1. By Kenneth Abramowitz, Chairman, Citizens For National Security (author of “The Multifront War”)

    We recently commemorated the tragedy of al Qaeda’s attacks on our homeland. On September 11, 2001, nineteen Islamist terrorists (fifteen from Saudi Arabia) highjacked and flew two airplanes into the Twin Towers of New York’s World Trade Center, another plane crashed into the Pentagon, and the fourth plane crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Nearly 3,000 innocent Americans perished that day. As with The Alamo and Pearl Harbor, we will never forget what happened. However, America seems to have forgotten the key lessons of 9/11. Who did it and why?

    Inexcusably, our leaders never conveyed the whole picture of the tragedy to the American people, who never received the full accounting of what happened. In the 20 years since, we were never provided with the accurate details. The government withheld and classified information that would have helped Americans to understand more fully what happened on 9/11.

    Therefore, we at CFNS are offering here the key lessons that our leaders refused to convey:

    1. Islamism, also called Political Islam or Radical Islam, is about subjugation and it comes in two forms: Physical terror and Cultural terror. Physical terror is obvious and easily seen – violent attacks intended to kill or maim innocent people in the name of Muslim ideology. Cultural terror exhibits itself through the imposition of Islamic law – sharia, the cruel and primitive 7th century law through which today’s Islamists seek to undermine Western Civilization and replace the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Sharia rule constitutes an existential threat to America and Western civilization.
    2. The U.S. is under continuous and simultaneous attack from several terror entities. The Islamic Republic of Iran is the number one terrorist entity in the world, with several hundred thousand terrorists worldwide, carrying out cyber, physical, and narco-terror operations, and cultural-political warfare.
    3. The newly energized Islamist terrorists, which include the Taliban, al-Qaeda, ISIS-K, and the Qahtani network. These represent the number two physical terror organizations with nearly 100,000 battle-hardened physical terrorists in Afghanistan, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.
    4. Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs) and Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) such as South America’s MS-13, which has an estimated 30,000 to 60,000 members in the U.S. and tens of thousands more in their international criminal activities, spanning the trafficking of illicit drugs, people, weapons, sex trafficking, and money laundering, among others.
    5. The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) is the number one cultural terror organization, primarily financed by Qatar, Turkey, and Pakistan. They support nearly 3,000 mosques and schools in the U.S. and over 5,000 such institutions in Europe, as well as hundreds of Islamic “cultural” centers in academic institutions throughout the world.
    6. While foreign elements have been relentless since 9/11, often overlooked is the domestic terrorism our country faces.  Our country faces issues with two uniquely different ideologies, both being a looming threat to our nation’s security.  On one hand we have the leftist anti-American and Maoist/neo-Marxist Black Lives Matter (BLM), and the anarchist Antifa and then the older more well-known groups on the right that include the KKK, the National Alliance, the World Church of the Creator (WCOTC) and the Aryan Nations.  Domestic right-wing terrorist groups often adhere to the principles of racial supremacy and embrace antigovernment, antiregulatory beliefs.   Left-wing groups, generally profess a revolutionary socialist doctrine and view themselves as protectors of the people against the “dehumanizing effects” of capitalism and imperialism. They aim to bring about change in the United States and believe that this change can be realized through revolution rather than through the established political process.
    7. Most of America’s legacy media and social media companies, as well as major businesses, have been intimidated into advancing BLM’s and Antifa’s cultural terror agenda by heralding and imposing their false narratives on the American public.

    Had America internalized the lessons of 9/11, the Federal government would have charged the CIA, DOJ, FBI, DHS, and DOD with the task of rooting out both domestic and foreign physical terrorists, as well the cultural terror ideologies behind them. Unfortunately, during the past 20 years, these once great agencies have not sufficiently risen to the challenge.

    It’s not too late to right the ship. The Federal government’s bureaucracy must be purged of anti-American personnel who are unwilling to uphold Constitutional law. They must be replaced by American patriots who would reimpose the rule of law, as enunciated by our Constitution and Bill of Rights. ‘We the People’ must rise to the challenge!