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Jihad WatchBy Robert Spencer “A Muslim inmate is suing Somerset County Jail, claiming he’s been discriminated against when employees attempted to offer him Kosher meals in place of Halal.”But the Qur’an says that “the food of the People of the Book is lawful for you and your food is lawful for them” (5:5), which means that Muslims can eat kosher foods and food prepared by Christians. That makes clear that Sherone Long’s lawsuit is just another exercise in Islamic supremacism, attempting to gain special privileges and accommodation for Muslims, in accord with their privileged status in Islamic law.Also, imagine if Sherone Long were a Nazi, and that Nazis had food laws. In that case, would Somerset County Jail have any obligation to reinforce his ideology? “Muslim inmate sues Somerset County Jail alleging religious discrimination,” by Nick Muscavage, Bridgewater Courier News, October 5, 2018 (thanks to Paul):    SOMERVILLE – A Muslim...
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The new structure will also keep the office from working on projects that will never see the light of day. Nextgov By Jack Corrigan,Staff Correspondent The Homeland Security Department restructured its science and technology office to speed up the innovation process and ensure agencies have a hand in shaping the research done on their behalf.The reorganization, which the Science and Technology Directorate announced Monday, addresses many of the bureaucratic and management challenges that slowed the rollout of new technologies to other agency components, said William Bryan, the senior official performing the duties of the undersecretary for science and technology at Homeland Security.The new structure to will also streamlines the process of adopting commercial technologies and make it easier for startups to enter the federal marketplace, he said.“The threat landscape is changing so drastically ... that we needed to have an organization that would be agile and responsive enough to adapt,”...
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NPR 90.5 WESA By Kathleen J. Davis U.S. Attorney Scott Brady said Tuesday that some of the most urgent terror threats facing the county and region include violent domestic groups, such as white supremacists , and "homegrown violent extremists" – individuals who are radicalized by terrorist groups, often through the internet."It is a rapidly expanding and changing threat landscape," Brady told more than 400 public safety officials gathered in Downtown Pittsburgh Wednesday for western Pennsylvania's first Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council Conference. "We're seeing a radical increase in the complexity of threats, we're seeing an evolution in the volume and the speed and agility of these threats."The day-long event explored public safety in relation to mass gatherings and school shootings, as well as cybersecurity topics such as protecting the country's power grid.According to Gregory Nelsen, assistant special agent in charge for the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the FBI is currently investigating about...

Mississippi: 2 police officers killed in shootout

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FOX 8 BROOKHAVEN, Miss. — Two police officers were killed in a shootout early Saturday in Brookhaven, Mississippi, a state official said.The officers, identified as Cpl. Zach Moak, 31, and Patrolman James White, 35, were responding to a call about shots fired around 5 a.m., Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain said.White was first at the scene, followed by Moak, an emotional Brookhaven Police Chief Kenneth Collins told reporters.“We answer those calls many times and nothing ever happens but this morning something happened,” Collins said. “We lost two of our brave officers.”The officers were pronounced dead at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Brookhaven, according to Strain.“My heart goes out to their families,” Collins said. “You never know when it’s your last day and I just want to thank all the men and women in law enforcement for their bravery and for their service.” Read more: http://myfox8.com/2018/09/29/2-police-officers-killed-in-shootout-in-mississippi/...
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4 Taliban bomb experts killed by Afghan forces in western province Source: Xinhua HERAT, Afghanistan (Xinhua) -- Four Taliban bomb makers have been killed in a government forces operation in Afghanistan's western province of Herat, provincial government said Friday."Four Taliban bomb makers were killed and three others wounded after security forces launched a special operation in a remote village in Shindand district, Herat province on Thursday," the government said in a statement.The targeted militants were responsible for making landmines and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and the security forces also destroyed large amount of explosive in the hideout after the operation.The raid was a latest special operation against the insurgency, its supply lines and Taliban's bomb making facility.Taliban militants use home-made IEDs to make roadside bombs, landmines, car bombs, and suicide bomb jackets in their attacks which also inflict casualties on civilians.On Thursday, two teenage girls were killed and 16 civilians...

The Role Of Domestic Violence In Terrorism

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Forbes Nikita Malik, Contributor Cybersecurity Last year, I began to research terrorists with a background of domestic violence.Sadly, violence is common in family court cases to do with children being made wards of court due to fear of radicalisation. Many fathers in these cases have been abusive, either to their wives or to their children.That’s not to say that correlation goes hand in hand with causation. The majority of domestic abusers don’t go on to become terrorists, and many terrorists have no reported background of domestic violence.However, there seem to be some patterns in common.Take Rachid Redouane, one of the three terrorists behind the London Bridge attack last year, for example. Redouane married an Irish woman and moved to London with her in 2012. They had a daughter in 2015. At some point in their relationship, he became more religious, violent, and controlling. They broke up in 2017 because of...
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Source: White House National Security & Defense THE PATH TO VICTORY: President Donald J. Trump is releasing a new National Strategy for Counterterrorism that will protect American citizens and interests at home and abroad. Today, President Trump is releasing his National Strategy for Counterterrorism, the United States’ first robust and fully-articulated strategy on counterterrorism since 2011. The Administration is outlining a new approach to counter and prevent the evolving terrorist threat, making it clear that we will take all steps necessary to keep our country safe. President Trump’s National Strategy for Counterterrorism focuses on: Pursuing terrorists to their source; Isolating terrorists from their sources of support; Modernizing and integrating the United States’ counterterrorism tools; Protecting American infrastructure and enhancing resilience; Countering terrorist radicalization and recruitment; and Strengthening the counterterrorism abilities of our international partners. A NEW APPROACH: The new strategy builds on lessons learned from past counterterrorism efforts and offers...

