With Homeland Security, CIA and FBI recruiting Muslims Just wondering

With Homeland Security, CIA and FBI recruiting Muslims I thought back to the past
 
1, We didn’t recruit communist and fascists during the Cold War
2, We didn’t recruit Chinese communist during the Korean War
3, We didn’t recruit Viet Cong  during Vietnam
4, We didn’t recruit Nazis and Bolsheviks during WWII
 
Do you see anything wrong in the scenario ??????
Just wondering
 
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CAIR and the FBI

CAIR and the FBI
By: Jamie Glazov
Tuesday, June 23, 2009

 


Is the Bureau providing “cover” for the notorious Muslim “civil rights” group?

Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Dave Gaubatz, the first U.S. civilian (1811) Federal

Agent deployed to Iraq in 2003. He is the owner of DG Counter-terrorism Publishing. He is currently conducting a 50 State Counter-terrorism Research Tour (CTRT). He can be contacted at davegaubatz@gmail.com. 

 

FP: Dave Gaubatz, welcome back to Frontpage Interview.

 

Just recently, Representative Frank Wolf stated he does not believe the FBI has completely answered his questions in regards to their relationship with CAIR.

 

In terms of the evidence you have gathered, is the FBI intentionally misleading not only Rep. Wolf, but the American public, and if so, why?

 

Gaubatz: Yes Jamie, FBI officials are intentionally misleading Rep. Wolf and I have first-hand evidence of this.

 

I will go one step further and state that the FBI and U.S. State Department have had very close and inappropriate relationships with CAIR and continue to maintain a “tight relationship.”

 

FP: What do you mean exactly?

 

Gaubatz: What I mean is that there are some FBI Agents who are Muslim and conduct off duty time with CAIR, Dar Al Hijrah, and ADAMS Center leaders. The relationships should remain professional, but based on evidence I have seen the relationship has crossed the line. CAIR refers to their FBI contacts as “Friends.” In addition, non-Muslim FBI Agents have crossed the line as well into more of a friendship than a professional relationship.

 

Again this is based on documentation between the FBI and CAIR that I have personally reviewed.

 

In regards to why the FBI will not answer Rep. Wolf’s entire question is because the FBI would be forced to lie if they answered completely. Some may be called to later testify to Congress and would be required to swear under oath.  Senior FBI officials know the relationship with CAIR has not been severed and the relationship between CAIR and the FBI continues, although more discreetly.

 

FP: How could Rep. Wolf obtain more specific information on the FBI’s relationship with CAIR?

 

Gaubatz: First of all, FBI officials should be keeping nothing from Rep. Wolf. Again they only do so because they do not want the public to know how close they were with CAIR’s senior leadership. If they had nothing to hide they would answer completely.  Rep. Wolf has been coordinating with the FBI HQ office in DC.  He should go directly to the Washington FBI Field Office (WFO). Agents from this office are the primary personnel who have conducted ‘liaison’ for many years with CAIR.  

 

The FBI HQ personnel are protecting personnel from the WFO and all documentation of their visits to CAIR National will be in this office. In addition there have been personnel from the WFO who have had many contacts with CAIR leadership that were not documented. These were informal meetings FBI personnel had not only with CAIR, but Islamic leaders from Dar al Hijrah (Falls Church)  and leaders from the ‘All Dulles Area Muslim Society’ (ADAMS).

 

Rep. Wolf is on the right track and he should understand CAIR, Dar Al Hijrah, and ADAMS are one in the same. These organizations have regular contact at the senior level and share intelligence. The leadership is predominately Sunni (Pure Muslim). Rep. Wolf mentioned Tawfik Hamid. Hamid is stepping forward with valuable intelligence on CAIR and he knows what I am referring to about when I say ‘Pure Muslim’. To define it for readers who do not understand it equates as sharing the same ideology as Islamic terrorist groups. The Islamic Ummah (Nation) under Sharia law is the primary objective and our FBI should have never had formal relations with any organization having ties with terrorists. By doing so it has provided ‘cover’ for CAIR and has allowed CAIR to use their close relationship with the FBI as justification to local, county, and state law enforcement agencies CAIR and mosques who support them are legitimate.

 

FP: Can you provide some more insight please?

