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News 12 Westchester YONKERS - A counterterrorism expert talked to News 12 about lone wolf attackers following the arrest of a Hudson Valley man for allegedly planning to blow himself up on the National Mall in Washington.Thanks to a heads up from a citizen and quick thinking from the FBI, Paul Rosenfeld’s plan was foiled."If that particular person, that lone wolf, that person keeping to themselves, if they don't talk, there's a very good chance they can become successful,” says Sal Lifrieri.Lifrieri says if you see something, say something because in the case of Paul Rosenfeld, of Tappan, someone alerting authorities was a case breaker.The counterterrorism expert says that lone wolf attacks are just getting easier and the public may be seeing more of them in the future."You can actually go online and learn how to make these devices and how to conduct these attacks,” he says. Read more: http://westchester.news12.com/story/39273074/counterterrorism-expert-traditional-methods-cant-be-used-to-track-a-lone-wolf...
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The Yeshiva World A Rockland County man was arrested by the FBI on Wednesday morning, and charged with building a bomb.Paul Rosenfeld, 56, of Tappan NY, had planned to carry out a suicide bombing with a 200 pound bomb in Washington DC on Election Day.According to ABC News NY, Rosenfeld adheres to an ideology called Sortition, the belief that the government should be selected by lottery rather than popular vote.According to officials, in August and September 2018, Rosenfeld sent letters and text messages to an individual in Pennsylvania (“Individual-1”). These letters and text messages stated that Rosenfeld planned to build an explosive device and detonate it on November 6, 2018, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Rosenfeld’s stated reason for these acts was to draw attention to his political belief in “sortition,” a political theory that advocates the random selection of government officials.On October 9, 2018, law enforcement agent...
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FOX NEWS Senate Dem hopeful Kyrsten Sinema promoted events featuring convicted terror lawyer Lukas Mikelionis U.S. Democratic Senate hopeful Kyrsten Sinema promoted events at Arizona State University featuring a lawyer convicted for aiding an Islamist terror organization and its leader. Sinema, a co-founder of the activist group Local to Global Justice, invited people in a now-closed Yahoo group to attend two events with Lynn Stewart, both in 2003. At the time of the invite, Stewart had been charged with helping her former client Omar Abdel Rahman, a radical Egyptian spiritual leader of a terror group, to pass on secret messages to his followers to commit terror attacks. Rahman was a former client of Stewart’s who was charged and sentenced to life in the 1990s for plotting to blow up the United Nations, an FBI building, two tunnels, and a bridge in New York City. HEIDI HEITKAMP DIDN'T PUSH TO PROSECUTE SEXUAL,...
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Chinese Intelligence Officer Charged with Economic Espionage Involving Theft of Trade Secrets from Leading U.S. Aviation CompaniesDepartment of JusticeOffice of Public AffairsA Chinese Ministry of State Security (MSS) operative, Yanjun Xu, aka Qu Hui, aka Zhang Hui, has been arrested and charged with conspiring and attempting to commit economic espionage and steal trade secrets from multiple U.S. aviation and aerospace companies.  Xu was extradited to the United States yesterday.The charges were announced today by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Benjamin C. Glassman, Assistant Director Bill Priestap of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division, and Special Agent in Charge Angela L. Byers of the FBI’s Cincinnati Division.“This indictment alleges that a Chinese intelligence officer sought to steal trade secrets and other sensitive information from an American company that leads the way in aerospace,” said Assistant Attorney General Demers.  “This case is...

