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February 20, 2012
11:32 // 2 years ago
November 22, 2011
I didn’t raise my son in that way. I feel bad about this situation.
Carmen Sosa, mother of NYC “lone wolf” bombing suspect Jose Pimentel • Apologizing for her son’s behavior while speaking with reporters outside her Manhattan home this morning. Regarding the NYPD’s actions in this incident, Sosa praised them. “I think they handled it well,” she said. If it helps Ms. Sosa, the FBI didn’t exactly treat this case very seriously, a sign it may not be a strong case. source (viafollow)
10:31 // 2 years ago
November 20, 2011
"How to make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom." Yes, the al-Qaeda produced Inspire Magazine had an article with this title, and it was reportedly an inspiration for NYC terror suspect Jose Pimentel.

"How to make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom." Yes, the al-Qaeda produced Inspire Magazine had an article with this title, and it was reportedly an inspiration for NYC terror suspect Jose Pimentel.

19:52 // 2 years ago
October 1, 2011
15:12 // 2 years ago
September 10, 2011
Also on our radar: Apparently some U-Haul vans were stolen today in Prince George’s County, within shouting distance of DC. “Yes, there is a lookout for two stolen vans in PG,” said DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier. “Yes we are actively looking for them.” U-Hauls are desirable for criminal activity due to their nondescript look and the fact that most of them have Arizona plates, making them hard to trace.

Also on our radar: Apparently some U-Haul vans were stolen today in Prince George’s County, within shouting distance of DC. “Yes, there is a lookout for two stolen vans in PG,” said DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier. “Yes we are actively looking for them.” U-Hauls are desirable for criminal activity due to their nondescript look and the fact that most of them have Arizona plates, making them hard to trace.

20:03 // 3 years ago
September 9, 2011
There are specifics — in that sense it was credible — but there’s no certitude. There’s no smoking gun, but we do have talk about using a car bomb.
Vice President Joe Biden • Speaking on the credible terror threat this morning while on “Good Morning America.” He was slightly less vague than Michael Bloomberg was last night. NYC and DC have upped their security ahead of the 9/11 anniversary as a result of the threat, which up to this point has proven incredibly vague. Let’s hope that, whatever it is, authorities have their ducks in a row. source (viafollow)
13:57 // 3 years ago
May 5, 2011

Intelligence: Osama bin Laden targeted Amtrak on 9/11 anniversary

  • On September 11th, 2001 A major attack coordinated attack on the U.S. — involving the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a foiled third location — left the country in a state of shock and led to the War on Terror, the hunt for Osama bin Laden (which just ended in spectacular fashion), and the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.
  • On September 11th, 2011 Reportedly Osama bin Laden had a second act, involving the Amtrak system, according to documents found in his hideout. “We have no information of any imminent terrorist threat to the U.S. rail sector, but wanted to make our partners aware of the alleged plotting,” said the DHS’ Matthew Chandler. Whoa. source

» Some quick thoughts: The U.S. passenger rail system, while not nearly as robust as that in Europe or the rest of the world, nonetheless is widely used along the East Coast in particular. While perhaps not the strongest target of attack, the rail system has nowhere near the level of security that airline system does — making it a much easier target for attack. We wonder what this means for the rail system — an army of TSA agents at Penn Station?

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20:25 // 3 years ago
October 4, 2010

In Pakistan, drones reportedly kill German citizens with extremist ties

Do these guys have ties to the European terror threats? That’s our question. Generally, when the U.S. has drones go on the attack in Afghanistan or Pakistan, it takes a couple days to figure out exactly who got hit. This time, however, they knew very quickly. The drones nailed a group that included at least four people with German citizenship and reported extremist ties. Americans are keeping tight-lipped about any further details in the case, but the timing obviously leads to a lot of big questions. source

23:09 // 3 years ago