Of course it is. “The Jihadists Next Door,” from Investors Business Daily, March 15:
Security: The arrests of three new homegrown terrorists, including two “Jihad Janes” and an al-Qaida suspect who infiltrated nuclear plants, confirm a rise in homegrown jihadist activity.
Sharif Mobley is one of the latest jihadists next door. Before he was rounded up in a sweep of suspected al-Qaida terrorists in Yemen, Mobley worked at five nuclear plants in New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania. He shot two guards, killing one, before his capture.
Mobley grew up in New Jersey before converting to Islam. His militancy shocked an old high school friend, who ran into him after returning from an Army tour in Iraq. Mobley told him: “Get the hell away from me, you Muslim killer!”
Then there’s Colleen LaRose, aka Jihad Jane, who was arrested in Philadelphia for allegedly plotting to kill a Swedish cartoonist who’d “offended” Muslims. Jamie Paulin-Ramirez of Denver was also arrested in connection with the assassination plot.
All three suspects are U.S. citizens from different parts of the country. One is black, one white and one formerly married to a Hispanic immigrant. Two, shockingly, are women. While each suspect has a different background, all three are Muslim converts radicalized over the Internet — a dangerous trend.
American converts are al-Qaida’s prime recruits right now, because they have a better chance of slipping through security checkpoints. […]
While the essential ingredient in these cases is militant Islam, we have to wonder if the left isn’t making otherwise normal Americans vulnerable to such treasonous seductions. After all, the hate-America lobby — led by the American Civil Liberties Union and often cheered by the media — has comforted even the most guilty in the war on terror, including the 9/11 mastermind and other Gitmo detainees.
Take Omar Hammami. A smart American college kid who grew up Baptist in the Alabama suburbs, he’s now an al-Qaida field commander in Somalia wanted by the FBI.
What happened? He became consumed with events in Iraq and Afghanistan and began subscribing to conspiracy theories about 9/11. He learned to hate his country, which he calls a legitimate “target” for attack….