Sneer quotes in the original AP headline. (Thanks to Kemaste for the link.) Anyway, so much for the idea that there are no more secret cells in the U.S. (Of course, it may be that the spokesman in that story was using “Al-Qaeda” in a restricted sense, contrary to the common tendency to use it in a very broad way.)
PORTLAND “” The FBI knows of “jihadists” who have trained in terrorist camps in Afghanistan and are now living in Oregon, the agency’s Oregon chief said in an interview with The Associated Press yesterday.
“We don’t have an imminent threat that we’re aware of. But I will say this: We have people here in Oregon that have trained in jihadist camps in bad areas. In the bad neighborhoods of the world,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert Jordan.
Asked what he meant by “bad neighborhoods,” he said Afghanistan, as well as several other countries he would not specify….
Jordan refused to say how many “jihadists” live in Oregon.
He said the FBI knows “they’ve trained overseas, taken oaths to kill Americans and engage in jihad,” but the challenge is “to prove those things.”
Jordan contrasted the known “jihadists” living in Oregon with the so-called “Portland Seven,” a group of seven Portland-area people accused of plotting to wage war against U.S. troops in Afghanistan. One of them was killed in combat; the six others returned to Oregon, where they eventually pleaded guilty to all the charges against them.