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  • Former NC police chief detained at JFK for 90 minutes

    03/20/2017 6:52:05 AM PDT · by VanShuyten · 35 replies
    WTOP ^ | 3/19/2017 | unknown (AP)
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina police chief whose mother is Italian and father is Somali said Sunday that he’s disappointed with his country of 42 years after he was detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Former Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden of Alexandria, Virginia, who now works as a law enforcement consultant, said he was detained March 13 on his return trip from Paris for his mother’s 80th birthday. He supports the officers of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, but he believes his 90-minute detention was unreasonable, he said in a telephone interview.
  • Paris Orly Airport shooting: Attacker was on terror watchlist [Paris Attack Foiled]

    03/18/2017 11:09:55 AM PDT · by Enchante · 23 replies
    Sky News ^ | March 18, 2017 | Sky News Staff
    In the airport terminal the attacker assaulted a patrol of three counter-terrorism soldiers, wrestling one of them to the floor and trying to take her gun. The man was shot dead by patrol officers as they attempted to protect the women and members of the public at the airport, according to France's Interior Ministry.... ...A police source said the man was "a radicalised Muslim known to intelligence services and the justice system" and had a history of thefts and violent robberies.
  • Schumer: Check Transit Employees Against Terror Watch Lists

    12/13/2016 7:34:49 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 11, 2016, 6:33 AM ET | Michael Balsamo
    Federal homeland security officials should move faster to require rail and transit agencies across the nation to screen their employees using federal terrorism watch lists, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said. The New York Democrat told The Associated Press on Saturday that the Department of Homeland Security should immediately step in to enforce a recommendation made nearly a decade ago that mass transit employees be crosschecked with the federal watch lists. “With terror threats from ISIS sympathizers and lone wolves ever possible, it is just not acceptable that every single front line transit employee is not checked against the federal terror...
  • French Prime Minister: 15,000 people on radical Islamist watch list - 'learn to live with terrorism'

    09/14/2016 11:46:16 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 17 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/14/16 | Robert Laurie
    Insanity Shortly after the Nice attack, in which an Islamic radical killed 86 people by driving a truck through a crowd watching Bastille Day fireworks, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said France would have to “learn to live with terrorism.” As you might expect, the remark landed with a thud, since people who appease terrorists have a tendency not to live at all. Still, France seems hell-bent on walking a self-destructive path that leans heavily on playing defense. Now, as Reuters reports , we know that the challenges created by such a strategy are growing by the day. Unless things...
  • Why not just strip away all rights of those on watch lists?

    07/03/2016 4:19:58 AM PDT · by UpStateNY · 26 replies
    I’ve heard a lot lately about restricting those on the “terror watch list” or “no-fly list” from purchasing a firearm. I get the appeal, because no logical person wants to enable a bad person to do bad things. But if we’re going to restrict the Second Amendment for these people without due process, why stop at just one amendment if it means saving lives? Should people on a terror watch list be allowed to attend a suspected radicalized house of worship? Why allow them to congregate at all? Why is a person suspected of planning terror allowed to have a...
  • How Does the FBI Watch List Work? And Could It Have Prevented Orlando?

    06/19/2016 6:32:18 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 30 replies
    Wired ^ | 6/17/2016 | Kim Zetter
    Of all the details investigators have uncovered about Orlando terrorist Omar Mateen, perhaps the most infuriating is the fact that he spent 10 months on a government watch list, yet had no trouble buying an assault rifle and a handgun. Authorities placed Mateen on a watch list in May 2013 after coworkers at the Florida courthouse where he was a security guard told authorities he boasted of connections to al Qaeda and other terrorists organizations. He remained on the list for 10 months, and FBI Director James Comey told reporters this week that during that time the agency placed Mateen...
  • Oh, that time the government thought a cub scout was a terrorist…

