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Hezbollah and Al Queda are here in the USA and ready to spring at any moment
During the all-Israel/Lebanon/Hezbollah hour formerly known as the Big Story, John Gibson had Robert Strang, "Terror Analyst" as a guest today 7/26/06. Also identified as CEO of Investigative Management Group, Strang has an impressive resume and fortuitous timing: "IMG is the second corporate security start-up for (Ann) Hayes and former DEA colleague Robert Strang, IMG's CEO. The pair started a similar firm in the 1990s before selling it at a tidy profit to a big conglomerate (SPX Corp.) shortly after the Sept 11, 2001, terrorist attacks." Mr. Strang has worked for the government at state and federal levels, including the FBI and the DEA.
Gibson led the segment by asking if Osama bin Laden and al-Zawahiri were jealous of Hezbollah, or were they cheering on their brethren?
Strang says they are brothers, going back more than ten years, and have fund-raised and trained together in the past. Hezbollah is out in front militarily now, but coupled with Al Queda they are a very powerful organization. Right now both have cells in the US, and security people are worried about not just the active cells, but the "followers." Ratcheting up the personal fear, he said it's a huge, growing problem, especially right now. (As he said that last in his little box on the left, there were twelve consecutive video shots of different explosions...boom! boom! boom! boom! boom! boom! boom! boom! boom! boom! boom! boom! - in the bigger box on the right. Subtlety is not their strong point on The Big Story.)
Gibson risked offending the Judge (Andrew Napolitano, off camera) and begged to be assured that the US is monitoring phone calls and fund-raising. Strang obliged, saying it's more important than ever that we monitor phone calls and e-mails and focus on immigration issues - these are the things that keep us safe, and must be continued. Since we've only focused on immigration issues the last month or two and come up empty-handed on strategy, I'm not sure what he means to continue - inaction?
Answering Gibson, Strang says Hezbollah does have a large presence in the US, and they've been here since before Al Queda was here. Even if we defeat them here, (although so far we've been fighting them over there so we can ignore them over here) the worry behind the scenes is that Hezbollah will they reach out to Al Queda. Strang says that "when we're watching what's happening in Israel and Lebanon, what we're really worried about is the potential for another terrorist attack on our own soil or a US interest overseas."
Gibson role-played as bin Laden and said "if they're looking for Hezbollah maybe they'll stop looking for my guys." Strang replied that they're all in the same dumpster; when the government is mining for information on the Internet (the terrorists) all come up in the same basket. From an intelligence and security perspective, the way they're investigated is the same.
Comment: This segment was classic fear-mongering - they're here among us, they're plotting, we need Big Brother to keep us safe; domestic surveillance is for your own good.
The gathering threat is back, in an even-numbered year, of course. Sadly many Americans will let their strings be pulled - again.
"There's an old saying in Tennessee — I
know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once,
shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again."
George W. Bush, Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002