The FBI and Department of Homeland Security sent out a joint warning to law enforcement across the country last weekend concerning a growing trend of girls and boys wanting to fight with ISIS, according to CNN.
One official said there was no increase in U.S. government threat levels, although there is heightened concern lately about recruitment of American and other foreign fighters by Islamic State, also known as ISIS.
A DHS official, commenting on background, said the bulletin was issued “to provide further information on the continuing trend of Western youth being inspired by ISIL to travel to Syria to participate in conflict,” says Reuters.
The warning comes in the wake of the detention of a 17-year-old Northern Virginia teen last week, says a law enforcement official who has read the report.
The source says law enforcement is tracking “lots of cases” like that around the country and they’re growing increasingly concerned about the threat.
The warning lays out motivations for boys and girls to join ISIS.
Boys tend to be older when they leave to fight and be a part of foreign fighters, or they want to attack in the U.S. Girls tend to be younger and have a fanciful notion of what life is like in Syria, and they often want to go over and be Islamic brides.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Memphis Division reportedly warned police officers about a threat to blow up the Memphis-Arkansas Bridge sometime in December.
FOX13 News obtained the FBI bulletin sent to Mid-South Law Enforcement agencies warning about a possible Islamic State terror plot targeting the I-55 Bridge.
“According to an anonymous complainant, as of December 2014, ISIS instructed an ISIS member, a presumed USPER in Memphis, with a direct order to blow up the Memphis-Arkansas bridge on an unknown date, activating ISIS terror cells in the United States,” the warning reads.
USPER is a law enforcement acronym for U.S. person.
Described as “an unsubstantiated, anonymous threat,” the Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned authorities in Tennessee and Arkansas about a threat made by the Islamic State to blow up an expansion of the Mississippi River bridge that connects the two states.
The question remains: Why would a terror group choose a bridge between Arkansas and Tennessee?
According to ABC News, after pleading guilty to a felony tax charge in federal court, Republican congressman Michael Grimm made it clear he has no plans to resign from office despite mounting pressure from Democrats.
Grimm pleaded guilty to a single count of aiding in the preparation of a false tax return in 2009 and agreed to pay an undetermined amount of restitution to the IRS and New York State on tax returns dating from 2007 to 2010.
Grimm faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison and is set to be sentenced on June 8 in arguably the highest-profile public corruption case in New York in decades.
Facing reporters after the hearing, Grimm owned up to making some “big mistakes,” explaining that he “underreported” sales receipts to pay business expenses, including compensating employees “off the books.”
“As a result, the taxes were inaccurate,” Grimm admitted. “It’s wrong…I should not have done it.”
Sources claim that nearly 50 years ago, the FBI sent Martin Luther King, Jr. a letter threatening to make public sordid details of his sex life if he didn’t do the “one thing left for you to do.”
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Huntsville City Schools in Huntville, Alabama, seemed to be so concerned about what students were posting on their social media accounts that they paid a former Fed $157,190 a year (or $110 an hour) to spy on the students’ Instagram and Twitter accounts.
According to Alabama.com, the Huntsville City Schools paid the former agent, Chris McRae, to monitor its students over the past year through a program called SAFe, Students Against Fear. Six hundred of those students were flagged by students and teachers. McRae then examined their online accounts for “for images of guns or gang signs.” They also looked for evidence of drug use and mentions of sex. This led to the expulsion of 14 students.
Beyond a blatant attack on student privacy, critics are also saying that there was a racially motivated undercurrent to the expulsions through the spy program and throughout the system.
According to Huntsville City Schools records, the school expelled 305 students last year, 238 of whom were Black. So 78 percent of all expulsions involved Black children in a school system where they make up just 40 percent of students. And the of the 14 expulsions related to social media, 86 percent involved Black students.
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In a rant about a quote by a former FBI counter-terrorism task force member, Bob Beckel’s mic was cut. Kyle Kulinski talks about it.
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