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

What Terror Experts Can Learn From Public Health Experts

Posted by on in Terrorism
Foreign Policy What Terror Experts Can Learn From Public Health Experts National security professionals have a duty to use their influence to fight hyperbole. By Charles Kurzman In the early 2000s, two events sowed fear in the United States and around the world: the 9/11 attacks in 2001 and the SARS outbreak of 2002 and 2003. In the years that followed, the professional communities responsible for responding to these threats, and informing the public about them, have followed two very different paths.In the fight against deadly diseases, public health experts have sought to balance the need for preparedness with their duty to avoid hyperbole, which can lead to panic. National security experts should adopt this same ethos. SARS started in China and spread around the world, leaving hundreds of people dead. The global public health community mobilized immediately to contain the epidemic—and to manage perceptions of it. “SARS is a...

Extremists Attack US Military Base In Somalia

Posted by on in Terrorism
  ABC News Extremists Attack US Military Base In Somalia By Abdi Guled, associated press MOGADISHU, Somalia -  Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels on Monday launched two attacks on U.S. and European military targets, officials said.In the first attack, an estimated 25 fighters of the al-Shabab rebel group were killed when they attempted to storm the Belidogle military airstrip which hosts Somali and U.S. forces, said a Somali intelligence officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.The attack started with suicide bombings at the gate and around the airstrip and were followed by heavy gunfire across the air base in the Lower Shabelle region in southern Somalia, said Gen. Ahmed Yusuf, a senior Somali military officer based in Lower Shabelle region. Read more: https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/extremists-attack-us-military-base-somalia-65949553...
Chicago police instructs officers to not cooperate with DHS, memo shows: ‘Sickening what’s happening'  By Matt Finn | Fox NewsThe Chicago Police Department advised officers not to cooperate with the Department of Homeland Security, particularly in situations involving immigration arrests, according to an internal department memo obtained by Fox News.Instead of assisting DHS upon request, officers are instructed to wait for their supervisor to arrive, the memo said. Once the supervisor arrives, “if the request is to assist with an immigration arrest or detention, CPD personnel will leave the scene as directed by the CPD supervisor,” according to the memo. CPD confirmed the memo came from an internal superior but would not say if the directive came from the mayor. The mayor’s office has not responded to requests for comment from Fox News. Chicago police sources told Fox News that officers have historically assisted federal agents and this new policy...
CBS News Schaumburg, Illinois — A man accused of driving an SUV through a suburban Chicago shopping mall is facing a state terrorism charge, authorities announced Sunday. Police in Schaumburg announced early Sunday that the Cook County state's attorney had authorized the charge against Javier Garcia, 22, of Palatine, Illinois.Garcia also was charged with felony criminal damage to property. Garcia was scheduled to appear in bond court Sunday.Under Illinois law, the Class X felony of terrorism can apply if the suspect is believed to have caused more than $100,000 in damage to any building containing five or more businesses, according to a statement issued by Schaumburg Police Sergeant Karen McCarthy. Class X felonies can carry sentences of up to 30 years in prison. No federal charges have been brought against Garcia. Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/schaumburg-illinois-javier-garcia-charged-with-terrorism-for-driving-suv-into-woodfield-mall-in-chicago-suburb/...
CNET Facebook will have to give UK police access to encrypted messages, report says by Edward MoyerFacebook and its messaging tool WhatsApp will have to give UK police access to users' encrypted messages under an upcoming treaty with the US, says a Saturday report by Bloomberg, which cites a confidential source. The treaty, which covers other US-based social media platforms as well, would require the sharing in regard to investigations of serious crimes, such as terrorism and pedophilia, Bloomberg said. Under the treaty, scheduled to be finalized in October, the US and UK won't investigate each other's citizens, and information obtained from British firms can't be used by the US in death penalty cases, Bloomberg reported.For some time, law enforcement officials in both countries have argued that uncrackable encryption provides cover for criminals. Police say "back doors," or secret access portals, should be built into such systems so law officers...

