Colorado is an 'arsonist's dream come true,' though Al Qaeda recommends starting fires in Montana because many people live in wooded areas there
6/17/13, "Fire Wars – Forest Jihad in America," Algemeiner.com, Rachel Ehrenfeld
"American focus on the NSA “leaks” diverts attention from real existential threats and economic devastation that for now affects mostly the West....
As of Saturday afternoon, June 15, the apparent arson that set Colorado’s Black Forest on fire last Tuesday killed at least two people and destroyed and damaged more than 388 homes. The fire that burned 15,500 acres led to the evacuation of 38,000 people. The six-hour delay of federal air tankers to help extinguish the fast spreading fire didn’t help. All the while, local law enforcement and firefighters have been collecting whatever evidence they can find to identify the arsonist(s).
Bill Scott, a senior fellow at ACD, warned about such a scenario last July, speaking at the ACD/EWI Economic Threats briefing on Capital Hill. An expert on aerial firefighting, he presented a sobering analysis of the devastating Waldo Canyon Fire, pointing out that the striking rise Western U.S. wildfires may be caused by elements other than nature.
He noted that in spring 2012, al-Qaeda’s English-language online magazine, Inspire, published an article called “It Is of Your Freedom to Ignite a Firebomb,” which featured instructions on how to build an incendiary bomb to light forests on fire.
A few months later, Russia’s security (FSB) chief, Aleksandr Bortnikov warned, ”al-Qaeda was complicit in recent forest fires in Europe” as part of the terrorists’ “strategy of a thousand cuts.”
Bortnikov spoke of “extremist sites [that] contained detailed instructions of waging the ‘forest jihad’ and stressed that such a method had proved itself effective as it inflicted both physical and moral damage, needed little training or investment and it was extremely hard for police to find and apprehend the arsonists.”
Since then, more fatwas advocating that “Fire is cheap, easy and effective tool for economic warfare” have been issued. They’ve included detailed instructions for constructing remote-controlled “ember bombs, and how to set fires without leaving a trace.”
Fire wars are not limited to Europe and the U.S. Palestinan jihadists have been setting fire to Israel’s modest forests for many years. However, political correctness seems to override Israeli and Russian warnings of that jihadist modus operandi. How many Tzarnaevs are hiding in Colorado’s woods?
While many of the fires that have scorched millions of acres and destroyed thousands of homes in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and other states have been identified as arson, none have been publicly attributed to criminal or terrorist groups, despite the presence of Mexican gangs and large number of other illegals in our Western states.
Bill Scott’s “Fire Wars” presentation on YouTube led several Colorado legislators to propose a bill to allow the formation of Colorado’s Firefighting Air Corps. “In military terms, Colorado is a target-rich environment – an arsonist’s dream-come-true, and the U.S. Forest Service’s worst nightmare,” Scott said while giving a riveting testimony before the state Senate a few months ago....
Indeed, a state firefighting airforce would make Colorado independent of the cash-strapped, dysfunctional federal land-management agency, reducing the response time from six hours to 20 minutes. Colorado’s Senate Bill 245 was reluctantly approved last April by the Democratic majority; however, it refused to allocate the funds necessary to buy the air tankers. It was signed into law last week by Colorado’s Governor John Hickenlooper....
There is little that can be done to prevent hurricane destruction. However, states, as well as the federal government, could and should more to do to minimize the effects of man-made forest fires.
NOTE: As this goes to print, we learned that the winds changed and that the Black Forest fire is now 45 percent contained. However, this may not be over. Change in the wind could spark the embers and ignite new fires." via Atlas Shrugs
Comment: Wildfire terrorism is openly advocated and reported around the world. It provides the most damage for the least cost. There's little chance of being caught because political correctness forbids mention of Muslim connections to such crimes.
Economic damage has always been their #1 goal. Extra economic damage is exacted when these fires are used by global warming profiteers from US presidents on down as "proof" of global warming which can be be cured if US taxpayers pay trillions more. ClimateGate scientist Phil Jones even suggested inventing scary fire news when trying to overcome global warming skepticism per his 9/6/2007 email. "Make more out of the Greek fires" even though "some may have been started deliberately."
9/26/11, "Obama Suggests Global Warming Caused Texas Wildfires," sayanythingblog.com
"“You’ve got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change,” the obvious implication being that “climate change” caused the wildfires."...