FBI Director: Terrorists likely to attack U.S. with drones

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NBC News Christopher Wray said the risk of a drone attack is "steadily increasing" due to their widespread availability and ease of use. by Rich Schapiro and Tony Capra The FBI is convinced that terror groups will use drones to carry out attacks on American soil, director Christopher Wray said Wednesday.Wray told a Senate committee hearing the threat of drones and other unmanned aircrafts is "steadily escalating" due to their widespread availability and ease of use."The FBI assesses that, given their retail availability, lack of verified identification requirement to procure, general ease of use, and prior use overseas, UAS will be used to facilitate an attack in the United States against a vulnerable target, such as a mass gathering," Wray said in written testimony to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, using an acronym for unmanned aircraft systems. Wray noted that the U.S. has yet to face a...
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ABC News By John Leicester, Associated Press European security chiefs struggled over solutions to the migrant crisis and oversaw a simulated terrorist attack on a stadium Tuesday, with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions looking on.Elite police forces staged the anti-terrorism exercise in the French city of Lyon as part of meetings of interior ministers of six European countries plus Morocco. Sessions didn't speak publicly at the event.Countering terrorism, including dealing with the return of foreign fighters from Syria and Iraq, was a main topic at the closed-door meetings. The touchy subject of migration, another focus, had officials differing sharply over how best to tackle mass migration given the open internal borders within the European Union.Poland's interior minister, Joachim Brudzinski, said European countries are coming around to his nation's view that "migration today, whether it's legal or illegal, can be a threat to Europe." He said Italy's new populist government was...
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Center for Immigration Studies Inspector General Must Investigate Somali Terror Suspect Bensman reporting suggests vulnerabilities only the DHS OIG can confirmBy Andrew R. Arthur In an October 3, 2018, post, my colleague Todd Bensman detailed the method by which Somali national Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, who has been charged in Canada in connection with a September 2017 attack in which he allegedly conducted vehicle-ramming attacks while carrying an ISIS flag in Edmonton, Alberta, was able to transit the United States to that country. Some key facts concerning Sharif are still unknown, and merit an investigation by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to identify any vulnerabilities that Sharif exploited in our border inspection system.As Bensman wrote:    The quick bottom line: There is new information [in an Edmonton Journal/Edmonton Sun article] about how Sharif was able to journey to the Mexico-California border and then,...
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BloombergDiscovery shows China continues to sabotage critical technology components bound for America By Jordan Robertson and Michael Riley A major U.S. telecommunications company discovered manipulated hardware from Super Micro Computer Inc. in its network and removed it in August, fresh evidence of tampering in China of critical technology components bound for the U.S., according to a security expert working for the telecom company.The security expert, Yossi Appleboum, provided documents, analysis and other evidence of the discovery following the publication of an investigative report in Bloomberg Businessweek that detailed how China’s intelligence services had ordered subcontractors to plant malicious chips in Supermicro server motherboards over a two-year period ending in 2015.Appleboum previously worked in the technology unit of the Israeli Army Intelligence Corps and is now co-chief executive officer of Sepio Systems in Gaithersburg, Maryland. His firm specializes in hardware security and was hired to scan several large data centers belonging...
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Jihad WatchBy Robert Spencer “A Muslim inmate is suing Somerset County Jail, claiming he’s been discriminated against when employees attempted to offer him Kosher meals in place of Halal.”But the Qur’an says that “the food of the People of the Book is lawful for you and your food is lawful for them” (5:5), which means that Muslims can eat kosher foods and food prepared by Christians. That makes clear that Sherone Long’s lawsuit is just another exercise in Islamic supremacism, attempting to gain special privileges and accommodation for Muslims, in accord with their privileged status in Islamic law.Also, imagine if Sherone Long were a Nazi, and that Nazis had food laws. In that case, would Somerset County Jail have any obligation to reinforce his ideology? “Muslim inmate sues Somerset County Jail alleging religious discrimination,” by Nick Muscavage, Bridgewater Courier News, October 5, 2018 (thanks to Paul):    SOMERVILLE – A Muslim...
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The new structure will also keep the office from working on projects that will never see the light of day. Nextgov By Jack Corrigan,Staff Correspondent The Homeland Security Department restructured its science and technology office to speed up the innovation process and ensure agencies have a hand in shaping the research done on their behalf.The reorganization, which the Science and Technology Directorate announced Monday, addresses many of the bureaucratic and management challenges that slowed the rollout of new technologies to other agency components, said William Bryan, the senior official performing the duties of the undersecretary for science and technology at Homeland Security.The new structure to will also streamlines the process of adopting commercial technologies and make it easier for startups to enter the federal marketplace, he said.“The threat landscape is changing so drastically ... that we needed to have an organization that would be agile and responsive enough to adapt,”...
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NPR 90.5 WESA By Kathleen J. Davis U.S. Attorney Scott Brady said Tuesday that some of the most urgent terror threats facing the county and region include violent domestic groups, such as white supremacists , and "homegrown violent extremists" – individuals who are radicalized by terrorist groups, often through the internet."It is a rapidly expanding and changing threat landscape," Brady told more than 400 public safety officials gathered in Downtown Pittsburgh Wednesday for western Pennsylvania's first Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council Conference. "We're seeing a radical increase in the complexity of threats, we're seeing an evolution in the volume and the speed and agility of these threats."The day-long event explored public safety in relation to mass gatherings and school shootings, as well as cybersecurity topics such as protecting the country's power grid.According to Gregory Nelsen, assistant special agent in charge for the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the FBI is currently investigating about...

