RAND Documents Rise of Terrorism Under Obama
Seth Jones, the associate director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the RAND Corp., released a report yesterday called “A Persistent Threat: The Evolution of al Qa’ida and Other Salafi-Jihadists.” In a WSJ op-ed yesterday about the report, Jones reports, without mentioning Obama’s repeated claims of having al Qaeda “on the run,” that “The number[s] of al Qaeda and other jihadist groups and fighters are growing, not shrinking…. From 2010 to 2013 the number of jihadist groups world-wide has grown by 58%, to 49 from 31; the number of jihadist fighters has doubled to a high estimate of 100,000; and the number of attacks by al Qaeda affiliates has increased to roughly 1,000 from 392.”
Jones claims that Russia, China, and Iran all pose dangers to the US, but “these nations are not to our knowledge actively plotting attacks against the American homeland. A handful of terrorist groups, however, remain dedicated to attacking the U.S. at home and overseas…. Ayman al-Zawahiri remains committed to striking the U.S. He is flanked by a number of Americans, such as Abdullah al-Shami and Adam Gadahn, who support that goal.”
He identifies the threats to the US, itself, as coming primarily from groups operating in Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Syria, referencing Moner Mohammad Abusalha, an American who was a member of the al Qaeda affiliate organization al-Nusra, who blew himself up in a suicide bombing in Syria on March 29.
He points to a second category of terrorist groups — particularly in Somalia, Iraq, Libya and Nigeria — which is bent on hitting U.S. and other Western targets overseas, though not necessarily in the U.S. homeland, and a third category with little current interest and ability to strike the U.S. or U.S. targets overseas, such as the East Turkestan Islamic Movement in the Uighur Autonomous region of China.
Obama Defending Saudi Terror Bank at U.S. Supreme Court
EIR has now learned of a second case in which the Obama Administration is taking the side of Saudi terror-sponsors against families of victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
On May 27, Obama’s Justice Department filed an amicus curiae brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of John P. O’Neill et al. v. Al Rajhi Bank et al., in which the estate of the late FBI official John P. O’Neill, (who was killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11), and thousands of other 9/11 victims, are suing al-Rajhi Bank and other Saudi financial institutions that funded “charities” which, in turn, funded al-Qaeda.
U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrelli is making the contorted argument that these banks are not proven to have known that they were indirectly funding terrorists. What makes this so outrageous, is that the U.S. government itself has determined on many occasions that al-Rajhi Bank is responsible for financing terrorism.
- The 9/11 Commission found that al-Rajhi bank was directly implicated in conduiting funds to the 9/11 hijackers through the International Islamic Relief Organization.
- The CIA, in a secret 2003 report, stated that Islamic extremists had used Al-Rajhi Bank since at least the mid-1990s for terrorist transactions, and that senior al-Rajhi family members have long supported Islamic extremists.
- The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations’ July 2012 report on money laundering and HSBC, had a 50-page chapter on HSBC’s ties to al-Rajhi. The report summarized evidence linking al-Rajhi bank to al-Qaeda and terrorism, including the “Golden Chain” listing of 20 al-Qaeda financiers found in a 2002 raid on the Bosnian offices of the Saudi Benevolence International Foundation. Among those 20 names was that of Sulaiman bin Abdul Aziz Al Rajhi, “one of al-Rajhi Bank’s key founders and most senior officials.” Another source of evidence linking the al-Rajhi family to terrorism was documents found in a series of raids on the Saudi SAAR Foundation in northern Virginia.
These are the people that Obama’s Justice Department is now defending from claims by the 9/11 victims in the U.S. courts.