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Tag: international terrorism

House Bill Would Prohibit Secret Collection of Americans’ Records Without Approval of Surveillance Court

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. House is considering a bill that would restrict the ability of the FBI and NSA to secretly collect records of U.S. citizens, the Missoulian reports.

The bill, introduced on Thursday by John Waslh, D-Mont., would ban the collection of telephone, financial and e-mail records without the approval of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

That would require a case to be made for targeting a individual on the basis that the person is tied to international terrorism or foreign intelligence.

“As I’ve been traveling around the state … this is an issue that I’m hearing about from Montanans, about the government trampling on our civil liberties,” Walsh told the Missoulian. “I said that when I came here, I wanted to identify problems, find a fix for the problem and solve that problem.”

 

Feds Add International Terrorism Charge Against Underwear Bomber

Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marshals photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The feds have added a new international terrorism charge in a superseding indictment filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Detroit against the Christmas Day “Underwear Bomber” Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.

Under the amended indictment, Abdulmutallab is now charged with conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries. That charge comes on top of previous ones including allegations that he used a weapon of mass destruction.

The new charge alleges that he conspired with others and he went to “Yemen for the purpose of becoming involved in violent “jihad” on behalf of al Qaeda.”

“In preparation for a suicide attack, defendant Abdulmutallab practiced detonating explosive devices similar to one which he later received for an attack on a U.S. airliner,” the indictment said.

Several weeks ago, he fired his court-appointed attorneys and told the judge he wanted to represent himself.

Law enforcement sources said it’s unlikely he’ll get any break in sentencing by pleading guilty considering that he was caught in the act as a number of witnesses looked on.