Audio: Chewing Of Plant Linked To Terrorism

Jim Ryan gives AM 820 News the latest from Dallas, TX:


A chewable African plant that investigators in Texas believe may be linked to terrorism groups has quietly launched a lengthy investigation in Houston and produced multiple arrests.

The Austin American-Statesman reported Sunday that Muslim civil rights groups are now questioning whether the Texas Department of Public Safety has crossed a line. The agency last year included the olive-shaped leaves known as khat on a statewide threat assessment.

Khat is grown in the Horn of Africa. State investigators say plant sales are suspected to benefit terrorist groups, but there is wide disagreement over the strength of that link. A Texas DPS’ threat overview says the “chewable narcotic plant grown in the Horn of Africa whose sale abroad is suspected to benefit Africa-based terrorist organizations such as al-Shabaab.”

Source: Associated Press