What Can We Do About Terrorism?

Posted by on in Terrorism
War on the Rocks What Can We Do About Terrorism? Melanie Marlowe, Bryan McGrath, and Christopher Preble - Podcasts What have we learned in the 18 years since 9/11? Chris, Melanie, and Bryan discuss whether counterterrorism policy takes account of academic research on the subject. Going forward, the goal should be to implement the most cost-effective policies — and over time, to calm public anxiety about terrorism. Bryan gives a shout out to a bipartisan duo of Net Assessment fans, Chris gripes about NFL officiating, and Melanie offers her appreciation of the Constitution via an unlikely source: former Vice President Joe Biden. Listen Podcast Here: https://warontherocks.com/2019/09/what-can-we-do-about-terrorism/...

Man arrested in FBI terrorism probe is AU student

Posted by on in Terrorism
The Auburn Plainsman Man arrested in FBI terrorism probe is AU student By Eduardo Medina | Editor-in-chief An Auburn man who was apprehended by the FBI Monday in a years-long terrorism probe — in which he reportedly told FBI agents that he would execute a U.S. soldier if ordered to do so by an Islamic State group — was an Auburn University student enrolled in classes during the fall 2019 semester.Preston Sparks, director of University Communications Services, confirmed to The Plainsman that Nayef Qashou, a dual Jordanian and United States citizen who grew up in Saudi Arabia, was a student.According to The Associated Press, Qashou was charged with lying to the FBI and destroying records, as well as communicating with suspected terrorists.National outlets reported FBI agents searched Qashou’s home in Auburn. In an unsealed affidavit, the FBI said Qashou arrived in the U.S. through Atlanta's airport in 2015 and planned...

September Spotlight on Global Jihad

Posted by on in Terrorism
The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center Spotlight on Global Jihad (September 19-25, 2019) The unilateral ceasefire in the Idlib region declared by the Syrian army was also maintained this week. At the same time, artillery exchanges continued, and the Syrian army apparently thwarted local attempted assault by the rebel organizations. All these illustrate that the ceasefire is weak and that the situation in the Idlib region is fragile. The situation in the Idlib region was discussed at a summit meeting in Ankara between the Iranian, Turkish and Russian presidents. The disagreements between Turkey and Russia apparently remained unchanged. While the Turkish media accused the Syrian regime of violating the terms of the ceasefire, the Russian media warned that “… the ceasefire does not protect the terrorist organizations. The campaign against them will continue.” ISIS’s terrorist and guerrilla activity continued this week in various sectors in eastern Syria. In...
Military Times Three US Service Members Wounded In Afghanistan Insider Attack By Meghann Myers The Taliban took credit for killing three troops in a green-on-blue attack Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Monday afternoon, but an U.S. Forces-Afghanistan spokesman fired back at the claims on Twitter, clarifying that the only injuries sustained were non-life threatening.A defense official, who was not authorized to speak on the record, confirmed that all three wounded troops were Americans.A member of the Afghan National Civil Order Police fired on a coalition convoy, Col. Sonny Leggett tweeted, without providing details about which coalition country they belonged to. “The attacker was killed by return fire from Resolute Support forces,” he tweeted.The incident is under investigation, he added. Read more: https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2019/09/23/three-us-service-members-wounded-in-afghanistan-insider-attack/...
ABC News Urgent New Warnings About ISIS Fighter Jailbreaks, As Trump Threatens Europe With Releasing Them By Conor Finnegan The threat of ISIS fighters breaking out of the massive prison camps where they're being held in Syria and Iraq is growing, according to a new report and a senior U.S. official.While President Donald Trump has also warned of the urgency, he took the issue a step further in recent days and threatened to free ISIS fighters at Europe's borders if countries don't repatriate them.U.S. ambassador-at-large for counterterrorism Nathan Sales rang those alarm bells Tuesday, but wouldn't say whether the U.S. was actively planning to carry out Trump's threat."It's impossible to predict what tomorrow is going to look like in Syria, let alone two months or six months from now ... You could envision all sorts of other scenarios playing out," Sales told ABC News in response to questions about Trump's...
Morristowngreen.com Morristown man indicted on terrorism charges, allegedly scouted NYC targets for HezbollahBy Kevin Coughlin A Morristown man was indicted Thursday on charges that he scouted New York landmarks for future attacks by Hezbollah.Alexei Saab, 42, has been working with the the Lebanon-based terrorist group for more than two decades, according to federal documents.He allegedly surveilled dozens of locations in New York, including the United Nations headquarters, the Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, Times Square, the Empire State Building, and local airports, tunnels, and bridges, as well as sites in Boston and Washington DC.Authorities say he searched for vulnerabilities that could be attacked for maximum destruction, reporting to the Islamic Jihad Organization (IJO), a branch of Hezbollah that coordinates terrorist activities outside of Lebanon. Read more: https://morristowngreen.com/2019/09/19/morristown-man-indicted-on-terrorism-charges-allegedly-scouted-nyc-targets-for-hezbollah/...
BBCNotre-Dame plot: Five women in court over foiled car bomb attack Five French women have gone on trial in Paris accused of trying to detonate a car bomb near the iconic Notre-Dame cathedral in September 2016.Six gas canisters in the vehicle, which had been doused in diesel fuel, failed to explode when a cigarette was thrown at them, prosecutors said.One of the women is accused of stabbing an officer in the shoulder after police traced them to a nearby apartment.A defence lawyer said the women had been brainwashed on the internet.The defendants, now aged between 22 and 42, are all Muslim converts.Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49794927...

