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FBI: Teen Tried to Detonate What He Thought Was Real Bomb in Chicago in FBI Sting

By Steve Neavling

The investigation began with an email message about jihad and ended with a man pressing the trigger on what he believed to be a car bomb outside of a Chicago bar, the Associated Press reports.

On Friday, after months of investigating the 18-year-old U.S. citizen from a Chicago suburb, Adel Daoud was arrested for trying to detonate a phony car bomb, according to the FBI.

Daoud is expected to be charged this afternoon on charges of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to damage and destroy a building with an explosive, the AP reported.

It’s not uncommon for undercover FBI agents to befriend would-be terrorists and provide them with fake explosives.

Using the same strategy in 2010, a Lebanese immigrant dropped what he thought was a bomb into a trash bin near Chicago’s Wrigley Field, the AP reported.



Joint Terrorism Task Forces Among Those to Be Honored by Anti-Defamation League

By Allan Lengel

Members of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in the Washington Field Office will be among those honored by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) at a ceremony in D.C. on Sept. 24.

The ADL, a Jewish organization that works closely with law enforcement on hate crimes and terrorism issues, is presenting the honors at its ADL SHIELD Awards, which are given to “heroes who have protected our nation and communities from hate crimes and terrorist threats.”

“The Award gives us an opportunity to publicly recognize and express our appreciation to those who protect our nation and communities and who guard our lives and freedoms,” Elise Jarvis, ADL’s Associate Director for Law Enforcement Outreach, said in a statement.

The winners were selected by 20 law enforcement executives which includes the Chiefs of Police and other top law enforcement officials from metropolitan, state and federal law enforcement agencies in D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina.

The 2012 ADL SHIELD Award recipients will include:

  • The FBI Washington Field Office Joint Terrorism Task Force and partner agencies for the investigation and prosecution of Yonathan Melaku, who was responsible for a series of shootings at military installations in Northern Virginia in 2010, which included: the National Museum of the Marine Corps (twice), the Pentagon, and Marine Corps and Coast Guard recruiting centers
  • The Drug Enforcement Administration and federal prosecutors for the arrest and prosecution of Viktor Bout, who is also known as the “Merchant of Death,” and was considered one of the world’s most notorious arms traffickers and terrorist facilitators
  • The Montgomery County Police Department and Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office for the investigation and prosecution into a hate crimes case involving a series of tire-slashing vandalisms that targeted members of the Latino community, spanning a 4 year period, with 22 victims, and over 100 separate cases documented for investigation
  • The Baltimore Joint Terrorism Task Force for accomplishments which include the disruption of a terrorist plot to attack Washington, DC and foiling an attempt to bomb a U.S. Armed Forces recruiting center in Maryland
  • The Raleigh-Durham Joint Terrorism Task Force and federal prosecutors for the investigation and prosecution of Daniel Patrick Boyd and his co-conspirators, a homegrown violent extremist group which made plans to wage jihad overseas and in the U.S.

FBI Investigates Alleged Terrorist Threat in Tenn.

Steve Neavling

The FBI is joining an investigation into an alleged terrorist threat in Nashville, News Channel 5 reports.

Amal Abdullahi, 29, was arrested last week on allegations she made terrorist threats to coworkers at CEVA Logistics, saying she was prepared to be a martyr for Allah and that nonbelievers should die, News Channel 5 reported.

According to interviews with coworkers, Abdullahi said nonbelievers should die and soon the country will be predominately Muslim.

After the company asked for charges to be filed, Abdullahi was jailed on a $50,000 bond, according to New Channel 5.

Stories of Other Interest

IG Says Justice Department Underreported Terrorism Statistics

Steve Neavling 

The Office of Inspector General said the Justice Department misreported terrorism statistics to Congress, the Associated Press reports.

The report, released Thursday, shows the Justice Department charged 544 people with terrorism-related crimes in the six years since the Sept. 11, attacks, not 512, as reported by the Justice Department, according to the AP.

In addition, 324 people were convicted or pleaded guilty to terrorism-related charges, not 319.

While the numbers were  not significantly understated, the inspector general said such information must be reported accurately and more carefully, the AP reported.

Feds to Release Bacteria into Boston’s Subway System in Simulated Attack

Steve Neavling

 The Department of Homeland Security is releasing dead bacteria into Boston’s Subway System to test its new bio-terror sensing detector, the Business Insider reports.

Scientists will release Bacillus subtilis, a non-toxic bacterium found in soil, water, air and decomposing plant matter, as part of a simulated biological weapon attack.

It can’t cause disease, according to the Business Insider.

The idea is to monitor the spread of the bacteria for the next six months, according to the Business Insider.


FBI Trip Wires Help in Battle Against Terrorism

Steve Neavling

 The FBI has foiled terrorist attacks and saved lives using so-called trip wires, Dr. Vahid Majidi, the former assistant FBI director in charge of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, tells Newsmax.

Ronald Kessler writes:

The wires are designed to tip off the FBI of potential terrorists by identifying people who buy suspicious chemicals or are funding enemies of the U.S., author and reporter Ronald Kessler wrote after interviewing Majidi.

Trip wires ended in the arrest of a 20-year-old college student from Saudi Arabia who was accused of planning to blow up the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush, according to Newsmax. In a separate case, the FBI became aware of a man who planned to make ricin from castor beans.

“We have a complete set of trip wires for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats,” Majidi said.

From Accused Terrorist To U.S. Citizen: Ali-Haimoud’s Painful Journey

Farouk Ali-Haimoud

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — He was accused of being part of terrorist cell in Detroit in the days after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He spent about 15 months in the Wayne County Jail, often in isolation. He was occasionally strip searched.

And then, he was acquitted of all charges.

Now, after the trial, the jailing, the humiliation and the close encounter with spending his life in prison, Farouk Ali-Haimoud has a new American experience:

He has become a U.S. citizen.

“I went through a lot to get that citizenship,” he said, talking on a recent Sunday afternoon at an Arabic bakery on West Warren Avenue in Dearborn. “Those were hard times, not just hard times for me, but for my family. They accused me of one of the worst crimes on the planet.”

About nine months ago, Ali-Haimoud, 32, got word from immigration authorities — just like millions of immigrants before him — that he was a U.S. citizen.

But his journey from Algeria to Detroit to U.S. citizenship, was anything but typical.

To read the whole story click here. 

Whistleblower: Port Newark Ill-Prepared for Terrorist Attack

Steve Neavling

One of the country’s largest ports is not adequately prepared to fend off terrorists, thieves and other criminals, a former Homeland Security agent said, the New York Post reports.

Terrorists “are looking for a weakness, and you’re standing in one of them right now,” Adam Conti, 46, told The Post. “This place is like a piece of Swiss cheese. There are good cops over [here], but they are outnumbered and have no resources.”

Some of the problems the security expert pointed out at Port Newark were high crime, lack of surveillance and east access  to the plant.

Conti said blowing the whistle on the site cost him his job at the Port Authority, the Post reports.