Counterterrorism expert Sebastian Gorka said the FBI’s counterterrorism division has created excellent counterterrorism training courses since the 2009 Fort Hood attack.
“That is not the problem,” said Gorka, professor of strategy and irregular warfare at the Institute of World Politics. “The issue is the courses aren’t being held.”
Since last year, Justice Department funding for counterterrorism training was slashed by nearly 50 percent, Gorka said. As a result, the “Terrorism: Origins and Ideology” course designed specifically for Joint Terrorism Task Force members—whose mission is to catch people like Rahami before they kill—were reduced from eight courses per year to less than four.
“As a result our law enforcement officers are less prepared just as the threat has increased,” Gorka said.
The man wanted in connection for two bombings and an attempted bombing in New York and New Jersey this weekend has been arrested after a shootout with police.
Two officers have reportedly been injured in the shootout with Ahmad Khan Rahami in Linden, New Jersey, a neighboring town of the 28-year-old’s home of Elizabeth. DailyMail
(one from a bullet striking his vest and the other from a piece of glass cutting his head.)
Rahami was shot in the shoulder and leg, taken to hospital.
— CNN (@CNN) September 19, 2016
Police are hunting for Afghanistan-born naturalized
U.S. citizen Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, in connection to the bombings this weekend in New York.
The weekend trail of terror continues.
Five people have been taken into custody in connection with the Chelsea bombing after the FBI discovered a bomb cache in New Jersey and stopped a car near New York City’s Verrazano Bridge on Sunday night.
The FBI is believed to have called the NYPD for backup at around 8.45pm after making the decision to halt a car on the busy Belt Parkway and found the occupants were heavily armed.
No one has been charged with any crime and the investigation is continuing says the FBI who confirmed all five individuals are from New Jersey. DailyMail
3 Pipe Bombs & 2 Smaller devices found at a train station Elizabeth, NJ
According to the FBI, law enforcement later discovered three pipe bombs and two smaller devices at a train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey, near to Newark Liberty International Airport.
Local CBS says that a suspicious device was discovered on the rail tracks and is being examined by a robot.
All train traffic out of Manhattan to New Jersey was immediately halted while the bomb squad was dispatched.
According to state Sen. Martin Golden, the incident is connected to Chelsea and the FBI later confirmed that it was. DailyMail
Update: New York Governor Cuomo Fox & Friends Interview : Evidence Suggest There is a Foreign Connection
St. Cloud, Minnesota
Update: St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis identified that officer as Jason Falconer during a press conference Sunday.
A short time earlier, St. Cloud Somali-American community members identified the deceased suspect as Dahir Adan. SCTimes
A suspect who attacked at least 8 at a St. Cloud shopping mall Saturday night was shot by an off-duty officer, according to St. Cloud police. The attacker referred to Allah during the attacks, the police chief said. StarTribune
At least eight people were stabbed at the Crossroads Mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota on September 17 by a suspect in a private security uniform who referenced Allah and asked at least one victim if he was Muslim, according to the police chief.
“It has hit home for us,” St. Cloud Police Chief Blair Anderson said in a midnight news conference. “It’s an awful day. Starting tomorrow, things won’t be the same.”
Asked if he would call the mass stabbing at the Midwestern mall a terrorist attack, he said, “Not yet.” He said police needed to investigate and do their due diligence. “What we know it is is a lone suspect who attacked eight people. Whether that was a terrorist attack, we are not willing to say that right now because we just don’t know.” KSTP
Manhattan explosion leaves 29 hurt
Mayor Bill de Blasio: “intentional act but had no terror connection.” How would he know that before an investigation?
An explosion in a crowded Manhattan neighborhood on Saturday night left 29 people injured, and authorities said a second nearby site was also being investigated. Mayor Bill de Blasio called the blast an “intentional act,” but said there was no terrorist connection.
“Tonight, New York City experienced a very bad incident,” de Blasio said at a news conference near the scene in Chelsea. “We have no credible and specific threat at this moment. “
De Blasio said the blast was “an intentional act” and tried to calm any fears among nervous New Yorkers, saying the explosion had no terrorist connection and wasn’t related to a pipe bomb explosion earlier Saturday in New Jersey at a charity run.
A law enforcement official told The Associated Press that a second device that officers were investigating four blocks from the scene appeared to be a pressure cooker attached to wiring and a cellphone. AP
Terrorism probed in Seaside Park, NJ blast at the start of route of a Marine Corps charity race.
A pipe-bomb-style device detonated in a garbage can at the start of the route of a Marine Corps charity race Saturday morning, injuring no one, but sparking a massive law-enforcement response and suspicions of terrorism.
The FBI said it was “unaware of any known threat” to public safety, in an early-evening press conference that lasted about two minutes. Brad Cohen, the special agent in charge of the Newark FBI office, said the agency’s Joint Terrorism Task Force was taking the lead in investigation into the explosion. He said the agency was working to make sure there was “no stone left unturned” in the probe.
Multiple agencies are investigating the incident and whether the motive was terror, said Al Della Fave, spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office..
