Some journalists had more information on the terrorist threat to America than the FBI or CIA. One was Steven Emerson, producer of “Jihad in America,” a 1995 television program about foreign terrorists in America. Another journalist ahead of his time was Morgan Norval, author of the 1999 book, Triumph of Disorder, about the Islamic terrorist threat.
While President Clinton had announced that it was “terribly wrong” to think of an “inevitable clash of civilizations” between Islam and the West, Norval, a former U.S. Marine, said this clash threatened our very survival. He warned that Islamic terrorists viewed Islam as the successor to communism in the effort to topple Judeo/Christian-based Western civilization. Norval, a member of the International Association of Counter terrorism and Security Professionals, had warned in 1999 that America was “wide open” to terrorist attacks and that “terror cells” already existed in our nation. “The enemy is among us,” he said.
What remains to be investigated is whether the previous Clinton Administration had a deliberate policy of turning a blind eye to these terrorist activities on American soil. One journalist who investigated one aspect of this problem was Scott Wheeler, chief correspondent for the American Investigator television program. Wheeler’s 1999 documentary, Gunrunner’s Suite, exposed a smuggling operation on American soil to send armaments to the terrorist government of Libya.
Wheeler’s sources revealed that two former U.N. Ambassadors to the Caribbean were looking for certain kinds of U.S. munitions – which were illegal to buy on the open market and illegal to export to particular countries. Wheeler set up a sting, wiring a hotel room and meeting with the former ambassadors who were living in New York City. They handed him a list of items in the amount of about $35 million. Eventually, the operation was pursued into Canada, where a front organization was discovered that was in charge of acquiring equipment for Libya. Later, Wheeler traced the operation to Germany.
At the time, Yossef Bodansky, the director of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism, had been studying a link between a Libyan weapons of mass destruction complex and the acquisition of equipment through Germany. Wheeler’s antenna went up. He figured the ambassadors were trying to acquire equipment for that complex, which was being assisted by Iraq and Sudan.
Wheeler provided this information to U.S. Government agencies and figured that there would be follow-up investigation. Instead, Wheeler says the agencies tried to impede his investigation. He said he thought it was because they were concerned that it was a matter of national security. But there were no arrests, no indictments, and never any pursuit of the former U.N. Ambassadors. He said there was a very foolish and half-hearted attempt at getting the German middleman. In retrospect, he says, “I wonder if the reason could be because the administration was attempting through very quiet and low-key diplomatic activity through the U.N. to reintegrate Libya into the global community.” Yes, and that’s called pandering to terrorists.