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San Antonio Express by Dylan McGuinness The Department of Homeland Security has more than doubled its anti-terrorism grant for San Antonio, giving the city $3.25 million this year to address “local needs to prevent, protect against, mitigate and respond to acts of terrorism,” according to U.S. Rep. Will Hurd. The increase comes after Hurd, a San Antonio Republican, invited FEMA officials to come to Fiesta last year. Mayor Ron Nirenberg and City Manager Erik Walsh also met with DHS leadership during a February trip to Washington, D.C.   City officials said they would use the money to buy a new mobile command center for the fire department and tactical equipment for the police department. Read more: https://www.expressnews.com/news/local/amp/Homeland-Security-gives-San-Antonio-3-25M-to-13774799.php...
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The Times of Israel Since Saturday morning, more than 600 projectiles were fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip, a senior Israeli Air Force officer says.The officer says that 200 of the projectiles were launched at civilian areas, according to Hebrew-language news sites. Smoke trails seen as rockets are launched from Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip toward Israel on May 4, 2019. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)     Of the projectiles fired at Israeli cities or towns, the officer said the Iron Dome defense system intercepted 86 percent of them. Read more: https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/air-force-says-600-projectiles-fired-at-israel-from-gaza-in-24-hours/...

The US Sanctions on Mullahs are Working

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    by Majid Rafizadeh  •  Gatestone Institute   "The golden days are gone and will never return. Iran doesn't have enough money to give us." -- A militant with an Iranian-backed militia in Syria, New York Times, March 26, 2019. Feeling the pressure of sanctions on Iran, Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Iran's proxy, Hezbollah, has also called on his group's fundraising arm "to provide the opportunity for jihad with money and also to help with this ongoing battle." Iran's national currency, the rial, has dropped to historic lows — one US dollar, which equaled approximately 35,000 rials in November of 2017, now buys you nearly 130,000 rials. Critics of US President Donald Trump and his policy regarding the Iranian government are quick to condemn him for the sanctions he has imposed on the theocratic establishment. Their argument is anchored in the idea that the only informed and effective...
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Clarion Project Combing through heavily redacted court documents, NBC 15 News in Alabama discovered property in the state owned by terror-suspect Siraj Wahhaj, Jr. was another compound used by the jihadi cultists for military training of their children.Wahaaj, along with four others (including two of his siblings) were charged by the federal government with terrorism, kidnapping and unlawful firearms violations.They were arrested at their New Mexico compound in the summer of 2018 when local authorities moved in after receiving information that their children were starving.Wahhaj and his cohorts were heavily armed.A further investigation of the filthy compound led to the discovery of the body of Wahhaj’s three-year-old disabled son, Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj. Read more: https://clarionproject.org/new-compound-of-nm-jihadi-cultists-found-in-alabama/...

Ending the Myth of the Poor Terrorist

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Tablet Ending the Myth of the Poor TerroristThe jihadists who carried out the Easter massacre in Sri Lanka were educated members of their country’s elite, a background that’s closer to the terrorist norm than the exception By Claude Berrebi and Owen Engel Last week’s Easter Sunday bombing, targeting Christian worshipers in Sri Lanka, was one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in modern history. The massacre, in which some 250 people were killed, showed signs of sophisticated coordination and planning and was quickly linked to the Islamic State, a group that, whatever role it is ultimately found to have played, is known to possess the technical expertise and operational network necessary to carry out this kind of attack. The bigger surprise for many has been the background of the nine Islamist terrorists, including one woman, who carried out the suicide bombings. Far from the common image of hardscrabble terrorists driven to...
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Fox News By DEB RIECHMANN | Associated Press WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump and his national security team are weighing whether to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a foreign terrorist organization, the White House said Tuesday.White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump was consulting with his advisers and leaders in the region who share his concern about the Islamist movement with followers across the Middle East. "This designation is working its way through the internal process," she said.The New York Times first reported on Tuesday that the administration was pushing to designate the group, but the idea is not new. Some people think the Muslim Brotherhood does not meet the legal criteria required for the designation. Others think the organization is too diverse and spread out across nations, making it difficult to enforce a one-size-fits-all description. There also questions about whether a designation would complicate U.S. diplomacy.The group was founded...
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  By Elizabeth Zwirz Fox News Former Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor was found guilty by a jury on Tuesday in the 2017 death of Justine Damond, an unarmed woman who was fatally shot shortly after she called 911 to report a possible rape.The decision from the jury, which received the case on Monday, followed three weeks of testimony in the trial against Noor.The former officer was found guilty of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. However, the jury found him not guilty of second-degree murder. Noor was taken straight from the courtroom into the custody of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Dept. His sentencing was scheduled for June 7. Defense attorneys have said Noor was reacting to a loud noise and feared an ambush in the deadly incident. Prosecutors argued there was no evidence Noor faced a threat that justified the use of deadly force. Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/us/former-minneapolis-police-officer-found-guilty-in-2017-death-of-unarmed-woman-shot-after-calling-911...
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War on the Rocks by Sam Mullins - Commentary When asked what kept him up at night in September 2018, Kevin McAleenan, then commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and now acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, replied “I’m concerned about potential terrorism threats attempting entry in the regional migration flow toward the U.S. southern border.” The fear that terrorists might try to infiltrate the United States’ southern border — whether by posing as asylum-seekers or by paying smugglers to sneak in undetected — is hardly new. The vulnerability of the border with Mexico to possible exploitation by terrorists has preoccupied law enforcement officials and others since at least 2002. Nevertheless, the issue has risen to prominence once again, as the Trump administration has sought to justify a range of tougher immigration measures — including a travel ban for select countries, separation and detention of migrant families,...
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Star Tribune Associated PressCHICAGO — An undercover FBI agent who played the central role in ensnaring a suburban Chicago man in a terrorism sting has started testifying at the 25-year-old's sentencing .The judge closed the courtroom Tuesday to protect the agent's identity over objections from the defense and press at Adel Daoud's hearing. Live audio was available in another room. Prosecutors referred to the agent as "Mudafor," the false name he used when he met with Daoud posing as an Islamic militant . Daoud was arrested in 2012 after trying to detonate an inert bomb he believed would destroy a crowded Chicago bar.Prosecutors played wiretap recordings of the agent's first meeting with Daoud in 2012. The then-18-year-old Daoud is heard constantly giggling as he boasts about his willingness to kill. Read more: http://www.startribune.com/undercover-agent-to-testify-in-chicago-terrorism-sentencing/509259832/...

