Catastrophic Intel Failure: Feds Overlooked Islamic State Link in 2 Terror Plots

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Published on: December 28, 2015

Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, mastermind of the jihad terror attack on our American Freedom Defense Initiative free-speech event in Garland, Texas, last May, was charged last week with conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization – that is, the Islamic State, or ISIS. He had already been indicted for conspiracy and weapons charges in connection with the Garland jihad – and now his ISIS connections are undeniable.

The more we learn about the Garland jihadis, the more catastrophic the intel failure appears. And while our event in Garland saved lives by drawing the jihadis to a well-protected target when they otherwise would have committed jihad mass murder at a soft target, the feds dropped the ball. There is more than one connection to the San Bernardino massacre, and God only knows who and what would have been the target if we hadn’t held our free-speech event.

Bear in mind that the Garland jihad was an ISIS operation, and think about it: That is who the media were standing with in their relentless attacks on my work and me.

Had it not been for our event, this mastermind, Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, would still be plotting.

Why didn’t the FBI pay heed to this? Was it because “the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam,” as Barack Obama solemnly intoned after the Benghazi jihad attack? Did the Obama administration want us to get killed?

One of the jihadists with whom the Texas would-be murderers were tweeting/communicating, Mujahid Miski, was also tied to the San Bernardino slaughterers. The similarities between the jihad attack on our American Freedom Defense Initiative free-speech event last May in Garland, Texas and the San Bernardino jihad slaughter are both striking and unnerving. Both events – our Muhammad Cartoon Contest and the San Bernardino Christmas party – offended Muslims. Both events violated the Shariah: One was an art exhibit with depictions of Muhammad in art and literature over the past 1,400 years, and the other celebrated a Christian holiday. Both were deeply offensive to Muslims.

The jihadis in both attacks trained at shooting ranges. The jihadis in both attacks were also “radicalized” long before they plotted and executed that jihad.

Both attacks were ISIS attacks in America. Some have downplayed this connection to other jihadis, saying the attack was inspired, but not directed, by ISIS. That is a distinction without a difference. ISIS has directed devout Muslims to “think globally, act locally.” They have directed Muslims who accept their authority as the caliphate to kill American civilians on U.S. soil. That is their explicit directive, and that is exactly what this cell did. These are ISIS fighters.

Both jihadis, Ibrahim Simpson at Garland and Syed Rizwan Farook in San Bernardino, were linked to American ISIS recruiter Mohammed Abdullahi Hassan, also known as Mujahid Miski. Why Obama’s FBI and counter-terror agencies didn’t make his capture a priority is deeply disturbing.

The jihadis in Garland, Texas, and the jihadis in San Bernardino both extensively prepared for and plotted their acts of war. As they did so, they all came under suspicion and were feared by many. But nothing was done: To have acted upon those suspicions and fears would have been “Islamophobic.” The Hamas-tied Council on American-Islamic Relations would have made sure that they became notorious, and possibly even the subject of an Obama Justice Department investigation, as is the school now where young Ahmed Mohamed brought a clock that looked like a bomb, was rightly arrested under the nationwide zero-tolerance-for-weapons policy, and then cried “Islamophobia.”

Even more disturbing is that the Garland Muslims and the San Bernardino Muslims were both known to law enforcement and both were of concern, but law enforcement officials did nothing, either. How many more catastrophic intel failures like Garland and San Bernardino have to happen before Americans demand that a more realistic, truthful counterterror policy replace the currently prevailing politically correct fantasies?


Pamela Geller’s commitment to freedom from jihad and Shariah shines forth in her books

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