'ISLAMIC' TERROR ATTACKS against United States are at an all time high

Since 9/11, at least 30 terrorist plots against the United States have been thwarted, in large part because our counter-terrorism officials have had the tools they need to keep us safe. However, since taking office, President Obama has consistently scaled back or scheduled for elimination many of the very tools that have been so successful over the past decade.

The pace and number of attempted terror attacks against the U.S. over the past nine months has surpassed the number of attempts during any previous one-year period, according to an internal Department of Homeland Security report issued on Friday, May 21.

Faisal Shahzad was arrested on May 3 aboard a plane about to depart New York's JFK Airport for Dubai and charged with driving a Nissan Pathfinder stuffed with gasoline, fireworks, propane and fertilizer into New York's Times Square

The report notes chillingly that while US officials “lack insights” they believe that “operatives are in the country and could advance plotting with little or no warning.”

John Walker Lindh, now 29, was raised in Maryland and California. He converted to Islam in 1997 and traveled to Afghanistan in May 2001 to fight with the Afghan Taliban against the Northern Alliance. He was captured by the Northern Alliance on November 25, 2001. He pled guilty to serving in the Taliban's army and carrying weapons and is serving a 20-year sentence in a federal prison

The DHS “Intelligence Note,” a short, non-classified report, makes concrete the concerns of a number of homeland security experts who have discussed with ABC News the pace and nature of the individual attempts.

New York-born and Chicago-raised Jose Padilla converted to Islam and married an Egyptian woman. was arrested in 2002 and held for most of the next three-and-a-half years in a military prison as an "enemy combatant." He was suspected of, though never charged with, conspiring to explode a so-called "dirty bomb." He was ultimately indicted and convicted for conspiring to murder and kidnap people overseas. In January 2008, he was sentenced to more than 17 years in federal prison.

The report notes that al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and the Pakistani Taliban have “expanded their focus” to include the United States.

Mohammed Rauf, became a U.S. citizen in 1999, five years after moving to the states from Pakistan. The Ohio truck driver, now 40, was arrested in 2003 and accused of conspiring to blow up the Brooklyn Bridge. He pled guilty in 2003 to conspiracy and providing support to al Qaeda and was sentenced to 30 years

Homeland Security and law enforcement officials interviewed by ABC News on the condition their names not be used are concerned that the pace will continue to ramp up and that increasingly the attackers will be difficult-to-detect homegrown extremists.

Anwar al-Awlaki was born in New Mexico in 1971. His family returned to Yemen in 1978 and Awlaki was raised there until he was 18. From 1991 to 2002, Awlaki lived, attended school and served as an imam in the U.S. He was linked to two different 9/11 hijackers while an imam in San Diego and Virginia. He has lived in Yemen since 2004, and is considered by U.S. intelligence sources to be an al Qaeda recruiter. His name has surfaced as an inspiration in a dozen terror plots in the U.S., Britain and Canada. Accused Ft. Hood shooter Nidal Hasan exchanged email messages with Awlaki prior to the November shooting at the U.S. Army base, and accused Times Square car bomber Faisal Shahzad reportedly told interrogators he was inspired by Awlaki.

“Recent attempted attacks and plots in the United States progressed to an advanced stage largely because of these groups’ ability to use operatives that have access and familiarity with the U.S. and their employment of new and varied attack plans,” the three-page note concludes.

Six Yemeni-Americans from the Buffalo, N.Y. , area traveled to Afghanistan in spring 2001 and visited an al Qaeda training camp. All six of the men were arrested and pled guilty to providing support to a foreign terrorist organization and received sentences ranging from seven to 10 years

“Public statements highlighting group leaders’ intent to strike & and probable terrorist perception of success in challenging the U.S. even through failed attacks, suggest al Qaeda and associated groups will try to conduct operations in the United States with increased frequency.”

Al Qaeda's senior American operative and media advisor was born Adam Pearlman in Southern California in 1978. His Jewish father changed the family name to Gadahn after converting to Christianity. Adam Gadahn was obsessed with death metal as a teenager, but then began studying Islam at age 17 after moving in with his grandparents. He moved to Pakistan in 1998 and stopped speaking to his family in 2001. He became senior lieutenant to Osama Bin Laden and a video producer for al Qaeda. In frequent internet videos, Gadahn has fomented jihad against the U.S. In a 2005 video, he praised the "echo of explosions and the slitting of the throats of the infidels." He has been charged with treason and placed on the FBI's Most Wanted list.

