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U.S. Probes Potential for Domestic Terrorism in Light of Military Involvement in Syria

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As the prospect of U.S. military involvement in Syria raises, the House Homeland Security Committee plans to meet Tuesday to discuss the potential domestic security implications, The Star-Ledger reports.

Authorities are worried that a military strike would inflame anti-American sentiments and prompt a terrorist attack.

“In light of the atrocities witnessed in Syria, today our nation faces difficult choices,” the committee chairman, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.), said in a statement. “We must determine how the civil war in Syria affects our national security interests, and the ramifications of our action or inaction in the Syrian conflict. Ultimately, without an international coalition or a clear military objective, sending ‘warning’ shots may risk entangling the U.S. in a war where a rogue regime is fighting a rebel force infiltrated by extremists who count the U.S. as their enemy. Such an action will not secure Assad’s deadly chemical weapons, which could end up in the hands of al Qaeda.”

President Obama has throated to use military force after the Syrian government was accused last month of killing more than 1,400 people win a chemical weapons attack.

Feds on High Alert As 12th Anniversary of Sept. 11 Terrorist Attacks Nears

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

With two days until the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the federal government is on high alert but has found no credible or detailed information about an imminent threat, The Associated Press reports.

Concerns of an attack on Western targets will remain high this week as federal authorities recall the four Americans killed on last year’s anniversary in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

There were no specific warnings about that attack, the AP wrote.

Trouble is, it’s not easy identifying a terrorist plot being perpetrated by a lone person who may not be tied to a specific terror group, the AP reported.

Terrorism Suspect to Be Charged Today with Trying to Get FBI Agent Killed

diagram of car bomb

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A suburban Chicago terrorism suspect is expected to be charged today with trying to solicit the murder of an FBI agent, the Associated Press reports.

Adel Daoud, who is accused of attempting to ignite what he thought was a car bomb outside of a downtown Chicago bar, is expected to plead not guilty.

Investigators allege Daoud was attempting to have an undercover FBI agent killed while behind bars in 2012.

Man Charged with Trying to Bomb Chicago Bar Accused of Trying to Kill Undercover FBI Agent

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A teenager accused of trying to bomb a downtown Chicago bar also tried to get an undercover FBI agent killed, the Associated Press reports.

From his jail cell, Adel Daoud is accused of plotting to have someone kill an FBI agent who played a role in a sting that led to this arrest in 2012, the AP wrote.

The 19-year-old now faces a charge of solicitation of murder.

Authorities say Daoud was targeting the FBI agent who posed as a terrorist in New York.

Daoud’s attorney dismissed the claims as outrageous.

“The government was pursuing the allegations of a notoriously unreliable street gang jailhouse informant,” attorney Thomas Durkin said.

“These fantastic new charges only further support our previous public position that the trial evidence will show that Adel Daoud is an immature, impressionable and manipulable teenager — not the international terrorist the government seems hell-bent on trying to paint.”

FBI Has Domestic Version of Seal Team Six

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Meet the Seal Team Six of the FBI.

One of the nation’s most elite units, the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team are decked out in camouflage and armed with HK416 assault rifles, The Week reports.

Think of them as the domestic version of the U.S. Navy SEALs.

They undergo similar training, use common techniques and technology and even chase down terrorists.

But there is a difference, former FBI Director Louis J. Freeh once said.

“The members of the HRT are not commandos.”

The qualifications are strict – experience as an FBI special agent and a grueling selection process, The Week wrote.

Outgoing FBI Director Mueller III Speaks About How Sept. 11 Changed the FBI

Robert Mueller

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Outgoing FBI Director Robert S Mueller III never imagined that his bureau would be consumed with the fight on terror.

After all, Mueller started his job as director a week before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

“I love prosecuting cases, and I love doing investigations, particularly homicide investigations and the like, and that’s why I became a prosecutor,” Mueller said in a rare interview with reporters at FBI headquarters, the Washington Post reports.“I did not expect to be spending my time preventing terrorist attacks,”

Twelve years later, Mueller is exiting a bureau that has been transformed to handle the global war on terror. Since the attacks, the FBI has invested heavily in intelligence programs and information technology, while opening 18 overseas posts.

“You have one metric, and that is preventing all attacks. . . . If there’s one attack, you are unsuccessful,” he said.

Writer William Vollmann Says FBI Suspected Him of Being Unabomber, Terrorist

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Few authors write with as much insight into violence and war as William Vollmann.

The winner of a National Book Award, Vollmann revealed in a Harper’s essay, “Life as a Terrorist,” that he was suspected of being a terrorist and even the Unabomber because of the content of his fiction, the Washington Post writes.

In the September issue of Harper’s magazine, Vollmann reveals the outrageous contents of his 785-page secret government file – 300 pages of which were obtained by suing the FBI and CIA.

“I begin to see how government haters are made,” he writes.

Vollmann discovered that he was investigated for ties to terrorism and was even suspected of being the Unabomber.

“Once you’re a suspect and you’re in the system, that ain’t goin’ away.  … Anytime there’s a terrorist investigation, your name’s gonna come up,” Vollmann wrote.

NSA Surveillance on Domestic Calls Narrowly Dodged a House Plan to End the Controversial Practice

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. House narrowly rejected a plan that would have limited the controversial collection of telephone records on domestic calls Wednesday after the extent of the surveillance was leaked last month, the USA Today reports.

The 217-205 vote means the NSA can continue collecting domestic surveillance without as much as a warrant.

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., proposed the amendment and managed to round up a group of conservatives, libertarians and liberals to support it.

The move would have required NSA to collect data more discriminately by focusing on individual suspects.

But critics said the amendment would have killed a powerful tool to keep the country safe from terrorism.