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Teenager Who Stabbed 4 Students at University of California ‘May Have Been Self-Radicalized’

Faisal Mohammad

Faisal Mohammad

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A teenager accused of stabbing four people at the University of California in Merced “may have been self-radicalized,” ABC News reports. 

The FBI said Thursday that investigators discovered that Faisal Mohammad, 18, visited ISIS-related and other extremists websites in the weeks before the attack.

“Investigators developed information that he may have self-radicalized and drawn inspiration from terrorist propaganda,” said a press release by FBI Sacramento.

Authorities said Mohammad attacked a fellow student in a classroom and then attacked three others as he fled across campus.

University police shot and killed Mohammad.

Ex-CIA and NSA Director: Trump’s Rhetoric Has Made U.S. ‘Less Safe Already’

Michael Hayden

Michael Hayden

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The former director of the NSA and CIA criticized Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, saying his rhetoric is compromising Americans’ safety.

Michael Hayden said Trump’s statements on barring Muslims from entering the country were particularly “detrimental.”

“It’s made us less safe already,” Hayden said.

Hayden said the rhetoric “reinforces their narrative” that America and Islam are incompatible.

Other troubling statements involved Trump’s call to bring back torture to get information from suspected terrorists.

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FBI Investigating Alleged ISIS ‘Kill List’ Containing Law Enforcement Officials in Minnesota

ISIS flag

ISIS flag

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

State and federal authorities are investigated an alleged ISIS “kill list” that contains personal information of dozens of Minnesota law enforcement officers, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. 

A group of hackers affiliated with ISIS in Iraq and the Levant is accused of creating a list of names, addresses and telephone numbers of at least 36 officers across Minnesota. The group calls itself the Caliphate Cyber Army.

The list also included instructions to kill and was posted on the encrypted app Telegram.

Authorities are trying to determine how legitimate the group is.

“It is on our radar and we have been working with the various agencies which have been both named and unnamed,” FBI spokesman Kyle Loven said of the list. “We’re proceeding forward with this matter and treating it as a serious threat.”

Ex-Army Soldier Accused of Plotting Attacks in Name of ISIS Not Charged with Terrorism

us-army-logoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Daniel Seth Franey is a former U.S. Army soldier who is accused of planning to ambush police officers, attack a Seattle-area military base and kill everyone at an annual gathering of top military brass, Vice News reports.

Yet Franey, who was arrested on Feb. 6, was never charged with terrorism, raising serious questions about how the FBI and federal prosecutors handled the case.

Instead, Franey was charged with three counts of unlawful possession of firearms and two counts of unlawful possession of machine guns.

After receiving tips that Franey was bent on attacking Americans in the name of ISIS, an FBI informant spent eight months with the former soldier to gauge how serious he was. The informant even furnished Franey with guns before arresting him for illegal possession of weapons.

Franey faces up to 50 years in prison.

American Man Accused of Fighting for ISIS Was Not on FBI’s Radar

Syria mapBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An American man accused of fighting for ISIS and detained by Kurdish forces in Iraq was not on the FBI’s radar, the Washington Post reports. 

Mohamad Khweis traveled to Turkey and Greece for vacation with friends about two months ago, his family members said.

But the Kurdish publication, Rudaw, reported that Khweis traveled to Syria from Turkey two months ago and was arrested on his way back to Turkey.

Kurdish authorities said they hot at Khweis because they believed he was a suicide bomber. Khweis surrendered.

Friends of Khweis were shocked.

“I’m like, ‘I can’t even comprehend what I’m looking at right now,’” friend Harrison Weinhold, 27, of Alexandria, said. “It could not have been a more normal guy.”

More than 250 Americans have joined or attempted to join extremist groups overseas, according to a congressional report release last year.

Questions Raised about FBI Targeting High School Students Who Show Signs of ‘Extremism’

schoolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is now targeting high school students who could be potential extremists.

New FBI guidelines are calling for high schools nationwide to report students who are critical of government policies and “western corruption” in an effort to get an early warning about potential sympathizers of terrorism, Alternet reports.

The guidelines warn of “anarchist extremists” and young people who travel to “suspicious” countries.

The “Preventing Violent Extremism in Schools” guidelines were released in January and “are almost certainly designed to single out and target Muslim-American communities,” Alternet argues.

“However, in its caution to avoid the appearance of discrimination, the agency identifies risk factors that are so broad and vague that virtually any young person could be deemed dangerous and worthy of surveillance, especially if she is socio-economically marginalized or politically outspoken,” Alternet reports.

The new guidelines suggest high schools can be hotbeds of extremism.

“High school students are ideal targets for recruitment by violent extremists seeking support for their radical ideologies, foreign fighter networks, or conducting acts of violence within our borders,” the document warns, claiming that youth “possess inherent risk factors.”

CIA Director: ISIS Has Become Bigger Threat Than Al-Qaeda

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

CIA Director John Brennan told NPR that ISIS is a bigger threat than al-Qaeda.

In the interview, Brennan also said may stay with the agency if a new presidential administration supports him at the helm.

Listen to the interview above.

Trump’s Desire to Torture Terrorists Again Won’t Gain Traction, Ex-CIA Chief Said

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Current and former CIA officials took issue with Donald Trump’s suggestion that the U.S. should start torturing terrorists again for information.

In an interview with NBC News, former CIA Director Michael Hayden said the spy agency won’t employ torture after the fallout from the post-9/11 interrogation program.

Hayden, who served as CIA director at the end of George W. Bush’s administration, said the agency would not return torturing terrorists.

“Multiple investigations, grand juries, presidential condemnations, and congressional star chambers have a way of doing that to you,” Hayden told NBC News.

Trump said last week that “torture works,” and he would bring back waterboarding and “much stronger methods.”

CIA officials would be unlikely to use harsh techniques in the near future because of the fallout following the interrogation program.

‘I can’t imagine anyone volunteering to do it,” said Bill Harlow, a former CIA spokesman.