Arson and Texas fires:
9/7/11, "Wildfires Still Raging In Texas, Arson Suspected In One, Two More Deaths," NPR, Mark Memmott
The other problem is the US has a depleted federal air tanker fleet and a bureaucracy that kills. The federal government and apparently even the state of Colorado exhibit a lack of urgency in fighting fires.
Al Qaeda magazine recommends starting fires in Montana because there are lots of people in its wooded areas:
5/2/12, "Al Qaeda Magazine Calls for Firebomb Campaign in US," ABC News, R. Kreider
""Inspire" magazine...continues to promote jihadi attacks on Western targets, offering detailed advice on how to start huge forest fires in America with timed explosives and how to build remote-controlled bombs....
But issue nine carries equally lethal advice, with "It Is of Your Freedom to Ignite a Firebomb," which gives detailed instructions on how to ignite an "ember bomb" in a U.S. forest, recommending Montana because of the rapid population growth in wooded areas.
"In America, there are more houses built in the [countryside] than in the cities," says the writer, who uses the pseudonym The AQ Chef. "It is difficult to choose a better place [than] in the valleys of Montana."
Issue eight has an eight-page article on how to construct remote-controlled explosives, with a laundry list of parts and ingredients and photos showing proper assembly."...
July/August 2011, "Terrorists in the Woods," Wildfire Magazine, Dick Mangan
Politicians and fires:
A June 4, 2012 Colorado fire wasn't reported to feds until June 9. Then congress had to be consulted:
6/16/12, "Wildfire destroys most homes in Colo. history," AP via CBS News
The fire was started by lightning on June 4 but not reported to feds until June 9. Part of it is on federal forest land so the federal government had to be consulted. Then the Obama official decided congress had to be consulted. All this while fires continued. "Vilsack praised Congress for allowing the government to contract additional aircraft — particularly heavy tankers — to fight wildfires across the West." Our fire fighting air fleet had dwindled to almost nothing yet Obama canceled a fleet of 6 or 7 able tankers in 2011 knowing they were badly needed. The GOP apparently fine with it.
"Meanwhile in New Mexico, questions were being raised about whether bureaucratic red tape prevented firefighters from saving more homes affected by the Little Bear Fire after federal officials released transcripts of the firefighters' response."...
9/7/11, "Contract Dispute Grounds Firefighting Planes," Human Events, Audrey Hudson
"Nearly half of the federal government’s firefighting air tankers are siting idle at a California airport, grounded by the Obama administration in a contract dispute just weeks before wildfires swept through Texas killing a mother and her child, and destroying 100,000 acres."...
6/5/12, "Politician should check her research," Las Vegas Sun, Letter to the Editor, Sanford Cohen, Prescott, Ariz.
"On the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, where thinning is practiced, the tribal lands are in far better shape."
Man who accidentally started forest fire couldn't report it for awhile because there was no cell phone reception in the area:
5/19/12, "Feds say Colorado wildfire started on camp stove," AP
"There is no cell phone service in the area where the fire started....Hundreds of firefighters are battling a blaze fueled by warm, dry weather in northern Colorado that federal officials say started with a camp stove."...
8/24/11, "Feds charge 2 in devastating Wallow fire," AP, East Valley Tribune
"Federal charges have been filed against two cousins accused of accidentally causing the largest forest fire in Arizona's history by leaving a campfire unattended. The U.S. attorney's office on Wednesday announced the charges against Caleb Joshua Malboeuf, 26, of Benson and David Wayne Malboeuf, 24, of Tucson.
The U.S. Forest Service said its investigators determined the men were camping in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest when the fire began there May 29. The agency said the two were out hiking when their campfire spread outside its fire ring in high winds....
The men each face five counts, including leaving a fire unattended and failing to maintain control of a fire that damaged a National Forest System....
Winds whipped the Wallow fire as it burned more than 538,000 acres in eastern Arizona and parts of western New Mexico, destroying 32 homes, four commercial structures and 36 outbuildings....
Politicians allowed the federal firefighting force to go from bad to worse:
6/20/12, "How Obama Bureaucrats Fueled Western Wildfires," Michelle Malkin, Townhall.com, Colorado Springs, Colorado
"The smell of singed air here is inescapable. Less than 50 miles west of my neighborhood, the latest wildfire has spread across 1,100 acres....