AVN: What Happens When a Drone Hits an Airplane Wing?

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Aviation International NewsWith hundreds of thousands of personal UAVs currently in public hands, the question of will a serious drone strike on an aircraft occur, is no longer a matter of if, but when, in the minds of many experts. While tests on bird strikes have been conducted for decades, what kind of damage a drone would cause was still virtually unknown…until now. ...

ISIS Claims Election Rally Attack In Afghanistan

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The Jerusalem Post CAIRO- The Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack on an election rally in the Afghan province of Nangarhar on Tuesday, according to a statement on the group's Amaq news agency.The militant group said a bomber had killed 35 and wounded more than 50 after detonating his suicide vest. Afghan officials earlier said at least 13 were killed and more than 30 wounded, warning the toll was likely to rise.The Islamic State has claimed a series of attacks this year that have killed scores of people in Nangarhar, on the border with Pakistan. Read more: https://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Islamic-State-claims-election-rally-attack-in-Afghanistan-568503...
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CBS News By Peter Martinez Five law enforcement officers were shot Wednesday in Florence, South Carolina, CBS affiliate WBTW-TV reports, and a suspect is in custody. A total of three Florence County deputies and two city officers were wounded, Florence County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Glen Kirby said.The suspect surrendered to deputies after talking with a negotiator, according to Kirby. Florence Mayor Stephen Wukela said that some of the officers are in "serious condition."The Florence County Emergency Management Department tweeted that the "active shooting situation is over and the suspect is in custody." Officials urged people to stay away from the area.South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster posted on Twitter that Wednesday's incident is "simply devastating" and called out the "selfless acts of bravery from the men and women in law enforcement." Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/5-police-officers-shot-in-florence-south-carolina-suspect-in-custody-today-live-updates-2018-10-03/...

DHS says teamwork is improving election security

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FCW Cybersecurity By Derek B. Johnson A month out from the 2018 midterms, all eyes are on the Department of Homeland Security as it approaches its first real test since being given a broader election security mandate in the wake of the 2016 presidential elections.Speaking at a cybersecurity event hosted by the Washington Post, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen highlighted improvements in information sharing across the federal government and with state and local officials as well as closer relationships with stakeholders that will lead to faster coordination in the wake of an emerging threat."First of all, the information sharing is much stronger than it even has been before," said Nielsen when asked what had changed in the department's approach since 2016. "So [we're] working very closely with the intel community, and the moment that we see something significant we are -- in conjunction with the IC -- sharing with our state...
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ABC 7 ELIZABETH MCLAUGHLIN Two envelopes suspected of containing ricin poison, one addressed to Defense Secretary James Mattis, were identified in the Pentagon's Central Processing Center, according to a U.S. official.Later on Monday, the Secret Service reported it had also intercepted a suspicious envelope addressed to President Donald Trump, though that envelope was not received, nor did it enter the White House. The envelopes found at the Pentagon's mail center were addressed to Mattis and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, the official said. Those pieces of mail, flagged as part of the Pentagon's normal processing procedures, are being examined to determine whether they test positive for the deadly poison, the FBI said in a statement.The Secret Service said it's also cooperating with law enforcement to fully investigate the suspicious envelope addressed to the president."Further, all threats directed towards the President, or any Secret Service protectee, are treated seriously...

Drone attacks are essentially terrorism by joystick

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Opinion Washington Post by Bernard Hudson  Bernard Hudson is the former director of counterterrorism at the CIA and is a nonresident fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center. A failed assassination attempt against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Saturday was mounted with explosive-armed drones, according to news reports. Nine days earlier, and on the other side of the world, terrorists claimed to have sent an armed drone to attack the international airport in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. No one was killed in either case, and the circumstances of both remain murky. But a new and dangerous era in non-state-sponsored terrorism clearly has begun, and no one is adequately prepared to counter it. In Caracas, Venezuela’s capital, government officials said one or more drones detonated explosives above the audience at a nationally televised military event. Several people were injured, though not the president or his wife, Cilia...
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New York Times By Benjamin WeiserFederal prosecutors in Manhattan told a judge on Friday that they intend to seek the death penalty if a jury convicts Sayfullo Saipov, the Uzbek man charged in the 2017 truck attack that killed eight people on a crowded Manhattan bike path.The Halloween Day attack was the deadliest in New York City since Sept. 11, 2001.The decision to seek capital punishment ultimately rested with Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Mr. Saipov’s lawyers had asked the judge to block the government from seeking the death penalty, citing tweets by President Trump that called for Mr. Saipov’s execution.Shortly after the attack, Mr. Trump posted messages on Twitter declaring, “SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY” and “Should move fast. DEATH PENALTY.” The government’s decision was announced in a submission to the judge, Vernon S. Broderick of Federal District Court in Manhattan, by the office of Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States...

