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Intro: The link between Muslim/Arab extremists and ―white‖ American citizens has been successfully drawn with the fabrication and
propagation of mass arrests of alleged ―terrorists‖ of both American, Spanish, African, and Middle Eastern decent. The most disturbing of
all of these accounts is the implications drawn from Americans arrested for allegedly seeking nuclear secrets and access. Tying the
American people with alleged terrorists from the Middle East is key in painting the Americans as sympathizers should a nuclear attack
transpire. In the war on terror, making all races of people suspects in eliminating people‘s God given rights.

Date: June 11, 2002
Source: USA Today, Donna Leinwand, Jack Kelley
Title/Headline: U.S. Citizen Arrested In 'Dirty Bomb' Plot

Abstract: With the arrest of a former Chicago street gang member in a suspected al-Qaeda plot to explode a radioactive "dirty
bomb" in the United States, authorities are seeking others who might have been involved, U.S. law enforcement officials said
Monday. Abdullah Al Muhajir, 31, who officials say changed his name from Jose Padilla after adopting a radical brand of Islam
while jailed in Florida, was believed to have been on a scouting mission for possible targets when he was arrested last month in
Chicago, where he grew up. Al Muhajir was stopped as he tried to re-enter the USA at O'Hare International Airport after flying there from
Zurich. He had been in Pakistan, where authorities working the case have arrested two unidentified Pakistanis. Authorities said that for
much of the past month Al Muhajir, like several other detainees in terrorism probes, had been held in the New York area while
officials investigated them. Sunday, he was moved to the U.S. Navy jail in Charleston, S.C., authorities said. U.S. officials provided few
details on Al Muhajir's alleged path from Chicago's gang culture to al-Qaeda, but their sketchy portrayal of him reflects the increasing
threat they say is posed by the terror network's efforts to recruit Westerners. Officials said that after Al Muhajir's release in 1992 from a
jail in Broward County, Fla., where he served 10 months for aggravated assault and weapons violations, he continued to live in
South Florida, where his mother had moved from Chicago. A U.S. law enforcement official said Al Muhajir went to the Middle
East in 1998, then lived in Egypt but traveled frequently to Pakistan and Afghanistan. Before his arrest, the official said, Al Muhajir
had returned to the USA once or twice. A Defense Department official said Abu Zubaydah, a top al-Qaeda official in U.S. custody, led U.S.
authorities to Al Muhajir — possibly to try to sow fear in the USA by showing that al-Qaeda had recruited an American. Al Muhajir met
Zubaydah in Afghanistan last year and then traveled to Pakistan, where he studied how to assemble a radioactive bomb at an al-Qaeda safe
house in Lahore, a senior U.S. law enforcement official said. Weeks later, Al Muhajir met with senior al-Qaeda leaders in Karachi. The
dirty bomb plot was in its initial stages and did not have a target, although Al Muhajir has "indicated some knowledge of the
Washington, D.C., area," Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said Monday. Intelligence sources said Chicago also might
have been a potential target. A senior U.S. law enforcement official said part of the plot involved attacking hotels and gas stations with
conventional explosives. U.S. officials wouldn't comment on any alleged co-conspirators. A senior Pakistani intelligence official said
security agents there detained Al Muhajir and two Pakistanis for a few days in April for passport irregularities. Pakistani
authorities told FBI agents, who asked them to re-arrest the three. The Pakistanis were arrested quickly; the FBI and CIA tracked
Al Muhajir to Switzerland, where agents believe he picked up money for his trip to Chicago. When he was arrested, he had more than
$10,000, authorities said. "We have disrupted an unfolding terrorist plot," Attorney General John Ashcroft said in Moscow, where he met
with Russian officials. "Al-Qaeda officials knew that as a citizen of the United States ... Al Muhajir would be able to travel freely in
the U.S." A dirty bomb uses a conventional explosive such as dynamite to spread radioactive material. Al-Qaeda has been trying to acquire
such material, and in 2000 authorities learned that the network wanted to detonate a dirty bomb in the U.S. Capitol. Officials said Al
Muhajir had not obtained any radioactive material. No charges have been filed. Al Muhajir's transfer to Defense Department custody
as an "enemy combatant" does not necessarily mean that officials plan to reverse plans not to try U.S. citizens in military tribunals,
officials said. Authorities suggested the transfer was aimed at giving them a way to hold Al Muhajir indefinitely while they try to
unravel the plot (Leinwand & Kelley, 2002).

Date: January 14, 2008
Source: The Raw Story, David Edwards, Muriel Kane
Title/Headline: Fox Hypes Terror Of 'White Al Qaeda Army'

Abstract: The hosts of Fox & Friends are all worked up over a claim in the British press that al Qaeda may be recruiting Caucasian
members to infiltrate Western societies. "Have you heard about this new thing going on in Great Britain," asked host Gretchen
Carlson, "[where] Al Qaeda [is] rooting up all these Britons, essentially, 1400 strong, apparently, in a new, what's being called a
new 'White al Qaeda Army.' Tougher to detect, potentially ..." "Yeah, because they're not Muslims," co-host Steve Doocy commented.
"They look just like regular British people." "This is what we've always talked about," Carlson went on, "That if you have people in
one country transplanting to another religion and they maybe aren't exactly what you think they are, that can be more difficult to fight.
"Yeah. They're converting them in prison, to, uh..." "To kill us!" "Yeah, great," said co-hosts Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy in
turn. Brian Kilmeade then brought on Mike Baker, a former CIA agent and professional counter-terrorism expert. "Mike Baker's here --
this word that al Qaeda's building up a white terror army of up to 1500 operatives in the UK:" said Kilmeade. "How soon could they
strike us here, and would they be trying to do something similar using convicted criminals?" Baker told Kilmeade that al Qaeda looks for
operatives who can fit in, just as the CIA does, saying, "If they can recruit a Scandinavian, that's the holy grail for them." He added,
"They need people who can move around freely and do their bidding," apparently implying that blue-eyed blondes are the people
who blend most seamlessly into Western society. However, Baker dismissed Kilmeade's suggestion that al Qaeda would be particularly
interested in recruiting in US prisons. "To go into a prison and try to recruit individuals -- that person's already tainted. What they really
need, they need people who haven't run afoul of law enforcement in the past. ... Their problems are extreme in trying to recruit someone
who can go out there and carry out their business‖ (Edwards & Kane, 2008).

Date: March 7, 2008
Source: CBS News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: Commander Warns Of Homeland Terror Threat

Abstract: Al Qaeda terrorists may be plotting more urgently to attack the United States to maintain their credibility and ability to
recruit followers, the U.S. military commander in charge of domestic defense said. Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, chief of the U.S.
Northern Command, also told reporters that he has not seen any direct threats tied to the U.S. presidential elections. But he said it would be
rash to think that such threats are not there. "We need only to look at Spain and see that they're certainly willing to try to do something that
is significant that could affect an election process," Renuart said. "I think it would be imprudent of us to let down our guard believing
that if there's no credible threat that you know of today, there won't be something tomorrow." While he said that U.S. authorities
have thwarted attacks on a number of occasions, he said terrorist cells may be working harder than ever to plot high-impact events. He did
not point to any specific intelligence that authorities have received but said the "chatter" they are hearing "gives me no reason to believe
they're going to slow down" in their efforts to target the U.S. "If an organization like that is to maintain credibility and continue to grow
more of its extremists, it has to show tangible results," Renuart said. "So I think there may be a certain sense of urgency among that
organization to have an effect. So it would tell me that they're trying harder." Asked about the terror threat, Homeland Security spokesman
Russ Knocke said, "There continues to be no credible information telling us about an imminent threat to homeland at this time." In
July, U.S. intelligence analysts, in a threat assessment, concluded that al Qaeda had rebuilt its operating capability to a level not seen since
just before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The report said the terror network had regrouped along the Afghan-Pakistan border, but it
also noted that officials knew of no specific credible threat of an attack on U.S. soil. About the same time, Homeland Security Secretary
Michael Chertoff raised eyebrows when he said he had a "gut feeling" that the United States faced a heightened risk of attack. ―There
continues to be no credible information telling us about an imminent threat to homeland at this time.‖ Russ Knocke, Homeland
Security spokesman stated. On Thursday, however, Chertoff said the U.S. has successfully lowered the risk of a large-scale domestic
terrorist attack for the near future. "We have significantly reduced the risk of a major attack in the short term," Chertoff told a group
of editors at The Washington Post in a report posted online Thursday. Chertoff said the U.S. effort was one of the reasons there has been an
increase in attacks by Islamic extremists in Europe. Improvements in U.S. traveler screening and border security have shifted the focus of
al Qaeda operatives and sympathizers to Europe, he said. Renuart said that of the more than a dozen daily events that Northern
Command responds to - ranging from natural disasters to threats - two or three may have the potential to be terrorist incidents.
The chatter, which included public audio and video tapes released on the Internet by al Qaeda leaders, suggests that they are looking for a
way to have a big impact again, he said. Pressed for details, he said the chatter was more common but "whether that's louder or more
ominous, I'm not sure I'm ready to draw that conclusion." He did, however, repeat his assertion - which he first made in July - that he
believes there are al Qaeda cells or sympathizers within the United States. President Bush, in a speech Thursday, also said the United
States remained under threat from terrorists. Marking the fifth anniversary of the creation of the Homeland Security Department, Bush said
that in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks "it was hard to imagine that we would reach this milestone without another attack on our
homeland." Yet he said, "On this anniversary, we must also remember that the danger to our country has not passed. Since the
attacks of 9/11, the terrorists have tried to strike our homeland again and again. We've disrupted numerous planned attacks -
including a plot to fly an airplane into the tallest building on the West Coast and another to blow up passenger jets headed for
America across the Atlantic Ocean." Mr. Bush said the lesson is clear: "The enemy remains active, deadly in its intent - and in the
face of this danger, the United States must never let down its guard" (CBS News, 2008).

Date: June 10, 2009
Source: CNN
Title/Headline: Guard Killed During Shooting At Holocaust Museum

Abstract: A rifle-wielding white supremacist entered Washington's Holocaust museum on Wednesday afternoon, fatally shooting a
security guard before being wounded himself by return fire from other guards, authorities said. Stephen Tyrone Johns, a six-year
veteran of the museum's security staff, later "died heroically in the line of duty," said Sara Bloomfield, museum director. Law enforcement
sources identified the suspect as James W. von Brunn, an 88-year-old white supremacist from Maryland. He is a known Holocaust
denier who created an anti-Semitic Web site called "The Holy Western Empire." He has repeatedly claimed "The Diary of Anne Frank," a
widely read book about a teenage girl's experiences under Nazi rule, was a hoax. The museum shooting occurred on a day the museum was
to stage a play based on Anne Frank and two days before what would have her 80th birthday. Investigators found a notebook in the
suspect's car listing other locations in Washington, a federal official told CNN. It was unclear what purpose the list served. Von Brunn
allegedly entered the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum at 12:50 p.m. Wednesday and immediately shot Johns with a rifle, said
Chief Cathy Lanier of the District of Columbia's Metropolitan Police Department. Two other security guards returned fire,
according to Lanier and the museum statement. Both Johns and Von Brunn were taken to George Washington University Hospital, said
D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty. Johns died at the hospital. Von Brunn was in critical condition, Fenty said. Johns, 40, was a resident of Temple
Hills, Maryland, according to a statement issued by Wackenhut Services Inc., which has provided security services at the museum since
2002. "Obviously there are no words to express our grief and shock over the horrific event that took place at this museum today,"
Bloomfield, the museum director, said. She said the museum was closed for the remainder of the day and would remain closed Thursday in
honor of Johns. Brunn served six years in prison for trying in 1981 to kidnap Federal Reserve board members because of high
interest rates. He blamed his prison term on a "Negro jury, Jew/Negro attorneys" and "a Jew judge," he said on his Web site, "Holy
Western Empire." The Southern Poverty Law Center, which focuses on human rights, said Brunn has "an extremely long history with neo-
Nazis and white supremacists." A place that stimulates visitors to confront hatred and promotes peace and human dignity, the Holocaust
museum on Wednesday became the scene of everything that was opposite. Witnesses described blood on the floor and chaos within the
museum's halls. Visitor Maria Hernandez told CNN she heard five shots and saw the wounded security guard. "It was definitely a security
guard; he was down bleeding on the floor," said Hernandez, 19. "He was face down. His back ... blood was coming out." Sirens blared as
emergency vehicles converged on the area, which is near the Washington Monument and other popular tourist attractions. The museum
was full at the time, with a "couple of thousand" people inside, said William Parsons, chief of staff at the museum."Never take your
guard force and security people for granted," he said. "They did exactly what they were supposed to do to protect people in the
museum." The shooting sent shock waves throughout the nation's capital and elsewhere. "I am shocked and saddened by today's
shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum," said President Obama, who just days earlier had spoken emotionally about the
Holocaust when he visited Buchenwald, a former Nazi concentration camp with Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate
Elie Wiesel. "This outrageous act reminds us that we must remain vigilant against anti-Semitism and prejudice in all its forms,"
Obama said. "No American institution is more important to this effort than the Holocaust Museum, and no act of violence will diminish our
determination to honor those who were lost by building a more peaceful and tolerant world." Israel issued a statement through its embassy,
expressing sadness and condemning the attack. Fenty called the shooting "an extremely isolated incident" in the nation's capital, which is a
major tourist destination. "In these days and times, you never know when someone is going to grab a gun and use it in an
inappropriate way," he said. The museum canceled a performance scheduled for Wednesday night of a play about racism and anti-
Semitism, based on a fictional meeting between Anne Frank and Emmett Till, the teenage victim of a racist killing in the United
States. U.S. Attorney Gen. Eric Holder and Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, were among those planning to attend the play, which
was written by Janet Langhart Cohen, the wife of former Defense Secretary and U.S. Sen. William Cohen. Langhart Cohen told
CNN that Anne Frank's young life was ended by people filled with hate. She said it was hard to see that same hate manifest itself at
this place of remembrance (CNN, 2009).

Date: December 16, 2009
Source: The European Union Times
Title/Headline: Prepare For Rebellion, Obama Orders US-Canadian Troops

Abstract: Kremlin position papers presented to Prime Minister Putin today on his upcoming meeting with NATO Secretary
General Anders Fogh Rasmussen state that the European-US military alliance has authorized an ‗emergency request‘ from
President Obama to utilize American and Canadian NATO troops to put down what is expected to be a ―rebellion‖ after the
expected January, 2010 ‗declaration of bankruptcy‘ by the State of California. According to these reports, Obama‘s fears of
rebellion are due to the economic health of California (the United States largest State) after the 3rd largest US State, New York,
declared a ‗fiscal emergency‘ and refused to release to its cities and towns over $750 Million due them this past week with the Governor of
New York, David Paterson, declaring ―I can‘t say this enough: The state has run out of money.‖ New York‘s fiscal crisis, however, pales in
comparison to California‘s, where new economic data points to its expected 5-year budget deficit reaching the staggering amount of over
$100 Billion which Russian economists warn will result in budget cuts so steep as to create ‗social chaos‘ among this States 36 million
citizens. Reports from the United States are, indeed, confirming the mass movement of military supplies and thousands of
Canadian Special Forces Troops to California from the Canadian Forces Base of Petawawa to join their American military
counterparts, with ‗secondary‘ reports stating that at least 1,000 tanks are massing their too. Russian Military Analysts are further
warning in this report that Obama has decided to implement the feared RAND Corporation (one of the most powerful research
arms of the US Military-Industrial-Homeland Security Complex) police state ‗blueprint‘ tilted ―Stability Police Force for the
United States: Justification and Creating U.S. Capabilities‖ that has been modeled on the Nazi German secret police forces
organization Geheime Staatspolizei (Gestapo) meant to ‗control and demoralize‘ any opposition to the state. Even worse for these
American people is the legalization process currently embedded in their new health care legislation which will see everyone of them
becoming virtual slaves of their government, and as warned about by the Fox News Service in their report titled ―Be Afraid, Be Very
Afraid of Obama‘s Latest Big Brother Plan‖ and which says: ―Under the Democrats‘ national health care scheme not only would
OPM be charged with overseeing and administering federal employees health care but they will have the added charge of
administering civilian federal health care as well. What does that mean? Basically, that Americans will be treated as ―civil
servants.‖ Are you starting to see the danger? The more government seeks to control our lives the more Orwellian it gets. This ―big
brother‖ mentality that ―government knows best‖ and that it is their mission to provide cradle to grave ―care‖ of its citizens will doom
America as we know it. Under such a system the individual becomes meaningless and the state becomes the entity upon which we
are all forced to rely.‖ Unfortunately, with or without these Americans succumbing to the loss of their Nation through the
establishment of a police state, their fate appears to have already been sealed as new reports are showing that by their continued
saving they are failing to provide China with the money needed through the buying of goods to purchase US bonds to keep them
afloat, and which has led to the incredible circumstance of the United States, through its Federal Reserve and other financial
entities, becoming the largest buyers of their own debt. Not being seen in all of these dire events by the American people is that their
present collapse as an independent Nation was engineered by their own President Obama, who working in concert with the previous
President, George Bush, sold them out to Wall Street by packing his administration with banking insiders have, literally, pillaged the entire
economic future of the United States for the benefit of their elite classes and, incredibly, supported these once collapsing banks with over
$352 Billion in drug money. And so grave has it become for ordinary Americans that new reports are now showing that in what was
once the most powerful Nation on Earth, there now exists an ‗epidemic‘ of child hunger and one their fastest growing cities is a
tent-town of newly homeless named ―Obamaville‖ in a stark reminder of the thousands of shanty towns named Hoovervilles built
during the Great Depression. For those American people believing their propaganda media reports that a recovery is underway they
couldn‘t be more mistaken, as newly released data shows that of the millions of jobs lost these past 2 years almost all of them are
permanent. And, as always, these people are being kept from knowing the full and brutal truth of their economic collapse with reports also
showing that the latest unemployment figures released by the US government were faked. But to the greatest fears of these Americans
should be the newly released information showing that US scientists have perfected, for the first time in history, a new drugless
technique to wipe from these people‘s minds their very own memories, and as we can read: ―In a scientific experiment that brings
to mind the memory-erasing escapade in the 2004 film ―Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,‖ scientists have blocked fearful
recollections in human participants, sans drugs. The results challenge the view that our long-term memories are fixed and resistant
to change.‖ Russian Military Psychologists have long warned that the West‘s longest term plan to control their soon to be
rebellious populations lie in memory altering techniques such as are being perfected in the United States and due to be deployed
through their mass media in radio programmes, television, and movie broadcasts outlets as these Nations past reliance on the
drugging of their citizens through mass fluoridation is becoming more and more ineffectual. Important to note too is that the
economic collapse of the United States is just one of the catastrophic dangers they are facing, as this past week the giant plant genetics
company Bayer admitted in a US Federal Court that it has been ―unable to control the spread of its genetically-engineered
organisms despite ‗the best practices‘ to stop widespread contamination‖ and which may very well see the destruction of the
American‘s ability to feed themselves as these ‗monster plants‘ reap their destruction on Nature. To all of these events, it is not in
our knowing if the American people will awaken from their self induced slumber to arise, as they have many times throughout their history,
to reclaim for themselves what is now rapidly being stolen from them. But, and if their present actions are a predictor to what they
may do in the future, one can only fear for them as they are marched in lockstep towards an abyss they only fail to see because they
won‘t open their eyes (The European Union Times, 2009).

Date: January 20, 2010
Source: Bloomberg
Title/Headline: FBI Chief Tells Congress Terrorist Threat Grows More Worrisome

Abstract: The head of the FBI, Robert Muller, statements that the U.S. faces threats from ―homegrown terrorists‖ who live in the
communities they attack and train on their own. Muller also stated that that law enforcement agencies have disrupted terrorist plots in
Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Colorado, Texas and elsewhere in the past year, ―We cannot discount the lone offender
threat here at home -- the individual who may take up arms and strike without notice.‖ Muller went on to state that the terror threat
increases ―with each passing day,‖ and told the Senate Judiciary Committee that law enforcement agencies have disrupted several plots in
the past year as terrorists ―…remain determined to strike the United States.‖ Mueller testified that, ―As the Christmas Day attempted
bombing illustrates, the threats we face are becoming more diverse and more dangerous with each passing day. We not only face threats
from Al-Qaeda, but also from self-directed groups not part of Al-Qaeda‘s formal structure‖ (Woellert, 2010).

Date: January 22, 2010
Source: Fox News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: Suspect In Recruit Shooting Claims Al Qaeda Ties

Abstract: The man accused of killing one soldier and wounding another outside an Arkansas military recruiting center has asked a
judge to change his plea to guilty, claiming ties to Al Qaeda. Abdulhakim Muhammad's attorney, Claiborne Ferguson, said Thursday
night that his client sent a letter earlier this month to the judge in his case asking to change his plea to capital murder and attempted capital
murder charges. Ferguson said he hadn't discussed the request with his client before the letter was sent. Under Arkansas law prosecutors
would have to agree and waive the death penalty before the judge could consider it, Ferguson said. Pvt. William Long of Conway
was killed in the June 1 attack, and Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula was wounded. Muhammad has called the shootings justified
retaliation for U.S. military action in the Middle East. He told The Associated Press in a telephone interview last year that he
doesn't believe he's guilty. The New York Times, which first reported the letter on its Web site Thursday, said Muhammad described
himself in the letter as a soldier in Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and called the shooting "a Jihadi Attack." The group has claimed
responsibility for the attempted Christmas Day bombing of a Detroit-bound American airliner. "I wasn't insane or post traumatic, nor
was I forced to do this act," Muhammad claimed in the handwritten letter, the newspaper reported. Ferguson said he didn't know how
seriously to take Muhammad's claims of terror ties and expressed frustration with his client sending the letter without consulting him
beforehand. "He's said lots of things. None of them seem to be real consistent with each other," Ferguson said. "I'm a little irritated
with it." Pulaski County Prosecutor Larry Jegley did not immediately return a message left on his cell phone Thursday night, but
prosecutors have said they plan to seek the death penalty in the case. Muhammad was arrested about eight miles from the recruiting center,
on Interstate 630, shortly after the shootings. Police said they recovered Molotov cocktails, three guns and ammunition from his pickup
truck. An internal law enforcement memo said Muhammad may have considered other targets, including military sites and Jewish
organizations in the Southeast. A law enforcement official told the AP in June that Muhammad had been under investigation by an
FBI-led terrorism task force since he returned to the United States from Yemen in 2008. Muhammad, who was born Carlos Bledsoe,
had moved to Little Rock to work in his father's Memphis-based tour bus company as it branched out. Muhammad, who has called the AP
twice since his arrest, has claimed responsibility for the shooting and said it was justified because of what he called American-directed
hostilities toward the Muslim world. Last week, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Herbert Wright Jr. ordered the state public defenders
commission to pay some of the legal bills for Muhammad's trial, which is scheduled to begin in June. Ferguson was hired by Muhammad's
family to represent him (Fox News, 2010).
Date: January 24, 2010
Source: Fox News
Title/Headline: Bin Laden Claims Responsibility For Christmas Day Bomb Attempt

Abstract: Usama bin Laden claimed responsibility for the failed attempt to bomb a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas day, releasing a
new audio message Sunday threatening more attacks on the United States. A senior U.S. intelligence official in Washington called the
latest message "curious," commenting that the tape is uncharacteristically brief it and shows efforts by bin Laden to attach himself to
Palestine's cause. The official also said there is no evidence that bin Laden had any involvement on the Christmas Day attack — or
even knew about it beforehand — but that perhaps the leader hopes to attach himself with a "successful" operation by Al Qaeda.
The message suggests the Al Qaeda leader wants to appear in direct command of the terrorist group's many affiliates around the world at a
time when some analysts have suggested he is mostly a figurehead. In the minute-long recording carried by Al-Jazeera Arabic news
channel, bin Laden addressed President Obama saying the Christmas attack was meant to send a message similar to that of the Sept. 11
attacks. "The message delivered to you through the plane of the heroic warrior Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was a confirmation of the
previous messages sent by the heroes of the Sept. 11," he said. "America will never dream of security unless we will have it in reality
in Palestine," he added. "God willing, our raids on you will continue as long as your support for the Israelis continues." White
House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the tape has yet to be authenticated, but wouldn't offer an opinion on whether bin Laden
had any role in the Christmas Day bombing "I think everybody in this world understands that this is somebody that has to pop up in our
lives over an audio tape because he's nothing but a cowardly, murderous thug and a terrorist that will someday, hopefully soon, be brought
to justice," Gibbs told "Fox News Sunday." On Christmas Day, Nigerian Abdulmutallab attempted to blow up his Northwest
Airlines flight as it approached Detroit Metro Airport. But the explosive powder he was hiding in his underwear failed to detonate.
He told federal agents shortly afterward that he had been trained and given the explosives by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, an Al
Qaeda affiliate in Yemen. The U.S. intelligence official said the Yemen-based group is linked with the central Al Qaeda group that bin
Laden heads and recent intelligence indicates there are ongoing contacts between Al Qaeda in Yemen and Pakistan. He spoke on
condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the information. Bin Laden's message, coming long after AQAP gave its
own claim of responsibility, appears to be an effort on his part to stay relevant, said Rohan Gunaratna, author of "Inside Al Qaeda:
Global Network of Terror." "The training and the definition of the attack was by the local leaders of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, so
in many ways you can say bin Laden is exploiting for his benefit this particular attack," he said. "Bin Laden still wants to claim leadership
for the global jihad movement." Of all the various offshoots and branches of Al Qaeda around the world, Gunaratna said the group
in Yemen is one of the closest to bin Laden since it is made up of bodyguards and associates of the organization's top ideologues.
Yemen is bin Laden's ancestral homeland. "Today the operational relationship has somewhat suffered, but the ideological relationship is
very strong and that is why bin Laden claimed this attack," Gunaratna said. Two of the group's top members were former detainees released
in November 2007 from the U.S. military prison Guantanamo Bay. Since the Christmas Day attempt, the Yemeni government, at the U.S.'s
urging has stepped up its attacks on the group's hideouts in the rugged country's remote hinterland. Analysts have long debated how much
control bin Laden, who is believed to be somewhere in Afghanistan-Pakistan border region, really has over the various organizations using
his group's name (Fox News, 2010).

Date: January 25, 2010
Source: ABC News, Matthew Cole, Richard Esposito, Brian Ross
Title/Headline: U.S. Mulls Legality of Killing American al Qaeda "Turncoat": Opportunities to "Take Out" Radical Cleric Anwar Awlaki In Yemen
"May Have Been Missed"

Abstract: White House lawyers are mulling the legality of proposed attempts to kill an American citizen, Anwar al Awlaki, who is
believed to be part of the leadership of the al Qaeda group in Yemen behind a series of terror strikes, according to two people
briefed by U.S. intelligence officials. One of the people briefed said opportunities to "take out" Awlaki "may have been missed"
because of the legal questions surrounding a lethal attack which would specifically target an American citizen. A spokesperson said
the White House declined to comment. While Awlaki has not been charged with any crimes under U.S. law, intelligence officials say
recent intelligence reports and electronic intercepts show he played an important role in recruiting the accused "underwear bomber" Umar
Farouk Abdulmutallab. Awlaki also carried on extensive e-mail communication with the accused Fort Hood shooter, Major Nidal Hasan,
prior to the attack that killed 12 soldiers and one civilian. According to the people who were briefed on the issue, American officials
fear the possibility of criminal prosecution without approval in advance from the White House for a targeted strike against Awlaki.
An American citizen with suspected al Qaeda ties was killed in Nov. 2002 in Yemen in a CIA predator strike that was aimed at
non-American leaders of al Qaeda. The death of the American citizen, Ahmed Hijazi of Lackawanna, NY, was justified as
"collateral damage" at the time because he "was just in the wrong place at the wrong time," said a former U.S. official familiar with
the case. In the case of Awlaki, born in New Mexico and a college student in Colorado and California, a strike aimed to kill him would
stretch current Presidential authority given to the CIA and the Pentagon to pursue terrorists anywhere in the world (Cole, Esposito & Ross,
Date: January 26, 2010
Source: CNN
Title/Headline: Man With Weapons, Map Of Military Base Arrested

Abstract: A man was arrested Monday after police found an arsenal of high-powered weapons and a map of a U.S. military base in
his New Jersey hotel, authorities said. Lloyd R. Woodson, 43, was arrested and faces multiple weapons charges after an
investigation into his suspicious behavior at a store in Branchburg, New Jersey, said local prosecutor Wayne J. Forrest. Woodson,
wearing a military jacket, went to a store called Quick Chek on Monday afternoon and was acting suspiciously, Forrest said in a
statement. The clerk called authorities. When officers arrived, Woodson ran into the woods. He was subdued after wrestling with officers,
the statement said. During the struggle, officers noticed that Woodson was wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying an assault rifle in
his coat. Officers searched Woodson's hotel room and found another assault rifle, a grenade launcher, a police scanner, another
bulletproof vest, a map of a U.S. military base, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and a Middle Eastern-style headdress, the
statement said (CNN, 2010).

