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FBI Warns of More Terrorist Attacks As ISIS Is Defeated in Syria

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ISIS flag

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Defeating ISIS could increase terror attacks in the West, FBI Director James Comey Wednesday.

“At some point there is going to be a terrorist diaspora out of Syria like we’ve never seen before,” Comey said at a cybersecurity conference at Fordham University, the New York Times reports. “Not all of the Islamic State killers are going to die on the battlefield.”

Comey said ISIS will be destroyed, but that “through the fingers of that crush are going to come hundreds of really dangerous people and they are going to flow primarily to Western Europe.”

Some, he said, may end up in the U.S.

Comey said the terrorist attacks in Brussels and Paris are good examples.

“We in the American counterterrorism business are constantly focused on that — that’s not here yet, but that challenge is going to come,” he said.

Homeland Security Director Warns Against Divisive, Political Rhetoric about Muslims

Jeh Johnson

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security Director Jeh Johnson warned against political rhetoric that “vilifies Muslims,” saying the federal government depends on relationship of trust form Muslim Americans.

Johnson was speaking at the annual Aspen Security Forum and did not mention Donald Trump by name, but said the anti-Muslim rhetoric “is a setback to our homeland security efforts,” the Gazette reports. 

“Overheated rhetoric that fans the flames of fear and prejudice has consequences,” he said.

Democrats have accused Trump of inflammatory rhetoric that is making it more difficult for Muslims to trust federal law enforcement.

“In our world good news is no news and nobody seems to be interested in the good news and the good work of Homeland Security employees every day,” Johnson said.

Other Stories of Interest

Insane Clown Posse Plans Rally Over FBI Labeling Fans as ‘Gang’

Insane Clown Posse

Insane Clown Posse

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After the FBI called them a gang, the Insane Clown Posse and their “Juggalo” fans have furiously fought back against what they consider unfair character assassination.

The horror-rap duo is leading a march on Washington D.C. next year to protest the “gang” label.

“In 2017, the weekend of September 17th, we need you,” rapper Violent J told an audience at what The Detroit News described as a “seminar discussion” at the Gathering of the Juggalos. “We’re gonna do a [expletive] march on Washington. They call the Juggalo World a movement, right? Well, let’s move!”
The march is scheduled for Sept. 16 and will begin at the Lincoln Memorial and end at the Washington Monument.

“We don’t know what’s going to happen,” Violent J said. “We could totally embarrass ourselves, and there could be 25 people [who show up to protest].”

The FBI in 2011 described Juggalos as a “loosely organized hybrid gang.”

FBI Arrests 3 Palm Beach County Men for Allegedly Conspiring with ISIS

Screen Shot 2016-07-25 at 8.26.26 AMBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Three Palm Beach County men who were being watched by the FBI for at least a year have been arrested and charged with conspiring and attempting to provide material support to ISIS.

The men were identified as Gregory Hubbard, also known as Jibreel, 52, of West Palm Beach; Darren Arness Jackson, also known as Daoud, 50, of West Palm Beach, and Dayne Atani Christian, also known as Shakur, 31, of Lake Park, Fox4 Now reports. 

“According to the complaint, these defendants conspired and attempted to provide material support to ISIL and one of the defendants was arrested attempting to travel overseas to join and fight for the deadly terrorist organization,”  Assistant Attorney General Carlin said in a statement.

One of them men, Hubbard, allegedly told an FBI source that he planned to travel to Syria and join ISIS.

Arizona Terror Suspect Said He’s Willing to Kill Parents for the Cause

Mahin Khan is a terrorism suspect.

Mahin Khan is a terrorism suspect.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Tucson man accused of planning terrorist attacks across Arizona allegedly told an FBI agent that he was willing to kill his parents if necessary, Tucson News Now reports. 

Mahin Khan, 18, has been charged with plotting terrorist attacks and remains in jail without bond.

FBI Agent Benjamin Trentlage, who is leading the case, said during Khan’s bond hearing that the man had recorded phone conversations with an undercover FBI employee who pretended to be an ISIS supporter.

“On one occasion the undercover employee expressed concern that Mr. Khan’s parents might find the undercover employees phone number and report it to the FBI. And in response Mr. Khan said that if they did that he would kill them himself,” said Trentlage. 

In 2015, he was in regular contact with a known ISIS operative in Syria, the FBI said.

“He requested information about building explosives and said that he wanted to join ISIS and he would do whatever was needed,” said Trentlage.

Border Patrol Proposes Asking for Social Media Handle of Visitors in Visa Waiver Program

Facebook_logo-2By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The federal government has come under fire for a proposal to ask for the social media handles of people visiting the country under the visa waiver program.

Civil liberties advocates say the proposal goes too far, but counterterrorism experts counter it’s not far enough, NBC News reports. 

Border Patrol submitted the proposal to the Federal Register last month that would include a social media section to visa applications. Answering the question would be optional.

Counterterrorism experts are trying to learn more about people before they enter the country.

FBI Concluded Orlando Shooter Was Not Likely to “Go Postal” After 2013 Interviews

Omar Mateen

Omar Mateen

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI concluded that Orlando shooter Omar Mateen was not a terrorist and not likely to “go postal” after interviewing him twice in 2013.

Mateen convinced the FBI that he fabricated ties to terrorists because he was fed up with the incessant anti-Muslim criticism from the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Department, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. 

The FBI discounted Mateen has a threat, saying his comments were just rhetoric, newly released records show.

Mateen told an FBI agent he was “1,000 percent pure American.”

On June 12, Mateen walked into Pulse nightclub, leading to the deaths of 49 people.

FBI in Salt Lake City Actively Investigating Home-grown, Violent Terrorist

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ISIS flag

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI office in Salt Lake City said it’s investigating home-grown, violent terrorists.

“As recent events around the world, around the country have shown, this is no longer a coastal issue,” said Eric Barnhart, who heads the FBI’s Salt Lake field office that covers Utah, Idaho and Montana, the Desert News reports. 

“I think there used to be a narrative that if I don’t live on the West Coast or the East Coast, I’m going to be immune from this,” he said. “ISIL has changed that.”

Barnhart declined to give numbers or they types of terrorism-related cases that are under instigation.

Barnhart described ISIS as a “whole different monster” because of its “kill where you are” philosophy.