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    Via Twitter and from the George Washington University Program on Extremism their latest monthly update on ISIS in the USA. Too big a jpg to display.
    Link:https://extremism.gwu.edu/sites/g/fi...8%20Update.pdf
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    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The son of a Boston police captain pleaded guilty Monday to plotting to use guns and homemade bombs to attack a college campus to support the Islamic State group, three years after his arrest after his father alerted the FBI.

    Alexander Ciccolo's guilty plea comes a month before he was scheduled to go to trial. He faces 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in September.

    Ciccolo was arrested in July 2015 after he received four guns he ordered from a person who was cooperating with the FBI. Boston police Capt. Robert Ciccolo tipped off authorities after his son said he wanted to join the Islamic State group.

    Federal authorities said Ciccolo's case is a reminder that 'homegrown' radicalization remains a threat and that citizens must speak up when they become aware of a potential threat.
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/cops-son-...023048060.html
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    From June 23rd -

    NEW YORK (AP) — The man charged with murdering eight people on a New York City bike path and injuring many more spoke out in court Friday over a prosecutor’s objection, invoking “Allah” and defending the Islamic State.

    Sayfullo Saipov, 30, raised his hand to speak immediately after U.S. District Judge Vernon S. Broderick set an Oct. 7, 2019 date for the Uzbek immigrant’s trial.

    Earlier, he had pleaded not guilty through his lawyer to the latest indictment in the Oct. 31 truck attack near the World Trade Center. A prosecutor said the Justice Department will decide by the end of the summer whether to seek the death penalty against Saipov, who lived in Paterson, New Jersey, before the attack.
    Speaking through an interpreter for about 10 minutes, Saipov said the decisions of a U.S. court were unimportant to him. He said he cared about “Allah” and the holy war being waged by the Islamic State.

    At the prompting of Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Houle, Broderick interrupted Saipov to read him his rights, including that anything he said in court could be used against him.

    “I understand you, but I’ m not worried about that at all,” Saipov said.

    “So the Islamic State is not fighting for land, like some say, or like some say, for oil. They have one purpose, and they’re fighting to impose Sharia (Islamic law) on earth,” he said.
    https://apnews.com/8001394ef2824dfaa99780a84ec42e12
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    Siraj Wahhaj is the son of the Brooklyn imam of the same name, 68, who heads the Masjid At-Taqwa in Bedford-Stuyvesant, several congregants at the mosque confirmed to The Post.

    Hujrah and Subhanah are the elder Wahhaj’s daughters. Morton is married to Sabhanah, and Leveille is the younger Wahhaj’s wife, according to public records and statements by the imam…

    Prosecutors named the elder Siraj Wahhaj — born Jeffrey Kearse — as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He also was a character witness in the trial of convicted terror plotter Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman.
    https://hotair.com/archives/2018/08/...ool-shootings/


    New Mexico prosecutors alleged that Siraj Ibn Wahhaj was conducting weapons training with assault rifles at the compound, not far from the Colorado border. They requested he be held without bail.
    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny-n...808-story.html
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    The children discovered at an “extremist Muslim” compound in New Mexico earlier this month were both trained to use firearms and taught multiple tactical techniques in order to kill teachers, law enforcement and other institutions they found corrupt, state prosecutors revealed on Monday.

    The prosecutors provided more details about the accusations during a court hearing in which they asked that Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and four other defendants be held pending trial on child abuse charges.
    Wahhaj and the others were seated with their public defenders in a Taos courtroom Monday as prosecutors presented books that were found at the compound, documents related to Wahhaj's trip to Saudi Arabia and a handwritten notebook that appeared to be some kind of teaching manual. They also pointed to evidence that Wahhaj had taken a series of firearms courses while in Georgia.

    Defense attorneys, meantime, argued that prosecutors were trying unjustly to paint their clients as armed militants. Public defenders also argued that the rifles and handguns found on the property were common guns that could be bought at retail stores and that their clients made no aggressive efforts to defend their compound.
    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/08/13...-training.html

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    ARLINGTON, Va. -- Officials closed Arlington National Cemetery to the public Wednesday after a bomb threat was reported. All families, visitors, and employees have been evacuated safely from the area, according to the Arlington National Cemetery. The cemetery is closed to the public for the duration of the day, officials said. It is, however, open for funeral services, funeral attendees and family pass holders. The threat is being investigated.
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/ar...cid=spartandhp
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    MS-13 Narco Terrorist cell mopped up.

