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Minnesota Man Charged with Threatening FBI After Friend Arrested on Terrorism Charges

Data securityBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Minnesota man is accused of threatening FBI agents on social media following the arrest of his friend who was charged with conspiring to help ISIS, Fox News reports.

Khaalid Adam Abdulkadir, 19, was charged Friday with making the threats on Twitter after the FBI arrested his friend, 20-year-old Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame.

In grammatically challenged messages, he threatened to “kill them FBI” and wrote, “I’m kill them FEDS for take my brothers,” according to court documents.

“While there are many legitimate means in the United States to voice dissent and difference of opinion with our government, threatening violent retaliation against federal agents is both illegal and outrageous,” U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said in a statement.

He is being held without bail until a court hearing on Wednesday.

Agents Not Fooled by SUV Painted to Look Like Border Patrol Vehicle

Fake Border Patrol car spotted by agents.

Fake Border Patrol car spotted by agents.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents often come across vehicles disguised to look like delivery or telecommunications trucks to fool law enforcement.

But what they came across last week was very rare. A Chevy Tahoe was painted took like a Border Patrol vehicle, Fox News reports. 

Agents noticed the cloned vehicle and pulled it over, finding 12 people stuffed in the back.

“There’s no fender, there’s no ground effect on any of our vehicles, Omar Zamora, an agent with the Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley sector, told KRGV-TV. “They’re actually pretty bare and about as high as we get the vehicle, because we do go off road.”

Zamora said the clone was an obvious fake.

“In the 18 years that I’ve been in the Border Patrol, we’ve seen UPS, FedEx trucks, Time Warner trucks, any kind of clones. Any business you can think of. The smugglers are trying to clone it to avoid law enforcement detection,” Zamora added.

Disgraced Police Chief Thwarted Federal Investigation into Serial Killer in Long Island

Ocean Parkway, Long Island, where bodies were found.

Ocean Parkway, Long Island, where bodies were found.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke, who was arrested last week for allegedly assaulting a man in 2012, stymied a federal investigation into a suspected serial killer in the Gilgo Beach murders, the New York Post reports. 

A source close to the investigation said Burke didn’t keep the feds updated on the unsolved murders of eight women, a man and a toddler in Long Island because he was under an FBI investigation for assaulting a man accused of stealing his sex toys.

“Burke never wanted us involved in this [serial killer] case because he knew we were ­investigating him,” said a federal source.

Burke was charged last week with viscously attacking a handcuffed suspect who stole items from his car, including pornography and sex toys.

“We’re going to take a good, hard look at this case with fresh eyes,” the federal source said. “We have the extensive resources and experienced investigators to solve this type of case.”

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Column: IEDs, San Bernardino and a ‘Landslide’

William “Bill” Harris is a nationally certified paramedic and decorated special operations combat medic with multiple overseas deployments.  He now works for the U.S. State Department preparing government personnel for overseas assignments.  Joshua P. Bobko is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Loma Linda Medical Center, and a tactical physician with various law enforcement teams. He is a national authority on high-threat civilian medicine and has authored the landmark papers on pediatric casualty care and the civilian First Care Provider.

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By William H. Harris and Joshua P. Bobko, MD

Words are powerful. We all know the pen is mightier than the sword, but what if we told you that one word trumps all other words in a terrorist attack or active shooter situation?  That one word, “landslide,” sends elite military units and experienced SWAT teams scrambling out of a building and headed for cover, even as innocents remain in danger.

“Landslide” in law enforcement speak is a code word for the presence of an improvised explosive device, better known as an IED. Landslide is used to notify all members of a law enforcement team to immediately stop what they are doing and get out.  A Landslide call can be made by anyone on a team and often goes out verbally in lieu of using radios for fear of inadvertently triggering an IED.

In the wake of the recent San Bernardino terrorist attack, which killed 14 people, it has become evident that Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik intended to use IEDs, along with firearms, to inflict a higher casualty rate. Although IEDs are most often associated with the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the use of IEDs in domestic attacks is by no means a new phenomenon.  IEDs were used in the Columbine High School shooting, the Aurora Colorado theater shooting, Columbia (Maryland) mall shooting, and the Boston Marathon bombing. Fortunately, in many of these horrific attacks, like the one in San Bernardino,  the IEDs did not detonate.  The reason for IEDs not detonating can be attributed to a number of factors, including, but not limited to, things not going as planned, inexperience in bomb making, and luck.

