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Flint Airport Attacker Tried to Buy Gun in Suburban Detroit

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — Amor M. Ftouhi, 49, the Montreal man charged with stabbing an airport police officer in the neck at the Flint airport on Wednesday, was unsuccessful in an attempt to purchase a gun in the U.S., but did buy a knife here, the FBI says.


FBI’s David P. Gelios

David P. Gelios, head of the Detroit FBI, spoke Thursday about the weapons, but declined to give specifics at a downtown Detroit press conference. Fox 2’s M.L. Elrick reports the attacker tried to buy a gun at the Gilbraltar Trade Center in Mt. Clemens. WXYZ reports that he was turned away because of his citizenship.

Gelios said Ftouhi entered the U.S. legally by car at Lake Champlain, N.Y., on June 16 and was in Michigan last Sunday — two days later.

“I can’t say definitely he wasn’t here sooner, but we show activity in Michigan on June 18,” said Gelios, who conducted the press conference with acting U.S. Attorney Daniel Lemisch to talk about the attack on airport officer Lt. Jeff Neville, who is in stable condition.

He said that Ftouhi had not been flagged or monitored at any time by the FBI or Canadian authorities.

“We continue to have no information that suggests Ftouhi’s attack on Lt. Neville was part of a wider plot, nor do we have any indication he was aided in this incident or had any associates associated to this  incident.

Why Flint’s airport?

Gelios said the FBI is investigating that,and said he was looking for an international airport and he apparently picked the Bishop International Airport.


Acting U.S. Attorney Daniel Lemisch

Ftouhi had no ticket to travel and had left his car parked at the Flint airport, where the FBI examined its contents.

Additional charges are likely, says Acting U.S. Attorney Lemisch. He gave no details, but suggested terrorism charges could come if the evidence points that way.

Ftouhi had yelled “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great” in Arabic) as he carried out the attack, federal authorities say.

Homeland Security on High Alert After London Attacks But No Credible Threats

Homeland Security helicopter, via Homeland Security.

Homeland Security helicopter, via Homeland Security.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In the wake of the deadly terrorist attacks in London, Homeland Security said Sunday there’s no evidence of “a specific, credible terror threat in the United States.”

Still, the federal agency is remaining vigilant and monitoring the situation, the USA Today reports. 

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city was on high alert, and critical response units have been placed in “particularly prominent” locations throughout the city.

“That means New Yorkers today will see a heavier presence at key locations around the city,” he said Sunday while speaking to reporters. “You will see a stronger police presence, including our counter-terror forces, which are heavily armed and heavily geared.”

Still, he said, this “is not a cause for alarm – that is a cause for comfort, to see the NYPD out in strength to protect u against any situation,” the mayor said.

So far this year, there have been 500 terror attacks that lead to 3,500 deaths “and many more physically and mentally wounded” said Tom Cochran, CEO and executive director of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Homeland Security has cautioned U.S. citizens in London to “maintain security awareness.”

Trump Calls for Full Investigation into U.S. Leaks of Probe into Manchester Attack

President Trump, via White House

President Trump, via White House

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump is requesting a full investigation into whether U.S. officials leaked information about England’s probe of the Manchester terrorist bombing earlier this week.

Denouncing the leaks as “deeply troubling,” Trump pledged to “get to the bottom of this.”

He added: “The leaks of sensitive information pose a grave threat to our national security. I am asking the Department of Justice and other relevant agencies to launch a complete review of this matter, and if appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. There is no relationship we cherish more than the Special Relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom.”

British intelligence officials were incensed about the leaks, which included prematurely naming the suspects and crime-scene photos published in the New York Times.

Among the chief concerns is that the breach may undermine historically close intelligence sharing tie.s

TSA Warns of Potential for Terrorists to Steal Trucks to Plow into Crowds

Photo via Wikipedia.

