Homeland Security Network Blog

The information source for first responders.

  • Home
    Home This is where you can find all the blog posts throughout the site.
  • Categories
    Categories Displays a list of categories from this blog.
  • Archives
    Archives Contains a list of blog posts that were created previously.
Recent blog posts
b2ap3_thumbnail_government-seeks-new-technology-counter-terrorism-threat.jpg
by CBR Staff Writer The Government launches a competition to find new technology that can identify possible terrorists, and protect crowds from attacks. A competition has been launched by the Government that aims to find new technology that can identify possible terrorists and protect people from bomb or gun terrorism attacks.The Government hopes the scheme will improve the surveillance and detection of potential threats and attacks on popular crowded spaces and deter such events now, and in the future.Up to £2million is available to be put forward for in-depth research into science and technology that can protect the population.Security Minister Ben Wallace will announce the funding at a summit in London today.He is expected to say: “The threat from terror does not stand still so neither will we, which is why we are calling on the best and the brightest from the science and technology sector to come forward with...

Plotting terror

Posted by on in Terrorism
b2ap3_thumbnail_plotting-terror.jpg
Dawn by Tariq KhosaNEW York police have foiled at least 25 major terror attacks since 9/11, says John Miller, the counterterrorism chief, adding that NYPD maintains on average three or four active terrorist investigations at any given time. “Terrorists didn’t rest on their laurels after 9/11,” said former police commissioner of New York, Ray Kelly, while giving an account of 16 plots of terrorists foiled since he became head of NYPD in early 2002.A case of three Pakistanis allegedly involved in planning a terrorist act finds prominent mention in his book Vigilance. The main character Majid Khan, an illegal immigrant, left America secretly in violation of the US immigration law and met Al Qaeda’s Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in Karachi in early 2003. He was tasked with bombing underground storage tanks at petrol stations in Maryland. Majid wanted somehow to get back to the US unnoticed. He contacted 23-year-old Uzair Paracha...
b2ap3_thumbnail_London-city-airport.jpg
Evening Standard by Patrick Grafton-Green A man suspected of preparing to carry out a terror attack has been arrested at London City Airport.Counter terrorism officers detained the 49-year-old when he returned to the UK from an undisclosed location on Thursday afternoon.He was arrested on suspicion of the preparation of terrorist acts, contrary to section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.He has been taken into custody at a south London police station and has since been released on bail to return on a date in late July.Officers also carried out a search at an address in Essex, which is now complete.Enquiries continue. Read more: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/man-49-arrested-at-london-city-airport-on-suspicion-of-planning-terror-attacks-a3588501.html...

National security wrap

Posted by on in Terrorism
b2ap3_thumbnail_national-security-wrap-rio.jpg
by Patrick Kennedy, Madeleine Nyst, Sophie Qin and Zoe Glasson - THE STRATEGIST Violence spikes in RioBrazil’s Institute of Public Security has reported a sharp uptick in the incidence of ‘lethal violence’ in Rio de Janeiro. In the first five months of 2016, there were an average of 16 deaths per day; between January and May this year, the number had risen to 19—an increase of 16.4%.That has prompted some city-dwellers to flee; there’s a growing feeling that it’s too dangerous to raise a family in Rio. Other citizens, aided by human rights organisations like Amnesty International, are instead using crowdsourced apps to pinpoint gunfire locales for 3 million of the city’s residents.As the violence spirals into Rio’s ‘worst security crisis in more than a decade’, there will need to be a concerted effort to address the underlying socioeconomic causes. That won’t be easy—there are hints that the rampant corruption...

