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Minnesota Man Charged with Threatening FBI After Friend Arrested on Terrorism Charges

Data securityBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Minnesota man is accused of threatening FBI agents on social media following the arrest of his friend who was charged with conspiring to help ISIS, Fox News reports.

Khaalid Adam Abdulkadir, 19, was charged Friday with making the threats on Twitter after the FBI arrested his friend, 20-year-old Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame.

In grammatically challenged messages, he threatened to “kill them FBI” and wrote, “I’m kill them FEDS for take my brothers,” according to court documents.

“While there are many legitimate means in the United States to voice dissent and difference of opinion with our government, threatening violent retaliation against federal agents is both illegal and outrageous,” U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said in a statement.

He is being held without bail until a court hearing on Wednesday.

Head of FBI in Minnesota: Rash of Terrorism Arrests Not Stopping Others from Joining ISIS

fbi logo largeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Despite a rash of well-publicized arrests of American suspected of trying to join ISIS, the terror group continues to successfully recruit U.S. residents, the head of the FBI in Minnesota said Wednesday.

In the Minneapolis area, which is home to the largest Somali community in the U.S., six men were arrested recently for allegedly plotting to join ISIS.

Still, the FBI continues to investigate what appears to be an increasing number of ISIS sympathizers, said FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Minnesota Field Office, Richard Thornton, said Wednesday.

“There are people in this community that are at various stages along the path to traveling as we speak,” he said. “I can’t tell you if there is one on an airplane as we speak, necessarily, but the arrests and the other activities have not stopped the activity across the board.”

Border Patrol Office That Protects North Dakota, Minnesota Gets New Leader

Grand forks sectorBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol sector that covers North Dakota and Minnesota has a new leader.

Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke has been named as the new chief of the Grand Forks sector in North Dakota, the Associated Press reports. 

Heitke takes over on Wednesday, replacing Austin Skero, who was transferred to Virginia as part of a promotion.

The sector has 200 agents covering 861 miles of border in North Dakota and Minnesota.

Investigators: American Accused of Trying to Join ISIS Threatened to Kill FBI Agents

Mohamed Abdihamid Farah

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Minnesota man arrested for allegedly trying to travel to Syria to join ISIS told an informant that he’d kill FBI agents if he felt threatened, CBS reports. 

Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, 21, was among six Minnesota men arrested last month on charges of conspiring to provide material support to foreign terrorists.

According to authorities, Farah even discussed tweeting FBI agents upon arrival in Syria. In a recorded conversation, he said he would kill FBI agents “if our backs are against the wall.”

Daud’s attorney, Bruce Nestor, said the allegations are nonsense because his client never intended to commit any of the crimes.

“Many of the alleged statements are simply youthful boasting which, like the so-called conspiracy, were encouraged and facilitated by a government informant who himself tried to join ISIS and repeatedly had lied to the government,” Nestor said.

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Suspected Terrorist Accused of Threatening to Kill FBI Agents

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

One of the 7 Minnesota men charged with trying to join ISIS in Syria is accused of threatening to kill FBI agents,WCCO in Minneapolis reports.

The station reports that the suspect, Mohamed Farah, said to a government informant who was recording the conversation:

“If our backs are against the wall, I’m gonna go kill the one who punks me. You know the one.”

Federal prosecutors say the then named three FBI agents.

6 Minnesota Men Charged with Terrorism in Alleged Plot to Join ISIS

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Six Minnesota men have been charged with terrorism after the FBI alleges the suspects tried to travel to Syria to join Islamic State extremists.

The friends were U.S. citizens of Somali descent. They are are Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, 21; Adnan Abdihamid Farah, 19; Abdurahman Yasin Daud, 21; Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman, 19; Hanad Mustafe Musse, 19; and Guled Ali Omar, 20, according to the New York Daily News. 

Prosecutors allege the suspects provided material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

The suspects were arrested in San Diego and Minneapolis on Sunday and are due in federal court today.

“These were focused men who were intent on joining a terrorist organization,” Minnesota U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said at a news conference Monday.

ATF Director B. Todd Jones Calling it Quits; Tom Brandon Will Step Up

US Attorney B. Todd Jones

Todd Jones

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

B. Todd Jones, the head of ATF, who first stepped in as acting director in 2011, and later became the first ATF directory in history to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, is stepping down, effective March 31.

The announcement from ATF came in a press release, which said he’s departing to pursue opportunities in the private sector. Jone’s number two person, Thomas Brandon, will step in as acting director.

“ATF employees are hard-working, dedicated individuals who serve the public to make our nation safer every day,” said Jones in a statement. “I have seen firsthand their extraordinary commitment to combatting violent crime, ridding the streets of criminals, and leveraging all available resources to keep our communities safe.”

“I will truly miss leading and working side-by-side with these men and women in their pursuit of ATF’s unique law enforcement and regulatory mission,” Jones added.

Jones initially held two jobs in 2011: He was named acting director of ATF while still serving as U.S. Attorney in Minnesota. President Obama nominated him for the permanent post on Jan. 24, 2013, and he ended his job as U.S. Attorney after being confirmed as ATF director.

Tom Brandon/atf photo

ATF Deputy Director Thomas E. Brandon will serve as Acting Director. Brandon was appointed Deputy Director of ATF in October 2011.

 

 

FBI Downplays Terror Group’s Calls for Attacks on Malls in U.S

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and Homeland Security are downplaying a threat by a Somali-based terror group to attack shopping malls in the U.S., Canada and United Kingdom, CNN reports.

U.S. officials said there are no credible threats of an attack, but still cautioned shoppers to be careful.

“If anyone is planning to go to the Mall of America today,”  Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said, “they’ve got to be particularly careful.”

The Minnesota mall was alluded to in a video by Al-Shabaab, which called for the attacks.

Mall of America said it is on the look out.

“We take any potential threat seriously and respond appropriately,” the Minnesota mall said in a statement. “We have implemented extra security precautions; some may be noticeable to guests, and others won’t be.”