 

Gaubatz: The FBI as with most large law enforcement departments have officers who are Muslim and naturally have strong ties to their respective mosques.  How many FBI agents in the Washington DC Field Office (WFO) and at the FBI HQ office are worshippers at Dar Al Hijrah or the ‘All Dulles Area Muslim Society’ (ADAMS)? Both Dar al Hijrah and the ADAMS center support CAIR. The prior volatile statements made by Rev. Jeremiah Wright are trivial in relation to the violent ideology being taught at both of these large Islamic Centers. If an agent goes to either of the mosques he/she knows what is being taught, and therefore condones the ideology. Unless you are President Obama, one can’t attend either of these Islamic Centers without understanding the ideology being taught. FBI agents or any other Law Enforcement officer can’t adhere to following the laws of a ‘man made government’ and the laws under Sharia at the same time. They contradict one another and a ‘Pure Muslim’ follows Sharia law first, and others lastly.

 

FP: So what should Rep. Wolf ask the FBI WFO?

 

Gaubatz: He should ask the following:

 

[1] Does this mean you no longer meet with any Islamic organization affiliated with CAIR?

 

[2] Does the FBI still meet with Islamic leaders/scholars in Virginia such as the ADAMS Center and Dar Al Hijrah?

 

[3] Do Muslim FBI Agents have informal meetings with CAIR executives?

 

[4] Does the FBI utilize officers from the JTTF to meet with CAIR and other Islamic leaders associated with CAIR to maintain liaison.

 

[5] Has the FBI discussed ‘behind the scenes’ and documented any professional work by an American citizen and counter-terrorism professional (Steve Emerson) with former CAIR attorney Shama Farooq or any of the following people: Seyed Rizwan Mowlana, Denyse Sabagh, or Mohammed Majid? Note: The FBI and all federal agencies are allowed to collect very limited intelligence on U.S. citizens. If the FBI personnel were documenting intelligence on a U.S. person (Mr. Emerson) and maintaining files on him, this is not only unethical, but illegal.

 

[6] Would the FBI be willing to explain to the American public the primary duties of Agents Michael A. Mason, Rouda Feghali, and Michael J. Anderson? Will they provide the public all documents/notes pertaining to any meeting they have had with AMSAC, CAIR, Dar Al Hijrah, or Adams Center leaders?

 

FP: What other important information should Rep. Wolfe obtain?

 

Gaubatz: He should obtain:

 

[1] The last ten FBI WFO notes of their meetings conducted under the name of Arab, Muslim and Sikh Advisory Council (AMSAC) meetings.

 

[2] The FBI notes of the 22 Feb 2005, 12 July 2005, and 16 Nov 2005, AMSAC meetings? Note: CAIR is a member and they took their own notes.

 

[3] Will the FBI provide the total number of terrorism investigations they have opened that resulted in a conviction based on information CAIR has provided, and also the number of allegations by CAIR pertaining to ‘hate crimes’.  Note: I can inform your  readers that CAIR has not provided any intelligence resulting in a conviction of any Muslim for any terrorism related offenses.  On the other hand, CAIR repeatedly reports alleged ‘hate crimes’ against U.S. persons and U.S. companies.

 

CAIR ‘uses’ the FBI for their own benefit, and not to protect America. CAIR and their affiliates use the FBI to promote their cultural/diversity training and to have ‘friends’ across America who they can contact anytime when the situation suits their goals.  The more ‘hate crimes’ (even if they are known to be false) CAIR reports to the FBI, the more money they will get from donors.

 

FP: You previously mentioned the U.S. State Department has a very close and un-professional relationship with CAIR. Can you explain?

 

Gaubatz: The U.S. State Department should also discontinue their relationship with CAIR. There are several State Department officials who visit CAIR National on a regular basis? Why? There are no legitimate reasons why State Department officials should be using taxpayer’s money to visit executives of a terrorist supporting organization. Many of these meetings are conducted at the CAIR National office.

 

I would add that if CAIR has nothing to hide they should turn over all of their meeting notes with the FBI and U.S. State Department officials. There will be a time in the not too distant future that many U.S. government personnel will have very tough questions asked of them.  I commend Rep. Wolf for his outstanding speech that has put not only the FBI, but CAIR on the ‘hot seat’.

 

FP: If Congress were to hold hearings on the relationship between the FBI, U.S. State Department, and CAIR, would you be willing to swear under oath your evidence on the above information?

 

Gaubatz: Yes, if the hearings were open to the public.

 

FP: Thanks Dave Gaubatz.

 

Gaubatz: Thank you Jamie. I want to add that we have thousands of well intentioned law enforcement officers in the FBI, but many have become unwitting victims of CAIR. Never underestimate the enemy and yes CAIR does represent the enemy.