Another plausible explanation for the IEDs failure to detonate in San Bernardino is the IEDs used by the terrorists may not have been intended for the employees. Instead, the IEDs may have been intended to kill the first responders, law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services personnel.  But some how, the attackers weren’t able to detonate the IEDs by the time the responders arrived.

“Baiting” responders is a tactic commonly used by terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan against our troops. Terrorists plant smaller IEDs with the intent of damaging and disabling vehicles, causing a convoy to stop and provide the terrorists an opportunity to detonate a larger IED in a target rich environment filled with multiple vehicles and a much larger number of troops.  Often times, the troops killed and injured by the larger IED are the protection force and medics treating the initial casualties from the smaller IED.

The military tactics perfected by terrorists in the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan are now coming home to be used against civilian and domestic law enforcement agencies. These aggressive and deadly tactics are causing domestic law enforcement agencies to adapt at a rapid rate.

For instance, mobile threats preclude domestic law enforcement agencies from being able to cordon off and setup a perimeter around a situation. Instead, law enforcement personnel run toward the sound of gunfire in hopes of minimizing civilian casualties.  Negotiations have taken a backseat to stopping active shooters as quickly as possible.  Terrorists use our innate goodness and desire to help one another against us.

This changing threat places first responders on the frontline of a new conflict, one we know all too well from facing it on the other side of the world. This conflict may lead to increasing numbers of causalities in our communities and first responders.

The Dec. 2, 2015 attacks are a reminder that we need to be prepared that the wartime tactics are coming home and of the importance of the term “Landslide.”

 

Weekend Series on Crime: LBJ Talks to FBI’s J. Edgar Hoover in 1963

FBI Joins Investigation of Possible Serial Killer in Long Island

Ocean Parkway, Long Island.

Ocean Parkway, Long Island.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Authorities began discovering the remains of 11 human beings five years ago along a New York highway.

Now the FBI is joining the investigation to determine if a serial killer was responsible for the deaths, Fox News reports. 

Suffolk County Deputy Police Commissioner Tim Simi announced the FBI’s involvement in the case Thursday, on the eve of the fifth-anniversary of the first body being discovered.

“Law enforcement techniques, particularly with homicide investigations, are ever changing, and we wanted to ensure that we are doing everything we can to solve these murders,” Sini said.

“Bringing the FBI to the table with all of its expertise and resources is a step in the right direction,” toward possibly finding a killer, Sini said. “Working together is the best way to solve complex cases.”

The bodies included eight women, a man and a toddler. They were found near Ocean Parkway on Long Island.

FBI Dive Team Searches Lake for Evidence in San Bernardino Shooting Massacre

Seccombe Lake in California.

Seccombe Lake in California.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI dive team is searching a small San Bernardino lake as part of the investigation into the massacre that killed 14 people at a holiday party in California, CBSLA.com reports. 

Investigators believe the couple may have dumped digital evidence into Seccombe Lake after visiting the site after the Dec. 2 shooting.

“We are building a timeline of everything we know to ensure that we can retrace every step they took,” said FBI Director David Bowdich. “We’re just trying to ensure we account for every minute of the time that day.”

Investigators can’t find a hard drive from a computer at the home of the suspects, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik.

The FBI is hoping to find more clues about a possible connection between Farook and the leader of a terrorist group who was arrested in 2012.

Maryland Lawmaker Proposes Ban on Firearms for People on Terrorism Watch Lists

Rep. Chris Van Hollen

Rep. Chris Van Hollen

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Maryland is at least the second state pursing a ban on firearm sales to people on the federal terrorism watch lists.

The Associated Press reports that state Rep. Chris Van Hollen is asking the governor to “explore every possible state action” to prevent guns from getting into the hands of terrorists.

Van Hollen, a Democrat, sent the letter to Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, on Thursday, the same day the Connecticut governor said he would sign an executive order banning people from the no-fly list from purchasing firearms.

President Obama said Sunday that he supports a similar measure on the federal level.

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