Congressman warns of “terrorists in American basements”


It’s a good job no one in the US watches the mainstream news media any more. Any one who did take in the multitude of news shows over the weekend, however, is now most probably convinced that they are about to be attacked any second by armies of terrorists in their own back yard.

Politicians and intelligence officials were paraded out one after the other to harp on about how terrorists hate the freedom of Americans and blah blah blah July the 4th is most likely going to end up in a terrorist attack.

Following attacks in Tunisia, France and Kuwait Friday, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI issued alerts to local law enforcement and urged Americans to “remain vigilant” for the upcoming Independence Day celebrations.

“They don’t put those statements out that far in advance, unless there’s reason for concern,” said harbinger of doom New York Rep. Peter King in an interview with ABC’s “This Week.”


“I would say there’s probably more concern now than at any time since September 11th.” King added, repeating the same thing he says every time there is any threat of terrorism.

King called ISIS “incomparable” in its ability to reach the “disaffected,” the “deranged” and the “ideologically committed.”


“I mean, it’s no coincidence that you’ve seen a series of arrests here in New York of terrorists over the last week to 10 days. This is not just something that’s happening by coincidence.” King, almost salivating in anticipation, told viewers.

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) was wheeled out on “Fox News Sunday” to deliver a similar message.

“There’s a great deal of chatter, a high-volume if you will,” McCaul, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said.

McCaul cited a “confluence” of events as pointing to an almost definite terror attack in America. “ISIS spokesman calling for jihad during Ramadan, which is happening right now. You have the one-year anniversary of the caliphate or Islamic State; and now we have the Fourth of July coming up, which is one of the holidays we celebrate that they like to target this sort of thing and these anniversaries.” McCaul urged, throwing in an unsubstantiated claim that the federal government has prevented over 50 terror plots in the past year.

McCaul also intimated to viewers that the internet is at least partly to blame.

“I’m extremely concerned about the way these Syrian ISIS recruiters can use the Internet at lightning speed to recruit followers in the United States with thousands of followers in the United States and then activate them to do whatever they want to do whether it’s military installations, law enforcement or possibly a Fourth of July event parade.” he said.

McCaul added that ISIS ” demonstrates a global threat that they can conduct external operations and they are very savvy at doing that over the Internet.”

Referring to the attacks overseas, McCaul again blamed… the internet – “The idea that they could do this, and now, the external operations potentially into the United States by use of the Internet.” he stated.

McCaul warned that because of… the internet, terrorists are able to get in “homes and in the basements in the United States”.

“This is not bin Laden with courriers now. This is a new generation of terrorists using the Internet in a very savvy way to attack the West and also get in the homes and in the basements in the United States to radicalize individuals and then call them up as sleeper cells to attack Americans.” the Congressman claimed.

In addition to these two clowns, former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell said Monday that he “wouldn’t be surprised” if there’s a terrorist attack during the 4th of July weekend.

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“This one really resonates with me for two reasons,” Morell said. “One is there’s been about 50 people in the last 12 months who have been arrested in the United States for being radicalized by ISIS, wanting to go fight there or wanting to conduct an attack here, so there’s a lot of people out there who are seeing themselves as aligned with ISIS, number one.”

“Number two, you have this ISIS call to arms during Ramadan,” Morell said. “We are right in the middle of Ramadan, call to arms, conduct attacks against our enemies, so I’m worried about this one.”

“I don’t want to tell Americans what to do or what not to do, but…I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re sitting here a week from today talking about an attack over the weekend in the United States,” he told co-host Norah O’Donnell. “That’s how serious this is.”

So remember to enjoy yourselves this 4th of July weekend, but expect the worst… and don’t forget that the internet is to blame for all this.


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White Americans are the biggest terror threat in the United States, according to a new study

White Americans are the biggest terror threat in the United States, having killed more people in attacks than Muslims or any other group in the last 14 years, according to a new study.

The research, conducted by the New America Foundation, examined the 26 attacks on US soil defined as acts of terror since 9/11, and found that 19 of those attacks were committed by non-Muslims.