Jamie Glazov is Frontpage Magazine’s editor. He holds a Ph.D. in History with a specialty in Russian, U.S. and Canadian foreign policy. He is the author of Canadian Policy Toward Khrushchev’s Soviet Union and is the co-editor (with David Horowitz) of The Hate America Left. He edited and wrote the

Sweden ‘risks becoming terror base’

Sweden ‘risks becoming terror base’

The Local

Sweden’s security service, Säpo, has warned that there is a risk that Sweden could be used as a base for recruitment of terrorists. At least 20 Swedes have been arrested around the world on suspicion of terror offences since 2001.

“There is a risk of Sweden becoming a recruiting base for terrorists, and a base for the financing and planning of attacks in other countries,” said Säpo’s information director, Anders Thornberg, to Svenska Dagbladet.
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The Death of Sweden

The Death of Sweden

I still get questions as to why I, being Norwegian, write more about Sweden than I do about my own country. First of all: I do write about Norway sometimes. And second of all: If you look at capital cities alone, Oslo could quite possibly be the worst city in Scandinavia. However, in virtually all other respects, Sweden is worse. And yes, it is every bit as bad as I say it is.

The primary reason why I write so much about Sweden is because it is the most totalitarian country in the Western world, and should thus serve as a warning to others. The second reason is that Sweden, like my own country, now needs some “tough love.” Too many Swedes still cling on to the myth of the “Swedish model” while their country is disintegrating underneath their feet. If Sweden the nation is to be saved – if it still can be saved, I’m not so sure – then Sweden the ideological beacon for mankind must be smashed, because vanity now blocks sanity.

According to news site The Local, a judge who hears migration appeals had his house vandalized by left-wing extremists. Threats were sprayed on the walls, red paint was poured over the steps and an axe was left outside his home. “When a judge in a Swedish court has his home vandalised in this way, it is of course very serious,” said Ingvar Paulsson, head of the Gothenburg District Administrative Court . The group Antifascistisk Action (AFA) writes on its homepage that the attack was motivated by the situation of Iraqi asylum seekers. The Swedish Board of Migration has ruled that they should be deported if they cannot show that a threat exists against them personally.

It should be noted here that Sweden alone in 2006 accepted almost as many asylum applications from Iraqis as all other European countries did combined. Native Swedes, who live in a country that was one of the most ethnically homogeneous nations in the world only 30 years ago, will be a minority in their own country within a few decades, if current trends continue. Sweden is self-destructing at a pace that is probably unprecedented in history, but for the extreme Left, even this isn’t fast enough.

AFA openly brag about numerous attacks against persons who get their full name and address published on their website. According to them, this is done in order to fight against capitalist exploitation and for a global, classless society. Their logic goes something like this: If you protest against Muslim immigration, you suffer from Islamophobia, which is almost the same as xenophobia, which is almost the same as racism. And racists are almost Fascists and Nazis, as we all know, and they shouldn’t be allowed to voice their opinions in public. Hence, if you protest against being assaulted or raped by Muslims, you are evil and need to be silenced. If a native Swede is really lucky, he or she will thus first get mugged or battered by Muslims, and then beaten up a second time by his own extreme Leftists for objecting to being beaten the first time. The state does next to nothing to prevent either, of course. Native Swedes who object to a mass immigration that will render them a minority in their own country within a couple of generations have already been classified as “racists,” and racists are for all practical purposes outside of the protection of the law.

According to some observers, Islamophobic hatred is on the rise in Europe. Let’s have a look at what constitutes “racist hatred.” The following is used as an official example of what is considered an Islamophobic hate crime in Sweden: A Muslim family in a Swedish neighborhood asks whether it is possible for them to get something else to eat other than sausages made out of pork. Linda then answers: “No, we live in Sweden.” The family asks what she means by that. Linda repeats that “We live in Sweden, and you have to respect that.” The man of the family says that “We respect you, why can’t you respect us?” Linda then replies that “No, unfortunately not.” She laughs and walks away.

Contrast this with an example from 2006, when Chancellor of Justice Göran Lambertz discontinued his preliminary investigation regarding anti-Semitism at the great mosque in Stockholm. He wrote that “the lecture at hand contains statements that are strongly degrading to Jews, among other things, they are throughout called brothers of apes and pigs.” Furthermore a curse is expressed over the Jews and “Jihad is called for, to kill the Jews, whereby suicide bombers – celebrated as martyrs – are the most effective weapon.” Lambertz thought that the “recently mentioned statements in spite of their contents are not to be considered incitement against an ethnic group according to Swedish law.” His conclusions were that the preliminary investigation should be discontinued because this incitement against Jews could be said to originate from the Middle East conflict.

