With America’s withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan and mounting tensions between Iran, Israel, and the US as a backdrop, James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, testified before Congress that, given the recently thwarted Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington, it appeared that the Regime is now more willing to conduct attacks in the United States. For those who want to know how the coming terrorist attacks will be mounted, Catherine Herridge’s book, The Next Wave, is essential.
As the Fox News national correspondent and go-to reporter on domestic terrorism, she is able to add some fascinating details surrounding various post 9/11 attacks and foiled plots and does so within a suspenseful first-person real-time narrative. She provides, for example, fine detail for the 2010 plot to blow up Fed X and UPS planes with explosive- laden printer cartridges loaded in their cargo holds. Only a Saudi intelligence tip had prevented the planes from exploding over several densely populated US cities, very probably including the President’s hometown of Chicago.
The flights originated in Yemen, shipped from language schools where known American jihadists go to learn Arabic and terror craft. The author concludes, “Only an American could exploit our weaknesses so effectively.” While Americans were removing their shoes at airports, our own homegrown terrorists were designing bombs for the cargo holds of passenger jets, where 60% of US-bound cargo travels.
One of her professional security contacts, Ray Fourniers, tells her “We are in a war of survival.” And the next wave of terrorists are American. They speak English, are born or raised in the US and are already here waiting for instructions. Herridge ends by quoting a 2011 internal Justice Department report, “A new homegrown plot with links to international terrorism was documented, on average, every two weeks.”
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