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This week, I’m going to tell you a little bit about Al Shabaab, the Somali terrorist organization that Homeland Security released a warning about last week and how their presence in the US could affect you in the coming days and weeks.
We were enjoying a few days in the hill country area of Texas last week visiting friends and family when we heard a warning specifically about Somali terrorists attempting to cross the border from Mexico into the United States.
I’ve followed the Somalia situation since Mark Bowden released his incredible book, Blackhawk Down in 1999. Since then, in addition to following the ever changing political battle over there, I’ve had the privilage of talking with one of the Delta Operators who fought in Mogadishu on that historic day in 1993.
As chance would have it, a very good friend of mine also wrote a lengthy paper for the Command and General Staff College on what went right and what went wrong in Somalia up to and following the incident. We spent many hours talking (mostly me asking questions and him talking) before, during, and after his writing.
A LOT has happened in Somalia since then. I will never claim to be an expert on Somalia, but I can give you a quick overview of how this Somali terrorist group, Al Shabaab, effects us today.
In one sense, Al Shabaab is much like other Jihad terrorist groups. Like Al Quaeda, they want to convert, tax, or kill all non believers. They believe in Sharia law, the public execution of rape victims to preserve “family honor” and whipping women who wear bras.
They also focus on young impressionable men and convince them that killing, torturing, and suicide bombings are what they’re supposed to do with their lives.
In Somalia, they are an insurgent force. They are actively trying to destabilize and overthrow the Somali government. They use intimidation and violence including bombings, shootings, assasinations of civilians, soldiers, politicians, socialites, journalists, and even foreign aid workers.
In fact, they’ve gone so far as to declare war on aid organizations distributin food and medicine in Somalia.
These aren’t exactly model citizens.
So, you’re probably wondering what the US connection is.
Well, there are a few things happening. First, let’s look at the Somali refugees in America.
Right now, the best guess is that there are approximately 200,000 Somali’s in the United States. Many are here as refugees. They fled Somalia for the promise of liberty and the rule of law here in the United States. They passed background checks (with real or false credentials) and want to be here.
Most are Muslim. Some are Christian. Some are other religions or no religion at all.
When they get here, they get 90 days of aid/welfare. During that time, they have to find employment and start learning English…not much time at all and the deck is stacked against them, although many have done well.
Somali Muslims tend to be more isolated than other Muslim immigrant communities and, as a result, have the highest unemployment rates of any East African group in the US.
What’s this mean? Well, it means that while many Somalis become productive citizens, many also resort to crime to survive. They come from a culture of violence and corruption and don’t have any reason to trust authorities.
When Somalis are attacked by other Somalis, they testify through a Somali translator who oftentimes live in the same HUD housing where the victim lives. They know that if they “narc” on another Somali, they’ll have hell to pay when the translator talks about their day at work, and so many crimes go unpunished.
Others have gone so far as to return to their homeland or the homeland of their parents to fight. In 2009, one Somali youth from Seattle and one from Minneapolis went to Somalia to be suicide bombers. We know several others have returned to Somalia to practice Jihad. There are many numbers claimed, but we don’t really know how many.
So, should you watch out for all Somalis? Absolutely not. They’re just people. Some are good and some are bad. Some very nice Somali may be more intense than what you’re used to in dealing with native born Americans because of what they’ve lived through, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re bad.
That gets us to the Homeland Security warning.
Here’s where things get interesting.
Al Shabaab has been releasing videos for the last year that are either recorded in English by native English speakers OR recorded in Somali with English subtitles. In other words, they are making them for an English audience.
Over the last couple of years, Al Shabaab has been getting new recruits not only from Somalia, but from the Middle East and across Eastern Africa.
The lighter skinned recruits are going to northern Mexican towns to learn Spanish and Mexican customs so that they can appear to be Mexicans in the US. This deception only works on Gringos, but in many cases, that’s enough.
When they’re ready to come into the US, they get fake IDs, take advantage of our open southern border and simply come across with drug smugglers. How many? According to the declassified Homeland Security documents, “hundreds.” One smuggler from Virginia, Anthony Joseph Tracy, helped 270 Somali’s at $30,000 apiece sneak into the country.
Once in, they are presumably setting up sleeper cells across the US and trying to recruit frustrated Somali refugees into Al Shabaab.
You might be wondering right now why I’m mentioning all of this.
It’s because multiple terrorist organizations have cells operating in the US. Al Shabaab isn’t the only one. As I show in the SurviveInPlace.com course, some are operating openly and some are operating covertly.
All of them have stated their hatred of the US and have the ability to do massive attacks that could make 9/11 look like a day at the park. Infrastructure attacks on banking & the internet, on municipal water systems, or on the East and West electrical grids are incidents that are openly talked about on radical websites and that could happen at any minute.
So, what do you do about it?
In short, get your stuff in order. Buy extra food. Enough to last a year or more if possible. Store up water and fuel. And get a plan in place to ride out a disaster right where you currently live–even if you live in an urban area and have relatives or a rural location that might be better on paper.
Because there’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to travel anywhere for quite awhile if one of these attacks happen.
Be smart with your preparations. Don’t go blabbing about them to all of your friends and relatives, unless you want your year of provisions to run out in a week because they all come to you when the SHTF.
Learn how to defend yourself. With empty hands, weapons, and firearms.
Try to figure out how many prescription medications you can find alternatives for. Some just don’t have alternatives.
Learn trauma & medical skills.
And create a well thought out written plan so that your family can run with it if something happens to you. You can do it on your own, or cut hundreds of hours off of the process by going through the SurviveInPlace.com Urban Survival Course. Over 2500 have gone before you and many have said that it is the best survival book or course that they’ve ever read.
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