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  The Mercury News ‘The threat from within’: How the coronavirus spread through San Jose’s fire department As the pandemic reached the Bay Area, first responders quickly realized that they were facing a threat on multiple frontsBy Fiona Kelliher and David DeBolt | Bay Area News Group The virus did not creep toward San Jose firefighters. It lurked among them.It was March 6, a week after the country’s first community-transmitted COVID-19 case at a Vacaville hospital. Exposure to the virus remained largely linked to overseas travel. California’s case count had just scraped triple-digits.Quietly and without realizing it, a busy San Jose firefighter had carried coronavirus to his fire station. He covered a shift for a buddy at another firehouse, exposing colleagues there. He attended a career development course at the department’s training center — and the disease spread further.Within the week, about 10 percent of the workforce had been exposed....
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The Guardian Fears Of Rise In UK Terrorist Recruits As Anti-Radicalisation Referrals Collapse by  Vikram Dodd Police and crime correspondent Counter-terrorism officials fear a rise in terrorist recruits after a collapse in referrals to the UK’s main anti-radicalisation scheme during the lockdown, as extremists pump out propaganda urging British attacks.The Guardian understands referrals to Prevent are down by more than 50% since the lockdown started on 23 March, according to official figures yet to be made public.Counter-terrorism officials fear a crucial defence is being weakened with young people spending more time online alone and unsupervised since schools and colleges closed.Ch Supt Nik Adams, the national coordinator for Prevent, said: “What concerns me greatly is that the decline in the number of referrals doesn’t mean that there are fewer people that need our help, but that fewer people are able to access the support they need. Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/apr/22/fears-of-rise-in-uk-terrorism-recruits-after-anti-radicalisation-referrals-collapse-coronavirus...
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ABC 7 Coronavirus: LA County opens COVID-19 testing for first responders Frontline workers in Los Angeles County can now get tested for COVID-19 regardless of symptoms. By John Gregory LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Frontline workers in Los Angeles County can now get tested for COVID-19 regardless of symptoms.Those eligible for testing are defined as workers who come in contact with the public, including first responders, health care professionals, grocery stores workers or critical government personnel.The Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles Fire Department have been plagued with cases. Officials say 71 LAPD employees and 20 LAFD members have contracted the virus.LAPD Chief Michael Moore said the testing will give frontline workers a peace of mind. Read more: https://abc7.com/frontline-workers-coronavirus-testing-los-angeles-county-first-responders-covid19-covid-19/6124517/...
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Stars And Stripes Suspected Head Of ISIS Shadow Court Arrested In Afghanistan, Officials SayBy PHILLIP WALTER WELLMAN KABUL, Afghanistan — A senior member of the Islamic State’s Afghanistan affiliate has been arrested, the latest high-profile member of the group to be detained this month, local officials said Wednesday.Muneeb, a fighter with several aliases, was captured by forces from the National Directorate of Security, the country’s main intelligence agency said in a statement.The Pakistani national, a former al-Qaida member who shifted allegiance to Islamic State – Khorasan Province, was a member of ISIS-K’s central council and headed its shadow court, Afghan officials said. Read more: https://www.stripes.com/news/suspected-head-of-isis-shadow-court-arrested-in-afghanistan-officials-say-1.626937...
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The Independent Coronavirus: Terror Threat To Hospitals As Extremists Call For Attacks During LockdownExclusive: Security advice issued to hospitals amid concerned lockdown could cause rising online radicalisationby Lizzie Dearden, Security Correspondent Terrorists are calling for attacks on UK hospitals and other “vulnerable places” during the coronavirus outbreak, a senior police officer has revealed.Protective security advice is being distributed to NHS trusts by counterterror officers, amid warnings that extremists are exploiting the pandemic to radicalise new recruits.The national coordinator for the Prevent counter-extremism programme told The Independent that Isis supporters were “encouraging people to target the places that appear most vulnerable”.Chief Superintendent Nik Adams said jihadis were calling for attacks during lockdown in the hope that police and security services would be “distracted and overwhelmed”. Read more: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/coronavirus-lockdown-hospitals-nhs-terror-threat-5g-conspiracy-theory-a9476066.html...
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The National Europe's Most Wanted ISIS Terrorist Used Coronavirus Masks To Hide British extremist Abdel Majed Abdel Bary has been captured in Spain. One of Europe’s most wanted ISIS terrorists, British former rap artist Abdel Majed Abdel Bary, has been caught in Spain.Spanish anti-terror police raided a rental apartment in Almeria on Tuesday and arrested Abdel Bary, who had recently entered the country.He and two associates used the coronavirus outbreak to sneak into the country and wore surgical masks to disguise their appearance, officials said.Video of the raid shows armed police outside the apartment before apprehending the men and leading them out with their heads covered. Read more: https://www.thenational.ae/world/europe-s-most-wanted-isis-terrorist-used-coronavirus-masks-to-hide-1.1009192...