Date: January 27, 2010
Source: The New York Times, Andrea Elliott
Title/Headline: The Jihadist Next Door

Abstract: Omar Hammami had every right to flash his magnetic smile. He had just been elected president of his sophomore class. He was
dating a luminous blonde, one of the most sought-after girls in school. He was a star in the gifted-student program, with visions of
becoming a surgeon. For a 15-year-old, he had remarkable charisma. In the thick of his adolescence, he was fearless, raucously funny,
rebellious, contrarian. ―It felt cool just to be with him,‖ his best friend at the time, Trey Gunter, said recently. ―You knew he was
going to be a leader.‖ A decade later, Hammami has fulfilled that promise in the most unimaginable way. Some 8,500 miles from
Alabama, on the eastern edge of Africa, he has become a key figure in one of the world‘s most ruthless Islamist insurgencies. That
guerrilla army, known as the Shabab, is fighting to overthrow the fragile American-backed Somali government. The rebels are
known for beheading political enemies, chopping off the hands of thieves and stoning women accused of adultery. With help from
Al Qaeda, they have managed to turn Somalia into an ever more popular destination for jihadis from around the world. More than
20 of those fighters have come from the United States, many of them young Somali-Americans from a gritty part of Minneapolis. But it is
Hammami who has put a contemporary face on the Shabab‘s medieval tactics. In a recent propaganda video viewed by thousands on
YouTube, he is shown leading a platoon of gun-toting rebels as a soundtrack of jihadi rap plays in the background. He is identified by his
nom de guerre, Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki, ―the American,‖ and speaks to the camera with a cool, almost eerie confidence. ―We‘re
waiting for the enemy to come,‖ Hammami whispers, a smile crossing his face. Later he vows, ―We‘re going to kill all of them.‖ In
the three years since Hammami made his way to Somalia, his ascent into the Shabab‘s leadership has put him in a class of his own,
according to United States law-enforcement and intelligence officials. While other American terror suspects have drawn greater
publicity, Hammami exercises a more powerful role, commanding guerrilla forces in the field, organizing attacks and plotting
strategy with Qaeda operatives, the officials said. He has also emerged as something of a jihadist icon, starring in a recruitment campaign
that has helped draw hundreds of foreign fighters to Somalia. ―To have an American citizen that has risen to this kind of a rank in a
terrorist organization — we have not seen that before,‖ a senior American law-enforcement official said earlier this month. Not long
ago, the threat of American-bred terrorists seemed a distant one. Law-enforcement officials theorized that Muslims in the United States —
by comparison with many of their European counterparts — were upwardly mobile, socially integrated and therefore less susceptible to
radicalization. Perhaps the greatest proof of this came with the absence of domestic terrorist attacks following 9/11, a period that
has brought Europe devastating homegrown hits in Madrid and London. America is now at a watershed. In the last year, at least
two dozen men in the United States have been charged with terrorism-related offenses. They include Najibullah Zazi, the Afghan
immigrant driver in Denver who authorities say was conspiring to carry out a domestic attack; David Coleman Headley, a
Pakistani-American from Chicago who is suspected of helping plan the 2008 attacks in Mumbai; and the five young men from
Virginia who, authorities say, sought training in Pakistan to fight American soldiers in Afghanistan. These cases have sent
intelligence analysts scurrying for answers. The American suspects come from different backgrounds and socioeconomic strata, but they
share much in common with Europe‘s militants: they tend to be highly motivated, even gifted people who were reared in the West with one
foot in the Muslim world. Others may see them as rigid or zealous, but they envision themselves as deeply principled, possessing what
Robert Pape, a professor at the University of Chicago, calls ―an altruism gone wildly wrong.‖ While their religious piety varies, they are
most often bonded by a politically driven anger that has deepened as America‘s war against terrorism endures its ninth year. The
presence of Western troops in Afghanistan and Iraq has brought those conflicts closer for many Muslims in America. Through
satellite television and the Internet, the distance between here and there — between Fort Hood, Tex., and Yemen, between Daphne, Ala.,
and Somalia — has narrowed. For Omar Hammami, the war in Iraq provided a critical spark as he turned toward militancy. In an e-mail
message in December, Hammami responded to questions, submitted to him through an intermediary, about his personal evolution and
political views. ―We espouse the same creed and methodology of Al Qaeda,‖ he wrote. Of Osama bin Laden, he said, ―All of us are
ready and willing to obey his commands.‖ Did Hammami, like bin Laden, consider America a legitimate target for attack? ―It‘s
quite obvious that I believe America is a target,‖ he wrote. Hammami‘s life in Somalia appears to be more precarious than he let on. He
spends much of his time shuttling between villages in southern Somalia, where many of the Shabab‘s camps are based, according to Somali
intelligence officials. In addition to his role as a military tactician, they said, Hammami helps guide the Shabab‘s recruitment strategy and
management of money — exercising surprising power after landing in Somalia as a 22-year-old rookie. The Somali government is
seeking increased American aid to fight the Shabab and may have reason to play up the threat of foreigners like Hammami. But
they were adamant about his role. ―This guy is dangerous,‖ says Abdullahi Mohamed Ali, the Somali minister of national security.
―He‘s a threat to the region. I want him to be eliminated.‖ When Hammami engages in combat, he makes an impression on other
militants, said a former Shabab commander, Sheikh Mohamed Sheikh Abdullahi Sheikh Mohamed. ―He doesn‘t blink in the face of the
enemy,‖ said Mohamed, who recalled four battles in 2008 and 2009 in which he and Hammami took part. In combat, Hammami
used a sharpshooter‘s rifle, firing calmly and with precision, said Mohamed, who spoke to me by telephone this month from a
government compound in Mogadishu after defecting to the government‘s side. Somali officials said they were keeping him there for his
protection. Until recently, the few visible images of American jihadis were of young men on the margins: John Walker Lindh, a
Californian loner who wandered into Afghanistan to join the Taliban; or Adam Gadahn, now a Qaeda spokesman, who grew up
home-schooled on a goat farm and channeled his teenage energies into death-metal music. If Omar Hammami followed his own
compass, others followed him. Years later, more than one of his classmates compared him to the incongruous high-school hero of the 1986
film ―Ferris Bueller‘s Day Off.‖ Hammami‘s journey from a Bible Belt town in America to terrorist training camps in Somalia was pieced
together from interviews with his parents, sister, best friends and law-enforcement officials, as well as hours of home videos and passages
from his e-mail messages, journal entries and hundreds of his postings on an Internet forum. If anything has remained a constant in
Hammami‘s life, it is his striving for another place and purpose, which flickered in a poem he wrote when he was 12: ―My reality is a
bore. I wish, I want, I need the wall to fall and the monster to let me pass, the leash to snap, the chains to break. . . .―I‘ve got a taste
of glory, the ticket, but where is my train?‖ That trademark smirk — the same one that would later appear in the Shabab‘s
propaganda — hinted early at Hammami‘s delight in causing trouble. He was exceedingly smart but easily bored and short-tempered,
once turning over his desk in second grade. His teachers tired of his endless questions. ―He had a big mind in a small-minded place,‖
Dena says (Elliot, 2010).

Date: January 29, 2010
Source: The Chieftain, Anthony A. Mestas
Title/Headline: „Anarchist‟ Detained In La Junta

Abstract: Police arrested a 64-year-old New Jersey man in Colorado for allegedly threatening to blow up an Amtrak passenger train.
Ojore Nuru Lutalo of Elizabeth, N.J., was taken into custody at the La Junta train station when Amtrak officials called police to report a
suspicious passenger making terrorist threats on the train. An affidavit signed by two train passengers stated that they allegedly
overheard Lutalo talking on a cell phone saying, "Haven't killed anyone yet." They also allegedly heard him say, "Are you willing to go to
jail with me? This Homeland Security thing is serious. They are going to do to you what they did to me. We have to work in small
groups. They can hold you for 18 months. Do they have security on these trains? Are you with me or not?" The passengers also stated
that Lutalo allegedly mentioned Al Qaeda and said, "17th century tactics won't work, we have 21st century tactics." The conductor
said Lutalo had a tan blanket over his entire body so she could not see what he was doing. Police said they found what they called a large
amount of propaganda recruiting materials from the Afrikan Liberation Army, including photos of President Barack Obama and other
items that raised suspicions. A background check showed that Lutalo has ties to the Afrikan Liberation Army and that he had a violent
criminal past. Several sources on Google that claim Lutalo was a "political prisoner," and that he is an anarchist. According to several
websites, Lutalo was held in Trenton State Prison in Trenton, N.J., for "actions carried out in the fight for black liberation.‖According to, Lutalo is a New Afrikan Anarchist/Black Liberation Army member who was released from prison Aug. 28 after
serving 28 years. Another site, Denver Anarchist Black Cross, said in December 1975 that Lutalo and BLA member Kojo Bomani Sababu
were arrested after they attempted to rob a bank to fund revolutionary projects, which ended in a shootout with the police (Mestas, 2010).

Date: January 29, 2010
Source: USA Today, Associated Press
Title/Headline: Unarmed Amtrak Passenger Arrested After Alleged Threat

Abstract: Ojore Nuru Lutalo, was freed on $30,000 bond and now in Denver, and denies mentioning Al Qaeda or making any threats.
Bonnie Kerness, a member of the American Friends Service Committee Prison Watch Program, said that Lutalo was returning to New
Jersey from a speaking engagement at a book fair in Los Angeles and had spoken with him by phone several times while he was on the
train. "It seems like so much ado about nothing," she said from the group's offices in Newark, N.J. (USA Today, 2010).

Date: February 15, 2010
Source: Fox News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: Al Qaeda Looking To Recruit English Speakers, Women

Abstract: Al Qaeda in Yemen is actively recruiting English-speaking individuals, intelligence officials told Fox News, saying that
investigators are looking for people who are more like Americans, having been born in the United States or Canada. "Anyone who
can fit in and not attract suspicion" is desirable to the terror network right now, said one official. An investigative source also said that
among those attracting attention by the intelligence community are women recruits. The next wave of terrorists may include Western
women, possibly Canadian, with forged documents. The use of women would be seen an evolution in Al Qaeda's strategy from the
failed Christmas Day attack by accused "underpants bomber" Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. Cleric Anwar al-Awlaki is considered the top
"talent spotter." He is tied to three of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers, the Fort Hood shooting and Flight 253, which carried Abdulmutallab. A
former senior intelligence official who first identified Awlaki as a threat in 2008 said he believes Awlaki has hundreds of followers
in the United States, so the focus of the intelligence community is not solely on overseas operatives but on people inside the United
States. Abdulmutallab, who is educated and born into a wealthy Nigerian family, told investigators that about 20 or 30 more people like
him were training in Yemen. Yemen is also where English-speaking, Muslim converts go to learn Arabic, so one U.S. official said
Abdulmutallab's information will be vetted thoroughly. However, that official said just because someone is studying Arabic in Yemen
doesn't mean he or she has made the leap to terrorism. "I think we constantly have to be on our guard, the enemy is adapting," said
Rep. Peter King, the top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee. "We have to look for not just the usual suspects, if
you will, but obviously Al Qaeda is going to try to find people who would blend into our society, people who can speak English,
speak it fluently, and you know not give the appearance of what we identify as the traditional Al Qaeda suspect." Meanwhile, one
women was questioned at length off the Amsterdam-Detroit flight that came in Saturday. That's the same flight Abdulmutallab took when
he tried to set off a bomb as the plane descended into Motor City. The initial reporting was that she had some kind of incendiary
device with her but that turned out to be a medical device (Fox News, 2010).

Date: February 17, 2010
Source: New York Post, Associated Press
Title/Headline: FatherOf TerrorSuspectZaziGetsBail

Abstract: A Colorado man accused of trying to destroy chemicals and other evidence in the terror case against his son was granted
bail Thursday, but ordered not to speak to his son. As part of a deal reached in federal court in Brooklyn, Mohammed Wali Zazi must post
$50,000 bond signed by his wife and daughter and secured by $20,000 cash. He also will be subject to electronic monitoring when he
returns to his home in suburban Denver, possibly as early as Friday. The judge also barred the one-time New York City cab driver from
having phone or other contact with four people — his jailed son, Najibullah Zazi, and three whose names were not made public. Both Zazis
have pleaded not guilty. The father "intends to fight the case and we'd ask the public to withhold judgment until the facts are revealed," his
attorney, Deborah Colson, told reporters outside court. The government alleges Najibullah Zazi, who was an airport shuttle driver,
and others bought beauty supplies in Colorado to make peroxide-based bombs and that he tried to mix the explosives in a hotel
room there. Last fall, he drove to New York, where investigators say they lifted notes on bomb-making from his computer. Authorities
have said they believe the son, who remains in custody in New York following his arrest in September, wanted to attack the city's transit
system. At the time of the arrest, Attorney General Eric Holder called the terrorism case the most serious since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
FBI agents arrested Zazi's father on obstruction charges, alleging he conspired with others to destroy or hide "glasses, masks,
liquid chemicals and containers" that were evidence in the case. Two New Yorkers have also been charged but were not directly
linked to the foiled bomb plot. Authorities have said the two, Adis Medunjanin and Zarein Ahmedzay, traveled to Pakistan, where
Zazi allegedly received training in explosives from al-Qaida. Ahmedzay, Medunjanin and Najibullah Zazi are former high school
classmates in Queens. They have denied wrongdoing (New York Post, 2010).

Date: February 18, 2010
Source: Newsweek, David A. Graham
Title/Headline: Joseph Stack And Right-Wing Terror: Isolated Incidents Or Worrying Trend?

Abstract: Thursday's antitax domestic terror attack on an IRS building in Austin, Texas, may reopen a debate that's been quiet since last
summer: are violent incidents against the federal government on the rise? The notion of far-right terror was much discussed following
the June incident at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., in which white supremacist James von Brunn killed a
security guard and injured two other people. That followed on the brutal February murder of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller
in Wichita, Kansas, by a militant abortion foe. Meanwhile, there had been a spike in threats against Barack Obama since his
inauguration. Suddenly much of the media was in an uproar about a new domestic terror threat, with Fox News' Shep Smith offering a
stunningly frank and heartfelt statement of concern live on the air. And then things quieted down. Joseph Stack's suicide note, a lengthy
screed posted online—it's since been removed but can be viewed here—shows signs of both right- and left-wing extremism. The tax
protest movement has historically been linked to right-wing groups like the Sovereign Citizen movement, white supremacist
groups, and militias. Stack mentions meetings with groups that meet that rubric, and his antigovernment rhetoric fits that mold too. But he
also takes traditionally left-wing swipes at corporations for keeping the little guy down, and signs off, "The communist creed: From each
according to his ability, to each according to his need. The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according
to his greed." Groups that track extreme right-wing violence say they see a definitive spike in activity. "This attack comes in the context
of an absolute explosion in militias and the larger antigovernment 'patriot' movements in the last 12 to 18 months," says Mark
Potok, director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center. "This has been driven initially by nonwhite immigration
for the last 10 years, which is reflected in the person of Barack Obama, which represents a very real and irreversible demographic
change. Second, the economy has played a role. Unemployment has stayed high. There's a huge amount of anger about bonuses for
bankers, at the same time that most middle-class and working-class Americans don't see things getting better, and in fact getting
worse." In a report tracing far-right terror between the Oklahoma City bombings and fall 2009, SPLC found six cases of attacks
targeting the Internal Revenue Service. More important,12 of the 75 overall incidents documented have happened since Obama's
election, or else happened prior but involved Obama (as a motive or a target) anyway. Potok says the level of violence is reaching
levels last seen during the 1990s, when a wave of militias arose—especially in states like Montana and Michigan—of people who believed
they needed to protect themselves from the government. But that activity was fed by fears of large government, and especially
confrontations involving the government at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, and in Ruby Ridge, Idaho. Although
left-wing administrations are a common denominator, these groups didn't like the Bush administration's record on civil liberties,
either. It's just that after the movement ran out of gas in the 1990s, the economic crisis provided a new burst of energy. Mark
Pitcavage, the director of investigative research at the Anti-Defamation League, also says that Obama's election has "energized" the
extreme right. In strict numbers of members, he says the biggest increases are in antigovernment groups, while white-supremacist groups,
though more active, have seen less growth. Pitcavage, who has recently begun tracking the number of domestic terror incidents, says
there was a marked increase in such attacks in 2009—33 attacks (a figure that includes Islamist attacks at Fort Hood and in Little
Rock, Ark., as well as a suspected left-wing attack in Seattle) as compared with 13 in 2008, 21 in 2007, and 14 in 2006. But he warns
against assuming that the difference between the Obama and Bush administrations is too vast. "In terms of violent incidents, they did not
stop [when Bush was in office]," he says, adding that the number of hate-related incidents tend to be undercounted—the motives
often aren't clear, they don't become clear until later. "A lot don't get covered beyond local and regional news" (Graham, 2010).

Date: February 19, 2010
Source: Fox News
Title/Headline: Army Investigates Alleged Attempt By Soldiers To Poison Food At Fort Jackson

Abstract: The U.S. Army is investigating allegations that soldiers were attempting to poison the food supply at Fort Jackson in
South Carolina. The ongoing probe began two months ago, Chris Grey, a spokesman for the Army‘s Criminal Investigation Division, told
Fox News. The Army is taking the allegations ―extremely seriously,‖ Grey said, but so far, "there is no credible information to support the
allegations." Five suspects, detained in December, were part of an Arabic translation program called "09 Lima" and use Arabic as
their first language, two sources told Fox News. Another military source said they were Muslim. It wasn't clear whether they were
still being held. Grey would not confirm or deny the sources‘ information (Fox News, 2010).

Date: March 11, 2010
Source: BBC News
Title/Headline: Profile: 'Jihad Jane' From Main Street.

Abstract: The blonde middle-aged woman apparently raised no concerns with her boyfriend or her neighbours on Main Street,
Pennsburg, near Philadelphia. But online she had allegedly agreed to kill in the name of holy war, believing her European looks
would allow her to blend in among Swedes as she homed in on her target. Colleen LaRose, according to a US court indictment, posted
messages online under the name Jihad Jane, expressing her desire to participate in jihad, or holy war. Arrested in October 2009, Ms
LaRose had exchanged emails over 15 months to recruit fighters for "violent jihad". Her activities apparently came as a surprise to
her boyfriend Kurt Gorman, whom she met in 2005. Mr Gorman told Associated Press: "She was a good-hearted person. She pretty much
stayed around the house." She looked after his father until his death in August 2009, but left their residence a day after the father's funeral,
taking Mr Gorman's passport with her, allegedly to give to a contact in South Asia she had agreed to marry. "I came home and she was
gone. It doesn't make any sense," he said. Having left the US in August, by the end of September, she had allegedly written online
that it would be "an honour & great pleasure to die or kill for" her intended spouse, the indictment said. "Only death will stop me
here that I am so close to the target!" she is accused of writing. A Department of Justice statement said Ms LaRose and five others
"recruited men on the internet to wage violent jihad in South Asia and Europe, and recruited women on the internet who had
passports and the ability to travel to and around Europe in support of violent jihad". Ms LaRose, a US citizen born in 1963, is
charged with "conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, conspiracy to kill in a foreign country, making false statements to a
government official and attempted identity theft." She was apparently approached by others after she posted a video on YouTube in June
2008, saying she was "desperate to do something somehow to help" ease the suffering of Muslims, the indictment said. Web images show
her wearing a Muslim headscarf, but Mr Gorman said he never saw anything like that at their home, nor did she attend any religious
services. Unknown to him, she had allegedly agreed to travel to Sweden and kill Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who had angered
Muslims by drawing the Prophet Muhammad with the body of a dog. She denies soliciting funds for terrorist groups and of being the
Jihad Jane of online postings, the indictment said. Very few women have been charged with terrorism in the US, the Justice Department
said (BBC News, 2010).

Date: March 12, 2010
Source: NY Daily News, Brian Kates
Title/Headline: Al Qaeda-Linked New Jersey Man Sharif Mobley, Arrested In Yemen, Worked In Nuclear Power Plants

Abstract: A New Jersey man charged in Yemen as an Al Qaeda member worked at nuclear power plants in the U.S., officials said
Thursday. Sharif Mobley, a 26-year-old American native of Somali heritage, was arrested in Yemen this month in a roundup of
suspected Al Qaeda members. He was being treated at a hospital in San'a when he killed one guard and wounded another in an
escape attempt, officials said. Before Mobley moved to Yemen two years ago, ostensibly to learn Arabic and study the Koran, he worked
for several contractors at three nuclear power plants in New Jersey from 2002 to 2008, PSE&G Nuclear spokesman Joe Delmar said.
Mobley carried supplies and did maintenance work at the plants on Artificial Island in Lower Alloways Creek and worked at other
plants in the region as well, Delmar said. He satisfied federal background checks as recently as 2008, Delmar said. Mobley was
always supervised, caused no problems and was not believed to have breached security at the plants, said Mike Drewniak, a
spokesman for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Mohammed Albasha, spokesman for the Yemeni Embassy in Washington, said there was
no immediate connection between Mobley's activities or capture in Yemen and his work at the plants. It was not immediately clear if
Mobley worked at any of the region's other power plants. Joe Szafran, a spokesman for Exelon Corp., which owns nuclear plants at three
facilities in eastern Pennsylvania, referred questions to the FBI. The FBI declined to comment on the case. "We don't know nothing.
We're trying to hear something," Mobley's father, Charles Mobley, told New Jersey's WMGM-TV. Sharif Mobley is the latest
example of what anti-terrorism experts fear is a growing trend: the radicalization of American Muslims who join overseas terrorist
groups. Yemeni groups are of special concern, as are Somali-Americans. The Al Qaeda branch in Yemen was linked to the failed
Christmas Day bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner. Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people in the Fort Hood
shooting spree, exchanged e-mails with an extremist cleric in Yemen. Young Somali-American men have been traveling from the U.S. to
fight jihad in Somalia, raising fears they are receiving terror training. Mobley graduated from high school in 2002 in the rural southern New
Jersey town of Buena and lived in Philadelphia and Newark, Del. In recent years, Mobley organized religious pilgrimages to the Middle
East for other Muslims. Umar Hassan-El, assistant imam at the Islamic Society of Delaware's mosque in Wilmington, Del., told the
Associated Press he roomed with Mobley during a 2004 pilgrimage to Mecca. "He gave no indication that he would join a group
that he's alleged to be a part of right now," said Hassan-El. "I never heard that boy ever talk about shooting anybody, killing anybody."
Roman Castro, 25, a high school classmate who served with the Army in Iraq, told the Associated Press that the last time he saw Mobley,
about four years ago, Mobley yelled, "Get the hell away from me, you Muslim killer!" Former classmate Dawn Bass said she was
"shocked" to learn of the allegations against Mobley, who she said was a "sweetheart" who was "always showing off in the back of
the classroom doing his karate moves and stuff." She said, Mobley "was just a regular kid, he was always talking to everybody - he
was not shy‖ (Kates, 2010).

Date: April 29, 2010
Source: Prison Planet, Kurt Nimmo, Paul Joseph Watson
Title/Headline: U.S. Army Trains To Confront Tea Party „Terrorists‟

Abstract: In a shocking development that outstrips even the infamous MIAC report, it has emerged via whistleblowers that the
U.S. Military in Kentucky is training to confront Tea Party protesters and anti-government demonstrators, who in official
intelligence advisories are described as bomb-making terrorists. On April 17, the Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky, reported on
a military exercise dubbed ―Mangudai,‖ named after the special forces of Genghis Khan‘s Mongol army who could fight for days without
food or sleep. The Kentucky newspaper portrayed the exercise as an effort to train soldiers to battle the Taliban in Afghanistan. ―Designed
to test the limits of officers‘ physical, mental and emotional endurance, the emerging Army exercise offered a revealing window onto
modern combat training in the era of Iraq and Afghanistan,‖ Chris Kenning wrote for the newspaper. ―Over three days last week,
participants had to crawl on their bellies under real machine-gun fire, shimmy commando-style over a single rope high in the air
and march for more than 22 miles through forests. But according to information received by The Patriot Post blog, there is another
aspect to the military exercises not reported by local media. ―This week, I was contacted by a number of military personnel, enlisted and
officer ranks, who expressed concern about a military exercise underway at Ft. Knox, the U.S. Bullion Depository. As with most such
exercises, the Ft. Knox alert occurred in stages, as if real time intelligence was being provided at various intervals,‖ writes Mark Alexander.
Alexander cites an intel advisory issued on Friday, April 23, 2010, that identifies terrorist threat adversaries as ―Local Militia
Groups / Anti-Government Protesters / TEA Party‖. In short, the military was training in Kentucky to take on mythical militias —
no word if they were of the FBI-created variety — and remarkably the non-violent Tea Party movement. ―Anti-Government –
Health Care Protesters have stated that they would join the TEA Party as a sign of solidarity‖ during a protest at Fort Knox. The
Tea Party ―groups are armed, have combative training and some are former Military Snipers. Some may have explosives training /
experience,‖ according to the intel report. An intel report update, dated Monday, 26 April 2010, noted that a ―rally at the Militia
compound occurred,‖ and ―Viable threats … have been made… Many members were extremely agitated at what they referred to
as Government intervention and over taxation in their lives. Alcohol use ‗fanned the flames.‘ Many military grade firearms were
openly carried. An ad hoc ‘shoot the government agent‘ event was held with prizes (alcohol) given for the best shot placement.‖ In
addition to being drunkards, the report describes the Tea Party as bomb-throwers. ―Components of bomb making are reported to have been
on the site. Some members have criminal records relating to explosive and weapons violations.‖ In response to the this ―immediate threat,‖
the military established concentration camps for ―mass arrests.‖ QRF, short for the Quick Reaction Force of the 16th Cavalry Regiment and
the 194th Armored Brigade were placed on two hour recall. ―The 26 April order gives specific instructions for the 5-15 CAV (a 16th
Cavalry battalion) to have weapons, ammo, vehicles and communications at ready, and it places the other 2,200 members of the
units on two-hour recall. In other words, these orders are to gear up for defending Ft. Knox against Tea Party folks and their co-
conspirators who oppose nationalization of our health care sector,‖ writes Alexander. Military officers and enlisted personnel told
Alexander about their concerns: As one put it, the exercise ―misrepresents freedom loving Americans as drunken, violent racists — the
opponents of Obama‘s policies have been made the enemy of the U.S. Army.‖ They were equally concerned that command staff at Ft.
Knox had signed off on this exercise, noting, ―it has been issued and owned by field grade officers who lead our battalions and
brigades,‖ which is to say many Lieutenant Colonels saw this order before it was implemented. In fact, we can assume this ―exercise‖ was
orchestrated at the highest levels in the Pentagon. Lieutenant Colonels merely carry out orders. An Army document entitled ―Army
Continuity of Operations Program (COOP)‖ spells out the militarization of the U.S. ―Homeland‖ under Northcom. In July, 2009, Infowars
reported on a Missouri National Guard unit out of Camp Crowder engaged in a training exercise designed to take on a fictitious
militant group. An earlier exercise in the Black Hills of South Dakota trained soldiers to confront an ―insurgent group‖ with ―a
reputation for harassing convoys with ambushes and improvised explosive devices.‖ In September, 2008, the Pentagon announced
the 3rd Infantry Division‘s 1st Brigade Combat Team would be deployed in the United States under the control of Northcom.
―They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive
poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack,‖ the
Army Times reported. (Emphasis added.) Since the end of the Civil War deployment of the U.S. military inside the U.S. has been
prohibited under The Posse Comitatus Act. In early 2006, the 109th Congress passed a bill containing controversial provisions granting the
president the ability to use federal troops inside the United States in emergency situations. These changes (in Section 1076) were included
in the John Warner Defense Appropriation Act for Fiscal Year 2007. In 2008, Congress restored many of the earlier limitations on the
president‘s ability to deploy troops within the United States, but Bush issued a signing statement indicating he was not bound by
the changes. Obama has taken up with signing statements where Bush left off. A report issued in 2008 by the U.S. Army War
College discussed the use of American troops to quell civil unrest brought about by a worsening economic crisis. The report from the
War College‘s Strategic Studies Institute warned that the U.S. military must prepare for a ―violent, strategic dislocation inside the United
States‖ that could be provoked by ―unforeseen economic collapse‖ or ―loss of functioning political and legal order.‖ For more than a
decade the Pentagon has endeavored to acclimate Americans to the presence of troops on the streets. Instances of the Pentagon
putting troops on the streets are numerous and have increased in frequency over the last few years. In March of 2009, Infowars
reported on U.S. Army soldiers dispatched in Samson, Alabama, supposedly in response to a rampaging gunman. In December,
2008, the Marine Corps Air and Ground Combat Center and the local California Highway Patrol worked together ―in a joint
effort to reduce accidents and drinking and driving‖ in San Bernardino County, a blatant violation of Posse Comitatus. The Iowa
National Guard planned an exercise in the small town of Arcadia but rolled back the invasion after citizens complained about soldiers
patrolling the streets of an American town. Military police were positioned at the 2009 Kentucky Derby and in April of the same year 400
National Guard Combat Support Battalion troops were dispatched to ―maintain public order‖ at the Boston Marathon. In April of 2009, an
Infowars reader sent a page taken from the Hardeman County, Tennessee, Bulletin Times announcing a seat belt checkpoint to be
conducted on April 4 ―in conjunction with a Homeland Security training exercise by the 251st Military Police in Bolivar who
recently returned from Iraq.‖ On April 15, 2009, we reported on how the Maryland National Guard was put on alert in
anticipation of Tax Day nationwide Tea Party protests. A Force Protection Advisory issued on April 11 instructed the National
Guard to be on alert during the Tea Party protests because Guardsmen and Guard facilities might become ―targets of
opportunity.‖ It was later learned that the Department of Homeland Security had put the protesters under surveillance. Adding the Tea
Party to the list of ―insurgents‖ is a new and especially surreal development, but hardly an unexpected one considering the fear of the
establishment to this growing political movement. A poll conducted earlier this month found supporters of the Tea Party to be primarily
white, male, married and older than 45. ―Of the 18 percent of Americans who identified themselves as supporters, 20 percent, or 4
percent of the general public, said they had given money or attended a Tea Party event, or both. These activists were more likely
than supporters generally to describe themselves as very conservative and had more negative views about the economy and Mr.
Obama. They were more angry with Washington and intense in their desires for a smaller federal government and deficit,‖ the New York
Times reported. They are not, as the DHS and the Southern Poverty Law Center would have it, disgruntled returning veterans, white
supremacists, and violent militia members who hate Obama because of his skin color. Over the last several months the government and
corporate media have endeavored to portray this demographic as potentially violent and has fallaciously connected it to white
supremacists and a mythical militia movement that is supposedly gearing up to attack the government. If we are to believe the
above report, the U.S. military is preparing to attack Tea Party supporters. All that will be required is an appropriate false flag
event to set this act in motion (Nimmo & Watson, 2010).