Mississippi: 2 police officers killed in shootout

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FOX 8 BROOKHAVEN, Miss. — Two police officers were killed in a shootout early Saturday in Brookhaven, Mississippi, a state official said.The officers, identified as Cpl. Zach Moak, 31, and Patrolman James White, 35, were responding to a call about shots fired around 5 a.m., Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain said.White was first at the scene, followed by Moak, an emotional Brookhaven Police Chief Kenneth Collins told reporters.“We answer those calls many times and nothing ever happens but this morning something happened,” Collins said. “We lost two of our brave officers.”The officers were pronounced dead at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Brookhaven, according to Strain.“My heart goes out to their families,” Collins said. “You never know when it’s your last day and I just want to thank all the men and women in law enforcement for their bravery and for their service.” Read more: http://myfox8.com/2018/09/29/2-police-officers-killed-in-shootout-in-mississippi/...
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4 Taliban bomb experts killed by Afghan forces in western province Source: Xinhua HERAT, Afghanistan (Xinhua) -- Four Taliban bomb makers have been killed in a government forces operation in Afghanistan's western province of Herat, provincial government said Friday."Four Taliban bomb makers were killed and three others wounded after security forces launched a special operation in a remote village in Shindand district, Herat province on Thursday," the government said in a statement.The targeted militants were responsible for making landmines and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and the security forces also destroyed large amount of explosive in the hideout after the operation.The raid was a latest special operation against the insurgency, its supply lines and Taliban's bomb making facility.Taliban militants use home-made IEDs to make roadside bombs, landmines, car bombs, and suicide bomb jackets in their attacks which also inflict casualties on civilians.On Thursday, two teenage girls were killed and 16 civilians...

The Role Of Domestic Violence In Terrorism

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Forbes Nikita Malik, Contributor Cybersecurity Last year, I began to research terrorists with a background of domestic violence.Sadly, violence is common in family court cases to do with children being made wards of court due to fear of radicalisation. Many fathers in these cases have been abusive, either to their wives or to their children.That’s not to say that correlation goes hand in hand with causation. The majority of domestic abusers don’t go on to become terrorists, and many terrorists have no reported background of domestic violence.However, there seem to be some patterns in common.Take Rachid Redouane, one of the three terrorists behind the London Bridge attack last year, for example. Redouane married an Irish woman and moved to London with her in 2012. They had a daughter in 2015. At some point in their relationship, he became more religious, violent, and controlling. They broke up in 2017 because of...
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Source: White House National Security & Defense THE PATH TO VICTORY: President Donald J. Trump is releasing a new National Strategy for Counterterrorism that will protect American citizens and interests at home and abroad. Today, President Trump is releasing his National Strategy for Counterterrorism, the United States’ first robust and fully-articulated strategy on counterterrorism since 2011. The Administration is outlining a new approach to counter and prevent the evolving terrorist threat, making it clear that we will take all steps necessary to keep our country safe. President Trump’s National Strategy for Counterterrorism focuses on: Pursuing terrorists to their source; Isolating terrorists from their sources of support; Modernizing and integrating the United States’ counterterrorism tools; Protecting American infrastructure and enhancing resilience; Countering terrorist radicalization and recruitment; and Strengthening the counterterrorism abilities of our international partners. A NEW APPROACH: The new strategy builds on lessons learned from past counterterrorism efforts and offers...

