Department Of Defense Joins FBI And Homeland Security To Warn Of Possible Terrorism July 4th

The Defense Department joined the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI on Wednesday to warn of the threat of an ISIS attack in the U.S. over the 4th of July holiday weekend.

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said U.S. bases nationwide were on higher alert, and Carter said that “some of our service members will be hard at work” over the weekend to deter the threat, without specifying what would be involved.

“Those who seek to harm this nation take no holiday,” Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said at a Pentagon press briefing with General Martin Dempsey, writes Military.com.

ABC7 News in Denver writes that the FBI and Department of Homeland Security “issued a warning to 18,000 law enforcement agencies about a heightened concern over terror attacks targeting 4th of July celebrations.”

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2015/07/01/dod-joins-homeland-fbi-in-warning-of-isis-july-4th-threat.html

Infamous Australian ISIS Terrorists Killed By Drone Strike

CNN claims that two infamous terrorists from Australia who have been fighting with ISIS have been killed by a drone strike.  A relative of the terrorists reported on it.

One man became infamous last year when he tweeted a picture of his 7-year-old son holding a severed head along with the sentence “That’s my boy.”

Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar died in a drone strike in ISIS-controlled territory, according to Zaynab Sharrouf, 14, a relative of the two.

The teen is Khaled Sharrouf’s daughter and Elomar’s wife, having married 31-year-old Elomar, her father’s best friend, in March.

Australian media reported that the men were in the stronghold of Mosul, Iraq.  Australian authorities are working to confirm the deaths.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott told CNN affiliate Channel 7 Wednesday there was a “high degree of confidence” that Elomar had been killed, but with regard to Sharrouf, “we can’t say.”

Sharrouf made the infamous tweet with his son.

It is unclear what nation the drone was from.

British Teen Was Suicide Bomber In Iraq, Another British Person Killed In Kenya

Talha AsmalA British teenager is among four suicide bombers alleged to be behind an attack in Iraq on Saturday that killed at least 11 people, illustrating the front-line role foreign fighters from the West are playing in the conflict in Iraq and Syria.

Saturday, the family of 17-year-old Talha Asmal, from Yorkshire in North England, said their son was one of four men that Islamic State supporters alleged were responsible, writes the Wall Street Journal.

In separate news, a senior Kenyan official told The Wall Street Journal on Monday that Kenyan authorities believe another British man, Thomas Evans, had died while fighting for the Somali militant group al-Shabaab.

A collect picture of Thomas Evans

Authorities are waiting for forensic confirmation that Mr. Evans was among 11 militants and two Kenyan soldiers killed in an al-Shabaab raid on an army base close to the country’s northern border with Somalia, the official said.

(Updated article)

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/15/dewsbury-in-utter-shock-at-over-talha-asmals-death-in-iraq-suicide-bombing

http://www.wsj.com/articles/british-teenager-among-four-suicide-bombers-in-iraq-1434382079

Australian Police Arrest 17-Year Old For Suspected Terror Plot Near Melbourne

Counter-terrorism police in Australia arrested a teen because they feared he might be carrying a bomb.

According to the Herald Sun, heavily armed police who overwhelmed the recently-turned 17-year-old as he was being driven by his mother to a mosque.  They searched a bag he had with him before finding ­improvised explosive devices inside the family home.

Only an asthma pump was in the bag, but the police force’s bomb squad found three pipe bombs believed to have been hidden in the boy’s bedroom of the northern Melbourne suburb house, writes the Herald Sun.

Police have spent days scouring the house for more homemade explosive devices and yesterday widened the search to a nearby park and creek.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/mothers-day-plot-counter-terrorism-police-feared-arrested-teen-was-carrying-bomb/story-fni0fee2-1227349642918

‘Grandad Hooligans’ Terrorizing British Soccer

Soccer (football) club chairmen in Britain are warning of a new threat of football hooliganism from retired grandfathers.

Dave Doggett, boss of the soccer team Cambridge United, says a hardcore of around 10 men in their 50s and 60s are trying to relive the 1980s by arranging fights with rivals on match days.

“Club chiefs say ageing thugs who took part in violence during the 1970s and 80s are returning to the terraces,” according to the Daily Mirror.

Mr. Doggett warns the violence has increased recently as the men return to the club in their retirements after being distracted by years of having a career and raising families.

Doggett says there is a danger that they will spread violence as they try to encourage younger men to join their “gangs,” states The Telegraph.

Writing in his club’s latest program, Mr Doggett says: “Unfortunately football clubs still attract an undesirable element of society that appear determined to ruin the enjoyment of real supporters of football clubs.