Date: May 1, 2010
Source: CBS News, WCBS TV, Sean Hennessey
Title/Headline: Brooklyn Men Accused of Helping Al Qaeda

Abstract: A chilling plan exposed has landed two local men in handcuffs. The pair stands accused of trying to give al Qaeda a 21st
century upgrade, to make terrorism more modern. CBS 2 HD caught up with their neighbors and families in Brooklyn. They were
buying Casio digital watches over the Internet and using sophisticated computer software to communicate. That's just some of the ways
the feds said the two suspects were trying to modernize al Qaeda from New York City. "Obviously it's pretty scary," said Kyle Miller,
a neighbor of one of the suspects. Scary said neighbors at the thought there may be enemies living among us. "What he did, he hurt me. I
can't accept that," said Waheiz Mohmand, the suspect's tenant. Mohmand and his family rent a house in Queens from suspect Sabirhan
Hasanoff, who on Friday was accused of being paid $50,000 by a co-conspirator, travelling to New York to perform tasks for al
Qaeda and allegedly instructing by a co-conspirator not to fill his U.S. passport with stamps to retain the passport's value to al
Qaeda. "If it's true, then shame on him because what he did, he didn't do It for himself, he did it for all Muslims and respect for his family,"
Mohmand said. Hasanoff's alleged partner is Wesam El-Hanafi, who prosecutors said took an al Qaeda oath of allegiance, travelled to
Yemen to meet with al Qaeda, purchased sophisticated software to enable secret communication over the Internet and bought seven
watches to be delivered to his home in Brooklyn. On Friday night El-Hanafi's relatives were watching out for our cameras but not coming
to the door. While some weren't surprised at El-Hanafi's alleged connection, not everyone is ready to convict. "You see activity that's not
normal. Lot of single guys come in and out of the place," neighbor Hector Martinez said. "I would give him the benefit of the doubt until all
the facts are in," neighbor James Lum added. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the case is a reminder the city faces a constant threat
from al Qaeda. Both men are being held in Virginia but will be tried here in New York. El-Hanafi, 33, is a U.S. citizen who was born and
lived in Brooklyn. Hasanoff, 34, is a dual citizen of the United States and Australia, who also resided in Brooklyn. The defendants
are each charged with one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, and face up to 15
years in prison (Hennessey, 2010).
Date: May 1, 2010
Source: New York Daily News, James Gordon Meek, Kerry Burke, Alison Gendar
Title/Headline: Two Brooklynites Accused Of Plotting To Aid Al Qaeda By Modernizing A Cell In Yemen

Abstract: Two dapper Brooklyn professionals were accused yesterday of being homegrown terrorist agents who pledged allegiance
- and technical help - to Al Qaeda. One is a computer engineer, the other an accountant. They sported French cuffs and polished shoes
when they were hauled from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to the U.S. to face charges yesterday. They have degrees from Baruch,
impressive résumés, wives and children - and neighbors who never suspected a thing. "There are people among us who are plotting with
Al Qaeda," Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said as charges were announced in Manhattan after a joint NYPD-FBI probe. A federal
indictment charged Wesam (Khaled) El-Hanafi, 33, and Sabirhan (Tareq) Hasanoff, 34, with trying to modernize an Al Qaeda cell
in Yemen. The vaguely worded court papers raise as many questions as they answer, but sources said the two were to act as technical
attachés for Al Qaeda. "They wanted to bring Al Qaeda into the 21st century, to give them the most up-to-date technology," said a
source briefed on the arrests. Among their duties: buying seven digital Casio watches to be shipped overseas. The indictment doesn't say
why, but the timepieces have been used to make bombs. "They were high-tech guys, and would have wanted more high-tech solutions,
but were told to buy Casio because they worked the best - nothing fancier," a law enforcement source said. The papers suggest they
collected passports for their cohorts, bought encryption software for secret Internet communication and took a $50,000 payoff from an
unnamed co-conspirator. Each is charged with one count of conspiring to provide material support to Al Qaeda. Because they were
extradited from Dubai - where both spent time - they were arraigned in federal court in Virginia, looking more like business
travelers than jihadists. They will be brought to Manhattan next week. El-Hanafi is a computer engineer. Born in Brooklyn, he went
to Public School 200, Lafayette High School and Baruch, where he played on the basketball team. He later worked for Lehman Bros. and
was the pride of his Egyptian-born family, neighbors said. "I know my husband and he's a good man. He's a perfect man," El-Hanafi's
wife said at their Bath Beach home. "My husband is innocent. I'm positive he's innocent. We're stepping up for him." Hasanoff was
born in Australia but raised in Brooklyn and Queens. He attended Abraham Lincoln High School and Baruch, where he headed the Alpha
Gamma fraternity, sources said. After graduation, he went to work for PricewaterhouseCoopers as an accountant, neighbors said. He's
married to an Afghan woman and they have two children. He owns a building in Queens, neighbors said. Susan Naya of Flushing, Queens,
who is related to Hasanoff by marriage, said he never discussed politics or said anything critical about the U.S. "They're such nice people.
He has nice kids," she said. "I don't think this is going to be him." Sources said both men were radicalized while living and
working in the United States, and their involvement with Al Qaeda goes back at least three years. In 2007, Hasanoff allegedly took
$50,000 from the unnamed co-conspirator. Months later, he and El-Hanafi talked about joining Al Qaeda - and El-Hanafi actually
went to Yemen, took a blood oath to Al Qaeda and received marching orders, the indictment charges. The court papers refer to
unspecified "tasks" the two carried out but provide few details - but one job may have involved obtaining passports. In June 2008,
Hasanoff told the co-conspirator he shouldn't fill his passport with immigration stamps - a red flag to airport screeners - because it
was more valuable to Al Qaeda without them. It's unclear how their activities came to light, but sources said it was not related to
the recent arrest of subway bomb plotter Najibullah Zazi. El-Hanafi, his wife and children recently traveled to Dubai for work
reasons - and when the family tried to return to Brooklyn, he was yanked off the plane and told he was on the no-fly list, said his
lawyer, Victor Knapp. He was not taken into custody while his family tried to get permission for him to fly home. But he was
arrested within the past three days and brought to the United States in chains, his lawyer said. Family and friends were in disbelief. "He
was a regular, assimilated-into-society guy," said a longtime neighbor, who nevertheless noticed some recent changes. "He was a
clean-cut kid, then he started to grow a long beard and his demeanor changed. I asked him, 'Wesam, what happened to you?' he
said, 'Nothing, I'm just getting into my religion.'" El-Hanafi's brother, Achmed, said the charges were bogus. "He's lived his whole
life here. He grew up here. He wasn't involved. He has nothing to do with Al Qaeda," he said. "He may give money to some Islamic
charities, but he's not a terrorist." Both men are charged with one count of providing material support to a foreign terrorist
organization, which carries up to 15 years in prison. "These two New Yorkers, who allegedly pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda, will now
be held to account for their actions," said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (Meek, Burke, & Gendar, 2010).

Date: May 3, 2010
Source: Fox News
Title/Headline: American Who Recently Visited Pakistan Eyed In Times Square Bomb Plot

Abstract: Federal authorities have identified a person of interest in the Times Square bomb attempt -- a naturalized American
citizen who was in Pakistan for several months and returned to the US recently, investigative sources told Fox News. The latest
developments seem to support investigators' suspicions that there was a foreign connection behind the failed car bomb attempt in New
York City, senior Obama administration officials told Fox News, shedding light on the growing body of evidence. Sources say that
evidence includes international phone calls made by the person of interest, who has not been identified publicly. The Associated Press
identified the person as a man of Pakistani descent, citing unnamed law enforcement sources. Police also have interviewed the
registered owner of the bomb-laden sports-utility vehicle. They say he is not a suspect, but he recently sold the dark-colored 1993
Nissan Pathfinder on Craigslist to another individual, whom the Associated Press reports was the Pakistani-American (Fox News,

Date: May 11, 2010
Source: Fox News, Trish Turner
Title/Headline: Senators Say Nation Needs New Defenses Against New Type of Terrorist

Abstract: ―Ten days after the attempted car bombing in Times Square and the arrest of Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad, the Senate
Intelligence Committee was formally briefed by the FBI and members of the intelligence community, with both the chairman, Sen. Dianne
Feinstein, D-Calif., and ranking Republican, Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., calling that unacceptable. "It's very hard to understand why this
briefing was so difficult to come about," Feinstein puzzled, with Bond adding, "After 10 days, we finally have a briefing. It's very
frustrating…I've been kept completely in the dark." After an hour-and-a-half long briefing Tuesday, both senators emerged to say
the country needs new defenses against a new kind of terrorist, like Shahzad, and said the nation's citizens should be prepared to put up
with more inconveniences to protect the nation with officials trying to balance civil liberties in the course of doing so. "In this case,
Shahzad was almost completely under the radar, which in many ways is even more ominous. We want to improve our defenses. It's
clear, we're facing a new kind of attacker who's already here, able to hide in plain sight, and we need to think about new defenses,"
Sen. Feinstein told reporters. The senator targeted the Transportation Security Administration's "No Fly" lists, which recently were updated
as a result of the Time Square bomb attempt, to shorten the amount of time by which an airline must update its information once an
additional name is added to the list. But the senator said that is not good enough for a tool she called "one of our best lines of defense.‖
"It's my very strong belief we need to see that the 'No Fly' lists are complete. I understand that occasionally there's a mismatch,
and that's very disconcerting to people involved in that mismatch. But there's a certain amount of this that we're going to have to
put up with to protect this nation," Feinstein said, as she advocated for shrinking that time to just 30 minutes. Bond went even further,
advocating for something much more instantaneous. "It seems to me when you are chasing somebody who you've just identified as
attempting to commit a terrorist act who might be leaving the country, you ought to send out something like an all points bulletin. I
mean, this is not something that ought to be waiting on a list hours later." Feinstein said both Shahzad and Christmas Day bomber
Umar Farouk Abdulmutullab are "the new prototype" of terrorist with respected family backgrounds and "clean" records. When
asked what can be done about this, Feinstein replied, "What can be done is improving our screening. And this is difficult, because you
have 180,000 people going to Pakistan a year, and you've got...60,000 coming back. And you also have other countries which are of
great concern. So, this is not an easy magic solution. And we've got a country that respects individual rights and civil rights, and we don't
want to harass people unnecessarily, but there are things we should look at." Both Feinstein and Bond said another useful tool to finding
these lone wolves is, as Feinstein put it, "follow the money." Terrorists are known to use a complex, informal system of money transfers
known as hawalas, something Bond called, "beyond understanding, beyond regulation." But Feinstein said she has some ideas for shedding
light on the organizations, but she would give no details. "I think there is a need to go further into how money is transferred from this
country into groups, as well as from groups who would do us harm back into individuals here. We need to have some process of
regulation of these money transfers so that they're not all anonymous, unknown, no audit trail, no record," the chairman said.
"They don't keep very good records. I don't know what you could do with legislation. If any of you have good ideas, let us know,"
Bond joked with reporters. In a tense moment of disagreement, Bond criticized the administration of playing fast and loose with
intelligence. The feisty Republican accused Attorney General Eric Holder of going too far on Sunday directly linking Shahzad and the
Pakistani Taliban. "Definitive statements I heard on Sunday have not been confirmed even at this date," Bond accused. Feinstein would
only say, "I do not agree with my colleague," and said she would not explain why in a public setting. Feinstein did give a ringing
endorsement to a push made by a group of her Democratic colleagues Tuesday for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to place the Pakistani
Taliban on the Foreign Terrorist Organization list, something the State Department said Tuesday it is discussing. And Feinstein had
another group she would add, an insurgent network in the tribal region of Afghanistan and Pakistan with ties to the Taliban. "I think there
is a very high likelihood that there were interactions between (Faisal Shahzad) and the Pakistani Taliban. I also believe that the
Pakistani Taliban ought to be on the designated list, the terrorist list, as well as the Haqqani network ought to be on the designated
terrorist list. I just looked at the criteria for that, and I believe they fulfill that. So I think that's something that the Administration
should do forthwith," Feinstein said‖ (Turner, 2010).

Date: May 15, 2010
Source: Fox News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: Prosecution Rests In Trial Of 5 Americans Charged With Planning Terror Attacks in Pakistan

Abstract: The prosecution concluded its case Saturday against five Americans on trial in a Pakistani court facing life sentences
after being charged with planning terrorist attacks in the South Asian country. The men — all Muslims in their late teens or early
20s from the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia — have pleaded not guilty to five charges. The accused were given a last
chance to respond to the prosecution before the defense presents its side on June 9, prosecutor Nadeem Akram said. In a written statement,
the men said the charges against them were trumped up and police planted discriminating evidence. "We just wanted to go to
Afghanistan to help our Muslim brother on humanitarian grounds," they said. The prosecution presented 19 witnesses and
evidence including e-mail contacts allegedly with the Pakistani Taliban, and receipts of money they allegedly donated to banned
militant groups in Pakistan, Akram said. There was a "strong case" for conviction in the trial being heard by one judge, he said. The case
is among several of foreigners allegedly signing up to join insurgents. U.S. and Pakistan are continuing to investigate the Pakistani-
American suspect in the botched Times Square bombing on May 1. Family members have said Faisal Shahzad never exhibited signs of
extremism, raising questions as to why men who spent much of their lives in the West would seemingly be drawn to militant Islam.
The five men were arrested in Pakistan in December after being reported missing by their families. One had left behind a farewell video
showing scenes of war and casualties and saying Muslims must be defended. Pakistani police have publicly made several accusations
against the young men, claiming the suspects contacted Pakistani-based jihadi groups. They accused the five of using the social networking
site Facebook and video-sharing site YouTube while they were in the U.S. to try to connect with extremist groups in Pakistan. Their
lawyer has said they were heading to Afghanistan and had no plans to stage attacks inside Pakistan. The trial is taking place inside
a high-security prison in the eastern city of Sargodha and media have not been allowed to cover the proceedings. The men have
been identified as Ramy Zamzam of Egyptian descent, Waqar Khan and Umar Farooq of Pakistani descent, and Aman Hassan
Yemer and Ahmed Minni of Ethiopian descent (Fox News, 2010).
Date: May 18, 2010
Source: NY Daily News, Jose Martinez
Title/Headline: Brooklyn Bookkeeper Held Without Bail For Trying To Send Al Qaeda Money, Casio Watches

Abstract: A Brooklyn bookkeeper accused of trying to send Al Qaeda money and Casio watches to build bombs was ordered held
without bail Monday. Federal Magistrate Judge James Francis denied a bid to have Sabirhan Hasanoff released to house arrest, citing his
technical savvy, conversations about the terror network on the Internet and his purchase of watches prized by terrorist groups. "Were this
an individual with minimal skills who perhaps bought digital watches from a street vendor for the benefit of Al Qaeda, it might be a
different story," Francis said. Hasanoff, 34, and Wesam El-Hanafi, 33, were busted in Dubai earlier this month and charged with offering
Al Qaeda their allegiance and offers of high-tech support. Anthony Ricco, a lawyer for the Australian-born Hasanoff, had argued he should
remain free on $2 million bond and kept under house arrest. Prosecutors also revealed that Hasanoff, a Baruch College graduate, traveled to
Syria, Turkey and Yemen and once went to Iraq in hopes of waging jihad. He pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to provide support to Al
Qaeda. "The defendant made the decision to join Al Qaeda after being turned on to Al Qaeda in this very city where he used to
live," Assistant U.S. Attorney John Cronan said. Cronan said Hasanoff performed "real and tangible work" for Al Qaeda, tasks
which allegedly included buying digital watches. "Casio digital watches are very valued by Al Qaeda," Cronan said. "They are
part of Al Qaeda's tradecraft because they can be used as timing devices." Hasanoff, a father of two, allegedly used a code while
conversing online with El-Hanafi, which included "safari" as a substitute for jihad and "hospitalized" as a term for being in prison
(Martinez, 2010).

Date: May 20, 2010
Source: Washington Post, Ellen Nakashima
Title/Headline: Intelligence Chief Acknowledges U.S. May Target Americans Involved In Terrorism

Abstract: Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair acknowledged Wednesday that government agencies may kill U.S.
citizens abroad who are involved in terrorist activities if they are "taking action that threatens Americans." Blair told members of
the House intelligence committee that he was speaking publicly about the issue to reassure Americans that intelligence agencies and the
Department of Defense "follow a set of defined policy and legal procedures that are very carefully observed" in the use of lethal
force against U.S. citizens. Blair's unusually frank remarks come as the issue of targeting Americans for lethal action has attracted more
notice. As the United States steps up its campaign against suspected terrorists overseas, it has become more apparent that some extremists
may be U.S. citizens. The most prominent case to date is that of a U.S.-born cleric, Anwar al-Aulaqi, who lives in Yemen and has
been linked to the Army major who allegedly shot and killed 13 people at Fort Hood, Tex., in November, and to the Nigerian
accused of attempting to bomb a Northwest Airlines plane on Christmas Day. Aulaqi is a member of al-Qaeda in the Arabian
Peninsula, an affiliate of the main al-Qaeda organization, and has been linked to the Fort Hood shooter as well as the Nigerian. He
was thought to be meeting with regional al-Qaeda leaders at a compound in Yemen targeted by a Dec. 24 strike. He was not said to be the
focus of the strike, and he was not killed. But U.S. officials said at the time that they thought he might have been killed. "I just don't want
Americans who are watching this to think that we are careless about endangering -- in fact, we're not careless about endangering
American lives as we try to carry out the policies to protect most of the country," Blair said at the annual threat briefing before the
panel. He did not specifically refer to the targeting of Aulaqi. In response to questions from Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.), the panel's
ranking Republican, Blair said: "We take direct action against terrorists in the intelligence community. If that direct action, we think
that direct action will involve killing an American, we get specific permission to do that." Hoekstra pressed for clarification of the
policy, especially its threshold for targeting Americans for lethal action. "The concern that I have today is that I'm not sure that . . .
[it is] very well understood as to what you and the people in your organization can do when it comes to Americans who have joined
the enemy," Hoekstra told Blair. The director of national intelligence said the factors that "primarily" weigh on the decision to
target an American include "whether that American is involved in a group that is trying to attack us, whether that American is a
threat to other Americans" (Nakashima, 2010).

Date: May 21, 2010
Source: The Daily Beast, Philip Shenon
Title/Headline: Your Children Could Be Terrorists

Abstract: In the wake of the Times Square bomb case, the feds just issued a chilling warning to Pakistani leaders: check your family and
staff for terrorist ties.The United States has warned civilian and military leaders in Pakistan that they need to worry about a newly
uncovered breeding ground for anti-American terrorists—their own families. A senior federal law enforcement official tells The Daily
Beast that the Obama administration has sent a ―clear, if carefully worded warning‖ to Pakistani leaders in recent days that their
own children and others relatives, as well as their subordinates in the government, should be scrutinized for possible terrorist ties.
―We‘ve got elements of the Pakistani gentry-people who can get in and out of the United States with ease, if they‘re not already
citizens here – who are getting roped into terrorism,‖ says an American diplomatic official. The official, who has been briefed on
details of the Times Square bombing case, says Pakistanis have also been told that the United States is concerned by the large number
of connections between Pakistani military officers and some of the recently uncovered terrorist plots aimed at the United States
and its European allies. The warning comes in the wake of the discovery that the son of a retired Pakistani air marshal was the culprit in
the attempted terrorist bombing in Times Square last month, as well as the guilty plea in March by a Pakistani-American man in Chicago
who has connections throughout the Pakistan government—including a half-brother who is the prime minister‘s chief spokesman. The
Chicago man, David Headley, attended one of Pakistan‘s most elite military academies and had, at least until his arrest, maintained
friendships throughout the Pakistani military. A retired Pakistani army colonel who remains at large has also been indicted in the
Chicago case. ―With these two cases, you really see what we‘re up against,‖ said an American diplomatic official, speaking on
condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to discuss the terrorism cases publicly. ―We‘ve got elements of the Pakistani
gentry—people who can get in and out of the United States with ease, if they‘re not already citizens here—who are getting roped
into terrorism.‖ As a result of the failed Times Square bombing, the United States has publicly warned Pakistan of severe diplomatic
repercussions if Pakistani terrorists attempt to strike again on American soil. Officials say the warnings were delivered as recently as this
week, when National Security Adviser James Jones and CIA Director Leon Panetta traveled to Pakistan to meet with their counterparts
there. Even as the United States has described Pakistan as a key ally in the fight against Muslim extremism and terrorism, Washington has
also long signaled its wariness of the intentions of large elements of the Pakistani military and the country‘s intelligence agencies. The
recent terrorism cases have increased tensions between the two countries—and this latest warning from the United States could further
complicate relations. Teresita Schaffer, a retired American diplomat who served in Pakistan, tells The Daily Beast that while it was too
soon to suggest that family members of the Pakistan military elite and its civilian gentry pose a special risk of recruitment as terrorists, she
could understand why it was of concern to the Obama administration. ―It‘s something to watch,‖ she said. ―There certainly are people
in the Army and the intelligence service who have some pretty extreme views‖ in support of Muslim fundamentalism, said Schaffer,
who now directs the South Asia program for the Center for Strategic and International Affairs in Washington. The Pakistani-born man
who is reported to have confessed to the failed Times Square attack, Faisal Shahzad, 30 years old and a naturalized American
citizen, is the son of a retired Pakistani vice air marshal, Bahar ul-Haq. The father, who is reported to have gone into hiding since his
son‘s arrest, was one of Pakistan‘s most accomplished pilots and flight instructors; he was stationed overseas in Britain and Saudi Arabia.
Several other family members have served in the small, close-knit Pakistani Air Force. American officials say they are aware of—but
have been so far unable to confirm—reports that a Pakistani army major was arrested this week in Pakistan for involvement in the
Times Square plot, and that the officer may have been a go-between for Faisal and the Pakistani Taliban. In the Chicago case,
Headley, who changed his name from Daood Gilani to make it easier to cross borders as a terrorist, has confessed to involvement both in
the 2008 terrorist attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai and in a foiled plot to attack a Danish newspaper that had ran cartoons of the Prophet
Mohammed. In the Mumbai rampage, nearly 170 people were killed, including six Americans. His ties to the Pakistan elite are deep. His
father is a retired Pakistani diplomat who is reported to have served at the Pakistani embassy in Washington. He attended a
Pakistani military academy, the Hasan Abdal Cadet College, where he mixed with young men who would later go on to the run key
elements of the Pakistani military and the civilian government, including the diplomatic corps. Another man indicted in the case,
Tahawwur Hussain Rana, a Pakistani-Canadian who ran a visa company in Chicago with Headley, also attended the military academy.
Rana, who is awaiting trial, has insisted that he is innocent of the terrorism charges (Shenon, 2010).

Date: May 26, 2010
Source: CNN, Pam Benson
Title/Headline: Homegrown Terrorist Threat To Be Part Of National Security Strategy

Abstract: Homegrown terrorism will be part of the United States' National Security Strategy for the first time, according to
President Barack Obama's chief counterterrorism adviser, who called it a new phase of the terrorist threat. When the Obama
administration unveils its National Security Strategy on Thursday, it will be the first time any president "explicitly recognizes the
threat to the United States posed by individuals radicalized here at home," National Security Adviser John Brennan said Wednesday.
The strategy acts as a blueprint for how a White House administration intends to protect Americans. In the past, it has focused mostly on
international threats. But a spate of terror-related plots in the United States recently prompted the Obama administration to include
homegrown terrorism in the document, Brennan said. Earlier this month, Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad was charged with trying to
detonate a car bomb in New York's bustling district of Times Square. U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan is suspected of fatally shooting
13 people at Fort Hood in November. Colorado resident Najibullah Zazi, an Afghan national, pleaded guilty in February for conspiring to
detonate explosives in the New York subway system. And David Headley, an American citizen from Chicago, Illinois, is accused of
providing surveillance in the Mumbai, India, terrorist attacks that killed 160 people. "We've seen an increasing number of individuals
here in the United States become captivated by extremist ideology or causes," Brennan said. "We have seen individuals, including
U.S. citizens armed with their U.S. passports, travel easily to extremist safe havens, return to America, their deadly plans disrupted
by coordinated intelligence and law enforcement." Brennan, who made his comments at the Center for Strategic and International
Studies in Washington, said that as the United States has strengthened its defenses against massive attacks like 9/11, al Qaeda has shown
itself to be a "resilient, resourceful and determined enemy." Brennan said al Qaeda is recruiting individuals with little training, attempting
relatively unsophisticated attacks and seeking people living in the United States to launch such attacks. "They are seeking foot soldiers
who might slip through our defense," Brennan said. "As our enemy adapts and evolves their tactics, so must we constantly adapt
and evolve ours." Brennan did not provide any specific details about the president's strategy for combating al Qaeda and its affiliates, but
said it "will require a broad, sustained and integrated campaign that harnesses every tool of American power, military and civilian,
kinetic and diplomatic" (Benson, 2010).

