FBI Tracking 100+ Islamic Extremists In U.S. Military

Is this the 21st century version of a witch hunt? Dina Temple-Raston reports for NPR:

The FBI has conducted more than 100 investigations into suspected Islamic extremists within the military, NPR has learned. About a dozen of those cases are considered serious.

Officials define that as a case requiring a formal investigation to gather information against suspects who appear to have demonstrated a strong intent to attack military targets. This is the first time the figures have been publicly disclosed.

The FBI and Department of Defense call these cases “insider threats.” They include not just active and reserve military personnel but also individuals who have access to military facilities such as contractors and close family members with dependent ID cards.

Officials would not provide details about the cases and the FBI would not confirm the numbers, but they did say that cases seen as serious could include, among others things, suspects who seem to be planning an attack or were in touch with “dangerous individuals” who were goading them to attack…

[continues at NPR]

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  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    Oh, you mean the same FBI that failed prevent 911 and then hatched a bunch of terror plots?
    I feel safer now.

    • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

      Dude, they need some sort of material to work with.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    It’d be neat if this forms the sort of destructive inner tension that brought down the McCarthy witch hunters, like when they started to tag associates of Eisenhower as Pinkos.

    But it seems unlikely.  This seems pretty narrowly focused on undesirable ethnic and religious minorities, not clean-cut senior whitebreads.  More likely to represent an incremental step in the establishment of an unaccountable secret political police force, like the old Soviet Cheka or whatever.

  • http://mattpacey.com Matthew Arnold Pacey

    I have in my hand 57 cases of individuals who would appear to be either card-carrying members or certainly loyal to the Communist Party, but who nevertheless are still helping to shape our foreign policy.

  • Marklar_Prime

    “How dare they have Muslims in their military. They might balk at dying at the command of Israel.” – A zionist

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