Since the September 11 atrocity, 48 people have been killed by extremists who are not Muslim, compared to 26 killed by people who claimed to be jihadists. The non-Muslim groups included right-wing, racist, and anti-government organizations.

However, the study found that radical Islamists were indicted more frequently than non-Muslim extremists and served longer sentences.

“From a legal point of view, when people go into court, the Justice Department has certain guidelines about sentencing. So, for instance, if a crime is deemed to have a terrorist underpinning, the sentences that are handed down are longer than it would be just for a conventional crime,” Peter Bergen, vice president and director of studies for the New America Foundation, told NPR.

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Source: New America Foundation

For the purpose of the research, terrorism was defined as an “act of political violence against a civilian target by someone other than the state,” Bergen said.

Last week’s Charleston shooting, which left nine people dead at a historically black church, was included in the study. The shooter, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, supported white supremacist ideology.

Also included in the count was a 2012 Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin, which left six people dead. The shooting was carried out by Michael Page, who was involved in neo-Nazi and white supremacist circles, and had founded a white supremacist band.

A 2011 multi-state killing spree was also listed, during which David Pedersen and Holly Grigsby killed four people. The indictment alleged the two were members of a criminal enterprise whose purposes included “promoting and advancing a white supremacist movement to ‘purify’ and ‘preserve’ the white race…”

The findings align with a survey published this week, which asked 382 police and sheriff’s departments in the US to rank the three biggest threats from violent extremism in their jurisdiction. About 74 percent listed anti-government violence, while 39 percent listed Al-Qaeda-inspired violence.

The study was conducted by Charles Kurzman of the University of North Carolina and David Schanzer of Duke University, and will be published by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security and the Police Executive Research Forum, the New York Times reported.


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by JOHN HAYWARD21 Jun 2015114
Heading into the weekend, we learned the Chinese hackers who hit the Office of Personnel Management had a whole year to root around in the security clearance database. Now we find out they were “root” while they were doing it.

The New York Times delivers news that will chill the bones of anyone who knows anything about system administration:

Undetected for nearly a year, the Chinese intruders executed a sophisticated attack that gave them “administrator privileges” into the computer networks at the Office of Personnel Management, mimicking the credentials of people who run the agency’s systems, two senior administration officials said. The hackers began siphoning out a rush of data after constructing what amounted to an electronic pipeline that led back to China, investigators told Congress last week in classified briefings.

Much of the personnel data had been stored in the lightly protected systems of theDepartment of the Interior, because it had cheap, available space for digital data storage. The hackers’ ultimate target: the one million or so federal employees and contractors who have filled out a form known as SF-86, which is stored in a different computer bank and details personal, financial and medical histories for anyone seeking a security clearance.

“This was classic espionage, just on a scale we’ve never seen before from a traditional adversary,” one senior administration official said. “And it’s not a satisfactory answer to say, ‘We found it and stopped it,’ when we should have seen it coming years ago.”

This is catastrophic news, because it means the hackers had access to pretty much everything at the incompetently-managed OPM.

It’s amazing to watch agency officials sleepwalk through congressional hearings with a hey, whaddaya gonna do? attitude, secure in the knowledge nobody ever faces consequences for failure in the Obama Administration, when the damage is this breathtaking. (The NYT article has a few lowlights from those hearings, including Democrats losing their cool with hapless OPM director Katherine Archuleta and describing her agency as seeming like “deer in the headlights.”)

Not only has the American human intelligence system been disastrously compromised around the world, but back here at home, the intel community is going to be playing defense for years to come, worried sick about how many government employees with security clearances might have been approached for recruitment or blackmail by China and its allies.

Administrator privileges for the hackers as they wander through the outrageously insecure OPM data wonderland also means the risk of secondary penetration is higher – the hackers might have begun tunneling into every system OPM touched, which means just about every system.