Date: May 26, 2010
Source: Bloomberg News, Patricia Hurtado
Title/Headline: Man Accused Of Forming „Mini-Terror‟ Cell Denied Bail

Abstract: A U.S. citizen charged with conspiring to provide support to al-Qaeda and creating his ―own mini-terror cell‖ was
ordered held without bail after he pleaded not guilty in federal court in New York. Wesam El-Hanafi, 35, poses a danger to the
community and is a flight risk, U.S. Magistrate Judge Debra Freeman in Manhattan said today at his arraignment. Assistant U.S. Attorney
John Cronan said El-Hanafi, who was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, was ―turned on‖ to al-Qaeda while living in the U.S.
and traveled to Yemen in February 2008 to meet the network‘s senior leaders. ―Mr. El-Hanafi joined the group and he provided
very real support to them,‖ Cronan said. ―This is someone who knowingly joined a group whose purpose is to attack America.‖ El-
Hanafi and co-defendant Sabirhan Hasanoff, 34, are charged with agreeing to provide support to a known terror group, the U.S. said in an
indictment. If convicted, both men face as long as 15 years in prison. While in Yemen, El-Hanafi was taken to an al-Qaeda safe house
with a hood over his head and met with two senior leaders. Once there, El-Hanafi took an oath of allegiance, called a bayat, to join
the group, Cronan said. Upon his return to the U.S., El-Hanafi ―basically formed his own mini-terror cell,‖ recruiting Hasanoff, Cronan
said. The government said it has a cooperating witness who can testify that El-Hanafi provided encrypted software that allowed the group
to communicate over the Internet without detection and mask websites and e-mail addresses. El-Hanafi communicated with other al-
Qaeda members through prepaid mobile phones, which he discarded regularly, and sent as much as $45,000 at a time by wiring
funds or using a courier, Cronan said. Cronan said El-Hanafi and Hasanoff provided computer advice to the group and that El-Hanafi also
bought seven Casio digital watches over the Internet on behalf of al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda members have used Casio watches on detonators,
prosecutors said. Ramzi Yousef, convicted of planning the 1993 World Trade Center bombing in New York, used a Casio watch in
1994 in a bomb that downed a jetliner in the Philippines. Jane Anne Murray, El-Hanafi‘s lawyer, argued her client should be released
on bond and kept under house arrest at his family‘s home in Brooklyn. With his family, including his wife and three children, living in New
York, El-Hanafi has very strong ties to the U.S., Murray said. She also argued he didn‘t have the wherewithal to flee the U.S., saying he
lost a job he held in Dubai. ―Were he confined to his family‘s apartment, he couldn‘t be in a position to engage in activities alleged in
the indictment,‖ she said. Freeman said the government‘s evidence convinced her there was no set of circumstances that could
guarantee the public‘s safety if El-Hanafi was released or prevent him from fleeing. ―The nature of these charges raise a very large
specter of a danger to the community,‖ Freeman said. ―I have determined that detention is warranted.‖ At a May 17 hearing, Hasanoff
was ordered held without bail. Both men are scheduled to appear June 1 before U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood, Cronan said. The case is
U.S. v. El-Hanafi, 10-cr-00162, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Hurtado, 2010).

Date: May 28, 2010
Source: Fox News, Bill Hemmer
Title/Headline: Fox News Reporting: The American Terrorist

Abstract: This Fox News investigative special goes deep inside the mysterious and deadly world of American born terrorist Anwar
al-Awlaki. Fox News correspondents Catherine Herridge and Greg Palkot follow Awlaki's twisted and destructive trail from suburban
communities in the U.S. to his hideout in Yemen. New evidence emerging in the details about the Times Square bomber, the failed
attempt to blow up a plane on Christmas Day and the massacre at Fort Hood has put for the first time a U.S. citizen on the CIA's
"capture or kill" list. Evidence includes documents that relate to the investigation of Anwar Al-Awlaki, the Muslim cleric who has been
associated with 9/11 hijackers, Major Nidal Hasan, the alleged-Fort Hood shooter, and Umar Abdulmutallab, the so-called Christmas Day
bomber. They include declassified memoranda for the record from the 9/11 Commission, the warrant for Awlaki's arrest from June 2002 as
well as the motion to dismiss the warrant from October 2002. Also included is the Justice Department's statement to Fox News regarding
our inquiry into the decision to rescind Awlaki's arrest warrant. Exclusive interviews with former and current government agents raise
several questions: Was Awlaki part of a terrorist cell within this country that attacked America on 9/11? And following the attacks,
was there an attempt by our government to turn Awlaki into an informant or track him for intelligence? Following last week's
original airing of "Fox News Reporting: The American Terrorist," Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., wrote a letter to FBI direct Robert Mueller
where he raised "troubling" issues about the handling of the investigation into terror suspect Anwar Awlaki and called to bring back the
9/11 Commission to review purported flaws in national security. You will see for yourself how this American terrorist is using our
system against us (Fox News, 2010).

Date: June 3, 2010
Source: National Terror Alert, U.S. Department Of Justice
Title/Headline: Ohio Couple Accused Of Helping Hezbollah

Abstract: Two residents of Toledo, Ohio, Hor I. Akl, age 37, and his spouse, Amera A. Akl, age 37, both of whom are dual citizens
of the United States and Lebanon, were arrested today on charges that they conspired to provide material support to a designated
foreign terrorist organization, conspired to launder money, and committed arson relating to an insurance fraud scheme. Hor Akl is
also charged with two counts of bankruptcy fraud and one count of perjury, U.S. Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach announced today. The
Akls were arrested this morning without incident and are expected to make their initial appearance in federal court in Toledo at 3:30 p.m.
today. According to the criminal complaint filed earlier today, from on or about Aug. 30, 2009, to the present, the Akls conspired to
provide material support to Hizballah, which was designated by the Secretary of State as a Foreign Terrorist Organization in
October 1997, and remains so today. According to the complaint, the Akls agreed to send money to the terrorist organization Hizballah
after they were approached by a confidential informant for the FBI who claimed he worked for an anonymous donor eager to support
Hizballah. The couple researched and proposed at least ten different ways in which the money could be shipped to Hizballah, the
complaint alleges. The complaint alleges that the Akls ultimately agreed to conceal approximately $500,000 in the hollow sections of
a vehicle and to ship the vehicle to Lebanon, where they would remove the cash and give it to Hizballah officials on behalf of the
purported anonymous donors in the United States. The Akls expected to receive a fee or commission for arranging the transfer of funds.
The complaint alleges that in March 2010, Hor Akl traveled to Lebanon to make arrangements for the delivery of the funds to Hizballah.
Akl allegedly returned to the United States claiming that he had met with Hizballah officials. The complaint further alleges that, during
the investigation, the Akls discussed multiple criminal violations in the past, including bulk cash smuggling of large amounts of
currency to Lebanon, wire fraud, mail fraud, perjury related to bankruptcy fraud, and concealing property in a bankruptcy
proceeding. According to U.S. Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach, ―This case demonstrates our continued commitment to prosecuting
those who seek to aid terrorists and terrorist organizations, whether they do so from our backyards, or abroad. Furthermore, those
who seek to take illegal advantage of our government, judicial and financial institutions, for their personal benefit or for the benefit
of others, will not be ignored.‖ C. Frank Figliuzzi, Special Agent in Charge of the Cleveland Division of the Federal Bureau of
Investigation said, ―Those who willfully work to fund terror with U.S. dollars must understand that the FBI works even harder to
ensure that they fail.‖ The maximum statutory penalties upon conviction are: for conspiring to provide material support to a Designated
Foreign Terrorist Organization, up to 15 years in prison and a fine of $500,000; for money laundering conspiracy, up to 20 years in prison
and a fine of $500,000; for each of the offenses of bankruptcy fraud, and perjury, up to 5 years in prison and a fine of $250,000; and for the
arson offense, up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Justin E.
Herdman, Duncan T. Brown and Thomas E. Getz and Trial Attorney S. Elisa Poteat of the National Security Division, Counterterrorism
Section, following an investigation by the FBI, through its Joint Terrorism Task Force, in Toledo, Ohio, and the Internal Revenue Service,
Criminal Investigation Division. The public is reminded that a criminal complaint contains mere allegations. Defendants are
presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government‘s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable
doubt (U.S. Department Of Justice, 2010).

Date: June 3, 2010
Source: United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM), Major Dale Greer
Title/Headline: Units Make History With Air Force's First Homeland Defense ORI

Abstract: Three units representing each component of the Air Force made history here May 16 through 23 when they successfully
completed the first homeland defense operational readiness inspection. The ORI, held at the Gulfport Combat Readiness Training
Center here, was administered by the Air Mobility Command Inspector General on a trial basis, but it may help pave the way for future
inspections, officials said. "For the very first time, the U.S. Air Force has validated a unit's wartime capability to defend the
homeland by fighting an enemy right here on U.S. soil," said Col. Greg Nelson, the commander of the Kentucky Air National Guard's
123rd Airlift Wing, which served as the lead organization for the ORI. "That represents a major shift in the way Air Force (leaders
evaluate) unit readiness, because it puts the focus in our own backyard, rather than a simulated overseas location where these
evaluations are usually staged," he said. The inspection was a total force effort, with the 123rd Airlift Wing representing the Air National
Guard; the 317th Airlift Group from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, providing active-duty forces; and the 70th Aerial Port Squadron from
Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., contributing Air Force Reserve members and equipment. As with traditional ORIs, this one tested the
ability of each unit to mobilize Airmen and equipment, fly to a remote site, operate in a hostile environment, defend against enemy attacks,
and redeploy back home, all while AMC inspectors evaluated every phase of the operation. Unlike traditional ORIs, in this one the
participants were tasked with supporting civil authorities while fighting an unconventional foe in the United States. In the past,
ORIs have typically required units to deploy to simulated overseas bases and defend against conventional military forces. "I'm pleased to
say that all three units passed this new test with flying colors," Nelson said. "We are ready to perform our mission of theater airlift
anytime, anywhere, whether it be in support of our allies abroad or here at home in defense of the United States of America." The
ORI scenario that played out in Mississippi required more than 300 Kentucky Air Guard members to establish operations in concert with
about 175 Airmen from the Texas and Florida units, forming the notional 104th Air Expeditionary Wing. All three organizations worked
seamlessly to launch theater airlift and medical evacuation sorties across the Gulf Coast region, supporting U.S. Northern
Command missions and civil authorities, while foiling multiple attacks by well-organized terrorists. The inspection posed an
unusually challenging environment because of extreme weather conditions and several eleventh-hour changes caused by the non-
availability of infrastructure, Nelson said. "We didn't flinch. We didn't whine. We didn't push back to any challenge, from changes in
taskings, to changes in locations, to changes in facilities at the last minute," he said. "(With temperatures hovering near 100 degrees), it
also was the hottest ORI the team chief had even seen. But we maintained a great attitude, we operated safely, and we performed our
mission with a level of excellence that makes me proud. "Even more significant, this inspection marked the first time that any Air
Force unit has been wartime validated in support of the security and defense of the United States of America. That's huge," Nelson
said. Col. Dan Dagher, the 317th Airlift Group commander, agreed. "The 317th (AG), 123rd (AW) and 70th (APS) are ready -- and now
tested -- to meet the challenge, reduce human suffering and save lives," he said. "If an attack on the homeland happens, we will be the
first responders. Americans can sleep better knowing that the 317th (AG), 123rd (AW) and 70th (APS) can provide defense
support to civil authorities in the United States, and that the very survival of thousands of Americans rests on our now-tested
ability to immediately respond and perform mass-casualty medical evacuations after a chemical attack." Nelson said the idea for a
homeland defense/homeland security ORI originated at the Kentucky Air Guard, whose leaders asked AMC to consider using the alternate
approach because it better reflects the realities of a post-9/11 world in which homeland defense has taken center stage. "Almost
everything that an airlift wing would do in support of a real-world homeland security/homeland defense mission, whether it be
response to a terrorist attack on U.S. soil or humanitarian aid following a hurricane, would be in support of a lead civilian agency
at the federal, state or local level," Nelson said. "As a result, the overall command and control aspects are completely different from
those of an overseas operation. "So we took our plan to the IG and said, 'You need to evaluate us on this,'" Nelson said. "They thought
our approach had a lot of merit, and agreed to implement it on a trial basis. A lot of changes were required to make this approach
work, but the IG developed new scenarios to test the interoperability of Department of Defense, federal, state and local agencies in
defense of the homeland (Greer, 2010).

Date: June 6, 2010
Source: Fox News, Jana Winter
Title/Headline: Two Men Arrested Before Boarding Plane To Join Terror Group

Abstract: The FBI arrested Two New Jersey men at JFK International Airport on Saturday night as they were preparing to board
separate planes in an alleged terrorism plot tied to a radical Islamic group based in Somalia, Fox News confirmed. Mohamed
Hamoud Alessa, 20, of North Bergen, and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 26, of Elmwood Park were charged with conspiracy to commit
international terrorism and were picked up by the FBI before boarding flights to join the Somali Al Qaeda affiliate Al Shabaab, officials
said. Both men are believed to be American citizens. The two men were arrested following a years-long investigation and were
charged with conspiring to commit an act of international terrorism through a group tied to Usama bin Laden‘s Al Qaeda
network, a federal law enforcement source told Fox News. "FBI New York arrested two men at JFK in support of an ongoing
investigation," FBI spokesman Richard Kolko told "There was no threat at the airport. No additional information is
available at this time." Kolko said the two were arrested in connection with an ongoing investigation and could not provide further
details. They are scheduled to appear in court on Monday (Winter, 2010).

Date: June 7, 2010
Source: Fox News
Title/Headline: Twelve Americans Detained In Yemen

Abstract: Yemeni authorities have 12 Americans in custody, and the arrests may be linked to a joint U.S.-Yemeni anti-terror
campaign, a State Department spokesman said Monday. Spokesman PJ Crowley told reporters the U.S. was trying to get more
information, but did not provide any further details. The spokesman, P.J. Crowley, declined to provide details about the case, except to say
the State Department is aware of the arrests and is seeking more information about the individuals being held. Last Wednesday, Yemeni
security officials said authorities had detained several foreigners, including Americans, Britons and an Australian woman, in
connection with an investigation into Al Qaeda's increased activity in the country. The arrests reported last week were made after
foreign intelligence agencies provided lists of names of people they wanted to have detained or put under surveillance, according to two
Yemeni security officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not permitted to brief journalists. It was not immediately
clear whether the 12 Americans cited by Crowley were among those reported to have been rounded up last week, but Crowley suggested
there may be an anti-terrorism connection. Foreign language schools, and American students in particular, have been targeted as the
Yemeni government gets ―very serious‖ about cracking down on the threat posed by terror group Al Qaeda, Fox News Channel reported.
―If you are an American, you are a suspect,‖ a source in Yemen told Fox News. Asked whether he could confirm a report that the
Americans had been picked up in Yemen at the request of the U.S. government, Crowley replied, "We have great cooperation with the
government of Yemen. Together, we are doing our best to help Yemen reduce the threat posed by Al Qaeda in the Arabian
Peninsula. That's a threat to Yemen. It's a threat to the United States. But beyond that, I'm not going to talk about specifics‖ (Fox
News, 2010).

Date: June 8, 2010
Source: France 24, AFP
Title/Headline: US Charges 14 Citizens For Aiding Somalia's Shebab Militants

Abstract: Fourteen US citizens arrested on Thursday have been charged for attempting to join or provide assistance to Somalia's
militant, Al-Qaeda-linked group Shebab. Fourteen people, including several US citizens, were indicted on charges of aiding the
Shebab, a Somali-based Islamist group linked to Al-Qaeda, US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday. Some of those
charged are believed to be in Somalia fighting for the Shebab, which has claimed responsibility for deadly attacks in Uganda last month.
Holder said four separate indictments unsealed in various locations charge the 14 "with terrorism violations for providing money,
personnel, and services" to the group. The indictments "shed further light on a deadly pipeline that has routed funding and fighters" to
the Shebab, Holder said. Two of those charged were arrested earlier in the day in Minnesota, officials said, including one man and
one woman accused of raising money for the Shebab on the pretense of collecting funds "for the poor and needy." Several of those
named in the new indictments had been previously charged by US authorities, and several are believed to be overseas, likely in Somalia
where they may be fighting for the Islamist group. Holder said the latest charges were part of a broader investigation that had
charged a total of 19 people, of whom nine had been arrested in the United States or abroad. "Ten of the charged defendants are
not in custody and are believed to be overseas," he said. One indictment unsealed Thursday in Minnesota charges 10 men, including at
least three US citizens, with terrorism offenses for leaving the United States to join the Shebab as foreign fighters, he added. Seven of these
had been previously charged by either indictment or criminal complaint. Also in Minnesota, FBI agents arrested Amina Farah Ali, 33,
and Hawo Mohamed Hassan, 63, both naturalized US citizens from Somalia. The woman and man are charged with conspiracy to
provide material support to the Shebab. In two separate cases, two US citizens were charged with providing material support to the
Shebab. Both are believed to be in Somalia. The Shebab, an Islamist extremist group that controls most of central and western Somalia,
claimed responsibility for the attacks in Uganda's capital on July 11 that killed 76 people gathered to watch the World Cup final. Earlier
media reports said 14 Americans had been arrested in the probe. Holder said the Justice Department would continue to pursue cases of so-
called homegrown terrorism involving Americans joining foreign extremist groups. "As demonstrated by the charges unsealed today,
we are seeing an increasing number of individuals -- including US citizens -- who have become captivated by extremist ideology and
have taken steps to carry out terrorist objectives, either at home or abroad," he said. "It's a disturbing trend that we have been
intensely investigating in recent years and will continue to investigate and root out. But we must also work to prevent this type of
radicalization from ever taking hold." In Alabama, prosecutors unsealed a September 2009 superseding indictment against Omar
Hammami, 26, a US citizen accused of providing material support to the Shebab. He is believed to be in Somalia. In California, officials
today unsealed an October 2009 indictment against Jehad Serwan Mostafa, 28, a US citizen also believed to be in Somalia, on similar
charges. In Minnesota, 10 others were named in indictments in addition to the two arrested Thursday. They include three US citizens and
four legal US residents, all of whom are believed to be overseas. Among those named are US citizens Abdikadir Ali Abdi, 19, Abdisalan
Hussein Ali, 21, and Cabdulaahi Ahmed Faarax, 33; Farah Mohamed Beledi, 26, and Abdiweli Yassin Isse, 26. They are charged with
conspiring to kill, maim and injure persons abroad and other charges. Five others who had been previously charged by indictment, on
related charges, are Ahmed Ali Omar, 27; Khalid Mohamud Abshir, 27; Zakaria Maruf, 31; Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan, 22; and Mustafa
Ali Salat, 20. Holder said Thursday's arrests and charges served as "an unmistakable warning" to anybody considering joining terrorist
groups. "If you choose this route you can expect to find yourself in a US jail cell or a casualty on the battlefield in Somalia," he added. The
announcement came a day after a US man was arrested hours before he was scheduled to travel to Somalia to fight with the Shebab. Shaker
Masri, 26, was charged with attempting to provide material support to Al-Qaeda and the Shebab (France 24, 2010).

Date: June 9, 2010
Source: The Intel Hub, Shepard Ambellas, Alex Thomas
Title/Headline: USNORTHCOM Gears Up For Potential Attack On U.S. Soil

Abstract: USNORTHCOM has admitted that they are preparing military operations within the United States. This is the first time
in history this has been done and they will be working with DHS, state and local law enforcement on U.S. soil. The focus of this
operation will be in our own back yard. Northcom is planning on defending against enemy attacks and supporting civilian authorities with
fighting an unconventional foe, all on US soil. NORTHCOM went on to say that the drill will be in the Gulf area. They anticipate no
infrastructure and possible extreme weather conditions. ―Even more significant, this inspection marked the first time that any Air
Force unit has been wartime validated in support of the security and defense of the United States of America. That‘s huge,‖ Nelson
said. ―The survival of thousand Americans rests on this training‖. The Intel Hub believes that their could be a mass evacuation of the
Gulf. The chemicals that are being used on this oil spill could, by themselves cause a tremendous amount of various health problems.We
will keep you posted. This could be part of Operation Garden Plot. and possibly could be why there has been reports of hardened troops
building up in the Gulf. BP is currently saying that the oil spill should be stopped by next week. One thing is for sure, the dispersant
isn‘t going anywhere in months much less weeks (Ambellas & Thomas, 2010).

Date: June 14, 2010
Source: Fox News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: Man, Woman Accused Of Trying To Enter Air Force Base Illegally With Weapons

Abstract: Military-style gear and weapons were found inside the vehicle of a man and woman who attempted to gain illegal entry
to MacDill Air Force Base in Florida on Monday, the military said. The two were in custody after trying to access the base about 5:00
p.m. local time through the Bayshore Gate, according to a United States Air Force statement. Base public affairs officer Senior Airman
Katherine B. Holt reports a man and woman were unable to show proper identification Monday evening, and their vehicle was searched.
Security found military-style gear and weapons in the sport utility vehicle but no explosives. Holt says she didn't know how many
weapons were removed but they were rifle-type. The suspects names were not released. The base is home to U.S. Central Command,
which runs the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Bayshore Gate is closed but the rest of MacDill, including the Dale Mabry Gate, is
operating normally (Fox News, 2010).

Date: June 16, 2010
Source: Army Times, Kate Brumback
Title/Headline: Man Seized At Army Post Had Land Mine, Laser Scope

Abstract: A former national guardsman was charged with pretending to be a U.S. Army soldier after authorities say he convinced
an officer at a military base to give him a sophisticated laser sight. Anthony Todd Saxon, 34, was charged with impersonating an
Army master sergeant and stealing the infrared laser targeting sight after he was caught on the east Georgia base with a land mine,
several grenades and night vision devices, prosecutors said. Saxon was wearing a full combat uniform, including rank and insignia,
when he was stopped at Fort Gordon by military police and questioned about his activities, according to the complaint. After Saxon
gave them consent to search his vehicle, authorities said they found several grenades and the land mine, among other equipment. According
to the complaint, Saxon told investigators he was able to obtain the laser sight by telling a captain in the base's military police office that he
was a master sergeant in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division and that he needed it to train a soldier. He told investigators he was able to
obtain the device after signing a receipt, according to the court documents. He also said he was a member of the Army National
Guard between 1993 and 1995, but was medically discharged for heart problems, according to the records. Florida National Guard
spokeswoman Crystal McNairy said that Saxon joined the Guard in 1993 and left with an honorable discharge in 1994. She said his rank
was private 1st class, but she would not provide any other details about his service. Fort Gordon spokesman Buz Yarnell said Saxon was
stopped on the Army post because his car matched the description of a vehicle suspected in an earlier theft of military equipment from the
post in April. Yarnell would not say what had been stolen. Yarnell said the grenades, called "flash bangs," use blinding light and
loud noise to stun people but don't explode into lethal shrapnel. "He couldn't have done any serious damage," said Yarnell, who
would not say whether the explosives were detonated. Fort Gordon, near Augusta, is home to the Army Signal Corps, which is in charge of
the service's global communication and information systems (Brumback, 2010).
Date: June, 21, 2010
Source: Associated Press
Title/Headline: American Pleads Guilty To Times Square Terror Plot

Abstract: A Pakistan-born U.S. citizen has pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge accusing him of plotting the failed Times Square car
bombing. He told the judge he wanted to "plead guilty and 100 times more." He also warned that unless the U.S. leaves Muslim lands,
"We will be attacking U.S."Entering pleas one-by-one, he began by pleading guilty to attempted use of weapons of mass destruction
(Fox News, 2010).

Date: June 21, 2010
Source: National Public Radio (NPR), Dina Raston-Temple
Title/Headline: Would-Be Bombers In U.S. Hampered By Logistics

Abstract: For years, officials have predicted that it is only a matter of time before the car bombs and suicide attacks that are commonplace
in Afghanistan and Iraq arrive in the U.S. But so far, overseas terrorist groups have had little success in launching those kinds of
attacks in America. The latest example: the attempted car bombing May 1 in Times Square. An SUV was loaded with an explosive
device that smoked and sparked but never went off. Explosives experts say there are many reasons for the string of bomb failures.
Among them: It is hard to get explosive materials in the U.S.; putting together a bomb is a complicated process; and those kinds of
attacks require a team to get them off the ground.

Internet's Role Overstated: Despite reports to the contrary, experts say the Internet's role in guiding do-it-yourself bomb makers
has been highly overrated. There are plenty of video guides and recipes for improvised explosives on the Web. But officials say to
suggest watching a video will make you a bomb maker is a little like saying that watching a couple of Major League baseball games on TV
will provide everything needed to step up to the plate and connect with a fastball. "It is much harder to actually sit down and build and
make a functioning bomb than I think has been represented," says Terry Turchie, the former head of the FBI task force that
caught Ted Kaczynski, the so-called Unabomber. "You can obtain and acquire the information you need, but having the technical
ability to put these bombs together is a totally different story," he says. The arrest of Kaczynski in 1995 ended a nearly 20-year
mail-bomb spree in which Kaczynski targeted university professors, corporate executives and airplane passengers. He killed three
people and injured some two dozen more. Kaczynski was a Harvard-educated math genius with anarchist leanings and, alone in a
cabin in rural Montana, he taught himself how to make a bomb from scratch. It took him years of research and testing. "There
were gaps in Unabomber attacks," Turchie says. "We found out later that was because he was trying to perfect his bomb. He was
teaching himself the fundamentals of chemistry and engineering. The fact of the matter is, it takes a long time to learn to assemble a
bomb without killing yourself."
Difficult To Assemble The Materials & Get It Right: Officials say that while some terrorist operatives have come to the U.S. and
gathered the necessary ingredients to make a homemade bomb, the devices rarely work. That's a big reason why the U.S. hasn't
seen many successful explosive attacks. The expertise to assemble the components — to get the detonator just right, to insert the
timer, to pull together an explosive powerful enough — is very hard to do correctly. Regulations in the U.S. present further obstacles.
Bomb makers in Afghanistan and Pakistan have military-grade explosives all around them. In the U.S., explosives are regulated, so
terrorists are forced to fashion bombs by boiling down household products like peroxide and hair spray. That's what Najibullah Zazi, the
man behind a plot to bomb the New York subway system and other transportation targets in 2009, had to do. He was buying hair
dye at a Denver beauty supply store so he could concentrate it into a highly volatile explosive called TATP, or triacetone
triperoxide. It is unclear whether he was actually able to do that. Zazi, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to use weapons of mass
destruction among other charges, faces a possible life sentence without parole.
Lacking Support & Expertise: Experts say making a bomb is also very hard to do alone. In the Middle East, there are teams of
people who are behind bomb plots. "The huge difference between the unsuccessful bombings we've seen here and the highly
successful and countless day after day successful bombings we see in Iraq or Afghanistan is that the bomb makers have some
significant support with people who knew what they are doing," Turchie says. The teams on the ground include financiers, explosives
experts who can predictably turn out devices that work, distributors who get the bombs out to the targets, and people who do
reconnaissance. That model was used to successfully attack the U.S. in 1993. An operative named Ramzi Yousef joined forces with a
handful of explosives experts to mix a urea nitrate bomb. They put the bomb in a van, drove it into the underground parking garage of
Tower 1 of the World Trade Center, and detonated it. The bombing killed six people and injured more than 1,000. Leo West, a former
explosives expert with the FBI, says it would be hard to launch that kind of operation now. "The security has improved so much, it
has become very difficult for these people to get into the country," he says. Without a team, terrorist groups have been forced to
rely on just one or two people at a time, and then hope to get lucky.
Evading Detection During The Testing Phase: There is one more hurdle: Even if someone made a bomb, West says, it would need
to be tested — and that attracts attention. "That testing phase, as well as the target selection and surveillance phase, those are the
phases of the operation where the bomber is most vulnerable to being found out or uncovered," he says. The suspect in the Times
Square bombing never tested his car bomb — he just assumed it would work, according to officials close to the case. The fireworks the
suspect allegedly hoped to use as part of the detonator wouldn't have ignited in a chain reaction — the safety fuses have to be lit
individually. And the fertilizer he allegedly bought wasn't the kind that blew up — the kind that does has been regulated since the
Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. All these mistakes were made in spite of the fact that the man accused of the Times Square
bombing attempt, naturalized U.S. citizen Faisal Shahzad, allegedly had hands-on training in Pakistan. That isn't to say that terrorist
organizations have given up. U.S. intelligence officials say militant groups are still trying to reach into America and find someone who is
capable of succeeding where others have failed (Raston-Temple, 2010).

