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  FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force investigates stabbing of NYPD cop in BrooklynBy Joe Marino, Amanda Woods and Yaron Steinbuch The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force has joined the investigation into the stabbing of an NYPD cop in Brooklyn.The feds arrived early Thursday at the Flatbush apartment building of the man accused of stabbing the cop in the neck.Agents could be seen at the address on East 22nd Street in an apparent search of evidence, near the scene of the violent confrontation on Church Avenue, where the melee unfolded at about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday.Members of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force also arrived Thursday morning at the scene, while police took photos of “ACAB” graffiti — an acronym meaning “All Cops Are Bastards.”The graffiti may be related to an anti-police demonstration that took place this past weekend in the same neighborhood, a source said. Read more: https://nypost.com/2020/06/04/fbi-joint-terrorism-task-force-investigates-stabbing-of-nypd-cop/...
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Detained US Navy veteran freed by Iran, en route home By MATTHEW LEE and ERIC TUCKERAssociated Press WASHINGTON - A Navy veteran detained in Iran for nearly two years has been released and started making his way home, with the first leg on a Swiss government aircraft, U.S. officials said Thursday. “The nightmare is over,” his mother said.The U.S. special envoy for Iran, Brian Hook, flew to Zurich with a doctor to meet freed detainee Michael White and will accompany White to the United States aboard an American plane, the officials said. White’s release was part of an agreement involving an Iranian-American doctor prosecuted by the Justice Department and followed months of quiet negotiations over prisoners. The two countries are at bitter odds over U.S. penalties imposed after President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the 2015 nuclear deal and over the killing by American forces of a top Iranian...
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Department of Justice Office of Public AffairsAttorney General William P. Barr's Statement on Riots and Domestic TerrorismAttorney General William P. Barr has issued the following statement:“With the rioting that is occurring in many of our cities around the country, the voices of peaceful and legitimate protests have been hijacked by violent radical elements.  Groups of outside radicals and agitators are exploiting the situation to pursue their own separate, violent, and extremist agenda.It is time to stop watching the violence and to confront and stop it.  The continued violence and destruction of property endangers the lives and livelihoods of others, and interferes with the rights of peaceful protestors, as well as all other citizens. It also undercuts the urgent work that needs to be done – through constructive engagement between affected communities and law enforcement leaders – to address legitimate grievances.  Preventing reconciliation and driving us apart is the goal of...
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Exhausted, abused Chicago Police officers need a break, top cop saysChicago Sun-Times “Working them 12-hour days for extended periods, fatigue sets in,” said CPD Supt. David Brown. “We might have to pull some off the line ... so they can just de-compress from the constant verbal and physical assaults from factions in the crowd.” By Fran Spielman Three days after massive rioting and looting prompted the city to cancel days off, Chicago police officers are exhausted, burned out and in desperate need of relief, CPD Supt. David Brown said Wednesday.“It’s not lost on me that our folks are human. Working them 12-hour days for extended periods, fatigue sets in. You get this risk factor that they’ve been on the front line too long,” Brown said during a conference call with City Hall reporters.“So we’re working on relief factor for these officers. We are cognizant that we might have to pull...

When Protesters Turn on Police

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FOX 45 News When Protesters Turn on Police BALTIMORE (WBFF) by Joy Lepola "On April 27th 2015 Bexley Collins assigned to Mondawmin Mall.Collins says, "One of my first comments was, 'Are we gearing up today.'"The majority of officers showed up to the mall wearing only helmets.We later found many of the helmets assigned to officers were missing padding and may not have been worn since the riots that broke out in Baltimore in 1968.Collins was struck multiple times with bricks thrown by angry teens.A brick hit Collins in the shin, shoulder, and head.Collins says,    ...It knocked me backwards and I slammed my head on the pavement and i was knocked unconscious."Read more: https://foxbaltimore.com/features/operation-crime-justice/when-protesters-turn-on-police...
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Richmond police chief says rioters blocked firefighters from burning home with child inside By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington TimesRichmond, Virginia, Police Chief Will Smith choked back tears during a press conference in describing how rioters torched a home with a child inside and then blocked firefighters from responding.“Last night, protesters intentionally set a fire to an occupied building on Broad Street,” Chief Smith told reporters Sunday. “This is not the only occupied building that has been set fire to over the last two days, but they prohibited us from getting on scene. We had to force our way to make a clear path for the fire department. Protesters intercepted that fire apparatus several blocks away with vehicles and blocked that fire department’s access to the structure fire. Inside that home was a child.“Officers were able to—,” he said, pausing to regain his composure. “Officers were able to help those...
