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Whence comes the main danger to homeland security in North America and Western Europe With the exception of the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995 notes Al-Qaeda authority Rohan Gunaratna all major terrorist attacks of the past decade in the West have been carried out by immigrants A closer look finds that these were not just any immigrants but invariably from a specific background Of the 212 suspected and convicted terrorist perpetrators during 1993-2003 86 were Muslim immigrants and the remainder mainly converts to Islam In Western countries jihad has grown mainly via Muslim immigration concludes Robert S Leiken a specialist on immigration and national security issues in an important new monograph Bearers of Global Jihad Immigration and National Security after 911 published by the Washington-based Nixon Center where Leiken is employed Leikens research offers valuable insights Violent acts against the West he finds have been carried out largely through two methods of terrorist attack the sleeper cell and the hit squad Hit squads - foreign nationals who enter the country with a specific mission such as the 911 hijackers -- threaten from without Sleeper cells consist of elements quietly embedded in immigrant communities Pierre de Bousquet head of Frances counterintelligence service says they do not seem suspicious They work They have kids They have fixed addresses They pay the rent Sleepers either run terrorism support networks of Muslim charities foundations conferences academic groups NGOs and private corporations prime example Sami Al-Arian of the University of South Florida or initiate violence on a signal like the Moroccans who killed 191 people in Madrid this March That said Muslim life in Western Europe and North America is strikingly different The former has seen the emergence of a culturally alienated socially marginalized and economically unemployed Muslim second generation whose pathologies have led to a surge of gang rapes anti-Semitic attacks and anti-American violence not to speak of raging radical ideologies and terrorism North American
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