The Administration is scrambling to figure out which of its other organs might have been targeted by the intruders. It’s a long list, as the Times notes that an audit last year “harshly criticized lax security at the Internal Revenue Service, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Energy Department, the Securities and Exchange Commission — and the Department of Homeland Security, which has responsibility for securing the nation’s critical networks.”

The NYT recalls Nuclear Regulatory Commission employees getting in trouble for leaving vital information lying around on unsecured network drives and laptop computers they actually managed to lose track of, while IRS employees have been known to use passwords such as “password,” the SEC had some completely unprotected components in its system, and auditors managed to penetrate what passes for security at the Department of Education (chock full of personal information from millions of student loan applicants!) without breaking a sweat.

The New York Times confirms something I’ve been saying since Day One of this crisis: the incredibly valuable trove of data stolen by these hackers has never been posted for sale on the black market, meaning the thieves are leaving tens or hundreds of millions of dollars on the table. That strongly suggests this was a state-sponsored intelligence operation, conducted with an eye toward fueling both human-intelligence efforts and further hacking attacks.

The tactics used by the hacking crew could prove effective at any of the vulnerable agencies mentioned by the New York Times. We’ve learned previously that they had some valid user names and passwords for the OPM system, which could have been gleaned through some combination of human intelligence (i.e. a Chinese agent getting valid user credentials from sources in the U.S. government, or possibly even Chinese agents working for the OPM as contractors) and “phishing,” the practice of using malware spread by email and phony websites to harvest passwords from unsuspecting targets.

On Sunday, Reuters published a look at the enigmatic crew believed to be behind the OPM hack, and attacks using similar methods on targets such as the Anthem health insurance company. Known by a variety of designations to cyber-security experts – PinkPanther, KungFu Kittens, Group 72, Deep Panda, Shell Crew – they’re more subtle than the regular Chinese People’s Liberation Army hacking crew, which has been robbing U.S. industry blind of intellectual property for years.

The Shell Crew has a fondness for using compromised email accounts to blast out emails laced with malware, including a rare virus strain known as “Sakula,” designed to harvest a rapidly snowballing pile of data from a string of users. They’ve been known to employ brute-force hacking methods to gain initial access to a system, but once they’re inside, they love nothing better than to bombard the employees and associates of a penetrated operation with emails, purportedly from trusted sources, that trick them into clicking links to virus-delivery websites. For example, if they got into Hillary Clinton’s illegal, insecure email server, the people on Clinton’s email list would begin receiving correspondence that looked like it came from the former Secretary of State, but was actually bait to lure the users into the Shell Crew’s clutches.

They’ve also set up some “watering hole” attacks, in which a phony website that looks very much like a legit site, with an address very similar to what a legit site would use, is packed full of malware and set like a mousetrap for unsuspecting users.

The Reuters article notes that Shell Crew operations usually take place in two stages: an exploratory or reconnaissance stage, in which the hackers check out the penetrated system, get a feel for what kind of data it contains, and put a high priority on avoiding detection, followed by a more active raiding stage where they begin stealing large amounts of data, seemingly after they’ve consulted with some other authority and been given a shopping list of what to take.

They don’t usually get to take such a huge amount of information, because as soon as the targets suspect they have been compromised, they roll through standard security precautions such as resetting firewalls and requiring all users to change their passwords. Phishing attacks are normally conducted on a tight timetable… but not at the OPM, where the staggering incompetence of this Administration gave the hackers all the time in the world to take whatever they wanted, and set up any additional operations they pleased. Is it possible to believe additional operations using the pilfered OPM data, especially that juicy security clearance info, aren’t already in progress… or possibly even completed?

TSA Failed To Identify 73 Aviation Workers With ‘Links To Terrorism’

The TSA is an abject failure. If we know anything about jihadism in the West, it is that the jihadis do not repeat their “spectacular” acts of savagery.

Last week, an investigation of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) found that undercover investigators were able to smuggle fake explosives and weapons through checkpoints in 95 percent of trials, which they conducted at dozens of America’s busiest airports.