“You would have to assume that at a military-type event, the U.S. Marines, a device is placed along the route of a charity event, it would be hard to think it would be anything else,’’ Della Fave said.
The device went off about 9:35 a.m. at Ocean Avenue and D Street, where the Seaside Semper Five 5K race had been scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m., Della Fave said.
Problems with registration for the race delayed its start and possibly spared people from injury, he said.
“When it went off, there was nobody in the area,’’ Della Fave said. APP
What will a Hillary Clinton presidency look like with Saudi clout and influence of Muslim terrorist groups? Hillary Clinton adjutant Huma Abedin has ties to both terror groups kept off the watch list.
The Saudi Arabian government apparently had so much clout with previous U.S. administrations that they refused to designate as terrorist organizations two terror-funding Islamofascist groups linked to Huma Abedin, now the vice-chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Abedin is joined at the hip to Hillary. She is to Mrs. Clinton what Valerie Jarrett is to President Obama.
That two deadly terrorist groups avoided proper scrutiny for years is a chilling reminder of how close Mrs. Clinton’s political network is to the brutal Muslim Brotherhood, possibly the Left’s favorite Islamist operation. It also underlines the extent to which Islamist enemies of the United States have infiltrated the American political establishment. FrontPageMag
French police have detained three men in connection with an investigation into the deadly stabbing of a French police officer and his companion at their home in a suburb of Paris on Monday evening in an attack claimed by the Islamic State
group. French President François Hollande said the murders were “unquestionably a terrorist act” and he convened an emergency cabinet meeting. France24
A Muslim man claimed allegiance to ISIS, then screaming “allah akbar” stabbed (nine times) a French policeman to death near Paris. The terrorist then took the family hostage and killed the police officer’s wife. Their three-year-old was in shock but unharmed.
A man who claimed allegiance to the Islamic State group stabbed a French policeman to death on Monday night before he was killed in a dramatic police operation, sources close to the investigation said.
A news agency linked to the Islamic State claimed the attack, a US-based monitor said. The SITE Intelligence Group, based just outside Washington, cited the Amaq News Agency as saying: “Islamic State fighter kills deputy chief of the police station in the city of Les Mureaux and his wife with blade weapons near #Paris.”
French prosecutors have launched an anti-terror probe after the policeman and his partner were killed at their home in the Paris suburb of Magnanville.
Witnesses told investigators the man may have shouted “Allahu akbar” (God is greatest) as he stabbed the policeman repeatedly outside his home before holing up inside with the woman and the couple’s three-year-old son. TimesofIsrael
Trump had been hounding Obama and Clinton to call the shooting spree at the gay night club early Sunday morning what it is – ‘radical Islamic terrorism.’
This morning, on Today, Clinton gave him what he wants and said, ‘To me radical jihadism, radical Islamism, I think they mean the same thing. I’m happy to say either, but that’s not the point.
‘All this talk and demagoguery and rhetoric is not going to solve solve the problem,’ the Democratic presidential candidate said. ‘I’m not going to demonize and demagogue and declare war on an entire religion. That’s just plain dangerous and it plays into ISIS’ hands.’ DailyMail
Another way of Hillary saying “what difference does it make” if I don’t say “radical jihadism, radical Islamism” -“that’s not the point”. Now forget reality back to the delusional agenda-Hillary Clinton is making a new push for gun control measures favored by liberals.
Islam and terrorism are indeed intertwined.
It is about words not reality. Do not say the words “Islamic Terrorism”, attack as haters all who say “Islamic Terrorism”, then the realities of Islam and Terrorism can’t exist either.
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
– Sun Tzu – -The Art of War
Money & Influences
The Clinton Foundation received a large donation from the Alavi Foundation, a front for the Iranian regime.
CNN reported in 2008 that the “Clinton Foundation received millions of dollars from the governments of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar. All three have long used their oil wealth to finance pro-Islamist sentiment. Qatar is a major supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood.” ClarionProject
The governments of Kuwait and Qatar are also on the list, as is Saudi businessman Nasser Al-Rashid, who has close ties to the Saudi royal family. Saudi Sheikh Mohammed H. Al-Amoudi, reputed to be one of the richest men in the world, is among the donors as well. Both Saudis contributed in the $1 million to $5 million range. A group called Friends of Saudi Arabia and the Dubai Foundation appear in the same category. CNN
Huma Abedin links to immediate family that is directly tied to the Muslim Brotherhood, including her brother and mother.
Gehad El-Haddad a senior official and spokesperson of the Muslim Brotherhood sentenced to life in prison in Egypt worked for years at the William J. Clinton Foundation.
With money and influences like these and her insatiable thirst for power we can expect the same or worse if Hillary becomes president.
By misleading the American people and lying about who the real enemy it, it emboldens terrorist groups and will get more innocent Americans killed.
Update: The U.S. Justice Department announced Monday it has successfully accessed data stored on the iPhone that belonged to the San Bernardino gunman without Apple’s help, ending the court case against the tech company.
