I was out working with one of my managers in Michigan last week and he asked me a question that got me thinking: “Bruce, do you really think there are sleeper cells in the USA?” I told him, yes — partly from things I know from friends in the intelligence community. And partly because of my current bias due to watching the outstanding SHOWTIME series “Sleeper Cell: American Terror” (which is the 2nd season of this program).
One of the main characters in “Sleeper Cell” is an FBI informant. While attending a meeting while undercover with his jihadist gang in Los Angeles, one of the true holy warriors asks the FBI agent (I’m paraphrasing) “who would ever believe a jihadist was a store owner?” The FBI informant (keeping his cover as the group’s lead) replies “who would believe that a jihadist is a nanny?” He then glances over to the Dutch-born Muslim extremist woman who, in fact watches over two American children during the daytime…while at night plotting the death of Americans.
I’m planning to do a more complete review on Sleeper Cell which I’ve downloaded to my iPod. But you can still catch repeats on SHOWTIME through June.
With the “nanny comment” as an intro, I call your attention to the announcement yesterday of the breakup of the “sleeper cell” in New Jersey yesterday.
The FBI arrested six people last night, including five in Cherry Hill, for an alleged plot to kill soldiers at Fort Dix, several federal officials said.
Greg Reinert, a Justice Department spokesman in Camden, described the six as “Islamic radicals . . . who were involved in a plot to kill U.S. soldiers at Fort Dix in New Jersey.”
“Their alleged intention was to conduct an armed assault on the Army base and to kill as many soldiers as possible,” he said.
While there is no suggestion that these individuals were operating under an al-Qaeda umbrella, clearly there are “sleeper cells” in our American neighborhoods. Americans need to wake up and realize that there is a global war against our freedom and way of life. It isn’t fair that our volunteers in the US Armed Forces are the only ones having to defend us.
And our national media organizations aren’t doing us any favors when they are continually chipping away at our national resolve to fight this war. (*cough* Keith Olbermann *cough*)
Especially when there are Islamic terrorists next door.