FBI Warns Something Big About ISIS That Has U.S. Military Bases On High Alert

Recent reports indicate three federal intelligence organizations have released a joint bulletin warning of a potential attack on U.S. military bases and other strategic locations in the near future. Fox News reported on the written warning, indicating the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Counterterrorism Center identified an increased level of threat by following social media chatter prior to Memorial Day.

The agencies reported that they are “aware of recent information suggesting US military bases, locations, and events could be targeted in the near-term.”

Citing the most direct warnings, the bulletin identified the “large number of social media postings” by supporters of the ISIS terror group, noting that it is now the intelligence community’s collective job to determine which posts were written by philosophical supporters and which were from “those prepared to engage in violence on the group’s behalf.”

The interconnectivity inherent within the social media sphere, officials explained, has made recruiting terrorists a much easier task for ISIS. The FBI estimates the number of Americans in communication with ISIS regarding terror attacks against the U.S. could be as high as several thousand.

Though the warning acknowledged that there is no “credible” threat of such an attack, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson stated earlier this year that identifying threats as such has become increasingly irrelevant given the uncertainty with which ISIS operates.

In preparing for the possibility of a domestic attack, the intelligence community is urging law enforcement, governmental and military personnel to remain on high alert to identify any potential threats. These officials are also being asked to purge their social media profiles of any personal data that might “attract the attention of violent extremists and routinely exercise operational security in the interactions online.”

Are you worried about the possibility of a domestic ISIS attack? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Exposed: The ATF-FBI Merger Plan For Stricter Gun Laws

A new strategy to implement stricter gun control laws is being proposed to merge the FBI and the ATF.

The new giant monolith could better crush the Second Amendment rights of United States citizens, according to liberal advocacy group The Center for American Progress.

A two-year study by the group with close ties to Obama concluded—no surprise here—that the ATF by itself couldn’t adequately enforce gun laws and sufficiently regulate the firearms industry.

But before we break out the violins for an overwhelmed ATF, let’s remember that our Founding Fathers put the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights in large part to keep government from regulating guns so that the gun owner would have the element of surprise to protect himself or herself again unlawful intrusions of these enshrined rights by government since an armed population is the best defense and most efficient method of preserving national freedom and personal liberty.

But some people either don’t get it, or they do get it and they clearly no longer want us to have a free country. One such individual is Center for American Progress Senior Vice President Arkadi Gerney, who said: “Too often, the leadership, management, and resources lag behind the dedication of the agents.” Huh? Dedication to do what? To disarm Americans en masse? The Hitlers of history had that kind of dedication, and we must neither be doomed to repeat those lessons paid for by the blood of our grandparents of ‘The Greatest Generation,’ nor empower new Stalins and Lenins and Obamas whose gun control ideology is virtually identical.

Gun-grabbing Gerney went on to say: “With 33 people murdered with guns in the United States every day, it is time to think big about how best to fulfill the ATF’s mission.”

Well, Mr. Gerney, here’s our suggestion from Gun Owners of America Executive Director Larry Pratt: “The best way to fulfill the ATF’s mission: Dismantle it and merge it with nothing.”

For further information on this story or others like it, you may visit the Gun Owners of America web site at: http://www.GunOwners.org

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by WesternJournalism.com.

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Shocking: See How American Tax Dollars Helped Two Men Try To Join ISIS

Two Minnesota men have been charged with financial fraud for using their college loan money to purchase airline tickets to the Middle East in order to join ISIS.

The indictment states that Hamza Ahmed, 20, and Hanad Mustafe Musse, 19 have been charged with financial aid fraud for purchasing airline tickets on Nov. 8, 2014, from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport to Europe, using more than $1,000 in federal college financial aid.

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

Ahmed used his aid money to purchase a flight to Istanbul, Turkey, authorities say. Musse used similar funds to buy a ticket to travel to Greece. From those two destinations, authorities say the pair then planned on heading to Syria. Ahmed had actually boarded his flight when he was ordered off the plane by officers from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Admed and Musse were also charged, along with five others, with attempting to engage in terrorism by joining ISIS. The other five include Mohamed Farah, 21, Adnan Farah, 19, Abdirahman Daud, 21, Zacharia Abdurahman, 19, and Guled Omar, 20. They are all from the Minnesota area and are of Somali descent.

Under the new indictment announced by United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota Andrew M. Luger and FBI Special Agent Richard T. Thornton Tuesday, they will all likely be tried together. The indictment supersedes two separate ones filed by Admed in February and other defendants in April.

According to the indictment and the documents filed with it, the Minneapolis Division of the FBI has been conducting an investigation for at least 10 months into a group of individuals who have tried to join ISIS. At least nine Minnesotans have now been charged with conspiracy to provide material support to ISIL.