 
Hits: 138
b2ap3_thumbnail_new-report-refugee-terrorism-problem-is-bigger-than-you-think.jpg
TerrorThreatReport.comA new report reveals that at least 61 people who came to the United States as refugees between 2002 and 2016 participated in terror activities aimed at injuring or slaughtering people on U.S. soil. This new information from the Heritage Foundation could provide new fuel to the debate over immigration policy and President Trump's recently reinstated travel ban. The Heritage Foundation identified dozens of refugees who came to the United States and did anything from lying to authorities about ongoing terror plots, to personally taking part in terror plots themselves. The report also presents a new problem -- that none of the United State's security efforts can effectively prevent the "1.5 generation," or individuals who immigrate to the country before or during their early teens, from becoming radicalized after they have already entered the country. What's unique about the 1.5 generation is these young refugees do not let go of...
b2ap3_thumbnail_sleeper-cells-undermine-uks-counter-terrorism-strategy.png
Theresa May to “Rip Up” Human Rights if Necessary to Force New Restrictions on Terror Suspectsby Joud Halawani Al-Tamimi - Majalla.comThe UK has witnessed four terror attacks the past three months, which adds unprecedented pressure on the country’s security services to better respond to terrorism and prevent similar attacks from happening and claiming more lives in the future. The weight of the task made Theresa May go as far as saying she would “rip up” human rights laws if needed to force new restrictions on terror suspects. But what are these new restrictions going to look like?The Prime Minister is planning to facilitate the deportation of foreign terror suspects and bolster up controls on extremists in cases where they pose a threat and there is a lack of adequate proof to get them prosecuted.Following terror attacks on London Bridge, Manchester and Westminster, May said: “I can tell you a few...
b2ap3_thumbnail_germany-islam-multiculturalism-june.jpg
by Soeren Kern - Gatestone Institute A 10-year-old girl from a former republic of the Soviet Union was raped by an asylum seeker from Ghana, but police and the local government allegedly suppressed information about the crime for more than two weeks. A student sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl and punched another boy in the face, breaking his glasses. At least six other students have been beaten bloody. The school's leadership has refused to discipline the child, apparently because of his migrant background, and instead has lashed out at the parents for demanding a safe environment for their children. Police in Lübeck suspect that refugees are taking over illegal drug trade in the city. June 1. A Syrian migrant was stabbed to death in Oldenburg by another Syrian because he was eating ice cream during Ramadan. The murder, which occurred in broad daylight in a busy pedestrian shopping area, was...
b2ap3_thumbnail_avimelamed.immediate-intelligence-bulletin-isis-leader-dead.jpg
*** Immediate Intelligence Bulletin ***  July 11, 2017   Arab News Platforms Echo Reports ISIS Leader Dead Information: According to information echoed on July 11, 2017 on some Arab news platforms. ISIS will soon announce the death of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. A platform associated with ISIS echoed – yet did not confirm – the report. In addition, the Director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights quoted by the Al Arabiya news network confirms the information. Yet as of the time this report was published, no formal announcement has been made by ISIS. Analysis:                                                                        In June 2016, the Russian Defense Ministry posted on its Facebook page that it was checking information that Baghdadi was killed in the strike on the outskirts of Al-Raqqa in Syria. This was the Russian announcement: “On May 28, after drones were used to confirm the information regarding the location and time of the...

U.S. Army soldier arrested in Hawaii on terror charges

Posted by on in Terrorism
b2ap3_thumbnail_U.S.-Army-soldier-arrested-in-Hawaii-on-terror-charges.jpg
HONOLULU, Hawaii (KABC) A 34-year-old U.S. Army soldier was arrested Saturday in Hawaii on charges of providing material support to the Islamic State, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.Ikaika Kang, an active-duty soldier from Waipahu who was stationed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii was taken into custody by an FBI SWAT team July 8."Kang has been under investigation by the U.S. Army and the FBI for over a year," the FBI agent in charge said. "FBI assets and Army investigative resources were continuously deployed to ensure the public's safety during the course of this investigation and Kang's eventual arrest."According to a criminal complaint filed against Kang in U.S. district court, Kang "swore allegiance to ISIS, attempted to provide military documents to ISIS, and attempted to provide training to the terrorist organization."Kang had been serving as an air traffic control operator with the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade under the U.S....
b2ap3_thumbnail_How-Will-Innovative-Technology-Improve-Our-Cybersecurity-Defenses.jpg
By Jessica StasiwContributor, In Homeland SecurityOne consistent theme throughout Cybertech Fairfax 2017, which took place on Tuesday, June 13, was the critical need for innovative technology that safeguards against cyber intrusion. However, cybersecurity experts warn that as information technology (IT) improves, human interaction will continue to be a primary point of cybersecurity vulnerability unless leaders improve workforce policies and training.Michael Chertoff, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, kicked off the conference by addressing the state of cybersecurity and how companies and agencies need to better prepare professionals. Creating an empowered workforce and a proactive state of readiness is vastly more effective than focusing only on innovative technology that means a continuously defensive posture. Fellow leaders, many of them hailing from private startup firms, reinforced the importance of risk management preparation. The message was that cybersecurity technology is only as effective as the workforce that’s implementing it. Technology Enforcement May Improve...

Why Another Philippines Terrorist Attack Is Coming

Posted by on in Terrorism
b2ap3_thumbnail_nother-Marawi-like-siege-is-likely-to-occur.jpg
Another Marawi-like siege is likely to occur. By Zachary Abuza As fighting in the southern Philippine City of Marawi recedes, there is much to take stock of. The six week siege of the city by the Islamic State pledged Maute Group and a faction of the Abu Sayyaf tested the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and it has led to a regional concern that Mindanao is, once again, a black hole in regional security. The toll was high: 70 members of the military and police, 27 civilians, and 290 militants were killed according to recent estimates, and more bodies are being recovered as security forces comb through the rubble. Over 246,000 civilians were displaced. The city is in ruins.There is much to write about Marawi: the intelligence failure; the fact that the Maute Group had conducted a similar siege in Butig in November 2016; President Rodrigo Duterte’s single-minded attention...

France: "Jihad by Court"

Posted by on in Terrorism
b2ap3_thumbnail_France-Jihad-by-Court.jpg
by Yves Mamou    A silent jihad is under way in France. Spread by a constellation of Muslim organizations allied to powerful (non-Muslim) "anti-racist" associations, "jihad by court" is attacking freedom of press, and freedom of speech. Any journalist, politician, lawyer or intellectual who talks or writes either about Islam or some of its representatives in a critical way, is at risk of being taken to court for "racism" or "outraging a group of people because of their religion."The so-called "jihad by court" began in an experimental way in France at the beginning of the century. In 2002, the famous French writer Michel Houellebecq was sued for "incitement to hatred" by Islamic organizations allied to the Ligue des droits de l'Homme, ("Human Rights League"), a prestigious "anti-racist" organization. Houellebecq was sued for having said in an interview with Lire magazine that, "of all existing religions, Islam is the dumbest. We...
b2ap3_thumbnail_Asharq-Al-Awsat_20170710-213227_1.jpg
Asharq Al-Awsat - English by Khalid Yaymout Rabat – The Sahel and Sahara is one of the international geopolitical regions that is witnessing a bitter conflict between terrorist groups, on the one hand, and regional countries backed by major world powers, on the other. It appears that each side is aware of the important geopolitical location of the area, which is a crossing point between southern Sahara with the north and the Mediterranean with Europe. This therefore makes the region in a constant state of war due to the conflicting interests of international powers and terrorist groups.The recent summit of leaders of Sahel and Sahara that was concluded in Mali a few days ago paved the way for a new phase of confrontation between international powers and terror groups. Held under the theme of fighting terrorism for ensuring security and development, the summit was preceded by a meeting of defense...

'We need to deal a blow to terrorism'

Posted by on in Terrorism
b2ap3_thumbnail_We-need-to-deal-a-blow-to-terrorism.jpg
by Eliran Aharon - Israel National News Rina Ariel, mother of Hallel-Yaffa who was murdered by a terrorist while sleeping, says Israel should stop releasing jailed terrorists. Rina Ariel, mother of 13-year-old Hallel-Yaffa who was brutally murdered by an Arab terrorist while sleeping in her bed, told Arutz Sheva on Sunday that Israel should stop releasing jailed terrorists and deal an “economic blow” to terrorism by making sure that their families do not get paid while they are in prison.“We have to find a way to stop encouraging terrorism. That means not releasing terrorists, not paying them an allowance. A family that sends its son to carry out a terror attack should know that it won't gain anything out of it but will lose out,” she said.“We have a lot to do to stop it. My biggest fear is that when terrorists are released, in the future there will be...