Date: June 21, 2010
Source: Fox News, Lee Ross
Title/Headline: High Court: Americans Can‟t Help Terrorists

Abstract: Over the objections of three justices, the Supreme Court has upheld a federal law prohibiting American citizens from
providing "material support or resources" to foreign terror groups. The 6-3 majority opinion from Chief Justice John Roberts is a
victory for the government‘s efforts to fight terrorist organizations. "It is not difficult to conclude, as Congress did, that the taint of
[terrorist's] violent activities is so great that working in coordination with them or at their command legitimizes and furthers their
terrorist means,‖ Roberts wrote. ―Moreover, material support meant to promote peaceable, lawful conduct can be diverted to advance
terrorism in multiple ways." A group called the Humanitarian Law Project sought to provide legal training and political advocacy
for a pair of groups designated by the State Department as foreign terrorist organizations. Monday‘s ruling says that support is
illegal because "...all contributions to foreign terrorist organizations--even those for seemingly benign purposes--further those
groups' terrorist activities." The Humanitarian Law Project claimed the law violated its First Amendment rights to free speech and
assembly. The Court‘s ruling said that was not the case. Justice Stephen Breyer took the unusual step of reading his dissent from the bench,
something that is rarely done and often only when a justice feels particularly strong about the outcome of the decision. Breyer said he
could not agree with the Court‘s conclusion that ―the Constitution permits the Government to prosecute the plaintiffs criminally
for engaging in coordinated teaching and advocacy furthering the designated organizations' lawful political objectives." Breyer was
joined in dissent by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor. The case ends 12 years of litigation in which the Humanitarian
Law Project had sought to assist the lawful and nonviolent activities of two separatist groups in Turkey and Sri Lanka. Notwithstanding any
benevolent activities, the United States government says the groups PKK and LTTE are terrorists groups. The Project claimed the
―material support‖ law infringed on their First Amendment rights to advocate and speak on behalf of the separatist groups. But
the Court concluded that it is ―wholly foreseeable‖ any support for these groups would provide them with ―information and
techniques that it could use as part of a broader strategy to promote terrorism, and to threaten, manipulate, and disrupt.‖ It set
aside the Project‘s claims saying its proposals of political advocacy were so broad in scope that they could not prevail on their
constitutional claims. Breyer said he does not dispute the Court‘s concerns about protecting the country from the threat of foreign terrorist
groups. But he said he was unable to determine how applying the law actually achieves that purpose. "I believe the Court has failed to
examine the Government‘s justifications with sufficient care. It has failed to insist upon specific evidence, rather than general assertion. It
has failed to require tailoring of means to fit compelling ends. And ultimately it deprives the individuals before us of the protection
that the First Amendment demands." Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan argued and won the case for the government (Ross, 2010).

Date: June 21, 2010
Source: CNN
Title/Headline: High Court Upholds Terror Law After Free Speech Challenge

Abstract: A divided Supreme Court has ruled the government's power to criminalize "material support" of a terrorist
organization is constitutionally permissible. The 6-3 ruling preserves a key provision of the 2001 Patriot Act, amid claims it
threatens the free-speech rights of Americans who would assist non-violent activities of certain militant and terror groups. At issue
was whether the federal law allows prosecution of those with knowledge of "any service, training, expert advice or assistance" to a foreign
terrorist organization, as designated by the U.S. government (CNN, 2010).

Date: June 28, 2010
Source: Fox News
Title/Headline: Pregnant Women Are Being Sent To U.S. To Have Terrorist Babies, Congressman Says

Abstract: A Texas congressman is warning that terror cells are cooking up a patient, complex plot to literally breed future
terrorists inside the United States. Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert, speaking on the House floor last week, cited as his source a
"retired FBI agent." He said the agent explained to him that foreign terror groups are looking to "game our system" by sending
pregnant women to the United States to give birth to terrorists-in-training, who would have the added advantage of U.S.
citizenship. Of course, the plot wouldn't come to fruition for decades. "It appeared they would have young women, who became pregnant,
would get them into the United States to have a baby. They wouldn't even have to pay anything for the baby," Gohmert said. "And then
they would return back where they could be raised and coddled as future terrorists. And then one day, 20, 30 years down the road,
they can be sent in to help destroy our way of life." Gohmert issued the warning in defense of Arizona's immigration law, which has
come under fire by critics who say it will lead to racial profiling. The Obama administration is planning to sue Arizona over the law,
something Gohmert described as the kind of "stupid" approach to immigration that terrorists plan to exploit. "They figured out
how stupid we are being in this country to allow our enemies to game our system, hurt our economy, get set up in a position to
destroy our way of life, and we won't do anything about it. We'll even sue a state that tries to do something about it," he said (Fox
News, 2010).
Date: July 7, 2010
Source: U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (DHS)
Title/Headline: Terrorism Cases Force More Muslim Americans To Grapple With Homegrown Jihad

Abstract: The scene is becoming too familiar: A young man is arrested for intending to harm innocent people. He may proclaim
he's an Islamic soldier, he may say he wants to be a martyr, or he may have planned a trip overseas with the apparent intent of
shooting at American soldiers. Such descriptions jibe with a number of recent arrests: of Faisal Shahzad, the failed Times Square
bomber from Connecticut who pleaded guilty June 21; of the five American men from Virginia who have been sentenced in
Pakistan to 10 years in prison for conspiring to carry out terrorist attacks; and of Najibullah Zazi, the former airport shuttle-bus
driver from Colorado who pleaded guilty to involvement in a bomb plot against the New York subway system – a plot that
apparently had the involvement of a high-level Al Qaeda operative. Are these simply anomalies, bad apples within the greater law-
abiding Muslim population in the United States? Or do they indicate that something more sinister needs to be confronted within
this population so that the idea of killing innocent people does not become a misguided act of martyrdom? Answering these
questions is one of the most difficult tasks facing the Obama administration. If it decides that some sort of radical form of Islam is making
inroads, it risks provoking millions of peaceful Muslims, who may perceive religious persecution. If the administration decides there isn't a
problem, it may miss future terrorists. Here's part of the mind-set that the government is grappling with: When Mr. Shahzad pleaded
guilty to planting a weapon of mass destruction in Times Square, he told a federal judge that he viewed himself as a "mujahid, a
Muslim soldier." "I am part of the answer to the US terrorizing the Muslim nations and the Muslim people, and on behalf of that,
I'm avenging the attacks," Shahzad said as he explained why he was pleading guilty. Shahzad may not be the only Muslim-
American thinking this way, says Asra Nomani, a Muslim-American and author of "Standing Alone in Mecca: An American
Woman's Struggle for the Soul of Islam." On a more general level, she says, it's not unusual for young Muslims growing up in the
US to have an identity issue: Do they wear hair coverings? Do they marry the Muslim boy or girl next door? "I know the identity
issue because I lived it," Ms. Nomani says. "There is this tug of war inside ourselves of trying to reconcile Islam and being an American."
The hearts and minds of some of these young people could be an easy target for radical Muslims who use YouTube and other websites to
post inflammatory rhetoric. Such rhetoric can be appealing to the young, Nomani says. "My awakening came after 9/11 and my friend
[and Wall Street Journal reporter] Daniel Pearl's kidnapping. And I realized we are asleep at the wheel here, and we have to be
honest about the fact we have a problem inside our community," she says. However, other Muslim commentators say their community
does not endorse radicalism. After Shahzad's bombing attempt in Times Square, the Muslim community condemned his action, says Osama
Siblani, publisher of the Arab American News in Dearborn, Mich. "This is an exception, not the rule," he says, and adds, "I have assured
many people from the younger generation: There is a way to express yourself in a democracy ... even with a decision made in the
White House." Some mainstream Islamic groups say that Shahzad's comments are similar to the rhetoric emanating from radical
groups for years. "The only difference is this took place in an American courtroom instead of on a video from some cave in
Afghanistan," says Ibrahim Hooper, communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington. "I don't
think it will resonate." The official view of the US government seems to meld perspectives. The 2010 Annual Threat Assessment, written
by Dennis Blair, then director of national intelligence, says that violence from home-grown jihadists will persist, but will be sporadic. "A
handful of individuals and small discrete cells will seek to mount attacks each year, with only a small portion of that activity
materializing into violence against the Homeland," the assessment said. It does require walking a tightrope, says Michael P.
Jackson, deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security under the Bush administration. It's fair "to ask the Muslim
community to be sensitive to perversions of their core faith and to teachings of coexistence with other religions," says Mr. Jackson,
now a founder of Firebreak Partners, a security consulting firm in McLean, Va. Recently, Nomani saw firsthand the efforts to avoid
antagonizing certain Islamic groups when she was invited with some think tank analysts to a meeting with Farah Pandith, the US special
representative to Muslim communities. (That position was created last year and is part of the State Department.) "I immediately said that
we have to fundamentally challenge the interpretations of Islam that are claiming our youth," Nomani recalls. "And yet as soon as
I said that, there was an immediate visceral reaction: [The others there] said oh no, the US government can't get into the business
of religion, the business of interpretation." Nomani left the meeting discouraged. "I thought to myself, if that's not part of our
strategy, we are dead in the water, because we are just letting the poison keep infiltrating," she says (Scherer, 2010).

Date: July 12, 2010
Source: Abilene Reporter News, Lance Hunter Voorhees
Title/Headline: Terrorist Recruiting In Prison

Abstract: You‘ve heard their names: alQaida, Hamas, Hezbollah, Taliban and Islamic Jihad. What most haven‘t heard is that
these terrorist organizations are setting up shop in U.S. and Latin American prisons under the guise of ministry. Counterfeit
chaplains are converting prisoners to an extreme form of Islam with an eye to cultivate terroristic saboteurs and martyrs willing to
wrap themselves in explosives and detonate on Main Street U.S.A. The Jihadist endgame is even more diabolical, which is to cause
death and disease of biblical proportions to usher in the end of the world and their Messiah, the Al-Imam al-Mahdi, better known
as the anti-Christ. Does that sound any more far-fetched than Jihadist hijackers flying into the World Trade Center on their way to an
eternal date with 72 virgins? Read on. Dr. J. Michael Waller, Annenberg Professor of International Communication for the Institute of
World Politics, warns of the inroads that radical Muslim chaplains are making in American prisons — North, Central and South America
included. Testifying before the Senate‘s Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security, Dr. Waller stated that Muslim
chaplaincies are ―one of several avenues of infiltration, recruitment, training and operation‖ for terrorist organizations who are
backed by foreign governments like Iran and Syria, who want to gain a foothold in the Western Hemisphere. What begins as a
religious conversion may be adulterated into the cultish fervor that is prevalent in many Islamic mosques and madrasah
seminaries, radicalizing prisoners into a cadre of militant Muslims who will be soldiers in the ultimate Jihad, or Holy War.
Prisoners are pressed into service by threat, or more effectively by bribe paid by the deep pockets of radical Islam. Various U.S.
intelligence sources, including the Israeli Mossad, warn that terror cells are being based throughout Latin America; the highest
concentration being in the tri-bordered area of Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil, known as ―The Muslim Triangle,‖ the Western
Hemisphere‘s terrorist-central. From here, highly funded terror-brokers are systematically seeding almost 8 million square miles
of fertile recruiting ground, building alliances with prison gangs, smuggling rings and drug cartels. As this budding crop of trained
terrorists is harvested, their goal will be to mix in with the 3 to 4 million illegals that yearly cross our 1,952-mile backdoor — the
Mexican border. The problem of militant Islam has also become a hornet‘s nest in U.S. federal prisons, where 9 percent of inmates
request Islamic services, most of whom are African-American. The FBI warns that many prisoners are now leaving prison ―with
extreme Islamist views.‖ Being that history is known to repeat itself, we could soon experience our own wave of ex-con and illegal
immigrant suicide bombings. The loss of life in the U.S. could eventually be staggering and our economy brought to its knees before
the altar of radical Islam, which fits comfortably within Mahdistic theology, the messianic doctrine of militant Islam, which also
drives Iran‘s current foreign policy. In a nutshell, this apocalyptic branch of theology teaches ―The world will not come to an end until
the Al-Imam al-Mahdi takes charge of the affairs of the world.‖ The parallels between the Muslim Mahdi and the Christian anti-Christ
are notable and disconcerting. If Jihadist Islamists are successful at converting Latino and black martyrs through Mahdistic
theology, a race war could ignite within America‘s borders that would make the days of segregation pale in comparison. The U.S.
waited for the tragedy of Sept. 11 before installing bulletproof cockpit doors to help secure the cockpits on America‘s airplanes.
What tragedy awaits the U.S. before she is forced to truly secure America‘s borders and federal prisons? (Vorhees, 2010).

Date: July 13, 2010
Source: MSNBC, Associated Press, Eileen Sullivan
Title/Headline: FBI: Uganda Attacks Signal Terror Group Potential

Abstract: If the Somali terror group al-Shabab is responsible for the deadly attacks in Uganda, it could mean the group is capable
of carrying out successful attacks in Africa and beyond, according to an intelligence assessment by the FBI and Homeland Security
Department. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the explosions that killed 76 people watching the World Cup final in Uganda on
Sunday. Intelligence officials have long warned that sporting events and large gatherings are attractive targets for terrorists.
President Barack Obama, in an interview with South Africa Broadcasting Corp., said the statements indicate that al-Shabab and
other terrorist organizations see Africa "as a potential place where you can carry out ideological battles that kill innocents without
regard to long-term consequences for their short-term tactical gains." The attack would be al-Shabab's first successful strike outside of
Somalia, according to the July 12 intelligence analysis obtained by The Associated Press. The document is marked for official use only and
was distributed to law enforcement officials across the country. U.S. officials have yet to comment publicly on the significance of the
attacks. A senior Obama administration official said there are indications that al-Shabab is responsible for the attacks and that the
U.S. had no warning of them. The official was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Obama said
the attacks were "tragic and ironic", coming as Africans celebrated and watched the World Cup in South Africa. "On the one hand,
you have a vision of an Africa on the move, an Africa that is unified, an Africa that is modernizing and creating opportunities; and on the
other hand, you with forces join to area Minneapolis the left and recruited were men Somali-American 20 about 2008, 2007. Omar
Hammami, a U.S. citizen based in Somalia, has appeared in the terror group's media productions and urged people to travel to
Somalia for terror training, according to a May 21 Homeland Security intelligence assessment about the evolution of terror threats
to the U.S. "We cannot exclude the possibility that U.S. persons aligned with al-Shabab in the Horn of Africa may return to the
U.S., possibly to carry out acts of violence," said the assessment, also obtained by the AP. In June, two New Jersey men were arrested as
they tried to fly from the U.S. to Egypt with plans to continue on to Somalia to join al-Shabab. Shortly before President Barack Obama's
inauguration, U.S. officials were concerned about intelligence they received regarding a potential threat from al-Shabab to the
event. By the time Obama was sworn in, the threat had been debunked. Al-Shabab, which means "The Youth," has been gaining
ground as Somalia's Western-backed government crumbles. The group's goal is to establish an Islamic state in Somalia. The FBI's New
York office and the New York Police Department said Tuesday that a team of investigators, including forensic experts, from the city's Joint
Terrorism Task Force was en route to Uganda to assist authorities with the probe. The senior administration official said the U.S. will look
at what is needed to support the Ugandan government. The bulk of U.S. aid that has recently been sent to Somalia has been delivered to
Uganda, Burundi and Djibouti. Several African nations have pledged forces to the African Union's peacekeeping force in Somalia,
known as AMISOM, and there are now more than 5,000 troops stationed in the country. In several previous operations the U.S.
has provided intelligence and surveillance information and as recently as last September delivered a surgical strike against a
convoy that reportedly killed powerful insurgent Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan (Sullivan, 2010).

Date: July 13, 2010
Source: Sedalia Democrat, Dennis Rich
Title/Headline: National Guard Homeland Response Force Coming To Missouri

Abstract: The U.S. Department of Defense announced Monday that Missouri will be one of 10 states to host National Guard
Homeland Response Force units to help coordinate federal response to a terrorist attack. The Defense Department will place one unit
in each of the 10 Federal Emergency Management Agency regions. Missouri is located in Region VII, which administers FEMA
programs and coordinates federal disaster response in Missouri, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska. The units will include about 570
personnel composed of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive response specialists, as well as command
and control and security forces. According to a news release from Rep Ike Skelton‘s (D-Mo.) office, the Missouri Homeland Response
Force will be established in Fiscal Year 2012. The units will be ready to respond within six to 12 hours of an event, bringing medical,
search and extraction, decontamination, security, and command and control capabilities to bear in a regional response. ―I am very pleased
Missouri will host a National Guard Homeland Response Force. Keeping Americans safe is our number one priority, and this new
Homeland Response Force is part of DoD‘s efforts to improve emergency response,‖ Skelton said. According to the DoD
announcement, the move came about following the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review — a congressionally mandated report put together
every four years that highlights changes and challenges in national defense strategy. The 2010 report calls for improved coordination
with civilian officials and providing resources for large-scale emergency response. Gov. Jay Nixon applauded the move in a statement
released on Monday afternoon. Nixon said the move ―will create as many as 90 new full-time National Guard positions under the
leadership of Adjutant General Stephen L. Danner, and reaffirms our state‘s commitment to supporting and encouraging the United States
military here at home.‖ Scott Holste, a Nixon spokesman, said officials were still reviewing the best community to base the new unit in.
The new units should be established between September 2011 and October 2012. The DoD announced in June that Ohio and
Washington would host the first two units, and are slated to be established in FY 2011. In addition to Missouri, Massachusetts, New
York, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Texas, Utah and California will host the remaining homeland response forces. The DoD announced
in June that Ohio and Washington would host the first two units, and are slated to be established in FY 2011 (Rich, 2010).

Date: July 14, 2010
Source: Toronto Sun, Althia Raj
Title/Headline: Mountie Fears More Canadians Taking Up Jihad

Abstract: Increasing numbers of Canadians are becoming radicalized, taking up violent jihad and leading Canada to become an
exporter of terrorism, a top Mountie told QMI Agency Tuesday. ―We are seeing more and more Canadians being radicalized and
deciding to support the (Islamist) cause through violence,‖ said Gilles Michaud, the RCMP Assistant Commissioner in charge of the
force's national security criminal investigations. ―It is a growing trend that we are very concerned about.‖ Up until recently, officials
believed terror threats would come exclusively from outside Canada and efforts were made to beef up the borders, Michaud said.
―Now, what we are seeing is that threat is growing from inside and is going elsewhere,‖ he said. ―It‘s like we are exporters of
terrorism to a certain extent.‖ Michaud‘s comments come as the Al-Qaida-linked and Somali-based Al-Shabaab group claimed
responsibility for co-ordinated bomb attacks in the Ugandan capital of Kampala that killed 76 people Sunday. Senior White House
administration officials said Tuesday the bombing was Al-Shabaab‘s first terrorist act outside Somalia‘s borders. Although they believe
Uganda was targeted because of its support for Somalia‘s transitional government, other countries, including Western states, could
also be attacked by the ―exceptionally violent‖ group, they said. In Canada, at least six young Somali-Canadian men from the
Toronto-area are believed to have joined Al-Shabaab. One is presumed to have died overseas. Michaud said there are many more
cases of individuals from across the country, including a few Western converts, who travelled abroad to join the jihad movement in
places like Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen, where Al-Qaida is a serious threat. He would not give a specific number but said it was
less than a hundred individuals. The RCMP attempts to track Canadians abroad by working with local enforcement officials where
possible, Michaud said. Under the Criminal Code, officials can prosecute Canadians who perform terrorist acts outside the country‘s
borders. Michaud conceded officials are hesitant to speak out about national security threats but now believe ―Canadians are not
necessarily up to speed with the threats that exist in Canada and the threats Canadians pose externally as well,‖ and are hoping a
public education campaign will provide the RCMP and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) with better leads. ―We don‘t
want to be alarmists and create a state of fear,‖ he said. ―But what I do fear Š is what we don‘t know. ―Who is out there that we are
not aware of that is flying under the radar that is in a position to do something bad?‖ ―Hopefully, the public will be more vigilant
and report suspicious behaviour and don‘t believe that (CSIS and the RCMP) know everything,‖ Michaud said. ―Yeah, we‘ve had
some successes but it doesn‘t mean we are aware of everything that is going on‖ (Raj, 2010).

Date: July 15, 2010
Source: Infowars, Aaron Dykes
Title/Headline: National Guard‟s “Homeland Response Force” To Patrol Missouri, Nine Other States

Abstract: Homeland Response Forces are descending upon Missouri and nine other states, where National Guard units will be the face of
Federal power in the regions in the event of a terrorist attack or disaster. The Sedalia Democrat reports that, along with Missouri, the state
where the report was written, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Texas, Utah and California will also host the National
Guard Homeland Response Forces in the name of fighting terrorism. A unit will be placed within each of the regions established by
FEMA, effectively implementing Federal powers at the state level premptively. The U.S. Department of Defense announced Monday
that Missouri will be one of 10 states to host National Guard Homeland Response Force units to help coordinate federal response to a
terrorist attack. According to the DoD announcement, the move came about following the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review — a
congressionally mandated report put together every four years that highlights changes and challenges in national defense strategy.
The 2010 report calls for improved coordination with civilian officials and providing resources for large-scale emergency response.
Other states that have announced participation in the program include Ohio. This ties in with other recent reports of National
Guard pitted against the domestic population. Infowars reporters recently exposed the National Guard involvement in Vigilant
Guardian exercises training for terrorism & disaster during drills taking place in Chicago, Illinois. Video footage detailing this
activity can be seen exclusively at More shockingly, New York State has further announced the use of National Guard–
merged with police– to aid in curbing the drug trade by intervening in local neighborhoods (despite the cynical fact that the CIA and other
government agencies enable the importation of narcotics). The reports state that the National Guard will even scan vehicles for ‗guns
and drugs‘ using high-tech gamma rays. This roll-out of National Guard is not new, but is being phased in at an accelerated pace.
The publicly-presented mandate for these National Guard troops continues to revolve around the ―disasters‖ and ―terrorism‖
theme. However, the RAND Corp., an authoritative think tank that has proven close to the political agendas actually being implemented,
has prepared the nation for riots within the United States and control of widespread domestic unrest. Their 2009 report ―A Stability Police
Force for the United States‖ [PDF] proposes a ―hybrid‖ military/law enforcement unit that would respond to disasters, but effectively act as
a Federally-controlled policing force implemented within the bounds of States under the guise of controlling domestic riots, preparing for
terrorism and even training for overseas deployment.
The RAND report outlines in part:

         ―The USMS [U.S. Marshalls Service] hybrid option … provides an important nondeployed mission for the force: augmenting
          state and local agencies, many of which currently suffer from severe personnel shortages.‖

         ―Furthermore, the USMS has the broadest law enforcement mandate of any U.S. law enforcement agency…. [This model]
          provides significant domestic policing and homeland security benefits by providing thousands of additional police officers across
          the United States.‖

It is clear that while these events seemingly take place independently, and trickle out of the news without alarm, it is part of a
larger plan to implement National Guard in duties never meant for them to undertake across the country, functioning, in essence,
as another layer of ―authority‖ over the states and inviduals, and taking power under the pretense of national disaster, terror
attack, biological or chemical warfare, the drug war or general domestic unrest. Notice the difference between a response to
something that might happen utilizing the National Guard when needed vs. the premeditated deployment of the National Guard along the
10 regional lines drawn by FEMA to serve at any pretext that can be justified. I have included both a RAND Corp. study for integrated
National Guard response following Hurricane Katrina as well as an Army report playing out the joint command structures and integrated
control of National Guard between Federal and State authorities, all closely paralleling the rise of Fusion Centers to ‗protect the homeland.‘
The table outlines how the effects and response requirements of several scenarios now being envisioned by the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security — from radiological, nuclear, and biological terrorist attacks to a major earthquake — would be generally
comparable to the effects and response requirements experienced in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Thus, the lessons so painfully
learned from the hurricane could help America become stronger for all types of future catastrophic domestic emergencies. Numerous
difficulties beset the military response. The initial call-up of the U.S. Army National Guard in Louisiana and Mississippi was
hindered by the fact that each state had a brigade, or about 3,000 troops, redeploying from Iraq. It took more than three days for
roughly 6,000 backup troops to arrive from other states, because many had neither planned nor exercised for such emergencies. As
the forces flowed into the region, they lacked command and control, because it took more than a week for U.S. National Guard (henceforth
national guard) division headquarters staffs to arrive. Finally, the president did not decide until the end of the first week of the
response to send in active-duty land units from the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps, in part because most of these units were
either overseas or preparing to deploy.

To improve military disaster-response efforts, the U.S. Army should take the following steps:

         Give state national guard units the federal mission to conduct homeland security activities, as is the case today for planning and
          funding counterdrug operations.
         Create ten regional national guard rapid-reaction homeland security task forces.
         Collocate these task forces with the regional planning offices of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
         Create opportunities for the regional national guard task forces to train regularly with local first responders, including law
          enforcement officials, and other local units that are focused on counterterrorism and weapons of mass destruction.
         Train state national guard units for rapid response not only within their states but also for emergencies in other states.
         Prepare governors to call up state national guard units quickly and involuntarily for active-duty, out-of-state emergencies.
         Establish plans to use the Air National Guard or commercial airlines to fly designated national guard units to out-of-state
         Prepare state officials to designate backup national guard units that could fill in during disaster response operations for national
          guard units deployed overseas.
         Assign both national guard and active-duty army units to homeland security missions as part of the army‘s routine unit-readiness
          planning process.
         Prepare state and federal leaders to select quickly from a set of predefined command-and-control alternatives, giving the lead to
          federal or state task forces, depending on the characteristics of an emergency.
Excerpts from Army Paper Discussing Use of National Guard for Homeland Disaster & Terrorism Response, Including Debate Over
Military Command in Light of State vs. Federal Control

Command and Control: Command and Control of Military Forces in the Homeland:

 ―To serve in the National Guard is to accept a dual mission. You can be called on to defend the country against enemies abroad, or to
protect lives and property here at home in times of local emergency.― ~Richard B. Cheney

The U.S. military and state National Guard have a long and proud tradition of defending our nation from attack and assisting civil
authority during times of crisis. Notwithstanding their primary Federal purpose of fighting wars, the frequency with which U.S.
military forces are employed for missions related to homeland security has risen dramatically since 9/11. This change is
understandable given the increase in the perceived and actual threat to the United States. The American military, which is one of the largest
Federal investments, is arguably the most versatile organization in terms of capability and responsiveness. Fiscal appropriations by
Congress for its organizational structure, composition, and equipment are intended to satisfy the current National Military
Strategy. In an effort to streamline military roles and responsibilities for homeland defense2and civil support, several notable
changes have taken place since 9/11. First, Presidential authority established U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) in 2002.
Second, the National Guard reorganized itself at the state level and launched a series of homeland defense and security programs. Likewise,
the National Guard Bureau (NGB) also transformed itself by improving its national coordinating ability and refining its supporting role for
state governments and the national defense community. Finally, Congress changed the Federal law (Title 32) that governs the National
Guard to create the legal framework for the executive branch to employ the Guard in homeland defense and civil support actions.

Polarizing Domestic Military Assistance: After witnessing complications in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Governor Rick
Perry of Texas was determined to lead the Hurricane Rita response by retaining command and control over the Texas National
Guard. In response to a White House request to establish an Active-duty officer as a dual-status commander, Governor Perry requested
Presidential authorization for a Texas National Guard officer to be approved as a dual-status commander. Hurricane Rita did not have
the impact on Texas that Katrina had on Louisiana, and significant Federal military support was not required. Nevertheless,
Governor Perry‘s request went unfulfilled, and unity of command under a dual-status arrangement never happened. Federal
forces operating in Texas answered to the Federal chain of command that ran back to USNORTHCOM versus integrating with the
state military response directly. The stalemate over C2 left the impression with Governors and Guard members that National Guard dual-
status commanders are not trusted to lead both state and Federal forces for a disaster response.

State Command: The first option is state command and consists purely of National Guard forces ordered to duty by a Governor. Every
aspect of such National Guard employment is in accordance with state law and funded by the state. Several hundred Guardsmen around
the Nation are in state Active-duty status every day performing state missions such as search and rescue, incident response, and
critical infrastructure protection. These missions also provide a domestic deterrent against potential attackers and indirectly
support the Nation‘s homeland defense and homeland security missions. The other status that falls under state command is Title 32, by
which Guardsmen perform duties to accomplish training for their Federal mission or execute operational missions approved by the Federal
Government, such as counterdrug or homeland defense activities. The use of state command employs a Joint Force Headquarters-State
(JFHQ-State) providing command and control for all in-state National Guard forces. The JFHQ-State can also act as a joint
Service headquarters for national-level response efforts during contingency operations. In this role, the JFHQ-State will generate a
tailored JTF to assume tactical control of National Guard units supporting emergency response requirements. For operations that demand a
large response force or multiple unique military capabilities, subordinate JTFs may be generated. The primary advantages of the state
command option include the preservation of state sovereignty over the response effort, detailed local area knowledge, clear lines of
command, unity of effort, unity of command, avoidance of Posse Comitatus restrictions, and fast response times. With a state-only
Guard response, Governors retain their constitutional authority and control. Additionally, this option maximizes familiarity with local
conditions, resources, personalities, and organizations. Because Governors‘ constitutional responsibilities span a range of issues from
enforcement of civil order to protection of critical infrastructure, the National Guard is a powerful capability in supporting a
Governor‘s ability to discharge the duties of office effectively.