“Our promotion to the Football League appears to have encouraged our ‘risk’ from the 1980s to come out of retirement.

“Many of them are grandparents trying to encourage the next generation to join their ‘gangs’.

“It sounds pathetic but unfortunately it is reality.”

Doggett states they are working closely with police on the matter.

More:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/grandad-football-hooligans-coming-out-5493256

Strange Situation At NSA

Officers opened fire after two men allegedly dressed as women refused to stop a stolen vehicle Monday at the National Security Agency gate at Fort Meade in Maryland. The stolen vehicle smashed into a police vehicle blocking the road, officials said.

One of the men died, and the other man and an officer were hurt.

Officials claimed that there were plenty of chances for the incident to end nonviolently.

The NSA released a statement Monday afternoon saying the driver of the sport utility vehicle disobeyed instructions from an NSA police officer and failed to stop shortly before 9 a.m.

Investigators are looking into whether the men were under the influence of drugs following a night of partying, a federal law enforcement official said.

A man reported his car stolen from a hotel not far away from NSA Headquarters and said he had been with two men who had taken his car. Cocaine was found in the vehicle. The Howard County Police Department confirms that a Ford Escape reported stolen in Howard County, Maryland, is the vehicle involved in the incident.

The FBI said they did not think terrorism was related to the incident.


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More here

Is It America’s Job To ‘Fix Yemen?’

Is it America’s job to fix everything on the planet?

Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski and NBC News correspondent Chris Jansing challenged White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest Thursday morning to defend the administration’s position that Yemen is a counter-terrorism success story.

In a speech in 2014, the President said, “This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us…is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years.”

But what does the media want to do about it?  Start another invasion?

Secular Talk

(Updated post)

Did Jon Stewart And Stephen Colbert ‘Damage Our Ability To Fight Terrorism?’

Right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh claimed Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert “damaged our ability to fight terrorism.”

Limbaugh:

“Every night for whatever number of years, seven years, six years, Comedy Central, Stewart, Colbert, you name it, Bush lied. The mainstream media, every day, every week, Bush lied. What did that do? In the minds of young skulls full of mush, it turn around the Iraq war into a joke, number one. It turned Bush into a joke. It turned the country into a joke, and it told everybody that everything we were doing over there was illegitimate because we had no business being there, that there was no terrorism.”

But the issue is that the U.S. attacked the wrong country after 9/11.

Is Rush Limbaugh hypocritical?

Limbaugh claimed that “John Stewart and Stephen Colbert are guilty of criticizing the president,” referring to President Bush.

Cenk Uygur, host of TYT Network, gives his opinion on it.

TYT Network

Odd: Local Station In Tennessee Says There Was An FBI Bulletin Regarding ISIS Terror Plot In Tennessee

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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?

More:

http://www.inquisitr.com/1700477/fbi-gives-warning-about-an-anonymous-threat-to-mississippi-river-bridge/#6yUO8Lkp1vdGgeGt.99

The White House To Fight ISIS On Internet

ISIS, Twitter, Cybersecurity

As part of its plan to counter violent extremism throughout the world, the Obama administration is looking to fight the impact that groups like the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have on social media, according to The Hill.

The administration will work with companies and nations and will launch campaigns to counter terrorist groups’ online propaganda, which have become a key tool in their effort to spread their message of violence to the globe.

“The U.S. government, in partnership with foreign governments, civil society, and the private sector, is working to weaken the legitimacy and resonance of violent extremist messaging and narratives, including through social media,” the White House said in a fact sheet on Wednesday.

The government is organizing “technology camps” to work with companies and community groups “to develop digital content that discredits violent extremist narratives and amplifies positive alternatives,” the White House said.

Additionally, the administration is putting a new focus on countering the extremist groups’ online messages by designating a new envoy charged with discrediting them and creating a “digital communications hub” to focus specifically on ISIS’ messaging.

Internet companies have come under some pressure to do more to block the militant organizations.

One letter currently on Capitol Hill calls on Twitter to adopt new internal policies so that it treats posts endorsing terrorism similar to posts on child pornography or pirated content.

“In light of the fact that designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations now actively use Twitter to post content depicting the murder of individuals they have kidnapped or captured, users should be afforded the option to report such content as obscene and objectionable – just as easily as they are able to flag child pornography,” lawmakers wrote in a recent draft of the letter, according to The Hill.

http://thehill.com/policy/technology/233193-white-house-aims-to-silence-terrorists-online