A WARNING – AT 8:51 A.M. ET: It was Matthew G. Olsen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, who yesterday became the first administration official to call the Libya attack a terrorist act. Good for him. We don't know if his comment was authorized, but it was honest.
Olsen had much more to say before a Senate committee, and we are wise to take heed, even as the White House tries to get us to avert our eyes. From The Washington Times:
Iran’s extremist militias and their proxies were behind a recent string of terror attacks against Israeli diplomatic targets around the globe and might seek to strike the United States, U.S. counterterrorism officials said Wednesday.
“We have seen an uptick in operational activity by the Quds Force over the last year or so,” National Counter-Terrorism Center Director Matthew G. Olsen told a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
Mr. Olsen said the Quds Force, the elite division of the Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps responsible for operations abroad, “poses a threat beyond the immediate [Middle East] region,” including to the U.S. homeland.
He cited the federal prosecution last year of a senior member of the force for involvement in a failed plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. by bombing a Washington restaurant.
Quds Force operatives had been involved in anti-Israeli attacks and plots as far afield as India and Georgia, he said.
The Quds Force and the Lebanese Shiite extremist militia Hezbollah, which the Iranians have used as a proxy for terror attacks in the past, are “a significant source of concern for us,” added Kevin L. Perkins, associate deputy director of the FBI.
Mr. Perkins said the bureau is focusing its analytical firepower on the issue. “It’s a serious problem, a serious threat,” he said.
COMMENT: Israel is the little Satan. We are the great Satan. It would not be difficult for Iran, once it has the atomic bomb, to smuggle a nuclear device into the United States, possibly in parts, and probably across our southern border.
When told the truth, Americans usually react well and vigorously. But who will tell them the truth? The story above appeared in the Washington Times, but I haven't found it anywhere else. Oh, wait. I did find a reference in the Hindustan Times. Thought you'd like to know.
The mainstream media long ago stopped doing its real job – providing vital information to the American people. Maybe the internet will save us. But watch out for efforts by international bodies like the UN to censor it. Coming your way.
September 20, 2012