Parallel Comman: The second command option introduces Federal military forces under the command and control of
USNORTHCOM. For civil support operations, the Federal military responds to DOD-approved requests that originate from an
incident command within a state, and USNORTHCOM employs capabilities that operate in parallel with state Guard forces. The
underlying assumption for this approach is that the Federal military is available and prepared to respond. Additionally, it is
assumed that the National Guard will already be operationally engaged, given their proximity and ability to respond rapidly. Parallel
state/Federal commands have been used exclusively since Operation Winter Freeze in 2004 for operations ranging from the
deployment of Navy salvage divers to multiple JTFs with thousands of troops. In all cases, USNORTHCOM operates in support of a
Federal agency responsible for an emergency support function (ESF) with the exception of ESF-3, Public Works and Engineering, which is
the responsibility of the Army Corps of Engineers. The Federal response usually only occurs in support of the already ongoing state

Dual-status Command: The dual-status command structure combines the advantages of the state command option and the parallel
command option. The dual-status command structure addresses the unity of command dilemma directly. Under this construct, National
Guard commanders on Title 32 status are ordered to Federal Active duty (Title 10 status), retaining their state commission when activated.
This dual-status provides the statutory authority for one person to command both state and Federal military forces simultaneously.
This permits the dual-hatted commander to control a unified military response at the operational level in support of the state. In
figure 4, a notional dual-status command illustrates the chain of command beginning with the President and Governor. National
Guard forces in state Active-duty or Title 32 status perform state missions under the authority of the Governor, and assigned Title 10
Federal forces perform defense support of civil authority for USNORTHCOM. The advantages of the dual-status command include a
Governor retaining authority over the response, clear lines of command, and the ability to integrate Federal military forces
operationally to achieve unity of effort. Conversely, Presidential C2 is preserved. Every advantage previously described for the state
command applies to the dual-status command.

Federal Command: The final option is a pure Title 10 Federal command. In this arrangement, all National Guard forces are
federalized and integrated with Active-duty forces under the command and control of USNORTHCOM. Resorting to this option is
unlikely unless an extreme event unfolds and a state is completely overwhelmed and local government ceases to operate. Under
these conditions, the President is constitutionally obligated to restore public order and enforce the laws of the United States. The Federal
Government unilaterally makes decisions, and Presidential involvement is expected to be significant until functioning civil authority is
restored in the affected state.
The advantages of a Federal command are that it preserves U.S. sovereignty, leverages the Total Force, and establishes unity of
command and effort. The disadvantages include the compromise of state sovereignty, political cost of federalizing the National
Guard, and economic cost of taking charge of the response (Dykes, 2010).

Date: July 17, 2010
Source: Fox News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: Some Suspects Released With Conditions In Long-Running Investigation Of Minnesota Somalis

Abstract: When Minnesota Somalis began traveling to their war-torn homeland to take up arms nearly three years ago, authorities
initially feared they might someday return as domestic terrorists. But recent court activity suggests at least some of the men are not as
dangerous as once feared. Five have been allowed to go free with various conditions as their cases work through the court system,
including two who admitted spending time in a terrorist training camp. After months in custody, the pair have gradually received more
freedom, and are now living with family members."Judges tend to err on the side of caution in these cases," said Stephen Vladeck,
an associate law professor at American University in Washington. So for a court to release a terrorism suspect, the judge "found
clearly and convincingly that the defendant is not a threat." Roughly 20 men — all but one of Somali descent — left Minnesota
from December 2007 through October 2009 to join al-Shabab, a violent group that seeks to establish an Islamic state in Somalia.
The federal government designated al-Shabab a foreign terrorist organization in March 2008, and said it has ties to al-Qaida. The threat
posed by al-Shabab took on more urgency last week, when the group claimed responsibility for twin bombings in Uganda that
killed 76 people during the World Cup final. It was the first time al-Shabab had struck outside Somalia's borders. In a new audio
message released Thursday, the militant group's leader threatened further attacks. It's unclear whether any Minnesota men were involved in
the attack. The FBI is assisting the investigation in Uganda. Federal officials are still seeking some of the Minnesota suspects, and
authorities warn the group could still pose a threat in the future. "These individuals still present a dangerousness because of the
ideology involved and the training that they get in camps," said E.K. Wilson, an FBI spokesman in Minneapolis. At least initially, many
of the men appear to have been motivated not by anger at America but at turmoil in their Somali homeland, which has not had a
functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew a socialist dictator and then turned on each other, plunging the African
nation of 7 million into chaos. In late 2006, Ethiopian soldiers were brought into Somalia by a weak U.N.-backed government that was
struggling to regain control of the country. Many Somalis saw that occupation as an invasion, and they viewed the Ethiopian soldiers as
abusive and heavy-handed. In Minnesota, home of the largest population of Somali immigrants in the United States, anti-Ethiopian
sentiment became commonplace — in coffee shops, households and public venues. By the fall of 2007, some Somali men were holding
secret meetings at Minneapolis mosques and homes, plotting ways to fight the Ethiopians, court documents said. The men were
accused of varying degrees of involvement in the movement to return to Somalia. Court documents say some helped pay for weapons
or travel. Another person came up with a fundraising scheme. Others went to Somalia to learn to use machine guns and rocket-propelled
grenades. At least one man helped ambush Ethiopian troops. Someone else carried out a suicide bombing. "Nationalism may have played
a role in the initial attraction or initial draw of these individuals, but radicalism and violent extremism at some point was
introduced to many of them," Wilson said. Charges have been filed against 14 men — including some people who traveled to
Somalia and some who did not. Seven of those charged are still at large. One man is in the Netherlands fighting extradition to the
U.S., a process that could take many more months. All except one of the men who are in Minnesota were deemed fit for release with
some conditions. For instance, Salah Osman Ahmed and Abdifatah Yusuf Isse both went to Somalia and later pleaded guilty to
providing material support to terrorists (Fox News, 2010).

Date: July 18, 2010
Source: Chicago Sun Times, Frank Main
Title/Headline: 'Scary' Growth Of Gangs In War Zones

Abstract: Chicago cop who served in Afghanistan and Iraq has warning: Gang members are coming home with military training
Being in a street gang is now forbidden for members of the U.S. armed forces. But you might not guess that if you were to visit U.S.
military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to soldiers who have recently served there. Jeffrey Stoleson, a Wisconsin
corrections official, returned from Iraq in January with photos of gang graffiti on armored vehicles, latrines and buildings. Stoleson, a
sergeant with a National Guard unit, was there for nine months to help the Army set up a prison facility outside Baghdad. "I saw Maniac
Latin Disciples graffiti out of Chicago," Stoleson said, adding that there was a lot of graffiti for Texas and California gangs, as well
as Mexican drug cartels. A Chicago Police officer -- who retired from the regular Army and was recently on a tour of Afghanistan
in the Army Reserve -- said Bagram Air Base was covered with Chicago gang graffiti, everything from the Gangster Disciples'
pitchfork to the Latin Kings' crown. "It seems bigger now," said the officer, who previously served a tour in Iraq, where he also
saw gang graffiti. Now back in Chicago, the officer said he has arrested high-level gang members who have served in the military
and kept the "Infantryman's bible" -- called the FM 7-8 -- in their homes. The book describes how to run for cover, fire a weapon
tactically and do the "three- to five-second rushes" seen in war movies. "It's scary," he said. In 2006, Stoleson saw similar graffiti in
Iraq during another tour of duty there. That year, the Chicago Sun-Times reported on gangs in the military -- and published
several of Stoleson's photos of gang graffiti. Congress eventually banned members of the military from belonging to street gangs.
And last November, the Defense Department added the ban to its rules. Spokesmen for the Army and Defense Department said they could
not provide figures on how many soldiers have been thrown out of the military or otherwise disciplined as a result of gang membership.
Stoleson, who stressed he was not speaking for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections or the Army, said it appears the problem
is worse than ever. He warned that soldiers who return to gang life back home are especially dangerous because they know military tactics
that they can use against the police and the public -- as a Marine did in 2005 when he killed a police officer and wounded three others in a
California ambush.
"Gang members are coming home now with one or two tours," he said. "Some were on the field of battle." Civilian contractors in
Iraq are part of the gang problem overseas, Stoleson said. He said he was involved in destroying a large quantity of drugs
confiscated from U.S. contractors in Iraq (Main, 2010).

Date: July 19, 2010
Source: Fox News, Christina Corbin
Title/Headline: N. Carolina Man Appears To Be Top Editor Of Al Qaeda Magazine, U.S. Officials Say

Abstract: A young North Carolina man who has moved to Yemen appears to be the editor-in-chief of a flashy new Al Qaeda
magazine that features bomb-making instructions and an article by Usama bin Laden, U.S. officials said Monday. Samir Khan, a
24-year-old American citizen who left the country last October, is believed to be the top editor of Inspire, a newly launched online
magazine that seeks to recruit members of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula – the notorious terror group's Yemeni branch that is
linked to the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound U.S. flight last Christmas. The 67-page online publication, written in colloquial
English and launched last month, features flashy graphics and punchy headlines like "Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom,‖ as
well an article on global warming said to be written by Bin Laden. Anwar Al-Awlaki, an America-born cleric linked to several
attacks on the U.S., including the Foot Hood massacre and the failed Times Square car bomb plot, has held a prominent role with
the site and was thought to be its key proponent. Al-Awlaki, designated by the U.S. Treasury Department on Friday as a key leader in Al
Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, recently posted an article on the site titled ―May Our Souls be Sacrificed for You,‖ in which he called
for the Seattle cartoonist who launched "Everybody Draw Muhammad Day" to be executed. But intelligence sources told Fox
News on Monday that they believe Khan, a web-savvy Charlotte, N.C., man who reportedly moved to Yemen to study Arabic, may
be the mastermind behind the site – which some in the intelligence community are calling Al Qaeda's most ambitious terrorist
recruitment tool to date. Intelligence analysts say Khan represents a new generation of computer-savvy radicals whose online tactics have
become increasingly influential in recruiting violent jihadists abroad and promoting acts of terrorism within the U.S. "Khan‘s capabilities
of publishing things fairly quickly and his web savviness elevates him in Al Qaeda‘s PR media arm,‖ said David Draper, director of
strategic operations for NEFA, a U.S. terror-watch group. ―The launch of this English magazine is extraordinarily important.‖ Khan
first gained attention in 2007 when intelligence officials began monitoring his militant Islamic blog, "Inshallahshaheed‖ ("A martyr
soon if God wills") from his parents‘ home in Charlotte, N.C. Citing free speech laws, U.S. officials never charged him with a crime,
arguing that Khan‘s website never crossed the line from inflammatory rhetoric to violence. Khan was born in Saudi Arabia and moved to
Queens, N.Y., when he was 7. profiled Khan in 2008, traveling to Charlotte to interview him about his website, which called
for the death of U.S. soldiers in Iraq and featured blood-drenched videos of U.S. troops injured in combat. Khan declined to comment,
saying only that the messages on his blog ―represent Muslims.‖ In a later e-mail sent to, Khan lashed out at the "arrogance"
of the media, saying it should focus instead on converting to Islam. "When you go down in to the earth six feet deep, nothing will
matter except what Religion you died upon," he wrote. Draper and other terrorism analysts say Khan‘s new role with the Al
Qaeda website gives U.S. officials ample evidence to charge him with aiding a terrorist organization. Under the Patriot Act, he said,
U.S. authorities ―have enough to charge him with providing material support." "You do not have the right to aid and abet a
terrorist organization in the United States,‖ added Neil Livingstone, chairman and CEO of ExecutiveAction LLC, a security consultancy
based in Washington. ―You can agree with Al Qaeda‘s ends and means, but the moment that you start recruiting or sending
messages, you‘ve run afoul of the law‖ (Corbin, 2010).

Date: July 19, 2010
Source: Fox News
Title/Headline: FBI Warning Of Al Qaeda Hit Lists, Bomb-Making Tips Led To Shutdown Of Blogging Site

Abstract: A popular website that hosted more than 70,000 bloggers was shut down suddenly last week after the FBI informed its
chief technology officer that the site contained hit lists, bomb-making documents and links to Al Qaeda materials, it was reported on
Monday. When the WordPress platform went dead, the initial explanation from the site's host,, was that ―a law-
enforcement agency‖ had ordered it to shut down, citing a ―history of abuse.‖ The explanation caused a wave of conspiracy theories in
the blogosphere. But according to a report on CNET Monday, shut down when it became spooked by a
letter from the FBI, in which the bureau detailed the presence of terrorist materials among the blog posts. CTO Joe Marr
explained that the FBI contacted them with a request for voluntary emergency disclosure of information, bringing to their attention that
terrorist material presenting a threat to the lives of Americans was found on a server hosted. FBI agents said they wanted specific,
immediate information about the people who posted the material. Paul Bresson, unit chief for the FBI's national press office, wrote in an
email to Monday that shut down the website on its own. "We did not make a request to shut down a website,"
Bresson wrote. executives and public relations staffers were not available for comment; answering machines at the office
appeared to be disconnected. Bloggers had been theorizing for days about the shutdown, mostly speculating about conspiracies and anti-
piracy movements. File-sharing news site TorrentFreak claimed it was most likely the work of anti-piracy authorities. The site speculated
that it could be part of a new initiative called "Operation: In Our Sites," designed to crack down on Internet piracy and
counterfeiting under the authority of Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria
Espinel. "Operation: In Our Sites" has already targeted numerous sites including, Movies-Links.TV,,,,,, and Others wondered whether
this was a step by the government to assert control over the Web. Just weeks ago, a plan giving the President emergency power to
turn off the Internet was approved by the Senate. The reality turns out to be much more serious. A representative for said the
company had offered Blogetery's operator his money back, but that "should be the least of his concerns." ―Simply put: We cannot give
him his data nor can we provide any other details," the representative said. "By stating this, most would recognize that something
serious is afoot‖ (Fox News, 2010).

Date: July 21, 2010
Source: Fox News, Joshua Rhett Miller
Title/Headline: Virginia Man Arrested On Charges He Aided Terror Group

Abstract: The Virginia man who warned on a radical Islamic website that the creators of the cartoon series "South Park" will be
targeted for death for their caricature of the Prophet Muhammad has been arrested on charges that he provided material support
to the terrorist organization Al-Shabab, federal officials said Wednesday. Zachary Adam Chesser, aka Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee,
admitted to federal agents that he attempted on two occasions to travel to Somalia to join Al-Shabab as a foreign fighter. After he was
stopped from boarding a flight from New York to Uganda on July 10, Chesser, 20, allegedly admitted that he intended to travel
from Uganda to Somalia. Chesser, of Fairfax County, Va., attempted to board the plane with his infant son; court records allege he
intended to use his son as part of his cover to avoid detection. "This case exposes the disturbing reality that extreme radicalization
can happen anywhere, including Northern Virginia," said U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride. "This young man is accused of seeking to join
Al-Shabab, a brutal terrorist organization with ties to Al Qaeda. These allegations underscore the need for continued vigilance against
homegrown terror threats." According to a court affidavit, Chesser allegedly discussed in a series of interviews with law enforcement
officials how he has maintained several online profiles dedicated to extremist jihad propaganda. These profiles were allegedly used
by Chesser to post pro-jihad messages and videos online. "We can't fight terrorists alone," said FBI Assistant Director in Charge
Shawn Henry. "Religious leaders of all faiths, family members and particularly the younger members of our communities need to
speak up and speak out against individuals who participate in actions like those alleged here." In April, spoke to
Chesser after he posted a warning on the website following the 200th episode of "South Park," which included a
caricature of the Prophet Muhammad disguised in a bear suit. The young man, who just two years ago was studying foreign languages
at George Mason University, wrote on the site that Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the cartoon's creators, "will probably end up" like
Theo van Gogh, a Dutch filmmaker who was murdered in 2004 after making a film critical of Islamic society. "It's not a threat, but
it really is a likely outcome," Chesser told "They're going to be basically on a list in the back of the minds of a large
number of Muslims. It's just the reality." Chesser's father, David, said he was unaware of the arrest and declined further comment when
reached on Wednesday. Chesser's mother, Barbara, reached at her office in Washington, also declined comment. Chesser is scheduled to
make his initial court appearance in U.S. District Court in Virginia on Thursday. The U.S. Department of State designated Al-Shabab as
a foreign terrorist organization on Feb. 29, 2008, describing it as a violent and brutal extremist group based in Somalia with
affiliations to Al Qaeda (Miller, 2010).

Date: July 22, 2010
Source: ABC News, Mary Pemberton
Title/Headline: Alaska Pair Pleads Guilty To Lying About Hit List

Abstract: A National Weather Service employee and his British-born wife pleaded guilty Wednesday to domestic terrorism charges
of lying to the FBI about a hit list of possible targets who the couple suspected were enemies of Islam. Paul Rockwood Jr. and his
wife, Nadia Rockwood, of King Salmon, Alaska, were charged with lying about the list and making false statements about domestic
terrorism during interviews with FBI agents in May. The FBI alleged that the list had about 15 targets. Its contents were not made
public, but officials said none of those targeted lived in Alaska. Under a plea deal, Paul Rockwood, 35, who worked as a meteorological
technician for the weather service, will get eight years in prison, the maximum allowed. His 36-year-old wife, who is five months
pregnant, will be allowed to return to the United Kingdom and serve five years of probation there. Neither was held in custody
prior to the hearing. U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline did not immediately sign off on the plea deal. He set sentencing for Aug. 23.
Prosecutors alleged that Paul Rockwood, also known as "Bilal," converted to Islam about a decade ago and began studying the
teachings of American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who has professed hatred for the United States and supports acts of terrorism.
According to court documents, Paul Rockwood converted to Islam in late 2001 or 2002, when the couple lived in Virginia. "After his
conversion, and while residing in Virginia, Rockwood became a strict adherent to the violent Jihad-promoting ideology of cleric Anwar al-
Awlaki," documents said. "This included a personal conviction that it was his religious responsibility to exact revenge by death on
anyone who desecrated Islam." Federal authorities claimed Rockwood began researching and selecting possible targets for future
execution by visiting websites. They alleged that after he moved to Alaska in 2006, he began researching explosive components,
construction of remote triggering devices, such as cell phones, and construction of bombs to be delivered by common mail carriers.
Authorities said that in late 2009, he began discussing using mail bombs and possibly killing targets by gunshot to the head. They
said that by early this year, he had formalized his list. Prosecutors said he gave the list of targets to his wife in April, and she carried it with
her on a trip to Anchorage, where the FBI obtained it. Officials did not disclose how the FBI got it or how they knew of its existence. Nadia
Rockwood admitted in court that she was aware that her husband wanted to seek revenge and knew the purpose of the list. But when
questioned by authorities, she denied delivering the list and instead said it was a book or letter. When the FBI interviewed her husband, he
denied having created the list, its purpose or ever having had a list. Rockwood will be held in custody until sentencing. Nadia Rockwood,
who holds dual citizenship in the United Kingdom and the U.S., will be released to take care of the couple's 4-year-old child in
Anchorage until her sentencing. U.S. Attorney for Alaska Karen L. Loeffler said the domestic terrorism case was the first of its
kind in Alaska. "I'm comfortable this is a fair and good result," she said. King Salmon is a small community of a few hundred
people on the Alaska Peninsula (Pemberton, 2010).
Date: August 4, 2010
Source: Fox News, Mike Tobin
Title/Headline: Jihad Wannabe

Abstract: Court documents don‘t indicate that 26-year-old Shaker Masri had any contacts with the Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Shabab,
global jihadist organization. He didn‘t have any weapons and didn‘t have substantial money. What he had, according to his
criminal complaint, was a desire to join them and a plan to get to Somalia so he could. FBI Special Agent Ross Rice says he is part of
a growing trend both locally in the mid-west and nationally. Federal authorities arrested Masri hours before he was scheduled to leave
Chicago‘s Midway airport, en route to Los Angeles. From LA he planned to drive to Mexico. He believed from Mexico he could travel to
Somalia with less scrutiny. Masri faces two charges: Attempting to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization
and attempting to provide that support through the use of a weapon of mass destruction. In this case, the weapon of mass destruction
is defined as a suicide bomb. The criminal complaint says Masri told a federal informant that he wanted to become a ―Martyr‖ by wearing
a suicide vest. ―I wish to know how to [sic] the explosive belt is made…I will wear one and I will not take it off.‖ If convicted, Masri
faces a maximum of 15 years in prison for each count. He is currently being held in Chicago‘s Metropolitan Correctional Center without
bond pending a hearing on Monday, July 9 th (Tobin, 2010).

Date: August 23, 2010
Source: AOL News, Allan Lengel
Title/Headline: FBI Hunts For Suspected Wisconsin Campus Bomber 40 Years Later

Abstract: Forty years ago Tuesday, a van loaded with explosives rocked the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, killing one
person and wounding three others -- all part of a protest against the war in Vietnam. It was also the biggest domestic terrorism
attack until the Oklahoma City bombing 25 years later. Three of four of the anti-war culprits were captured and served time in prison.
But 40 years later, the hunt for the fourth suspect -- Leo Burt, a student and aspiring journalist at the time -- continues. "We're still
pursuing leads like he's still alive," Bruce Carroll, a campus police detective assigned to the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, told
AOL News. "I've expressed my doubts in the past that he's still alive. It would be very hard to live totally undercover for 40 years.
That being said, stranger things have happened. "But we've had a bunch of leads and we still have leads that are active," he said.
On Monday, the FBI upped the profile of the case, prominently displaying a story on its website that began: "Where is Leo Burt? You can
earn up to $150,000 by helping us find him." The bombing occurred on Aug. 24, 1970. The country was in turmoil. Richard Nixon
was president. The rock 'n' roll landscape was flush with giants like the Rolling Stones and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. And
campuses like the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor were bubbling with the anti-war,
anti-establishment sentiments that were polarizing the nation. According to published reports, the protesters parked a van loaded with
2,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil outside the East Wing of Sterling Hall, which housed the Army Math Research Center that
conducted research for the military. The building also housed the physics department. The potent bomb went off at 3:42 a.m. The
bombers said the explosives were never intended to hurt anyone. But the blast killed physics researcher Robert Fassnacht, a father
of three, who was reportedly finishing up some work before heading off on a family vacation. It also wounded three others and
caused an estimated $2.1 million in damage to the the university (Lengel, 2010).

Date: August 26, 2010
Source: Fox News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: Man Reportedly Arrested In Terror Probe Appeared On 'Canadian Idol'

Abstract: Two terrorism suspects made a brief appearance in court on Thursday, and a third man, who appeared on Canada's
version of "American Idol," has reportedly been arrested as part of an alleged homegrown plot. Police arrested two Ottawa
residents Wednesday and said they expected more arrests. The Toronto Star reported the third arrest, of Khuram Sher, on Thursday.
Sher appeared on the reality show "Canadian Idol" in 2008 in which he sings a comical version of Avril Lavigne's "Complicated," complete
with dance moves that include a moonwalk. He told the judges he's from Pakistan and likes hockey, music and acting. Police didn't
immediately respond to messages seeking confirmation Sher was arrested. Hiva Alizadeh and Ahmed Misbahuddin appeared in court
Thursday. A government official has described it as a homegrown plot targeting Canada. The official was not authorized to comment
publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Officials have declined to specify the allegations. A news conference is planned for
Thursday afternoon. A judge remanded Alizadeh and Misbahuddin in custody until they appear again, by video, next Wednesday.
Misbahuddin's lawyer, Ian Carter, said the charges are serious and his client, a husband and father, could be put away "for a long
time." "He is in shock. That's all I can say," Carter said. Police descended on a home in Canada's national capital of Ottawa early
Wednesday. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a news release they were executing search warrants in connection with
the case. Matthew Weiler, a neighbor, said a man and woman had lived at the address for at least six months and that the woman usually
was veiled in public. Carolina Ayala, who lives four doors down from the couple, said she saw the man wearing blue hospital scrubs and
thinks he may have worked at a hospital. A few miles away a police car sat outside an apartment building where a second raid was carried
out. The arrests come four years after the apprehension of the so-called Toronto 18, suspects in a homegrown terror plot that
involved the attempted setting off of truck bombs in front of Canada's main stock exchange and two government buildings. The
ringleaders and others have been convicted. Canadian Security Intelligence Service director Dick Fadden alluded to the possibility of
other homegrown terrorist cases in comments to a Parliament public safety committee last month (Fox News, 2010).
Date: August 30, 2010
Source: Fox News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: Two Men Arrested On Terror Suspicion On Flight From Chicago To Amsterdam

Abstract: Two men from the Detroit area were arrested in Amsterdam on a flight arriving from Chicago, reportedly suspected of
assessing the aviation system for a potential future terror attack. The two men did not have prohibited items on them, a law
enforcement official told Fox News, saying that although knives were found in their checked luggage, such checked items aren't prohibited.
Law enforcement officials also found several non-functioning cell phones taped together, a phone taped to a Pepto Bismol bottle and a
knife and box cutter in checked luggage connected with the men. "Suspicious items were located in checked luggage associated with
two passengers on United Flight 908 from Chicago O'Hare to Amsterdam," the Transportation Safety Administration said in a
written statement. "The items were not deemed to be dangerous in and of themselves." Law enforcement identified the men as Ahmed
Mohamed Nasser al Soofi and Hezam al Murisi. Neither was on the no-fly list, nor were there any active warrants for their arrest. Al Soofi
was supposed to fly from Chicago to Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia, and then on to Amsterdam, the official
said. But when he got to Chicago, he changed his travel plans to take a direct flight from Chicago to Amsterdam. Al Murisi also
changed his travel plans in Chicago to take a direct flight to Amsterdam, raising suspicion among U.S. officials. Federal Air marshals
were on the flight from Chicago to Amsterdam, a law enforcement official said. Homeland Security spokeswoman Amy Kudwa said once
officials found suspicious items in luggage associated with two passengers on Sunday night's flight, they notified the Dutch authorities. FBI
agents in Chicago are assisting Dutch investigators as needed, an FBI spokesman told Fox News. As of Monday night, the Associated Press
reported that FBI agents had visited the Detroit neighborhood where several addresses were found for variations of al Soofi's name,
according to neighbors who declined to give their names. ABC News, which first reported the arrests, quoted an unnamed U.S. official
saying that the pair were charged by the Dutch with "preparation of a terrorist attack." One of the men initially drew suspicion
when boarding a flight from Birmingham, Ala., to Chicago, but authorities allowed him to board, ABC News reports. Another law
enforcement official said, as of Monday night, the men had not been charged with anything in the U.S. The law enforcement officials
spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation and sensitive security issues. Sources told Fox News that the men
posed no immediate danger to the flight, but U.S. officials are looking into whether the men were "testing the system‖ (Fox News,

Date: September 4, 2010
Source: Fox News, Mike Levine
Title/Headline: Al Qaeda-Linked American Terrorist Unveiled, As Charges Await Him In U.S.

Abstract: A week after the 9/11 attacks, a young Muslim at the University of South Alabama told the school's newspaper it was
"difficult to believe a Muslim could have done this." Now, eight years later, he is professing to launch attacks himself and calling
on others to join the fight, as terror-related charges await him at home in Alabama, FOX News has learned exclusively. Abu Mansour
al-Amriki — or "The American" — has become one of the most recognizable and outspoken voices of terrorist propaganda. He has been
in war-torn Somalia for several years, fighting the secular government there with a group known as al-Shabaab, which has ties to
Al Qaeda and was labeled a terrorist organization by the U.S. government last year. Only recently has he taken on a starring —
and jarring — role in al-Shabaab's outreach efforts. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been looking into him for several years. In
fact, a grand jury in Mobile, Ala., has already indicted him on charges of providing material support to terrorists, a source said. It's unclear
when the indictment was filed. Al-Amriki first surfaced in October 2007, when Al-Jazeera TV aired a report about the "common
goal" of Al Qaeda and hard-line militants in Somalia. The report described al-Amriki as "a fighter" and "military instructor," but he
concealed his face with a cloth wrap throughout the report. In April, he showed his face for the first time, during a highly-polished, 30-
minute recruitment video posted online. It featured anti-American hip-hop and sporadic images of Usama bin Laden. In the video, he
purportedly led a group of al-Shabaab militants in an ambush of pro-government forces in Somalia. Speaking about one man
killed in the fight, he said, "We need more like him, so if you can encourage more of your children and more of your neighbors,
anyone around, to send people like him to this jihad, it would be a great asset for us." (Fox, 2009).

