Al Shabaab: Recruitment and Radicalization within the Muslim American Community and the Threat to the Homeland

From Homeland

311 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 | Jul 27, 2011 10:00am

On Wednesday, July 27, 2011, the Committee on Homeland Security will hold the third in the series of hearings on domestic radicalization entitled “Al Shabaab: Recruitment and Radicalization within the Muslim American Community and the Threat to the Homeland.” The Committee will meet at 10:00 a.m. in 311 Cannon House Office Building.

Note: Please note the time change from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Chairman King on the hearing:

“In our first two hearings, the Committee has examined radicalization of Muslim-Americans generally and focused on the problem of radicalization in U.S. prisons.

“At this hearing, the third in a series, we will examine Somalia-based terrorist organization al Shabaab’s ongoing recruitment, radicalization, and training of young Muslim-Americans and al Shabaab’s linking up with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

“In Minnesota, Ohio, and other states, dozens of young Muslim males have been recruited, radicalized, and then taken from their communities for overseas terrorist training by al Shabaab. In a number of cases, the men – including both Somali-Americans and other converts — have carried out suicide bombings or have otherwise been killed, often without their families even knowing where their sons have gone. There has not been sufficient cooperation from mosque leaders. In at least one instance, a Minnesota imam told the desperate family of a missing young man not to cooperate with the FBI.

“There are growing concerns that al Shabaab in Somalia is linking up with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen to better train these radicalized young men in order to attack Americans around the world, as well as launch attacks against our homeland.

“This coordinated and ongoing recruitment and radicalization of young Muslim men in the U.S. is a serious and growing threat to our homeland security and simply cannot be ignored.”


Mr. Ahmed Hussen
Canadian Somali Congress National President
[full text of testimony]

Mr. Thomas Joscelyn
Senior Fellow
Foundation for Defense of Democracies
[full text of testimony]

Mr. William Anders Folk
Former Assistant United States Attorney
District of Minnesota
[full text of testimony]

Mr. Tom Smith
Chief of Police
Saint Paul, Minnesota
[full text of testimony]

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4 Replies to “Al Shabaab: Recruitment and Radicalization within the Muslim American Community and the Threat to the Homeland”

  1. Unlike the mental processes of lone Norwegian nutjobs, which are not susceptible to rational analysis, the mental processes of gangs of Islamic terrorists do follow a predictable logical inevitability:

    1. All Muslims look upon Mohammed as the ‘Perfect Man’ and role model.
    2. Mohammed said ‘I have been made victorious with terror.’
    3. Therefore ALL Muslims are potential, if not actual, t…….s.

    Or does it need to be spelled out in even greater detail for the leftards?

  2. The use of political violence aka terror tactics is the exclusive domain of the crazies and the left, the right is maligned by the left all the time but historically they have never started a terror campaign.

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