Photo via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The TSA warned the nation’s trucking companies and their drivers to be careful because terrorists are increasingly using stolen trucks worldwide as a method of attack.

The six-page report, obtained by CBS News, indicates that terrorists killed 173 people and injured another 667 in 17 vehicle-ramming attacks worldwide. 

The most deadly vehicle-ramming attack came in Nice, France last year, when at least 84 people were killed by a truck that drove through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day.

The report warns of indicators that suggest terrorists are planning to resort to vehicle-slamming in the U.S.

The American Trucking Association issued this statement to CBS News: “There is no more dedicated, professional and patriotic group of people than truck drivers, so our industry is disturbed by the possibility that someone would use our vehicles as weapons.Much of what is in this TSA guidance – avoiding area of congestion due to special events, exercising awareness of suspicious activity and practicing common sense safety and security habits – are already hallmarks of industry best practices. The commercial trucking industry deploys significant security measures like vehicle tracking, alarms and specialized locks, as well as ongoing driver awareness training and driver vetting.”

Rogue FBI Translator Who Married ISIS Recruiter Now Lives in Syracuse

Photo via FBI

Photo via FBI

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The rogue FBI translator who married an ISIS operative she was directed to investigate refused to field media questions outside of her home in Syracuse, New York.

Daniela Greene, who lives on a block with a large population of Muslim immigrants, ducked questions from the New York Post

The 38-year-old was sentenced to two years in prison in 2014 after returning from the Middle East, where she had married German rapper-turned-ISIS recruiter Denis Cuspert and notified him of the investigation.

Greene was working out of the FBI’s Detroit office when she left her husband and snuck into Syria from Turkey.

The husband, Matthew Greene, would only say that his relationship with Daniela Greene “ is over.”

Female FBI Translator Married ISIS Terrorist She Was Investigating

ISIS flag

ISIS flag

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI translator assigned to investigate an ISIS terrorist wound up falling in love with the German-born jihadist and married him.

Daniela Greene, 38, left her husband in the U.S. to be with a terrorist who was shown on videos holding severed heads, CNN reports. 

The love affair with Denis Cuspert began in 2014, about three years after joining the FBI as a linguist. Greene was assigned to Detroit’s FBI office. 

About six months later, Greene and Cuspert tied the knot in Syria. But she quickly got cold feet and returned to the U.S., where she was charged and later convicted of making false statements involving international terrorism. In August 2016, she was released from prison.

She now works as a hostess in a hotel lounge.

Homeland Security Secretary Admits He Doesn’t Know How to Stop Homegrown Terrorism

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Stopping homegrown terrorism is no easy task.

No one knows that more than Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, who admitted Sunday that he doesn’t know how to stop what he describes as the “most common” threat facing the U.S.

Kelly made the admission during an interview on CBS’s Face the Nation

“There are so many aspects to this terrorist thing,” Kelly said. “Obviously you got the homegrown terrorists. I don’t know how to stop that. I don’t know how to detect that. You got other terrorist threats that come across the border. I believe in the case of the murder, in the Paris shooting I believe he was homegrown. But, again, there are so many threats that come in from across border. And it’s essential absolutely to control one’s border.”

Kelly said homegrown terrorism is “the most common threat” to America.

Kelly said the threat of homegrown terrorism keeps him “literally awake at night.”

FBI Investigating Terrorism in All 50 States As Threat Reaches a High

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly warned that America is facing its “highest terror threat in years,” with active investigations in all 50 states.

“The threat to our nation and our American way of life has not diminished,” Kelly said during a speech at George Washington University on Tuesday, the New York Post reports. “In fact, the threat has metastasized and decentralized.” 

Kelly said the country is experiencing an “unprecedented spike” in homegrown terrorism.

“We are under attack from terrorists both within and outside of our borders,” he said.

Over the past year, the FBI has handled 36 cases of homegrown terrorists in 18 states.

Kelly said the radicalization of Americans is “notoriously difficult to predict and control.”