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  • Jihadists say Trump victory a rallying call for new recruits

    11/16/2016 10:35:13 AM PST · by Lorianne · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | 14 November 2016 | Ahmad Sultan and Omar Fahmy
    From Afghanistan to Algeria, jihadists plan to use Donald Trump's shock U.S. presidential victory as a propaganda tool to bring new fighters to their battlefields. Taliban commanders and Islamic State supporters say Trump's campaign trail rhetoric against Muslims - at one point calling for a total shutdown of Muslims entering the United States - will play perfectly in their recruitment efforts, especially for disaffected youth in the West. "This guy is a complete maniac. His utter hate towards Muslims will make our job much easier because we can recruit thousands," Abu Omar Khorasani, a top IS commander in Afghanistan, told...
  • Pentagon may ease recruiting rules for obese people, pot smokers and single parents

    11/02/2016 10:19:43 PM PDT · by kevcol · 46 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 2, 2016 | Douglas Ernst
    Defense Secretary Ashton Carter spoke on “Force of the Future” military reforms this week that may involve relaxed recruiting rules on everything from single-parent enlistees to drug use and obesity. A Tuesday event at City College of New York featured Mr. Carter speaking on the challenges of recruitment in a nation that is fatter, increasingly at ease with smoking marijuana, and producing more single-parent homes
  • FBI nabs 3 Palm Beach County men trying to join ISIS- used code words like ‘soccer team’

    07/23/2016 6:20:48 PM PDT · by sdpatriot · 26 replies
    Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs; ABC NEWS via Bizpac Review ^ | July 23, 2016 | Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs; ABC NEWS via Bizpac Review Frieda Powers
    Three Florida men who were planning to travel to Syria to join ISIS are now facing federal charges of conspiring and attempting to support the Islamic State. The Palm Beach County men’s plot to travel to Syria to engage in “violent jihad” was thwarted, federal authorities said Friday.

    05/24/2016 6:19:12 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 13 replies
    ABC13.COM ^ | 24 MAY 2016 | AARON KATERSKY
    Federal officials arrested a young New York City man today for allegedly supporting ISIS - the culmination of an elaborate FBI and NYPD sting operation in which the 22-year-old was duped by at least four undercover law enforcement agents, according to court documents. Bronx resident Sajmir Alimehmeti was arrested before dawn this morning without incident. A criminal complaint filed by the Department of Justice alleges that he helped a person he believed to be an ISIS recruit - who was in fact working for federal authorities - travel to Syria to fight with ISIS by giving advice and helping the...
  • Virginia man admits he planned to join the Islamic State

    03/18/2016 7:22:41 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/18/16 | Derek Hawkins
    A Northern Virginia man admitted Friday in federal court that he spent months plotting to travel to Syria so he could become a fighter with the Islamic State. Joseph Hassan Farrokh, 28, of Woodbridge, unknowingly discussed his plans with FBI informants all along, prosecutors said. He was arrested in January at Richmond International Airport as he was about to board a flight for the first leg of his trip. During a hearing in federal court in Alexandria, Farrokh pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to the terrorist organization.
  • Somali al Shabaab militants use Donald Trump in recruiting film (not ISIS)

    01/02/2016 5:09:57 AM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies
    **SNIP** Trump, the billionaire developer, former reality TV star and Republican front runner, was shown in the 51-minute film making his December call for the United States to bar all Muslims from the country as his supporters cheered. It was shown between two clips of militant leader Anwar al-Awlaki, killed in a drone strike in Yemen in 2011, saying Muslims in the United States would face a choice between leaving for Islamic countries or staying at home to fight the West. The film was distributed on Twitter on Friday by the al-Kataib Media Foundation, an Islamist militant organisation, SITE reported.
  • It Is Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, Not Donald Trump, In An ISIS Recruiting Video

    12/20/2015 5:29:00 PM PST · by Twotone · 31 replies
    RedState ^ | Dec. 20, 2015 | Streiff
    During the Democrat “debate” last night, Hillary Clinton made the astonishing claim that Donald Trump was being used in ISIS recruiting videos. That resulted in a quick bit of “fact checking” by the progressive media which revealed that, no, Donald Trump wasn’t being used in ISIS recruiting videos. My colleague, Joe Cunningham, covered the demolition of that egregious lie.
  • New York pizza parlor owner admits to recruiting for ISIS

