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Terrorism

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THE ULTRA-MARATHONERS OF HUMAN SMUGGLING: DEFENDING FORWARD AGAINST DARK NETWORKS THAT CAN TRANSPORT TERRORISTS ACROSS AMERICAN LAND BORDERS Naval Postgraduate School Thesis by Todd Bensman - September 2015 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Because  of  the  9/11  attacks,  national  legislation  required  America’s  homeland security  agencies  to  dismantle  transnational  human  smuggling  organizations  capable  of transporting terrorist travelers to U.S. borders. Federal agencies responded with programs targeting   extreme-distance   human   smuggling   networks   that   transport   higher   risk immigrants  known  as  special  interest  aliens  (SIAs)  to  the  country’s  land  borders.  SIAs are  identified  based  on  their  citizenship  in  some  35  countries  in  the  Middle  East,  North Africa,  and  Asia  where  terrorist  organizations  operate.  SIA  smuggling  networks  are substantially   different   than   other   human  smuggling   networks   because   they   span  continents and oceans, as well as dozens of nations’ borders over many months.  Some  American  enforcement  efforts  to  dismantle  SIA  networks  since  9/11  have occurred  in  countries  along  established  smuggling  passages ...
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Free Radio Asia Authorities in Beijing have shut down a well-known Islamic bookstore and publishing house and detained its founder on "terrorism" charges amid a nationwide security operation ahead of the ruling Chinese Communist Party's five-yearly congress this month.An employee who answered the phone at the Qingzhen Bookstore in Beijing's Haidian district on Tuesday confirmed the move."We, the bookstore, have closed," the former employee said. "We are no longer in operation and I am no longer an employee here.""I don't know the details of the situation, though."Store owner Ma Yinglong, a member of the Dongxiang ethnic group from the northwestern region of Xinjiang, is currently being detained on suspicion of "terrorist activities," U.S.-based rights activist Suleiman Gu told RFA.And a Hui Muslim who asked to remain anonymous said Ma had already been detained for more than a year, before being released under a suspended sentence handed down by the Haidian...
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By Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News The 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., has spawned a violent domestic threat from “black identity extremists” who have stepped up attacks on police, according to an explosive new report by the FBI’s counterterrorism division.The warning, first reported by Foreign Policy magazine, says that “it is very likely BIEs proactively target police and openly identify and justify their actions with social-political agendas commensurate with their perceived injustices against African Americans ...”Brown, an African-American 18-year-old, was shot in August 2014 after struggling with white police officer Darren Wilson. Although Brown's supporters claimed it was a deadly case of police brutality, Wilson was cleared of wrongdoing and resigned in November 2014. Police officials said that Wilson stopped Brown after getting a call about a robbery at a convenience store in which the clerk was strong-armed after the suspect – with whom Brown was a match...
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Detailed report from investigator finds Hodgkinson was determined to kill as many civilians as possibleby Margaret Menge - Lifezette The prosecutor for the city of Alexandria released a 39-page report Friday on an investigation into the June 14 congressional baseball shooting, calling the attack by Bernie Sanders supporter James Hodgkinson an “act of terrorism” that was fueled by rage against Republicans.Hodgkinson, wrote the commonwealth’s attorney for Alexandria, Bryan L. Sanders, “held strong political opinions and was very unhappy about the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.” Having recently stopped working, he was spending a great deal of time on social media, the report says, and “using it to express his political views, such as his strong support for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.” The investigation was done jointly with the FBI, the City of Alexandria Police Department, and the United States Capitol Police to determine whether or not the law...
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Independent UKMPs call on authorities to explore links between sexual violence, domestic abuse, modern slavery, trafficking and terrorismby Lizzie Dearden Terrorists are using slaves to generate funding and attract recruits including domestic abusers and rapists, research has found.A report published by think-tank the Henry Jackson Society (HJS) warned that modern slavery and sexual violence was fuelling Isis and other groups operating across Africa and the Middle East.Nikita Malik, the report’s author and a senior research fellow, said the sectors are routinely treated separately by different global agencies but are increasingly interlinked. “Terrorists are traffickers and traffickers are criminals, so it’s only natural that these groups will work together,” she added.“Terrorists have an additional ideological motivation, releasing propaganda to justify the enslavement and rape of kuffar [disbelievers]. “As the groups begin to lose territory, they are gaining strongholds on trafficking routes that are being exploited.”The findings come during a campaign by...