their links to terrorism around the globe and he wants to train them in U.S. military techniques and give them arms and equipment.
An Arvada teenage girl arrested in April on suspicion of attempting to support al-Qaeda and its affiliates — including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant — was warned for months by federal agents investigating her that her support could lead to her incarceration. (source)
The kid had joined the U.S. Army Explorers and planned to pass on what she learned to the supposed Syrian rebel she met online. She brought a ticket to travel to Turkey and then intended meeting her online boyfriend and crossing the border into Syria.
So, a teenaged girl is in jail for wanting to teach Syrian rebels U.S. military techniques…learned from the Army Explorers. The president of the United States wants U.S. taxpayers to fund training of the same rebel fighters, and wants to give them a few pre-Christmas gifts of arms, ammunition and other sundry equipment and he's not in jail…
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They both violated the same code. One is a delusional kid who if she had made it to Syria would not have lasted more than fifteen minutes.
The other is the man who is gradually doing away with government by using his executive powers with increasing frequency. A man who daily tramples on the rights and freedoms of those he should be serving. A man who is so full of his own self-importance he has become a liability.
I know which one of the two I would prefer to see behind bars.