FBI And Homeland Security Just Issued This Scary Warning To America For 4th Of July

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As Americans plan their weekend celebrations, intelligence officials are tracking potential terror threats leading up to the July 4th holiday. One source recently stated that local law enforcement agencies across the nation have received federal warnings instructing them to operate at a higher security level throughout the week.

A joint intelligence bulletin issued by the FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security indicated that terrorists could use the patriotic holiday as an opportunity to stage an attack. No specific threats were mentioned; however, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said his agency will be working with other federal and local departments – as well as the American public – to prevent a possible terrorist act.

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“We continue to encourage all Americans to attend public events and celebrate this country during this summer season,” he said, “but always remain vigilant.”

The bulletin came ahead of Monday’s arrest of a suspected ISIS conspirator in Hudson County, N.J. According to WABC, 23-year-old Alaa Saadeh was arrested for allegedly offering his services to the terror network and attempting to pressure a federal witness to lie to the FBI.

A number of other recent terror-related arrests prove America remains a prime target for radical Islam. Johnson pointed out that terrorism is also on the rise in other nations around the world.

While the bulletin focused on Islamic terrorism, however, Johnson also worked in a reference to the recent mass shooting in South Carolina during his recent statement.

“The alleged killer sought to divide us,” he concluded. “instead, his actions appear to have had the opposite effect in South Carolina, where people of different races have come together to denounce the tragedy and mourn those killed.”

 

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FBI Files Dig Up Shocking Dirt From Top Obama Adviser’s Past That Could Explain A Lot

FBI files obtained by Judicial Watch reveal key Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett’s father, maternal grandfather, and father-in-law were hardcore communists.

Jarrett is a senior adviser to President Barack Obama; she has served in the White House during Obama’s entire tenure in office and has been a friend of the family since the early 1990’s.

In a statement released Monday, Judicial Watch reported:

Jarrett’s dad, pathologist and geneticist Dr. James Bowman, had extensive ties to Communist associations and individuals, his lengthy FBI file shows. In 1950 Bowman was in communication with a paid Soviet agent named Alfred Stern, who fled to Prague after getting charged with espionage. Bowman was also a member of a Communist-sympathizing group called the Association of Internes and Medical Students. After his discharge from the Army Medical Corps in 1955, Bowman moved to Iran to work, the FBI records show.

The Obama adviser’s father-in-law, Vernon Jarrett, was also a communist according to FBI documents obtained by Judicial Watch. The agency considered him a potential Communist saboteur, who was to be arrested in the event of a war with the Soviet Union.

According to Judicial Watch, Jarrett herself is a “liberal extremist” who, like the president, had strong ties to Frank Marshall Davis — a member of the Communist Party with an extensive FBI file.

Obama wrote about his mentor “Frank” (Marshall Davis) in his best-selling memoir Dreams From My Father (2005). He mentioned him 22 times in the book by his first name, with various other references as well. The president wrote about a conversation he had with Davis in the late 70’s as the young man prepared to leave Hawaii to go to college on the Mainland.

Davis warned him that college professors would “train you to forget what it is that you already know. They’ll train you so good, you’ll start believing what they tell you about equal opportunity and the American way and all that sh-t…”

Dr. Paul Kengor, professor and author of the book The Communist – Frank Marshall Davis: The Untold Story of Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor (2012), notes that Obama took out all overt references to Davis in his audio version of Dreams From My Father (which he narrated) as he prepared to run for president. Kengor writes that the future candidate for the highest office in the land “no doubt feared being tied too closely to a man who joined the Communist Party under Stalin and had been so radical that the federal government placed him on the Security Index [watchlist.]”

The Washington Post reported: “As Obama became a community organizer in college and later grappled with the challenges of race and poverty in Chicago, he visualized Davis and asked, ‘What would Frank do? What would Frank think?’ Kengor wrote.”

It would appear the association with Davis, likely affirmed by Valerie Jarrett (given her family lineage), did shape the president’s view of the role of government. The federal government has undergone its largest expansion since the heydays of the Great Society in the 1960s (and arguably the greatest increase in taxes in over a generation) with Obama at the helm.

Obama stated during his famous interchange with Joe the Plumber during the 2008 campaign regarding tax policy: “I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”

His words sound akin to “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need,” said by Karl Marx, a noted communist.

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Obama Just Announced This New Terrorism Policy Shift That Is Raising Serious Concern

President Obama announced Wednesday a major policy change regarding how the administration deals with hostages captured by terrorists.

After meeting with several families of deceased hostages, the president announced from the White House “that the United States government will not make concessions such as paying ransom to terrorist groups holding American hostages.”

The new policy, however, will be to no longer prosecute any family who does pay a ransom to a terrorist group, though President Obama noted Wednesday no action has ever been taken by a family who has done so. More freedom will also be given by hostages’ families and other third parties to directly communicate with the terrorist groups themselves. Obama said the government will provide assistance to these families and third parties “when appropriate.”

“My message to these families was simple, ‘We’re not gonna abandon you, we will stand by you,’” Obama said.

As the McClatchy DC Bureau reported, The White House released a presidential directive and executive order that outline how to deal with Americans taken hostage. This entails the establishment of a fusion-cell — an inter-agency body that coordinates the U.S. government’s response to hostage situations. Other changes include a family engagement coordinator to act as a point of contact for hostages’ families and a designation of a senior representative from the U.S. State Department for purposes of diplomatic outreach.

“It is United States policy to deny hostage-takers the benefits of ransom, prisoner releases, policy changes, or other acts of concession,” the directive reads. “However, this policy does not preclude engaging in communications with hostage-takers.”

