FBI Hunts American Citizens Trained Overseas for Terror

As Pakistani investigators hunt the terrorists behind the massive Marriott Hotel bombing in Islamabad, FBI agents in the U.S. have begun aggressively hunting for Americans who have recently returned from trips to Pakistan where they may have trained at al-Qaida camps, WND has learned.

A coast-to-coast dragnet has been launched partly in response to leads developed in the arrest of one of al-Qaida’s “fixers” in the U.S., say FBI officials. They report the bureau is in a race against time to identify Pakistan-trained sleeper cells and disrupt a possible pre-election “October surprise.”

For the first time since 9/11, counterterrorism field agents have been authorized to spy on young Muslim men and women – including American citizens – who have traveled to Pakistan without any specific evidence of wrongdoing.

Controversial new investigative guidelines approved by the Justice Department allow agents to monitor suspects and conduct undercover interviews even before opening formal investigations.

FBI headquarters has ordered its field offices to aggressively pursue anonymous tips and report back any suspicious activities in their Muslim communities. The intelligence will be immediately analyzed and shared in a threat matrix to avoid a repeat of the so-called “Phoenix memo” intelligence failure, officials say.

In the weeks prior to 9/11, an alert agent in the FBI’s Phoenix office noted that several radical Middle Eastern men were taking flying lessons. He drafted a memo and sent it to headquarters, which promptly buried it, missing an opportunity to act before the disastrous hijackings of 9/11.

The FBI’s new rules and current sense of urgency follow the recent interrogation of al-Qaida operative Aafia Siddiqui, an M.I.T.-educated scientist who fled to Pakistan after 9/11. She was arrested this summer in Afghanistan and brought back to the U.S. after sustaining injuries from a gun battle.

According to a federal indictment, Siddiqui was found with handwritten notes that referred to a “mass casualty attack” and listed various locations in the U.S. including Wall Street, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Plum Island and the Brooklyn Bridge. In addition, certain notes referred to the construction of “dirty bombs,” chemical and biological weapons and other explosives.

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9 Responses to “FBI Hunts American Citizens Trained Overseas for Terror”

  1. Greg P. says:

    The U.S. isn’t a perfect country, but, it amazes me that someone could turn on their own country and put their own family in harm’s way.

    Whatever happened to the time when we captured traitors and made them pay the ultimate sacrifice for their cowardly deeds?

    Oh, that’s right. We developed the appeals process, didn’t we? We certainly don’t want to infringe on their right to “express” themselves.

  2. TribalSkyGod says:

    If I was a US citizen I would have turned against my country a long time ago, though not in such a spectacular fashion.

  3. Greg P says:

    Really?

    With all the mistakes the U.S. makes, show me a country with more freedom and opportunity!!!

  4. TribalSkyGod says:

    Netherlands.

    ‘Freedom’ you say? I’d half agree with opportunity, but ‘freedom’? What freedom?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Are you from the Netherlands?

    In the last 40 years the Netherlands has become extremely liberal, in regards to, drugs, prostitution, homosexuality, euthansia and same sex marriage. Even MORE than the USA, so as to diffuse your next arguement. These things are legal in the Netherlands and are being fought in the U.S.

    I wouldn’t call that freedom. I’d call it enslavement. Enslaved to the god of this world, not the one true God of the Bible.

    Additionally, the Netherlands are a founding country of the original European Union. The same union that has the markings of the, soon to be, one world government, over which the antichrist will rule.

    I have MANY Dutch friends, here in the Chicago area, and I am not indicting all the Dutch people. But, that country has become way to liberal and has moved away from Christianity.

    You call it freedom…… Christians call it enslavement.

  6. Greg P says:

    The previous message was not anonymous.
    I wrote it in response to TribalSky.

    The protection code erased my identity.

    I won’t ever post anonymous. I have no reason to.

  7. Starbix says:

    “Enslaved to the god of this world, not the one true God of the Bible.”

    Yes, much better to be enslaved to the god of the Bible. All those things you say makes it bad just seems to me like even more reasons to move there. Just don’t own a bicycle there. According to Globe Trekker there are twice as many bike thefts as there are bike. Just something I found interesting.

    “the Netherlands are a founding country of the original European Union. The same union that has the markings of the, soon to be, one world government, over which the antichrist will rule.”

    And why would that matter to anyone who doesn’t subscribe to your particular mythology?

  8. TribalSkyGod says:

    No, I am not from the netherlands, but I am a liberal.

    Even IF they proved the existence of your god I wouldn’t even think of worshipping that dogmatic hypocrite of a dictator. Even if he created me. I’d rather rebel and go to hell. There is no reason for me, or anyone who doesn’t believe in your bedtime story to follow biblical dogma.

    ‘One true God of the Bible’

    HOW ARE YOU SO SURE? HOW DO YOU KNOW?
    I converted 12 people out of christianity once, just by asking this.

  9. Greg P says:

    “Even if he created me, I’d rather rebel and go to hell.” Be careful what you wish for because, in this case, you will get it.

    As far as how I am so sure and how I know, is because I believe on faith. You wouldn’t understand that, but, I wish you could. I hate to see anyone lose their soul.

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