Don't delay anti-terrorism steps at nuclear plants

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Editorial The Japan Times The Nuclear Regulation Authority has turned down a request from power companies to extend the deadlines for installing facilities in nuclear power plants to ensure their safety against terrorism attacks, as required under the revamped plant safety standards introduced in the wake of the March 2011 meltdowns at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holding’s Fukushima No. 1 power plant. The decision is expected to force the power companies to halt the operation of several reactors, since they anticipate missing the deadlines for the completion of the counterterrorism facilities by at least a few years. The NRA is right to insist that the power companies comply with the safety requirement under its standards. The power companies must expedite their efforts to build the mandatory facilities as promptly as possible.The post-Fukushima safety standards introduced in 2013 mandate that power companies build facilities on the premises of their nuclear plants...
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AJC By Cox Media Group National Content Desk LOS ANGELES — Federal and local law enforcement officials prevented a domestic terror plot targeting multiple locations in Southern California, arresting an army veteran Friday night, according to investigators at a news conference Monday afternoon in Los Angeles.The suspect, identified as Mark Steven Domingo, is described as a recent convert to Islam who wanted retribution for the mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March. Update 6:30 p.m. EST April 29: Authorities, at a press conference in Los Angeles Monday on the thwarting of a planned terrorist attack by a U.S. military veteran, stressed there was “no ongoing threat to the public.” Suspect Mark Steven Domingo is facing charges of providing and attempting to provide material support to terrorists, The Los Angeles Times reported.“His arrest today mitigates the threat he posed to others in the Los Angeles community,” John C. Demers, the...
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FBI: 'We have a terror recruiting problem in Minnesota'CNN Newsroom Andrew Luger, the U.S. attorney for Minnesota, comments on the arrests of six individuals on terror charges.       Watch Here: https://www.cnn.com/videos/justice/2015/04/20/bts-minnesota-terror-arrests-isis.cnn...
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Reuters (Reuters) - The rabbi wounded in Saturday’s deadly shooting at his Southern California synagogue praised an off-duty U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent who fired at the fleeing suspect. “I had spoken to him in the past about coming to the synagogue armed because he’s trained, and I want trained security as much as possible,” Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein told CNN, speaking from a local hospital. “Unfortunately, we couldn’t afford to have an armed security officer at every service, so whenever we had extra help, we were grateful for it.”The agent, named by the rabbi as Jonathan Morales, had recently discovered his Jewish heritage and traveled more than 100 miles (160 km) each way to visit the synagogue from his home in El Centro, a city on the border with Mexico, the rabbi said.The sheriff of San Diego County, Bill Gore, told reporters on Saturday the officer fired as the...
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Sri Lankan police looking for 140 with Islamic State links: President Reuters by Shihar Aneez and Sanjeev Miglani; COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said on Friday police are looking for 140 people believed to have links with the Islamic State group over the Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels that killed at least 253 people.Sirisena told reporters some Sri Lankan youths had been involved with the extremist group since 2013, and that top defense and police chiefs had not shared information with him about the impending attacks.He also blamed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s government for weakening the intelligence system by focusing on the prosecution of military officers over alleged war crimes during a decade-long civil war with Tamil separatists. Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sri-lanka-blasts-president/sri-lankan-police-looking-for-140-with-islamic-state-links-president-idUSKCN1S20AQ...

