Concern of Euro al Qaeda infiltration into US
The chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is warning that "self-radicalized" terrorists from Europe, with no criminal records and no formal links to al Qaeda, are quietly infiltrating the United States to proselytize, raise money and possibly plan attacks.This appears to be the primary threat in the UK and the fear is that it may be exxported from there and other European countries. Intelligence services are just getting a grip on this problem, but it is clear they come out of the mosques where the preachers of hate ply their trade. These mosques are the breeding ground and should be the source of info on these groups. Infiltration and surveillance of these mosques has to be a part of a program to discoveer their plans.
Rep. Peter Hoekstra, Minnesota Republican, said that the United States has to quickly adapt to the ever-changing threat if it is going to win the global war against Islamic extremism.
Terrorists coming to the United States from Western Europe "are difficult to identify because they are self-radicalized," Mr. Hoekstra told the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) at a breakfast meeting with reporters Wednesday.
"They may have no formal association with al Qaeda, no criminal record. There's nothing in their past to draw the attention of law-enforcement officials to the individuals," he said.
He released a committee report titled, "Al Qaeda: The Many Faces of an Islamist Extremist Threat," which described how the nature of the threat has changed against the United States since the September 11 terrorist attacks.
The war is now one against entities inspired by al Qaeda, including homegrown terrorist cells composed of second- and third-generation radicalized Muslims in the United States, the report says.
"Radical Islam has changed the way that it operates," Mr. Hoekstra said. "Al Qaeda has moved into a decentralized entrepreneurial organization."