    06/18/2016 7:01:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Hot ^ | June 17, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    LetÂ’s go back in time to The New York TimesÂ’ 2010 article about then-eight-year-old Mikey Hicks. Was he a cub scout or a terrorist? His parents knew. In fact, most people with cognitive function would know that heÂ’s not hell bent on attacking the country, but our government wasnÂ’t sure. He could be the face of absolute evil, so thank goodness the U.S. Senate could bar him from buying a firearm since heÂ’s on one of the many terror watch lists maintained by the FBI. He never had any due process of law concerning his designation as someone who might...
  • Hot new Democratic gun-grab idea: A new watch list of people who used to be on watch lists

    06/16/2016 2:17:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Hot ^ | June 16, 2016 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Man, when Democrats say they’re done worrying about due process, they don’t mess around. Follow the logic here. Republicans argue that we can’t summarily strip people on a terror watch list of their gun rights because there are too many innocents who land on those lists, often due to simple bureaucratic errors like confusing a law-abiding person with a terror suspect whose name is similar. The GOP plan, from John Cornyn, calls for a temporary three-day hold when someone on a list tries to buy a gun while the government goes to court to try to convince a judge that...
  • Going Inside The Chicago Police Department’s ‘Strategic Subject List’

    06/02/2016 2:23:40 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 11 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 31, 2016
    Going Inside The Chicago Police Department’s ‘Strategic Subject List’ May 31, 2016 7:58 AM Audio CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago suffered through an especially bloody holiday weekend, with 69 people shot over the Memorial Day weekend, including six fatalities. Police said the vast majority of the victims were on a watchlist of sorts – what the department calls its “strategic subject list.” CBS 2’s Mai Martinez sat down with the Chicago Police Department’s top brass to talk about how the list works. The strategic subject list uses an algorithm to try to predict who is most likely to be involved in...
  • Obama IRS Scandal Continues (Weekly Update)

    03/05/2016 10:44:49 AM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 4, 2016 | Tom Fitton
    Judicial Watch Presses Ahead with Fight over IRS Criminal Investigation Facts Department of Homeland Security Releases Documents Showing 1,000 Individuals Removed from Terrorist Watch List Judicial Watch in Court over CongressÂ’s Obamacare Exemption Judicial Watch Presses Ahead with Fight over IRS Criminal Investigation Facts The Clinton email matter is important, and your JW is, of course, at the center of the story. Check out this New York Times article, which shows that the FBI and Judicial Watch are the only two entities in DC likely to get answers and accountability on the Clinton email issue: Last week Judge Emmet...
  • DHS Secretly Scrubbed 1,000 Names From U.S. Terror Watch Lists

    03/01/2016 5:29:23 PM PST · by MarvinStinson · 46 replies
    freebeacon ^ | March 1, 2016 | Adam Kredo
    Obama admin kept secret terrorist 'hands off' list The Department of Homeland Security removed the names of nearly 1,000 individuals suspected of terrorism ties from the U.S. terrorist watch list, according to newly released documents obtained by an advocacy group under a Freedom of Information Act request. The Washington Free Beacon first reported in 2014 that the Obama administration secretly assembled a terrorist “hands off” list that enabled individuals with terrorist ties unfettered entrance into the United States. The latest documents, obtained by Judicial Watch and released on Tuesday, appear to confirm these initial reports. They further disclose that at...
  • Ohio: Muslim who slashed restaurant patrons with machete was on FBI's radar

    02/13/2016 6:30:22 PM PST · by Lera · 28 replies
    WCMH NBC4 Jihad Watch ^ | February 13, 2016 | Robert Spencer
    But obviously they weren't following him closely enough. There is no indication at this point that Mohamed Barry had any connection with the Islamic State, but one of their goals is to overwhelm American law enforcement and intelligence agencies with so many jihad plots and jihad attacks and suspected jihadis that they will not be able to keep up, and will collapse from the strain. The fact that "the FBI was looking at Barry for expressing radical Islamic views four years ago" but "moved on from him in their investigation" indicates that this might not be very difficult to do.
  • Alan Bersin flips on gun sales link to Homeland Security terrorist watch list

