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Tag: terrorism

Former FBI Agent Defends Torture Following Scathing Senate Report

James Davis

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

James Davis, a 25-year veteran of the FBI who headed the Denver office and served in Afghanistan and Iraq, said the brutal interrogation techniques outlined by the Senate’s torture report were appropriate to keep the U.S. safe.

“In the FBI, we build relationships on a rapport with the detainees that’s built over a long period of time,” Davis told KDVR.com in Denver. “After 9/11, we didn’t feel like we had much time. I think that the guys that were using those techniques believed them to be legal and believed them to be necessary to keep the country safe.”

Davis dismissed the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report as partisan and disagreed with the findings.

“I’ll never say never, but to say that this never produced actionable intelligence is probably not true,” Davis said. “Starting those interviews, the people they were talking to were not providing information so something had to happen to get them to start providing that information.”

FBI Director Comey: Hatchet Attack on NYPD Officer Was ‘Act of Terror’

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A man who attacked an NYPD officer last month with a hatchet was inspired by terrorists and black separatism, NBC4 New York reports.

“There is no doubt it was terrorism,” Comey said during a news conference at the Newark FBI offices.

Comey said the suspect, Zale Thompson, was politically motivated and he appears to have drawn inspiration from foreign terrorist sources like ISIL (ISIS), but there is also evidence he was focused on black separatist ideology.”

Comey said Thompson reviewed jihadist propaganda and ISIL beheading videos online.

“There is no doubt that played a role,” Comey said.

Thompson is accused of attacking NYPD rookie Officer Kenneth Healy while he was posing for a picture. Healy spent time in the hospital and rehabilitation before being sent home to recover.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson Worried about Lone Wolf Attacks

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson worries about the threat posed by lone wolf terrorists.

“We have to be vigilant against an independent actor here in the homeland who might choose to strike at any moment,” Johnson told CNN’s Barbara Starr in an interview at the Reagan National Defense Forum Sunday.

Homeland Security officials are finding less predictable recruitment patterns.

“Core al-Qaeda was a relatively traditional command and control structure where someone would be recruited, they train at an overseas camp and then they’d be sent to commit a terrorist attack,” Johnson said.

“The new phenomenon that I see that I’m very concerned about,” Johnson continued, “is somebody who has never met another member of that terrorist organization, never trained at one of the camps, who is simply inspired by the social media — the literature, the propaganda, the message — to commit an act of violence in this country.”

To effectively crack down on the lone wolfs, Johnson said local and star law enforcement have to be involved.

“I’ve made this a personal part of my agenda” he said, “by traveling to a lot of community-based organizations around the country, many of them Islamic based, and the dialogue is interesting.”

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FBI Director James Comey Warns of The Prospect of a Terrorist Diaspora out Of Syria or Iraq Haunting U.S.

Director James B. Comey speaking in Orlando.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

ORLANDO, Fla. — FBI Director James B. Comey delivered the key note address Monday at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference in Orlando, warning of  the potential dangers of the  ”travelers” from around the world who are joining ISIS in battle. He also raised concerns domestically about the challenges of getting information from devices like smartphones for investigations, despite court-authorization.

“We as a country, with our allies around the world, have done a great job over the last 13 years of taking the fight to core al Qaeda in the Afghanistan, Pakistan region,” Comey told thousands of local, state, federal and foreign law enforcement agents and officers and chiefs gathered in a cavernous auditorium at the Orange County Convention Center.

“In the course of that we have shrunk that tumor. I think of terrorism as a cancer. We have shrunk that tumor significantly. At the same time, the lightly governed or ungoverned spaces that have popped in a lot of different parts of the world, especially in wake of the Arab Spring,  in Northern Africa, around the Gulf and around the Mediterranean, have allowed a metastasis of that tumor. So we’ve seen popping virulent strains that are the progeny of al Qaeda…And most recently the Islamic state, or ISIL.”

“What’s happened is that those lightly governed spaces have allowed these secondary tumors to root and to offer safe havens and to attract to those…people from around the world, seeking meaning in their lives in some incredibly misguided way, looking to wage jihad.”

He said the travelers who come from the U.S. and around the world to fight in Syria and Iraq pose a great danger.

“Them going there is very worrisome. Because they get the worst kind of relationships, they get the worst kind of training. It’s actually their coming out at some point that worries me even more. There will come a terrorist diaspora out of places like like Syria and Iraq. Those of us who are old enough to remember can remember the terrorist diaspora out of Afghanistan after the war with the Soviets. And we can draw a line from that diaspora to 9/11.”

“All of us in this business are determined, I know to ensure that a future diaspora does not lead to a future tragedy. So we’re focused together on the traveler phenomena.”

Comey also touched on the issue of “going dark,” the inability of investigators to tap into communication devices like tablets and smartphones, even with a judge’s order.

He said it has been a problem ever since the 1990s, but it has only gotten worse as the number of devices has increased.

He’s been hammering away at the issue of late. In a speech in D.C. earlier this month, he brought up the issue, saying that some companies have not developed products so that communications can be intercepted, or in other instances, companies have resisted court orders to turn over information. He said it’s hindered investigation at times.

On Monday, he said:

“Before we get to the place where good folks, victims of crimes come to us and say, ‘What do you mean, you can’t, I thought a judge said you, with a search warrant, could warrant could get this information.  What do you mean you can’t find the information that may help you locate a missing child, find the information that will help you break up a terrorist cell, find the information that will identify and root our pedophiles.’ Before we get to a place where our answer is, ‘I’m sorry, I can’t,’ we need to have a conversation.”

 

New York Times: The Horror Before the Beheadings

James Foley

 By RUKMINI CALLIMACHI
New York Times

The hostages were taken out of their cell one by one.

In a private room, their captors asked each of them three intimate questions, a standard technique used to obtain proof that a prisoner is still alive in a kidnapping negotiation.

James Foley returned to the cell he shared with nearly two dozen other Western hostages and collapsed in tears of joy. The questions his kidnappers had asked were so personal (“Who cried at your brother’s wedding?” “Who was the captain of your high school soccer team?”) that he knew they were finally in touch with his family.

It was December 2013, and more than a year had passed since Mr. Foley vanished on a road in northern Syria. Finally, his worried parents would know he was alive, he told his fellow captives. His government, he believed, would soon negotiate his release.

To read the full story click here.

 

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 Director Comey Says No Evidence of Terrorists Trying to Weaponize Ebola

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that there’s no evidence that terrorists are trying to weaponize Ebola, The Hill reports.

Comey had a one-word response when asked whether there was credible evidence of an Ebola threat from terrorists: “No.”

Comey didn’t elaborate after a speech at the Brookings Institute.

Some Republicans and others have expressed fear that terrorists have considered Ebola as a possible weapon.

President Obama’s administration has come under fire for its response to Ebola after a second U.S. heath worker contracted the virus.

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Assistant Attorney General John Carlin Shares Insight Into War On Terrorism