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Tag: Muslims

Garland Police Say They Never Received FBI Warning of Threat

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of the biggest criticisms of federal law enforcement in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, was the lack of communication that could have helped authorities foil the attack.

But the communication lapses continue, most recently when police in Garland, Texas, never received an FBI bulletin that specifically warned of one of two men who would open fire at a contest to draw Prophet Muhammad, which is offensive to many Muslims.

According to Garland Police Chief Mitch Gates, local authorities had no idea the FBI warned of the two men and even posted a photo of one of the shooters and the license plate number, Fort Worth Business Press reports. 

Bates said that officials not only didn’t receive the bulletin in time, but it wasn’t specific enough to call attention to it.

The bulletin warned that one of the attackers, Elton Simpson, “might be interested in going to Garland,” “We had no information from the FBI or anyone else that Simpson posed a threat to our event,” Garland Police Chief Mitch Bates, said.

Judge Orders FBI to Release Records on Surveillance, Recruitment of Muslims

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A judge has ordered the FBI to release documents detailing its surveillance of Muslims and recruiting efforts in Northern California, The San Francisco Gate reports. 

U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg of San Francisco said the FBI must disclose previously redacted or omitted information about the programs used to conduct surveillance of Muslims without evidence of wrongdoing.

The FBI claimed that some of the information was “compiled for law enforcement purposes” and therefore are exempt from disclosure.

“Generalized monitoring and information-gathering are not sufficient justifications” to withhold information, Seeborg said.

“This decision upholds the public’s right to know about FBI activities that are not sensitive crime-fighting activities,” said ACLU attorney Julia Harumi Mass. “Communities in Northern California have a right to understand how they’re being spied upon by the government.”

The FBI declined to comment.

FBI to Determine Whether Religious Hatred Motivated Shooting of 3 Muslims

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating the killings of three Muslims to determine whether religious or ethnic hatred motivated the shooting in North Carolina, WCNC-TV reports.

The case remains under investigation by Chapel Hill police.

The bureau said it “opened a parallel preliminary inquiry to determine whether any federal laws were violated.”

So far, officials said there’s no evidence that the killings were fueled by a religious or ethnic hatred.

Chapel Hill police said the killings appear to have been motivated by a dispute over parking at an apartment complex where the suspect and victims lived .

FBI Believes ‘Most Wanted Terrorist’ Killed in Air Strike in Philippines

Zulkifli bin Hir

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists is believed to be dead following a raid in the Philippines last week, Reuters reports.

The FBI collected body matter at the scene of the deadly raid, and a DNA sample shows a strong link to Zulkifli bin Hir.

Still, the tests don’t prove with certainty that the body matter belonged to Zulkifli bin Hir, a Malaysian member of the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah militant group behind numerous bombing attacks in the Philippines.

The decision to conduct the raid to capture bin Hir was a costly one, ending in the deaths of 44 police commandos and undoing a three-year ceasefire with Muslim rebels.

Authorities also believed they killed bin Hir three years ago in an air strike, but he emerged to the surprise of the U.S.

 

Muslim Group Complains That FBI Is Pressuring Islamic Community to Spy on Each Other

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Muslim leaders nationwide are expressing frustration with what they describe as overzealous attempts to get some in the Islamic community to spy on fellow Muslims, the Los Angeles Times reports.

They describe increasing pressure and reported unannounced visits by FBI agents to mosques in California, Ohio, Texas, Minnesota and other states.

The Council on American-Islamic Relation (CAIR) issued a nationwide alert urging Muslims and community leaders to consult with an attorney if they are approached by the FBI.

“It’s happening all over the country,” said Ibrahim Hooper, a Washington-based spokesman for CAIR. “The agents are approaching these community leaders at mosques with basic questions that quickly turn into something different: pressure to become informants.”

The FBI declined to comment on the alert but said “we value our partnership with the Arab, Muslim and Sikh communities as they are partners in our effort to stem crime, violence and civil rights violations.”

House Homeland Security Chairman McCaul Says ISIS ‘Winning’ Propaganda War

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, expressed concern Sunday with attacks in Canada and New York City by alleged Muslim radicals.

The self-radicalized Muslims are “one of the greatest threats” to the U.S., he said.

The Islamic State is trying to radicalize Americans using the Internet, he said.

Islamic terrorists “are waging a campaign of war against the West and the United States, and these are three examples, just last week, of where they’re winning,” he said.

FBI: New York Man Charged in Terror Plot to Shoot U.S. soldiers, Shiite Muslims

American war reporter James Wright Foley was beheaded by ISIS.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A New York man is accused of trying to buy guns for the terror group ISIS and has been charged with terrorism-related counts following an FBI investigation, NBC reports.

The FBI alleges Mufid Elfgeeh wanted to kill American soldiers and Shiite Muslims in the U.S. He also wanted to recruit potential ISIS fighters for Iraq and Syria, investigators said.

The FBI said he wasn’t just talk and had purchased a handgun with silencer to begin carrying out an attack.

FBI agents had their eyes on Elfgeeh and moved in when he began seeking financial help to carry out an attack.

Attorneys: Boston Marathon Bomber Pushed to Spy on Chechen, Muslim Community for FBI

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The older of the accused Boston Marathon bombers was courted by the FBI to be an informant and keep an eye on the Chechen and Muslim community, according to lawyers for the younger alleged bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

The Boston Globe reports that the FBI pressured Tamerlan Tsarnaev to report on the communities, which may have “increased his paranoia and distress.”

“We seek this information based on our belief that these contacts were among the precipitating events for Tamerlan’s actions during the week of April 15, 2013, and thus material to the defense case in mitigation,” the lawyers said in their court filing.

“We base this on information from our client’s family and other sources that the FBI made more than one visit to talk with Anzor [his father], Zubeidat [his mother] and Tamerlan, questioned Tamerlan about his Internet searches, and asked him to be an informant, reporting on the Chechen and Muslim community.

“We do not suggest that these contacts are to be blamed and have no evidence to suggest that they were improper, but rather view them as an important part of the story of Tamerlan’s decline. Since Tamerlan is dead, the government is the source of corroboration that these visits did in fact occur and of what was said during them.”

The information was revealed in 23-page court filing, the Globe wrote.