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Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs Department of Justice Files Denaturalization Complaint Against Diversity Visa Recipient Who Transferred Non-Profit Funds to Specially Designated Global TerroristThe Department of Justice today filed a complaint to revoke the naturalization of a Sudan native—who entered the United States on an F-1 student visa and gained lawful permanent resident status through the diversity visa lottery program—for violating and conspiring to violate sanctions imposed against Iraq under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), as well as obstructing Internal Revenue laws.According to the complaint, Mubarak Ahmed Hamed violated and conspired to violate sanctions imposed against Iraq under the IEEPA from 1997 through July 21, 2000, the date of his naturalization. As the Executive Director of a non-profit organization, the Islamic American Relief Agency (IARA), Hamed regularly authorized and transferred tax-exempt funds from IARA accounts in the United States to an account in Jordan controlled by...
Raytheon On its face, the hack was so bad you’d think no one would even want to acknowledge it.Criminals had slithered into computer networks across the energy industry, infiltrating some so deeply that experts believed they had the power to throw entire regions into darkness. The intrusion provided powerful evidence of the threat hackers pose to the industries that underpin modern life, including energy, finance, healthcare, manufacturing and transportation.But the breach, first reported by the cybersecurity company Symantec in September 2017, also revealed much about the way these attacks work. So much, in fact, that the U.S. government turned it into a cautionary tale. In a 16-page report, a team of cyber specialists from the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation dissected the hackers’ tradecraft, hoping the information would help prevent similar attacks – and keep this one from getting any worse.Experts say that kind of communication...

France: Migrant Crisis Spirals Out of Control

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  by Soeren Kern French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb described the level of violence in Calais as "unprecedented." He attributed the fighting to an escalating turf war between Afghan and Kurdish gangs seeking to gain control over human trafficking between Calais and Britain, which many migrants view as "El Dorado" because of its massive underground economy. During his visit to Calais, Macron outlined his government's new immigration policy: food and shelter for those entitled to remain in France, and deportation of those in the country illegally. "Emmanuel Macron did it. Never before has a president of the Republic fallen into unpopularity so fast and then become popular again." — Paris Match. Hundreds of Africans and Asians armed with knives and iron rods fought running street battles in the northern port city of Calais on February 1, less than two weeks after French President Emmanuel Macron visited the area and pledged...
TV 7 Israel The IDF reinforced its troops with three additional battalions, due to concern of an outbreak of a new wave of terrorism and violence across the Palestinian territories. The decision to bring in reinforcements was made at a situation assessment meeting held by IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gadi Eisenkot during a visit to the West Bank settlement of Ariel, where an Israeli man was murdered on Monday.The IDF believes that there is a growing trend of motivation to carry out attacks against Israelis, which was inspired by the murder in Ariel and the previous attack in which Rabbi Raziel Shevah was murdered last month by a Hamas cell from the area of the Palestinian city of Jenin.The IDF, in coordination with Israel’s security services, acted intensively in the last few days to “foil terror attacks” across the West Bank, as well as conducting a manhunt, seeking...

Fitness Tracking App Creates Military Security Nightmare

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by Clarion Project A fitness tracking app was used to reveal sensitive data from U.S. military bases around the world – some in war zones.The security gaff was discovered when a student in Australia, using Strava’s Global Heatmap, tweeted about the military images available through the app.The app uses a smartphone’s GPS and is meant to track where and when a user is exercising, creating a kind of global social network for athletes. It can also be synced with other fitness tracking devices such as Fitbits and smartphones.Strava came out with the heat map last November. The map covers 17 billion miles of routes around the world. Nathan Ruser, a founding member of the Institute for United Conflict Analysts and a student at the Australian National University, tweeted, “Strava released their global heatmap. 13 trillion GPS points from their users (turning off data sharing is an option). https://medium.com/strava-engineering/the-global-heatmap-now-6x-hotter-23fc01d301de … …...
A spike in the number of youths jailed in New South Wales on terrorism offences has prompted the creation a "countering violent extremism unit" inside the juvenile justice system. SBS.com By Heba Kassoua There are currently five juveniles locked up for terror-related offences, but law enforcement agencies predict that number will rise. The New South Wales state government says it's also open to toughening laws so young prisoners can be kept locked up for longer if necessary. Inmates deemed a risk would have phone calls, mail and visitors restricted. Read more: https://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/arabic/en/article/2018/02/08/nsw-launch-new-high-risk-terrorism-offenders-unit...