    12/17/2015 2:50:39 PM PST · by jazusamo · 62 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 17, 2015 | Julian Hattem
    The owner of a Rochester, N.Y., pizza parlor pleaded guilty on Thursday to trying to recruit people to join Islamic extremists in the Middle East. The man, 31-year-old Mufid Elfgeeh, used the Internet to find potential supporters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), send them propaganda and support their efforts to join the extremist group in Syria, officials alleged. To spread his message, Elfgeeh used a combination of three Twitter accounts, 23 Facebook accounts and one WhatsApp account, which he used to seek out funding and support radical fighters, according to details in his plea agreement. From...
  • The military's real problem: Fewer Americans are joining

    12/17/2015 11:17:24 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 60 replies
    Politico ^ | December 15, 2015 | John Spencer
    When President Barack Obama announced that women would be eligible for combat roles in the military earlier this month, he stated “our armed forces have taken another historic step toward harnessing the talents and skills of all our citizens.” Secretary of Defense Ash Carter echoed those thoughts: “Our force of the future must continue to benefit from the best people America has to offer … in the 21st century, that includes drawing strength from the broadest possible pool of people.” This change is going to help the military in any number of ways: It’s a step toward greater fairness, and...
  • While D.C. Downplays Risk, U.S. Sees Shocking Rise in Terror Arrests This Year

    05/28/2015 3:19:48 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    PJ Tattler ^ | 5/27/15 | Patrick Poole
    The arrest of two southern California men last week who were planning to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State brings the number of U.S.-based individuals involved in international terror-related cases this year to 40. (UPDATE: with the arrest of Houston-area Asher Abid Khan late Monday for supporting ISIS, the tally is now 41.)This number highlights the metastasizing Islamic terror threat in the American homeland. At the current pace, by the end of June — halfway through 2015 — the number of cases will exceed the number from the past two years combined (48). <-- PJM_300_by_250_middle --> The Islamic...
  • My critics foolish, I'm not a bigot., I regret nothing: Trump stands by call to ban immigration

    12/09/2015 12:48:49 PM PST · by Albion Wilde · 26 replies
    DailyMail UK ^ | 9 December 2015 | Chris Spargo for DM and AP
    Full title: My critics are foolish, I'm not a bigot and I regret nothing: Trump stands by call to ban Muslim immigration despite nationwide fury - as GOP descends into chaos while he hints at independent run Donald Trump labeled individuals who oppose his plan to ban Muslim immigration into the United States 'foolish' on Tuesday. Trump also said in an interview with Barbara Walters on Tuesday he is not a bigot and does not regret his proposed ban on Muslims. He said he has 'tremendous relationships' with many Muslims who completely agree with him on this issue. Latest poll...
  • Digital Counterinsurgency: How to Marginalize the Islamic State Online

    12/08/2015 11:50:14 AM PST · by mbarker12474 · 6 replies
    Foreign Affairs Magazine, Nov/Dec 2015 ^ | Nov/Dec 2015 issue | Jared Cohen
    Digital Counterinsurgency How to Marginalize the Islamic State Online By Jared Cohen The Islamic State, or ISIS, is the first terrorist group to hold both physical and digital territory: in addition to the swaths of land it controls in Iraq and Syria, it dominates pockets of the Internet with relative impunity.... ... in late 2014, 46,000 Twitter accounts openly supported the group. Back then, strategies for fighting ISIS online centered on simply removing such accounts.... ... the gamut from popular public platforms to private chat rooms to encrypted messaging systems such as WhatsApp, Kik, Wickr, Zello, and Telegram... ... churn...
  • Police respond to reports of gunman in Davenport, Bettendorf

    10/26/2015 12:48:25 PM PDT · by Aliska · 28 replies
    KWQC News, Davenport, Iowa ^ | October 26, 2015 | Marcia Lense
    BETTENDORF, Iowa (KWQC) – Police are responding to calls of a possible shooter in the 4500 block of Utica Ridge in Bettendorf. It appears to have started at the Marine recruiting office located at 710 E. Kimberly Rd. in Davenport around 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. A witness tells TV-6 that he heard shots fired at a law office next to the Marine recruiting center. He says he heard screaming and then heard the gunman try to reload his gun. A Marine recruiter told everyone to run. As the witness was running, he said he heard more gunfire. Kimberly...
  • Turkey: Al Qaeda suspect admits planning attacks on Israeli tourists

