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Statement on the FBI’s Investigation of Suspicious PackagesBetween October 22 and 24, 2018, suspicious packages were received at multiple locations in the New York and Washington, D.C., areas and Florida. The packages are being sent for analysis at the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia.“This investigation is of the highest priority for the FBI. We have committed the full strength of the FBI’s resources and, together with our partners on our Joint Terrorism Task Forces, we will continue to work to identify and arrest whoever is responsible for sending these packages,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray. “We ask anyone who may have information to contact the FBI. Do not hesitate to call; no piece of information is too small to help us in this investigation.”The packages are similar in appearance, as depicted in the below photograph, and contain potentially destructive devices. The packages were mailed in manila envelopes with bubble wrap...

Advanced Cyber Security Risk Assessment Checklist

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by Lars Hilse Advanced Cyber Security Risk Assessment Checklist Here is the entire method the in a nutshell; the checklist plays into phase 1. 1. Cybersecurity risk assessment (getting a status quo) (Checklist) 2. Cyber Risk mitigation (mitigating risks based on status quo) 3. Vulnerability/Risk management (handling threats based on intelligence) 4. Cyber crisis reaction (getting organizations back up and running after a cyber incident) Download the Advanced-Cyber-Security-Risk-Assessment-Checklist.pdf  ...

Chicago Computer Engineer Charged With Aiding ISIS

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by Clarion Project A Chicago computer engineer and naturalized citizen from Iraq was charged with using social media to recruit operatives for ISIS, encourage others to carry out terrorists attack and spread propaganda to support violent jihad.Ashraf Al Safoo, 34, an employed computer engineer who moved to Chicago in 2008, faces a count of conspiracy to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization. He holds a master’s degree in computer science and was working in the IT department of a web development company at the time of his arrest.Prosecutors allege Al Safoo was an active member of the Khattab Media Foundation, an organization with a “sworn bayat, or an oath of allegiance, to ISIS.”According to an affidavit, prosecutors say:    “Al-Safoo and the [co-conspirators] were working at the direction of and in cooperation with ISIS and ISIS’ media office, created and disseminated ISIS propaganda, recruited for ISIS, encouraged...

