The details of the case have been reported on in detail. The plot centers around Daniel Patrick Boyd (AKA ‘Saifullah’ or Sword of God), a Muslim convert and veteran mujahid of the Soviet-Afghan War. Allegedly, over the past 3 years he recruited this group of men, which included two of his sons.
What bothers me is this quote from AG Eric Holder (courtesy Reuters): ‘The constant scream of threats, the kind of things you have to be aware about, the whole notion of radicalization is something that didn’t loom as large a few months ago … as it does now.’
There is this notion in the popular discourse in the US that radicalization is a new problem for America – that it is something that had been confined to the Islamic world and Europe up until recently. But radicalization in the US has been a constant for years.
This current cell has a number of similarities with the so-called Virginia Paintball Jihad network, a group of Muslim-Americans (including some US military veterans), who convened under the spiritual leadership of Virginia imam Ali al-Timimi after 9/11 and agreed to join with the Taliban abroad to fight the impending American invasion.
There have been numerous plots since, some involving Muslim-Americans seeking to launch attacks abroad and others at home: the Lackawanna Six, Lodi, Omar Ahmed Abu Ali, Jam’iyyat Ul-Islam Is-Saheeh, the JFK plot, the Fort Dix plot, I could go on…
This plot fits right in with a pattern we have seen for nearly a decade and I am disappointed our Attorney General is not familiar with what the FBI and Justice Department were up to before his appointment.