Now this. As if we the people haven’t suffered enough in the long jihad war on freedom… Our own government has made travel a misery — harassing little kids, grandmas, and wheelchair-bound passengers, while making sure not to “profile” anyone who might actually be a jihadi.

I have had perfume confiscated, hair product tossed as it narrowly exceeded the 3.5 ounces allowed by the department of attrition, and have had to remove my thigh-high boots more times than I care to remember. And not just me — all of us.

Under Bush, the Democrats demanded that the TSA be a federal agency. The Bush administration wanted to keep it in the private sector. It should have been outsourced so that failed operators could be summarily fired. Instead, the party of treason got their way and made sure a new massive government agency was forever created and unionized — more voters for the Democrat plantation.

Can we now expect more children fondled, more child groping, nun patdowns and such? Or as one commenter put it, “you mean taking my shoes and belt off so I can share common/rare foot fungi, have my pants fall down, being photoed naked thru my clothes, and put all my possessions into a plastic bin to be xrayed has been an absolutely meaningless act?”

We won’t stay lucky much longer.

“TSA Failed To Identify 73 Aviation Workers With ‘Links To Terrorism,’” By Caroline May, Breitbart News, June 8, 2015

The Transportation Security Administration granted access to secure airport areas to 73 aviation workers with “links to terrorism,” according to a new report from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General.

The audit, released Monday, reveals that TSA was unable to vet out 73 individuals with terror-related category codes because the agency did not have enough access to terror list information.

“According to TSA data, these individuals were employed by major airlines, airport vendors, and other employers. TSA did not identify these individuals through its vetting operations because it is not authorized to receive all terrorism-related categories under current interagency watchlisting policy,” the redacted report reads.

“TSA acknowledged that these individuals were cleared for access to secure airport areas despite representing a potential transportation security threat,” it added.

The new audit comes on the heels of another damaging Inspector General report on TSA’s security measures, which found the aviation security body was unable to detect fake bombs and weapons in 95 percent of trial runs. Revealed last week in an ABC News report, the OIG’s findings resulted in the Acting TSA Administrator, Melvin Carraway’s, removal from the post.

In addition to the threats posed by aviation workers with terror-ties, Monday’s report also took issue with the TSA’s handing of aviation workers’ potential criminal pasts and/or immigration issues, noting the agency’s controls on criminal histories and immigration statuses were “less effective” than its terror-vetting.

“In general, TSA relied on airport operators to perform criminal history and work authorization checks, but had limited oversight over these commercial entities. Thus, TSA lacked assurance that it properly vetted all credential applicants,” the report reads.

It added that TSA’s records were lacking in necessary information.

“Further, thousands of records used for vetting workers contained potentially incomplete or inaccurate data, such as an initial for a first name and missing social security numbers. TSA did not have appropriate edit checks in place to reject such records from vetting. Without complete and accurate information, TSA risks credentialing and providing unescorted access to secure airport areas for workers with potential to harm the nation’s air transportation system,” the report reads.

The OIG made six recommendations including working with DHS to obtain access to records that would identify workers with potential terror ties. The TSA concurred with all the recommendations.

– See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2015/06/tsa-failed-to-identify-73-aviation-workers-with-links-to-terrorism.html/#sthash.E2FUOgno.dpuf


Training likely linked to Jade Helm begins in other states


Urban drills are to begin in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Mi­ssissippi, Florida and Louisiana from July 15 through September 15, 2015, according to U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

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On Tuesday the residents of Flint, Michigan were rattled by explosions that resulted from a secretive Jade Helm 15 urban Army Exercise. When the local representative was asked why the locals weren’t warned in advance his response was as typical as it is ominous. The Michigan Air National Guard published a warning just hours before they began night flying helicopter drills from the Selfridge Air National Guard Base into the surrounding area of Mount Clemens Michigan.

