According to a report ISIS is not looking at using “attack animals” to “kill infidels” throughout the world and especially in the West:
An ISIS-allied media group is pushing lone jihadists to launch attacks employing unique methods including poisonous snakes, electrocution and ferocious animals.
The al-Ansar Media Foundation message, spelled out over the backdrop of a shadowy hooded figure, directs the “lone lion” to “kill the infidels in ways which no one else ever used.”
Suggestions listed are “snake,” “smoke,” “poison,” “wild animals,” “poisoned arrow,” “killing gaz [sp],” and “electricity.”
Before the holidays, al-Ansar circulated an image depicting a bag of “Christmas Gifts” with images of a knife attack, vehicle attack and bomb coming out of the bag.
The group also promoted arson as wildfires ripped through California in November, distributing a photo of a burning building and misspelling the state “kalifornia.”
“O america, This is the punishment of bombing Muslims in Syria,” stated the text. “This is Allah’s punishment for you. And in shaa Allah, you will see more fires. Praise be to Allah.”
They aren’t the only ISIS-supporting media group that has been encouraging jihadists to try out-of-the-box tactics, though suggesting terrorists wield wild animals is new.
Before the Nov. 9 knife attack in Melbourne, jihadists were encouraged to concentrate on poisoning Australia’s food supplies.
At the height of Australia’s strawberry contamination crisis in September — when more than 100 reports of needles found inserted into the berries resulted in growers disposing of their crops — some theorized a disgruntled employee at a packing house may have been responsible, but the case is still open. ISIS never claimed responsibility for poking needles into the strawberries, but late that month jihadists seized upon the crisis to encourage bioterror.
“O Crusaders! We will never allow you to enjoy the taste of what you desire,” said one poster distributed by ISIS supporters, including a drawing of a small bottle of poison and a photo of a fruit bowl containing grapes, apples and oranges.
Another poster with the same message bore the word “Australia” with a photo of a man in a T-shirt clutching his stomach.
“O Crusaders, We will make you check everything and anything you eat out of fear, horror and terror,” said another image of strawberries, a bottle marked “poison,” and a photo of the Sydney Opera House.
In July, Al-Faqir, a prolific ISIS media group that last month threatened grenade attacks at music venues, released a video titled “Bio Terror” that walked supporters through how to wage a bioattack on the West “that cannot be detected or tracked.”
“Sprinkle the liquid substances or the basics of bacteria with drinking water to take effect automatically,” the video advised would-be jihadists. “Sprinkle the crushed material on exposed fruit and public foods or scatter them in the air in crowded places — with caution.”
In 2016, an ISIS guide directed lone jihadists to construct explosives from “simple things” like rat poison and use poisonous plants to inflict casualties by exploring the wide range of toxins that are “accessible to everyone.”
That includes Atropa belladonna, also known as deadly nightshade, with a note that jihadists can commonly find it in home gardens because of its “beautiful shape.” Solanum dulcamara, or bitter nightshade, which is native to Europe and Asia and invasive in North America, is recommended for its “troublesome properties” — but the ISIS guide notes it’s “a rare reason of death.”
Jihadists were also advised to be on the watch for Hyoscyamus niger, known as henbane or stinking nightshade. “The entire plant is extremely toxic… used sometimes in the commission of crimes,” stated the guide. Laburnum anagyroides, or the golden chain tree, was another recommended botanical poison, as well as the native British Taxus baccata, or English yew. (source, source)
There was 2013 cult film called “Sharknado” which discussed a combination tornado and major ocean storm befalling the city of Los Angeles and having sharks bite people to death while flying through the air and swim/flop through the city. The film has since become a cult classic because of how ridiculous it is, and yet it bears a striking semblance to this very concept espoused in this article about terrorism.
Ask yourself, what would be the serious purpose of attacking anybody for the purposes of terrorism with wild animals? How would it be effective, save in a very small number of cases (and of which I cannot think of any off hand), and in those cases, could there not be a more effective means of realizing the same ends?
From what I have seen, many people tend to have faniciful ideas of what terrorism looks like. Hence is why I put the photo up above. For Americans, there is a tendency to fantasize about hordes of robe-wearing, “funny looking”, “funny sounding” people carrying guns and running over the Mexican border in droves while shouting “Allahu Akbar.” This is not to say that terrorism over the border does not exist and one should not try to stop it, but that the reality does not match the perception of reality that too many have.
True terrorism- terrorism meant to REALLY hurt somebody- is usually simple and hard to detect. “The Unibomber” was an example of true terrorism. Professor Kaczynski evaded capture for many years and was only caught because his brother recognized his writing style and turned him in.
The US funding of terrorist groups, for example, is a well-known but proven effective means of masking illegal, aggressive military operations or conducting other operations while giving them the appearance of legitimacy. The same applies to very obvious acts of terrorism, because there is a history between them and government operations. Such was proven with the 1962 exposure of Operation Northwoods, a program under the anti-Castro Operation Mongoose and proposed by General Lyman Lemnitzer which said that the CIA would pose as Cuban terrorists, take over a hotel in the Caribbean frequented by American tourists, and kill several random American hostages. The reason for this would be to claim that Cuba engaged in “terrorism” against the United States and to use it as a justification for war against Cuba.
ISIS is, sadly, a creation of US military and intelligence operations as a part of the general “operation gladio” overarching program, as they served as American “stay behind” groups and continue to do so. This began in particular in the 1970s in the Middle East with the Taliban as a part of Operation Cyclone in Afghanistan and has simply continued. It is not that the US is “fighting terrorism,” but using the cover of fighting terrorism to train these same people and give them weapons for a larger aim. Stories such as these are means to cover for this agenda, and increasingly so, such as with our article about attack drones and ISIS that I wrote in September 2018, are meant to incline a man to fanciful ideas about a possible terror attack than rather a sober evaluation of what a real attack could look like, such as severing a major water main with a tool from the hardware store and then walking away as it would look like an accident but in reality hurt many people in the process.
This is one of the greatest dangers to accurate reporting and discussion, which is the genuine but too often blind patriotism of the public and the willingness to believe that which they are told. For while it is good to be patriotic and one should seek the objective good for one’s nation and people, at the same time one must also be honest in one’s evaluation of a situation, and the fact is that the “stay behind” programs have rarely ever been discussed, and when they are they are often not believed or dismissed, and yet stories such as those about Muslims flying “attack drones” or using “wild animals” in order to “kill Americans” are believed over a sober analysis based on real history. At that point, those who propagate such ridiculous possibilities are practically trolling the public before informing them.
While one should consider all possibilities, it is better to think first before preparing for a Sharknado.