As the 9/11 anniversary of both Benghazi and the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon approach, the war on terror is inching closer to our shores.
Here are the top 5 reasons why you should be nervous about the terror threat to the U.S. and our interests on 9/11/14.
1. In an interview with CNN, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel stated “We are aware of over 100 U.S. citizens who have U.S. passports who are fighting in the Middle East with [ISIS] forces. There may be more, we don’t know.” The executioner of American citizen James Foley, and perhaps also of Steven Sotloff, was a British citizen. How many more Americans are at risk working and reporting in the region? We only learned of the capture of Sotloff after the death of James Foley. Does ISIS have more U.S. citizens held hostage?
2. Two of these Americans have been killed fighting for ISIS, most recently a former employee of Delta Airlines in Minneapolis. Does he have any terror associates still working in the airline industry?
3. As we learned in the Boston Marathon bombing, there are Americans who hold terrorist sympathies on our shores. The sister of the bombers, Ailina Tsarnaeva, was recently arrested for making a bomb threat against a former love interest of her boyfriend. If the sister of the only terrorists to successfully perpetrate an attack since 9/11 on U.S. soil is freely walking around making bomb threats, who else is floating around under our collective radar?
4. This spring, CNN spent an entire month obsessing about a missing Malaysian jet. You may be surprised to learn that there are currently almost a dozen missing commercial jetliners in Libya, taken by Islamist militants. The Free Beacon reports, “Western intelligence agencies recently issued a warning that the jets could be used in terrorist attacks across North Africa… Among the potential targets are urban areas and economic targets, like Saudi Arabia’s oil fields.”
5. The Free Beacon also reports on another worrisome phenomenon: “U.S. intelligence agencies last month reported that a group of 22 Yemeni-Americans were training in Houston to be seamen on oil tankers, raising terrorism concerns over the unusual activity.”