By Lee Kaplan
Website: Radical Islam
Further reading: The ISM terror connection
A study into the 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon determined the various intelligence agencies in the United States that had information about Al Qaeda failed to communicate with each other resulting in over 3,000 people killed. For example, Hani Hanjour, one of the 9/11 terror pilots, actually had an FBI agent seated next to him after a flight school instructor notified the FBI of a suspicious student in his class long before 9/11, info not shared with other agencies.
This lesson inspired the U.S. government to create an interagency communications intelligence network between local police departments, state police and the federal government. No matter how small your community, your local police department has at least one officer or an entire department dedicated to gathering intelligence, particularly in cases where terrorism could become an issue, such as people taking photos of elementary school exits, bridges or railroad superstructures, religious centers or other potential targets of attack.
Regional centers were set up so local law enforcement can cooperate and pool data that protects all American citizens. This data is accumulated by police on Suspicious Activity Reports (SARS), then sent to national security centers for review.
NCRIC is the anagram for the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center. Its website states that NCRIC provides “intensive multi-disciplinary training to private and public safety professionals, with exercises to strengthen counter-terrorism readiness,” and, according to its mission statement: “Coordinates the exchange of criminal intelligence, threats, and hazards and facilitates regional communication among Northern California Law Enforcement, First Responders, Government and Private Sector Partners.”
NCRIC is part of other Data Fusion Centers in other parts of California and the rest of the nation to share data that could prevent a terror attack or alert authorities to drug trafficking or other types of crimes. But the principal goal of these centers is to prevent another attack such as the one carried out by Al Qaeda in the U.S. on 9/11.
Events in Berkeley, California, have led to a discovery that the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), an organization that is an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism funding trial , and is considered a terrorist front for Hamas per the Senate’s Select National Intelligence Committee members in Congress, has joined with several radical groups that routinely support Islamist goals like those of the National Lawyers Guild in trying to prevent NCRIC’s functions.
The National Lawyers Guild is responsible for getting a pro-Khomeinist mullah with links to Hezbollah and the current Iranian regime readmitted to the United States contrary to the wishes of Attorney General Eric Holder, Department of Homeland Security Head Janet Napolitano and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. National Lawyers Guild members also provide free legal help to Islamists imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay who were captured fighting American soldiers.
Berkeley is renowned as a city that thinks it has its own foreign policy. It has become in fact a bit of a joke, especially since a controversial attempt to ban Marine Corps recruiters from the city as such troops are fighting militant Islamists in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the fact that Berkeley can have an effect on homeland security that endangers every man, woman and child in America is no joke.
Berkeley has a “Peace and Justice Commission” populated, among others with pro-Islamist, pro-Palestinian and pro-Iranian advocates. Nothing is strange there. However, their resolutions have to be voted on by the city council that has power over the police department. In coordination with Oakland’s version of the Occupy Movement that started on Wall Street, Berkeley’s “Peace and Justice Commission” has been posing more of a threat to homeland security than one would imagine.
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