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FBI Investigating Shooting of Philadelphia Cop As ‘a Terrorist Attack’

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The recent shooting of a Philadelphia police officer is being investigated by the FBI as “a terrorist attack,” the bureau’s director, James Comey, said Wednesday.

TribLive reports that the alleged shooter, Edward Archer, was an ISIS supporter and may have been working with a larger group of terrorists, Comey said.

The rise of ISIS has been a challenge for law enforcement because the terrorist group is inspiring small-scale attacks by individuals.

Comey urged the public to come forward with any information about anyone who is becoming radicalized.

“That’s a choice no parent would want to make, but the choice is not a hard one. If you think your child is on a path toward violence, for that child’s sake, for your family’s sake and for the community, you’ve got to talk to us about it. Because what will come later will be unspeakably painful for a whole lot of people,” Comey said.

ISIS Supporter Who Shot Philadelphia Cop May Belong to Larger Radical Group

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating whether an ISIS supporter who shot a Philadelphia cop was part of a radical group that may still pose a threat, The Washington Post reports. 

The investigation follows a tip from a citizen who said the suspect, Edward Archer, was part of a larger group.

Archer ran up to a parole car Thursday and shot Officer Jesse Hartnett several times. The officer is in stable condition but was able to shoot and injure the attacker.

“He stated that he pledges his allegiance to Islamic State, he follows Allah and that is the reason he was called upon to do this,” Capt. James Clark said at Friday’s news conference. “He kept on echoing those sentiments and he wouldn’t give us anything more than that.”

Authorities Believe They’ve Identified ISIS’s New ‘Jihadi John’ in Video

Siddartha Dhar

Siddartha Dhar

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal officials believe ISIS has a new “Jihadi John.”

The suspect’s name is Siddartha Dhar, a London man who converted to Islam as a young man and later joined the banned radical Islamic group, Al Muhajiroun, CBS News reports. 

Authorities had him in custody in 2014 for suspected terrorism but were forced to release him because of a lack of evidence.

Soon after, he joined ISIS in Syria and quipped about the security in Britain.

“What a shoddy security system Britain must have to allow me to breeze through Europe to the Islamic State,” he tweeted.

In the latest ISIS video showing the execution of five men, a masked man is shown, and it’s believed he is Dhar.

British intelligence services are trying to conclusively identify the masked man by comparing his voice and face with samples the government already has of Dhar.

FBI Beefs Up Presence in 3 Major U.S. Cities Ahead of New Year’s Eve

new york city3 cabsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal authorities are heightening security in several highly populated locations on New Year’s Eve after President Obama said a threat overseas may involve three American cities, The Source reports. 

During a security briefing, President Obama was warned of possible targets that include New York, Los Angeles and Washington.

The FBI is beefing up its presence in some of the 24-hour command centers around the country.

Man Accused of Helping San Bernardino Attackers Was Quiet Nerd And Recent Convert of Islam

Enrique Marquez, via Facebook.

Enrique Marquez, via Facebook.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

To many people who knew him, Enrique Marquez was a quiet nerd who worked at Walmart and was a part-time security guard at a bar.

About a month before the San Bernardino massacre, Marquez left a bizarre Facebook post: “No one really knows me. I lead multiple lives and I’m wondering when it’s all going to collapse on me.”

Marquez, it turns out, was a childhood friend and neighbor Syed Rizwan Farook, who opened fire with his wife at a holiday party in San Bernardino, CNN reports.

The 24-year-old is accused of illegally purchasing a pair of rifles that Farook and his wife used in the attack.

A 36-page affidavit by the FBI depicted Marquez as a recent convert to Islam who transformed into a potential terrorist plotting several attacks, including a massacre at a community college and a pipe bomb and rifle attack during rush hour on a Southern California freeway.

The affidavit explained that Marquez began buying guns and ammunition in late 2011 as he prepared an attack. He and Farook trained together at local firing ranges.

FBI Investigates Whether Pennsylvania Man Accused of Supporting ISIS Communicated with Terrorists

Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz

Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Days after they FBI arrested a 19-year-old Pennsylvania man accused of using 57 social media accounts to promote ISIS, their attention has turned to whether he was acting alone or had acquaintances, Penn Live reports.

“The goal is to find out who he’s been dealing with in order to see if there are others in the U.S. or outside the U.S.,” said John Weaver, an intelligence analysis coordinator and assistant professor of intelligence analysis at York College. “The FBI is probably exploiting his phone records and computers to find out who he talked to, what sites he went to, what messages were sent and received.”

To determine whether Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz had help or was receiving information from terrorists, the FBI is combing through his social media counts and text messages, which have been how many would-be terrorists are communicating.

“By identifying one individual, they can possibly identify a network,” said Charles Palmer, an associate professor of interactive media at Harrisburg University.

But the concern is that the messages may have been encrypted.

“There are a lot of ways computer forensic experts can pull information off of a computer. If it’s encrypted, all they’re pulling is a bunch of jibberish,” said Chuck Davis, corporate faculty professor of computer forensics and ethical hacking at Harrisburg University.

FBI Director: San Bernardino Shooters Did Not Publicly Support Jihad on Social Media

San Bernardino couple who opened fire at a holiday party.

San Bernardino couple who opened fire at a holiday party.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James B. Comey sought Wednesday to clear up confusion about reports that at least one of the San Bernardino shooters used social media to promote jihad.

Comey said the husband and wife were “showing signs in their communication of their joint commitment to jihad and to martyrdom” in private messages, not publicly posted ones, the Washington Post reports. 

“Those communications are direct, private messages,” Comey said during a news conference here. “So far, in this investigation we have found no evidence of posting on social media by either of them at that period in time and thereafter reflecting their commitment to jihad or to martyrdom. I’ve seensome reporting on that, and that’s a garble.”

Comey’s comments contradict assertions made during the Republican presidential debate Tuesday and a report by the New York Times that one of the shooters “talked openly on social media” about jihad. 

Comey declined to say which social media sites were used to pass on private messages.

San Bernardino Shooters Buried at Traditional, FBI-Guarded Funeral

koranBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The San Bernardino couple who opened fire at a holiday party in San Bernardino, killing 14 people, were buried in a traditional funeral guarded by the FBI, Reuters reports. 

Many members of the mosque that the couple attended did not go to the funeral.

The bodies were buried in a Muslim cemetery hours away from San Bernardino in a funeral that followed traditional Islamic rituals.

It took a week to find a cemetery that would accept the bodies, Reuters wrote, citing a funeral attendee and another person familiar with the preparations.

Islamic tradition calls for burying bodies within 24 hours of death, but the bodies weren’t released by law enforcement in time.