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Tag: terrorism

Bill Would Help Justice Department Combat ‘Violent Extremism’

Rep. Michael McCaul

Rep. Michael McCaul

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department is moving forward on its promise to combat “violent extremism.”

Reason.com reports that Rep. Michael McCaul has introduced a bill, Countering Violent Extremism Act, that would create a federal Office of Coordination for Countering Violent Extremism.

The office would be house at Homeland Security.

The bill covers a range of responsibilities, including “identifying risk factors that contribute to violent extremism in communities in the United States,” “assessing the methods used by violent extremists to disseminate propaganda and messaging to communities at risk for radicalization and recruitment,” and “establishing a counter-messaging program” to head off extremist ideas.

The bill calls for $10 million a year for the next five years and a new leader, assistant secretary for countering violent extremism.”

FBI Establishes Command Centers in Event of Terrorist Attack This Weekend

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

To monitor potential terrorist threats on the Fourth of July weekend, the FBI is establishing command centers so federal authorities can respond quickly in the event of an attack, Fox News reports.

While the FBI has no credible threats, it is concerned about ISIS and other homegrown terrorists during the holiday weekend. Terrorist attacks were launched in three countries Friday.

The command centers will be used to gather information from local, state and federal law enforcement.

FBI Arrests Another Alleged ISIS Supporter in New Jersey Following Heightened Alert

ISIS flag

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI arrested a 23-year-old New Jersey man accused of helping support ISIS.

Alaa Saadeh, of West New York, allegedly bought his brother a plane ticket to fly to the Middle East and join ISIS, the Associated Press reports. 

Saadeh faces numerous charges, including conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, aiding and abetting an attempt to provide material support and witness tampering. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Saadeh also is accused of helping a friend lie to the FBI.

According to the criminal complaint, Saadeh’s brother, who has not been identified, was arrested earlier the month and charged with conspiring to provide material support to foreign terrorists.

Federal Authorities Warn of Possible Terrorist Attack in U.S. on Fourth of July Weekend

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal authorities have warned of the potential for a terrorist attack targeting the Fourth of July holiday in the U.S.

The bulletins prepared by Homeland Security and the FBI urged local law enforcement to be alert because of ongoing threats posed by ISIS and other homegrown terrorists, the USA Today reports.

There were no specific threats.

The warnings come just days after three terrorist attacks in three countries Friday.

Federal officials recently arrested Americans allegedly invovled ISIS-inspired attacks.

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said local law enforcement should be “vigilant and prepared.”

“We will also adjust security measures, seen and unseen, as necessary to protect the American people,” Johnson said. “We continue to encourage all Americans to attend public events and celebrate this country during this summer season, but always remain vigilant.”

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Was FBI Director Right When He Said Charleston Shooting Not Terrorism?

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey came under fire after he said the mass shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, was not terrorism.

Dylann Roof, who is white, has been charged in the killings and has a history of racism. He even posted a manifesto espousing his hatred for black people.

“Terrorism is an act of violence done … in order to try to influence a public body or citizenry so it’s more of a political act and again based on what I know so more I don’t see it as a political act,” Comey said during a press conference in Baltimore on Sunday.

According to the FBI, “domestic terrorism” is committed if it appears the person “intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination. or kidnapping; and Occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S.”

In Detroit, the police chief called the culprits of a mass shooting over the weekend “urban terrorists.”

 

Ex-FBI Criminal Profiler: Church Shooter Dylann Roof Was Paranoid, Narcissistic

Dylann Roof

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

What compels someone to open fire at a church, taking life after life?

In the case of Dylann Roof, the man accused of murdering nine churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, paranoia and narcism were the contributing factors, according to Joe Navarro, a former FBI criminal profiler and veteran counterterrorist agent.

“We don’t know a lot about him just yet,” Navarro told Business Insider. “But we definitely would put him first in the paranoia box.”

Roof also held extreme feelings of racism, which he expressed on an online manifesto.

“What happens is, with paranoid ideation, the only way they see how to fix things is through violence,” Navarro said.

The comes narcissism.

“I’m not talking about the narcissism that would make you label a hotel chain after yourself,” Navarro said. “I’m talking about narcissism where even though you lead a rather unfulfilled life you still see yourself as superior and somebody else as inferior.”

FBI: 3 Men Plotted Attack on Muhammad Cartoon Contest for Months

Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The three men accused of plotting an attack at a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas had been making plans for months.

The men were friends outside of a Phoenix mosque lighting off fireworks during a New Year’s Eve celebration when authorities said they expressed a desire to make pipe bombs, the Associated Press reports.

Two of them were killed in a shootout outside of the cartoon contest, and a third, Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, was arrested last week in Phoenix.

Now investigators are trying to determine whether anyone else was involved.

New York Man Accused of Stabbing FBI Agent Facing Attempted Murder Charges

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A New York man accused of attacking an FBI agent with a large kitchen knife has been charged with attempted murder of a federal employee, CNN reports. 

Fareed Mumini, 21, allegedly tried to stab the agent several times during a search of a Staten Island home in connection to a terrorism investigation on Wednesday.

Agents swarmed the home and told Mumini to move from a couch in the living room.

But investigators said Mumini “ignored the officer’s commands and instead suddenly lunged at the officers with a large kitchen knife.”

One of the FBI agents was stabbed with the knife several times, but the knife never penetrated the agent’s body armor and the agent suffered only minor injuries.