Minnesota Woman Now Facing Terrorism Charge

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by Matt Demczyk - KNSI (KNSI) - A Minnesota woman accused of setting fires at a Minnesota university campus is now facing a terrorism charge.Nineteen-year-old Tnuza Jamal Hassan was charged Wednesday in federal court with attempting to provide material support to al-Qaida, lying to the FBI and arson.She also faces a state arson charge.Hassan is a former student at St. Catherine University in St. Paul.A federal indictment says she wrote and delivered a letter in September encouraging two fellow students to join a jihad.She's accused of lying about it days later when interviewed by the FBI.Prosecutors say she set several fires on campus in January because she was angry about U.S. military actions overseas.No one was injured in the fires.One of her attorneys, Josh Johnson, had no comment Wednesday. Read more: http://knsiradio.com/news/local-news/suspect-now-facing-terrorism-charge...

Artificial Intelligence, Prediction and Counter-Terrorism

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Chatham House London/UK International Security Department OverviewAn unprecedented period of developments in artificial intelligence (AI) have seen algorithms with powerful predictive abilities used daily in applications from stock trading to targeted marketing.These technologies might also be translated to the realm of public safety, specifically in predicting terrorist activity or individual involvement in terrorism.Counter-terrorism policy is required to strike a balance between providing security and respecting individual right and liberties. These often-conflicting ends must be met from limited resources.Accurate predictions underwritten by AI could help direct these resources most effectively. They might also have potential to minimise unnecessary intrusion on the majority of the population and mitigate human bias in decision-making.Conversely, there may be risk associated with rushing to deploy naïve technologies. Algorithms can exhibit inherent or learned biases of their own and be vulnerable to adversarial action.Further, new capabilities demand re-examining what constitutes invasion of privacy and how standards of...
Breaking911.com ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging a Sterling man with obstructing a terrorism investigation.According to allegations in the indictment, Sean Andrew Duncan, 21, altered, destroyed, mutilated, concealed, and covered up a thumb drive and memory chip with the intent to impede and obstruct an FBI investigation. According to the complaint, in February 2016, the FBI received information from one of Duncan’s relatives that Duncan had converted to Islam, may have been radicalized, and voiced his approval of westerners being beheaded in the Middle East. Later in February 2016, Duncan was denied entry into Turkey and returned to the United States. Upon his return, Duncan deleted his Facebook account and changed his phone number.In June 2017, the FBI learned that Duncan had been in contact with an individual who had been detained in a foreign country for actively planning to travel to join ISIS....

