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Terrorism Threats in Alabama? It Can Happen Anywhere in Age of ISIS

ISIS flag

ISIS flag

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The attack on a military camp in Chattanooga was a stark reminder that not even America’s rural areas are safe from terrorist attacks.

It’s why every FBI field office nationwide has a joint terrorism task force, reports ABC 30.

To combat the threat in Alabama, Chris Hoffman, Supervisory Special Agent for the Birmingham Field Office, said no place in America is immune to an attack, and it takes vigilance to monitor and prevent an atrocity.

“The threat of terrorism is growing in the homeland, it’s an unfortunate time, but it’s a fact,” Hoffman said.

“There are ISIS investigations in every state in the United States,” Hoffman said. “Alabama has been touched by that, there’s been recent news stories about persons who have traveled from Alabama, females particularly to Syria. We also have domestic terrorism events. We have a long history here unfortunately.”

For more information on the Joint Terrorism Task Force, click here. 

Western New York Man Accused of Recruiting People to ISIS on Twitter

Arafat M. NagiBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A western New York man was arrested after federal authorities said he began recruiting people to join ISIS.

Arafat M. Nagi, 44, of Lackawanna, was charged Wednesday with trying to supply material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization, the New York Post reports. 

“This is yet another occasion when the worldwide fight against international terrorism has returned to western New York,” U.S. Attorney William Hochul Jr. said.

According to prosecutors, Nagi traveled to Syria and Yemen to join ISIS in 2012 and 2014 and even bought military gear on eBay.

The FBI said Nagi tried to recruit people on Twitter, where his account was flooded with Arabic tweets supporting ISIS.

FBI Accelerates Terrorism Arrests After ISIS Concerns But Risks Rushing Cases

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ISIS flag

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Fears of an ISIS-inspired attack has prompted the FBI to accelerate the arrests of terrorism suspects, not unlike after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Trouble is, many of the terrorism suspicions immediately following the 2001 attacks were unfounded, and some cases went nowhere, The New York Times reports. 

As a result, the FBI took a more patient approach, investigating suspects longer to gather more evidence.

Now that ISIS is a concern, the FBI has accelerated its arrest of suspected terrorists again.

The Times wrote:

In recent months, the F.B.I. has apprehended people suspected of being Islamic State sympathizers soon after they came onto the government’s radar. The F.B.I. has arrested and charged at least 25 people in the past three months with having ties to the Islamic State or other terrorist groups, compared with 20 people arrested over the previous year, according to court records.

Family Seeks Justice for Muslim Leader Killed by FBI in Michigan 5 Years Ago

Luqman Ameen Abdullah

Luqman Ameen Abdullah

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The family of a Muslim leader killed by the FBI in Dearborn, Mich., wants to know what happened and who shot him more than five years ago because relatives suspect a cover-up.

The Detroit Free Press reports that family of Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah, 53, of Detroit, has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their case.

Abdullah was shot 20 times in October 2009 as part of an counterterrorism sting over what the FBI characterized as his extremist views and an illegal trafficking scheme.

The FBI has said it acted properly, but family and supporters believe he was a victim of an overzealous war on terrorism.

According to the official account, four FBI agents opened fire on Abdullah after he shot the bureau’s dog.

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Former NSA Director Speaks Out Against FBI Head’s Call for More Surveillance Powers

Michael Hayden

Retired Gen. Michael Hayden

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey has been lobbying hard for legislation that would require technology companies to create a back door to access encrypted communications by terrorists.

The plan is so controversial that the former head of the NSA and CIA told The Daily Beast that he is opposed to it.

“I hope Comey’s right, and there’s a deus ex machina that comes on stage in the fifth act and makes the problem go away,” retired Gen. Michael Hayden, the former head of the CIA and the NSA, told The Daily Beast. “If there isn’t, I think I come down on the side of industry. The downsides of a front or back door outweigh the very real public safety concerns.”

According to investigators, recruiters of terrorists use encrypted systems such as WhatsApp.

“We need,” Comey said, “to be able to get access to the information in those targeted individual cases.”

The problem, however, is that opening up a door for the FBI also allows access to others, such as hackers.

“A hole is a hole,” Hayden said. “Given that reality, Americans are well-served by a high water level of security for everyone.”

FBI Investigating Whether Gunman in Tennessee Had Ties with ISIS

Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez

Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is trying to determine whether Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, the 24-year-old who killed four Marines and a Navy petty office in Tennessee on Thursday, was involved with ISIS, USA Today reports.

Agents are examining Abdulazeez’s cellphone and computer and investigating his recent trip to Jordan following the shooting.

Family of Abdulazeez, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Kuwait, said he was depressed “for many years.”

Before the shooting, Abdulazeez reportedly texted an Islamic verse to a friend.

“Whosoever shows enmity to a friend of Mine, then I have declared war against him,” the text read.

Homeland Security Committee Chairman: Chattanooga Attack Prove Attacks ‘Can Happen Anywhere’

Rep. Michael McCaul

Rep. Michael McCaul

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The shooting that left five military members dead in Chattanooga last week should serve as a chilling reminder to Americans, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security, said Sunday, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports.

“If it can happen in Chattanooga, it can happen anywhere, anytime, anyplace,” the Texas Republican said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, who texted his friend an Islamic verse before the shooting spree and reportedly traveled to the Middle East recently, shot and killed four Marines and a Navy petty officer.

Homegrown or lone terrorists in the U.S. are a growing concern for security officials.

“What keeps us up at night are the ones we don’t know about,” McCaul said. “And I’m afraid this case falls into that category.”

Boston Police Captain Faced Dilemma When Dealing with Son’s Growing Extremism

Terror Plot Officer's Son

Alexander Ciccolo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Boston Police Captain Robert Ciccolo faced a dilemma when he became concerned that his son may pose a danger because of his growing extremism.

His son, Alexander Ciccolo, was mentally ill and began talking about joining ISIS and fighting in Iraq and Syria, WBUR reports. Although his son hadn’t committed a crime, Capt. Ciccolo took the news to the FBI.

Now his son is charged with plotting to detonate a bomb at an unknown university following an FBI sting.

“Obviously, he struggled with him, and he couldn’t set him straight,” said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. “So maybe getting locked up was the best thing. Maybe now he’ll get the medical care he needs.”

The son’s attorney thinks the father had a better alternative.

“This is a kid who should have been involuntarily committed in a mental hospital,” said defense attorney Harvey Silverglate, of Cambridge, Mass. “He would have been no danger to society. He would have been no danger to himself.”

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