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than two dozen MS-13 gang members and affiliates were arrested and charged following a monthslong murder and drug trafficking investigation centered on a rural California farm city that the gang turned into a base for its operations, U.S. and state prosecutors said Friday. MS-13 took advantage of limited resources in the city of Mendota and used it and other areas of Fresno County to "conduct their crimes, to hide out from crimes that they committed in other jurisdictions and to prepare to commit crimes in states as far away as New York," Fresno County District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp said at a news conference in Fresno with state and federal officials.
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-attorn...180611361.html
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    FEMA and the FCC are testing wireless emergency alerts.
    Your phone will likely sound an alarm with a 'Presidential Alert' sometime around 2:18 p.m. ET.
    It isn't coming from President Donald Trump, but in the future it might if there's a national emergency.
    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/03/pres...afternoon.html
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    A Minnesota judge on Thursday sentenced a former FBI agent to four years behind bars after the man reportedly confessed to giving classified defense documents to a reporter.

    U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright told Terry James Albury, 39, who pleaded guilty earlier this year, that he “knowingly” committed the crime despite its illegality, according to The Associated Press.


    “You did so willingly. You knew that what you did was a criminal act, and you knew that you were putting the nation's security at risk,” the judge told Albury.

    The 4-year prison term matches the seriousness of the crime, Wright said, and should serve as a deterrent to others.
    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/ex-...ts-to-reporter

    That article fails to articulate what he did -

    Because of his work with the FBI, Albury held a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information security clearance that allowed him access to "sensitive and classified FBI and other U.S. government information" according to a 2018 FBI release.

    Court documents from Albury's guilty plea say Albury disclosed national defense information to an Intercept reporter. The documents included information that related to how the FBI assesses confidential informants, and a document "relating to threats posed by certain individuals from a particular Middle Eastern country."
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    Default Handling other nation's information: a problem for the FBI and others

    Readers may recall the political fallout from a NYT story on the Manchester Arena bombing in May 2017, with Anglo-US law enforcement exchanging of information being turned off by the UK.
    Link to NYT story, which now be behind a pay wall:https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/...s-photos.html?

    Last week a US DoJ IG report found four employees mishandled sensitive information and two forwarded the email to their own personal email accounts. It gets worse, so read the linked story. The amazing fact the IG reported was that:
    found misconduct by four of the more than 1,000 bureau employees who received an email containing the intelligence. (At the end) The inquiry found that British authorities had sent the report to “numerous other” US agencies, suggesting the leak may not have come from the FBI.
    Link:https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...g-report-finds

    It is well known that the Anglo-US CT LE relationship is very close, but one does wonder if the "need to know" principle is being applied.
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    With a long history of the terror group encouraging wildland arson, al-Qaeda supporters circulated a new poster through media channels highlighting "California burning."

    "They will question you about the mountains. Say: 'My Lord will scatter them as ashes,'" says the text citing the Quran, imposed over news photos from the blazes.

    The al-Qaeda propaganda comes shortly after one of the many media groups supporting ISIS operations online claimed that the deadly wildfires in northern and southern California are retribution for coalition bombings in Syria.

    The image circulated online by Al-Ansar Media uses a photo of a burning building and misspelled the state "kalifornia."
    https://pjmedia.com/homeland-securit...3dUjL8_y0fiPsA
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    A young New York woman pleaded guilty Monday to supporting the Islamic terror group ISIS with a scam involving bank fraud, bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
    Zoobia Shahnaz, 27, of Brentwood, Long Island, admitted to wiring more than $150,000 to individuals and shell entities that were fronts for ISIS in Pakistan, China and Turkey in 2017.
    Shahnaz engaged in a scheme to scam Chase Bank, TD Bank, American Express and Discover by fraudulently obtaining six credit cards, according to another court filing. She then bought more than $62,703 in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, and converted the currencies to cash.
    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/26/new-...-for-isis.html
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    There's a certain irony here, focusing on one of the most restrictive urban areas in Pax Americana.