The attacks included the alleged May 1 attempt by Faisal Shahzad to detonate a car bomb in Times Square and the attempted Christmas Eve bombing of a Northwest Airlines Flight 253 by a suspect who managed to carry high powered explosives aboard the aircraft concealed in his underwear.

Five American citizens in their teens and early 20s from the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. were arrested in Pakistan in December 2009. They were said to be trying to link up with militant groups to fight against American troops in Afghanistan. Umer Farooq, Ramy Zamzam, Ahmed Minni, Waqar Khan, and Aman Yasir, none older than 22, knew each other from their mosque. In March they were charges by Pakistani authorities with planning attacks in Afghanistan, which could entail life sentences, as well as multiple other charges.

In each attempt, U.S. intelligence failed to detect and prevent the attacks and it was only through failures in the construction of the improvised explosive devices that the attacks did not cause mass causalities.

In 2007, the feds indicted five of the men on charges of conspiring to attack the Army's Fort Dix and kill U.S. soldiers. Dritan and Shain Duka were convicted and sentenced to life plus 30 years, while Eljvir Duka and Mohamad Shnewer were sentenced to life. Serdar Tartar was sentenced to 33 years. Only Shnewer, originally from Jordan, was a naturalized citizen; the three Duka brothers had entered the U.S. illegally as children from Macedonia. Agron Abdullahu, originally from Kosovo, pled guilty to a weapons charge and received five years.

More worrisome even that these attacks — both of which involve suspects who allegedly spent time at terror camps abroad — is the possibility, states the DHS document, of “an attack strategy that does not rely on outside support or travel abroad,” which “diminishes opportunities for discovery and disruption.”

Omar Hammami, now 26, was born in Alabama to a Syrian immigrant father and a Southern Baptist mother and raised as a Christian. He began to identify as a Muslim in high school and is now the most prominent of 20 or so Americans in the ranks of an Islamist guerilla army called the Shabab that is fighting for control of Somalia.

The DHS document also warns that both the Northwest 253 and Times Square incidents, like attempts several prior successful and attempted attacks, featured a link between the terror suspects and radical Muslim cleric Anwar Awlaki, who was born in the U.S. but is now based in Yemen.

In February, Najibullah Zazi pled guilty to a plot to bomb New York City's subways. Sentencing is scheduled for June 25. Born in Afghanistan in 1985, Zazi and his family moved to Queens in 1999. Zazi attended high school in Queens but dropped out. After a 2008 trip to Pakistan, Zazi returned to the U.S. and relocated to Denver, Colorado, where he worked driving an airport shuttle. Authorities learned that Zazi was involved in a plot to attack the subways and placed him under surveillance. He was later arrested and ultimately charged with conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction.

The charismatic preacher, called by the report a “violent extremist ideologue,” is now the subject of a widely reported manhunt by the US in an effort to kill him. It is a highly unusual measure for the U.S. to take against a U.S. born target.

A Palestinian-American born and raised in Virginia, Nidal Hasan will stand trial in a military court for allegedly killing 13 people and attempting to kill 32 others during a November 5, 2009 shooting rampage at the Army's sprawling Fort Hood, Texas base. Hasan served as an Army psychiatrist, was about to be deployed to Afghanistan at the time of the shooting. U.S. officials have told ABC News that Hasan exchanged numerous emails with reputed al Qaeda recruiter Anwar Awlaki

Since 9/11, at least 30 terrorist plots against the United States have been thwarted, in large part because our counter-terrorism officials have had the tools they need to keep us safe.  ABC NEWS

The man now known as David Headley was born in the U.S. in 1960 as Daood Sayed Gilani to an American mother and a Pakistani father. In 2006, Gilani changed his name to David Coleman Headley, apparently to make travel to other countries easier. He was arrested in 2009 and charged with involvement in the Mumbai attacks of November 2008, in which Islamist terrorists killed nearly 200 people. He is accused of traveling to India five times to scout locations for the terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba. He pleaded guilty to 12 federal charges in March.