Wednesday, July 13, 2005

AL-QAEDA SLEEPER CELL THREAT REAL AND IMMINENT FOR U.S.


From ABC News:
ABC News has learned that there are hundreds of people in the United States with suspected ties to al Qaeda and whom the government fears could become part of terrorist sleeper cells in this country.

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In March, the FBI had identified more than 1,000 people suspected of being al Qaeda sympathizers in the United States, according to documents obtained by ABC News. At any given time, government sources say, the FBI has about 300 Islamist extremists who are under investigation or surveillance.

The government is trying to develop informants in certain mosques where they suspect there are radicals and is tailing or electronically eavesdropping on suspected extremists.