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Ex-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani Minced No Words During Post-9/11 Hearing on Terrorism Threats

Rudolph Giuliani

Rudolph Giuliani

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was a key witness Tuesday at a Congressional hearing on the terrorism threats that remain after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Giuliani didn’t mince words, NY1.com reports. 

“Whatever euphemisms we want to engage in, they are at war with us,” Giuliani said. “By they, I mean Islamic extremist terrorists.”

The hearing was a meeting of the House Homeland Security Committee at the 9/11 Museum at the foot of the World Trade Center site.

Giuliani called for more aggressive actions, especially with threats from ISIS.

Giuliani also expressed concerns about Iran and its nuclear capabilities.

“We are putting the nuclear button in the hands of madmen,” Giuliani said.

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Homeland Security Chair Warns about Dangers of Hosting Syrian Refugees

Syria mapBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Should the U.S. host refugees who are fleeing Syria?

U.S. House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul is cautioning against it, saying the refugees present a threat to national security, TownHall.com reports.

“We’re a compassionate nation and this is a tragic situation but I also have to be concerned as Chairman of Homeland Security about the safety of Americans in this country and the concern that I have and that the FBI testified to is that we don’t really have the proper databases on these individuals to vet them passed and to assure we’re not allowing terrorists to come into this country and until I have that assurance, I cannot support a program that could potentially bring jihadists into the United States,” Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee Michael McCaul said in an interview with Fox News Monday. “We don’t know who these people are and I think that’s the bottom line here and until we know who they are, we cannot responsibly bring them into the United States.”

“Both the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI have told me privately that they don’t support bringing in Syrian refugees because of the threat they pose to Americans,” McCaul added.

McCaul said he hasn’t heard how President Obama plans to address the issue.

Some European countries are offering to take refugees, but nations in the Middle East are not.

Chair of U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security Gets Book Deal about Terrorism

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul is writing a book about his experience chairing the House Committee on Homeland Security, the Associated Press reports.

Entitled “Failures of Imagination: The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland – and How to Thwart Them,” the book by the Texas Republican explores the dangers of terrorism and potential solutions.

Crown Publishing Group calls the book a “compelling and action-packed narrative.”

McCaul, 53, said the “greatest threat to America’s homeland is a failure to imagine the worst-case scenarios.”

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Kansas Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Trying to Detonate Bomb at Airport

wichitaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Kansas avionic technician who had restricted access to secure airport areas was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Monday for trying to detonate a car bomb at the airport in Wichita.

Terry Lee Loewen, 60, attempted to enter a secure area of Wichita Mid-Continental Airport to detonate the bomb when he was arrested in December 2013.

He was convicted of one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction on June 8.

“Terry Loewen abused his privileged airport access to attempt to perpetrate a terrorist attack in Wichita,” Assistant Attorney General John P. Carlin said. “The National Security Division’s highest priority is protecting the United States against terrorist threats. We will continue to pursue justice against those who seek to carry out violent attacks against Americans, whether at home or abroad.”

The FBI was first made aware of Loewen after he became a Facebook friend of someone advocating terrorism.

Head of FBI in Minnesota: Rash of Terrorism Arrests Not Stopping Others from Joining ISIS

fbi logo largeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Despite a rash of well-publicized arrests of American suspected of trying to join ISIS, the terror group continues to successfully recruit U.S. residents, the head of the FBI in Minnesota said Wednesday.

In the Minneapolis area, which is home to the largest Somali community in the U.S., six men were arrested recently for allegedly plotting to join ISIS.

Still, the FBI continues to investigate what appears to be an increasing number of ISIS sympathizers, said FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Minnesota Field Office, Richard Thornton, said Wednesday.

“There are people in this community that are at various stages along the path to traveling as we speak,” he said. “I can’t tell you if there is one on an airplane as we speak, necessarily, but the arrests and the other activities have not stopped the activity across the board.”

FBI: Reputed Klansman Planned to Attack Muslims with Mobile, Radiation-Spewing Weapon

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A reputed Klansman from Saratoga County in New York believed he was capable of making a mobile device that would decimate Muslim towns with radiation.

Unbeknownst to him, he unraveled his plans to FBI agents and a KKK leader who was working with the bureau, The Times Union reports. 

The details were released Wednesday during a federal trial.

The case is expected to go to the jury as early as this week.

Crawford was arrested June 18, 2013. A co-defendant has already pleaded guilty.

Speaking to agents, Crawford bragged about the weapon’s capabilities.

“This could kill whole cities in a night — silently,” Crawford told the agents. “It would be weeks before anybody would have any inkling that anything was wrong and they’d probably drop dead in their beds.”

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Robert Holley, Head of Chicago’s FBI Field Office, Plans to Retire, Join Private Sector

Robert Holley

Robert Holley

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The special agent in charge of Chicago’s Field Office plans to retire in late August following 20 years with the bureau, The Chicago Tribune reports. 

Robert Holley, who once led international terrorism investigations, conducted work for the FBI in Yemen, Iraq, Pakistan, Tanzania, India and Isreal.

Holley’s career began in 1995 at the Chicago FBI office, where he received several promotions. He also served as deputy assistant director in the Counterterrorism Division and was the special agent in charge of the FBI Indianapolis Division.

“I am most proud of having the opportunity to lead the Chicago Field Office and work with these men and women every day,” Holley said Tuesday in a FBI news release. “I am amazed by their dedication and what they do for the citizens of the United States every day.”

Like many retiring agents, Holley has accepted a job in the private sector. He will work on Discover Financial Services’ Global Security Team after his retirement on Aug. 20.

Six Men on No-Fly List Want Judge to Examine FBI’s Terrorism Assessments

Airport crowdBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

How does the FBI decide who goes on the no-fly list?

That’s the question at the center of a lawsuit by six men who were placed on the no-fly list, The Oregonian reports. 

Their lawyers are asking a judge to review how the federal government determines who is placed on the list and whether that determination aligns with threats to commercial airlines or national security.

The government “offers no evidence whatsoever about the accuracy of their predictive model, any scientific basis or methodology that might justify it, or the extent to which it might result in errors,” the lawyers argue.

The Justice Department in late May said the determination to place people on the no-fly list is based on “reasonable suspicion” that they pose terrorism threats.

“The government has taken concrete steps to balance the liberty of suspected terrorists with the serious national security concerns protected by the No-Fly List,” they wrote.