Terrorists on the Southern Border vs. Terrorists Sponsored by the FBI


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The House Committee on Homeland Security heard testimony today from intelligence apparatchiks Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, FBI Director James Comey, and Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Matthew Olson concerning potential "threats to the homeland"—with ISIS, naturally, at the center of attention.

The witnesses reminded the committee several times during the proceedings that, in the words of Olson, the intelligence community has "no information that ISIL is plotting an attack against the United States." Nor, once again, does the intelligence community have any specific evidence that ISIS is trying to ooze through the "porous southern border." Cue Johnson:

We see no specific intelligence or evidence to suggest that ISIL is attempting to infiltrate this country through our southern border.

Olson concurred, stating that, while there has been a "very small number of sympathizers of ISIL posting messages on social media about this," evidence remains scarce that "there's an operational plot to infiltrate or move operatives into the United States from the south."

Meanwhile, ISIS may be working to help America grow our very own terrorists here at home. Olson, while admitting that "it remains to be seen what the impact of that information on potential recruits is," warned that "there's obviously a concern that the [ISIS] propaganda is having an impact on recruiting," evidenced by the number of foreigners traveling to fight in Syria.

And all three witnesses agreed that declaring homegrown terrorism a problem is far easier than doing anything about it. As Comey dryly noted, "in a country this big and this free…it's a big challenge for us."

A challenge that keeps getting bigger, as Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.) pointed out:

There have been more than 70 homegrown violent jihadist plots or attacks in the United States since 9/11, according to the Congressional Research Service. More than two-thirds of them have been uncovered or have taken place in only the past five years.

Given the dearth of terrorist attacks actually carried out, has the intelligence community has been doing a relatively decent job despite the bigness and the freeness of the nation?

Well, perhaps. But the FBI has developed a rather worrisome habit of manufacturing terrorist plots that it can then foil in heroic fashion. According to a report from Human Rights Watch:

All of the high-profile domestic terrorism plots of the last decade, with four exceptions, were actually FBI sting operations—plots conducted with the direct involvement of law enforcement informants or agents, including plots that were proposed or led by informants.

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) was therefore unintentionally right when he said "we need to remain vigilant and improve awareness and vigilance at home." We should certainly be keeping an eye on our public servants, at the very least.

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  1. Ft. Hood. Boston Marathon. …. fuck I can’t even remember the other two. Guess they didn’t work.

  2. Some late night reading: PJ Media (whom I do not link to lightly) on something I have not heard of before. A Democratic party database called CATALIST. Interesting reading. It suggests that they have a finely tuned and massive database that lets them micro-target unmotivated left-wing potential voters basically everywhere, and thus, they can ignore the traditional political reality of needing to maintain some contact with the center politically to remain a viable party. Anyone know how legit this is?

    1. IDK how “legit” either is, but as an interesting point of trivia, the KKKochtopus has their own (proposed? operational?) competing solution called Themis, somehow involving an organization called Freedom Partners and a company called i360.

      As mentioned in the piece, the RNC proper’s efforts are a mess; they hired a Facebook guy who is supposed to magically clean up their act.

    2. Late night reading of PJ Media. Huh, no wonder you don’t like my posts about conservatives here…

  3. So, you’re telling me the Mexicans did 9/11? I can’t believe that. It was Canadians.

    1. Bullshit!
      It was the CIA! Or Elvis’ alien love child! Or Vance Jones!
      The man on the grassy knoll? Wait, I’ll get it!

      1. That’s just what they want you to think. Lay off the the weed, man. It was Canadians.

  4. Scotland or the UK? Who ya got, nightowls?

    1. UK, only because the Scots ain’t quite dumb enough to presume that kicking sugar daddy out the door is gonna yield more free shit.
      But I do have to admit that people who are silly enough to wander around in short skirts in cold weather may surprise me in other ways.

      1. Keep in mind – its not that the English decided to vote on whether or not to kick them out.

        enough *scots* had to get together to make this happen.

        And never, never underestimate the ability of leftists of all stripe to not understand where all their ‘free’ goodies actually come from.

  5. Congratulations reason Magazine! Your auto-playing ads with no mute along with the pop-up at the bottom of the screen, have convinced me to not* make my next phone purchase with Verizon.

  6. I have left my car with the windows down and the keys in the ignition in the liquor store parking lot, however, I have no specific evidence that anyone plans to steal it.

    1. Since I have insomnia tonight, I think I’ll swing by and check it out while you’re sleeping.

    2. You’re right, absolutely right. This analogy is so spot on its changed my stance on the border.

      From now on I think we need to build a border wall between each state. That way not only do we have some containment in case ISIS breaches into one state, we also have a first line of defense set up in case one of our neighbor states tries to invade.

      After all, I have no specific evidence that New Mexico isn’t planning operations against Arizona.

      1. Don’t be an idiot. If some suggests you secure the doors and windows of your house against burglars, that doesn’t mean you need to have locked doors in between every room.

  7. Terror plot in Australia busted


    But ISIS is no threat to anyone outside the Middle East, right?

    1. Sounds like they’re not – since they were caught before dong anything.

      Of course I have to wonder a) What part the Australian police forces played in fomenting these plots, and b) how blowing up ISIS is going to stop this in the future. We destroyed Sadamm and that had no effect, destroyed Al Qaeda and that had no effect, but destroying ISIS – that will work this time?

      I propose a different tactic. Contain and ignore. Let ISIS try o *run* a state, without us giving them a ready-made bogeyman to point to when they can’t keep the lights on or need to justify some new oppression. let’s see how far they get then.

      1. Yeah, doing that with the Taliban worked fine… until 9/11/2001.

  8. Because intelligence community agents are always truthful when they testify before Congress.

    Or does that rule only apply when what they say lines up with what Reason Wants To Believe.

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