    12/24/2015 8:21:33 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 4 replies
    A senior Homeland Security official who last week undermined President Obama’s push to ban gun sales to those on the government’s terrorist watch list now says he was mistaken in his sworn testimony to Congress — but Republicans on the panel aren’t buying it. Alan Bersin, assistant secretary for international affairs at Homeland Security, told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee last week that tying gun purchases to the list would be mixing “apples and oranges.”
  • Rep.Donald Norcross D.calling for action to close terrorist background check loophole.

    12/15/2015 3:48:46 AM PST · by Falcon4.0 · 10 replies
    Congress Must Act to Keep Weapons Away from Terrorists News Release. Rep. Norcross: "Let's Close this Loophole Now" Cherry Hill, NJ - Rep. Donald Norcross (NJ-01) today joined members of South Jersey's law enforcement community in calling for immediate action to close the so-called "terrorist background check loophole." The loophole in federal gun laws allows those on the government's terror watch list to legally obtain deadly firearms. The bipartisan Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act, introduced by Rep. Peter King (NY-02), would close that loophole.
  • Banning Gun Sales to People on No-Fly List May Not Be Constitutional, Experts Say (Capt Obvious)

    12/11/2015 6:46:15 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 22 replies
    On Thursday, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy announced plans to issue an executive order barring anyone listed on federal terrorist watch lists from purchasing a gun in the state. But while the idea of “no fly, no gun” has found growing support following the mass shooting in San Bernardino last week, including that of President Obama, experts say such a policy may be unconstitutional. The problem lies with the terrorist watch lists themselves, which are both secret and routinely updated without the typical due process given to those who are accused of breaking the law, such as court proceedings. Without a...
  • White House Can't Name One Mass Shooting That Would Have Been Stopped By New Gun Laws

    12/11/2015 6:53:59 AM PST · by rktman · 12 replies ^ | 12/11/2015 | Matt Vespa
    In today's press briefing, the Obama White House proved what Second Amendment supporters already know: no new gun control laws, especially those proposed by the president, would have prevented any new mass shootings. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was asked by The Wall Street Journal's Byron Tau if there was any shooting that could have been stopped if an assault weapons ban or stricter backgrounds checks, both supported by this administration, were enacted. Earnest deflected and pivoted to the Obama administration's latest proposal that those suspected of being terrorists, of which almost 300,000 on the list have no ties...
  • Connecticut will ban terror suspects from buying guns because Congress won’t do it

    12/11/2015 5:07:03 AM PST · by lowbridge · 59 replies ^ | december 10, 2015 | dannell malloy
    If we don't take action against gun violence, then we are complicit in it. That's why on Thursday I announced my intent to sign what would likely be a first-in-the-nation executive order, pending federal government approval, to ban those on government watch lists from buying guns in Connecticut. We have a moment in America to do the right thing. And we in Connecticut are seizing it. It's become routine to watch so many families across the nation hold their breath, hoping - and praying - that loved ones come home. It often feels like these are daily, yet life-changing, tragedies....
  • Dem representative: 72 people on terror watch list work for the Department of Homeland Security

    12/07/2015 9:22:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/06/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    That’s actually not quite accurate, but it’s close enough to undermine one of the Left’s arguments about gun control, offered up last night from the Oval Office. Once again, Barack Obama articulated his curious and incomprehensible non-sequitur last night on the subject of gun control and the Department of Homeland Security’s no-fly list. In his Oval Office speech last night, Obama demanded that Congress bar those listed by DHS from purchasing a firearm (transcript via Jeff Dunetz): To begin with, Congress should act to make sure no one on a no-fly list is able to buy a gun. What...
  • Homeland Security IG: 72 Employees On Terrorist Watch List

