On January 16, 2019, a press conference revealed the arrest of a 21-year-old Muslim man named Hasher Jallal Taheb in a plot to blow up the White House. Authorities assured us that Taheb was just another lone wolf, in a long string of so-called lone wolf attackers. But do law enforcement authorities really know why we keep getting such individual attackers? And do they understand the threat doctrine, that jihad is the mainstream result of traditional Islam?
The acceptable Mainstream answer is, “No, they do not!” Like much of our society, our authorities have been routinely mis-educated about the Islamic Movement, its goal, and its doctrine. And until we fix that problem, the survival of our free society remains gravely at risk, as that cause of Islam grows among us.
In his press statement, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, Byung J. “B.J.” Pak, said, “The investigating and prosecuting of individuals who seek to cause mass casualty is the number one priority of law enforcement.” He went on to explain that Taheb’s alleged intent was to use “explosive devices including an improvised explosive device and anti-tank rocket.” Taheb was “charged with violating Title 18, USC 844-F-1, Attempt to damage by means of an explosive any building owned, possessed, or leased by the United States, or any department or agency thereof,” which is punishable by five to 20 years.
He continued, “The [Joint Terrorism Task Force] initiated the case after receiving a tip from the community,” and “all potential threats have been neutralized, and they have been under control from the inception of this case.”
Then, FBI Special Agent in Charge, Chris Hacker, added, “The investigation is continuing, but at this stage it is believed Taheb was acting on his own.”
Let’s first establish the “official” timeline of events, as they are on the awareness level of law enforcement. It is that flawed level of awareness—the limitation of the things that law enforcement have been trained to consider as factors in a case—which accounts for their inability to properly neutralize the threat, despite the grand claims that they make to the public.
The criminal complaint said that a community member contacted law enforcement in March 2018. The warning was that Taheb had “become radicalized, changed his name and made plans to travel abroad.” From the March date, it would seem that authorities were merely watching, for all of the next five months—But, were they watching the right things?
In their failure to understand the threat doctrine of Islam, authorities are trained to look for connections to terror cells overseas. They are blind to mosques, imams, and all manner of influence operations that exist inside America, where a jihadi like Taheb is most likely to make contact with such Islamic influences. Law enforcement, especially at the national level, is clueless about the supremacist, conquest nature of the vast Islamic network operating in the open inside the United States. So how far did Taheb really have to reach, to find support and purpose for committing violent jihad in America?
According to the criminal complaint, “Taheb explained that jihad was an obligation, that he wanted to do as much damage as possible, and that he expected to be a ‘martyr.” The truth is that Taheb can find such ideas in every single mosque, Islamic center, and Islamic school in America. The obligatory jihad commands are in every Muslim’s Quran. And the glorification of martyrdom in the “cause of Allah” (jihad) is available and taught in each of those institutions in America by the dominant Islamic Law text, Reliance of the Traveler, and by 7th grade Islamic school textbooks.
But let’s examine just some of the Quran commands. Taheb could simply get his validation of these commands from his imam:
So, while the FBI was searching for connections to overseas terror groups which do not connect, Taheb was evidently simply reading his Quran, and taking it as the perfect word of Allah, because his Islamic school, his Islamic center, his mosque, and his imam all say that it is perfect and supreme. Taheb is not “radicalized.” He is simply observant, and logically adherent to the mainstream doctrine that exists and that is taught by the vast Islamic Movement.
On Aug. 25, 2018, as the criminal complaint alleges, Taheb listed his vehicle for sale to fund a trip. Taheb allegedly said he planned to travel to “hijra,” a term that refers to lands controlled by Islamic State. It is evidently at this point, five months into the investigation, that the FBI went beyond simply watching and searching. So, then the FBI informant used the car sale as a reason to make contact with Taheb. Days later, the two met.
In October 2018, Taheb then met the FBI informant in Cumming, about 40 miles north of Atlanta. In this meeting, Taheb told the informant that he “wished to conduct an attack in the United States against targets such as the White House and the Statue of Liberty.” One has to wonder what the two had in common, for one to feel secure enough to openly declare a mass murder plot to the other, and not fear revulsion or exposure. Just as a point, it should send red flags all over the FBI and American society about the nature of Islamic cult membership.
