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9/11 Is Far From Over

The anniversary of the September 11, 2001 Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93, and the September 11, 2012 attacks by Islamic militant group Ansar al-Sharia on U.S. government facilities in Benghazi, Libya that killed U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens, U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith and CIA contractors 911 MemorialTyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty are generally treated by the establishment media and establishment politicians – be they Republican or Democrat – as discrete incidents isolated from one another.

Nothing could be further from the truth, but what is worse is the notion promoted by former President Obama and former Obama administration officials that somehow the death of Usama bin Laden ended threat of these kind of attacks in the future.

The reality is that Muslims, both outside and inside the United States, continue to plan and execute attacks as part of the war Islam has declared on the West.

And what’s more, some of the key players in the 2001 and 2012 attacks remain at large and active in prosecuting that war.

After 9/11, the FBI warned the public about a number of potential terrorists they believed were being groomed for an encore attack. Among those still at large cited by The New York Post’s Paul Sperry are al Qaeda boss Ayman al-Zawahiri, fellow terrorist Saif al-Adel and English-speaking Adnan G. El Shukrijumah, who spent time in Florida before fleeing the country in the wake of the attacks.

Also at large is Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah and another potentially dangerous suspect still eluding authorities is Abderraouf Jdey. Also known as Faruq al-Tunisi, he is a trained pilot who has a Canadian passport and was said to be slated for a “second wave” of suicide attacks after 9/11. He was identified in martyrdom videos recovered in Afghanistan.

“I’m concerned about these individuals still being at large,” our friend Philip Haney, a former Department of Homeland Security counterterrorism analyst told Sperry. “It should be the government’s top priority to locate and apprehend them.”

Indeed, it should be the government’s top priority to locate and apprehend or eliminate them, but like bin Laden they seem to have obtained safe haven inside the borders of our “ally” Pakistan.

Our friend, former CIA operations officer Clare M. Lopez, Vice President for Research & Analysis at the Center for Security Policy says the United States government has known since 9/11 that al Qaeda leaders had obtained safe haven inside Iran.

Ms. Lopez, who served as an expert witness in the 2011 Havlish case, in which Judge George Daniels, of the Southern District of New York ruled in December of 2011 that Iran Hizballah were co-responsible with al Qaeda for 9/11 attacks says Saif al-Adl operates out of Iran to this day and Aymen al-Zawahiri goes back and forth between Iran and Quetta, Pakistan.

It seems everybody knows this and has known this for years, but no one wants to do anything about it observed Ms. Lopez.

Phillip Haney told Mr. Sperry that Zawahiri is “consolidating power” under a new terror umbrella — AQIS, or al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent — adding that the center of gravity of the global jihadist movement is shifting to that region.

“An argument could be made that Zawahari is not only the world’s most experienced jihadist now, but also the most dangerous one,” Haney warned.

Mr. Haney’s warning is all the more important given that all of these figures, and their understudies, remain deeply connected to Muslims in the United States.

One nexus is the mastermind of the first attack on the World Trade Center; the “Blind Sheik,” Omar Abdel Rahman.

According to Sperry, Adnan G. El Shukrijumah’s late father served as a translator for the Omar Abdel Rahman at his mosque in Brooklyn before he was imprisoned for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and other terrorist plots.

It is no coincidence that one of the most recent Muslim terrorist plots broken up in the United States also has a connection to the Blind Sheik and a mosque in Brooklyn.

Alleged Muslim terrorist Siraj Ibn Wahhaj was first arrested along with two of his sisters and several other adults on child abuse charges at a squalid compound in New Mexico. Wahhaj is the son of a Brooklyn imam, also named Siraj Wahhaj, who was named by prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and appeared as a character witness at the Blind Sheik’s trial.

The younger Wahhaj was found with a stash of weapons, ammunition and jihad materials and was alleged by prosecutors to be training some of the children at the compound to conduct mass shootings at schools. He was also alleged to be planning an attack on an Atlanta area hospital.

After a Democrat judge in New Mexico released the suspects on a pro forma bond on the child abuse charges and prosecutors apparently blew that case to the point another judge dismissed the charges entirely the FBI swooped in to arrest the Wahhaj cell.

After 17 years and two ongoing wars that show no signs of a United States victory in the war Islam has declared on the West, many politicians would like to declare victory and come home.

The problem is, as 9/11 and the many Muslim plots and attacks perpetrated here since have shown, the war isn’t over there, it is right here, and it shows no sign of abating because we continue to bring its soldiers into our country.

Since September 11, 2001 about 3 million Muslims have been allowed into our country and the number of radicalizing mosques and Islamist Imams – many funded by the Islamist sympathizing governments of Turkey, the Gulf States and Saudi Arabia – has risen accordingly.

As long as American politicians and opinion leaders refuse to acknowledge that Islamism – not “terrorism” – is the ideology behind 9/11, and as long as our government refuses to battle that ideology, then Aymen al-Zawahiri will safely commute between Iran and Pakistan, Adnan G. El Shukrijumah will continue helping to run al Qaeda’s operations from Pakistan, Saif al-Adl will continue to operate out of Iran, the Blind Sheik’s understudies will continue to plot right here in America, and 9/11 will never be over.

George Rasley, editor of Richard Viguerie's ConservativeHQ.com, has lived, worked and traveled extensively throughout the Muslim world.  A member of American MENSA, he served on the staff of Vice President Dan Quayle, as Director of Policy and Communication for Congressman Adam Putnam (FL-12) then Vice Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee's Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, and as spokesman for Rep. Mac Thornberry now-Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. He was at his desk in the Cannon House Office building when the U.S. Capitol complex was evacuated on September 11, 2001.

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