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Malaysia Airlines Flight 17: Official says plane with 280 passengers on board shot down over Ukraine

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

A Ukrainian official said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday over a town in the east of the country, and Malaysian Airlines tweeted that it lost contact with one of its flights over Ukrainian airspace.

Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister, said on his Facebook page the plane was flying at an altitude of 33,000 feet. He also said it was hit by a missile fired from a Buk launcher, which can fire missiles up to an altitude of 72,000 feet.

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REPORT: Was flying 33,000 feet when hit by missile fired from Buk launcher…

Crashed 35 miles from Russian border…

Body Parts Found Scattered…




NYPD: Terrorists looking at drone attacks

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

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Police say operators flew a drone too close to an NYPD helicopter that was on patrol at the George Washington Bridge and forced the chopper to change its course to avoid a collision early Monday morning. As a result, the two men were arrested.

Daniel Rose is an aviation lawyer. He points out that a bird brought down the jet in the Miracle on the Hudson incident. So a drone could do that or worse.

“To have a piece of metal, essentially, that high up in the sky coming in contact with a plane, a plane’s engine, a plane’s flight control system, a helicopter, can do a myriad of different types of damages including bringing the plane down,” Rose says.

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Border crisis could provide cover to ISIS operatives, say experts

Monday, July 7th, 2014

he border crisis could be the perfect opportunity for Islamic terrorists looking to sneak sleeper cells into the U.S., say experts.

Patrols on the Mexican border have been stretched to the breaking point in recent weeks by a tidal wave of immigrants from Central America. Among the estimated 60,000 people who have streamed across is a small percentage of what agents term “Special Interest Aliens,” or SIAs. Terrorism experts say airport security is effective at keeping dangerous jihadists out, but the border breakdown could be America’s Achilles heel – providing an entry point for groups like ISIS.

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Reports: Russia Arrests 15 Suspected Terrorists in Moscow

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Russian authorities have reportedly arrested more than a dozen men they claim are “armed Islamists” in Moscow.Tuesday night Russian security forces raided an apartment in eastern Moscow, detaining 15 people they allege are members of the terror group At-Takfir Wal-Hijra.

A video of the raid, released to Russian media, showed armored police busting into an apartment and detaining the individuals.

The edited footage also showed weapons and what authorities allege are multiple explosives, including what they claim are suicide belts.

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Illegal Immigrants from India Stream Into US From Mexico

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Hundreds of undocumented immigrants from India are taking an unusual route to the United States, illegally crossing from Mexico into Arizona to seek political asylum

Those numbers are likely to rise in 2014, the head of a D.C.-based Asian immigrant rights group told Newsmax on Tuesday.

Deepa Iyer, executive director of South Asian Americans Leading Together, said “it’s not clear” why immigrants from India are using the same route as Central Americans.

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Obama to tap ex-Pentagon official for Homeland Security

Friday, October 18th, 2013

President Obama plans to nominate former Pentagon attorney Jeh Johnson as the next secretary of Homeland Security, a White House official said Thursday.Johnson, general counsel for the Defense Department during Obamas first term, will be introduced by the president at a ceremony on Friday.

If confirmed by the Senate, Johnson would replace Janet Napolitano, who left the administration to run the University of California education system.

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TSA: No evidence of threat on reported terrorist ‘dry-run’ flight

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Federal transportation officials say an investigation of a reported terrorist “dry-run” on a flight from Washington, D.C., to Orlando, Fla., revealed no evidence of a threat.

In a prepared statement, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials confirmed that an incident took place aboard a US Airways flight Sept. 2, prompting an inspection of the plane and a background check of several passengers.

“In this particular incident, a thorough and collaborative review involving the Orlando Police Department, TSA and its Office of Law Enforcement and other federal law enforcement agencies was conducted,” the TSA statement read.

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10 News Investigators find memo warning about terrorist “dry-runs” on airplanes

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

It was a flight bound for Florida, and some airline pilots believe it also may have been a dry-run for terrorists.

According to this 10 News report, a memo obtained by 10 News investigators from a union that represents pilots says that “there have been several cases recently throughout the (airline) industry of what appear to be probes, or dry-runs, to test our procedures and reaction to an in flight threat.”

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The new jihad – a violent, intrusive and dangerous threat to world order

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

September’s attack on the Westgate shopping center in Nairobi announced loud and clear that virulent Islamism is now at a mall near you.

Counterterrorism experts’ worst fears came true when the ultimate symbol of secular western consumption — a glossy, multicultural, family-centered shopping center — became the latest target for Islamist jihadism.

Welcome to the new jihad.

Smartphone videos captured an interrogation of victims not seen since Hitler’s Third Reich as Islamists halted shoppers demanding proof of authenticity as Muslims. Failure meant execution. No exceptions.

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Jihadists Threaten Revenge for US Libya Snatch Operation

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Libyan jihadist groups online have called for revenge attacks against U.S. and Western interests in the north African nation, as well as the local government, two days after an elite U.S. counter-terrorism unit abducted alleged high-profile al Qaeda member Anas al-Libi from Tripoli.

In one posting on Facebook, jihadists called on Libya’s “courageous youth” to launch attacks that include kidnapping of Americans, damaging gas pipelines to Europe or targeting ships and airplanes. Another online posting by a separate group “denounced” the American operation and appeared to suspect the Libyan government’s collusion in the mission, threatening “everyone who has betrayed his country and made himself involved in this conspiracy.”