As reported by Western Journalism last month, Luger said at a press conference in Minneapolis: “We have a terror recruiting problem in Minnesota” adding: “These were not confused young men. These are focused young men who were intent on joining a terrorist organization by any means possible.”

All seven defendants will likely make an appearance in federal court in the upcoming days.

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What This Hacker Claims He Did To An Airplane With Just His Laptop Is Alarming

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A search warrant issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says that cybersecurity professional Chris Roberts told an agent he was able to control an airplane engine from his seat by gaining access to the computer system.

According to BBC News, the document asserts that Roberts, of One World Labs, was able to make the plane “climb” and “move sideways” with his laptop while seated. Roberts tweeted the following ahead of the flight:

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IFE stands for “In Flight Entertainment.”

Wired Magazine gives the details of what happened after Roberts took a United flight from Chicago to Syracuse last month:

The Feds were waiting when Roberts landed in Syracuse. As passengers stood in the aisle to deplane, a flight attendant instructed everyone to take their seats. Two Syracuse police officers and two FBI agents boarded the plane. Before they even looked at him, Roberts knew they were after him. ‘Shall I get my luggage?,’ he asked.

He spent the next four hours in an airport conference room on the business end of an interrogation. Before he left, agents seized his company-issued laptop, backup disks and other electronics without a warrant.

When Roberts attempted to board another United flight to San Francisco days later, he was barred by the airline and had to book a flight with Southwest.

Roberts is now being represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). The FBI noted that Roberts “exploited” IFEs in airplanes between 2011 and 2014.

Wired Magazine noted that due to the incident, both the FBI and the TSA have issued warnings to passengers:

  • Report any suspicious activity involving travelers connecting unknown cables or wires to the IFE system or unusual parts of the airplane seat.
  • Report any evidence of suspicious behavior following a flight, such as IFE systems that show evidence of tampering or the forced removal of covers to network connection ports.
  • Report any evidence of suspicious behavior concerning aviation wireless signals, including social media messages with threatening references to Onboard Network Systems, ADS-B, ACARS, and Air Traffic Control networks.
  • Review network logs from aircraft to ensure any suspicious activity, such as network scanning or intrusion attempts, is captured for further analysis.

“Over the last 5 years my only interest has been to improve aircraft security…given the current situation I’ve been advised against saying much,” Roberts tweeted Saturday.

Still, Roberts has a sense of humor about the incident, retweeting the following photos:

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What do you think about this? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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FBI Director Warns: Potentially ‘Thousands’ Of ISIS Followers In US

FBI Director James Comey warned that there are as many as “thousands” of people inside the United States taking in ISIS’ online “poison.”

“We have a very hard task” in trying to identify and stop anyone inspired to launch an attack inside the U.S. homeland, Comey said.

Comey noted as recently as two years ago that the FBI could focus on tracking those within the U.S. who visited jihadi websites, but a shift to social media by ISIS sympathizers has changed all that.

The director told ABC News: “It’s almost as if there is a devil sitting on the shoulder saying, ‘Kill, kill, kill, kill’ all day long…[They are] recruiting and tasking at the same time. … In a way, the old paradigm between ‘inspired’ and ‘directed’ breaks down here.”

As reported by Western Journalism, that scenario is exactly what happened in the Texas Terror attack. The two perpetrators, Elton Simpson and Nadir Hamid Soofi (his roommate), were inspired and perhaps even received directions to carry it out through Twitter.

On April 23, an ISIS operative named Mujahid Miski believed to be in Somalia tweeted “The brothers from the Charlie Hebdo attack did their part. It’s time for brothers in the #US to do their part.” He included a link about the May 3 “Draw the Prophet” Muhammad event.

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Elton Simpson tweeted back: “When will they ever learn? They are planning on selecting the best picture drawn of Rasulullah (saws) in Texas.” Rasulullah is another name for Muhammad.

Moments before Sunday’s attack, Simpson tweeted “May Allah accept us as mujahideen,” adding the hashtag #texasattack. Minutes later, Simpson and Soofi were dead.

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ABC News reports:

After spending recent weeks trying to identify people inside the United States who might have interest in attacking the community center in Garland, Texas, hosting the controversial [Draw the Prophet Muhammad] cartoon contest, the FBI developed information “just hours” before the event on Sunday that Simpson might be among those interested, Comey said.

About three hours before the event was to begin, the FBI sent Garland police an intelligence bulletin warning that Simpson may be interested in traveling to Texas and attacking the event, according to Comey, who said the bulletin included a picture of Simpson and a suspected license plate.

“I know there are other Elton Simpsons out there,” Comey said.

The FBI currently has hundreds of investigations of potential homegrown terrorists under way, with cases open in every state, according to NBC News.

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