    12/06/2015 12:30:24 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 10 replies
    DC Gazette ^ | December 5, 2015 | Unattributed
    Earlier in this space, it was explained that Islamic jihadis have infiltrated the United States government at all sorts of levels. That shocking claim came from John Guardolo, a former FBI counterterrorism special agent. Now, buried in an Inspector General's report of the Department of Homeland Security, news surfaces of six dozen - that's 72 people - working there who were found to be on the terrorist watch list. News of this comes courtesy of Democratic congresscritter Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts in an interview with Tori Bedford, WGBH, December 1, 2015, and published at Judicial Watch:
  • The Terrorists Among Us [From Slate: Hurl, you will]

    12/01/2015 10:00:55 AM PST · by Torcert · 8 replies
    Slate ^ | 11/30/2015 | Will Saletan
    Forget Syria. The most dangerous religious extremists are migrants from North and South Carolina. Another terrorist attack. Another grim tally of the dead and wounded. Another killer full of hate, from a land that breeds such men. Like millions of migrants before him, the perpetrator crossed the border unchallenged. And like others, he struck our country without warning. Our politicians say they'll stop these killers. They talk about building walls and vetting refugees. If we were serious, we would do it. We would seal our borders against North Carolina. North Carolina? It sounds absurd. When we think about immigration and...
  • Report: Senate Democrats may try to add gun measure to Syrian refugee bill

    11/23/2015 12:25:59 PM PST · by Torcert · 20 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 23, 2015 | Taylor Millard
    [..]This ignores the fact of how stupid terrorist watch lists are because they don't do the job the government claims they're supposed to. The Intercept (which isn't exactly a conservative or libertarian publication) got hold of the National Counterterrorism Center guidelines for putting people on watch lists last year. Some of these guidelines includes social media and what 'walk-ins' say, even if government employees are told not to use hunches.So, yes, you might be on a terrorist watch list if you tweet, Facebook, or use other social media sites to post an article someone doesn't like. The rules are so...
  • TSA Investigation Finds 73 Workers on U.S.'s Terrorist Watchlist [06/10/15]

    11/19/2015 2:11:39 PM PST · by ForYourChildren · 23 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 6/10/15 | Lauren Walker
    A recent U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) report found that 73 aviation workers, employed by airlines and vendors, had alleged links to terrorism. The report, published by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General on June 4, blamed bureaucratic mistakes. Though the TSA says it frequently cross-checks applications and employee lists with the DHS's "Consolidated Terrorist Watchlist," both are incomplete. The TSA's employee lists, which consist of thousands of records, "contained potentially incomplete or inaccurate data, such as an initial for a first name and missing social security numbers," the report found. The DHS Consolidated Terrorist Watchlist...
  • Half Of All People On [Obama’s] Government Terrorist Watchlist Have No Terrorist Connections

    08/05/2014 1:02:18 PM PDT · by HammerT · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 08/05/2014 | Giuseppe Macri
    Classified documents leaked from the National Counterterrorism Center and published Wednesday reveal almost half of the nearly 700,000 terrorist suspects included on the government’s terrorist watchlist have no connection to known terrorists. According to the documents obtained by The Intercept, out of the 680,000 people included on the list, 280,000 have ”no recognized terrorist group affiliation,” making it the largest category of any other on the list of ”known or suspected terrorists.” The next-largest specific terrorist organization on the list is al-Qaida in Iraq, with only 73,189 people. (RELATED: Newly Released Document Reveals How The US Government Defines A Terrorist)...
  • FBI becomes the 'watchers-in-chief'

    01/21/2014 1:58:28 PM PST · by Steve Peacock · 4 replies
    WND ^ | Jan. 20, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    Documents reveal demand for 116 more workers to review, investigate 'suspects'The number of people identified by the Obama administration as potential terrorists surged in the past two years, and the FBI now is preparing for another spike as it plans to intensify its scrutiny of foreign visitors and U.S. citizens, WND has discovered. The federal government will hire up to 116 full-time private-contractor personnel to help amass and screen data on persons whose movements or activities are brought to the attention of the Terrorist Screening Center, an FBI-administered interagency unit... TSC lacks authority to independently collect personal data or communications....
  • Boston Suspects’ Mom Was Also in Terror Database, Sources Tell AP

