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FBI Director: Agents Can’t Monitor Communication Between ISIS And Dozens of Americans

Smart PhoneBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that agents are unable to monitor communication between ISIS and dozens of American supporters.

Comey told the Senate Homeland Security Committee that Americans are encrypting software to block the FBI’s ability to monitor the communication, NBC reports.

“ISIS is sending a poisonous message that buzzes in the pockets of troubled souls, unmoored people, all day long,” Comey told the Senate Homeland Security Committee. “The challenge we face is finding those needles in a nationwide haystack, assessing where they are on a spectrum between consuming this poison and acting on it, and disrupting them before they act.”

Comey has been pressing lawmakers to require the technology industry to make it more difficult for encryption software to be used.

NYT Film Review: ‘(T)error’ Documentary ‘Leaves Too Much Unverified’

By Ken Jaworowski
New York Times

If you assume everything said in “(T)error” is true — and for the most part, I do — it’s a sobering story. Still, though the film gains your trust, it leaves too much unverified.

The movie, billed as the first documentary to embed filmmakers in an F.B.I. counterterrorism operation, follows Saeed Torres, a former Black Panther and self-described “civilian operative” who says he works as a paid undercover informant.

Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe, the directors, travel with Mr. Torres to Pittsburgh, where Mr. Torres says his mission is to befriend Khalifah al-Akili, a man who may have, among other things, posted pro-Taliban statements online. Mr. Torres, who is untrained, is supposed to gauge the potential for terrorist activity and help the F.B.I. build a case against Mr. al-Akili.

Mr. Torres meets Mr. al-Akili several times (none of those encounters, nor any with the F.B.I., are shown, only mentioned) and concludes that he isn’t a serious threat. Despite this, Mr. Torres says, he is told to press on, which casts suspicion on the F.B.I.’s investigation and, by association, its use of informants.

While the agency’s methods appear dubious, the film’s approach is sometimes lacking. No F.B.I. agents, current or retired, are interviewed for context or corroboration; an ending note says only that the agency did not respond to a request for comment.

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FBI, Interpol to Work Closely Together to Crack Down on Terrorism, Cybercrime

interpolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In an effort to crack down on global terrorism and cybercrime, the FBI and Interpol plan to work closer together.

The announcement was made last week after FBI Director James Comey met with Interpol Secretary General Jurgen Stock in France, Occupational Health and Safety reports.

“International partnerships remain critical as we work to keep our nations safe from crime,” Comey said. “Recent events underscore the pervasive nature of international terrorism and the increased need to share information. Interpol plays a crucial role by ensuring law enforcement agencies have access to real-time intelligence, which assists in identifying and countering common threats in order to protect those we serve.”

Stock applauded the international cooperation.

“As we face an ever-increasing range and scope of crime and terror threats, international cooperation between law enforcement agencies has never been so important,” Stock said. “Interpol plays a unique role in assisting police in each of our 190 member countries to identify and share intelligence leads, bridge information gaps, and disrupt the organized networks behind a range of crimes which are often interlinked. However, this is not possible without the support and input from agencies such as the FBI, and I look forward to our working even more closely in the future to the benefit of the global law enforcement community and citizens worldwide.”

More Fiber-Optic Cables Cut in California As FBI Fears Possible Terrorism

fbi-logBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

More fiber-optic cables were severed in California, this time in Livermore on Monday night.

The Washington Times reports that AT&T is offering a $250,000 reward for information on the latest attacks.

It’s just the latest attack on fiber-optic cables in California.

“It’s a serious matter and affects public safety at large,” AT&T spokesman Jim Greer said Tuesday, USA Today reported.

Security officials believe the attacks could be acts of terrorism.

Homeland Security Director Compares Terrorism Rhetoric to Red Scare

Jeh Johnson

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In what appears to be a swipe at Republican candidates, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson warned against “over-simplistic rhetoric” about terrorism that recalls the sensational Communist red scares in the 1950s, CNN reports.

The comments came during a lecture at Westminster College in Missouri as authorities discussed terrorism and immigration.

Johnson cautioned that overheated rhetoric can cause unnecessary “fear, hate, suspicion, prejudice and government over-reach.”

“In this environment, the first impulse may be to suspect all Muslims living among us in this country are potential terrorists,” Johnson said.

FBI Arrests Teenager Accused of Plotting ISIS-Inspired Attack on Pope Francis

Pope Francis

Pope Francis

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 15-year-old boy accused of plotting an ISIS-inspired attack on Pope Francis during his upcoming visit to the U.S. was arrested by the FBI, the Daily News reported Tuesday. 

The teenager, who has not yet been identified, is accused of finding bomb-making directions on social media and then sharing them.

“The minor was inspired by [ISIS] and sought to conduct a detailed homeland attack which included multiple attackers, firearms, and multiple explosives, targeting a foreign dignitary at a high-profile event,” a joint intelligence bulletin by the FBI and Homeland Security said.

The FBI wouldn’t comment on the case.

“We are monitoring very closely threats against the pope as he comes into the United States,”  U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said Sunday, adding that the Secret Service alerted him to an earlier thwarted plot. “We’re all very vigilant to protect him.”

Florida Man Accused of Plotting Terrorist Attack on Sept. 11 Anniversary

fbi logo largeA 20-year-old man living with his parents in Florida is accused of encouraging a terrorist attack in Kansas City on today’s 14th anniversary of Sept. 11, the Washington Post reports. 

Joshua Ryne Goldberg was charged with distribution of information relating to explosives, destructive devices, and weapons of mass destruction.

“Hopefully there will be some jihad on the anniversary of 9/11,” Goldberg is accused of telling an FBI informant in a direct message.

The FBI said lengthy discussions occurred between Goldberg and the informant.

“The Jews are the worst enemies of Allah,” a social media post read. “When Islam conquers Australia, every single Jew will be slaughtered like the filthy cockroaches that they are.”

Goldberg is accused of offering to help detonate a bomb.

“Have you decided what kind of attack to carry out on 9/11 … I was thinking a bombing. We could make pipe bombs and detonate them at a large public event.”

FBI, CIA, NSA: No Credible Threat of Terrorist Attack in America on Anniversary of 9/11

World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks via Wikipedia.

World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The federal agencies in charge of keeping America safe from a terrorist attack said there is no credible threat to America’s homeland on today’s 14th anniversary of Sept. 11.

The Washington Times reports that directors of the FBI, CIA and the National Security Agency said Thursday that they have no reason to believe a terrorist attack will occur today, despite increasing concerns over ISIS and al Qaeda.

The directors made the statement at an intelligence community conference in Washington, saying improvements in communications between the agencies have greatly reduced the threat of terrorism on the homeland.

“Compared to where we were 14 years ago, that intelligence work is light years ahead of where it was,” CIA Director John Brennan said. “And, in addition, strengthening the defenses of this country from 2001 to now — this is a much more difficult environment for terrorist groups to operate in.”