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Ohio State attack ‘based on command from Quran’

Abdul Razak Ali Artan

U.S. officials say Abdul Razak Ali Artan, the Somali Muslim immigrant who used his car and a butcher knife to injure 11 people at Ohio State University on Monday, may have been a “lone wolf” attacker who become “self-radicalized.”

But Philip Haney, a retired U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer and founding member of the Department of Homeland Security, is skeptical of the term “self-radicalized,” which he sees as evasive.

“Why is it that every time we have an attack, the immediate response is that he was a self-radicalized lone wolf?” Haney asked in an interview with WND. “What does ‘self-radicalized’ even mean? How do you define ‘self-radicalized?’ Radicalized by what?

“And that’s the other half of the equation – they never tell you what radicalized them,” he said. “What was it that made him radical?”

Haney, co-author of “See Something, Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government’s Submission to Jihad,” said investigators need to look into the extent of Artan’s affiliation with his local mosque because that, along with online propaganda, may have contributed to his radicalization

“What is the imam teaching?” Haney asked. “What is being taught at the mosque he went to? And that would be a lesson as well. Recognize that, contrary to the attempt to create the narrative that he was a lone wolf, it’s very likely that he was affiliated with a mosque, and so that would lead to the natural question, what is the mosque teaching?”

Haney also said authorities often fail to answer the question of when a “radicalized” person became radical.

“Was it the moment he drove the car into the crowd of people?” the former officer pondered. “Or were there other behavioral indicators that should have been noticed before the time of the attack? Because what exactly is our definition of ‘radicalized?’ Only people who commit terrorist acts are radicals? Or is there an indicator or group of indicators that could have been noted beforehand?”

Observing behavioral indicators was a major part of Haney’s career as a counter-terrorism specialist at DHS. He lamented that the Obama administration has made it exceedingly difficult for the counter-terrorism community to prevent terrorist attacks by “connecting the dots.” By “dots” he is referring in part to behavioral indicators, especially those related to Islam.

“We’re not allowed to discuss those kinds of indicators, because they are classified as violations of civil rights and civil liberties,” Haney said. “Well, how are we ever going to identify individuals who may possibly do an attack like that?”

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Even a day after the Ohio State attack, media outlets were reporting the attacker’s “motive remains unclear.” But Haney insisted Artan’s motive was abundantly clear.

“He told us why he did it!” Haney said. “They keep repeating in the media that, ‘We’re not sure what the motive was.’ Well, he said what his motive was. He said the reason why he did it was because he’s sick and tired of Muslims being killed and oppressed in other parts of the world. He posted that on his Facebook. He’s been making statements like that for some time. That would be a strong indicator right there.”

Key words

Haney said that whenever a Muslim complains about the “oppression,” “persecution” or “killing” of Muslims in other parts of the world, people need to listen up, because those are key words in Islam.

“Those phrases and that concern about oppression or persecution or killing of Muslims in other parts of the world is an underlying ideology in Islam, and that concept is called ‘fitnah,’” the former counter-terror officer explained.

“It means ‘oppression.’ And the quranically endorsed response to fitnah is the kind of thing you saw Monday. And that’s why you see those kinds of attacks around the world, because according to the Quran, anybody who’s a Muslim who encounters fitnah is authorized to address it, up to and including a violent attack.”

Haney said it’s important to realize the OSU attack was not an aberration. He pointed out a Muslim carried out a very similar attack in Nice, France, in July, as have Muslims in Israel over the years.

The United States is clearly not immune from this style of attack, either. And Haney does not buy the argument that Islamic terror attacks against the U.S. would stop if the U.S. withdrew from all Muslim countries.

“Their underlying grievance is not that America is involved in the affairs of Middle Eastern countries,” the former DHS officer explained. “They wouldn’t mind if we withdrew, don’t misunderstand me, but that’s not the extent of their goal. Their goal is to implement Shariah law on a global level, and America is not exempt from that goal. So we wouldn’t be immunized from it if we completely withdrew from every Muslim country in the world.”

In Haney’s view, the way to prevent Islamic terror attacks is not through a change in foreign policy, but through gaining a better understanding of the indicators of radicalization. He believes the verbal indicators are even more important than the behavioral ones.

“If we become more familiar with quranic concepts like fitnah, it’s going to help us recognize potential terrorists, just like a doctor can recognize symptoms,” Haney reasoned.

“That’s what we’re going to have to do. If we’re going to be a diverse culture and we’re going to have Islam as part of our culture, then the least we should require of ourselves is to have a better understanding of exactly what Islam really believes and teaches, so that we will be better equipped to recognize the emerging trend of a person who might be, as Loretta Lynch said, edging toward violence.”

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