    04/26/2013 12:26:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Blaze / The Associated Press ^ | April 26, 2013 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    The mother of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was added to a federal terrorism database about 18 months before the attack, government officials said Thursday. Two government officials said the CIA had Zubeidat Tsarnaeva’s name listed along with that of her son Tamerlan Tsarnaev after Russia contacted the agency in 2011 with concerns that the two were religious militants about to travel to Russia. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the case. Being in the classified TIDE database does not automatically mean a person is suspected by the U.S. of...
  • Officials: bombers' mother was also on terror watchlist

    04/26/2013 11:01:09 AM PDT · by GlockThe Vote · 92 replies
    AP ^ | 4/27/2013 | Staff
    <p>BOSTON (AP) - The mother of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects had been added to a federal terrorism database about 18 months before the attack, government officials said Thursday.</p>
  • CIA pushed to add Boston bomber to terror watch list

    04/24/2013 10:50:29 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 14 replies
    The CIA pushed to have one of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers placed on a U.S. counterterrorism watch list more than a year before the attacks, U.S. officials said Wednesday. Russian authorities contacted the CIA in the fall of 2011 and raised concerns that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed last week in a confrontation with police, was seen as an increasingly radical Islamist who could be planning to travel overseas.

    04/24/2013 2:21:31 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 119 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 4/24/2013 | Mytheos Holt [Free Republic credited]
    Photos of a visit Michelle Obama is alleged to have had with Abdul Rahman Alharbi — the Saudi national previously considered to be “person of interest,” “armed and dangerous,” and worthy of inclusion on a watch list — may have appeared on a Facebook page associated with an English language school in Boston or students who share a common bond of going to English schools in the area. The above photo montage, which was posted at FreeRepublic today, originally appears on the Facebook page for “EC Boston Saudi’s.” EC Boston most likely refers to the EC Boston English Language School....
  • Boston bomb suspect's name was on classified government watch lists

    04/24/2013 12:18:25 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | WASHINGTON | Wed Apr 24, 2013 12:56am EDT | Mark Hosenball
    (Reuters) - The name of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was listed on the U.S. government's highly classified central database of people it views as potential terrorists. But the list is so vast that this did not mean authorities automatically kept close tabs on him, sources close to the bombing investigation said on Tuesday. Tsarnaev, 26, was killed in a police shootout early Friday, while his younger brother Dzhokhar, 19, was captured later that day. Prosecutors say the brothers, ethnic Chechens who had been living in the United States for more than a decade, planted two...
  • Picture of Michelle visiting Saudi that is on terrorist list

    04/23/2013 7:56:36 PM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 256 replies
  • Big Sis Monitoring Your Tweets/FB Posts When You Use Words on DHS Watchlist

    03/07/2012 2:39:05 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 18 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | March 7, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Hot words/terms on the Department of Homeland Security  online social media watch-list can get you monitored... According to a DHS document, the snoopy agency is maintaining an arm-long list of what they call 'Items Of Interest', categorized by subject, i.e. 'Domestic Security', 'Southwest Border Violence', etc. These are the specific words/terms contractors have been hired to monitor online, abbreviated to 'I.O.I' by the DHS. And while you might expect them to keep an eye on those posting more than a passing mention of terms like 'Al Qaida', 'weapons cache', 'jihad', 'massacre', according to the DHS order far more mundane/widely-utilized words can also...
  • Gun control groups press Adams on terror vote (FL)

    05/14/2011 4:37:55 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 13 May, 2011 | NA
    WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Sandy Adams of Orlando is taking heat from gun control advocates for voting against a measure that would bar those on the FBI’s terrorist watch list from purchasing firearms. On Thursday, she and other Republicans on the House Judiciary committee killed a proposal that would give authority to the U.S. Attorney General to stop someone from buying weapons if the suspect “has engaged in, or is suspected of engaging in, terrorism” according to the measure’s author, U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois. The amendment — which was to be attached to a larger bill to extend certain...
  • Pentagon says it hosted radical cleric after 9/11 (Now on kill/capture list!)

