In light of the recent arrests of four men charged with plotting
to kill Americans and planning to blow up U.S. military bases, one
expert says the rise in homegrown terrorism is evident.
Four men charged with planning to commit jihad against Americans
and to join al-Qaeda and the Taliban trained for jihad in Southern
California. The Los Angeles Times reports that the
four Inland Empire men allegedly trained with semi-automatic
weapons at local shooting ranges and practiced at paintball
Brigitte Gabriel, founder of Act! for
America, gives OneNewsNow more details about the growth of
terrorism in America over recent years.
"We're already seeing a rise of homegrown jihadists in the
United States. In the last four years, since President Obama became
president, we have arrested on American soil 426 jihadists," she
reports. "[Reports are that] 186 of them were Muslim."
The ages of the men in the latest case range from 21 to 34. One
of them allegedly converted the others to radical Islam. In turn,
the latter two converted the fourth recruit, a U.S. citizen, to
violent Islamic teachings.
"One of the goals of the Muslim Brotherhood and their operation
in the United States is to set up recruitment centers in the inner
cities and recruit from the African-American communities and from
the Hispanic communities, as well as from the prisons by appealing
to them with the Islamic ideology as the ideology that's going to
raise their heads, give them pride," Gabriel explains.
A complaint in U.S. District Court in Riverside outlined
specifics of the plot to join al-Qaeda and commit jihad against
Americans. If convicted, the four men could face up to 15 years in
A border enforcement advocate says a recent incident on the
Arizona-Mexico border illustrates the value of border fencing in
deterring illegal immigration and smuggling.