This double standard is not just limited to Jews. Dahn Pettersson, a local politician, has been fined 18,000 kronor for writing that 95 percent of all heroin brought in comes via Albanians from Kosovo. “It is never ethnic groups that commit crimes. It is individuals or groups of individuals,” prosecutor Mats Svensson told the court, which found Pettersson guilty of “Agitation Against a Minority Group.” Svante Nycander, former editor of daily Dagens Nyheter, stated that “the ruling in Malmö District Court is damaging to freedom of expression. Many will take it as proof that the authorities are afraid of uncomfortable truths, and that lacking reasoned counter-arguments they punish those who speak plainly.” In Sweden, saying that Muslim Albanians are behind much of the drug traffic in Europe (a fact) is a crime. Making derogatory statements about the native population, however, is just fine.

Bexhet Kelmeni is of Kosovar Albanian origin and lives in Malmö, the country’s third largest city, which is set to become the first Scandinavian city with a Muslim majority in a few years. He thinks that it is important that it has now been established that Dahn Pettersson’s assertions were criminal. “I am ashamed that there are such politicians,” says Kelmeni, who claims that he has been in contact with hundreds of Albanians and all of them have taken offense. “He needs to learn more about the Albanian culture,” Kelmeni says. What he doesn’t say is that many of the remaining Swedes in Malmö – the natives have been evacuating, or rather fleeing, the city for years due to rampant violence and harassment – get daily lessons in Albanian culture.

Feriz and Pajtim, members of Gangsta Albanian Thug Unit in Malmö, explain how they mug people downtown. They target a lone victim. “We surround him and beat and kick him until he no longer fights back,” Feriz says. They are always many more people than their victims. Isn’t this cowardly? “I have heard that from many, but I disagree. The whole point is that they’re not supposed to have a chance.” They don’t express any sympathy for their victims. “If they get injured, they just have themselves to blame for being weak,” says Pajtim and shrugs. “Many of us took part in gangs which fought against the Serbs in Kosovo. We have violence in our blood.” They blame the politicians for why they are mugging, stating that they are bored. If the state could provide them with something to do, maybe they would stop attacking people. But is the lack of leisure pursuits the only reason why they assault people? “No, it’s good fun as well,” says Feriz.

Criminal gangs of Albanians thus freely admit assaulting Swedes, but Swedes cannot suggest that there are criminal gangs of Albanians. That’s just racist.

The wave of robberies the city of Malmö is experiencing is part of a “war against the Swedes.” This is the explanation given by young robbers from immigrant backgrounds. “When we are in the city and robbing we are waging a war, waging a war against the Swedes.” This argument was repeated several times. “Power for me means that the Swedes shall look at me, lie down on the ground and kiss my feet. We rob every single day, as often as we want to, whenever we want to.” Swedish authorities have done virtually nothing to stop this.

Is there then no racism in Malmö? Yes, there are some nasty cases of Islamophobia. A bus driver was suspended for discrimination and hatred after he allegedly tried to stop a woman from boarding because she was wearing a burka. According to writer Mats Wahl, arson against schools costs more than 300 million kroner a year. An unofficial survey among 52 Swedish municipalities indicated that at least 114 such cases of arson were registered within the first half of 2006, but accurate numbers were hard to come by. At least 139 schools suffered attempted arson during 2002 alone. Björn Vinberg from the fire department in the Malmö area says it is degrading to put out fires again and again in the same immigrant areas, with school kids laughing at them and lighting a new one just afterwards. No doubt, this must be a protest against the institutionalized and pervasive Islamophobia in Swedish society.

In a country where the tax rate is above 60%, higher than in almost any other country on the planet save perhaps North Korea – which incidentally also has almost as much free speech as Sweden – the natives are attacked on a daily basis by immigrant gangs, yet the state seems unwilling to do anything to stop this. Although Muslims openly brag about targeting Jews and Christians, this doesn’t constitute a hate crime. But is does constitute racism and a hate crime if Muslims are not presented with halal sausages at all times or allowed to wear a burka wherever they want to.

According to Professor Wilhelm Agrell, Sweden now has a security policy based on the assumption that territorial defense is no longer needed. Military resources are only deemed relevant as political markers in distant conflicts and their own territory has become nothing more than a training ground. Agrell concludes that “after years of existential angst and budgetary black holes, Sweden’s military has finally taken down its flag, emptied its stores and fled the field.” The few soldiers they do have are in places such as Afghanistan, not at home. Jan Karlsen from the Swedish Police Union warned in 2007 that the underfunded police force would not be able to keep up with organized crime and ethnic tensions for much longer. Meanwhile, police officers are protesting against a new uniform designed to make them appear less aggressive by replacing boots with shoes, making guns less visible and changing the shirts to a softer, gentler color.