    08/11/2005 10:00:12 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 228+ views
    A Turkish court on Thursday charged a Syrian national suspected of plotting to slam speedboats packed with explosives into cruise ships loaded with Israeli tourists, lawyers and police said. According to The AP, defense lawyer Ilhami Sayan said the suspect, identified in the Turkish media as Lu'ai Sakra, was charged with membership in an "illegal organization." He was arrested earlier this month. Police said Sakra was linked to al-Qaeda. "I have no regrets," Sakra shouted to journalists as he was led into the courthouse. "I was going to attack Israeli ships. If they come, my friends will attack them." "I...
  • N.J. scoutmaster 'groomed' boy for sex, cops say

    07/30/2015 1:44:46 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 50 replies
    A scoutmaster with a Boy Scout troop in South Jersey was "grooming" a young boy for sexual purposes by buying him pricey gifts, officials said Thursday. The Cape May man, Frank Thomson, was arrested and charged Tuesday with luring an 11-year-old boy after a concerned citizen tipped off authorities earlier this month to suspicious activity between the two, Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor said in a release. During several interviews with 68-year-old man, authorities say they discovered a separate incident several years ago where Thomson sexually assaulted a young boy. Additional charges were brought against Thomson on Wednesday....
  • Oklahomans for Equality to establish Cub Scout pack

    07/29/2015 9:08:06 AM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 20 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | 7/29/15 | Stacy Ryburn
    Fresh off the heels of the Boy Scouts of America’s decision Monday to end its ban on gay adult leaders, Oklahomans for Equality has announced its intention to form a local Cub Scout pack. Operating out of the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, 621 E. Fourth St., the organization will charter the troop through Tulsa’s Boy Scouts chapter, the Indian Nations Council. The interest is there — both from youth participants and adults taking part in its leadership — and now it’s just a matter of getting all the paperwork in order and approval from the local council, said Andrew...
  • [IA] Parents outraged after middle schoolers attend LGBTQ sex conference

    07/25/2015 6:09:42 PM PDT · by markomalley · 57 replies
    EAG News ^ | 7/24/15 | Victor Skinner
    “Concerned Citizens” are petitioning Iowa’s Humboldt School District to prevent students from attending the Iowa Safe Schools conference after realizing it’s more about gay sex than bullying.The group of concerned parents and citizens in Humboldt believe it’s “a gross misuse of taxpayer money” to send students to the conference after several came home disturbed by the graphic, profanity-laced presentations delivered at the event in Altoona this April, WHO TV reports.The “Iowa Governors Conference on LGBTQ Youth” April 3 was billed as an anti-bullying summit aimed at fostering understanding and acceptance of LGBTQ youth, but when they arrived they soon learned...
  • Currie Spices Up the Classroom Debate

    06/23/2015 7:41:39 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 18 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 23, 2015 | Tony Perkins
    Once upon a time, there was a teacher who undermined parents’ rights. Sound familiar? It should. This has become a common story in classrooms across America, as more liberal teachers latch on to kids’ books with homosexual themes. But for moms and dads in North Carolina, the news that their third graders were listening to gay fairy tales didn’t have the happy ending teacher Omar Currie hoped for. A homosexual himself, the elementary school teacher thought the book King and King would encourage his class to treat others with respect. What he didn’t count on was the overwhelming feeling of...
  • 3 Indicted in Alleged Minn. National Guard Recruiting Scam

    06/11/2015 8:16:40 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    KSTP ^ | 6-11-15 | Cassie Hart
    Three recruiting assistants for the Minnesota National Guard have been indicted for what the military has described as a "widespread scheme." They were indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Minneapolis and are accused of illegally taking bonuses for signing up new recruits. According to the indictments, Timothy Stafford is accused of fraud in kickbacks on the enlistment of 25 soldiers, and Terry Wosmek and Quinton Jones are accused of receiving kickbacks for four recruits each.
  • University Recruits Teens to Abort Their Babies in Name of “Scientific Research”

    04/25/2015 4:52:50 PM PDT · by kindred · 26 replies ^ | April 25, 2015 | KRISTAN HAWKINS
    Oxytocin is that feel good hormone that bonds a child to his or her mother. But never mind that. Researchers in Hawaii are recruiting girls as young as 14 to participate in second trimester abortions, where the preborn baby is 18-24 weeks gestation, in order to test whether or not oxytocin can reduce bleeding in mothers during and after abortion. The study is being conducted by the University of Hawaii and the University of Washington in Seattle – both public universities, which leads to the obvious question: is the government funding this study? A second trimester abortion is at least...