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Jihad Watch By Robert Spencer The Qur’an contains numerous condemnations of homosexual activity: “And [We had sent] Lot when he said to his people, ‘Do you commit such immorality as no one has preceded you with from among the worlds? Indeed, you approach men with desire, instead of women. Rather, you are a transgressing people.’…And We rained upon them a rain [of stones]. Then see how was the end of the criminals.” (Qur’an 7:80-84)Muhammad is depicted as specifying the death penalty for homosexual activity in a hadith: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, ‘Whoever you find doing the action of the people of Loot, execute the one who does it and the one to whom it is done.’” (Sunan Abu Dawud 4462) “Terrorist plot against Paris gay nightclubs thwarted,” Washington Blade, September 13, 2017 (thanks to Blazing Cat Fur): Interior Minister Gérard Collomb...
InHomelandSecurity.com SEOUL — North Korea’s powerful nuclear test earlier this month may have been even stronger than first reported, equivalent to roughly 17 times the strength of the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, according to a new analysis by a U.S. monitoring group.North Korea’s Sept. 3 nuclear test, its sixth and biggest, showed how much progress it has made on its nuclear and missile program.Preliminary estimates had found the yield, or the amount of energy released by the blast, to have been about 100 kilotons. In comparison, the bomb detonated over Hiroshima in 1945 released about 15 kilotons of energy.But a new analysis by 38 North, run by the U.S.-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, found North Korea’s test may have been much stronger.Updated seismic data showed the magnitude of the resulting earthquake was greater than initial estimates — between 6.1 and 6.3. That means the...
UPI by Allen Cone Sept. 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday it has issued waivers of environmental and historical preservation laws to speed construction of fencing between California and Mexico.The waivers protect border barriers near Calexico, Calif., from federal regulations such as Endangered Species Act and the National Historic Preservation Act, the department said in a news release.The department described it as "an area of high illegal entry" that is a "critical sector for border security." In fiscal year 2016, the United States Border Patrol "apprehended more than 19,400 illegal aliens and seized approximately 2,899 pounds of marijuana and approximately 126 pounds of cocaine in the El Centro Sector," according to Homeland Security.This project is approximately a three-mile segment that starts at the Calexico West port of entry and extends westward, replacing approximately two miles of the existing primary pedestrian fence with a new "bollard...

Cities struggle for security in light of terrorist attacks

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DW Cities struggle for security in light of terrorist attacksCities across Europe are reeling from deadly terrorist attacks. While they're relatively new in Europe, terror attacks have long been a reality in cities in Asia or Africa. How can cities be made safer? Burglaries, traffic accidents, shootings — the Swedish capital Stockholm gets its share of crime and violence. Only recently did the police commissioner publicly call for help, saying the police were struggling to get their job done in several Stockholm neighborhoods dominated by gangs.Yet up until recently, a majority of Stockholmers considered their city fairly safe.According to the Better Life Index compiled by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, OECD, people in Sweden feel safer than, for instance, those in Belgium or Spain.Terrorist attacks prompt new security thinkingThis sense of security notwithstanding, the Swedish capital was hit by a terrorist attack earlier this year. A van was...

European Parliament Creates Special Terrorism Committee

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Novinite.com The European Parliament on September 12 approved a list of 30 full members of its new special committee on counter-terrorism. Its main tasks will be to assess the extent of the terrorist threat in Europe and highlight any potential faults, deficiencies and malfunctions in counter-terrorism measures, NewEurope.eu writes.The committee, which is slated to hold its first meeting in Strasbourg on September 14, will elect its chair, vice-chairs and rapporteur(s).According to a European Parliament press release, the committee will check how external border management measures are implemented. It will also identify the deficiencies in sharing judicial, law enforcement and intelligence information among member states.The impact of EU anti-terror laws on fundamental rights will also be assessed, as will the effectiveness of de-radicalisation programmes.The committee members will also visit and hold hearings with other EU institutions, the Europol law enforcement cooperation agency, the national parliaments and governments of member states and...