In an article from June 2007 with the title “Summertime — rape time,” Aftonbladet, the largest daily in Scandinavia, linked the spike in rapes during the summer to the warm weather. The official number of rape charges in Sweden has more than quadrupled during one generation, even more for girls under the age of 15. If this is due to the warm weather, I suppose the Scandinavian rape wave is caused by global warming? The fact that many of the suspects have a Muslim background, which is also proven by statistics from neighboring Norway, is purely coincidental, no doubt. The number of rapes in the Norwegian capital Oslo is now six times as high per capita as in New York.

According to journalist Karen Jespersen, Helle Klein, the political editor-in-chief of Aftonbladet from 2001 to 2007 and a former leading member of the Social Democratic Youth League, has stated that “If the debate is [about] that there are problems caused by refugees and immigrants, we don’t want it.” Opinion polls have revealed that two out of three Swedes doubt whether Islam can be combined with Swedish society, yet not one party represented in parliament has been genuinely critical of the immigration policies, and there is virtually no real debate about Multiculturalism and Islam.

During a demonstration in Stockholm organized by Islamic and anti-racist organizations in 2006, Helle Klein stood in front of a banner which read “A Sweden for all — Stop the Nazi violence” holding a speech warning against Islamophobia in the media. “Sweden for all” sounds almost exactly like “Sweden for Allah” in Swedish. When leading members of the political and media elites associate Islamophobia with Nazism while remaining silent on the violence committed by Muslim gangs in their own country, they are indirectly providing verbal ammunition to extreme Leftists groups such as AntiFascistisk Aktion, who physically assault critics of mass immigration.

The Brotherhood, an organization of Christian Social Democrats, has friendly relations with the Muslim Brotherhood, just as Klein’s Swedish Social Democratic Party had with the Fascist and Nazi regimes prior to WW2. Helle Klein has voiced sympathy for terrorist organization Hamas, the Palestinian branch of the MB, in her editorials, while warning against the threat to world peace posed by Israeli aggression and the Christian Zionist Right in the USA. Hamas is a Fascist organization openly calling for mass murder of Jews. The irony of warning against “Nazi violence” while showing sympathy for an organization that wants to finish what the Nazis started apparently doesn’t strike Ms. Klein, who is now studying to become a priest in the Church of Sweden. Her great-grandfather was a rabbi.

The Church of Sweden has announced its willingness to allow gay couples to marry in church, but would like marriage laws to be renamed “cohabitation laws.” How Klein intends to reconcile support for gay marriage with support for an Islamic terrorist organization that wants to kill gays beats me, but I’m sure she’ll think of something.

The British author Paul Weston believes that Britain’s national heart has ceased beating: “Our national soul is hovering indecisively above the operating table. The crash team have been called, but the politically inclined hospital switchboard have told them there is no problem, that everything is under control. The life support boys have heard otherwise, they are hurrying to get there, but other hospital staff members have switched the signage to the operating theatre and killed the lights. It is a big hospital, they only have minutes to get there, they are lost, confused, misinformed, and the clock is relentlessly ticking, and ticking, and ticking…”

I’m inclined to say the same thing about Sweden. The Swedish nation is currently on its deathbed. We can only hope there is life after death after all.

FBI warns Indian authorities that US-bound planes from India could be hijacked

FBI warns Indian authorities that US-bound planes from India could be hijacked

More jihad in the skies contemplated. “Airports put on high alert after FBI warning,” from the Times of India, with thanks to Jeffrey Imm:

NEW DELHI/BANGALORE: Major airports in the country have been put on high security alert after the US intelligence agency FBI told Indian authorities that US-bound planes from India could be hijacked.In a message, conveyed through diplomatic channels, FBI referred to an email originating from India and received in US on Saturday evening. Indian agencies immediately forwarded the text of the email to the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, which, in turn, alerted airports in New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. All US-bound flights are being closely monitored at these airports.

A senior home ministry official said on Sunday: “Airports across the country are already on high alert after an anonymous letter was received in Trichy last week, threatening Al-Qaida attacks on south Indian airports. We decided to continue it further by giving special attention to international airports.”

