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.
HSN

HSN

HSN has not set their biography yet
b2ap3_thumbnail_Screenshot-2018-6-17-Eiffel-Tower-Now-Has-Bulletproof-Glass-Walls-To-Protect-Against-Terror-Attacks.png
by Sasha Ingber | NPR The Eiffel Tower is being retrofitted with bulletproof glass, the latest measure to protect the Paris site and visitors from potential terrorist attacks.The panels are nearly 10 feet high and more than 2 inches thick. They will bookend the monument at its north and south ends, running parallel to the Seine River and Avenue Gustave-Eiffel. At the east and west sides, metal fencing has been installed to help stop any vehicles that try to ram into the grounds.Plans for an enclosure to protect the 129-year-old tower were announced last year. The new perimeter is replacing temporary barriers set up in 2016, following a series of terrorist attacks that put France on high alert. There's already a security presence at the Eiffel Tower site in the form of soldiers with "Operation Sentinel," which began after the 2015 terror attacks.But that wasn't enough for Bernard Gaudillere, president...

Two Wyandotte County Deputies Killed In Shooting

Posted by on in Terrorism
b2ap3_thumbnail_Screenshot-2018-6-17-Community-mourns-two-Wyandotte-County-deputies-killed-in-shooting.png
FOX 4 KC Community mourns two Wyandotte County deputies killed in shooting by Makenzie Koch KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The second Wyandotte County sheriff's deputy who was shot Friday morning while transporting an inmate has died, leaving law enforcement partners and the community grieving.On Friday, two deputies were shot at about 11:30 a.m. in downtown KCK, not far from the courthouse and sheriff’s office. This happened in a transport bay while a suspect was being moved from court back to the jail.Officials identified the first deputy as 35-year-old Patrick Rohrer, who had served the past seven years with the agency. The second deputy was identified as Theresa King. Deputy King was 44 years old and served the agency for 13 years. They were both parents; Deputy King had three children, Deputy Rohrer had two. Multiple sources say Antoine Fielder is the inmate involved in the shooting, and he reportedly got...
b2ap3_thumbnail_Screenshot-2018-6-17-Woman-shouting-Allahu-akbar-attacks-2-with-box-cutter-at-supermarket-in-France1.png
By Travis Fedschun | Fox News A woman who allegedly shouted "Allahu akbar" attacked two people with a box cutter at a supermarket in southern France on Sunday before she was arrested, local media reported.The incident took place around 10:30 a.m. at the supermarket Leclerc in the Mediterranean city of La Seyne-sur-Mer, located near Marseilles.Witnesses told Var-matin the young woman attacked a customer and employee.The woman was dressed in black and wearing a veil at the time, shouting "Allahu akbar" -- "God is great" in Arabic -- before she was placed under control by people intervening, according to Var-matin.Europe 1 radio quoted Toulon prosecutor Bernard Marchals as saying that a customer in the store in La Seyne-sur-Mer was injured in the chest in the Sunday morning attack and hospitalized.A woman at the market's cash register was injured too, but less seriously. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/06/17/woman-shouting-allahu-akbar-attacks-2-with-box-cutter-at-supermarket-in-france.html...
b2ap3_thumbnail_Screenshot-2018-6-14-Number-of-terrorism-related-arrests-in-UK-reaches-record-level.png
The Guardian Number of terrorism-related arrests in UK reaches record level by Jamie Grierson Home affairs correspondent The number of terrorism-related arrests in Britain hit a record high after a series of attacks were launched around the country last year, official figures show.In the year ending 31 March, 441 people were held on suspicion of terrorism-related activity, the highest number of arrests in a year since data collection started in 2001, and an increase of 17% on 378 in the previous year.The Home Office said the rise was partly due to a number of arrests made following attacks in London and Manchester last year. The number of terror-related arrests in Britain since the 9/11 attacks in 2001 has passed the 4,000 mark, standing at 4,182 at the end of March.The number of prisoners jailed for terrorism-related offenses is also at the highest level since records began after an increase of...