ICE arrests 150 aliens in Los Angeles-area

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ICE arrests 150 aliens in Los Angeles-area 40 percent had ICE holds but released from local custody LOS ANGELES – A man with a conviction for attempted murder and a woman who has seven convictions for driving under the influence are among the 150 criminal aliens and immigration violators arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers this week. Approximately 40 percent of those aliens apprehended by ICE this week had previously been released by local law enforcement agencies despite ICE placing a detainer, which asks an arresting agency to notify immigration officers prior to an alien’s release from custody. Of those arrested in Los Angeles and surrounding areas from Sunday through Tuesday, approximately 90 percent had criminal convictions. “The state laws preventing ICE from working in the jails is significantly impacting public safety by letting serious repeat offenders back out onto our streets,”...
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Pensacola News Journal From staff reports A Pensacola man has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism for allegedly threatening to carry out at mass shooting at a local elementary school and to detonate explosives at the county courthouse.Kelyton Maxwell, 32, was arrested Friday by Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents, who were assisted by the Escambia County Sheriff's Office, according to an FDLE news release.In May, FDLE agents began to investigate multiple telephone calls to the Escambia County Courthouse, the county’s 911 call centers and the Pensacola Police Department threatening to detonate explosive devices inside and outside the courthouse.The courthouse was evacuated for nearly three hours Mary 14 as authorities investigated a bomb threat before clearing the building. Read more: https://www.pnj.com/story/news/crime/2018/09/28/pensacola-man-charged-terrorism-accused-threatening-bombings-school-shooting/1459153002/...
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In Public SafetyBy Dr. Jarrod Sadulski, Faculty Member, Criminal Justice, American Military UniversityThere are more than 900,000 law enforcement officers in the United States who are sworn to protect and serve. The majority of these officers serve at the local, county or state level. Because of their daily responsibilities, they have significant public interactions that involve traffic stops, field investigations and non-emergency calls.These public interactions provide an important opportunity for officers to recognize signs of domestic terrorism that threaten the community. However, in order for officers to be able to recognize and address potential terrorist activity, they must have proper training, as well as knowledge of available resources and proper protocols to follow.The Role of the Office for State and Local Law EnforcementTo aid in local law enforcement’s ability to respond to domestic terrorism, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has created the Office for State and Local Law Enforcement....
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by FOX6 News FRANKLIN — Franklin police say a 20-year-old man is now in custody after a report of a suicidal subject with a bomb vest attached to his chest near the Franklin Walmart late Tuesday, Sept. 25.Officials say West Allis police arrested the 20-year-old shortly before 2 a.m. on Wednesday. He is not being identified — and charges will be referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.Investigators say the incident late Tuesday happened near the Walmart in Franklin. Because of the report, the Walmart and Sam’s Club next door were evacuated. Bomb-sniffing dogs from the Milwaukee Police Department and the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office were also called to the scene.The stores were later reopened. Read more: https://fox6now.com/2018/09/26/police-man-arrested-after-report-of-suicide-bomber-near-franklin-walmart/...
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Financial Times Beijing believes its growing international interests must be protected from terrorism by Ben Bland and Nicolle Liu in Hong KongChina wants its elite counter-terrorism forces to play a bigger role overseas, protecting its growing international interests as President Xi Jinping pursues a more muscular foreign policy.“Counter-terrorism preparations must follow the expansion of the country’s strategic interests,” Zhang Xiaoqi, the head of intelligence for China’s People’s Armed Police, which runs the country’s counter-terrorism forces, told Xinhua, the national news agency, at the weekend.“We must strive to become a deterrent force to safeguard national security, a pioneering force to protect overseas interests and an elite force for universal fighting.”China passed a wide-ranging new counter-terrorism law in 2015 that allows the army and police to conduct or join counter-terrorism missions overseas. While the law does not clearly define the international role for China’s counter-terrorism forces, a report by the European Council...
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KTLA 5 The US military’s F-35B joint strike fighter conducted its first-ever airstrike on Thursday, according to the US Marine Corps and three US defense officials.The strike took place in Afghanistan against a fixed Taliban target. The aircraft involved were the US Marine Corps’ variant of the aircraft flying from the USS Essex amphibious assault ship.The Marines confirmed the strike in a statement: “During this mission the F-35B conducted an air strike in support of ground clearance operations, and the strike was deemed successful by the ground force commander.”The F-35 stealth jet has been called the most expensive weapons system in history, and its development was beset by multiple delays before it was deemed combat ready.It is touted as the future of military aviation: a lethal and versatile aircraft that combines stealth capabilities, supersonic speed, extreme agility and state-of-the-art sensor fusion technology, according to Lockheed Martin, the plane’s primary contractor.The...