Germany: The Rise of Islam

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by Giulio Meotti  Turkey controls 900 mosques in Germany and feels free to say that a "liberal mosque" in Germany is "incompatible" with Islam. Can you imagine Germany offering Iraq, Syria and Egypt to build "200 new churches" to reconstruct the derelict and dispossessed Christian communities there? No, because in the Middle East, Christians have been eradicated in a forced de-Christianization. Christians in Germany will become a minority in the next 20 years, according to Die Welt. We risk losing not only our churches, but more importantly, our cultural strength and even confidence in the values of our own civilization. Jan Fleischhauer, a journalist of the weekly magazine Der Spiegel, coined an expression to define the free fall of German Christianity: Selbstsäkularisierung ("self-secularization"). It is the Church being liquidated? The German Bishops' Conference just released the data on the decline of Catholicism in Germany for 2016. In one year, the German...

Suicide bomber attacks NATO convoy in Afghanistan

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Counter-IED Report A suicide bomber in an explosives-packed vehicle attacked a NATO convoy in Afghanistan on Monday, wounding “a small number” of foreign troops and at least three civilians, officials said. The soldiers were taken to the nearby Bagram Air Field and none of their injuries appeared life-threatening, NATO’s headquarters in Kabul said. At least three civilians were hurt, District Governor Abdul Shukor Qodossi said, without giving details on the extent of their injuries. A statement from the Taliban militants said 13 Americans had been killed and 11 wounded and three armored vehicles destroyed. Read more: http://counteriedreport.com/suicide-bomber-attacks-nato-convoy-in-afghanistan-some-wounded/...

How has the face of Islamic terrorism changed since 9/11?

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Jerusalem Post By CHARLES and BYBELEZER/THE MEDIA LINEWhen the dust settled and the smoke cleared, 2,997 people were dead, another 6,000 were injured and the course of history was changed forever.8 minute read.'Where were you on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001?' is to Millennials what 'Where were you when Kennedy was shot?' is to Baby Boomers; namely, questions representing moments that became etched into the nation's collective consciousness and subsequently shaped the views and experiences of a generation.On 9/11, as it would come simply to be known, Americans awoke to scenes of previously unwitnessed carnage on their home soil, as two commercial jets hijacked by al-Qaida terrorists slammed into the north and south towers of the World Trade Center complex in New York City. Less than two hours later, the massive buildings, a symbol of US ingenuity, economic might and perhaps, until then, perceived invincibility, came crashing down...
By Scott Cook GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) -- As Americans commemorate the September 11th attacks and remember the thousands who were killed, and thousands more injured, many are concerned about a new type of terror attack.WDAZ'S Scott cook is live with what cyber security experts have their eyes on.These days everything is connected and a local computer scientist says that means everything is vulnerable.We're talking plants that supply power to our homes and computer systems that help keep our economy running.We're seeing more and more attacks like this.And cybersecurity experts say it will only get worse.Dr. Ronald Marsh, Head of UND Computer Science, says, "It is a serious threat. These attacks go on all the time."And Doctor Ronald Marsh has a real-time map of cyber attacks to prove it.So, he's training the next generation of fighters.Not to wage war on the battlefield, but on a new type of front-line, online,...
by Verity Ryan - The TelegraphBritain’s most senior counter-terrorism policeman has called on “every strand of our society” to unite in defeating the threat of extremism.Mark Rowley, Assistant Commissioner and Head of National Counter Terrorism Policing for the Metropolitan Police, said universities, retailers, councils, hospitals and the public at large could all help “join the dots” to prevent future terrorist attacks.Invoking the words of Sir Robert Peel, the founder of British policing, he said: “the police are the public, and the public are the police.” Since March, 36 people have been killed and more than 200 injured in four separate terrorist attacks on British soil. A further six attacks were foiled by the police over the same period. Speaking in Israel at  the 17th Annual Conference of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism,  Mr Rowley appealed to society at large to “come on board and be part of our collective efforts...
USA Today by Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, Opinion contributors Despite our successes, each time we have made apparent progress our adversary only moves, morphs and grows. We aren't close to winning. Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks 16 years ago, herculean exertions by U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies have prevented another mass casualty attack on our soil, and U.S. military and intelligence operations have killed Osama bin Laden and thousands of hardened terrorists overseas. Despite these successes, each time we have made apparent progress our adversary only moves, morphs and grows, and we cannot claim to be close to winning against this persistent threat.The answer for long-term defeat lies in understanding and winning the struggle of ideas. Defeating an ideology is hard, but not impossible: By the end of the Cold War, communism was utterly discredited as a governing philosophy. The U.S. and its allies must wage a...
by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross - Fortune Sixteen years after the 9/11 attacks and the onset of the “war on terror,” the jihadist movement has grown stronger in almost every measurable way. Jihadists enjoy more safe havens throughout the globe, control more territory, are at the forefront of more insurgencies, and have achieved more popular support than they did 16 years ago. The pace and lethality of terrorist attacks in Europe represents something of a nightmare scenario, with hundreds of Europeans dying in the past three years. ISIS’s mobilization of foreign fighters creates a looming security issue across dozens of countries that will have to deal with returning fighters.While the factors leading us to this alarming state of affairs are many—including ill-conceived foreign adventures and critical misreadings by analysts at key junctures, including the lead-up to the Iraq war and early on the Arab uprisings—we cannot overlook how technological advances have provided...