Ten years ago, the feds had a fleet of 44 firefighting planes. Today, the number is down to nine for the entire country. Last summer, Obama's National Forest Service canceled a key federal contract with Sacramento-based Aero Union just as last season's wildfires were raging. Aero Union had supplied eight vital air tankers to Washington's dwindling aerial firefighting fleet. Two weeks later, the company closed down, and 60 employees lost their jobs. Aero Union had been a leader in the business for a half-century.
Why were they grounded? National Forest Service bureaucrats and some media accounts cite "safety" concerns. But as California GOP Rep. Dan Lungren noted in a letter obtained by reporter Audrey Hudson of the conservative D.C. newspaper Human Events last year, a Federal Aviation Administration representative said it was a contractual/compliance matter, not safety, that doomed Aero Union's fleet....
Nine months after Lungren's warning, the deadly High Park fire in Larimer County, Colo., claimed a grandmother's life, destroyed 189 homes and scorched nearly 60,000 acres. Arizona, New Mexico, Washington and Wyoming also have battled infernos this summer.
After months of dire red flags from a diverse group of politicians ranging from Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry and Arizona GOP Sen. Jon Kyl to Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden and New Mexico Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman, President Obama finally signed emergency legislation last week to expedite the contracting process. Obama will borrow planes from Canada and provide $24 million for new aerial tanker contracts.
But the money won't come until next year, and the dog-and-pony rescue moves will not result in any immediate relief. "It's nice, but this problem isn't fixed with a stroke of the pen," former Forest Service official and bomber pilot Tony Kern told the Denver Post this week. "You need to have the airplanes available now." Veteran wildland firefighter and blogger Bill Gabbert of WildfireToday.com adds: "The USFS should have awarded contracts for at least 20 additional air tankers, not 7.""...
An arsonist from a 2003 California fire was caught and given the death penalty:
1/28/13, "Arsonist gets death for Calif. fire that killed 5," AP
"An arsonist was given the death penalty Monday for killing five men who died of heart attacks during a wildfire nearly a decade ago that ripped through the hills east of Los Angeles. Rickie Lee Fowler, 31, was convicted in August of five counts of first-degree murder and two counts of arson. A jury later recommended the death sentence.
Prosecutors said Fowler lit the fire in October 2003 out of rage after he was thrown out of a house where his family was staying."...
10/3/12, "Al-Qaeda blamed for Europe-wide forest fires," UK Telegraph
"Al-Qaeda has been blamed for a recent series of forest fires across Europe, as the head of Russia's Federal Security Service claimed they were set by arsonists as part of the group's low-cost attack strategy."
"The destruction of the U.S. economy as the surest way to bring down the United States"....
12/27/2001, "In latest tape, bin Laden targets U.S. economy," AP via Seattle PI, Tarek Issaw, Dubai, UAE
"The world's most wanted man, Osama bin Laden, appeared in a videotape yesterday, calling for the destruction of the U.S. economy as the surest way to bring down the United States....
"This economic hemorrhaging continues until today, but requires more blows. And the youth should try to find the joints of the American economy and hit the enemy in these joints, with God's permission."
In an apparent appeal to Muslim youths, bin Laden repeatedly referred to the 19 hijackers who carried out the attacks Sept. 11 on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon as martyrs. He said they
"struck deep in the heart of America's economy.""...
"It is important to concentrate on the destruction of the American economy."
12/28/2001, "New video offers few clues for U.S. search," Chicago Tribune, by Jill Zuckman, Tribune staff reporter
"The 34-minute tape, broadcast by the Qatar-based Al Jazeera satellite television channel, was quickly condemned as "terrorist propaganda" by the White House and snubbed by television networks, which said they did not want to risk sending coded messages to bin Laden sympathizers....
"It is important to concentrate on the destruction of the American economy," bin Laden said in the video, taped in an undisclosed location....
"This economic hemorrhaging continues until today, but requires more blows. And the youth should try to find the joints of the American economy and hit the enemy in these joints, with God's permission.
In an attempt to appeal to Muslim youths, bin Laden repeatedly referred to the 19 hijackers in the Sept. 11 attacks as martyrs who "struck deep in the heart of America's economy." He called them "just 19 high school students--may God accept them as martyrs--who shook America.""
12/12/2010, "The Target of the Terrorists Has Always Been Our Economy," American Thinker, T.L. Davis
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