People aren’t defeated by terrorism

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SPIKED Our study suggests communities are more resilient than we think. by Bill Durodié So soon after Mental Health Awareness Day (or Week for those in the US), it may appear a tad churlish to draw attention to the dangers of over-diagnosing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But a study conducted with my colleague, Dr David Wainwright, of the department for health at the University of Bath, and published today in The Lancet Psychiatry, does just that.Our purpose is not to upset people, but to review the history of academic inquiry into the association between terrorism and mental health. To do so we first compiled a list from psychological and medical databases of all the research literature we could find that linked those concepts together. After removing less relevant papers, we were left with some 330 articles, all of which were read and analysed.The first notable element of this exercise was...
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Lurgan Mail by Carmel Robinson A man has been arrested under the Terrorism Act on suspicion of membership of a proscribed organization and dissident republican activity.The 34-year-old was arrested in Lurgan by detectives from PSNI’s Terrorism Investigation Unit earlier today. He was arrested on suspicion of membership of a proscribed organization and possession of information likely to be of use to terrorism.He has been taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite for questioning.A PSNI spokesperson said: “A number of mobile phones, electronic tablets and a memory stick were also seized.”Detective Inspector Adrian Brown said: “As part of our investigations into ongoing dissident republican activity we have arrested a man earlier today.“We will continue to disrupt the activities of those who wish to terrorize the community with their twisted ideologies so that people can live without fear.” Read more: https://www.lurganmail.co.uk/news/crime/man-34-arrested-under-terrorism-act-1-8672437...
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By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen warned Sunday that the illegal immigrant caravan heading toward the U.S. could be exploited by cartels that control most of the illegal flow of people through Latin America. Ms. Nielsen also praised the efforts of Mexico and Central American governments she said are working with the U.S. to try to contain the caravan, rather than enable it. While some among the once-5,000 member caravan have given up and returned to Honduras, local reports say about 2,000 people have barged into Mexico and vow to press on to the U.S., defying the will of the Mexican and American governments. Warnings of a get-tough policy from U.S. officials have done little to deter the migrants, who for years have seen relatives and neighbors easily jump the border to enter the U.S. with little consequence. The ease of entering is a...
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USA Today by Deborah Barfield Berry WASHINGTON — The House overwhelmingly passed a bill Wednesday that would toughen federal penalties against people who intentionally target law enforcement officers in attacks, including ambushes.“Sadly, we’ve seen a recent rash and an increase in violence against officers especially in ambush-style attacks," Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., said Wednesday. “We as members of Congress must show the law enforcement community across this country that we support them and the important work that they do day in and day out. We must also show that those who wish to target police officers with violence that those attacks will not be tolerated."The House voted 382 to 35 late Wednesday to approve the “Protect and Serve Act of 2018.”The measure proposed by Rutherford, a former Duval County sheriff, and Florida Rep. Val Demings, a Democrat, would make it a federal crime to intentionally assault a police officer with...
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Canada Free Press 100 ISIS Terrorists Caught in Guatemala as Central American Caravan Heads to U.S.By Judicial Watch In a startling revelation, Guatemala’s president announced in the country’s largest newspaper that nearly 100 ISIS terrorists have been apprehended in the impoverished Central American nation. Why should Americans care about this? A caravan of Central American migrants is making its way north. Let’s not forget that Guatemala is one of the countries that bombarded the U.S. with illegal immigrant minors under Barack Obama’s open border free-for-all. They came in droves from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala through the Mexican border and for years Uncle Sam rolled out the welcome mat offering housing, food, medical treatment and a free educationA terrorist could have easily slipped in considering the minors, coined Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC), were not properly vetted and some turned out to be violent gangbangers who went on to commit heinous...
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American Military News by Laura Widener As the migrant caravan from Honduras closes in on the Mexico-Guatemalan border on their trek to the United States, they will face their next big barrier – the Mexican federal police.Mexico heeded President Trump’s call for blocking the caravan by sending their own federal forces to the border on Wednesday and Thursday ahead of the caravan’s arrival, USA Today reported. Two Boeing 727 planes carrying Mexico’s federal police officers landed in the border city of Tapachula, as visible in the video below. Video and reports revealed hundreds of officers unloading from the planes, some of which were equipped with riot gear.President Trump tweeted a response saying, “Thank you Mexico, we look forward to working with you!” Watch video at https://americanmilitarynews.com/2018/10/video-two-planes-filled-with-mexican-anti-riot-police-land-to-stop-4000-migrant-caravan-headed-for-us/...
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by JJ Green WASHINGTON — Where does the U.S. fight against terrorists stand?On this week’s edition of The Hunt with WTOP national security correspondent J.J. Green, Dan Chirot, University of Washington professor of international relations, says the U.S. is relatively safe and needs to get out of Afghanistan. 'We can't fix these societies'Ed Chirot, University of Washington professor Listen Here: https://wtop.com/j-j-green-national/2018/10/the-hunt-the-state-of-terrorism-in-the-us-and-beyond/...
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  Top US commander in Afghanistan unharmed after attack leaves key Afghan general dead, 3 Americans wounded MilitaryTimes By: Kyle Rempfer and Tara Copp The four-star U.S. general who leads the NATO mission to Afghanistan was present during an attack Thursday that wounded three U.S. troops and killed an Afghan general who was key to holding together the many disparate political groups and security forces in southern Afghanistan.Army Gen. Scott Miller, Resolute Support commander, was reportedly present at a meeting in Kandahar, Afghanistan, when what appears to be an insider attack occurred.“There was a situation at the Kandahar palace today. Initial reports indicate this was an Afghan-on-Afghan incident. Two Americans were wounded in the cross-fire and they have been medically evacuated,” Col. Knut Peters, a Resolute Support spokesman, said in an email to Military Times.Resolute Support later reported that the number of U.S. troops wounded was three, not two.“General Miller...
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RT  An unidentified explosive device caused the blast at a college in the Crimean city of Kerch, Russia’s anti-terrorist authorities have confirmed. The site is being swept by FSB explosive ordnance teams.“There was a detonation of an unidentified explosive device in Kerch,” Russia’s National Anti-Terrorist Committee (NAC) said. The agency confirmed that 18 people were killed in the blast and at least 50 were injured. Casualties have been rushed to hospitals. Medics confirmed that 34 people have been hospitalized so far. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said investigators are considering terrorism as the possible cause of the incident. Witnesses told RT that, apart from the blast, they heard gunfire inside the college. Some saw men with their faces covered burst into the building and open fire at students and teachers. The unknown gunmen were apparently armed with assault rifles and were throwing firecrackers.Crimea’s ombudsman said most of the victims of the...

Suspect in fatal shooting of NC state trooper identified

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By WECT Staff COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Prosecutors have identified the man accused of fatally shooting a North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper during a traffic stop in Columbus County early Wednesday morning.According to officials, Raheem Davis, 20, of Chadbourn has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Trooper Kevin Conner. First Sgt. Michael Baker with the State Highway Patrol said Conner was shot at approximately 12:15 a.m. while conducting a traffic stop for a speeding violation on U.S. 701 near Sellers Town Road in Columbus County. As Conner approached the vehicle, the suspect fired several shots, striking the trooper.Conner died after being taken to a local hospital.“At that time, the driver fled the scene and drove into Fair Bluff," Baker said in a media briefing. "The Fair Bluff Police Department attempted to stop the vehicle and a chase ensued. The driver of that white GMC...