“There has been concern expressed by families of hostages about potential prosecutions of family members under the statute prohibiting the provision of material support to designated foreign terrorist organizations,” the White House said in a statement. “The United States Department of Justice does not intend to add to families’ pain in such cases by suggesting that they could face criminal prosecution.”

Obama’s new plan has not met without criticism. Talk show host Montel Williams said on MSNBC Thursday the president’s new policy change is “like a bait-and-switch, a canard, a hoodwink, here.”

I don’t really believe there’s been any change in policy. I think this was done so that come the 30th, when the four others aren’t released, there is something of an excuse for this administration to fall back on.

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., who gave input on the president’s new policy, criticized the White House for letting the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) keep its leadership role within the fusion cell.

“The FBI is not organized or developed for hostage recovery in hostile areas, yet they are leading the fusion cell,” Duncan said in a statement Tuesday. “Even with two Deputy Directors representing the Defense Department and the State Department beneath a Director housed at the FBI, there’s no chance that the FBI will have the authority to direct either entity.”

It also makes no sense to house the director of the fusion cell within an agency, specifically when that agency has comparatively limited overseas reach.  Bottom line: the controversy regarding U.S. hostage policy started with the FBI and will likely continue with the FBI. .

If you would like to see the entire presser, watch the video below:

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Boston Terror Suspect Reportedly Charges At Cop And FBI Agent, Pays A Very Big Price

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According to developing reports Tuesday, Boston police working with the FBI were ready to detain a terror suspect who had been under surveillance for some time when the subject, armed with a military-style knife, rushed at authorities.

“He was on foot,” said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, “under surveillance.”

When officers announced themselves and demanded he drop his weapon, Evans said, “unfortunately he came at the officers and they did what they were trained to do; and that’s never an easy decision for any officer to make.”

Usaama Rahim, a 26-year-old resident of nearby Roslindale, Mass., was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities confirmed he sustained gunshot wounds from the gun of one FBI agent and one Boston cop.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Vincent B. Lisi explained that Rahim, who had been the subject of the dual-agency, 24-hour watch for several weeks, was considered armed and dangerous at the time of the incident. Recent information about the terror suspect prompted authorities to interview him sooner rather than later, he noted.

Some locals reported hearing the sound of gunshots, but the only eyewitness mentioned in a Boston Herald story was a 10-year-old boy who was at home across the street from the scene of the shooting when it happened.

The boy’s mother said he told her that there had been a “shooting at the CVS,” adding that he saw two men with guns ordering another man to “stand back or don’t shoot.”

Another unnamed witness said he saw the suspect with a knife just before he was shot.

In addition to witness testimony, Evans said video footage caught the shooting and the events leading up to it.

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Look, Up In The Sky. It’s A Bird. It’s A Plane. It’s…The FBI!

In the tense days following the recent riots in Baltimore, there was a lot of social media chatter about a couple of rather mysterious planes flying unusual patterns over troubled parts of the city. And it wasn’t just anxious conspiracy theorists writing about the two small aircraft — even The Washington Post published an article about the observations of a man named Benjamin Shayne and the revelations prompted by his tweet: “Anyone know who has been flying the light plane in circles above the city for the last few nights?”

What Shayne’s online rumination helped unveil was a previously secret, multi-day campaign of overhead surveillance by city and federal authorities during a period of historic political protest and unrest.

Discovery of the flights — which involved at least two airplanes and the assistance of the FBI — has prompted the American Civil Liberties Union to demand answers about the legal authority for the operations and the reach of the technology used.

Now, following up on those reports about eyes-in-the-skies activity over Baltimore, the Associated Press (AP) has exposed a massive FBI airborne surveillance program that’s been, one might say, flying under the radar.

“The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology — all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned.”

The AP investigative report notes that the FBI surveillance program using small planes loaded with sophisticated spy gear has been going on for more than a decade. In a way, according to the AP, this effort to gather visual and digital data is similar to the NSA’s recently blocked bulk collection of phone records without “probable cause” in the identification of a specific target.

Aerial surveillance represents a changing frontier for law enforcement, providing what the government maintains is an important tool in criminal, terrorism or intelligence probes. But the program raises questions about whether there should be updated policies protecting civil liberties as new technologies pose intrusive opportunities for government spying.

The AP investigation also reveals that some of the dozens of FBI surveillance aircraft, operating behind some thirteen front companies, are capable of capturing the identities of an untold number of people on the ground below the planes’ flight path.

“Some of the aircraft can also be equipped with technology that can identify thousands of people below through the cellphones they carry, even if they’re not making a call or in public.”

While the AP report pulls together a lot of information that many might find surprising about “big brother” on high, the FBI’s own website acknowledges the use of surveillance aircraft for its Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG), such as that deployed for tracking potential criminal activity on the streets of Baltimore following the Freddie Gray riots.

“CIRG’s Surveillance and Aviation Section (SAS) provides modern jets and other aircraft that respond to crisis situations domestically and around the world. SAS can deploy aviation assets worldwide, including assignments in combat theaters.”

And in a post dated March 14, 2003, Fox News reported on FBI planes flying over the United States to “track suspected terrorists.”

The FBI has a fleet of aircraft, some equipped with night surveillance and eavesdropping equipment, flying America’s skies to track and collect intelligence on suspected terrorists and other criminals.

The FBI will not provide exact figures on the planes and helicopters, but more than 80 are in the skies. There are several planes, known as “Nightstalkers,” equipped with infrared devices that allow agents to track people and vehicles in the dark.

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