Sri Lanka: Islamist Terror on Easter

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359 'People Were in Pieces!' Sri Lanka: Islamist Terror on Easter   by Raymond Ibrahim  •  Gatestone Institute     "We are a peace-loving community in this small city, we had never hurt anyone, but we don't know from where this amount of hate is coming. This city has become a grave with blood and bodies lying around.... Since the past three years, we don't know why, but we see an extremist's mindset developing among the Muslims. I know many good Muslims, but there are also a lot who hate us, and they have never been so before. It is in these three years that we see a difference." — A Christian man who survived the bombing of St. Sebastian's Church in Sri Lanka. In 2017, in Egypt, Islamic terrorists bombed two Coptic Christian churches during Palm Sunday mass, which inaugurates Easter week, murdering 50 people and wounding 120. On...
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The Daily Caller News Foundation Convicted Islamic Terrorist Vallmoe Shqaire Held US Citizenship, Live In Country For YearsWilliam Davis - ContributorA Palestinian terrorist was reportedly able to gain citizenship and live in the United States for almost a decade before his conviction was uncovered.Vallmoe Shqaire was convicted of carrying out a terrorist attack against Israel in 1988 at the request of the terrorist Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), according to a bombshell report published by CNN Thursday, which sites records from a U.S. District Court in California.The report states that 51-year-old Shqaire officially became a citizen in November 2008, even though his past conviction should have made him ineligible for citizenship. Shqaire was charged with illegally obtaining his American citizenship in December. (RELATED: REPORT: ISIS Gloats Over Notre Dame’s Destruction)“By concealing his violent, terrorist conduct, defendant circumvented the procedures our immigration system depends upon,” prosecutors wrote according to CNN. Read more:...

Sri Lanka Bombers Were Inspired By Islamic State

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The Wall Street Journal Sri Lanka Identifies 8 of 9 Easter Bombers Authorities say perpetrators of attacks were from country’s middle- and upper-middle classes By Niharika Mandhana and Jon EmontCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka—Authorities are starting to piece together profiles of the Easter bombing perpetrators, a group of well-off Sri Lankans police say includes two sons of a merchant family and a woman who detonated a bomb that killed herself and two of her children along with three police officers closing in on them.   Read more: https://www.wsj.com/articles/sri-lanka-bombers-were-inspired-by-islamic-state-government-says-11556090824?mod=hp_lead_pos4...

The Importance of Physical Security

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  The Everlasting Importance of Physical Securityby Ariel Benjamin Mannes It is no secret that the corporate sector’s focus on security, among many other facets of society, is becoming increasingly rooted in technology and cyber threats. In fact, it could be argued that in terms of investments, cybersecurity is now the most relevant hot button issue within the overall security conversation; which makes a lot of sense given the prevalence of cloud-based social media platforms, finance apps, community-based suite technologies, and an almost countless list of other cyber factors upon which personal and professional lives now thrive.Though cybersecurity is arguably crucial, it is not the be all and end all of securing personal or organizational assets and intellectual property. We cannot, in our growing dependence on technology, overlook the lasting importance of physical security practices, which remain just as vital as their digital counterparts.Worse, as corporate, personal and public funding...

Wisconsin woman pleads guilty to terrorism charges

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Fox News By IVAN MORENO | Associated PressMILWAUKEE – A Wisconsin mother of seven pleaded guilty Monday to trying to plan terrorist attacks on behalf of the Islamic State group by distributing information online on how to make explosives and biological weapons.Waheba Issa Dais (dys) initially pleaded not guilty to two counts of providing material support to terrorists but prosecutors dropped one of the charges in exchange for her guilty plea.Prosecutors say in court documents that Dais, 46, used hacked social media accounts to discuss possible attacks with self-proclaimed members of the IS. She also tried to recruit IS supporters to carry out attacks and provided them with information on making explosives and poisons, according to the documents.Authorities never connected her to any attack plots, but U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger noted the seriousness of her actions, saying Dais put a lot of information online with instructions on how to harm...
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Ilhan Omar Slammed U.S. Soldiers Involved in 'Black Hawk Down' Incidentby John Rossomando IPT News The United States Army was the villain in the "Black Hawk Down" incident in Somalia, U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., wrote in a 2017 Twitter post.Omar, a Somali native elected to Congress last fall, was responding to a tweet that falsely described the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu as the worst terrorist attack in Somali history. The original tweet noted that 19 American soldiers were killed and 73 American soldiers were wounded."In his selective memory, [the writer] forgets to also mention the thousands of Somalis killed by the American forces that day! #NotTodaySatan," Omar wrote while still a Minnesota state legislator.Omar has repeatedly generated controversy, largely for anti-Semitic statements about Israel which employed old canards about Jewish power and money. House leaders forced her to apologize in February after she tweeted "It's all about the Benjamins...