Super Bowl anti-terrorism documents left on plane

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By Scott Glover and Drew Griffin, CNN Investigates  (CNN)The Department of Homeland Security documents critiquing the response to a simulated anthrax attack on Super Bowl Sunday were marked "For Official Use Only" and "important for national security." Recipients of the draft "after-action" reports were told to keep them locked up after business hours and to shred them prior to discarding. They were admonished not to share their contents with anyone who lacked "an operational need-to-know." But security surrounding the December 2017 reports suffered an embarrassing breach:A CNN employee discovered copies of them, along with other sensitive DHS material, in the seat-back pocket of a commercial plane. The reports were accompanied by the travel itinerary and boarding pass of the government scientist in charge of BioWatch, the DHS program that conducted the anthrax drills in preparation for Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis. The reports were based on exercises designed to evaluate...
The Sydney Morning Herald by John Blaxland The battle for Marawi, on the Philippines island of Mindanao, raged for months in the second half of last year as the Philippines' military and police struggled against an insurgency aligned with the so-called Islamic State group, or Daesh.Recognising the potential regional ramifications if the conflict were to spread, neighbours aided the Philippines. Malaysia and Indonesia, for instance, looked on with deep concern, seeking to coordinate and de-conflict their efforts. They had earlier signed a maritime cooperation agreement in July 2016 covering the Sulu Sea – an area that sits in the legal and administrative twilight zone between Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. They attentively looked on, as did Brunei, as the battle raged. Australia and Singapore offered to help, as did the United States. Australia made available upon request some maritime patrol aircraft.The battle for Marawi appears to be over – for...
CBS News When Pyeongchang was awarded the 2018 Winter Olympic Games more than seven years ago, tensions in this region were much lower and North Korea did not have nuclear weapons thought capable of hitting the United States. But the situation here is now very different, as security concerns involve everything from terrorism to war. South Korea's government reportedly has banned 36,000 foreigners from entering the country for the Winter Olympics, because of security issues.Security forces have been conducting terror drills near Olympic sites – from a terrorist taking athletes hostage and about to ram a vehicle into an Olympic stadium, to a chemical bomb exploding in a trash can as spectators run for their lives, and a drone carrying explosives shot out of the sky. A law enforcement command center in Pyeongchang monitors security during the Games.Overall, South Korea is mobilizing a more than 60,000-person Olympic security force, including...
Susannah George and Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press AL-ASAD AIRBASE, Iraq – American troops have started to draw down from Iraq following Baghdad’s declaration of victory over the Islamic State group last year, according to Western contractors at a U.S.-led coalition base in Iraq.Dozens of American soldiers have been transported from Iraq to Afghanistan on daily flights over the past week, along with weapons and equipment, the contractors said.Two Iraqi officials confirmed to The Associated Press that the U.S.-led coalition and the Iraqi government have reached an agreement to draw down troops in Iraq for the first time since the war against IS was launched over three years ago.The Iraqi officials said the process has not officially begun.However, an AP reporter at the Al-Asad base in western Iraq saw troop movements reflecting the contractors’ account of a drawdown. The contractors and the Iraqi officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line...
Evening Standard by  Justin davenport and Allan Hall In Berlin A leading counter-terrorist police officer today warned of the threat of children trained by Islamic State coming back to Britain to carry out attacks.Commander Dean Haydon, the head of the Met’s counter-terrorism command, said police and other services had a duty to safeguard children returning from Iraq and Syria.“A child in a war zone would have seen some pretty horrendous things,” he told the Standard.But he warned: “Some terror groups are training children to commit atrocities. We need to not just understand the risk the mother poses but the risk that any child poses as well. We look at them on a case-by-case basis and they may be arrested.”Commander Haydon added: "We have no intelligence to suggest children are coming back from conflict zones to commit atrocities in the UK." He also revealed that police are DNA-testing children who have...
  By Sheetal Sukhija - Big News Network DUBLIN, Ireland - On Saturday, Irish government officials confirmed that they had approved proposals made by the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan, on a new counter-terrorism legislation.Flanagan said in a statement that the Government has approved his proposals on counter-terrorism legislation, which will require details of passengers on flights entering or leaving the State.The proposals were put forward under the European Union directive that Ireland signed up to and has to be implemented by May 25 this year.The new legislation includes proposals for Passenger Name Record (PNR), which means airlines will have to provide advance passenger information to authorities in Ireland and in other EU countries.In his statement, Flanagan said the shared intelligence resource is significant in the fight against terrorism, explaining, "The proposed new PNR system is recognized across the EU as a key element in the fight against terrorism.”Flanagan further...
Gatestone Institute by Soeren Kern   "We must expect further attacks by individuals or terror groups. Islamist terrorism is the biggest challenge facing the BfV and we see it as one of the biggest threats facing the internal security of Germany." — Hans-Georg Maaßen, President of Germany's BfV domestic intelligence agency. Nearly half (45%) of all crime suspects in Berlin in 2016 were migrants, according to official statistics published by the Berliner Morgenpost. Thieves broke into an immigration office in the Moabit district of Berlin and stole up to 20,000 blank passports and other immigration documents as well as official stamps and seals. Around 30,000 rejected asylum seekers have disappeared and the government has no idea where they are, according to Bild. "One cannot kill millions of Jews so you can bring millions of their worst enemies in their place." — German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld.   Read more: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/11805/islamization-germany-2017...