McCaul Releases September Terror Threat Snapshot

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Washington, D.C. – House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) today released September’s Terror Threat Snapshot, a monthly assessment of the Committee’s continuing effort to highlight the growing threat America, the West, and the world face from ISIS and other Islamist terrorists. Chairman McCaul: “The attack last month in Barcelona further highlights the increasingly dangerous threat that Islamist terror presents to the West. While ISIS continues to suffer heavy territorial losses in Syria and Iraq, the group has intensified calls for jihadists to carry out attacks against the West. With the so-called ‘caliphate’ deteriorating, we must ensure that America and our allies are prepared to aggressively confront this evolving threat. Now more than ever, we must be vigilant so we can best protect our homeland from those attempting to sneak in or those already radicalized at home.” Key Points: Western foreign fighters who have travelled to join ISIS continue to be of...

Paris Terror Suspects Built Bombs In Plot To Blow Up Banks

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The Daily Caller by Jacob BojessonThree people have been arrested near Paris in relation to an alleged plot to bomb a number of banks, Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said Thursday.Police were called to an apartment Wednesday and discovered TATP explosives and other material commonly used by jihadis. Two men of North African origin, including the tenant of the apartment, were arrested close to the scene. A third suspect was detained hours later.French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said the suspects deny any terror plans despite regular phone contacts with people in Syria. The explosives were instead meant to be used during bank robberies. None of them were known to authorities and they all held French passports.“They wanted to blow up banks with the TATP, but what we’re seeing is that they were linked to terrorists, so it’s more in that direction that we have to look,” Collomb told FranceInfo TV.A counter-terrorism...
South China Morning Post by Clifford Lo and Christy Leung The number of sensitive locations that Hong Kong’s elite counter terrorism officers inspect and patrol has increased threefold to 600 over the past eight years, in response to global terror attacks, the Post has learned.The revelation comes after officers from the Counter Terrorism Response Unit (CTRU) were deployed to patrol outside the Hong Kong Stadium where the Premier League Asia Trophy took place in July. Four English soccer teams – Liverpool, Crystal Palace, Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion – played in the tournament.That event was the first time the anti-terrorism squad had carried out patrol duties at an international event in the city, the Post understands.Elite Hong Kong police units simulate London, Berlin and Nice attacks in anti-terror drill ahead of China leaders visitSimilar deployments will take place when US singer Ariana Grande performs in Hong Kong on September...
McClatchy DC BureauBy Tim JohnsonHere's a fear that keeps counter-terrorism officials up at night: Extremists might use drones to drop dirty bombs or poison on Western cities.It could just be a matter of time before Islamic State fighters take drone usage from the battlefield in Syria and Iraq to urban areas of the West, security officials say.“I understand that an openly available drone, such as a quadcopter, which is able to hold a camera, can drop some dirty explosive device,” Friedrich Grommes, Germany’s top international terrorism official, told McClatchy on the sidelines of a national security forum.“Even if only a few people are affected, it serves completely the idea of terrorism,” Grommes added. The payload would be “something which is poisonous. It could be a chemical or whatever is commercially available.”Concerns about such tactics grew after Australian federal police said on Aug. 3 that they had disrupted an Islamic State...
by Big Island News Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH), a U.S. Marine Corps facility and air station on the Mokapu Peninsula of windward O’ahu, as well as several local, state and federal agencies, are scheduled to participate in an Anti-Terrorism Force Protection (AT/FP) exercise called “Lethal Breeze” on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 12 and 13, aboard the installation.The purpose of the exercise is prepare for all hazards type incidents through development of comprehensive base safety, security and emergency response plans and routine exercises; prevent manmade threats to MCBH through successful implementation of force protection measures.There will be increase activity aboard the installation to include smoke, waterfront operations, and increased traffic on and off base.The Giant Voice system will also be used during the exercise.Exercises such as Lethal Breeze are essential to respond to manmade and natural threats in accordance with plans and procedures developed through exercise lessons learned and recover...