    10/21/2010 2:02:04 PM PDT · by SERKIT · 2 replies
    AJC ^ | 10/21/2010 | AP
    Both this article and WLS-AM radio reporting that a "moderate" Muslim cleric was invited to the Pentagon on the heels of 9/11. He is now, per WLS-AM on the kill/capture list. Is there such thing as a "moderate Muslim cleric"? Taqiyya is alive and well, and present at the Pentagon.
  • DHS performs 100 percent watchlist matching for domestic flights

    06/14/2010 5:38:54 PM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies · 173+ views ^ | June 7, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: DHS performs 100 percent watchlist matching for domestic flights Washington, D.C.—Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced that 100 percent of passengers traveling within the United States and its territories are now being checked against terrorist watchlists through the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) Secure Flight program—a major step in fulfilling a key 9/11 Commission recommendation. Before Secure Flight, airlines conducted passenger watchlist checking. “Secure Flight fulfills a key recommendation of the of the 9/11 Commission Report, enabling TSA to screen passengers directly against government watchlists using passenger name, date of...
  • Pakistani Man Found with Explosives on Hands at U.S. Embassy in Chile

    05/11/2010 4:13:11 PM PDT · by pissant · 16 replies · 404+ views
    ABC ^ | 5/11/10 | Pierre Thomas
    A Pakistani man was detained at the U.S. Embassy in Chile yesterday after field tests detected explosive residue on his hands and personal items, the State Department said today. A U.S. official tells ABC News the man had been recently added to a U.S. terror watch list, and as a result his U.S. visa was in the process of being revoked. In accordance with U.S. law, the man had been notified of the intention to revoke his U.S. visa and he was at the embassy to discuss the matter.
  • Congressional Inquiry: How Did Shahzad Become U.S. Citizen?

    05/06/2010 2:46:26 PM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 32 replies · 1,120+ views
    CBS News ^ | 6 May 2010 | Laura Strickler
    CBS News has learned that Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) is launching an inquiry into how Faisal Shahzad became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2009 despite multiple law enforcement investigations into his background over the last 10 years. Grassley sent Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano a letter today asking for the "Alien" file for Shahzad and his family members and for everyone who has been a reference or a sponsor for the terror suspect. An Alien or "A" file includes visa and travel history, financial and personal information as well as any derogatory information from law enforcement. Grassley wants...
  • TSA to Clear 10,000 Workers for Access to Classified Intelligence

    02/12/2010 8:15:51 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 39 replies · 908+ views
    fox news ^ | 2-12-10 | fox
    The Transportation Security Administration plans to clear 10,000 workers for access to secret intelligence, Fox News has learned.
  • What the US knew about Al-Qaeda plot

    01/10/2010 11:38:34 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 739+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 1/10/10 | Dan De Luce
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – US spy agencies in recent months picked up clues pointing to an Al-Qaeda attack out of Yemen and were moving to disrupt it, but a crucial piece of information fell through the cracks. Intelligence officials describe a trail of warning signs for the botched Christmas Day attack on a US-bound airliner dating back to August, when the National Security Agency reportedly intercepted chatter among Al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen. The NSA, which runs an elaborate global eavesdropping operation, heard conversations from Al-Qaeda figures describing a plot to recruit a Nigerian man for a terrorist attack, the New York...
  • Did State Department Issue Visa to Pantibomber?