Watchdog Group Disputes FBI’s Claims on E-Mails

FBI worries about al-Qaida ties to mob

FBI worries about al-Qaida ties to mob

By PAT MILTON, Associated Press WriterMon Oct 2, 1:07 AM ET

The FBI’s top counterterrorism official harbors lots of concerns: weapons of mass destruction, undetected homegrown terrorists and the possibility that old-fashioned mobsters will team up with al-Qaida for the right price.

Though there is no direct evidence yet of organized crime collaborating with terrorists, the first hints of a connection surfaced in a recent undercover FBI operation. Agents stopped a man with alleged mob ties from selling missiles to an informant posing as a terrorist middleman.

That case and other factors are heightening concerns about a real-life episode of the Sopranos teaming with Osama bin Laden’s followers.

“We are continuing to look for a nexus,” said Joseph Billy Jr., the FBI’s top counterterrorism official. “We are looking at this very aggressively.”

The new strategy involves an analysis of nationwide criminal investigations, particularly white collar crime, side by side with intelligence and terrorist activity.

“We have developed an ability to look harder and broader in a greatly enhanced way to see if there is any crossover,” Billy said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Organized crime syndicates could facilitate money transfers or laundering, human smuggling, identification fraud or explosives and weapons acquisitions, officials said.

The options are many for terrorists groups.

There are the five reputed La Cosa Nostra families in New York, Russian criminal enterprises from Brighton Beach in the New York borough of Brooklyn to Moscow, and the emerging Asian crime syndicates that operate in many Islamic countries with al-Qaida offshoots.

A contract study produced recently for the Pentagon and obtained by the AP warned that the potential for organized crime assisting terrorists is growing.

“Although terrorism and organized crime are different phenomena, the important fact is that terrorist and criminal networks overlap and cooperate in some enterprises,” the study said. “The phenomenon of the synergy of terrorism and organized crime is growing because similar conditions give rise to both and because terrorists and organized criminals use similar approaches to promote their operations.”

The traditional mafia has highly developed networks for acquiring goods and services and money, all for a price.

The mob’s potential interest in helping a terrorist has nothing to do with ideology or sympathy but with greed, said Matt Heron, head of New York FBI’s organized crime unit.

“They will deal with anybody, if they can make a buck,” Heron said. “They will sell to a terrorist just as easily as they would sell to an order of Franciscan monks. It’s a business relationship to them.”

“If the mob has explosives and a terrorist wants them and they have the money, they could become instant friends,” he said.

Pat D’Amuro, a retired senior FBI official and now chief executive of Giuliani Security, said a Mafia boss once acknowledged that the mob would help terrorists.

“I am aware of a high-level Mafia figure, who was cooperating with authorities, being asked if the Mafia would assist terrorists in smuggling people into Europe through Italy,” D’Amuro said. “He said, ‘The Mafia will help who ever can pay.'”

Officials said they have no specific evidence that such a relationship has been cemented. But concerns were heightened last year after an Armenian immigrant was arrested in New York for allegedly leading a plot to sell military weapons to an FBI informant posing as a middleman for terrorists.

Arthur Solomonyan had claimed to be able to deliver shoulder-fired missiles from his connection in Russian organized crime to the informant, who claimed to have ties to al-Qaida, federal prosecutors said. Solomonyan and 17 others in New York, Florida and California were charged in the case.

Solomonyan is scheduled for trial this month. His lawyer, Seth Ginsberg, said he plans to “vigorously contest” the charges and call the government’s confidential informant to the stand to challenge his motives. The Italian, Russian, and Asian mafia remain active, particularly in New York, even though the government has successfully prosecuted numerous figures in recent years.

In the past three years, well over 100 associates from all five La Cosa Nostra families have been arrested in New York, Heron noted.

While the potential of a gangster-terrorist marriage is on the FBI’s radar, homegrown terror cells and weapons of mass destruction are also big concerns for those in the FBI given the job of stopping the next terrorist attack.

“We are not only aware that they want to come across the ocean to attack us but they may be physically here developing in our own homeland,” Billy said.

The Internet has become the new Afghanistan, allowing terrorist sympathizers to promote their radical ideas and to recruit and train followers right their home computers. That makes it far more difficult for investigators to identify them.

Billy said his biggest concern remains weapons of mass destruction. While Hezbollah and Hamas are more defined terrorist groups, with a territorial focus and a political platform, al-Qaida is more unpredictable.

“We know they were trying to acquire it prior to 9/11, bin Laden’s own words said that,” said Billy. “What makes us think they are still not trying?”