November 17, 2015, - 6:08 pm

ISIS Takes A Page From Showtime’s “Sleeper Cell” TV Series

By Debbie Schlussel


Looks like ISIS borrowed a page and a terrorist plot from the Showtime series “Sleeper Cell.”

I thought that our CIA and other governments read and watched the plots of fiction books, TV shows and movies to get an inside line on plots terrorists might use, a la the people who worked at the CIA bureau depicted in the 1975 movie, “Three Days of the Condor.” But, then, I always figured that the knowledge and resulting databases of those plots were an unmined “circular file” to which the feds and the rest of the government never paid attention.

And it sure looks like I was right about that latter part.

Today, a soccer match in Germany was canceled after reports that a truck bomb disguised as an ambulance or an ambulance filled with explosives was found nearby, in addition to a suspicious suitcase. The German government is trying to downplay the ambulance story, but it appears to be true.

This is the exact plot of the first season of “Sleeper Cell,” which aired in 2005–a show which Slate called “improbable.” In that season of the show (which lasted two seasons), Sunni Islamic terrorists (just like ISIS) bought trucks that were either old ambulances or looked like them. They attacked a Major League Baseball game with a small attack, and then they planned to use the fake ambulances to stage the real, larger attack on the fleeing spectators.

Hmmm . . . what do you think ISIS was going to do with its ambulance filled with explosives? Probably the same thing as the terrorists tried to do on TV.

After Al-Qaeda attacked America on 9/11, terrorists from the group said that they came up with the plot by learning from our own movies and TV shows and that it was a failure of our imagination not to uncover the plot.

Maybe law enforcement authorities should pay closer attention to the fictional terror plots that are out there in pop culture.

The plot of “Sleeper Cell” may have been about to repeat itself, courtesy of ISIS.


I’ve reviewed “Sleeper Cell” because Showtime sent me the series before the second season aired. While the first season was far superior, the second season is pretty good, too. I think the series is very realistic, except for the part about the patriotic Muslim FBI agent. Many Muslim FBI agents are traitorous, as I’ve documented time and again on this site.

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13 Responses

That ambulance/bomb idea was also used in the movie “The Kingdom.” Terrorist dressed as police in an American housing project in Saudi Arabia, machine gunned Americans playing and attending a company softball game. Mass murder. Afterwards, when everyone was bunched up around the ambulances, one detonated wiping out everyone around. Coming to a city near you. Wake up America!

WilliamMunny on November 17, 2015 at 6:23 pm

Islamic terrorists not stupid.

They know our challenge line and our weaknesses better than we understand them.

No amount of inhuman mayhem they inflict is going to get people to say “enough.”

Terrorism is the Islamic spectator sport.

And they take that far more seriously than our half-hearted resolve of stopping them.

They’re winning and we’re losing.

NormanF on November 17, 2015 at 6:38 pm

How would it be improbable? A truck bomb was used during the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993.

Worry on November 17, 2015 at 8:28 pm

The CIA & FBI have pretty much been incapacitated under the Obummer Regime in much the same way that they were under Clinton. Remember the 911 Investigation exposed how there was no open communication between the agencies? There isn’t much intelligence at the agencies to gather, analyze information and formulate a plan to thwart an impending attack. And now they are being called upon to investigate the backgrounds & documentation of as many as 250K “Syrian Refugees” before they flow into our country. All while being pressured to get them processed and relocated. This will be Rubber Stamp time at the ports of entry. Obummer, the LITTLE PRICK, has done it to us again. Here that bell ring, it’s the Death Knell for the U.S.

MuzzCrusher on November 18, 2015 at 9:31 am

I had not heard any details of the bomb threat that cancelled the soccer game, so many thanks. I agree that season 1 was superior to season 2 of Sleeper Cell and I liked both a lot. I also like the Israeli actor Oded Fehr who starred in this series.

I am disgusted to know that Obama has increased the annual number of refugees to 100,000 annually, for the next two years.What could possibly go wrong? I still do not understand why the Saudi’s and the gulf states refuse to take even one!

Trey Gowdy’s Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and National Security is holding a hearing on the national security implications of refugee resettlement this Thursday morning at 9am

Nancy B on November 18, 2015 at 10:35 am

It’s predictive programming.

Real on November 18, 2015 at 10:38 am

WHO or WHAT is responsible for your life?


In addition to that fact, YOUR GOVERNMENT has responsibility as well since the U.S. is a REPUBLIC, not a mob-ruled DEMOCRACY, and the Law defines the relationship.

So, if the government does not protect you per the established Covenant, you have the inalienable Right to protect yourself and your family…period!

So, get on the phone, the internet, fax machine, or snail mail letter writing and inform your Representatives – who represent you, work for you, are paid by you – that they are either inept, fraudulent, or co-conspirators with the INVADERS.

Now, look into the mirror and decide what you will do!

Syrian Refugees – Traveler, Visitor, Guest, or Invaders?
Search for historical details of how each category was to be treated by a state and its citizens. See Reference below:

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Discretion is the better part of valor definition

Caution is preferable to rash bravery. Said by Falstaff in King Henry the Fourth, Part One, by William Shakespeare.
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I believe it would be quite foolish of the U.S. Government to swamp this country with Immigrants who flee a country and culture so different than American Culture and who may be infested with Islamic hardliners who despise Western Cultures.

There is, however, a possible monetary reason for the U.S. Government to want large pools of Immigrants, i.e. Monetary Accumulation, Debt Financing, and delaying / avoiding loss of Global Reserve Currency Status (see DEATH OF MONEY / RICKARDS)


Dennis on November 18, 2015 at 11:04 am

I read a book (fiction) where the terrorists rigged garbage trucks to effect maximum carnage.

Tommy Thomas on November 18, 2015 at 12:47 pm

Hey. What about a Ryder truck full of explosives. 1995 anyone.
Maybe Sleep Cell used that for their script.

Panhandle on November 18, 2015 at 1:51 pm

No Panhandle, you must mean Red Ryder BB Gun, that would be Andy Dalton of the Cincinnati Bengals. I know that because J.J. “100” Watt said so.

People have been blowing up vehicles in TV shows and movies since 1664. If a terrorist group CAN’T think of a trick like that, they need to go to Saudi Arabia and turn in their Islamic ID card.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on November 18, 2015 at 2:12 pm

If you read the story (From “The Bachman books”, short stories by Steven King) “The running man” written in the mid 1970’s, you will know that it ended with the main character commandeering a plane and crashing it into their equivalent of the world trade center.

RT on November 19, 2015 at 3:25 am

    And also, the late Tom Clancy had a jumbo jet kamikaze attack during the State of the Union in ‘Debt of Honor’…!!!???

    …So what? Should we now spend all our free time finding fictional plot twists?

    What ever inspires the enemy is irrelevant; rather, reflect upon this:

    Nick Fury on November 19, 2015 at 3:59 am

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