FBI Tracking 100 Suspected Islamic Extremists in US Military
Dozen cases considered 'serious'
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2012 2:07 AM CDT
Updated Jun 26, 2012 7:53 AM CDT
Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo told a judge last year that he planned an attack on Fort Hood soldiers to avenge victim in Afghanistan and Iraq.   (AP Photo, File)

(Newser) – The FBI has tracked some 100 people within the US military suspected of being Islamic extremists, with a dozen of the cases considered "serious," reports NPR. These involve individuals who appear to have demonstrated a "strong intent" to attack military targets. The "insider threats" include both active and reserve military members, but also people who have access to military facilities such as contractors or relatives with special ID cards. The information was revealed in a closed-door House-Senate committee hearing late last year, according to three sources.

"I was surprised and struck by the numbers; they were larger than I expected," said Joe Lieberman, chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, who declined to confirm the numbers. Just last year an AWOL Muslim soldier was charged with plotting an attack on Fort Hood soldiers—intended to exact "justice" for the people of Iraq and Afghanistan. People within the military "aren't just your run-of-the-mill jihadis," a Georgetown University counterterrorism expert warns. "These are people who have access to guns and to bases and are supposed to have security clearances. This is not the community you want to be radicalizing."

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793tango
Jun 26, 2012 9:16 AM CDT
It's one of the oldest military tactics in existence; attacking the enemy from inside. It's the basis of every espionage agency ever created. I don't know why anyone is surprised. Granted the percentage is small but then again how many insiders do you need? perhaps the military needs to be a little more cautious in who it signs up instead of rushing to put more bodies on the line.
midget_farmers
Jun 26, 2012 9:05 AM CDT
ahhh not to worry, now that our government has given itself the right to kill it's own citizens these "suspects" will be ghost soon enough
cheongyei
Jun 26, 2012 9:05 AM CDT
Quran-propelled heathens.