Immigration, terrorism top concern list of Europeans

Posted by on in Terrorism
b2ap3_thumbnail_Screenshot-2018-6-14-Immigration-terrorism-top-concern-list-of-Europeans-poll.png
Reuters by Jan Strupczewski, Julia EchiksonBRUSSELS (Reuters) - Immigration and terrorism are the two top concerns for the European Union as a bloc, but trust in the EU and optimism about its future are on the rise, a European Commission poll showed. The Commission’s twice-a-year Eurobarometer poll showed 38 percent of the EU’s 510 million citizens saw immigration as the most important issue facing the bloc. Paradoxically, the highest level of concern about the issue was registered in countries were immigration is minimal — Estonia, the Czech Republic and Hungary.Concern over terrorism was mentioned by 29 percent of Europeans. Again, it was highest in countries that have not had a single terrorist attack in recent years — Lithuania, Cyprus, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Poland and Latvia.The poll also showed a one point increase since autumn 2017 in the level of trust towards the EU to 42 percent and that...
b2ap3_thumbnail_Screenshot-2018-6-14-The-terror-will-begin-The-Islamic-State-calls-for-lone-wolf-jihad-attacks-at-World-Cup.png
Jihad Watch “The terror will begin”: The Islamic State calls for lone-wolf jihad attacks at World CupBy Robert Spencer Even if nothing happens at the World Cup, these threats serve to “strike terror in the enemies of Allah” (Qur’an 8:60). “‘The terror will begin’: ISIS calls for lone-wolf World Cup attacks in chilling series of posters showing bomb blasts at venues in Russia,” by Julian Robinson, MailOnline, June 14, 2018:    ISIS fanatics have called for lone-wolf World Cup attacks in a chilling series of posters showing bomb blasts at venues in Russia.    One of the terror group’s mocked-up images shows flames engulfing a stadium and nearby facilities at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in the World Cup host city of Sochi, southern Russia.    Another calls for lone-wolf jihadists to ‘kill them all’ with the phrase written in French along with a picture of a knife slicing through a tournament logo against...
b2ap3_thumbnail_Screenshot-2018-6-14-Suspected-Islamic-extremist-ricin-attack-plot-foiled-in-Germany-prosecutors-say.png
Fox News By Lucia I. Suarez Sang An Islamic terrorism plot to launch a deadly attack with the toxin ricin was reportedly thwarted in Germany, prosecutors revealed Thursday.Authorities said a 29-year-old Tunisian, identified only as Sief Allah H., was taken into custody Wednesday after an investigation uncovered he had procured the materials needed to create ricin in mid-May and even succeeded in creating the toxin earlier this month. Investigators found the toxin after a search of his apartment in Cologne, federal prosecutors in Karlsruhe said in a written statement. "He procured 1,000 castor bean seeds online as well as an electronic coffee grinder," they said. The shell of the castor bean plant seed is highly poisonous and can be used to create ricin.Prosecutors said they are still investigating exactly how the suspect planned to use the toxin, and said he was working on a “biological weapon” attack in Germany. Read...

Al Nusrah Front Returns To The Embrace Of Al Qaeda

Posted by on in Terrorism
b2ap3_thumbnail_Screenshot-2018-6-13-Al-Nusrah-Front-Returns-To-The-Embrace-Of-Al-Qaeda--Analysis.png
Eurasia Review By Uran Botobekov*The US State Department announced on May 31, 2018, that it has amended the terror designation for Sunni Jihadi group Al Nusrah Front (also known as Jabhat al-Nusra) to include the “alias” Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).It should be noted that Al Nusrah Front is primarily known for being the Syrian unit of Al Qaeda and the militant leader of the Central Asian Islamic terrorist groups Katibat al Tawhid wal Jihad, Katibat al-Imam Bukhari, the Turkestan Islamic Party and Katibat al Ghuraba al Turkistani.The State’s statement says that «in January 2017, al-Nusrah Front launched the creation of HTS as a vehicle to advance its position in the Syrian uprising and to further its own goals as an al Qaeda affiliate». Since then, the “group has continued to operate through HTS in pursuit of these objectives.”Ambassador Nathan A. Sales, State’s Coordinator for Counterterrorism, noted that “today’s designation serves...
b2ap3_thumbnail_Screenshot-2018-6-13-Shin-Bet-chief-reveals-Israel-has-prevented-250-terror-attacks-in-2018.png
Jerusalem PostBy YONAH JEREMY BOB Using traditional and new big-data abilities, the Shin Bet has prevented 250 terrorist attacks so far in 2018, director Nadav Argaman told a group of visiting interior security ministers Wednesday at a closed session of a Jerusalem international conference on terrorism.Though Argaman’s presentation was closed to the public, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) provided a summary to the media.Argaman said that the agency had succeeded in blocking major terrorist attacks involving suicide bombings, kidnappings and shootings.The Shin Bet chief said that especially big-data abilities had helped the agency to hone in on lone-wolf attackers in a way that was impossible before Israeli intelligence advanced its abilities in massively tracking postings on social media.Argaman said that the Shin Bet was striking the right balance between continuing its effective human intelligence collection programs and new cyber intelligence gathering abilities.One of the flagship issues was to stay...