Hazmat Studies: Decontamination for Hazmat & Terrorism

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Firehouse.com by Robert Burke Decontamination is essential when faced with the contamination of civilians, military personnel or emergency responders as the result of an accidental or intentional contamination by hazardous materials or weapons of mass destruction. But different agencies have different ways of defining decontamination beyond the basics:* Occupational Safety and Health Organization (OSHA): “Decontamination is the process of removing or neutralizing contaminants that have accumulated on personnel and equipment.” (Note: This is sometimes referred to as technical decontamination.) * Department of Homeland Security (DHS): “Any process, method or action that leads to a reduction, removal, neutralization—by partitioning or binding (as opposed to chemical neutralization, which is not recommended)—or inactivation of contamination on or in the patient in order to prevent or mitigate adverse health effects to the patient; protect emergency first responders, healthcare facility first receivers, and other patients from secondary contamination; and reduce the potential for secondary contamination...

The Islamist terrorism threat in Ireland

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Global Risk Insights by Emily Boulter On 3 January, news reports from the small town of Dundalk in County Louth emerged of an 18-year-old foreign national who had stabbed three individuals, killing one and badly injuring two. While the motive of the attack has yet to be established, in the days following the incident, many in the Irish media were asking how was it possible that almost no information existed concerning the perpetrator’s nationality, his immigration status or about when he entered the Irish Republic.The assault – which some suggested could be the country’s first “lone wolf” attack – also reinvigorated a debate about security and Ireland’s preparedness that began months earlier following the revelations that the Irish government had granted residency to Rachid Redouane who would later take part in the attack on London’s Borough market in June 2017. This is despite the UK government’s decision to reject his...
Washington Examiner by Tom Rogan In his first State of the Union address on Tuesday evening, President Trump announced that he has ordered Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis to maintain the terrorist detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay. Yet Trump also hit the right note when he articulated the moral imperative of countering terrorist groups. It took him just 56 words to do so."Terrorists who do things like place bombs in civilian hospitals are evil. When possible, we annihilate them. When necessary, we must be able to detain and question them. But we must be clear: Terrorists are not merely criminals. They are unlawful enemy combatants. And when captured overseas, they should be treated like the terrorists they are."Those words were apt for two reasons.Their truth and their simplicity.Because in referencing attacks on innocent civilians in hospitals and other places, Trump drew attention to the profound immorality that defines the tactical...

FBI Confirms Jihadi Training Camps in America

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Clarion Project By Ryan Mauro Newly-released FBI documents obtained by Clarion Project confirm Clarion’s reports that Jamaat ul-Fuqra is training members in isolated communes across America and Canada.The group’s “Islamberg” headquarters in upstate New York is its most well-known “Islamic village.”Fuqra, which now goes by the name of the Muslims of the Americas (MOA) among other titles, is a cultish Islamist group with a history of crime and terrorism. The group is led by Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani in Pakistan.Gilani’s name appeared in headlines in 2002 when Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was abducted and beheaded on his way to interview Gilani, though the radical cleric was never accused of an involvement in those crimes.The first FBI document is dated November 27, 2009 and labels the Muslims of the Americas, Inc. as “armed and dangerous.” It begins by summarizing the group’s consistent history of extremism, terrorism and crime: “Jamaat...