Thursday, September 9, 2010
Terrorists in our midst Part 2
It's not hard to believe, as the Sheriff has expressed concerns about Islamic terrorist activity in the parish previously.
To be fair, there were incidents of domestic terrorism in the U.S. last year.
In Little Rock, a Muslim citing religious reasons shot a soldier to death in a recruiting office.
Less than a year ago, a Muslim psychiatrist gunned down thirteen unarmed soldiers at Ford Hood while yelling praises to Allah.
In December a non-Muslim Islamic studies professor was stabbed to death by a Muslim graduate student in revenge for 'persecuted' Muslims.
There were other incidents involving men who were enforcing their own version of Sharia law against their families.
In Glendale, Arizona a woman was run over with a car being driven by her father, who said she was becoming too 'westernized', and in Buffalo, New York the founder of a Muslim TV station beheaded his wife because she filed for divorce.
Is there a threat in Bossier Parish? Aside from a mosque in Bossier City and a number of convenience store operators, is there really that much of a Muslim presence here?
The latest figures I can find show that of a population in Louisiana of 4,219,973, 4,220 are Muslims. That's 0.01% of the population.
Discussing that presence earlier this year when Operation Exodus was announced, Sheriff's spokesman Ed Baswell said "We didn't get the impression they were plotting an attack," he said. "We got the impression they were in training or headed for training overseas." He stressed: "We don't believe in any way shape or form that there is any sort of imminent threat."
Baswell described the intelligence as "just tidbits of information we've gotten over time."
Baswell said that the 9/11 attacks had orginally given Sheriff Deen the idea to come up with an emergency security plan. "This plan really came into being because of 9/11, and the sheriff's belief that if there were a natural or man-made disaster, that the federal government would be so tied up ... that they might not be able to send help to Bossier Parish," he said. "So the sheriff wanted to Bossier Parish to be self sufficient."
But Baswell was eager to make a larger point. "It tells us that these are the kinds of thing we can't assume are happening far, far away," he said. "Terrorists can tend to strike anywhere and everywhere."
"There's not a state of paranoia, or anything like that," he added.
Of course, next year is election year.
Link from Police One mentioned in comments below.