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Daily Mail Navy deploys TWO warships to the South China Sea amid China's saber-rattling aimed at Malaysia over drilling rights Amphibious assault ship USS America and the guided missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill have both been deployed and are operating in the South China Sea China is keen to show that its military power has not been affected by the virus and that things have returned to normal  The United States has warned China not to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to assert itself in the South China Sea  USS America headed to intercept a Chinese government survey ship and several of its Coast Guard ships in a contested stretch of the South China Sea  Chinese government research ship Haiyang Dizhi 8 has been deliberately patrolling close to Malaysian oil platforms in the South China Sea  On land, China is flexing its also flexing its muscle and arrested 15 people...
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Maine Public Maine Launches Support Line For COVID-19 First Responders By Patty WightMaine has launched a toll-free telephone support service, or “warmline,” to help frontline workers manage the emotional challenges of responding to COVID-19.The so-called FrontLine WarmLine is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week for doctors, nurses, emergency responders, law enforcement and others who are providing direct response to the pandemic.It is staffed by volunteers and is a joint effort of state agencies and mental health organizations.You can call the warmline at 207-221-8196 or 866-367-4440. Read more: https://www.mainepublic.org/post/maine-launches-support-line-covid-19-first-responders...
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InHomelandsecurity.com Germany Arrests 4 IS Suspects Planning Attack On US Bases BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say police have arrested four suspected members of the Islamic State group alleged to be planning an attack on American military facilities.Federal prosecutors said the suspects were arrested by tactical police units early Wednesday at various locations in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia.Start a Homeland Security degree at American Military University.They identified the men as Azizjon B., Muhammadali G., Farhodshoh K. and Sunatullokh K. — all citizens of Tajikistan. The suspects’ surnames weren’t released for privacy reasons.The men’s alleged leader, a 30-year-old Tajik man identified only as Ravsan B., has been in jail since March 2019 on unspecified charges.All suspects will be charged with membership in a terrorist organization. Read more: https://inhomelandsecurity.com/germany-arrests-4-is-suspects-planning-attack-on-us-bases/...
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All Africa Nigeria: Boko Haram Leader, Shekau, Ready To Surrender, Says Military By Kingsley NwezehAbuja — Military authorities said yesterday that with the grand offensive mounted by the Armed Forces of Nigeria against Boko Haram and the Islamic State for West African Province (ISWAP), the body language of terror leader, Abubakar Shekau, is that of surrender.They also confirmed the killing of key Boko Haram commanders during airstrikes on Durbarda, Borno State.The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) also said it had produced 18,000 hand sanitisers and ventilator machine, "Dicovent" in support of government's effort to contain COVID-19 pandemic.It called on federal and state governments to patronise the products produced by Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) to enable mass production. Read more: https://allafrica.com/stories/202004210112.html...
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Marine Corps Times How US troops survived a little-known al-Qaeda raid in Mali two years ago by Kyle Rempfer  U.S. troops were part of a multinational force that repelled a brazen daytime raid by militants inside the United Nations Super Camp near Timbuktu Airport in Mali two years ago, according to award documents obtained by Military Times.Two U.S. soldiers received Purple Heart medals after being injured by a car bomb’s blast wave during the April 14, 2018 attack by local al-Qaeda affiliates, though two others also sustained mild traumatic brain injuries.Several service members said in interviews they believed the politically sensitive nature of African missions, and the fact that some Americans were at risk of capture, may have had a negative influence on the awards process for all of them.“The severity of this was so, so downplayed," said one of the service members. “They didn’t want to highlight the fact...
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FBI Says Foreign States Hacked Into U.S. COVID-19 Research Centers: Report InHomelandSecurity.com While most of the COVID-19 threat warnings emerging from the Federal Bureau of Investigation have been regarding scams and fraud, now something a lot more sinister and disturbing has emerged. It has been reported that the FBI has seen evidence of foreign state-sponsored hackers breaking into U.S. COVID-19 research institutions.Start a Homeland Security degree at American Military University. FBI confirms “reconnaissance activity and some intrusions” into COVID-19 research centersThe FBI has been urging everyone from kids at home from school to the public at large to be vigilant during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This is in light of hackers and scammers looking to exploit our fear, uncertainty, and doubt regarding the current health crisis and the FBI has warned of a significant spike in such scams.Now it would appear that the threat stakes have been raised. According to...
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KMOV.com 16 killed in Canada shooting rampage, deadliest attack in history Authorities believe he may have targeted his first victims but then began attacking randomly. Police first announced that they had arrested Wortman at a gas station ... TORONTO (AP) — A man disguised as a police officer went on a shooting rampage in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia on Sunday, killing 16 people, in the deadliest such attack in the country's history. Officials said the suspected shooter was also dead.A police officer was among those killed. Several bodies were found inside and outside one home in the small, rural town of Portapique, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) north of Halifax — what police called the first scene. Bodies were also found at other locations.Overnight, police began advising residents of the town — already on lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic — to lock their doors and stay in...