    An ISIS-supporting media group threatened New York City attacks for New Year's with suggested tactics including snipers and package bombs. The latest threat circulated online follows other message from jihadists that have specifically cited Jan. 1 in calling for attacks.
    One poster distributed online in mid-November superimposed a masked jihadist wielding a bloody knife over a collage of images from the 2016 Berlin Christmas market attack. It stated that New Year's Day is "the date of retribution."

    Shortly after that, an ISIS-backing media group released an image of a demolished cityscape with multiple fires, warning, "Soon, Allah willing, the disbelievers will see the very thing they feared: 1-1-2019."
    https://pjmedia.com/homeland-securit...s-and-snipers/

    The Current Narrative would have everyone forget the immediate citizen reaction to Charles Whitman, the "Texas Tower Killer" of 1966.

    As police began arriving in greater numbers, they were joined by private citizens (many alerted by the on-the-scene radio report of the incident as it occurred) who came armed with hunting rifles. The expanding fire from the ground forced Whitman to seek shelter behind the observation deck’s thick walls and limited his targeting ability by confining him to shooting through waterspouts.
    https://www.britannica.com/event/Tex...ooting-of-1966

    Regular people from all over Austin had grabbed their guns from their trucks or homes that day and rushed to campus to fire at Whitman from the ground. Their bullets pelted the tower, kicking up clouds of limestone. At times, witnesses said, the campus felt like a war zone, but with armed frat boys and hunting enthusiasts instead of soldiers.

    It was in essence what gun rights activists would yearn for decades later whenever a new mass shooting shocked the nation — multiple “good guys with guns” trying to end the violence. That kind of thinking helped inspire state legislators to pass a law in 2015 allowing people to take guns into university buildings in Texas. The law goes into effect Aug. 1, exactly 50 years after Whitman’s rampage.
    https://apps.texastribune.org/guns-o...arles-whitman/

    (Note that the facts above are missing from the Wiki summaries https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Whitman and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Univer...tower_shooting)

    And some things that should not have been forgotten were lost. History became legend. Legend became myth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamG View Post
    2013 Historical footnote on the Silicone Valley Network attacks,
    link to the locked thread.
    http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/...ad.php?t=20044

    I suspect we'll see this repeated, hence the position marker.
    I'll just leave this here...

    PG&E workers found damaged tower and bullet holes near Camp Fire origin site

    A California utility company said its crews found a damaged transmission tower and holes in a power pole at separate locations near the site where the Camp Fire started.

    PG&E said in its Tuesday letter that inspectors later discovered that a hook connecting part of the transmission line and the transmission tower was broken. They also found a flash mark on the tower.
    The company also detailed a second outage at another location. That incident was reported a few miles away from the first outage and about 15 minutes after the wildfire started.
    When crews went to check the outage a day later, the letter states, they "observed that the pole and other equipment was on the ground with bullets and bullet holes at the break point of the pole and on the equipment."
    Meredith E. Allen, PG&E's senior director of regulatory relations, explained that details about the incidents are preliminary and they remain under investigation.
    https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/13/us/pg...ges/index.html

    And from PJ Media, as posted in this here thread -
    http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/...l=1#post212469

    With a long history of the terror group encouraging wildland arson, al-Qaeda supporters circulated a new poster through media channels highlighting "California burning."

    "They will question you about the mountains. Say: 'My Lord will scatter them as ashes,'" says the text citing the Quran, imposed over news photos from the blazes.

    The al-Qaeda propaganda comes shortly after one of the many media groups supporting ISIS operations online claimed that the deadly wildfires in northern and southern California are retribution for coalition bombings in Syria.

    The image circulated online by Al-Ansar Media uses a photo of a burning building and misspelled the state "kalifornia."
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    A wave of bomb threats were reported against businesses, schools, hospitals and other places across the country on Thursday, authorities said.
    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...onwide-n947671

    At this time it's unclear if the threats -- which have been received in San Francisco, New York, Seattle, Miami, Washington, DC and other locations nationwide -- are connected. The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said they are aware of the threats and are working with law enforcement to provide assistance.
    https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/13/us/em...ats/index.html
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