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BY JOHN HAYWARD
Fox News reports exclusively obtaining a bulletin from the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and National Counterterrorism Center warning of an extremely high volume of terrorist “chatter” on pro-ISIS social media. There is so much activity that our intelligence agencies are having a hard time keeping up with it all… and a great deal of the social media noise is coming from within our borders.
“The large number of social media postings by US-based ISIL supporters is challenging for investigators in differentiating those supporters focused only on promoting pro-ISIL rhetoric, which may be protected speech, [versus] detecting those prepared to engage in violence on the group’s behalf,” the bulletin advised according to Fox News.
The agencies also warned that ISIS was making very effective use of social media in its recruiting efforts, connecting with “hundreds, possibly thousands” of potential recruits and “lone wolf” jihadis within the United States.
ISIS is said to be using the Internet in “unprecedented ways” to call for attacks on American soil – a disturbing idea the Fox report does not detail any further, and unfortunately the network has only posted the first page of the bulletin. The same language was used by FBI Director James Comey in early May, after the Islamist attack in Garland, Texas; on that occasion, the “unprecedented” evil innovation he had in mind involved ISIS sending messages directly to the “smartphones of ‘disturbed people’ who could be pushed to launch assaults on the U.S.,” as USA Today reported.
It would appear that some portions of the bulletin Fox News obtained repeat statements made by intelligence and law enforcement agencies in the wake of the Garland attack, which appears to have been taken as a very serious wake-up call by the counter-terrorism community. The essential new content of this bulletin is the overwhelming volume of pro-ISIS online activity they are monitoring.
Perhaps some of the traffic is a smokescreen deliberately created by the terror state and its sympathizers, who have doubtless become well aware of law enforcement’s reliance on using social media to detect persons of interest – virtually every terror-bust story, from every part of the Western world, mentions that police were alerted to a dangerous individual by radical Facebook and Twitter postings, or discovered such activity while building a case against a suspect.
Fox News says the bulletin mentions no specific, “credible” threat… but emphasizes that the concept of “credible” threats has become “less and less relevant,” in the words of DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, because individual “lone wolf” jihadis have lately been acting with very little advance warning.
At any rate, the FBI, DHS, and National Counterterrorism Center say they are “aware of recent information suggesting U.S. military bases, locations, and events could be targeted in the near-term.”
Arizona authorities are bracing for an anti-Islam biker rally scheduled outside a Phoenix mosque. John Ritzheimer, an ex-Marine organizing the event called for participants to come armed and draw cartoons of Prophet Mohammed.
Ritzheimer says he is targeting the Islamic Community Center because the two Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) sympathizers who attacked a Texas event featuring caricatures of Mohammed used to attend the mosque.
“This is in response to the recent attack in Texas where two armed terrorist[s], with ties to ISIS, attempted jihad. Everyone is encouraged to bring American flags and any message that you would like to send to the known acquaintances of the two gunmen. This Islamic Community Center is a known place that the two terrorist[s] frequented,” says the Facebook invitation to the event. By Thursday afternoon, fewer than 300 out of nearly 3,000 people invited had indicated they might show up.
The two Phoenix residents, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, reportedly attended the mosque until 2010. On May 3, they attacked the “Mohammad Art Exhibit and Contest” in Garland, Texas, organized by the controversial group American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI). Simpson and Soofi were killed by event security, while one guard was injured in the shoot-out.
“I want this to be about pushing out the truth about Islam,” Ritzheimer told local news station KNPX-TV. “I’ve read the Koran three times… the ones flying the planes into the tower, those are Muslims following the book as it is written.”
Ritzheimer described himself as an outspoken, politically correct Marine. One of the profile photos on his Facebook page shows him waving an American flag and wearing a shirt with an explicit anti-Islamic inscription.
The Facebook invitation was ambiguous about the prospect of violence. While participants were “encouraged to utilize there [sic] second amendment right at this event just incase [sic] our first amendment comes under the much anticipated attack,” they were also told there would be no food vendors, “because we don’t want this to turn into a carnival.”
Usama Shami, the current president of the Islamic Community Center, told KPNX he will encourage his members to not engage the bikers.
“Everybody has a right to be a bigot. Everybody has a right to be a racist. Everybody has a right to be an idiot,” Shami told KPNX. “They’re not looking for an intellectual conversation. They’re looking to stir up controversy and we’re not going to be a part of it.“
The Previous “Freedom of Speech Rally” on May 17 drew few people and little attention. Phoenix Police declined to comment about any security measures they may be planning for the event.
Twitter users point out Obama’s never-ending failures
by KIT DANIELS | INFOWARS.COM | MAY 28, 2015
President Barack Obama hosted a question and answer session on Twitter Thursday, and the questions he received, when pieced together, form the tapestry of Obama’s failed presidency.
Well, Obama was a failure for the America people; when it comes to the global elite who put him into power, the president has been a tremendous success in their plan to dismantle the U.S.
Do you have any questions for Obama? Please leave them in the comment section below.
The US military has begun training Syrian opposition fighters in Turkey, in an effort to combat the so-called Islamic State, sources revealed to media. The reported move is an extension of a program that launched in Jordan weeks ago.
A US official, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, didn’t elaborate on the size of the first group of recruits undergoing training, or when the instruction started.
The Pentagon declined to comment.
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Washington hopes the program will train around 5,000 Syrian fighters a year, giving US military partners on the ground to help combat Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). The training kicked off in Jordan earlier this month.
According to the Obama administration, the program aims to target only Islamic State forces – not troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad. However, critics – including the US Congress – say that goal is not likely to be achieved.
The Syrians are being trained in basic military equipment and skills, “including firearms, communications and command and control abilities,” AP reported earlier in May.
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The training program was made possible by legislation authorized by Congress last September, which set aside $500 million towards training. The US has maintained its troops won’t engage with IS fighters on the ground.
All US military training of Syrian opposition fighters is taking place outside the country. Along with Turkey and Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have offered to host training sites.
So far, US involvement in Syria has been mostly limited to airstrikes – although special operations forces did kill a senior Islamic State leader there earlier this month.