Pentagon: US strike in Somalia killed 60 militants

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France 24 WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States conducted its largest air strike in nearly two years against militants in Somalia, killing about 60 Al-Shabaab fighters, the US military said Tuesday."This precision air strike was the largest air strike against Al-Shabaab since November 21, 2017," when air-dropped US munitions targeted one of the group's training camps, killing about 100 extremists, US Africa Command said in a statement.The strike took place Friday in the Harardhere area along the central coast of the Horn of Africa country, where US forces train Somali troops and also partner with the United Nations-backed African Union Mission in Somalia. Air assaults and missile strikes have increased in recent months against the Shabaab, an Al-Qaeda affiliate fighting to overthrow the internationally backed Somali government in Mogadishu.Friday's air strike came the day before suicide bombers killed at least 16 people at a restaurant and coffee shop in the...
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Melbourne terrorism plot: defence argues accused an ‘idiot’ rather than a jihadiHamza Abbas is on trial charged with conspiring to plan Christmas Day terrorism attacks on Melbourne The Guardian Australian Associated Press Hamza Abbas could not be trusted to know the details of an alleged Christmas Day Melbourne terror plot, and jurors deciding his involvement might judge him the “idiot brother” rather than complicit, his lawyer says.The 23-year-old is on trial in the supreme court with his cousin Abdullah Chaarani, 27, and Ahmed Mohamed, 25, charged with conspiring to prepare and plan an attack on Federation Square, Flinders Street station and St Paul’s cathedral two years ago.His older brother, 24-year-old Ibrahim Abbas, has already pleaded guilty to the same charge.But Felicity Gerry QC says common sense dictates that siblings do not always agree and, while Ibrahim was radicalised after years of jihad research, there was no evidence Hamza had similar...
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The Hill by By Michael Hayden, opinion contributor Just how safe are we? The question has not left the minds of most of us for very long, at least not since 2001. With today’s breathless coverage of often vile news, I think many Americans viewed last month’s anniversary of the 9/11 attacks as an opportunity to commemorate and to reflect. For me, there were memories of putting the National Security Agency on a war footing as reports trickled in of a plane hitting the second tower in New York. I thought of Tim Maude with whom I had served in Germany, who was later head of Army personnel and was killed as American Airlines flight 77 plunged into the southwestern wedge of the Pentagon. That basic question — are we safer now than we were then? — was never far from mind. FBI Director Christopher Wray gave a rather somber...

Just How Much Terrorism Does Iran Finance? [VIDEO]

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Clarion Project Read more: https://clarionproject.org/just-how-much-terrorism-does-iran-finance/...
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Bay Today 'So often first responders find themselves in harrowing situations and they should be aware of certain trends that are happening' Bay Today Staff Terrorism is something people in the North Bay area shouldn't be concerned with, but these days you never know.That's why terrorism awareness was the focus of a talk to first responders at a conference in North Bay Wednesday at the Best Western.OPP Detective Sergeant Andrew Kraemer told CKAT News that, like the public, they need to be aware of current trends. “If they see something, say something and let the authorities know. First responders are attending a variety of scenes and it’s better they have the awareness of things that are going on internationally and domestically,” he says.Kraemer points specifically to organizations linked to terrorism and cases of extremism in Canada and around the world. Read more: https://www.baytoday.ca/local-news/look-for-signs-of-terrorism-local-first-responders-told-1082607...

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The Daily Caller News Foundation Revealed: Secret Service Foiled ISIS Assassination Attempt On President TrumpVirginia Kruta | Associate EditorJust one year into his term, President Donald Trump was the target of a credible assassination plot attributed to ISIS — but the U.S. Secret Service managed to foil the attempt, according to a report that will air on National Geographic channel on Sunday. Read more: https://www.dailycaller.com/2018/10/14/foiled-isis-assassination-attempt-trump/...
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KTLA 5 Almost 30 million Facebook users' phone numbers and email addresses were accessed by hackers in the biggest security breach in the company's history, Facebook said Friday. The attackers accessed even more details on 14 million of those users, including the area where they live, their relationship status, their religion, and part of their search history.The FBI is "actively investigating" the breach, Guy Rosen, a Facebook vice-president, told reporters on a call Friday. He said the FBI has asked the company"not to discuss who may be behind this attack" or to share other details that could compromise its investigation.The company said that it may still not know the full extent of the attack and wasn't ruling out the possibility of other "smaller-scale attacks" linked to the breach. The company said it will continue to investigate "other ways the people behind this attack used Facebook."The new details come two weeks...