The Urgent Search For A Cyber Silver Bullet Against Iran

Posted by on in Terrorism
The New York Times The Urgent Search For A Cyber Silver Bullet Against Iran By David E. Sanger and Julian E. BarnesWASHINGTON — After spending billions of dollars to assemble the world’s most potent arsenal of cyberweapons and plant them in networks around the world, United States Cyber Command — and the new era of warfighting it has come to represent — may face a critical test in the coming weeks.President Trump is considering a range of options to punish Iran for this month’s attack on Saudi oil facilities, and has toughened sanctions on Iran and ordered the deployment of additional troops to the region. But a second cyberstrike — after one launched against Iran just three months ago — has emerged as the most appealing course of action for Mr. Trump, who is reluctant to widen the conflict in a region he has said the United States should leave,...

Al-Shabab Attack Kills 20 Somali Soldiers

Posted by on in Terrorism
Al-Shabab Attack Kills 20 Somali Soldiers Voice Of America By Harun MarufAt least 20 Somali government soldiers were killed and 18 others were wounded when al-Shabab raided a military base south of Mogadishu, security sources told VOA Somali.The sources said militants detonated a suicide car bomb at the El-Salin military base followed by an infantry attack in the early hours of Sunday.The militants briefly took over the base, a regional official told VOA Somali.A spokesman for Somali special forces said the militants attacked the base “in large numbers.” Read more: https://www.voanews.com/africa/al-shabab-attack-kills-20-somali-soldiers...

