Over at the Politics of CP blogspot (and be sure to check out the links there) is “The Incarceration of Edward Flinton,” a fascinating look at the Al-Fuqra jihad group and one of its key operatives, Flinton.
You may be surprised to learn that this sort of thing is happening in the United States, and has been for years.
Flinton had been a member of a Colorado-based Fuqra cell known as the “Sector 5 Muhammad Commandos”. This cell was based out of Colorado at the Trout Creek Pass compound near Buena Vista. From here, they planned attacks and surveilled numerous targets, both infrastructure and military-related.
According the report “Identifying the Links Between White-Collar Crime & Terrorism” by the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), Flinton was alleged to be the “mastermind” responsible for developing Fuqra’s assassination and bombing plans including the 1983 hotel bombing attempt in Portland, OR; the 1984 bombing of the Hare Krishna Temple in Denver, CO; and the 1990 murder of Imam Rashad Khalifa in Tuscon, AZ. Flinton was Caucasian, just like Fuqra’s bombmaker, Stephen Paster. Seems Gilani liked to use them for operations when possible because they didn’t fit the profile of a majority of his group’s members. Al-Qaeda has tried to exploit that tactic as well.
Be sure to read it all.