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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.”

FBI Re-Evaluating Terrorism Cases, Leads to Ensure Nothing Was Missed

FBI file photo

FBI file photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is re-evaluating prior terrorism cases and tips to ensure that nothing was overlooked during the previous investigations.

A top official told the Associated Press that the review of tips of terrorism cases over the past three years is an effort to “err on the side of caution. 

The idea is to “refine and adapt to the threat, and part of that is always making sure you cover your bases,” the official said.

One eye-opening revelation over the past several years is that people under investigation for terrorism ended up committing acts of extremism.

One of the was the Orlando nightclub shooter, who was known to the FBI as a potential terrorist.

FBI Investigating More than 300 Refugees for Potential Terrorist, AG Sessions Says

Attorney General Jeff Sessions (file photo)

Attorney General Jeff Sessions (file photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

To justify the latest travel ban involving Muslim countries, Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke Monday about the potential terror threat some refugees in the U.S. pose.

“[M]ore than 300 people who came here as refugees are under FBI investigation for potential terrorism-related activities,” Sessions said, according to CBS News.

He also said that those who are “seeking to support or commit terrorist attacks here will try to enter through our refugee program.”

Jeff Pegues of CBS noted in a website story that the officials will not say what countries these refugees came from,  when they came to the U.S. or if their legal status changed since arriving here.

FBI Uses Terrorism Task Force to Investigate Standing Rock Activists

Dakota Access Pipeline protest in support of Standing Rock.

Dakota Access Pipeline protest in support of Standing Rock.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating activists who are standing up against the Dakota Access pipeline, even diverting terrorism experts to focus on protesters and environmentalists.

The Guardian reports that members of the FBI’s joint terrorism task force have tried to contact at least three people involved in protecting Standing Rock in North Dakota by knocking on their doors. 

The FBI declined to comment, and the focus and scope of the task force remain unknown.

“The idea that the government would attempt to construe this indigenous-led non-violent movement into some kind of domestic terrorism investigation is unfathomable to me,” said Lauren Regan, a civil rights attorney who has provided legal support to demonstrators who were contacted by representatives of the FBI. “It’s outrageous, it’s unwarranted … and it’s unconstitutional.”

The three individuals have declined to cooperate with the FBI and asserted their fifth amendment rights.

FBI Received Multiple Warnings about Man Who Killed Transit Official

Suspect Joshua Cummings

Suspect Joshua Cummings

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man accused of shooting and killing an armed transit security official in downtown Denver late Tuesday night was on the federal terrorism watch list and kicked out of a mosque in Texas.

Local law enforcement warned federal authorities, including the FBI, that Cummings was in Colorado and staying at a hotel, CBS4 reports. 

Cummings, 37, was arrested Tuesday night after authorities say he shot and killed Scott Von Lanken, a 56-year-old Regional Transportation District security guard.

About a month ago, local police alerted the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force in Colorado to Cummings’ presence.

It’s unclear whether federal authorities did anything with the information.

FBI: White Supremacists, Domestic Extremists Infiltrated Law Enforcement

police lightsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has found that “white supremacists and other domestic extremists” have been getting jobs with law enforcement agencies across the country.

“Domestic terrorism investigations focused on militia extremists, white supremacist extremists, and sovereign citizen extremists often have identified active links to law enforcement officers,” reads a classified FBI counterterrorism policy guide obtained by The Intercept.

Although law enforcement was aware of the threat posed by right-wing extremist, the agencies have failed to properly combat the infiltration of domestic extremists or even address the systemic issue.

“No centralized recruitment process or set of national standards exists for the 18,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States, many of which have deep historical connections to racist ideologies. As a result, state and local police as well as sheriff’s departments present ample opportunities for white supremacists and other right-wing extremists looking to expand their power base,” The Intercept wrote.

Trump May Bring Back Secret CIA ‘Black Site’ Prisons

torture photo By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump may bring back so-called CIA “black site” prisons where terrorism suspects are held and were once tortured.

President George W. Bush used the black sites to combat the “war on terrorism” following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, but former President Barack Obama closed them.

In the next few days, Trump is expected to sign an executive executive order to call for a high-level review into “whether to reinitiate a program of interrogation of high-value alien terrorists to be operated outside the United States” and if the CIA should run the facilities, Reuters reports. 

The information comes from a copy of a draft published by the Washington Post.

But Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said the document did not come from the White House.

House Speaker Paul Ryan agreed.

“My understanding is this was written by somebody who worked on the transition before who’s not in the Trump administration. This is not a product of the administration,” Ryan said in an interview with MSNBC.

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Secret Service Worried About Possible Violence at Trump Inauguration

Donald Trump, via Wikipedia

Donald Trump, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service is on edge as it prepares for one of the most contentious inauguration days in U.S. history.

Protesters plan to converge in Washington D.C. to rally against Donald Trump, while tens of thousands of his supporters are expected to gather for the event, WTOP reports. 

Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy said he’s worried about potential violent acts.

“I think people today are willing to do things they may not have been willing to do in the past,” Clancy said.

Clancy pointed out other incidents during the campaign, “where people jumped over those bike racks or security zones into our buffer. In the past, it was very rare for somebody to do that. Today, in this past campaign, people were willing to do it.”

Among the concerns are terrorist attacks.

“We know that this (Washington region) is a high-profile [terror] target. It’s been attacked in the past, historically,” said Paul Abbate, the FBI’s executive assistant director for the Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch.