FBI Justifies Sri Lanka war on Terror
It would be interesting for those sympathizers of terror organizations to know they indeed become indirect participants of the terrorist activities of such groups.
The LTTE - one such Terrorist outfit, the US citizens must be careful of for its extreme dangerous nature. The FBI expects the US citizens to be vigilant of the LTTE activities at home and anticipates the help of its citizen to report any suspicious activities of the LTTE in the US soil.
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TAMING THE TAMIL TIGERS
From Here in the U.S. 01/10/08
As terrorist groups go, it has quite a résumé:
- Perfected the use of suicide bombers;
- Invented the suicide belt;
- Pioneered the use of women in suicide attacks;
- Murdered some 4,000 people in the past two years alone; and
- Assassinated two world leaders—the only terrorist organization to do so.
No, it’s not al Qaeda or Hezbollah or even HAMAS. The group is called the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) or the Tamil Tigers for short.
Needless to say, the Tamil Tigers are among the most dangerous and deadly extremists in the world. For more than three decades, the group has launched a campaign of violence and bloodshed in Sri Lanka, the island republic off the southern coast of India.
Its ultimate goal: to seize control of the country from the Sinhalese ethnic majority and create an independent Tamil state. Along the way, it has launched suicide attacks, assassinated politicians (including a government minister this week and even the Sri Lankan President), taken hostages, and committed all of kinds of crimes to finance its operations. The resulting civil war has taken the lives of nearly 70,000 Sri Lankans on both sides of the conflict since 1983 alone.
Why should you care? Certainly because of the suffering and bloodshed that the Tamil Tigers have caused. And because its ruthless tactics have inspired terrorist networks worldwide, including al Qaeda in Iraq. But also because the group has placed operatives right here in our own backyard, discreetly raising money to fund its bloody terrorist campaign overseas, including purchases of weapons and explosives.
The U.S. government has designated the Tigers a foreign terrorist organization, so their activities here are illegal. And we’re determined to stop them, using the full range of our investigative and intelligence capabilities.
In April, for example, we struck an important blow when our Joint Terrorism Task Force in New York arrested the alleged U.S. director of the Tigers. The man supposedly held several fundraising events at a church and various public schools in Queens and in northern New Jersey in 2004. He is also accused of arranging high-level meetings between the group’s leaders and U.S. supporters.
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We’ve also arrested another 11 Tamil Tiger-related suspects in the New York City region. And in Baltimore, following a multi-agency investigation, a pair of Indonesian men pled guilty and were sentenced recently for working with others to export surface to air missiles, state-of-the-art firearms, machine guns, and night vision goggles to the Tigers in Sri Lanka.
You can help by being careful with your donations. Like other terrorists, the Tigers have raised funds under a variety of cover organizations, often by posing as charities. A great deal of money, for example, was raised for the Tigers following the 2004 tsunami that devastated Sri Lanka and many other countries.
According to the FBI,
Its ultimate goal: to seize control of the country from the Sinhalese ethnic majority and create an independent Tamil state.
There are approximatly 100 million tamils of various origins, who concider themselves as homeless, live in the world. Sri Lankan tamils consist of 11-12 % of the 20 million Sri Lankan population. 54% of these Tamils live in non conflict areas with other communities while the population in the capital city of Colombo too makes up of over 30% of the Tamil community. However, the LTTE implementing "ethnic cleansing" by chasing out the Sinhalese and then 100,000 Muslims from the nothern part Sri Lanka paved the way to it's ultimate goal of creation of mono-ethnic tamil homland In Sri Lanka.
Thease victims of the LTTE are still living in refugee camps for the past 20 years without a way of returning to their villages due to LTTE threts.
This conflict and the LTTE terrorism is far more deeper than a genuine stuggle to achive what is shown on the surface.