Date: September 10, 2010
Source: CNS News, Associated Press, Lolita C. Baldor
Title/Headline: Report: US Must Deal With Domestic Radical Problem

Abstract: The U.S. was slow to take seriously the threat posed by homegrown radicals and the government has failed to put
systems in place to deal with the growing phenomenon, according to a new report compiled by the former heads of the Sept. 11
Commission. The report says U.S. authorities failed to realize that Somali-American youths traveling from Minnesota to
Mogadishu in 2008 to join extremists was not an isolated issue. Instead, the movement was one among several instances of a broader,
more diverse threat that has surfaced across the country. "Our long-held belief that homegrown terrorism couldn't happen here has
thus created a situation where we are today stumbling blindly through the legal, operational and organizational minefield of
countering terrorist radicalization and recruitment occurring in the United States," said the report, which was obtained by The
Associated Press. As a result, there is still no federal agency specifically charged with identifying radicalization or working to prevent
terrorist recruitment of U.S. citizens and residents, said the report, slated to be released Friday by the Washington-based Bipartisan Policy
Center's National Security Preparedness Group. The group, headed by former 9-11 commission leaders Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton,
laid out a detailed description of domestic terror incidents ranging from the Fort Hood, Texas, shooting spree and the attempted
Christmas Day airliner attack in late 2009 to last May's botched truck bombing in New York's Times Square. Over the past year,
terrorism experts and government officials have warned of the threat posed by homegrown radicals, saying terror recruits who go
abroad could return to the U.S. to carry out attacks. But the U.S., the group said, should have learned earlier from Britain's experience.
Prior to the 2005 London suicide bombings, the British believed that Muslims there were better integrated, educated and wealthier than
their counterparts elsewhere. Similarly, the U.S. believed that its melting pot of nationalities and religions would protect it from internal
radical strife, the report said. The terrorists, said the report, may have discovered America's "Achilles' heel in that we currently have
no strategy to counter the type of threat posed by homegrown terrorists and other radicalized recruits." U.S. officials have
acknowledged the need to address the radicalization problem, and for the first time, the White House this year added combating
homegrown terrorism to its national security strategy. The plan includes a "new interagency effort that brings together key
stakeholders" and continued "outreach to communities across the country," said Ben Rhodes, the White House's deputy national
security adviser. The FBI, meanwhile, has worked to reach out to the Somali communities, in an effort to counter the radicalization of the
youth. The report also points to an "Americanization" of the leadership of al-Qaida and its allied groups, noting that radical cleric
Anwar al-Awlaki, who had links with suspects in the failed Times Square bombing and the Fort Hood shootings, grew up in New
Mexico. And Chicagoan David Headley played a role in scoping the targets for the Lashkar-e-Taiba attacks on Mumbai in late
2008 that killed more than 160. Abroad, Al-Qaida, its affiliates and other extremist groups have splintered and spread, seeking safe
havens in undergoverned areas of Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and places in North and East Africa. That diversified threat has intensified
as militants reach out to potential recruits through the Internet. Assessing future threats, the report lists potential future domestic
targets, including passenger jets, western or American hotel chains, Jewish or Israeli sites and U.S. soldiers, even at their own bases
in America. And it also warns that it is no longer wise to believe that American extremists will not resort to suicide bombings. As an
example they point to Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, who has been charged with killing 13 people and wounding 32 in last year's shootings at
Fort Hood, saying he had written about suicide operations in e-mails, and that his attack appeared to be one (Baldor, 2010).

Date: September 17, 2010
Source: CNN, Terry Frieden
Title/Headline: Former Los Alamos Scientist Indicted On Nuclear Charges

Abstract: A former Los Alamos National Laboratory nuclear scientist and his wife were indicted on charges of trying to provide
nuclear secrets to Venezuela, but U.S. officials stressed the Venezuelan government knew nothing about the plans. The officials said
they have no information from the undercover operation that Hugo Chavez's government has any plans to try to build a nuclear
weapon. Pedro Mascheroni, 75, and Roxby Mascheroni, 67, are U.S. citizens who worked as contractors at Los Alamos in New
Mexico, officials said Friday. In 2008, Mascheroni, who had left the laboratory years earlier, had a series of conversations with an
undercover FBI agent posing as an official of the Caracas government, according to the indictment. "Mascheroni allegedly said he
could help Venezuela develop a nuclear bomb within 10 years and that under his program Venezuela would use a secret
underground nuclear reactor to produce and enrich plutonium and an open, above-ground reactor to produce nuclear energy," the
Justice Department said. According, to a U.S. Justice Department statement, Mascheroni allegedly asked about obtaining Venezuelan
citizenship and described how he expected to be paid for his classified nuclear work for Venezuela. Mascheroni said his fee for producing
certain information was $793,000, the indictment alleges. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzalez said the charges against the couple "are very
serious." He said laws were designed to keep "restricted data" from getting to the wrong people (Frieden, 2010).

Date: September 17, 2010
Source: Fox News
Title/Headline: Ex-Los Alamos Scientist, Wife Indicted in Alleged Atomic Weapon Conspiracy

Abstract: A scientist and his wife who both once worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory before becoming outspoken critics
were arrested Friday after an FBI sting operation and charged with trying to sell nuclear secrets to Venezuela. The scientist, Pedro
Leonardo Mascheroni, is being detained until a hearing Monday morning in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His wife, Roxby Mascheroni, was
released on a variety of conditions, including a monitor attached to her. The investigation first drew attention last October when federal
agents reportedly seized six computers, two cameras, two cellphones and hundreds of files from the scientist, Pedro Leonardo
Mascheroni. Mascheroni declared his innocence to The New York Times last year, saying, "If I were a real spy, I would have left
the country a long time ago." After their arrest Friday morning, the two appeared in federal court in Albuquerque, New Mexico and were
accused of dealing with an FBI undercover agent posing as a Venezuelan agent. The government did not allege that Venezuela or
anyone working for it sought U.S. secrets. The pair were indicted for allegedly communicating classified nuclear weapons data to a
person they believed to be a Venezuelan government official. Accused in a 22-count indictment are Mascheroni, 75, a naturalized
U.S. citizen from Argentina, and Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, 67, a U.S. citizen. Both were formerly contract employees at Los
Alamos. According to the indictment, Mascheroni told an undercover agent he could help Venezuela develop a nuclear bomb within 10
years and that under his program, Venezuela would use a secret, underground nuclear reactor to produce and enrich plutonium, and
an open, aboveground reactor to produce nuclear energy. In July 2008, the FBI agent provided Mascheroni with 12 questions
purportedly from Venezuelan military and scientific personnel. According to the criminal charges, Mascheroni delivered to a post office
box in November 2008 a disk with a coded 132-page document on it that contained "restricted data" related to nuclear weapons. Written
by Mascheroni and edited by his wife, the document was entitled "A Deterrence Program for Venezuela" and it laid out
Mascheroni's nuclear weapons development program for Venezuela. Mascheroni stated that the information he was providing was
worth millions of dollars, and that his fee for producing the document was $793,000, the indictment alleges. Earlier in the
investigation, Mascheroni allegedly asked the FBI agent about obtaining Venezuelan citizenship. He told the undercover agent he
should be addressed as "Luke," and that he would set up an e-mail account solely to communicate with the undercover agent, according to
the indictment. Mascheroni used the account to communicate with the agent and to arrange for deliveries of materials at the post office box
used as a dead-drop location. If convicted, the couple face up to life in prison. Mascheroni was laid off from Los Alamos in 1988. He filed
a discrimination lawsuit against the company in 1994, alleging that he lost favor with his supervisors after he sought to promote
one of his projects over one that he criticized. Over the years, he has repeatedly raised questions before Congress about the
management of the nation's nuclear laboratories and arsenal and promoted his laser to ensure weapon reliability (Fox News, 2010).

Date: September 21, 2010
Source: Fox News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: FBI Says It Supplied Fake Bomb In Chicago Plot

Abstract: A man arrested for allegedly placing a backpack he thought contained a bomb near Chicago's Wrigley Field got the fake
explosive from an FBI undercover agent, authorities say -- a tactic that has been used in other U.S. terrorism cases in recent years.
Sami Samir Hassoun, 22, a Lebanese citizen living in Chicago for about three years, was charged Monday with one count each of
attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempted use of an explosive device. Hassoun was arrested early Sunday after
planting the fake explosive device in a trash receptacle near Sluggers World Class Sports Bar, a popular bar steps from Wrigley Field, FBI
Special Agent in Charge Robert Grant said. The Cubs were not playing at their home field; the stadium hosted Dave Matthews Band
concerts Friday and Saturday nights. It wouldn't be the first time FBI agents have posed as terror operatives and supplied suspects
with bogus explosives. Last year, authorities arrested a Jordanian national after he allegedly attempted to detonate what he
thought was a bomb outside a Dallas skyscraper. In an unrelated case, authorities in Springfield, Ill., arrested another man after he
allegedly tried he tried to set off what he thought was explosives in a van outside a federal courthouse. In a similar case in May 2009,
four men were arrested after they allegedly tried to detonate fake explosives -- also provided by the FBI -- outside two synagogues
in New York City. In the Chicago case, the FBI said an informant tipped investigators about Hassoun nearly a year ago. Grant said
Hassoun acted alone and that the undercover agents told him they were from California and unaffiliated with any group. He declined to
offer specific details about Hassoun's motivations, but said he believed the agents were ready to give him money if he carried out the
attack. "He wanted to transform the city of Chicago, he wanted to make a statement and he wanted to replace the mayor of
Chicago," Grant said. "He was unhappy with the way the city was running. He was also unhappy with things that were happening
in other parts of world." At a brief hearing Monday, Hassoun quietly told U.S. Judge Susan Cox that he understood the charges.
Hassoun's federally appointed public defender Dan McLaughlin declined to comment on the case, as did several family members who
attended the hearing. A message left on an answering machine at Hassoun's home telephone number wasn't returned. Authorities say the
informant befriended Hassoun over the course of a year, conducting conversations in Arabic, which were taped and shared with the FBI.
Hassoun waffled greatly on his plans, authorities said. Initially, he didn't want to cause violence, suggesting setting off smoking devices in
downtown locations near City Hall, authorities said. "No killing. There is no killing," he told the informant, according to the
complaint. But his plans became more grand, as he believed bigger acts would command public attention and embarrass the
mayor, according to the complaint. "Little by little, I'm building it up," he said, according to the complaint. "I will shake
Chicago." Hassoun's alleged plots ranged during the investigation. They included talk of plans to unleash a biological virus on Chicago
and bombing the Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower, the complaint said. Hassoun on one occasion told the informant he
wanted to paralyze commerce in the city, according to the complaint. Asked how he intended to carry out various suggested attacks,
Hassoun responded, "You park the car, and let it go 'boom,"' the complaint says. Grant said Hassoun wanted to start his own
organization and planned to flee to California after the device went off in Wrigleyville. "He was not highly skilled, but I think he
was definitely desirous of obtaining the material needed to carry out his attack," Grant said. Shortly before the plot near Wrigley
Field, the informant introduced Hassoun to the undercover agents who Hassoun believed were friends and would pay for the
attack to be carried out. Chicago authorities said Daley never was in any danger. Police said Daley -- who has been in China for a
business trip -- was informed of the plot over the weekend. "We were always in control of this investigation," said Chicago Police
Superintendent Jody Weis (Fox News, 2010).

Date: September 23, 2010
Source: Fox News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: Terrorists Trying to Recruit U.S. Residents Is Latest Challenge, U.S. Says

Abstract: Efforts by terrorists abroad to radicalize and recruit U.S. residents present new security threats, three top Obama
administration officials told Congress on Wednesday. The threat posed by homegrown extremists shows that the battle against
terrorism has become more complex in the past year, underscoring the challenges of pinpointing and blocking plots, said Michael
Leiter, director of the National Counterterrorism Center. "Groups affiliated with Al Qaeda are now actively targeting the United States and
looking to use Americans or Westerners who are able to remain undetected by heightened security measures," FBI Director Robert Mueller
told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. It appears that "domestic radicalization and homegrown
extremism" is becoming more pronounced, Mueller said. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Al Qaeda has
inspired an array of terrorist organizations. "We are all seeing more diverse activity" by a more diverse collection of groups,
Napolitano said. Leiter said Al Qaeda in Pakistan is at one of its weakest points organizationally. Nonetheless, he said, the terrorist group
remains a capable and determined enemy that has proven its resilience over time. Since 2009, at least 63 American citizens have been
charged or convicted for terrorism or related crimes, "an astoundingly high number of American citizens who have attacked -- or
intended to attack -- their own country," said Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent and the committee's chairman. A year ago, the
FBI arrested Michael C. Finton in Illinois and Hosam Smadi in Texas in connection with unrelated bomb attempts. The bureau used
online undercover agents and confidential human sources who monitored Finton and Smadi until their arrests. Several U.S.
residents from Somali-American communities in Minneapolis were recruited to fight with the Somali-based terrorist group al-
Shabab. That prompted the FBI to deploy bureau personnel to cities with high ethnic Somali populations in an outreach initiative to
community leaders. In his prepared testimony, Mueller said it is possible that more American extremists are feeling increasingly
disenchanted with living in the United States or are angry about U.S. and Western foreign policy, "making their decision to leave for
extremist opportunities abroad all the more appealing." Omar Hammami, an Alabama man now known as Abu Mansour al-Amriki, or "the
American," has become one of al-Shabab's most high-profile members and appeared in a jihadist video in May 2009. Leiter said the rising
profiles of U.S. citizens like Hammami in overseas terrorist groups provide young extremists with American faces as role models.
Leiter said plots by homegrown Sunni extremists were disrupted in New York, North Carolina, Arkansas, Alaska, Texas and
Illinois in the past year and point to "a collective subculture and a common cause," even though the plots were unrelated.
Napolitano said U.S.-born, Yemen-based Anwar al-Awlaki is an illustration of an English-speaker spreading propaganda over the Internet,
an approach she said could be helping to increase the number of homegrown extremists. Terrorists "are working increasingly to build
alliances or essentially recruit soldiers for their army from within the United States," Lieberman said. The panel's ranking
Republican, Sen. Susan Collins, said the shootings at a military base in Texas, and the attempted Dec. 25 Christmas Day attack on
a Detroit-bound airliner show that the terrorist threat "is evolving and ever-changing‖ (Fox News, 2010).

Date: October 8, 2010
Source: Fox News, Mike Levine
Title/Headline: Feds Deport Al Qaeda Associate To Canada

Abstract: A Somali-born man who trained at an Al Qaeda camp and attended lectures by Usama bin Laden has been sent from the United
States to Canada, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Mohammed Warsame, 37, pleaded guilty in May 2009 to
providing material support to Al Qaeda, and he was sentenced to 92 months in prison with credit for time already served. On Friday, after
several years in prison, agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement accompanied him to Canada in accordance with a
federal judge's recent order of removal, according to an ICE press release. "There is no place in this country for anyone who
advocates violence by associating, supporting or conspiring with terrorists,‖ ICE Director John Morton said in a statement. "ICE
will use every tool at our disposal to protect the American people and remove those who pose a threat to our national security." Warsame, a
naturalized Canadian citizen, was arrested in December 2003, and a month later a grand jury in Minneapolis charged him with "conspiracy
to provide material support to Al Qaeda." He ultimately pleaded guilty to a charge filed in a superseding indictment in June 2005. In
March 2000, Warsame traveled to Afghanistan, where he attended an Al Qaeda training camp outside Kabul and received training
in physical fitness, the use of weapons and martial arts, according to the Justice Department. That summer he traveled to the al Faruq
training camp, where he received more training and met with Usama Bin Laden, the Justice Department said. Over the next year, he
traveled to Pakistan and Canada on Al Qaeda's dime, and he sent money to Al Qaeda, according to ICE and the Justice Department.
Ultimately Warsame relocated to Minneapolis, where he attended the Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Between
2002 and 2003, he provided information to several Al Qaeda associates, according to the Justice Department (Fox News, 2010)

Date: October 20, 2010
Source: Fox News, Catherine Herridge
Title/Headline: EXCLUSIVE: Al Qaeda Leader Dined At The Pentagon Just Months After 9/11

Abstract: Anwar Al-Awlaki may be the first American on the CIA's kill or capture list, but he was also a lunch guest of military
brass at the Pentagon within months of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, Fox News has learned. Documents exclusively obtained by
Fox News, including an FBI interview conducted after the Fort Hood shooting in November 2009, state that Awlaki was taken to the
Pentagon as part of the military‘s outreach to the Muslim community in the immediate aftermath of the attacks. The incident was
flagged by a current Defense Department employee who came forward and told investigators she helped arrange the meeting after she saw
Awlaki speak in Alexandria, Va. The employee "attended this talk and while she arrived late she recalls being impressed by this
imam. He condemned Al Qaeda and the terrorist attacks. During his talk he was 'harassed' by members of the audience and
suffered it well," reads one document. According to the documents, obtained as part of an ongoing investigation by the specials unit "Fox
News Reporting," there was a push within the Defense Department to reach out to the Muslim community. "At that period in time, the
secretary of the Army (redacted) was eager to have a presentation from a moderate Muslim." In addition, Awlaki "was considered
to be an 'up and coming' member of the Islamic community. After her vetting, Aulaqi (Awlaki) was invited to and attended a luncheon
at the Pentagon in the secretary of the Army's Office of Government Counsel." Awlaki, a Yemeni-American who was born in Las
Cruces, N.M., was interviewed at least four times by the FBI in the first week after the attacks because of his ties to the three
hijackers Nawaf al-Hazmi, Khalid al-Mihdhar and Hani Hanjour. The three hijackers were all onboard Flight 77 that slammed into the
Pentagon. Awlaki is now believed to be hiding in Yemen after he was linked to the alleged Ft. Hood shooter Major Nidal Malik Hasan,
who e-mailed Awlaki prior to the attack. Sources told Fox News that Awlaki, who is a former Muslim chaplain at George Washington
University, met with the Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in Yemen and was the middle-man between the young
Nigerian and the bombmaker. Awlaki was also said to inspire would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad. Apparently, none of the
FBI's information about Awlaki was shared with the Pentagon. Former Army Secretary Tommy White, who led the Army in 2001, said
he doesn't have any recollection of the luncheon or any contact with Awlaki. "If this was a luncheon at the Office of Government
Counsel, I would not necessarily be there," he said. The Pentagon has offered no explanation of how a man, now on the CIA kills
or capture list, ended up at a special lunch for Muslim outreach. After repeated requests for comment on the vetting process beginning
on October 13th, an Army spokesman insisted Wednesday that the lunch was not an Army event. "The Army has found no evidence that
the Army either sponsored or participated in the event described in this report," spokesman Thomas Collins said. Collins also noted
that the FBI document referred to the ―Office of Government Counsel‖ but should read ―Office of General Counsel.‖ Collins said he
believed the event was sponsored by the office of the Secretary of Defense. A spokeswoman there said she would look into it and get back
to Fox News. A former high-ranking FBI agent told Fox News that at the time Awlaki went to lunch at the Pentagon, there was
tremendous "arrogance" about the vetting process at the Pentagon. "They vetted people politically and showed indifference
toward security and intelligence advice of others," the former agent said (Herridge, 2010).

Date: October 23, 2010
Source: MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute)
Title/Headline: American Al-Qaeda Spokesman Adam Gadahn Continues Group's Focus On Encouraging Lone Wolf Attacks in West,
Calls On Muslims In Detroit, London, And Paris To Carry Out Terror Operations
Abstract: On October 23, 2010, Al-Qaeda's media production company Al-Sahab posted a video featuring American Al-Qaeda
operative Adam Gadahn, aka 'Azzam Al-Amriki. The video came out as response to the March 10, 2010 "Mardin: Abode of
Peace" conference in Mardin, Turkey, in which a number of Islamic scholars from various countries convened to denounce violent
jihad; this was the same conference that was criticized by the radical Yemeni-American cleric in the second issue of Al-Qaeda in
the Arabian Peninsula's English-language Inspire magazine. In addition to his comments on the conference, Gadahn devoted much of
his talk to calling on Muslims living in the West to carry out attacks in their host countries. This is another in a series of statements from
Al-Qaeda leaders aimed at encouraging "lone wolf" attacks (MEMRI, 2010).

Date: October 27, 2010
Source: Fox News, Mike Levine
Title/Headline: VA. Man Arrested For Plotting DC Attacks

Abstract: A Virginia man has been arrested for allegedly trying to help Al Qaeda plan multiple bombings around the nation's
capital, according to U.S. officials. Farooque Ahmed, 34, of Ashburn, Va., was arrested today by the FBI and charged with
providing material support to terrorists and collecting information for a terrorist attack. ―It‘s chilling that a man from Ashburn is
accused of casing rail stations with the goal of killing as many Metro riders as possible through simultaneous bomb attacks,‖ said
Neil MacBride, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. ―Today‘s arrest highlights ... our ability to find those seeking to harm
U.S. citizens and neutralize them before they can act." According to an indictment filed in U.S. Court for the Eastern District of
Virginia, between April 2010 and Oct. 25, Ahmed repeatedly met with individuals he thought were affiliated with Al Qaeda to
discuss "jihad." On May 15, in a hotel room in Sterling, Va., Ahmed told one individual that he might be ready to travel overseas to
conduct jihad, but only after he completed the Hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in November, according to the indictment. In addition, he
agreed to watch and photograph Arlington Cemetery Metrorail station and a hotel in Washington, D.C., in order to obtain information
about their security and busiest periods. In fact, on July 7, he participated in surveillance and recording images of Arlington
Cemetery Metrorail station. The next month, he allegedy participated in surveillance of the Courthouse, Pentagon City and Crystal
City Metrorail stations outside Washington. During a meeting at a hotel in Herndon, Va., on Sept. 28, he suggested that rolling
suitcases be used instead of backpacks, and he said that he wanted to kill as many military personnel as possible, according to the
indictment. Officials say that at no time was the public in danger during this investigation. The FBI was aware of Ahmed‘s activities from
before the alleged attempt began and closely monitored his activities until his arrest, according to U.S. officials. Ahmed is set to make his
initial appearance Wednesday afternoon in Alexandria, Va. (Levine, 2010).

Date: November 2, 2010
Source: CBS News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: San Diego Men Accused Of Helping Terror Group

Abstract: Three San Diego men have been charged with conspiring to route money to a Somalia-based militant group. According
to the federal indictment unsealed Tuesday, Basaaly Saeed Moalin, Mohamed Mohamed Mohamud and Issa Doreh coordinated
fundraising efforts and money transfers to al-Shabab in 2007 and 2008. Moalin also is accused of providing a house in Somalia for
al-Shabab fighters. The U.S. government has declared al-Shabab a terrorist group with ties to al Qaeda. Immigration officials arrested
Moalin before he boarded a flight Sunday in San Diego. The other two were arrested Monday. No lawyers were listed for them in the
indictment, and calls to the U.S. Attorney's office were not anwered Tuesday (CBS News, 2010).

Date: November 3, 2010
Source: Fox News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: U.S. Men Among 3 Accused In Al-Shabab Terror-Funding Plot

Abstract: A Missouri man and a Minnesotan are among three facing charges in a plot to funnel money to a Somalia terror group.
An indictment unsealed Wednesday accuses Mohamud Abdi Yusuf of St. Louis of providing material support to al-Shabab. Yusuf and
Abdi Mahdi Hussein of Minneapolis also are accused of conspiring to structure financial transactions. A third man, Duane Mohamed
Diriye, is also charged and remains at-large. The U.S. government alleges that from 2008 through at least July 2009, Yusuf used
aliases in wiring funds to al-Shabab supporters in Somalia. Hussein allegedly worked a money-transferring businesses. Both men
made court appearances Tuesday. Yusuf's public defender declined comment, and it wasn't known if Hussein had an attorney (Fox News,
Date: November 15, 2010
Source: National Terror Alert
Title/Headline: San Diego Woman Charged In Terrorism Case

Abstract: An indictment charging San Diego resident Nima Ali Yusuf, 24, with conspiracy to provide material support to
terrorists, conspiracy to provide material support to al Shabaab, and making false statements to a government agency in a matter
involving international terrorism, was unsealed today, Laura E. Duffy, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California, announced.
With the assistance of Customs and Border Protection, special agents of the FBI arrested Yusuf on Nov. 12, 2010. On Nov. 15, 2010, U.S.
Magistrate Judge Nita L. Stormes arraigned Yusuf on the indictment. Yusuf will be held without bail pending a detention hearing
scheduled for Nov. 18, 2010. According to U.S. Attorney Duffy, the arrest arises from an investigation by the San Diego Joint
Terrorism Task Force. The charge of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists carries a maximum penalty of 15 years
in prison and a $250,000 fine. The charge of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization carries a
maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The charge of making false statements to a government agency in a
matter involving international terrorism carries a maximum penalty of eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine. An indictment
itself is not evidence that the defendants committed the crimes charged. The defendant is presumed innocent until the government meets its
burden in court of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt (National Terror Alert, 2010).

Date: November 23, 2010
Source: CBS Chicago News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: Cops: Man Says He Had Pipe Bomb In Backpack 2 Years

Abstract: Police in the suburban Wheeling say an Arlington Heights man caught with a pipe bomb in his backpack told them he
had been carrying it for two years. Wheeling Police Chief Bill Benson tells the Daily Herald that an officer stopped 20-year-old
Ryan Barton as he was walking down a street late one night last week to question him about some recent car burglaries. Benson
says Barton had no connection with the burglaries, but the officer arrested him after seeing the pipe bomb in the backpack Barton had
voluntarily opened. The device was disabled by the Cook County Bomb Squad. Barton, who was charged with a weapons count,
reportedly said he had been carrying the bomb for about two years, but did not say why (CBS Chicago News, 2010).

Date: November 26, 2010
Source: Fox News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: S.C. Man Accused Of Threatening To Shoot President

Abstract: A South Carolina man has been arrested and accused of threatening to kill President Barack Obama. WYFF-TV
reported that a sworn statement from the Secret Service says 78-year-old Michael Stephen Bowden of Woodruff was arrested
earlier this month. The Secret Service says Bowden told a nurse at a Veterans Affairs clinic in the northwestern part of the state
that he was thinking of killing the president. Agents say they found three handguns and a rifle under Bowden's bed, and a dozen other
guns in the house. WYFF reported Bowden was in the Navy for four years and was a former New York City policeman and fire captain.
Kerry Bowden says the family didn't know his father had suicidal tendencies in April until the agents arrived Nov. 16. Bowden will
undergo a mental evaluation. It was unclear if he has an attorney (Fox News, 2010).