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Jakarta Globe Suspected IS Militants Attack Police Post, Kill Officer In South Kalimantan BY FAROUK ARNAZJakarta. A small group of militants with suspected link to global terror network Islamic State attacked a police station and killed an officer with a sword in Indonesia’s South Kalimantan province early on Monday.One of the attackers was killed at the scene in South Daha subdictrict, South Hulu Sungai district. The deceased militant carried a handwritten manifesto calling Muslims to wage jihad.It remains unclear how many people were involved in the attack, which also left a police car burned out. “Investigation is underway but we need time before we can go to the details,” South Kalimantan Police spokesman Senior Comr. Muhammad Rifai said on the phone.The attack occurred at around 2.15 a.m. local time when only three officers were of the guard. Brigadier Leonardo Latipapua was killed with a sword inside the integrated public service...
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Al Monitor US Woman Convicted Of Providing Material Support To Islamic State Alison Marie Sheppard, 35, of Florida purchased 10 mobile phones and arranged to ship them to undercover officers posing as IS supporters.by Al-Monitor StaffA US citizen was sentenced to more than five years in prison for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State (IS). Alison Marie Sheppard of Florida purchased 10 mobile phones and arranged to ship them to undercover officers posing as IS supporters, according to a press release by the US Justice Department. Sheppard believed the phones would be sent to the Middle East for IS operatives to use as bomb detonators.She also provided IS instructional material on how to travel to Syria to a person she believed was a sympathizer with the extremist group. That person was later caught by the FBI and provided information to investigators. Sheppard also told an undercover law...
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George Floyd protests: Rioters target police across US; 4 shot in St. Louis, 1 in Vegas, Bronx hit-and-run caught on videoBy Chris Irvine | Fox News Police officers across the U.S. were targeted in shootings and vehicular attacks Monday night as protests continued in major cities for the seventh night despite President Trump’s vow to clamp down on violence.The demonstrations on Monday marked a week of unrest since unarmed black man George Floyd died when a white Minneapolis officer jammed his knee into the back his neck in a shocking incident caught on video. Despite tens of thousands marching peacefully in demonstrations against police brutality and systemic racism, protests over Floyd’s death have been nonetheless overshadowed by violence, looting and vandalism that has engulfed U.S. cities.In St. Louis, Mo., Monday night, four police officers were shot during protests in the city’s downtown area, two in the leg, one in the...
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National Review NYC Imposes Curfew, Doubles Police Presence in Face of Expected Riots By Tobias HoonhoutNew York governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday that New York City would implement a mandatory curfew and increase its police presence to 800 officers in preparation for another night of violence in the wake of protests surrounding George Floyd’s death.In a joint statement, Cuomo and de Blasio said the curfew would last from 11 tonight to 5 AM Tuesday, and the decision was made in consultation with the New York Police Department “to help prevent violence and property damage.” The additional police forces will be concentrated “in lower Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn,” where rioting and looting have been the most volatile. Read more: https://www.nationalreview.com/news/nyc-imposes-curfew-doubles-police-presence-in-face-of-expected-riots/...
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Fox News Barr: Violence From Antifa, Other Groups 'Is Domestic Terrorism And Will Be Treated Accordingly' Attorney General William Barr said Sunday that the Department of Justice will treat violence by individuals associated with Antifa as domestic terrorism in a statement that condemned the far-left group and asserted that protests against police brutality and racial inequality following George Floyd's death have "been hijacked."Such demonstrations in cities nationwide have turned into violent riots complete with looting, attacks against police and arson.Barr's statement came after President Trump earlier Sunday said he would designate Antifa as a terrorist organization. Antifa -- short for "anti-fascist" -- has very little central organization but violent left-wing protesters, particularly in places like Portland, Ore., often act under the Antifa banner.   Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/barr-george-floyd-violence-from-antifa-other-group-is-domestic-terrorism-and-will-be-treated-accordingly...
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CBS Chicago CPD Reports Nearly 700 Arrests, 132 Officers Injured Amid Sunday’s Violent Riots CHICAGO (CBS)– It was a violent weekend with riots, protests and looting across the city after the death of George Floyd.According to Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown, there were 699 arrests made on Sunday. He said 132 officers were injured during the riots. Read more: https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/06/01/sunday-riot-crime-stats/...
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ABC 7 AP - US officials: 1 federal officer killed, 1 critically hurt near California protest in 'act of domestic terrorism' OAKLAND, Calif. -- The killing of a federal contract security officer who was watching over a protest in Oakland was an act of domestic terrorism, U.S. authorities said Saturday.A vehicle pulled up outside the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building at about 9:45 p.m. Friday and someone opened fire at two contract security officers who worked for the Federal Protective Service of the Department of Homeland Security, killing one and critically wounding the other, authorities said.The identities of the officers were not released.The officers protect federal court houses as part of their regular duties. DHS officials said they were monitoring the protest over the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota."When someone targets a police officer or a police station with an intention to do harm and intimidate - that...