The surprise development effectively ends a pitched court battle between Apple and the Obama administration.
The government asked a federal judge to vacate a disputed order forcing Apple to help the FBI break into the iPhone, saying it was no longer necessary. FoxNews
Assistant Director David Bowdich said in an interview Tuesday that the Washington office of FBI became aware of a third-party claim that it could unlock the iPhone on Sunday evening. Bowdich said that third party–who he would not identify –did demonstrate the ability to unlock the phone in testing. That is why the agency asked a federal judge to delay a hearing in its legal battle against Apple.
On Monday, federal prosecutors sought, and quickly received, an indefinite postponement to a court hearing that had been scheduled for Tuesday. Prosecutors had planned to use the hearing to make their case for why a judge should force Apple to cooperate in hacking into the phone. latimes
Israel’s Foreign Affairs Ministry created a video to show that no matter where it happens, whether in California, London, Paris, or Tel Aviv, it’s still terror.
The terror that struck innocents in Paris, London & San Bernardino recently is the very same terror that targets Israelis in Jerusalem, Tel aviv and throughout Israel in an ongoing wave of attacks since 13 September 2015.
“Let not your heart faint, and be not fearful at the report heard in the land, when a report comes in one year and afterward a report in another year, and violence is in the land, and ruler is against ruler.” – Jeremiah 51:46 ESV
The San Bernardino, CA terrorist attack is a horrific tragedy. Meanwhile, in a seemingly unrelated chain of events, last week’s shooting at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs brought on a firestorm of blame at pro-lifers.
Let’s keep in mind that pro-abortion advocates deliberately omit admissions that millions of babies have been legally violently dismembered or chemically killed in America by abortion. And many mothers have been maimed or killed in the process.
Also, lest we forget, the “Black Lives Matter” cries — yes, Black lives matter, all Black lives matter [including aborted babies, black on black crime victims, incarcerated youths, etc.]. Indeed all lives matter because John 3:16 says God loves the whole world and that means everybody. We, as one human race (Acts 17:26), are in this thing together whether we like it or not.
What’s missing is the connection between seemingly random violent outbreaks in the atmosphere. There is a common denominator in these events; an utter lack of respect for life.
Terrorism, be it in the womb, from distant shores, behind the domestic walls of our homes, or wherever it occurs, terrorism by any other name is still the same.
Human life has long been devalued to the point that life has often become disposable as long as we can’t see the danger to our own lives.
With this acceptance of devaluation of humanity, the consciences of men, women and children have been numbed.
Is there any wonder that mass killings are occurring on a regular, almost daily, basis?
Killing is fast becoming the choice many people are “choosing” in order to fix their problems.
We must wake up and recognize that the taking of any life, born, unborn, sick, handicapped, poor, elderly, those of faith outside of ours — is wrong.
“The people who know their God shall [must] stand firm and take action.” Daniel 11:32 ESV
Contrary to what others are saying, that “God will not fix this,” it should be obvious that only God can change hearts and fix broken lives. Pray for America, and the world.
Read full article at Priests For Life
What is guiding the current U.S. Foreign policy? A foreign policy that refuses information to Jordan and Egypt on ISIS targets. A foreign policy that condemned Egypt for bombing Libya after a Egyptian pilot was burned alive. The Yemen government was overthrown by Iran-backed rebels.
A White House the refuses to meet with an ally, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but will meet with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani a country long accused of supporting terrorism. Since the current administrations campaign began bombing ISIS targets in Syria, the territory ISIS controls has nearly doubled.
Daniel Greenfield sees the conflict as, “It’s not a conflict between the proverbial moderate Muslim and the raging fanatic. That was an outdated Bush era notion. Instead Obama has brought us into a fight between Muslim governments and Muslim terrorists, not on the side of the governments we were allied with, but on the side of the terrorists.”
The White House publicly shows ambiguity about the true nature of ISIS, denying the fundamental truth about the religious beliefs of those driving the rise of terrorism. A Counter-Terrorism center headed up by a new Anti-ISIS Propaganda Chief Rashad Hussain an openly terrorist-sympathizing Muslim who has close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
At the prayer breakfast where he denounced Christianity for the Crusades was the foreign minister of the Muslim Brotherhood government of Sudan that has massacred Christians. Unlike Libya, where Obama used a false claim of genocide to justify an illegal war, Sudan actually has committed genocide. And yet Obama ruled out using force against Sudan’s genocide even while he was running for office.
The United States now has a strange two-tier relationship with the Middle East. On paper we retain a number of traditional alliances with old allies such as Egypt, Israel and Saudi Arabia, complete with arms sales, foreign aid and florid speeches. But when it comes to policy, our new friends are the terrorists.
American foreign policy is no longer guided by national interests. Our allies have no input in it. It is shaped around the whims of Qatar and Iran; it’s guided by the Muslim Brotherhood and defined by the interests of state sponsors of terror. Our foreign policy is a policy of aiding Islamic terrorists.
It’s only a question of which terrorists.