Border Patrol agent shot in Arizona

Posted by on in Terrorism
b2ap3_thumbnail_Screenshot-2018-6-13-Border-Patrol-agent-shot-in-Arizona.png
 By Stephen Dinan - The Washington TimesA Border Patrol agent in Arizona was shot early Tuesday, authorities said.Details were scant, but Customs and Border Protection, which oversees the Border Patrol, said the agent was “involved in a shooting incident” and was hit with gunfire.The agency said “several subjects” who were in the area were taken into custody, while the agent was taken to a hospital.Read more: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jun/12/border-patrol-agent-shot-arizona/...
b2ap3_thumbnail_Screenshot-2018-6-12-Nicaragua-Police-Organized-Groups-Committing-Acts-of-Terrorism.png
Today Nicaragua The police statement detailed multiple incidents of violence spreading across Managua, Masaya, Jinotega, Matagalpa and Leon. By Today Staff The Nicaraguan police, in a press release to the media, have disclosed a number of incidents of criminal activities which have been destabilizing the country and disrupting “public order and peace” of the people of the nation. The security officials say that various organized groups – armed with firearms, mortar shells and Molotov cocktails – have been committing “acts of terrorism” against Nicaraguans.The statement detailed multiple incidents of violence, spreading across Managua, Masaya, Jinotega, Matagalpa and Leon, resulting in kidnappings, several deaths and injuries as well as the destruction of private and government property.The release said members of the Los Frijoleros gang turned guns on each other in Managua, while one man was shot dead, a cafe set on fire and several police officers received injuries in Masaya. A...

U.S. Man Gets 15 Years For Trying To Join ISIS

Posted by on in Terrorism
b2ap3_thumbnail_Screenshot-2018-6-12-U-S-Man-Gets-15-Years-For-Trying-To-Join-ISIS---Breaking911.png
Breaking 911 Arafat M. Nagi, 47, of Lackawanna, New York, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, to be followed by 15 years of supervised release, for attempting to provide material support and resources to the Islamic State (ISIS).On Aug. 28, 2014, a community member advised the FBI that Nagi spoke about violent jihad to various people in the Lackawanna community and it was common for Nagi to get into verbal complaints over his jihadi beliefs. Further investigation determined that Nagi pledged allegiance to ISIS and the leader of the terrorist group, Abu Bakr al Bagdadi. Investigators learned that Nagi traveled to Turkey on two occasions, in October 2012 and July 2014, with the intention of meeting with members of ISIS. Read more: https://breaking911.com/u-s-man-gets-15-years-for-trying-to-join-isis/...

If the media won't report on terrorism, who will?

Posted by on in Terrorism
b2ap3_thumbnail_Screenshot-2018-6-11-If-the-media-wont-report-on-terrorism-who-will-DW-11-06-2018.png
DW The international media gives short shrift to terrorism outside the West as it spends vast amounts of time, ink and money to cover royal weddings. Journalists who report on terror came together in Bonn to discuss why. Sixteen people were killed in a series of terrorist attacks on the offices of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and other locations in Paris on January 7-9, 2015. It was headline news around the world for days, if not weeks. Across the globe, presidents and prime ministers took time out of their busy schedules to express their outrage and condolences. The slogan "Je suis Charlie" was born to signify support for press freedom.As many as 2,000 people were killed in a series of terrorist attacks in the northeastern Nigerian town of Baga and the surrounding area between January 3 and 7, 2015. Even today the number of dead remains unclear. The...
b2ap3_thumbnail_Screenshot-2018-6-11-Police-thwart-attempted-terrorism-against-prom-at-Virginia-Beach-Town-Center.png
WTKR VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Two people were arrested for conspiring to commit a terrorist act during Bayside High School's prom at Virginia Beach Town Center over the weekend, Virginia Beach Police announced Monday.At a press briefing, the chief of police said the department received a community tip on May 30 that some people not associated with the school were trying to purchase tickets to the school's prom at Westin Hotel Town Center, which took place from 6-10 p.m. Saturday.As a result, the school and VBPD developed an enhanced security plan for the prom. The school division conducted internal security while the police department handled external security at the hotel and surrounding parking garages.The student, a 17-year-old Virginia Beach boy, wanted to attend the prom. When police approached him, he ran and discarded a 9mm handgun in the process. Although he was not apprehended that night, authorities got information from...
b2ap3_thumbnail_Screenshot-2018-6-11-Facebook-Gave-Data-Access-to-Chinese-Firm-Flagged-by-U-S-Intelligence1.png
New York Times By Michael LaForgia and Gabriel J.X. DanceFacebook has data-sharing partnerships with at least four Chinese electronics companies, including a manufacturing giant that has a close relationship with China’s government, the social media company said on Tuesday.The agreements, which date to at least 2010, gave private access to some user data to Huawei, a telecommunications equipment company that has been flagged by American intelligence officials as a national security threat, as well as to Lenovo, Oppo and TCL.The four partnerships remain in effect, but Facebook officials said in an interview that the company would wind down the Huawei deal by the end of the week.Facebook gave access to the Chinese device makers along with other manufacturers — including Amazon, Apple, BlackBerry and Samsung — whose agreements were disclosed by The New York Times on Sunday. The deals were part of an effort to push more mobile users onto...
b2ap3_thumbnail_Maghawir-al-Thawra-MaT-backed-Syrian-militia-group.jpg
The Daily Caller 7 ISIS Terrorists Killed In Failed Suicide BombingJoseph Lafave | ContributorForces belonging to the Maghawir al-Thawra (MaT), a U.S. and coalition backed Syrian militia group, engaged and killed seven ISIS terrorists earlier this week while manning a security checkpoint near At Tanf, which U.S. military commanders say is “within the 55 km southern Syria de-confliction zone.”According to officials from the U.S. military’s Central Command (CENTCOM), on June 4, a vehicle attempted to bypass the checkpoint. When it was stopped by MaT personnel, seven fighters jumped out of the car and began attacking. One of the fighters detonated an explosive vest.During the firefight, all seven of the fighters, later identified as members of ISIS, were killed by MaT forces. CENTCOM officials state that there were “no Coalition or partner casualties.”CENTCOM officials state that the MaT and other similar coalition partners routinely conduct patrols and establish security checkpoints to...