“Thereby, we say that such disgraceful incident will be very costly to the Libyan government,” read the statement, which circulated in jihadi forums.

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Justice Department Prepares Charges Against NSA Leaker Snowden

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013


The Justice Department is preparing charges against Edward Snowden, the former federal government contract worker who revealed the National Security Agency’s vast secret surveillance program, ABC News reported.

Booz Allen Hamilton, the government contract company Snowden worked for, confirmed Tuesday that Snowden, whose salary was $122,000, was fired Monday for violating the firm’s code of ethics.

The FBI’s Washington field office will oversee the investigation of Snowden, who said he leaked the classified information to Britain’s Guardian newspaper because he wanted the American public to know the extent of the government’s clandestine surveillance activities.

Meanwhile, an internal review has been launched to solely assess damage to national security, a senior U.S. intelligence official told Reuters. This review is separate from an initial criminal-leak investigation opened by the Justice Department.

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Statue of Liberty screening moved to Manhattan

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013


Security screening for visitors to the Statue of Liberty will be held in lower Manhattan instead of on Ellis Island when the site reopens on July 4 after cleanup from Superstorm Sandy.

The National Park Service originally had planned for visitors to board cruise ships in Manhattan or in Liberty State Park, N.J., and stop at Ellis Island for security, but New York officials criticized the plan. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and police Commissioner Raymond Kelly urged federal authorities to reverse the policy, saying it could leave visitors vulnerable.

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Hacker Breached U.S. Army Database Containing Sensitive Information on Dams

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

A hacker compromised a U.S. Army database that holds sensitive information about vulnerabilities in U.S. dams, according to a news report.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ National Inventory of Dams contains information about 79,000 dams throughout the country and tracks such information as the number of estimated deaths that could occur if a specific dam failed. It’s accessible to government employees who have accounts. Non-government users can query the database but cannot download data from it.

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Threat of Electromagnetic Pulse Attack Is Real for Florida International University Professor

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

The notion of a weapon exploding and crippling everything electronic for miles around doesn’t just live in old black and white military film for Faisel Kaleem.

For the Florida International University engineering professor, the threat is real.

“Somebody comes over to your country and destroys your infrastructure without even bombing,” he said.

Kaleem is referring to an event called an “electromagnetic pulse attack,” which he and others warn could wreak havoc on entire regions for long periods of time. It’s called EMP for short, and it’s a release of energy, an explosion in the sky, that’s so strong everything electronic in its path would burn up.

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EMP Attack: The Threat Is Real

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Two scholars from the congressionally mandated 2010 Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack make the case to protect the U.S. from a potentially catastrophic nuclear EMP attack on the U.S. by terrorists or rogue states.

William Radasky and Peter Vincent Pry rebut Yousaf M. Butt’s charge that the EMP threat is “overblown.” They point out that the EMP Commission report was a collaborative effort between “the Intelligence Community…the military services…the National Nuclear Security Administration laboratories…the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security,” all of which concluded that the nation is unprepared for an EMP attack.

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North Korea vows nuclear attack on US, as UN prepares to vote on sanctions

Thursday, March 7th, 2013


North Korea on Thursday vowed to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States, amplifying its threatening rhetoric hours ahead of a vote by U.N. diplomats on whether to level new sanctions against Pyongyang for its recent nuclear test. (more…)

Why is the Department of Homeland Security buying so many bullets? | Fox News

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Online rumors about a big government munitions purchase are true, sort of. The Homeland Security Department wants to buy more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition in the next four or five years.

It says it needs them — roughly the equivalent of five bullets for every person in the United States — for law enforcement agents in training and on duty. Published federal notices about the ammo buy have agitated conspiracy theorists since the fall. Thats when conservative radio host Alex Jones spoke of an “arms race against the American people” and said the government was “gearing up for total collapse, theyre gearing up for huge wars.”

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Brother of al-Qaeda chief: America beware

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

When the U.S. Embassy here was besieged by protesters who took down the American flag and raised a black Islamist flag that looks similar to that of al-Qaeda, among the crowd was a man whom Western counterterrorism agencies are watching closely.

Mohammed al-Zawahri denies he is a member of al-Qaeda, but the younger brother of al-Qaeda’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, shares its goal of global Muslim theocracies based on strict religious law.

Jailed 13 years on militancy charges, he was freed following the revolution that ousted Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak, and he has a message to the United States.

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Al Qaeda affiliate in Africa looking to strike more western targets, intelligence officials say

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

With the U.S. military now planning a new drone base to track extremists in northern Mali, senior U.S. intelligence officials confirmed Thursday that the Al Qaeda affiliate in North Africa aspires to strike more U.S. and other western targets in the region. (more…)

Specialized TSA team makes presence known in Emeryville

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

People are used to seeing TSA inspectors at airports but on Wednesday, a specialized team made their presence known at the Amtrak station in Emeryville. Train stations are difficult to secure because they’re so wide open but on Wednesday, the TSA showed up unannounced to let the public, especially potential troublemakers, know that they are keeping an eye on the rails.

Amtrak passenger Vera Molina said she noticed all the black-clad TSA inspectors right away and it’s a presence she appreciates.

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