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FBI Official on Terrorism: ‘We Will Not Be Able to Stop Everything’

terrorism-911By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

No matter how vigilant the United States is, some extremism will “unfortunately get through” counterterrorism efforts, a senior FBI official warned Wednesday.

“We will try and do as much as we can, but we will not be able to stop everything,” FBI Executive Assistant Director Mike Steinbach said, according to ABC News. 

Steinbach was defending the FBI’s handling of an investigation two years ago of the prime suspect in the weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey.

New York Police officials also defended the FBI.

“It was handled to the extent that the law, the system and the guidelines that we operate under would allow,” NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller told a House panel.

Ahmad Khan Rahami, the 28-year-old man suspect in the bombings of placing bombs over the weekend, was the subject of an FBI investigation more than two years ago.

Bombing Suspect Was Investigated by FBI in 2014 After Father Expressed Concerns

Ahmad Khan Rahami (ABC photo)

Ahmad Khan Rahami (ABC photo)

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Ahmad Khan Rahami, the 28-year-old man accused of placing bombs in New York City and New Jersey over the weekend, was the subject of an FBI investigation more than two years ago.

The Washington Post reports that the FBI received a tip from Rahami’s father, who expressed concerns about his son, prompting an investigation that included interviews and a review of internal databases.

At the time, the FBI concluded no evidence of “ties to terrorism.”

Rahami’s father spoke to reporters recently and said his son was violent toward family members “for no reason.”

FBI agents “found nothing” during the investigation, according to an official who spoke to the Post.

FBI: ‘No Indication’ of Terror Cell in New York, New Jersey Bombings

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Ahmad Kham Rahami, the 28-year-old arrested in connection with the weekend bombings in New York City and New Jersey, does not appear to belong to a terror cell, authorities said.

Ahmad Khan Rahami (ABC photo)

Ahmad Khan Rahami (ABC photo)

Law Enforcement officials said Rahami appeared to be working alone and was not part of a lager network, the Washington Post reports. 

Rahami was arrested Monday after a shootout with police.

Rahami was born in Afghanistan but is a naturalized U.S. citizen.

The 28-year-old was charged with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and two counts of second-degree counts for possessing a handgun.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who said the bombs were “an act of terror,” said no one else was being sought at this time.

William Sweeney Jr., assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York division, said authorities have found “no indication that there is a [terror] cell operating in the area.”

Secret Service Arrests Ex-Cop for Entering Trump Tower with Concealed Gun

Trump Tower in New York City, via Wikipedia.

Trump Tower in New York City, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former police officer was arrested after the Secret Service found him with a concealed gun trying to enter Trump Tower late Tuesday night.

The incident happened as Donald Trump’s motorcade was approaching the building in Manhattan just after 10 p.m. Tuesday, Patch.com reports. 

The Secret Service said the man was in a secured area on the sidewalk and refused to obey commands of agents.

Authorities found him with a conceal weapon, which he had a permit to carry.

It was unclear whether the man intended to harm Trump, who “entered the building without incident,” the Secret Service said.

New York Mayor: Justice Department Not Dragging Feet on Eric Garner Probe

Eric Garner with his children, via National Action Network

Eric Garner with his children, via National Action Network

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Despite concerns about the pace of the investigation into the death of Eric Garner, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio dismissed claims that the Justice Department is dragging its feet.

The mayor said he was notified by U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch that the case was a top priority, but it also is complicated and requires meticulously obtained evidence, CBS reports. 

“No one is dragging their feet and we have to make sure the resolution afterwards is fair and just,” de Blasio said.

Garner died two years ago after police tried to arrest him for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. Garner told officers he couldn’t breathe after he appeared to be placed in a chokehold by a cop.

“The real issue in preventing these tragedies is working to make sure they don’t happen again in the future,” de Blasio said.

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FBI Investigates ISIS Video That Warns of Potential Terrorism Attack in NYC

new york city3 cabsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Responding to threats of a terrorist attack by ISIS in New York City, the FBI and New York police said there are no specific threats, Reuters reports. 

ISIS suggested in a video that New York City is a potential target for attacks similar to the ones in Paris.

“While some of the video footage is not new, the video reaffirms the message that New York City remains a top terrorist target,” Stephen Davis, a deputy NYPD commissioner, said in a statement. “While there is no current or specific threat to the city at this time, we will remain at a heightened state of vigilance.”

The FBI said it is investigating the threats.

ISIS took credit for the Paris attacks in the video, which shows New York City and a suicide bomber holding a trigger.

“Footage of New York shown in the ISIS video was taken from a video released by the group in April of this year. So while NYC is and has been a target for ISIS, today’s video does not warrant any kind of panic,” SITE director Rita Katz said in an email to Reuters.

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Ex-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani Minced No Words During Post-9/11 Hearing on Terrorism Threats

Rudolph Giuliani

Rudolph Giuliani

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was a key witness Tuesday at a Congressional hearing on the terrorism threats that remain after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Giuliani didn’t mince words, NY1.com reports. 

“Whatever euphemisms we want to engage in, they are at war with us,” Giuliani said. “By they, I mean Islamic extremist terrorists.”

The hearing was a meeting of the House Homeland Security Committee at the 9/11 Museum at the foot of the World Trade Center site.

Giuliani called for more aggressive actions, especially with threats from ISIS.

Giuliani also expressed concerns about Iran and its nuclear capabilities.

“We are putting the nuclear button in the hands of madmen,” Giuliani said.

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FBI Reveals Potential Break in Unsolved Times Square Bombing in ’08

Times Square

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A bomb that exploded in the heart of Times Square just after 3:30 a.m. in 2008 has gone unsolved for seven years.

The FBI hopes to end that streak after announcing Wednesday that progress has been made in the attack, which resembled two earlier bombings in Manhattan.

Investigators said three people who had been identified as “persons of interest” were now believed to be connected, The New York Times reports. 

“Someone knows those responsible for placing this device in the heart of New York City,” Diego Rodriguez, the head of the New York office of the F.B.I., said in a statement. “We need those people to come forward to help us solve this crime before they can strike again.”

The FBI has not yet identified the suspects.