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Undercover FBI Agent Thwarts Terrorist Attacks in New York City

Times Square, via Wikipedia

Times Square, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An undercover FBI agent foiled terrorist attacks in New York City that would have targeted concert venues, Times Square and subway stations, according to court records and testimony.

The plots were made public by a federal court after three men were accused of launching terrorist attacks in New York City, the Guardian reports

An undercover FBI agent posing as an Islamist extremists is credited with thwarting the attacks.

Criminal complaints allege 19-year-old  Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy told the agent that “these Americans need an attack” and that he wanted to “create the next 9/11.”

The Guardian wrote:

The other men are Talha Haroon, who was arrested in Pakistan, and Russell Salic, who was arrested in the Philippines, where he is a citizen. Both are awaiting extradition to the US.

Haroon, who was introduced to the agent by Bahnasawy, was planning to travel to the US to allegedly help him with the attacks.

In messages, he told the agent that the subway was a perfect target; that they should shoot as many passengers on the train as possible, including women and children; and that “when we run out of bullets we let the vests go off”.

Salic, who is a doctor and is accused of sending money to help fund the planned attacks, was also arrested in the Philippines for his alleged involvement in kidnappings and beheadings blamed on pro-Isis militants, a Philippine official said.

San Bernardino Terrorists Who Opened Fire at Holiday Party Intended to Detonate Pipe Bomb

San Bernardino couple who opened fire at a holiday party.

San Bernardino couple who opened fire at a holiday party.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The San Bernardino terrorists who opened fire at a holiday party, killing 14 people on Dec. 2, also planned to detonate an explosive device inside the room, the FBI told the Los Angeles Times. 

Investigators said Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, hid a pipe bomb inside a bag at the Inland Regional Center.

What remains unclear is when the couple planned to detonate the bomb – before or after opening fire.

“Was the intent to detonate prior to their attack?” David Bowdich, the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles field office, asked. “We just don’t have the answer.”

The bomb, which was attached to a remote-control toy car, “was armed and ready to detonate,” Bowdich said.

The remote control for the toy car was found in the couple’s SUV.

FBI Interviews Differ from Obama’s Accounts of What Led to Consulate Attack in Benghazi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi may not have happened as described by the Obama administration, Fox News reports.

The FBI interviewed survivors for three days and none reported a demonstration.

Obama initially said the attack occurred after a protest of an anti-Islam film got out of control.

“The FBI confirmed to me that when they interviewed the survivors on the 15th the 16th and the 17th [of September], not one person ever mentioned anything other than a terrorist attack. No one mentioned a protest outside the consulate,” Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham told Fox News. “So, how could the Obama administration come up with a protest story if everybody on the ground during the attack said it was a terrorist attack and there was no protest?”

It still remains clear whether the information ever got to the president, Fox News reported.

Dozens of FBI Personnel Headed to Russia to Help Secure Games from Terrorist Attacks

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Dozens of FBI agents and other experts will travel to Russia to help protect the Winter Olympics from any terrorist attacks, the Wall Street Journal reports.

FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that about two dozen FBI personnel will be in Moscow, while about a dozen others will be in Sochi, where the Olympic games take place.

Comey noted improved cooperation between Russian and U.S. intelligence officials.

“I know that we have been in regular communication, including me personally, with their security organizations to make sure we are coordinating well, and I think that we are,” Comey said.

FBI Works Around Carnage to Investigate Nairobi Mall Attack

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI began the grueling process of investigating a bullet-riddled Nairobi mall where more than 60 people were killed by terrorists, the Associated Press reports.

Agents were working along bodies crushed by rubble as they began fingerprint, DNA and ballistic analysis to determine the identities of the terrorists.

The FBI believes Americans may have been involved.

Al-Shabab, a Somali Islamic extremist group, took credit for the attack.

U.S. Probes Potential for Domestic Terrorism in Light of Military Involvement in Syria

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As the prospect of U.S. military involvement in Syria raises, the House Homeland Security Committee plans to meet Tuesday to discuss the potential domestic security implications, The Star-Ledger reports.

Authorities are worried that a military strike would inflame anti-American sentiments and prompt a terrorist attack.

“In light of the atrocities witnessed in Syria, today our nation faces difficult choices,” the committee chairman, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.), said in a statement. “We must determine how the civil war in Syria affects our national security interests, and the ramifications of our action or inaction in the Syrian conflict. Ultimately, without an international coalition or a clear military objective, sending ‘warning’ shots may risk entangling the U.S. in a war where a rogue regime is fighting a rebel force infiltrated by extremists who count the U.S. as their enemy. Such an action will not secure Assad’s deadly chemical weapons, which could end up in the hands of al Qaeda.”

President Obama has throated to use military force after the Syrian government was accused last month of killing more than 1,400 people win a chemical weapons attack.

Man Charged with Trying to Bomb Chicago Bar Accused of Trying to Kill Undercover FBI Agent

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A teenager accused of trying to bomb a downtown Chicago bar also tried to get an undercover FBI agent killed, the Associated Press reports.

From his jail cell, Adel Daoud is accused of plotting to have someone kill an FBI agent who played a role in a sting that led to this arrest in 2012, the AP wrote.

The 19-year-old now faces a charge of solicitation of murder.

Authorities say Daoud was targeting the FBI agent who posed as a terrorist in New York.

Daoud’s attorney dismissed the claims as outrageous.

“The government was pursuing the allegations of a notoriously unreliable street gang jailhouse informant,” attorney Thomas Durkin said.

“These fantastic new charges only further support our previous public position that the trial evidence will show that Adel Daoud is an immature, impressionable and manipulable teenager — not the international terrorist the government seems hell-bent on trying to paint.”

FBI: Local Terrorist Attack Averted in Planning Stages Following Arrest of Minnesota Man

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI said a terrorist attack was disrupted in its planning stages when authorities found explosives and guns inside the mobile home of a Minnesota man, the Associated Press reports.

Buford Rogers, 24, of Montevideo, appeared in court Monday after being charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

“The FBI believed there was a terror attack in its planning stages, and we believe there would have been a localized terror attack, and that’s why law enforcement moved quickly to execute the search warrant on Friday to arrest Mr. Rogers,” FBI spokesman Kyle Loven said Monday.

The FBI said Rogers planned to unleash an attack on his town of 5,000 people, the AP wrote.

The “lives of several local residents were potentially saved” by the search and arrest, the FBI said in a statement, the AP reported