February 10, 2006


Terrorist Blamed His Failure on Bush (Terence P. Jeffrey Feb 10, 2006, Human Events)

[Homegrown terrorist Jeffrey Leon] Battle, now 35, is serving an 18-year prison sentence for conspiring to wage war against the United States, a crime to which he confessed and pleaded guilty. But members of Congress who are stalling on renewing the Patriot Act and attacking President Bush for ordering the National Security Agency to intercept al Qaeda-linked communications in and out of the United States could learn something from studying the activities and communications of the Portland Seven terrorist cell that Battle and others began forming in Oregon in the months before—that’s right, before—the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

“During the criminal investigation of the Portland Seven case, we learned through an undercover informant that, according to one defendant (Jeffrey Battle), before the plan to go to Afghanistan was formulated, the group allegedly contemplated attacking Jewish schools or synagogues,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Gorder, a prosecutor in the case, told me in a statement responding to my questions. “Battle indicated that they had been casing Jewish schools and synagogues.”

In his May 8, 2002, conversation with a government informant, federal prosecutors said in a sentencing memorandum, Battle discussed this plan. “If every time [the Israelis] hurt or harm a Muslim over there [in Palestine] you go into that synagogue and hurt one over here, okay, they’re gonna say, wait a minute, we gotta stop, we’re seeing a connection here, okay …,” said Battle. “We were going to hit all at the same time as each other. … We were willing to get caught or die if we could do [murder] at least 100 or 1,000, big numbers.” [...]

Finally, there is the psychological impact the high-profile Patriot Act had on Jeffrey Leon Battle and others who were involved—or who might have become involved—in a conspiracy to wage war against America.

“As an aside, you might be intrigued to know that at least some of the defendants in the Portland Seven case were aware of the broad outlines of the Patriot Act—and complained that it crimped their terrorist plans,” said Gorder. “Jeffrey Battle explained why his group eventually failed in their mission to get to Afghanistan—because their plan was not sufficiently organized, in part due to the Patriot Act.”

In fact, Battle specifically invoked President Bush’s name in reflecting on his own failure as a terrorist. He once told an informant: “[T]he reason it was not organized is, couldn’t be organized as it should’ve been, is because we don’t have support. Everybody’s scared to give up any money to help us. You know what I’m saying? Because of the law that Bush wrote about, you know, supporting terrorism whatever the whole thing. … Everybody’s scared … [Bush] made a law that say, for instance, I left out of the country and I fought, right, but I wasn’t able to afford a ticket but you bought my plane ticket, you gave me the money to do it … By me going and me fighting and doing that they can, by this new law, they can come and take you and put you in jail for supporting what they call terrorism.”

You know what the Left says, "If terrorists who want to kill us by the thousands are scared then who is safe?"

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 10, 2006 8:05 AM

"Oh! Oh! Oh! I know! I know! Me! I'm safe!"

Posted by: Mikey at February 10, 2006 8:52 AM

You think Battle would be willing to put his thoughts on videotape for a few 2006 campaign ads?

Posted by: John at February 10, 2006 10:04 AM

John: Heck, why wasn't he seated next to Laura Bush at the State of the Union?

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at February 10, 2006 11:11 AM

It becomes more and more obvious, each and every day.

Their supply of Communist money having dried up following the downfall of the Motherland of Socialism, those people have gone on to taking bribes from the Republicans to throw the match.

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 10, 2006 1:32 PM

the Globe Trotters have to have somebody to "play" against.

Posted by: toe at February 10, 2006 4:23 PM

But the Democrats can't be the Washington Generals - "Generals" implies a willingness to fight. Call them the Washington Bureaucrats.

Posted by: John Barrett Jr. at February 10, 2006 6:16 PM

This is sending a chill wind through the terrorist community (I mean freedom fighter).

Posted by: Tim Robbins at February 11, 2006 12:43 PM