War on terror: If we fail, region fails: Gen Bajwa

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By Kamran Yousaf - Tribune.com.pk ISLAMABAD: Hitting back at those who are questioning Pakistan’s credentials in the fight against terrorism, army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday asked the world to do more and warned that the entire region would be destabilised if Pakistan’s counter-terrorism campaign fails.In a speech delivered at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi to mark Defence Day, the chief of army staff (COAS) forcefully defended Pakistan’s gains against terrorism while vehemently dismissing allegations of double-crossing anyone. “If Pakistan has not done enough against terrorism, then no country in the world has done enough,” the army chief insisted while saying that now the time had come for the world to do more. In dealing with Trump, Pakistan plays its trump cardPakistan has been in the spotlight ever since US President Donald Trump unveiled a new strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia. Trump, while seeking a greater role for...

Anti-terrorism operation underway near Paris, 2 arrested

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RT.com Two men have been arrested after the discovery of explosives and bomb components at an apartment in Villejuif, a suburb of Paris, local media reports.Following a tip-off from a man doing maintenance work, police raided an apartment in the Paris suburb and found explosive materials, including the ingredients for TATP explosive, gas canisters and wire, several local media report. Earlier, the official Twitter account of Villejuif warned people to stay away from the area.“The city is asking residents to avoid the neighborhood of 8 May and around the Esselières, where traffic is currently blocked,” it said.Counterterrorism police surrounded the building, at Boulevard Chastenet-de-Géry, at around 3pm and began evacuating residents.“I am counting on the police for a delicate operation,” Villejuif mayor Franck Le Bohellec wrote on Facebook, posting a picture from the scene. TATP, or triacetone triperoxide, is an explosive compound that can be made using readily-available ingredients, including...

Social Media’s Contribution To Virtual Terrorism

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Huffington Post by Daniel Wagner In the United States social networks are considered to be public spaces and any information shared there is covered under the so-called ‘third-party doctrine’, which means that users have no reasonable expectation of privacy regarding the data their service providers collect about them. Any data you post online in any format (regardless of privacy settings), or any data collected by the third parties with whom you may have an agreed-upon business relationship, is not considered private, yet many people willingly stream data and images to their ‘network’ in the mistaken belief that they are the only one who will see or have access to it.In 2010, Eric Schmidt of Google said that the world produced as much information in two days as we did from the dawn of civilization until 2003. In 2014 it was estimated that each day the world creates 2.5 quintillion bytes...