Reflections: 25th Anniversary of the OKC Bombing

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Reflections: 25th Anniversary of the OKC Bombingby David Morris Educators, religious leaders and public officials reflect on the 25th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing in a documentary produced by The Oklahoman called "Reflections: 25th Anniversary of the OKC Bombing."The 22-minute short film includes photos taken by The Oklahoman's photographers at the scene the day of the bombing, along with images captured through the years. It also features footage graciously provided by local NBC affiliate KFOR-TV and OETA, a PBS member TV station.     Read more: https://oklahoman.com/article/5660243/reflections-25th-anniversary-of-the-okc-bombing...

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‘We won’t back down’: First responders worried about coronavirus but committed to the job Austin American-StatesmanWhile the pandemic has drastically altered life for people all over the globe, first responders are still rushing to emergencies as they always have. Medics and firefighters are donning significantly more protective equipment to tend to the sick and the injured, but they still worry they could eventually fall ill. Here we talked to Manchaca Fire Rescue, Pflugerville Fire Department and Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services. ...

FBI: Arkansas Targets Part Of Bomb Plot

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Arkansas Democrat Gazette Arkansas Targets Part Of Bomb Plot, FBI Says KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Missouri man who investigators said was planning to bomb a Kansas City-area hospital was distressed by the government’s response to the coronavirus crisis and motivated by racial, religious and anti-government animus, according to newly unsealed court documents.Timothy Wilson, 36, died March 24 in a firefight with FBI agents serving a probable-cause arrest warrant on a Belton street. The plot was reminiscent of the 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City. Wilson first talked of plans for an attack in April or June, but FBI agents say he moved up that timeline as the coronavirus made its way to Missouri.The violent take-down followed a long-running domestic terrorism investigation that began in 2019 with Wilson’s encrypted communications about bomb-building with Jarrett William Smith, a 24-year-old Army infantry soldier who faces prison for distributing bomb-making...

Coronavirus: A French Disaster

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  Coronavirus: A French Disaster by Guy Millière  •  Gatestone Institute The first bad decision was that, in contrast to the European Union fantasies, borders apparently do matter. France never closed them; instead it allowed large numbers of potential virus-carriers to enter the country. In January 2020, several hundred thousand masks were available, but on February 19, President Macron decided to send them to Wuhan, as a "gesture of solidarity with the Chinese people".... The French government announced that masks would be available soon, but by the end of March, most doctors and caregivers still had no masks. Several doctors fell ill. As of April 10, eight have died from COVID-19 and several others are in critical condition. On March 20, the Government's spokeswoman, Sibeth N'Diaye, incorrectly said, "masks are essentially useless". On February 25, a renowned French epidemiologist, Professor Didier Raoult... published a video... In it, he said he...
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Police discover 17 bodies at nursing home hard hit by coronavirus after anonymous tip Washington Examiner by Mike Brest Law enforcement officials found 17 corpses in a shed belonging to a New Jersey retirement home earlier this week.The discovery of the bodies on Monday only occurred after New Jersey police received an anonymous tip alleging that a long-term care facility, Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Center I and II, was housing a body in the shed on-site, according to the New York Times. Officers did not find the body the tip referenced, but they did discover 17 others in a small morgue intended to hold only a handful of people.The 17 were among 68 recent deaths linked to the facilities, including two nurses. Of those who died, 26 people had tested positive for the virus. Thirteen of the bodies discovered at the Andover facility were moved to a refrigerated truck outside...
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  NBC News Massachusetts Man Charged With Trying To Blow Up Jewish Nursing Home By Tom Winter and David K. LiFederal agents arrested a western Massachusetts man and accused of him trying to blow up a Jewish assisted living facility — but he instead left his DNA on the failed explosive, authorities alleged Wednesday.John Michael Rathbun, 36, of East Longmeadow was charged with two counts of attempted arson after local police found a 5-gallon plastic gas container with burned paper placed in the nozzle of the canister outside the assisted living home on April 2, according to a criminal complaint.The burned paper was a Christian religious pamphlet, and blood was on the side of the gas canister and the paper, the FBI said. Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/massachusetts-man-charged-allegedly-trying-blow-jewish-nursing-home-n1184876...
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Institute for Security Studies (press release) Is counter-terrorism history repeating itself in Lake Chad Basin? Chad’s retaliation against Boko Haram is unprecedented but hard lessons show that solutions must be holistic and sustainable. by Remadji Hoinathy On 23 March, Jama’atu Ahlis-Sunnah Lidda’Awati Wal-Jihad (JAS) attacked an army position in Boma, a Chadian peninsula on the Lake Chad Basin. Ninety-eight Chadian soldiers were killed – the most ever in an attack. Around 40 were wounded and military equipment was captured. Chad’s retaliation was as unprecedented as the JAS attack. The Wrath of Boma military campaign spans three countries – Chad, Niger and Nigeria.The Boma attack confirms that JAS remains as formidable a foe to the Lake Chad Basin countries as the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP). More than eight hours of fighting on a swampy semi-island with heavy casualties for Chad demonstrates JAS’s combat capacity, which included significant amphibious equipment,...