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CBS Miami Florida Man Accused Of Planning Isis Terrorist Attack In Tampa Area TAMPA (CBSMiami) — A Florida man, accused of planning to carry out a terrorist attack in Tampa Bay on behalf of the Islamic State of Iraq, has now been officially charged by federal prosecutors.On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the filing of a criminal complaint charging Muhammed Momtaz Al-Azhari, 23, with “attempting to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization,” namely ISIS.Investigators say Al-Azhari has a criminal history that includes previous terrorism charges in Saudi Arabia. They say he tried to buy multiple guns before acquiring a Glock pistol and a silencer.Prosecutors say he expressed “admiration” for the deceased Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen and even drove there to scope out the location. In a conversation with a confidential informant, the FBI says, Al-Azhari said “that’s how I want to die,...
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Minneapolis Third Precinct police station set on fire after rioters break in By Dom Calicchio | Fox News The Third Precinct police station in Minneapolis was set ablaze Thursday night as violent protests continued in the city -- and other cities across the U.S. -- following Monday's death of George Floyd, a black man who died while in police custody.In response, more than 500 members of the National Guard were heading to the Twin Cities region, called in by Gov. Tim Walz, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported. Rioters broke into the precinct around 10 p.m. local time, after police on the rooftop previously tried to disperse a gathering crowd using "flash bang" shots and tear gas, according to reports.The rioters entered the building and sparked the fire after police officers on the roof were rescued by helicopter, reports said. Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/us/minneapolis-third-precinct-police-station-set-on-fire-after-rioters-break-in...
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  NBC News Feds Charge Ex-Venezuelan Politician With Recruiting Terrorists To Attack U.S. Interests Adel El Zabayar traveled to the Middle East to obtain weapons and recruit members of Hezbollah and Hamas to train at hidden camps in Venezuela, prosecutors say. By Tom Winter and Pete WilliamsA former Venezuelan politician was charged Wednesday with participating in a vast narco-terrorism conspiracy in which he traded drugs for weapons and recruited terrorists from Hezbollah and Hamas to orchestrate attacks against U.S. interests.The charges against Adel El Zabayar come two months after the Justice Department unsealed a sweeping indictment against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and several politicians, accusing them of taking a leading role in an international drug trafficking network.New York federal prosecutors say El Zabayar, acting under the direction of the president of the Venezuelan assembly, traveled to the Middle East in 2014 to obtain weapons and recruit members of Hezbollah and...
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FOX 9 KMSP Minneapolis police chief says many people involved in rioting, looting not from cityPolice Chief Medaria Arradondo says many of the people who looted businesses and set fires amid the peaceful protests of George Floyd's death Wednesday night are not believed to be from Minneapolis.   Watch Here https://www.fox9.com/video/688884...
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The Jerusalem Post Hezbollah's Nasrallah warns of 'great war' on all fronts with Israel Nasrallah warned that any Israeli air strike on Lebanon would 'not pass without a response,' adding that the terror group has 'military capabilities that did not exist before 2006.' By TZVI JOFFRE Marking 20 years since Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon, Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah warned Israel of "the great war that will open all fronts at once," saying that it would be "the end of Israel." The Hezbollah leader stressed, however, that there are "no indications that Israel intends to launch a war against Lebanon." The statements were made during an interview with the Al-Nour Radio Station on Tuesday night, which was broadcast by the Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Manar TV Channel. Nasrallah warned that any Israeli air strike on Lebanon would "not pass without a response," adding that the terror group has "military capabilities that did not exist...
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Florida man who ‘expressed admiration’ for Pulse Nightclub shooter accused of trying to supply materials to ISIS Erin Dobrzyn, Digital Storyteller Tampa man spoke of desire to carry out mass shooting, acts of terrorism, FBI says HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. – A Florida man is in custody after a complaint indicated he attempted to supply the terrorist group ISIS with materials to carry out attacks as well as planned acts of terrorism locally, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Muhammed Momtaz Al-Azhari, 23, of Tampa, was arrested by federal agents Sunday and faces up to 20 years in prison, should he be found guilty.FBI officials said Al-Azhari was an ISIS supporter who planned and attempted to carry out an attack on behalf of the terrorist organization. Officials also said Al-Azhari was in possession of weapons he intended to use in those attacks at the time of his arrest.According to a...

The prospect of germ terrorism has arrived

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  The prospect of germ terrorism has arrivedWashington Times By Jennifer Harper It is a possibility that world leaders may not want to address quite yet — but the topic has now entered the global discourse.“Council of Europe security experts have warned of the danger of terrorist attacks with biological weapons in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic,” reports the Funke Media Group, a German news syndicate.“The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how vulnerable modern societies are to viral infections and their shock potential,” the council’s Committee on Counter-Terrorism said in a statement Monday, according to the German news group.   Read more: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/may/26/inside-the-beltway-the-prospect-of-germ-terrorism-/...