Jade Helm 15 appears to be underway. According to U.S. Army Special Operations Command urban drills conducted by all 4 branches of the military are to begin in Texas,New Mexico,Arizona,California,Nevada,Utah,Mi­ssissippi,Florida,and Louisiana from July 15 through September 15, 2015. The State of Colorado and two Texas counties requested to be dropped off of the list of potential mock war zones. Clearly the Flint Michigan June 2, 2015 exercises are way ahead of schedule. And no warning was given?

Jade Helm stands for “Joint Assistant for Deployment and Execution” “Homeland Eradication of Local Militants”. This can only mean the returning veterans at the top of the department of homeland security’s domestic terrorist list. Back in 2009, the FBI launched Operation Vigilant Eagle, a nationwide operation that targeted militia/sovereign-citizen extremist groups, with their sites set on veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The Wall Street Journal reported on the memo trail that led months later to the desk of then DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano’s desk. Janet Napolitano warned of a surge of domestic right wing terror groups that would recruit returning veterans into their fold in order to carry out attacks similar to the blatantly staged Oklahoma City Bombing. The Posse Comitatus Act prohibits the use of federal military personnel to “execute the laws”. Regardless, the Feds interpret the language as it may apply to troops used in an advisory, support, disaster response, or other homeland defense role, as opposed to domestic law enforcement.

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Report: Homeland Security released 3,700 high-threat illegal aliens last year

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Nice reporting by the Washington Times of a perfectly horrible act by the Obama Administration last year. You heard about Obama’s hissy fit in releasing throngs of illegal aliens, many of them known to be serious crime threats, all to demonstrate the horrors of budget sequestration. Well the overall numbers of Homeland Security’s actions last year are now in, and they’re not pretty.

Worse, when they released thousands of clearly dangerous criminals, they knew exactly what they were doing and they had every opportunity not to. They could have held them until their cases were heard, at which point they could have been deported. But that’s not how this administration rolls. If you’ve never heard the term Threat Level 1, welcome to the ranks of the enlightened:

Most of the illegal immigrant criminals Homeland Security officials released from custody last year were discretionary, meaning the department could have kept them in detention but chose instead to let them onto the streets as their deportation cases moved through the system, according to new numbers from Congress.

Some of those released were the worst of the worst — more than 3,700 “Threat Level 1” criminals, who are deemed the top priority for deportation, were still released out into the community even as they waited for their immigration cases to be heard.

Homeland Security officials have implied their hands are tied by court rulings in many cases, but the numbers, obtained by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, showed 57 percent of the criminals released were by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s own choice, and they could have been kept instead.

“Put aside the spin, and the fact is that over 17,000 of the criminal aliens released last year were released due to ICE discretion, representing 57 percent of the releases,” said Mr. Goodlatte. “The Obama administration’s lax enforcement policies are reckless and needlessly endanger our communities.”

How do you work out a clear objective – whether as a policy matter or as a political one – for an irresponsible move like this? I understand that liberals reflexively dislike tough-on-crime policies, but just sending 3,700 criminals out onto the street when you know what they’re capable of would seem to be a bridge too far even for most serious lefties. I guess you could see it as a go-big-or-go-home move to appeal to the Hispanic/Latino community in an election year – for all the good it did them. And of course, we know they were trying to freak everyone out about the tiniest of budget tightening measures.

I think it’s a bit like they’re approach to Iran and Cuba. Liberals in general, and definitely Obama in particular, think it’s a huge and pointless hassle for government to spend its time and resources playing cop to the bad guys of the world or of society. Who’s to say who’s bad anyway, right? Rogue nation with nukes threatens allies? Rebuke the allies and make a deal. Rogue criminals would threaten the innocent unless you keep them locked up or deport them? What’s the worst that can happen? This is not the part of governing that interests liberals in the slightest. They think it’s a waste of time and money and probably racist too.

So just release the detainees and tell everyone to be careful, and when you get called on it, blame Republican budget cuts (even though you signed the sequester into law). It does make you wonder, of course, how many of the criminals wreaking havoc on the streets right now could be locked up if only the administration cared a whit. Then again, it takes an awful lot of ICE’s resources just to stop guys like these three from sneaking into the country:

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