Date: November 27, 2010
Source: CNN
Title/Headline: Somali-American Accused Of Plotting To Bomb Oregon Tree-Lighting Event

Abstract: After enjoying their city's Christmas tree lighting, Portland, Oregon, residents felt a twinge of shock and then a rush of
gratitude on Saturday when they learned that law officers foiled a plot to set off a bomb in a state the suspect says "nobody ever
thinks about." Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a 19-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen from Somalia, was seized in connection with a
plan to detonate what he believed to be a vehicle bomb at the ceremony on Friday night, the Justice Department announced.
Mohamud was whisked away by the FBI and Portland Police Bureau after he attempted to detonate what he believed was an
explosives-laden van parked near the tree-lighting ceremony in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square, the Justice Department
said in a written statement. But the bomb turned out to be fake, thanks to an undercover operation designed to undermine the
plotter. Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said "the materials were not explosive," and officials said the public was never in
danger from the mock device. A resident of Corvallis, Oregon, and a student at Oregon State University, Mohamud -- who now faces
a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine -- was arrested on suspicion of attempting to use a weapon of mass
destruction, the FBI said. He will make his initial appearance in federal court in Portland on Monday, the Justice Department said.
"It's very difficult for me to comprehend how a young man who this country has given great opportunities to could waste those
opportunities and be willing to commit a horrific crime," said Portland Police Chief Michael Reese. "It is very sad." Portland residents
who attended the tree lighting were pleased that law enforcement stopped the attack. Sharon Rose said she didn't know about the
investigation until she returned home from the tree lighting. "It does make me feel better that the FBI was on the ball in this case and doing
some actual work, rather than pretending to look out for us and trying to make themselves look good," the Portland resident told CNN
Radio. "Why would anyone mess with Portland? It's such a sweet little town. Obviously somebody wanted to." But Dwight C. Holton,
U.S. attorney for the district of Oregon, said in a statement that this "defendant's chilling determination is a stark reminder that there are
people -- even here in Oregon -- who are determined to kill Americans.‖ Arthur Balizan, special agent in charge of the FBI in Oregon,
called the threat "very real." "Our investigation shows that Mohamud was absolutely committed to carrying out an attack on a very
grand scale," Balizan said. "At the same time, I want to reassure the people of this community that, at every turn, we denied him
the ability to actually carry out the attack." On his blog, Portland Mayor Sam Adams lauded a "smart" investigation by local, state and
federal agencies that led to the capture of someone "bent on mass destruction and murder in the city." The arrest was the culmination of
a long-term undercover operation during which Mohamud had been monitored closely as the alleged plot developed, the Justice
Department said. According to an arrest warrant affidavit written by an FBI special agent, Mohamud was in e-mail
communication in August 2009 with a person believed to be involved in terrorist activities. In December, that person was "located in
the northwest frontier province of Pakistan," the affidavit states. The two communicated regularly, the affidavit states, and "using
coded language, they discussed the possibility of Mohamud traveling to Pakistan to prepare for violent jihad." Mohamud attempted
to contact another associate who he thought would help facilitate his travel overseas, the affidavit states, but "because Mohamud used the
wrong e-mail address in his efforts to contact [the second associate], he never successfully contacted him to arrange travel." An
undercover FBI employee contacted Mohamud in June under the guise of being affiliated with the associate who was in Pakistan,
according to the affidavit. Mohamud met with the undercover operative on July 30 in Portland. Mohamud allegedly told the
undercover operative that he had written articles that were published in Jihad Recollections, an online magazine that advocated
violent jihad "Mohamud also indicated that he wanted to become 'operational,'" the Justice Department said. "Asked what he
meant by 'operational,' Mohamud stated that he wanted to put an 'explosion' together, but needed help." At a meeting in August,
the Justice Department said, Mohamud allegedly told undercover FBI operatives he had been thinking of committing violent jihad since the
age of 15. According to the affidavit, Mohamud then told undercover operatives that he had identified a potential target for a bomb: the
annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square. Authorities said an FBI operative pointed out that
lots of children would be at such an event, but Mohamud said he was looking for a "huge mass that will ... be attacked in their own
element with their families celebrating the holidays." Officials said Mohamud also stated, "... it's in Oregon; and Oregon like you
know, nobody ever thinks about it." According to the affidavit, Mohamud and the undercover FBI operatives traveled to a remote area in
Lincoln County, Oregon, on November 4 and detonated a bomb hidden in a backpack as a test. During the drive back to Corvallis, the
agents asked Mohamud about whether he could look at the bodies of those who would be killed in the upcoming attack in Portland, the
Justice Department said. Mohamud replied, "I want whoever is attending that event to leave, to leave either dead or injured,"
according to the affidavit. On Friday, Mohamud met one of the FBI operatives at a predetermined location, the affidavit states. Mohamud
dialed a number "in an unsuccessful attempt to detonate the device." Mohamud allegedly dialed the number again before he was
taken custody. Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson, who said police officers got involved in the investigation several months ago, said the
arrest went down several blocks from the tree lighting. "There were a lot of eyes normally not here that were here last night to make sure
this operation went off successfully," Simpson told CNN affiliate KGW on Saturday. "There was no danger to the public last night."
Muslims in the Portland area decried the alleged plot at a Saturday news conference. "We condemn strongly any act of violence
that would target innocent people," said Imam Mikal Shabazz of the Oregon Islamic Chaplain Organization. "We condemn the
alleged actions that were thwarted last night." Another leader thanked local police and the community for outreach to and protection of
area mosques. "Things like this really set us back," said Shahriar Ahmed of Bilal Mosque in Beaverton. Khalid Luqman of Muslims for
Peace spent Saturday handing out information to Portland passers-by. "We need to show the world that Islam can co-exist with the rest
of the world peacefully," he said (CNN, 2010).

Date: December 5, 2010
Source:, Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer
Title/Headline: NCIS: Sailor At Bragg Sold Secret Documents

Abstract: A Navy intelligence specialist stationed at Fort Bragg is in custody after an investigation revealed he allegedly sold top
secret documents to an undercover FBI agent posing as a foreign intelligence officer. Navy Reserve Intelligence Specialist 3rd Class
Bryan Minkyu Martin, of Mexico, N.Y., is being held in custody in Norfolk, Va., said Ed Buice, a public affairs specialist for the Naval
Criminial Investigative Service. Martin, 22, was asssigned to the Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg. Buice said Martin was
taken into custody Wednesday by NCIS and the FBI and is being held while investigative materials are being reviewed. No charges
had been filed as of Friday night, Buice said. Martin could face charges and a court-martial under the Uniform Code of Military
Justice, Buice said. According to a search warrant unsealed in federal court Friday, Martin sold secret and top secret documents in
several staged buys of intelligence at two Spring Lake hotels. According to the search warrant, filed Wednesday by Special Agent
Richard J. Puryear with NCIS, Martin was assigned to the Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg on Sept. 16. Two months later,
on Nov. 15, Martin met an undercover FBI agent in the lobby of the Hampton Inn on Bragg Boulevard in Spring Lake, according to the
warrant. The special agent, posing as a foreign intelligence officer, brought Martin to his room, where Martin discussed his access to
military computer networks and classified networks, according to the warrant. Martin also told the agent that he was seeking
"longterm financial reimbursement," and that he could be very valuable over a 15- or 20-year career, which he expected would take him to
the Defense Intelligence Agency, the warrant says. Martin offered to bring the agent two documents at their next meeting and
accepted $500 in cash from the agent, the warrant says. At a meeting the next day at the same hotel, Martin produced two
documents Ââ€‖ one labelled "secret" and the other "top secret" and accepted $1,500 in cash, the warrant says. He agreed to meet
the agent again Nov. 19, when he produced 51 pages of secret and top secret documents, according to the warrant. He was paid
another $1,500, according to the warrant. Martin also failed to report the contacts to any member of his chain of command, the warrant
says. The warrant authorized NCIS agents to search the room Martin was using at the Landmark Inn on Fort Bragg and his 2009 gold
Nissan Altima. It does not address how Martin came under suspicion or how he came into contact with the undercover FBI agent. Buice
would not clarify the matter Friday night, but said, "We have a high level confidence that classified information was not delivered to
any unauthorized person." Martin enlisted in the Navy on Nov. 30, 2006, and completed basic training on July 20, 2007. He
received a top secret clearance on Sept. 20, 2007, and was subsequently assigned to temporary duty with the Defense Intelligence
Agency between May 9 and Aug. 22, according to the warrant. A spokesman for the Army's Special Operations Command referred all
questions to NCIS. Messages left for Martin's family in New York were not returned Friday night (, 2010).

Date: December 8, 2010
Source: Fox News
Title/Headline: Authorities Make Arrest In Alleged Plot To Blow Up Military Recruitment Center

Abstract: A man was arrested Wednesday for plotting to blow up a military recruitment center in the Baltimore area, authorities
said. Antonio Martinez, a Muslim convert who called himself Muhammed Hussain, was arrested and is expected to appear later
Wednesday in federal court, Fox News confirms. Martinez, a U.S. citizen, was caught in a sting operation as he tried to detonate a phony
bomb at an Armed Forces recruiting station in Catonsville, just outside Baltimore, officials said. "A Baltimore man has been arrested
this morning in connection with a scheme to attack an Armed Forces recruiting station in Catonsville, Maryland, with what he
believed to be vehicle bomb," U.S. Department of Justice spokesman Dean Boyd said in a statement sent to Fox News. "There was no
actual danger to the public as the explosives were inert and the suspect had been carefully monitored by law enforcement for
months." The suspect was arrested after he tried to set off what he thought was a bomb, according to an official. There was no evidence
the plot was linked to recent shootings at military installations in the Washington area, authorities said. Baltimore is about 40 miles (65
kilometers) north of Washington. The case appeared similar to a recent bomb plot in Portland, Oregon. Last month, a Somali-born
teenager was arrested there after using a cell phone to try to detonate what he thought were explosives in a van, authorities said.
He thought he was going to bomb a crowded downtown Christmas tree-lighting ceremony. Like the Baltimore County case, it turned
out to be a dummy bomb plot put together by FBI agents. Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, was arrested after authorities said he planned
the details of the plot, including where to park the van filled with explosives to hurt the most people. Mohamud allegedly believed he was
receiving help from a larger ring of jihadists as he communicated with undercover agents. The incidents are the latest in a string of
alleged terrorist plans by U.S. citizens or residents, including a Times Square plot in which a Pakistan-born man tried to set off a
car bomb on a busy street. He pleaded guilty earlier this year (Fox News, 2010).

Date: December 16, 2010
Source: Fox News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: Texas Couple Accused Of Funneling Money To Iran

Abstract: A Texas couple and the head of an Oregon charity secretly sent millions of dollars to an Iranian bank and to a contact in
Iran for nine years, violating the U.S. embargo on the Middle East country, according to a federal indictment. The indictment
describes an alleged scheme in which the Texas couple got tax exemptions for their donations to the Portland-based Child
Foundation charity. The head of the charity, Mehrdad Yasrebi, allegedly funneled money that was meant for food and other assistance to
his cousin and to a bank controlled by the Iranian government. Working through Iranian corporations and banks in Switzerland and Dubai,
the Texas couple and Yasrebi's cousin masked their transfers by using food shipments and other commodities to cover financial donations
intended for a sister charity in Iran run by the cousin, federal prosecutors say. "These defendants are charged with going to
extraordinary lengths to conceal the transfer of large sums of money in violation of the Iranian embargo," Dwight Holton, the U.S.
Attorney for Oregon, said in a statement Thursday. A 26-page indictment alleges the Texas couple, Najmeh Vahid and Dr. Hossein
Lahiji, conspired to defraud the government and laundered money by purporting to transfer charitable donations to Iran while
actually keeping control of the money. Also named in the indictment as a defendant is Ahmad Iranshahi, cousin of Yasrebi and the
head of the sister charity started in Iran by the two men and other family members in 1999. Yasrebi was identified as a coconspirator
in the indictment but was not charged. Federal officials allege that since Child Foundation's creation in 1999, it has "funneled the
overwhelming majority of its revenue" to the sister charity in Iran, Refah Kudak. They also allege that as Yasrebi was sending money to
Iran he was in contact with Iranshahi, 53, who lives in Iran and is considered a fugitive. According to the indictment, Yasrebi and the
Child Foundation transferred a total of $5.4 million between April 2001 and April 2005 to Refah Kudak through a bank account in
Switzerland. Some of that money came from Lahiji and Vahid. The money eventually landed in Bank Melli, an arm of the Iranian
government, federal prosecutors alleged. The indictment alleges that Yasrebi organized the charity "to attract charitable donations in the
United States and thereafter transfer virtually all of its revenues from the United States to Iran" through the sister charity there.
Prosecutors charge that Yasrebi sought the approval and financial support for the founding of the charity from members of
Hezbollah, as well as Iranian diplomats, ayatollahs and other representatives of the Iranian government. The indictment never
explicitly states any link between the money donated and invested by Vahid and Lahiji and the terrorist group Hezbollah. Vahid answered
the phone at her home Thursday but referred all questions to the couple's attorney, Jimmy Parks of San Antonio. Parks did not return a call
seeking comment Thursday. Calls to the Child Foundation also were not returned. According to its most recent filings seeking to maintain
charitable status, the foundation employs seven full-time employees and raised $2 million between June 1, 2009, and May 31. The
foundation's goal is to sponsor children "in the form of food, medicine, clothing and educational materials, and in some countries,
housing and emergency assistance." The foundation serves children in Iran, Indonesia and Afghanistan. Lahiji and Vahid are scheduled
to appear in federal court in San Antonio during the week of Dec. 20. The charity is not named in the indictment, and none of its officers
has been indicted. The U.S. has had a trade embargo against Iran since 1995, the same year the Child Foundation achieved charitable
nonprofit status (Fox News, 2010).

Date: December 18, 2010
Source: CNN, Stan Wilson
Title/Headline: California Man Charged With Trying To Sell Military Jet To Iran

Abstract: Federal agents have arrested a California man who allegedly attempted to export a U.S. military fighter jet to Iran,
authorities announced Friday. The arrest followed a seven-month government sting operation, authorities announced. Marc
Knapp, 35, also was charged in a criminal complaint with two felony counts of attempting to export other aircraft parts and
controlled technology. Knapp has agreed to plead guilty to the charges, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Kravetz, who is
prosecuting the case. According to unsealed court documents, the case began to unfold after "a cooperating defendant" in the
operation introduced Knapp to an undercover agent. As part of the sting, the agent met with Knapp on several occasions at
locations in California, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Budapest, Hungary, the court papers say. The documents say Knapp broached
to an undercover agent the idea of obtaining an F-5B fighter jet from a source in California. Knapp allegedly told the agent that the
"Iranians" might be interested in the fighter jet and other items, and allegedly said he wlould not be concerned if the jet or the
other items ended up in Iran. In July, Knapp allegedly sent a contract for the fighter jet to the undercover agent and demanded a
$3.25 million purchase price. Knapp was arrested in Delaware in July while negotiating plans to fly the aircraft from California to
the East Coast, where it subsequently was to be crated and shipped to Hungary and eventually Iran, the documents state. The
Northrop-designed supersonic fighter jet is part of a group of aircraft used by the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and by the Navy
and Marines as a stand-in for "aggressor" fighters in training exercises. But it has primarily been an export plane sold to other militaries.
During their meetings, Knapp also informed the agent that he had various defense parts and allegedly admitted procuring an F-14
ejection seat, which was sold to the agent by another source. Over the course of their interaction, Knapp provided the agent with various
lists containing items for sale, including fighter jet emergency manuals, survival radios and antigravity suits, according to court documents.
"Homeland Security Investigations will continue to pursue those who are willing to put America's national security at risk," John P.
Kelleghan, special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in a news release. "The export of technology to
Iran is prohibited so that our innovations cannot be used to harm Americans or our allies." If convicted, Knapp would face a
maximum sentence of 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine (Wilson, 2010).

Date: December 26, 2010
Source: The Hill, Bridget Johnson
Title/Headline: Former CIA Director Calls Homegrown Terror Threat 'A Witch's Brew'

Abstract: A former director of the CIA described the greater likelihood that terror attacks on U.S. soil would come from an
American resident as "a witch's brew." Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union," Michael Hayden, who served under President George
W. Bush and stepped down in February 2009, said the "new flavor of threat" was different from "the traditional high-threshold mass
casualty attack" that would originate in the al Qaeda stronghold in the tribal regions of Pakistan. "It's much more difficult for us
to defend against those kinds of attacks," Hayden said of terror plots originating from franchises in the U.S. "They will be less
lethal if they do succeed," he said. "But they will unfortunately almost certainly be more numerous." Mike McConnell, the former
Director of National Intelligence under Bush, commended the Obama administration for how it has been handling the evolving threats.
"My observation is the new administration has been as aggressive, if not more aggressive, in pursuing these issues, because they're real,"
McConnell said. "Regardless of which side of the political spectrum you come from or what your political views might be, these
threats are very real and very serious and we have to deal with them in a very serious way," he said. Hayden stressed that even
though the homegrown terrorists would be more amateur in conducting "low-threshold" attacks, the threat was "almost like penalty kicks in
soccer." "No matter how good your goalie is, sooner or later this ball is going to get into the back of the net," he said. McConnell
said he would most worry about a chemical or biological attack from al Qaeda. "The most likely event is going to be an explosion.
They want death and destruction and blood and mayhem," he said. "That's what they strive for. But there are other things that
they could consider. "And of course, one of the things I'm identified with is worrying about someday they'll figure out how to cause
us harm through a cyber attack, against what I call the soft underbelly of the country," which could disrupt financial or transportation
sectors, McConnell added. "We have to take the fight to them, make them spend most of their day worrying about their survival rather than
figuring out ways to threaten our survival," Hayden said. Of the White House efforts including drone strikes that continue to rankle
Pakistan, Hayden said, "I've seen over two administrations, and I thank God every day for the continuity" (Johnson, 2010).

Date: December 28, 2010
Source: Fox News, Jana Winter
Title/Headline: Indiana Grandmother, A Muslim Convert, Being Investigated For Possible Terror Link

Abstract: A 46-year-old Indiana grandmother is under investigation for her possible ties to suspected and convicted international
terrorists, has learned. Muslim-convert Kathie Smith, 46, a U.S. citizen living in Indianapolis who has blogged about
her granddaughter, last year married a suspected German jihadist, and has been flying back and forth between the U.S. and
Germany as recently as two weeks ago. A pro-jihadist video featuring Smith and her husband – alongside photos of members of the
Islamic Jihad Union charged with plotting failed terror attacks against U.S. targets in Germany -- is being investigated by the
Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center. The center is a counterterror intelligence clearinghouse staffed by law enforcement officers from
local and federal agencies, including the FBI and Department of Homeland Security. ―Certainly, it‘s being looked at and evaluated by
Indiana State Police, which runs Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center, ‖ Indiana Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman Emily
Norcross told, adding that the video would be passed along to appropriate law enforcement for further investigation. FBI
spokeswoman Jenny Shearer said: ―As you‘re aware, FBI and DOJ policy precludes us from confirming or denying the existence of
an investigation.‖ The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Washington office did not respond to a request for comment.
Interpol, which helps government law enforcement agencies track crime suspects around the world, declined to comment, citing
policy. The FBI also did not respond to an e-mail from asking why Smith is not on the federal government‘s no-fly list.
Smith, meanwhile, said she believes her name is on some kind of government ―watch list.‖ In lengthy e-mail exchanges with, Smith claimed that she has been repeatedly subjected to hours-long interrogations by Homeland Security every time
she travels. She said her luggage has been subjected to bomb residue tests, and that officials asked her numerous detailed questions
about her husband. She also claims DHS officials on more than one occasion escorted her onto a departing airplane. DHS did not respond
to‘s request for comment on Smith‘s allegations. Smith — who now calls herself Zubaida — added that she and her husband
were met and interrogated by German police while in a taxi in October 2009. German police, however, said they were not currently
investigating an American woman, but declined to say whether they were aware of Smith. In lengthy e-mail exchanges with, Smith alternatively defended her online postings, denied being anti-American, called the Sept. 11 attacks an inside
job, the U.S. a terrorist organization and praised the American-born radical Muslim cleric Anwar al Awlaki -- architect, trainer
and inspiration for many of the recent terrorist attacks attempted or committed against the U.S. President Obama last April
approved Awlaki's inclusion on the CIA's targeted killing list. In one e-mail to, Smith wrote: ―If your neighbor was
being attacked by a perpetrator, would you just stand there and say, 'Oh I will let someone come who has a gun to help them'? No, you
would rush to their defense. And use any type of "weapon" to help that person... this is what I am doing. I am defending the
defenseless. I am defending my home and family and their right to safety. No matter who it is at my door. These are the rights the
Constitution gives me. The very right this Communistic government is trying to take away from me and the rest of the Americans.‖
In the nearly six-minute video under investigation, Smith and her husband, known online as Salahudin Ibn Ja'far, 28, appear posing and
hugging and holding weapons interspersed with photos of known and suspected terrorists and assorted jihadist propaganda, like an Awlaki
sermon album cover. There also are photos of German Taliban Mujahideen -- German nationals who have formed their own
splinter group within the Taliban -- and mug shots of members of the Saarland cell of Islamic Jihad Union charged with plotting
failed terror attacks against U.S. targets in Germany, including a 2007 plot to bomb the U.S. Air Force base at Ramstein. Smith said
of the Ramstein plotters featured in her video: ―The so-called 'jihadists' you have mentioned are actually personal friends of my husband
from childhood. In the video he was expressing his love and gratitude to his friends, who have died fighting for freedom. Just like any other
American or European citizen who displays pictures of soldiers who have died on their videos. There is no difference in gratitude and love.
It is just that your government has deemed these noble men as 'terrorists' because they are not on the same side. Least us not forget
the Mujahideen who fought the Russians for the U.S. They were deemed 'heroes' and lead by Osama Bin Laden at that time, and
now because the government says so... they are "terrorists.‖‖ (In a no-longer-active Facebook profile, Smith's husband, Salahudin,
listed his current city as Saarbrucken, the capital of the state of Saarland in Germany.) In addition to being close childhood friends of
convicted terrorists, Salahudin has posted content from the German Taliban‘s media outfit and the Islamic Jihad Union on forums and
social networking sites. He's also written in support of his ―noble leaders‖ -- bin Laden, Awlaki, the Sept. 11 hijackers and other
terrorist leaders. Salahudin appeared to maintain forums devoted to hosting Awlaki‘s sermons. Earlier this month he uploaded
videos to his since-deleted YouTube account that included German muhajideen training at jihadist camps in Pakistan, and another
featuring the widow of a German Taliban jihadist directing the wives of jihadists to fulfill their obligations while their husbands
are off fighting. In other English-language posts, he suggests he himself has trained in these same jihadist camps. On Facebook, he is
"friends" with the notorious Al Qaeda English-language online magazine Inspire, thought to be principally authored by American-turned-
Muslim radical Samir Khan. Salahudin also has used his online posts to call for the deaths of U.S. citizens, military and government
leaders, and recently joined in on another user‘s thinly veiled threats against Condoleezza Rice, according to postings discovered by and screen shots provided by the Jawa Report, a watchdog blog that has been following the online activities of Smith and
her husband. His Facebook "friends" make up a who‘s who of terror groups, many of which his wife is also associated with online.
He and Smith have been kicked off of Facebook repeatedly over the past month, but both continue to open up new accounts and
remain on the social networking site today. On Facebook, Smith "likes" Awlaki, has belonged to a Facebook group called ―Al
Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb to answer your questions,‖ referring to the North African branch of Al Qaeda. Smith also is Facebook
"friends" with pages claiming to be the terrorist groups Al Shabaab and Ansar al Jundullah, in addition to "friends" Sheikh Faisal
and Youself al-Khatb, the reported spiritual leader and co-founder of Revolution Muslim, respectively. Her ―Likes‖ and ―Groups‖
are visible to the public; a friend request from this reporter to Smith was not accepted. A Facebook Page provided by Jawa Report shows
that Smith warned her husband via Facebook post not to accept‘s friend request either. On her MySpace page, currently
available for viewing via Google cache, Smith wrote: ―As salamu alaikum akhi.. it is time for Jihad and it is now Fard ayn for ALL
Muslims whether their in the United Snakes or else where...Insha'Allah!!!!‖ Smith has lauded Awlaki, celebrated the deaths of U.S.
soldiers -- who she called ―terrorists‖ -- at the hands of the Taliban in Afghanistan, and applauded another user‘s posting of a
rendering of the two planes hitting the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001. And while she has repeatedly called for jihad
against the West, Smith told ―I am exercising my right, as an American citizen to freedom of speech, religion, and
the right to bare arms. I have the right in America to say what ever I want. That is what makes America so great, right?‖ But a paid
government consultant aware of Smith‘s movements said there‘s concern that Smith could follow the path of Colleen LaRose, a suburban
Philadelphian dubbed ―Jihad Jane,‖ who pleaded not guilty in March to conspiracy charges involving a plot to kill a Swedish artist and
providing material support to terrorists. ―As we saw in the case earlier this year with the arrests of "Jihad Janes" Colleen LaRose and
[co-conspirator] Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, Kathie Smith has been exhibiting classic signs of extremism possibly transitioning into
violence," the consultant told, asking not to be identified due to the sensitive nature of his work. "Her online postings
on Facebook have been increasingly promoted acts of terrorism and statements by terrorist leaders, such as Anwar Al-Aulaqi,‖ the
contractor said. ―When her husband released the video earlier this month of the two of them holding weapons and included standard jihad
imagery, such as pictures of German jihadists that have left to join terrorist groups in Pakistan and Afghanistan or have been arrested for
plotting terror attacks, we were concerned that they might be escalating to an attack themselves,‖ the consultant said. To that concern,
Smith replied by e-mail to ―I live a simple life, a life where I fear Allah first and try hard to do what is right for
mankind. I am not some "horribly misguided, or brainwashed" individual. I have lived a long life and have seen many things. And
I will always stand up for what is right, no matter who is trying to say the contrary‖ (Winter, 2010).

Date: January 11, 2010
Source: Infowars, Kurt Nimmo
Title/Headline: DHS Ties Arizona Attack To “Lone Wolf” Terrorism

Abstract: The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI sent a bulletin to local law enforcement after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords
and others were shot in Arizona last week. The bulletin, issued Saturday night, provided information about ―lone wolf‖ attackers,
according to Fox News. ―We have seen an increase in the lone wolf type attacks, which, from a law enforcement and investigation
perspective, are the most challenging,‖ DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said earlier this year. ―Why? Because by definition they‘re not
conspiring. They‘re not using the phones, the computer networks, or any — they‘re not talking with others any other way that we might get
some inkling about what is being planned.‖ The government has characterized Joseph Andrew Stack, John Patrick Bedell, Johnny
Lee Wicks, and others as lone wolf attackers. Stack allegedly plowed a small aircraft into an IRS office building in Austin, Texas.
Bedell, described as a mentally ill marijuana user, opened fire outside of the Pentagon in March. Johnny Lee Wicks was killed at
federal courthouse in Las Vegas after his Social Security check was reduced. In 2009, a DHS document, ―Right-wing Extremism:
Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,‖ was leaked to the media. ―The possible
passage of new restrictions on firearms and the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their
communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent
attacks,‖ the report concludes (emphasis added). Michael Leiter, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, recently told the
Senate Homeland Security Committee that the prospect of lone wolf attacks keep him awake at night, according to the Chicago Tribune
(Nimmo, 2011).

Date: January 19, 2011
Source: Fox News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: FBI: Bomb Found On MLK Parade Route 'Domestic Terrorism'

Abstract: The FBI offered a reward Tuesday for information about a potentially lethal bomb found in a backpack along the
downtown route of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade. The discovery before Monday's parade for the slain civil rights leader
raised the possibility of a racial motive in a region that has been home to the white supremacist Aryan Nations. "The confluence of
the holiday, the march and the device is inescapable," said Frank Harrill, special agent in charge of the Spokane FBI office. "But we are
not at the point where we can draw any particular motive." He called the planting of the bomb an act of domestic terrorism that was
clearly designed to advance a political or social agenda. The suspicious backpack was spotted by three city employees about an
hour before the parade was to start, Harrill said. They looked inside, saw wires and immediately alerted law enforcement. The
parade route was changed to avoid the device. A bomb disposal unit disabled it without incident, he said. Spokane Mayor Mary Verner said
the attempted bombing was unacceptable. "I was struck that on a day when we celebrate Dr. King, a champion of non-violence, we
were faced with a significant violent threat," Verner said. "This is unacceptable in our community, or any community." Harrill
declined to release details of the device, other than to call it a functional bomb that could have caused multiple casualties. "The potential for
injury and death were clearly present," Harrill said. The FBI received no warnings in advance and did not have a suspect, Harrill said. No
one has claimed credit for planting the bomb. The agency decided to appeal to the public for information and offered the $20,000
reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. "Subject should be considered armed and dangerous," the agency said
in its announcement. The agency released photos of the backpack and two shirts found inside. Another explosive device was found March
23 beside the Thomas S. Foley U.S. Courthouse in downtown Spokane. No arrests have been made in that investigation, Harrill said,
and agents didn't know if the two incidents were related. The Spokane region and adjacent northern Idaho have had numerous
incidents of anti-government and white supremacist activity during the past three decades. The most visible was by Aryan Nations,
whose leader Richard Butler gathered racists and anti-Semites at his compound for two decades. Butler was bankrupted and lost the
compound in a civil lawsuit in 2000 and died in 2004. In 1996, white supremacists placed a pipe bomb outside City Hall. The bomb
exploded, blowing out a window and sending nails and screws across the street into Riverfront Park. There were no injuries. Two
men arrested for the blast said it was part of a plot to spark a revolution and set up a whites-only nation. In December, a man in
nearby Hayden, Idaho, built a snowman on his front lawn shaped like a member of the Ku Klux Klan holding a noose. The man
knocked the pointy-headed snowman down after getting a visit from sheriff's deputies (Fox News, 2011).

Conclusion: From almost every state and from every race, there are alleged terrorists trying to attack America from within. No one is
safe from potential persecution until the real terrorists are behind bars. Please take the time to research Chapters 43: The Unusual Suspects
to learn who the REAL terrorists are and who is really in charge.