    01/08/2010 12:51:31 PM PST · by hockeyfan · 30 replies · 1,384+ views
    The Politico ^ | January 7, 2010 | Josh Gerstein
    /snip/It's just a typo, and in fact, the DNI fixed it on its webpage shortly after sending reporters the statement. But it's an awkward slip-up on the same day the White House admitted that a typo prevented the State Department from realizing it had granted a visa to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. (Someone spelled his name wrong during a search.)
  • Bedford Co. deputy stops man on terror watch list(Virginia)

    01/07/2010 5:06:32 PM PST · by winoneforthegipper · 11 replies · 762+ views
    WSLS10 ^ | 1/7/09
    Bedford County Deputy Jeff Quarles stopped a tractor trailer on 501 between Big Island and Coleman Falls in October. During the routine safety inspection, Quarles ran the driver’s information and discovered the man is on a terrorist watch list. Quarles could not arrest the man because he hadn’t broken any laws. Quarles was able to collect information the FBI can use to track the driver.
  • Obama's Pick to Head Watch-List Review Shows Conflict of Interest, Ideological Problems

    01/01/2010 10:54:34 AM PST · by Suvroc10 · 11 replies · 1,040+ views
    Associated Content (AC) ^ | Jan. 1, 2010 | Marc Schenker
    There's a massive conflict of interest -- along with ideological problems -- in Barack Obama's questionable pick to head the review of the failing watch-list "system" that carelessly allowed terrorist Abdulmutallab to get on board the flight to Detroit to try and blow it up. The questionable pick is one John Brennan, and here are his two biggest flaws as they relate to his ability to be able to conduct a competent and ethical review of the watch-list "system."
  • WH official leading watchlist review had watchlist responsibilities, contracts

    12/30/2009 10:01:45 PM PST · by MamaDearest · 5 replies · 397+ views ^ | December 30, 2009 | Laura Rozen
    The White House is standing by Obama's pick to conduct his watchlist review, White House counterterrorism advisor John Brennan, though he served as interim director of one intel agency under review, and more recently, served as president and CEO of a company on contract with the NCTC to do watchlisting, POLITICO's Carol E. Lee and I report in a story today: President Barack Obama promised a “thorough review” of the government’s terrorist watch-list system after a Nigerian man reported to US government officials by his father to have radicalized and gone missing last month was allowed to board a Northwest...
  • Detroit Bomber Failure: His Dad Tried to Warn U.S. Authorities

    12/27/2009 10:01:16 AM PST · by AJKauf · 10 replies · 384+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | Dec. 27 | Annie Jacoben
    After Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab was arrested and placed in U.S. custody in Detroit, he told authorities that his explosive device was made of powdered explosives and had been taped to his leg. He said he ignited the IED by injecting a syringe filled with chemicals into the powdered mixture. But eyewitness Jasper Schuringa contradicted that report by stating that the man had an explosive device in his lap. Rep. Peter King, the senior Republican on the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee, said the IED was “fairly sophisticated” and that the device “appears to be different from what we’ve...
  • Terror Suspect Wasn't Considered Threat (Despite Reported On By His Father As Being A Threat)

    12/27/2009 9:11:02 AM PST · by tobyhill · 23 replies · 682+ views
    Fox News ^ | 12/27/2009 | Fox News
    Despite mounting evidence of a sophisticated international plot to bring down a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day, the man charged in the thwarted attack — who was on U.S. officials' radar for years — was never considered a sufficient threat to keep from flying. The alleged Christmas Day terrorist had been in one of the U.S. government's largest terror databases since November, when his father brought him to the attention of embassy officials in Nigeria. But Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab came to the attention of intelligence officials months before that, according to a U.S. government official involved in the investigation. The...
  • Terror Suspect Wasn't Considered Threat

