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Hillary Clinton Rolls Out 5-Point Plan to Combat Radicalization in the U.S.

hillary-clintonBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton unveiled a five-part plan to thwart the growing threat of domestic terrorism in the U.S. on Tuesday.

Clinton spoke at the University of Minnesota’s campus in Minneapolis, saying the San Bernardino massacre has shaken Americans, CBS News reports.

“San Bernardino felt different,” Clinton said. “Maybe it was the timing, coming so soon after the Paris attacks. Maybe it was how random it seemed.”

She added: “It made us all feel it could have been anywhere at any time.”

Clinton’s strategy largely focuses on shuttering the online recruiting and training systems used by ISIS by increasing intelligence sharing and carefully vetting social media sites.

“Our security professionals need to track and analyze ISIS social media posts and map jihadist networks,” Clinton said, referring to a flaw in the vetting process of one of the San Bernardino shooters. “Companies should double their efforts to maintain and enforce their own service agreements and other necessary policies to police their networks, identify extremist content and remove it.”

Clinton proposed sending agents to “high risk countries” to “better investigate” visa applicants.

“Anyone who has traveled in the past five years to a country facing serious problems with terrorism foreign fighters should have to go through a full visa investigation,” Clinton said, “no matter where they’re from.”

FBI Finds That San Bernardino Shooter Pledged Support for Islamic Jihad on Facebook

Tashfeen Malik

Tashfeen Malik

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has discovered that Tashfeen Malik, one of the two shooters involved in the San Bernardino massacre, pledged support for Islamic jihad in at least two Facebook messages to a small group of Pakistani friends in 2012 and 2014, UPI reports. 

Investigators made the discovery while trying to determine whether they received help from anyone.

The first message was sent out before Malik received a K-1 fiancee visa in 2014 to come to the U.S.

Immigration officials don’t typically review social media posts as part of the background check.

FBI: Man Who Threatened to Kill Police May Have Ties to Domestic Terrorism

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI suspects that a Washington state man who is in federal custody for allegedly threatening to kill law enforcement officers has links to domestic terrorism, Q13 Fox reports. 

A judge on Monday refused to release Schuyler Barbeau from federal custody after he was charged with possessing an unregistered firearm.

The FBI believes he may have links to domestic terrorism because he threatened to kill police.

Barbeau has boasted on social media that he loves guns and dislikes the government.

According to a prosecutor, the former Marine told a woman, “I have guns and body armor and I am going to shoot and kill.”

The FBI also said there’s evidence that he hid explosives in the woods.

Homeland Security Considers Plan to Check Social Media During Visa Reviews

visasBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson decided in early 2014 to continue barring immigration officials from reviewing social media posts of people trying to enter the U.S. on a visa, The Hill reports. 

Johnson’s reasoning was that proponents of civil liberties would denounce checking social media and that the practice would cause “bad public relations.”

“During that time period immigration officials were not allowed to use or review social media as part of the screening process,” John Cohen, a former acting undersecretary at the Department of Homeland Security for intelligence and analysis, told ABC News.

But beginning in the fall of 2014, Homeland Security began vetting social media for some foreigners applying for a visa as part of a pilot program.

The news comes after the discovery that one of the San Bernardino shooters pledged allegiance to Islamic jihad on Facebook.

“Had they checked out Tashfeen Malik … maybe those people in San Bernardino would be alive,” said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, who supports a program for reviewing social media sites of foreigners applying for a visa.

FBI Investigates Mentally Unstable Friend of San Bernardino Shooters

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

The FBI is investigating a friend of the San Bernardino shooters to determine whether he was involved or assisted in the attack, the Washington Post reports.

Soon after the holiday party massacre, Enrique Marquez checked himself into a mental-health facility.

Authorities said he is cooperating and that Marquez acknowledged he was planning an attack with Syed Rizwan Farook in 2012 but backed off after four local men were arrested for plotting to kill Americans in Afghanistan.

Officials don’t believe he had prior knowledge of the holiday party attack, but he still faces the possibility of being charged.

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.

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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