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    Default President Trump & Terrorism in the USA:threat & response

    Double-tapping this for maximum exposure.

    The BBC had a bit on one of their civilian programs last week, pushing the 'run/hide/report' immediate action drills.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/c...-run-hide-tell

    Excellent site, in general.
    https://www.gov.uk/government/organi...ecurity-office

    Considering the pre-Christmas FBI warning to churches, readers might want to forward that to house-of-worship security committees with an "abundance of caution", of course.
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    Default President Trump & Terrorism in the USA:threat & response

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    Hackers infected 70 percent of storage devices that record data from D.C. police surveillance cameras eight days before President Trump’s inauguration, forcing major citywide reinstallation efforts, according to the police and the city’s technology office.
    City officials said ransomware left police cameras unable to record between Jan. 12 and Jan. 15. The cyberattack affected 123 of 187 network video recorders in a closed-circuit TV system for public spaces across the city, the officials said late Friday.
    Brian Ebert, a Secret Service official, said the safety of the public or protectees was never jeopardized.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local...a63_story.html
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    Pay attention, people - a four-man team created 80 casualties.

    More than 30 people have been killed after attackers dressed as doctors stormed the largest military hospital in Kabul, Afghan officials say.
    Militants armed with guns and grenades gained entry after one detonated explosives at a hospital gate and then opened fire on staff and patients.
    Commandos who landed on the Sardar Daud hospital roof killed all four attackers after several hours of fighting.
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39202525
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    Default Kabul Military Hospital: twas ISIS

    Quote Originally Posted by AdamG View Post
    Pay attention, people - a four-man team created 80 casualties.
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39202525
    Just clocked that the attackers claim they were ISIS as The Soufan Report reports:
    The persistent insecurity throughout Afghanistan—even in locations deemed most secure—was highlighted yet again by a March 8 attack at the Sardar Daud Khan medical complex in Kabul. The attack, which was carried out by the increasingly deadly Islamic State affiliate in the country, killed at least 30 patients and medical staff in what is the premier military hospital in the Afghan capital.
    Link:http://www.soufangroup.com/tsg-intel...n-afghanistan/
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    Default Terrorism-related cases in the US since 9/11

    Used by the BBC today, in an article on the new immigration vetting Executive Order, has a graph from New America; the sub-title says 'Includes those charged with or died engaging in jihadist terrorism'.

    Scroll to end of report to view, it defeats my IT skills to reproduce here:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39215990


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    Washington (AFP) - Increasingly unable to mount centrally planned, big-impact attacks, the ill group now relies on "virtual entrepreneurs" who work independently from the jihadist leadership to cultivate smaller lone-wolf attacks, researchers say.
    According to researchers at George Washington University's Program on Extremism, evidence now shows that many so-called lone-wolves are in reality encouraged and directed by IS operatives to undertake attacks for which the group can then claim credit.
    "These are guys who take it on themselves to come up with innovative new ways to spread jihadist ideology and encourage attacks," said Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens, who with Seamus Hughes authored the research.
    What is new, he told AFP, is that these individuals, sometimes also described as "virtual coaches", appear to be developing attack plans without direction or oversight from IS leaders, using social media and encrypted messaging.
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    AND from the other side of the political/religious terrorist spectrum....

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    Coming Soon: Reports on how Russia helps its #UK & #US mercenaries illegally enter #Ukraine & how crowd funding helps them keep fighting.

    A topic we hear virtually nothing on inside the US....there have been a number of US right wingers fighting in the Donbas and yet they travel back and forth to the US with ease and no interference by CBP or FBI....why is that?

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    Default Mercenaries or Foreign Fighters and a Nelson's eye

    Quote Originally Posted by OUTLAW 09 View Post
    AND from the other side of the political/religious terrorist spectrum....

    Glasnost Gone @GlasnostGone
    Coming Soon: Reports on how Russia helps its #UK & #US mercenaries illegally enter #Ukraine & how crowd funding helps them keep fighting.

    A topic we hear virtually nothing on inside the US....there have been a number of US right wingers fighting in the Donbas and yet they travel back and forth to the US with ease and no interference by CBP or FBI....why is that?
    Outlaw 09,

    The adoption of a "Nelson's Eye" approach to citizens or residents fighting abroad for a cause is a regular feature of international affairs. Some maybe described as mercenaries, others as freedom fighters or foreign fighters. Sometimes they fight in internationally recognized national armies or are dual-state nationals; this particularly in recent years affects the IDF. When the revolt against Gadafy gained some success a good number of UK citizens of Libyan heritage or refugees made their way to Libya to fight (it is incidentally unclear if they came back later) and I cannot recall a single incident where they were stopped, let alone prosecuted - unlike those who went to Syria.
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    Default Terrorism in the USA:threat & response

    Homeland and Security at the Local Level: A Public Policy Conference

    This Journal article maybe of interest and value, in particular the link to a new publication on the San Bernardino incident; which they refer to as:
    "We Remember: San Bernardino, December 2, 2015” was produced. This publication focuses on the events surrounding the San Bernardino mass shooting and the law enforcement and emergency medical response as well as providing context related to past terrorism attacks taking place in California and a history of state legislative responses to terrorism.
    Link:http://www.inlandempirecenter.org/in...mpire-outlook/
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    Default She has not lost a terrorism case yet

    I have not seen a profile of a US Attorney responsible for CT cases in NYC, so this New Yorker profile is interesting; even more so since she is an American-Pakistani woman. Plus there is a UK dimension.