b2ap3_thumbnail_Screenshot-2018-6-10-Surge-in-extremists-freed-back-onto-Britains-streets---YouTube.png
Surge in extremists freed back onto Britain's streets   ...
b2ap3_thumbnail_Screenshot-2018-6-7-Blurred-Lines-And-New-Means-Terrorisms-Alarming-New-Dimensions--Analysis.png
Eurasia Review By Muhammad Faizal Abdul Rahman Terrorism remains high on the agenda of defence and security organisations worldwide.Indeed, the recent Shangri-La Dialogue 2018 in Singapore brings together defence officials to unpack the new dimensions of terrorism and counter-terrorism in its plenary sessions. The dialogue is crucial as current developments attest to the intractable nature of the problem.AdvertisementThe annual spring offensive by the Taliban underscores how terrorist groups continue to be a destabilising force in Afghanistan. The war in Yemen and recent launch of the jihadi propaganda outlet “Al-Badr”, named after a fabled battle in AD 624, highlight the longevity of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.Suicide attacks committed by jihadi families and the Depok prison riot caused by inmates – both linked to the Islamic State (IS) – in Indonesia in May 2018 demonstrates how IS is far from defeated and evolving from a caliphate into a transnational terrorist...
b2ap3_thumbnail_Screenshot-2018-6-7-San-Diego-Turns-to-Drones-Other-Measures-to-Beef-Up-Event-Security-as-Shootings-and-Terrorism-Increase.png
Law enforcement and security contractors have to worry a lot more about security at events now than they used to. by George Varga, The San Diego Union-Tribune TNS — Send in the drones.Along with 3-D mapping and a beefed-up police presence that can include officers armed with assault rifles, the growing use of drones is just one of the enhanced security measures some outdoor concert venues in San Diego have enacted in the wake of last fall’s Route 91 Harvest festival massacre in Las Vegas.The timing is sound. Security measures have been refined and enhanced as San Diego’s already busy summer concert season is about to heat up even more, starting with this weekend’s opening of the San Diego County Fair.The goal could be life-saving.On Oct. 1, a lone gunman in Las Vegas shot and killed 58 people — including a San Diego attorney — from his hotel room in...
b2ap3_thumbnail_Screenshot-2018-6-6-Secret-Obama-era-permit-let-Iran-convert-funds-to-dollars.png
The Oklahoman by Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — After striking an elusive nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration found itself in a quandary in early 2016: Iran had been promised access to its long-frozen overseas reserves, including $5.7 billion stuck in an Omani bank.To spend it, Iran wanted to convert the money into U.S. dollars and then euros, but top U.S. officials had repeatedly promised Congress that Iran would never gain access to America's financial system.Those assurances notwithstanding, the Obama administration secretly issued a license to let Iran sidestep U.S. sanctions for the brief moment required to convert the funds through an American bank, an investigation by Senate Republicans released Wednesday showed. The plan failed when two U.S. banks refused to participate.Yet two years later, the revelation is re-igniting the bitter debate over the nuclear deal and whether former President Barack Obama was too eager to grant concessions to...