Volume 1, Issue 7, August, 1999
|Terrorism in America - Coming Soon|
© 1999 Discerning the Times Digest and NewsBytes
Earlier this month William C. Patrick III, an expert on biological warfare, demonstrated the inadequacy of our defenses against terrorism by smuggling seven and a half grams of powdered anthrax through security and into a House Select Committee on Intelligence hearing. This seemingly insignificant amount of anthrax was enough to kill everyone in the building.
WorldNetDaily reported on August 9th that Patrick moved through major airports and the security systems of the State Department, the Pentagon, and the CIA without detection.
The dawning of the new millennium is bringing with it a sobering new challenge which threatens to make the Cold War seem like childís play. With the end of the Cold War and the fall of the Soviet Union, the technology and materials needed to make weapons of mass destruction have been scattered to the winds of the world market.
President Clinton recently admitted there is a strong likelihood that a terrorist group will launch a germ or chemical attack on American soil in the next few years. He admits our current defenses are not up to the challenge.
The Pentagonís proliferation report, Proliferation: Threat and Response, claims that "more than 25 countries have or may be developing NBC (nuclear, biological, chemical) weapons along with the means to deliver them." The weapon programs of these nations have forced the U.S. to spend billions of dollars developing and proving antiballistic and particle beam missile defenses. Yet, the Clinton Administration is dragging its feet implementing this technology.
As serious as this threat is, however, an even greater threat comes from the innumerable terrorist groups which are much more difficult to monitor and who view the United States as the very embodiment of evil.
U.S. borders are wide open to a major terrorist attack from radical terrorist groups. Hundreds of foreign ships come and go through U.S. ports every day. A single ship can carry as many as 5,000 truck-sized containers and may enter sensitive U.S. ports with only 24 hours notice. Likewise, of the million or more trucks that enter from Mexico every year bound for major cities all over the America, only five percent are ever inspected.
Of the numerous terrorist groups, that of Osama bin Laden is perhaps the most feared. This Saudi-born man has been indicted in the United States for the bombings of the embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that left 224 people dead last August. The indictment further charges that bin Laden together with another suspect, issued a fatwa, or religious edict in 1988 calling on Muslims to kill Americans, "anywhere in the world where they can be found."
On August 9th, the World Tribune reported that bin Laden "is believed to have up to 20 nuclear bombs and is seeking to launch a massive terrorist strike against the United States." Yoseph Bodansky, a researcher for the House Task Force for Counterterrorism made the claim based on Russian and Saudi estimates. "Saudi intelligence services... believe that he has in the neighborhood of 20" nuclear devices. Bodansky and other government officials further believe that bin Laden may now have rudimentary chemical weapon capability. It is a near certainty that he will attempt to strike in the U.S.
Terrorist groups are not the only threat. Some sovereign nations are turning to terrorist methods knowing they cannot win an arms race, nor go head to head with the U.S. On August 8, the Washington Post printed a chilling report that Chinaís military planners may be using a strategy of "unrestricted war." Based on a highly touted book by the same name written by two Chinese colonels after the Gulf War, the book claims that "Unrestricted War is a war that surpasses all boundaries and restrictions.... It takes nonmilitary forms and military forms and creates a war on many fronts. It is the war of the future."
Unrestricted war focuses on terrorism, drug trafficking, environmental degradation, and cyber attacks, especially on financial institutions, to distract and weaken the U.S. If China is serious about taking back Taiwan, a series of devastating terrorist attacks using weapons of mass destruction could be used to throw the U.S. into political turmoil before attacking Taiwan, especially if the Chinese military believed it could hide its complicity.
In response to the threat of terrorism, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Defense are involved in training local law enforcement and emergency relief agencies in how to handle a chemical or biological attack. The Department of Defense is taking the risk of terrorist attack very seriously, spending $52 million this year and $37 million next year to create Rapid Assessment and Initial Detection (RAID) teams to deal with the possibility of domestic terrorist activity.
The plan is to place a National Guard RAID in each state. Ten will be in place in time for Y2K. Many experts believe that the potential complications of Y2K provide an ideal opportunity for enemies of the United States to attack. So much so that the FBI has canceled all personal leaves and vacations for several weeks around January 1, 2000.
The likelihood of a terrorist attack within the borders of the continental U.S. seems to be more a question of when, rather than if, it will occur. Americans, even Christians, are woefully unprepared for such a tragedy. It would likely create panic in America, permitting Clinton to impose the Martial Law for which he has carefully been preparing since taking office (See April, 1999 DTT).
Terrorism on U.S. soil could even precipitate a demand for the U.S. to ratify the International Criminal Court treaty and the new UN Charter that would usher in the totalitarian global governance (See January and June, 1999 DTT). Indeed, terrorism could provide a key step in implementing the globalistís dream of world government. V ks