King says: U.S. and local law enforcement need to focus on radical activities at mosques — President Obama has failed to set the proper tone for necessary and proper defense of the U.S. homeland against terrorists by mis-characterizing a pattern of activities as individual acts
CNN — Later report indicates Ottawa shooting suspect had ties to Jihadists
Attacks at Canadian Parliament on same day as an intruder gets stopped near the White House
Sometimes Congressman Peter King sounds like a “Johnny One Note” on the threat of Islamic Extremist Terrorists, but in the wake of the attacks in Ottowa on the guards at the War Memorial and at the Parliament building, and after yet another intrusion onto the White House grounds, maybe Pete King’s rants rate reasonable and rare reflection.
Congressman Peter King issues warning about Muslim extremists and mosques
“When you see a person who is a Muslim convert carrying out an attack two or three days after another similar type of attack, after ISIS [has] called upon individual Muslims to carry out these attacks, then we have to realize that this is a real issue and not something we can hide under this cover of political correctness,” King said, referring to two deadly attacks on Canadian soldiers this week by separate homegrown Canadian jihadists. *** ‘Anyone who thinks this is a coincidence is crazy,’ he added. *** On Wednesday, Canada native Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, believed to have been ‘radicalized,’ gunned down an unarmed ceremonial guard standing watch at the Ottawa War Memorial before firing his way through the parliament. And on Monday, another purported jihadist, Martin Couture Rouleau, ran down two soldiers near Montreal, killing one of them....” (See “Rep. Peter King: Forget PC 'Morons,' Call Terrorists What They Are” by Melissa Clyne, 10/22/14, Newsmax [http://www.newsmax.com/Newsmax-Tv/Peter-King-terrorism-political-correctness/2014/10/23/id/602627/]).
King says surveillance needed at mosques in the U.S.
Congressman King went on to tell Newsmax that, “We can have all of the technology in the world, but we have to find out what's happening on the ground in these Muslim communities.... What the NYPD used to do, but those morons at the New York Times Editorial Board and the American Civil Liberties Union went after them. We have to find out what people are thinking and what's going on in the mosques, which often are incubators of this type of terrorism. We have to go all out with surveillance and be quick to call it terrorism.”
King wants increased electronic surveillance, because of porous borders
The Newsmax report of Congressman King’s remarks also reached the subject of electronic surveillance, which had became very controversial since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked thousands of classified documents about phone and Internet surveillance. According to the congressman, it is also essential to stopping terrorist attacks before they happen; and this is especially vital in order to effectively monitor the United States’ porous northern and southern borders. This is some of what Congressman King did say about electronic surveillance, “I strongly believe without in any way violating the Constitution we can have effective security... It's very appropriate for police to monitor local organizations and look through their sources to find out who in communities can be dangerous or have terror leanings. Electronic surveillance should be done with court supervision, but in many ways it's the only way to find out what's happening.”
Canadian shooter had "connections" to Jihadists
According to a mid-afternoon CNN report on Thursday, “The suspect in Wednesday's shootings in Ottawa had ‘connections’ to jihadists in Canada who shared a radical Islamist ideology, including at least one who went overseas to fight in Syria, multiple U.S. sources told CNN on Thursday. *** The gunman was Quebec native Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a convert to Islam, U.S. officials said. *** Zehaf-Bibeau was connected to Hasibullah Yusufzai through social media, according to a U.S. counterterrorism source. Yusufzai is wanted by Canadian authorities for traveling overseas to fight alongside Islamist fighters in Syria, The Globe and Mail, a Canadian newspaper, reported....” (See “Sources: Ottawa shooting suspect had ties to jihadists” by Jason Hanna, 10/23/14, CNN [ with video link] [http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/23/world/ottawa-shooting/index.html]).
Synchronicity — the attack on the Canadian Parliament, along with another invasion of the White House grounds in Washington
Yesterday’s incident at the White House appears to be unrelated to the terrorist acts in Canada. According to the Secret Service, Dominic Adesanya of Bel Air, Maryland, was unarmed when he was arrested on the White House grounds after being confronted by Secret Service dogs that stopped and attacked him after he jumped over the fence ( See “Maryland man charged after jumping White House fence, dogs cleared for duty” by Susan Heavy (Reporting by Curtis Skinner & Jeff Mason; editing by Bill Trott), 10/23/14, Reuters [http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/23/us-usa-whitehouse-lockdown-idUSKCN0IC1DE20141023]). Also according to the report, surveillance ideo showed the intruder punching one of the dogs and Secret Service agents surrounding him on the north lawn of the White House.
Whether or not this White House intrusion is otherwise connected to the events in Ottowa, Canada, or it isn’t, the event did occur on the same day; and it contributed to a heightened level of alert and anxiety in Washington, D.C. It does rate a closer look.
According to Reuter’s report, “The White House was locked down for almost two hours after the incident on Wednesday, the same day a gunman attacked Canada's parliament in Ottawa....” This was about a month after another intruder penetrated several layers of White House security, actually entered the Executive Mansion and traversed several internal checkpoints. The most recent intruder was stopped shortly after entering the grounds. However, but according to a family member, the suspect Dominic Adesanya is mentally disturbed, and this was not his first incident at the White House. On a previous occasion, he had been stopped at the W.H. gate after asking to see the President.