G20 Leaders' Statement on Countering Terrorism

Posted by on in Terrorism
b2ap3_thumbnail_G20-Leaders-Statement-on-Countering-Terrorism.jpg
European Commission - Statement G20 Leaders' Statement on Countering Terrorism Hamburg, 7 July 2017 1. We, the Leaders of the G20, strongly condemn all terrorist attacks worldwide and stand united and firm in the fight against terrorism and its financing. These atrocious acts have strengthened our resolve to cooperate to enhance our security and protect our citizens. Terrorism is a global scourge that must be fought and terrorist safe havens eliminated in every part of the world. 2. We reaffirm that all measures on countering terrorism need to be implemented in accordance with the UN Charter and all obligations under international law, including international human rights law.   Implementing international commitments and enhancing cooperation 3. We call for the implementation of existing international commitments on countering terrorism, including the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, and compliance with relevant resolutions and targeted sanctions by the UN Security Council relating to terrorism. We...
b2ap3_thumbnail_Dr-Matteo-Bonfanti.jpg
More research is needed into the rising threat of cyber crime.by Anita MakriInvestigators should capitalise more on the fact that terrorist cells often work with criminal organisations to achieve their goals, according to Dr Matteo Bonfanti, a senior researcher at the Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich in Switzerland.You are part of the research team at the TAKEDOWN project, which kicked off last year to analyse the science on organised crime and terrorism networks. Can you give an example of how terrorism and organised crime are linked?‘Recent attacks show that terrorists are also using tools we use in our daily life, like cars or knives. But think about what happened in Paris (France), where these guys were armed with machine guns. Who is going to deliver these arms? Most likely, these arms are brought to Europe thanks to criminal organisations.‘If you are able to tackle this criminal organisation, and to...
b2ap3_thumbnail_exclusive-jihadi-cult-associate-arrested-ny-firearms-stockpile.jpg
By Clarion Project’s Ryan Mauro and Christian Action Network President Martin Mawyer  A long-time associate of a U.S.-based Islamist terrorist organization, Muslims of America (MOA), has been arrested in Johnson City, NY. Authorities discovered that he had a large cache of weapons inside a storage locker. A source inside MOA says the weapons were intended for the group’s “Islamberg” headquarters in Hancock, NY. The suspect, 64-year old Ramadan Abdullah, was previously arrested in 1977 when he and another man tried to rob a candy store in Brooklyn and someone was murdered in the process. When police searched his home, they found enough material to build 50 bombs. In the end, the charges against Abdullah were strangely reduced (see below). On May 31, Abdullah was arrested after trying to steal four boxes of ammunition from a local Gander Mountain store. When police questioned him about the purpose of the ammo, his answers made them...
b2ap3_thumbnail_FX-MM.jpg
FX-MM By Luke Antoniou New regulations are part of the EU 4th Money Laundering Directive and make businesses more responsible in their checks of how money is being sourced and used…HM Treasury to crackdown on terrorist financing and money launderingA new set of rules which come into force today are aiming to make it harder for terrorists and criminals to move money through the UK’s financial system.The new regulations implement the EU 4th Money Laundering Directive, and see a number of businesses, from banks to estate agents, having to carry out detailed checks to ensure that money changing hands comes from a legitimate source, and won’t be use to fund terrorism.In a time where tensions are high across the UK following a string of terror attacks, the new rules show just how important it is that the UK has the tools it needs to protect against similar incidents in the...

Expert warns of growing network of Swiss jihadists

Posted by on in Terrorism
b2ap3_thumbnail_SWI-swissinfo.ch_20170706-005128_1.jpg
SWI swissinfo.ch Switzerland could become a hotbed of Islamist militants grown up in the country, according to a senior security expert.Jean-Paul Rouiller of the Geneva Centre for Security Policyexternal link told the Tribune de Genève newspaper he is convinced that Switzerland will play a more important role than in the past, when the country was considered merely a place of transit for terrorists in Europe.He says a growing number of jihadists born in Switzerland are to be found around in the Lake Geneva region, in the city of Zurich and in Biel/Bienne, a bilingual town north of the capital Bern.Rouiller adds that key jihadi figures in Switzerland have links with likeminded people abroad.He estimates that the number of Swiss jihadists travelling to conflict regions, notably in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, between 2001 and February this year are at about 100, while the Federal Intelligence Service put the figure at 88.Rouiller...