    12/27/2009 8:11:49 AM PST · by EagleUSA · 18 replies · 625+ views
    Fox News ^ | 12/27/2009 | Catherine Herridge/AP
    Despite mounting evidence of a sophisticated international plot to bring down a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day, the man charged in the thwarted attack — who was on U.S. officials' radar for years — was never considered a sufficient threat to keep from flying. The alleged Christmas Day terrorist had been in one of the U.S. government's largest terror databases since November, when his father brought him to the attention of embassy officials in Nigeria. But Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab came to the attention of intelligence officials months before that, according to a U.S. government official involved in the investigation. The...
  • Bomber was on U.S. watch list

    12/27/2009 6:15:32 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 28 replies · 869+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 26, 2009 | ANGELA MONTEFINISE
    US authorities have known for months that the al Qaeda-linked Nigerian who tried to blow up a passenger jet before it landed in Detroit had terrorist ties -- and his own father even alerted them to his extremist behavior, it was revealed yesterday. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, who was charged in federal court with attempting to destroy Northwest Flight 253 on Christmas Day, remained hospitalized with burns suffered in the failed attempt. He was read the charges at a hearing, where he appeared smiling in a medical gown and a wheelchair. Several key details came to light yesterday: * Al...
  • (Vanity) Comment on Northwest Airlines 253 self-igniter (father tried to warn the U.S. about him)

    12/26/2009 9:50:36 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 9 replies · 656+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 12-26-2009 | grey_whiskers
    sarc/ Imagine being at DHS or the US State Department and receiving a letter like this: ATTENTION: Dear Sir/Madam in United States Department of Homeland Security, Allow me to introduce myself. I am Dr. Umaru Abdul Mutallab. I am the retired chairman of the First Bank of Nigeria. I have the courage to Crave indulgence for this important warning believing that you will never let me down or those travelers in your great country, especially to the City of Detroit, either now or in the future. I am concerned very much over the welfare of my beloved son Mr.Abdul Farouk...
  • Why was Abdulmutallab flying?

    12/26/2009 8:07:12 PM PST · by lasereye · 16 replies · 821+ views
    Powerlineblog ^ | 12/26/09 | John Hinderaker
    We now know that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (spellings vary; all are phonetically derived from the Arabic) has been on a U.S. government list of persons with known or suspected ties to terrorist organizations for at least the past two years. This apparently has led the oh-so-cerebral Obama administration to engage in a bit of soul-searching: President Barack Obama's aides are pondering how the government is using terror watch lists after the botched airliner attack in Detroit on Christmas Day. Obama's national security and policy advisers are asking questions such as: How is the intelligence community integrating itself? Did the assumptions...
  • Alleged jet attacker on one 'no fly' list, but not 2nd (should have looked at the "one")

    12/26/2009 7:24:04 AM PST · by tobyhill · 31 replies · 892+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 12/26/2009 | staff
    The man law enforcement officials identified as the suspect in Friday's attempted attack on a overseas flight as it approached Detroit, Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, is a Nigerian who was reportedly on a U.S. government terror watch list but did not appear on a "no-fly" list. Mutallab, 23, reportedly told investigators he had links to al-Qaida. The Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam carried 278 passengers and a crew of 11. An U.S. intelligence official said Mutallab tried unsuccessfully to detonate an explosive mix of powder and liquid. He was quickly subdued by other passengers. NBC News, citing anti-terrorism officials, said...
  • Good Times Roll for Black Panthers, 9/11 Terrorists, & ACORN

    11/27/2009 8:54:26 PM PST · by bogusname · 14 replies · 913+ views
    CFP ^ | November 27, 2009 | John Lillpop
    ...As reported, in part, at the NY Times: “WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has concluded that the Obama administration can lawfully pay the community group Acorn for services provided under contracts signed before Congress enacted a law banning the government from providing funds to the group. “The department’s conclusion, laid out in a recently disclosed five-page memorandum from David Barron, the acting assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel, adds a new wrinkle to a sharp political debate over the antipoverty group’s activities and recent efforts to distance the government from it. “Mr. Barron said he had based...