AVN: What Happens When a Drone Hits an Airplane Wing?

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Aviation International NewsWith hundreds of thousands of personal UAVs currently in public hands, the question of will a serious drone strike on an aircraft occur, is no longer a matter of if, but when, in the minds of many experts. While tests on bird strikes have been conducted for decades, what kind of damage a drone would cause was still virtually unknown…until now. ...

ISIS Claims Election Rally Attack In Afghanistan

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The Jerusalem Post CAIRO- The Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack on an election rally in the Afghan province of Nangarhar on Tuesday, according to a statement on the group's Amaq news agency.The militant group said a bomber had killed 35 and wounded more than 50 after detonating his suicide vest. Afghan officials earlier said at least 13 were killed and more than 30 wounded, warning the toll was likely to rise.The Islamic State has claimed a series of attacks this year that have killed scores of people in Nangarhar, on the border with Pakistan. Read more: https://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Islamic-State-claims-election-rally-attack-in-Afghanistan-568503...
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CBS News By Peter Martinez Five law enforcement officers were shot Wednesday in Florence, South Carolina, CBS affiliate WBTW-TV reports, and a suspect is in custody. A total of three Florence County deputies and two city officers were wounded, Florence County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Glen Kirby said.The suspect surrendered to deputies after talking with a negotiator, according to Kirby. Florence Mayor Stephen Wukela said that some of the officers are in "serious condition."The Florence County Emergency Management Department tweeted that the "active shooting situation is over and the suspect is in custody." Officials urged people to stay away from the area.South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster posted on Twitter that Wednesday's incident is "simply devastating" and called out the "selfless acts of bravery from the men and women in law enforcement." Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/5-police-officers-shot-in-florence-south-carolina-suspect-in-custody-today-live-updates-2018-10-03/...

DHS says teamwork is improving election security

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FCW Cybersecurity By Derek B. Johnson A month out from the 2018 midterms, all eyes are on the Department of Homeland Security as it approaches its first real test since being given a broader election security mandate in the wake of the 2016 presidential elections.Speaking at a cybersecurity event hosted by the Washington Post, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen highlighted improvements in information sharing across the federal government and with state and local officials as well as closer relationships with stakeholders that will lead to faster coordination in the wake of an emerging threat."First of all, the information sharing is much stronger than it even has been before," said Nielsen when asked what had changed in the department's approach since 2016. "So [we're] working very closely with the intel community, and the moment that we see something significant we are -- in conjunction with the IC -- sharing with our state...
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ABC 7 ELIZABETH MCLAUGHLIN Two envelopes suspected of containing ricin poison, one addressed to Defense Secretary James Mattis, were identified in the Pentagon's Central Processing Center, according to a U.S. official.Later on Monday, the Secret Service reported it had also intercepted a suspicious envelope addressed to President Donald Trump, though that envelope was not received, nor did it enter the White House. The envelopes found at the Pentagon's mail center were addressed to Mattis and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, the official said. Those pieces of mail, flagged as part of the Pentagon's normal processing procedures, are being examined to determine whether they test positive for the deadly poison, the FBI said in a statement.The Secret Service said it's also cooperating with law enforcement to fully investigate the suspicious envelope addressed to the president."Further, all threats directed towards the President, or any Secret Service protectee, are treated seriously...