Skip to comments.Super Bowl city was home to dozens of ISIS, other terror suspects
Posted on 02/04/2018 2:18:10 PM PST by markomalley
A city thats spawned a surprising number of terror suspects is hosting this years Super Bowl, but local law enforcement officials say they're ready to protect Sundays big game.
The Minneapolis-St. Paul area has been home to the third highest number of terror prosecutions in the U.S. since 9/11, behind only the much larger metropolitan regions of New York and Washington, D.C. Twelve Twin Cities residents have been charged with providing support to ISIS and 20 have been arrested for alleged support of the Somali terror group al Shabab in the past nine years. Between 2011 and 2014, 13 locals died fighting for al Shabab and ISIS, according to U.S intelligence officials.
ISIS has continually called for attacks on large-scale events and the possibility of someone hearing those calls is not lost on the FBIs Joe Rivers, whos in charge of terrorism investigations in Minneapolis.
Rivers says the FBI and local law enforcement are more concerned about the potential for lone wolves to attack with a vehicle or a firearm than a sophisticated operation. I think we're more worried about the fact that an individual is inspired to potentially do something, said Rivers, and that they find the means and the mechanisms to go ahead and do that either on their own or with very little help.
To prepare and respond to any potential incident the FBI says it has brought in 200 extra agents who are a part of 1,000 federal agents from multiple agencies composing the largest deployment in Super Bowl history. Minneapolis and other nearby police departments will add nearly 1,000 extra officers, for a total uniformed presence of 2,000.
The game between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles kicks off at about 6:30 p.m. at U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis, and features halftime performances by Justin Timberlake and Pink. The venue holds nearly 67,000 people.
Minneapolis Police Commander Scott Gerlicher, who is in charge of the citys Super Bowl security operation says, There are no credible threats currently to the Super Bowl or any activities but there's a large group of people who are looking at that and monitoring that hour by hour.
One of the tactics for thwarting any would-be terrorist, say law enforcement officials, is creating secure perimeters for the stadium and other public event spaces, and positioning Humvee-style trucks to prevent vehicle attacks.
Around the city and at Super Bowl events, said FBI Supervisory Special Agent Brandon Grant, state, local and federal bomb squad teams from across the region and the country are ready to respond to any suspicious package. Grant said that the teams have brought in 16 small x-ray devices, worth over $35,000 each, to deploy with technicians the largest-ever such deployment of the technology.
The devices are designed to quickly scan a suspicious bag or item and produce an image of the contents on a handheld tablet. Grant said the compact size of the x-ray kits means technicians can hand-carry them in a crowd and get an image 10 times faster than older devices.
If someone simply forgot a bag in the crowd of thousands, said Grant, the bomb techs can address it and just move on.
In the air, the FBI will use Blackhawk helicopters equipped with infrared cameras to surveil key Super Bowl sites. The Blackhawks can also be used to move heavily armed agents to any potential attack site, or to evacuate injured people to local hospitals or triage centers.
The FBI says it isnt disclosing where the armed teams are situated but says they will be on standby leading up to and during the big game to respond to any crisis.
Friends around Minneapolis are amazed by the security. They also say there have been a number of bomb threats that have been kept pretty quiet.
The caption says "Minnesota women protesting the sentencing of two Somali women on terror funding charges.
They are not "Minnesota women." They are Somalis, and they should go back there.
I spend my days at the hospital in Little Mogadishu. All week I have seen military helicopters buzzing around. I came home early to avoid the protests. Cops are everywhere.
Not WAS , but IS
DumboRATS brought this plague among us.
Surprising? To whom? The comatose?
Most of the shops in the area at that time looked like time got stuck in the 1960s and never left the hippie era.
And the flats were occupied by either college students (like myself), welfare section 8 types (who were, as often as not, (American) Indians), and Hmong.
And getting worse.
Super Bowl city IS home to dozens of ISIS, other terror suspects
When I was in the car auction business, the biggest problem was the camel jockey thieves that would buy a car, go out on the lot and mickey the engine or tranny somehow, and then try to arbitrate it for a price cut. One by one they had to be ejected. The next week they’d send a new thief to try it.
“DumboRATS brought this plague among us.”
Yes, Obongo purposely flooded Min with Somalis to impact the voting. His goal was to make sure they didn’t go red. You had scores of little Mayberry’s overrun by Somali Muslims and all the joy that came with it.
...and they should go back there.
DumboRATS brought this plague among us.
George HW Bush started the importation of Somalis.
It has accelerated under each successive President, including his son George W. Bush, both of whom wore R jerseys.
“Super Bowl city was home to dozens of ISIS, other terror suspects”
And cops who murder Australian women with impunity.
“Cops are everywhere.”
Look out if you are white.
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