    This sums her up:
    She has prosecuted thirteen people for terrorism since 2009, and has not lost a case.
    Link:http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/20...rists-in-court
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    Default The threat at home from the extreme right

    An odd report via Twitter, from an untested source that relies on a local Miami paper and it starts with:
    According to the Miami Herald, Brandon Russell, Arthurs’ roommate, was in possession of multiple materials meant to build explosives, including a lethal bomb-making chemical named hexamethane triperoxide diamine. FBI and Tampa Police Department officers found the materials in Russell’s garage.
    While in his bedroom, devices used by police bomb technicians alerted to the presence of radiation sources — thorium and americium.
    Link:http://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/fbi-...ive-materials/

    The local paper's report:http://www.miamiherald.com/news/loca...151953257.html

    Leaving aside that Russell was serving in the National Guard; he lived with an extremist who was building IEDs possibly with radioactive components.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidbfpo View Post
    An odd report via Twitter, from an untested source that relies on a local Miami paper and it starts with:Link:http://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/fbi-...ive-materials/

    The local paper's report:http://www.miamiherald.com/news/loca...151953257.html

    Leaving aside that Russell was serving in the National Guard; he lived with an extremist who was building IEDs possibly with radioactive components.
    You left out a key piece of the story, Dave. From the Miami Herald link above:

    Officers placed him in handcuffs, and as they walked him to a patrol car, he made several references to “Allah Mohammed,” and said, “I had to do it. This wouldn’t have to happen if your country didn’t bomb my country.”
    Arthurs explained that he shared the same neo-Nazi beliefs as Himmelman and Oneschuk until his recent conversion to Islam. His friends often made disparaging comments about the religion, he said, to which he began to take great offense.
    “Since then, Arthurs states, he has become angered by the world’s anti-Muslim sentiment and had wanted to bring attention to his cause,” according to the arrest report.

    ‘But they aren’t hurt, they’re dead’
    Arthurs told police he killed his two friends — identified by police as Jeremy Himmelman and Andrew Oneschuk — because they disrespected his new-found Muslim faith. Police found the bodies Friday hours after Arthurs barged into a nearby smoke shop and pulled a handgun on an employee and several customers.
    Note that RAW STORY massaged this event to exclude all mention of the "Derka Derka Mohammed Jihad" aspect.

    Now, however will the SPLA classified this? Islamic terrorism or Right-Wing terrorism? Place your bets now, kids.
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    One week after the FBI raided a Dearborn home in the middle of the night, a new terrorism case surfaced in New York on Thursday involving two men: a Dearborn man who allegedly received bomb-making#training from a terror group and another man who allegedly plotted attacks on New York.
    Samer el Debek, 37, of Dearborn and Ali Kourani, 32, of the Bronx#were arrested a week ago and charged with training and working on behalf of Hizballah, a U.S.-designated terrorist organization based in Lebanon.#

    http://www.freep.com/story/news/2017...oup/382329001/
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    Default Significant?

    Citing Adam G:
    One week after the FBI raided a Dearborn home in the middle of the night, a new terrorism case surfaced in New York on Thursday involving two men....were arrested a week ago and charged with training and working on behalf of Hizballah, a U.S.-designated terrorist organization based in Lebanon.
    Is this the first case for violent action, as distinct from fund raising etc for actions elsewhere, 'on behalf' of Hezbollah? Just curious; if it is surely this would be very significant?
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidbfpo View Post
    Citing Adam G:

    Is this the first case for violent action, as distinct from fund raising etc for actions elsewhere, 'on behalf' of Hezbollah? Just curious; if it is surely this would be very significant?
    Yet from 2014 to the end of 2016, the U.S. ignored Hezbollah in Syria, and partnered with its affiliates in Iraq.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidbfpo View Post
    Citing Adam G:

    Is this the first case for violent action, as distinct from fund raising etc for actions elsewhere, 'on behalf' of Hezbollah? Just curious; if it is surely this would be very significant?
    See here (October 2016) from Brookings: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/marka...united-states/

    See here (March 2012) from the former House Homeland Security Chairman: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/hundreds-soldiers-hezbollah-inside-us-says-homeland-security-chairman
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    Default One year later what did the FBI learn?

    As the UK security agencies wrestle with post-attack assessments of where they went wrong with known suspects rated as not posing a threat a reminder that the FBI has ye to explain what it did over Mateen, the loner responsible for the Orlando night club massacre, on June 12th 2016.

    Citing a former FBI agent:
    Did law enforcement do a great job and were they heroes, or were they bumbling, inept dopes? Almost impossible to make the call unless you see the record. Who knew what, and what did they know? The next step is more difficult. What could we do differently? Well, because of the lack of transparency, we don’t know what we did wrong.
    The penultimate passage:
    Whatever flaws in the FBI assessment process that allowed Mateen not to be designated a threat last year, they likely still exist today.
    Link:https://theintercept.com/2017/06/12/...rism-failures/
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    Default Options to stop rage and violence

    This article popped up yesterday via Twitter IIRC and comes from an advocacy group on gun control - which I've not seen before - and is useful as it provides some options to prevent violence.

    The title is:Anger Is the Shared Fuel of Mass Shooters and Everyday Murderers. Here’s What Might Stop Both; The post-Orlando debate is overlooking policies and programs that can prevent rage from boiling over into gun violence.
    Link:https://www.thetrace.org/2016/06/ang...ce-prevention/
    It is also appropriate after yesterday's shooting @ Alexandria, where the suspect appears to be an angry loner.
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    Default President Trump & Terrorism in the USA:threat & response

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    An ISIS-inspired terror plot targeting Times Square and the city’s subways — aimed at killing “thousands’’ and making “an ocean out of their blood’’ — has been foiled, authorities said Friday.
    A trio of twisted wannabe terrorists, including a US citizen, were planning to strike the city over the summer of 2016, during the Islamic holy month of Ramadhan, officials said.
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