At the beginning of December 2018, Taheb arranged another meeting. This time, it was with the informant and also an undercover FBI agent. This seems to be the point at which Taheb believed himself to be founding a jihad “group” or cell, by which the three of them would carry out his White House attack plot. And it again brings to mind the issue of ready trust among the “group” members. For a feeling of “brotherhood” alliance, the Islamic group identity is that powerful. For a non-Muslim, it should always be concerning.
A few days later, Taheb and his small “group” held another meeting in Alpharetta, during which Taheb revealed a composition notebook, in which he had a “hand-drawn diagram of the ground floor of the West Wing” of the White House.
By mid-December, Taheb expanded his target list to include the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and a synagogue. He also began to discuss particular weapons to be acquired for the attacks.
By January 2019, Taheb allegedly discussed his desire for growing the “group,” his disdain for the U.S. and Israel, and also his worries about his family finding out his plans.
The attack was planned for Thursday, January 17, 2019. But the FBI finally arrested Taheb on the 16th, immediately after Taheb picked up a backpack with the weapons, which had been delivered by the FBI team — “three semi-automatic assault rifles, three explosive devices with remote initiation and one AT-4,” an anti-tank rocket launcher.
According to the court document, Taheb had said that “jihad was the best deed in Islam and the peak of Islam.” And that is where the threat lies, and why the FBI approach to a case like this is so misguided, and ultimately so ineffective for our safety.
In the end, what the FBI and the rest of the JTTF team did was to spend almost a whole year working to sting a marginally competent young jihad attacker. They may have wasted countless hours and resources trying to find connections to terror cells and leaders thousands of miles away.
But Taheb only needed to open his Quran, and to ask his local imam about verses, in order to convince himself of his statement above. By verse 2:216, we have seen above that Taheb’s Quran tells him directly that Allah commands jihad; by 4:95, that Allah prefers those who perform jihad, the mujahideen, “by degrees” over those who do not commit jihad.
In his paraphrase of Quran verses, Taheb is referencing and repeating mainstream Islamic doctrine. But the FBI is not looking at that doctrine, or at its degree of mainstream propagation in America. Taheb must clearly be talking to mainstream Muslim leaders, who must tell him that jihad means what it says in Quran. But the FBI is not questioning those mainstream Islamic leaders, nor looking at their teaching texts, in their Islamic schools, in their Islamic centers, in their mosques. The FBI is utterly failing to make a proper threat assessment, because they have no idea that the threat doctrine is Islam.
And as the Islamic Movement grows in America, the number of FBI agents, who are too tied up looking overseas for false connections to declared terror groups, cannot grow enough to equalize that unseen Islamic threat doctrine as it expands at home. The FBI needs a revolutionary change in understanding the threat and how to deal with it or they and we will be defeated.
More Tahebs are growing up in America every day, and more are immigrating to America. They are being trained in the threat doctrine in Islamic schools, and in Islamic centers and in mosques, by more imams, who cannot deny the word of Allah as it is stated in Quran. The threat doctrine within that book clearly commands Muslims, by word of Allah, that they will be rewarded so much more “by degrees” if they will terrorize, conquer, and kill non-Muslims.
So in time, how many “lone wolf” cases like Taheb’s will the FBI miss finding? They cannot watch for them all, if they are instead looking for fantastical ties to terror groups overseas, while being oblivious to the core beliefs and doctrinal training that is being given by the imam next door, or on their own advisory councils. They cannot rely on “informers” from “the community.”
The Islamic Movement is conquering America. The jihadi who convinces the FBI agent to look the other way, instead of at the actual threat doctrine in front of him, is just as dangerous as the jihadi who plots a rocket attack. They share the same Quran, the same doctrine, the same commands from Allah to conquer and kill. They are united in the same Islamic Movement, with the same goal to turn this land over to rule by Sharia. They are not alone.
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