DHS announces plan to combat domestic terrorism

Posted by on in Terrorism
WBNS 10TV Department of Homeland Security announces plan to combat domestic terrorism WASHINGTON — A major plan is being put in place by the Department of Homeland Security to combat domestic terrorism in the United States.Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan made the announcement Friday at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. saying, "we are acutely aware of the growing threat from enemies, both foreign and domestic, who seek to incite violence in our Nation’s youth, disenfranchised, and disaffected, in order to attack their fellow citizens and fray at the seams of our diverse social fabric. This awareness, coupled with the history of recent tragedies, has galvanized the Department of Homeland Security to expand its counterterrorism mission focus beyond terrorists operating abroad, to include those radicalized to violence within our borders by violent extremists of any ideology.”DHS is calling the plan the "Strategic Framework for Combating Terrorism and...
Bloomberg Iran Envoy Won’t Rule Out War After U.S. Sends Aid to Saudis By Steve Geimann and Arsalan Shahla Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif refused to rule out military conflict in the Middle East after the U.S. sent more troops and weapons to Saudi Arabia in response to an attack on oil fields the U.S. has blamed on the Islamic Republic.“I’m not confident that we can avoid a war,” Zarif said in an interview with CBS to be broadcast Sunday on its “Face the Nation” program. “I’m confident that we will not start one, but I’m confident that whoever starts one will not be the one who finishes it.”When asked to elaborate, Zarif said: “That means that there won’t be a limited war.”Zarif was interviewed in New York, where he will attend the United Nations General Assembly session. The U.S. said Friday it will send a “moderate” number of...
AL.com Alabama Man Arrested In Terrorism Probe; Allegedly Said He Would Kill Soldier For ISIS By The Associated PressAn Alabama man has been apprehended as part of a yearslong terrorism probe in which the FBI says he told agents he would execute a U.S. soldier if ordered to do so by the Islamic State group.FBI agents took Nayef Qashou into custody Monday. He's charged with lying to the FBI and destroying records.In a newly unsealed affidavit, the FBI says Qashou arrived in the U.S. through Atlanta's airport in 2015, planning to study nursing at an Opelika, Alabama, community college. The FBI interviewed him more than a dozen times over the next four years. He used encrypted phone apps to communicate with suspected terrorists who told him he should carry out an attack in the United States, the FBI said."Qashou would not tell interviewers exactly how he responded to the suggestion...
CBS News ISIS Suspects In Overcrowded Syrian Prison Tell CBS News They're Americans Northern Syria — A U.S.-backed Syrian militia running a prison packed with thousands of alleged ISIS fighters is struggling to keep control of the detainees. The prisoners want to return to their home countries, and their jailers warn that if something isn't done to relieve the burden, the accused terrorists could end up back in the fight.The militia let CBS News correspondent Holly Williams and her team inside the high-security prison in northeast Syria — the first time a television camera has been allowed in. They wouldn't even permit video showing the outside of the facility, given the tense security situation in the region. President Trump has called on European countries to bring home their nationals who joined ISIS in Syria, so it was a surprise for Williams to find prisoners who said they were American. Williams...
American Airlines mechanic shared ‘disturbing’ ISIS videos, told agents he had ‘evil side,’ prosecutors say By Stephen Sorace | Fox News An American Airlines mechanic accused of sabotaging a plane in July reportedly told arresting agents he had an “evil side,” a nefarious persona prosecutors sought to expose Wednesday as they presented alleged evidence of his Islamist sympathies -- and aspirations -- at a bail hearing in Miami.Prosecutors said Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani allegedly displayed support for ISIS by making statements about wishing Allah would use "divine powers" to harm non-Muslims and sharing ISIS videos on his cellphone -- which he allowed the FBI to search. One of the videos showed a person being shot in the head, according to prosecutors.Federal investigators said they also learned that Alani lied about taking a trip to Iraq in March to visit his brother and also sent $700 to someone in Iraq. Alani...

Experts Discuss Ways to Counter Domestic Extremism in US

Posted by on in Terrorism
Voice of America Experts Discuss Ways to Counter Domestic Extremism in US By Sirwan Kajjo WASHINGTON - Recent attacks in the United States, including in a Walmart store on El Paso, Texas and a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have raised concerns over the growing threat from domestic extremist groups.U.S. law enforcement officials and experts now are discussing ways to help counter such groups, using similar to steps the U.S. government took when it expanded its fight against foreign terrorist organizations following the September 11, 2001 attacks.It was during last month’s mass shooting in El Paso that the term domestic terrorism created some confusion.That's because the attack, which killed 22 people, was treated by federal law enforcement officials as a case of domestic terrorism. Read more:  https://www.voanews.com/usa/experts-discuss-ways-counter-domestic-extremism-us...