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Driver in NYC Terror Attack Inspired by ISIS Videos, Plotted for a Year

Sayfullo Saipov

Sayfullo Saipov

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The 29-year-old driver who plowed a truck into innocent people on a New York City bike path Tuesday, killing eight and injuring in 12, was a recently radicalized immigrant who plotted the attack about a year ago after getting his inspiration from ISIS videos, according to a criminal complaint filed against him on Wednesday.

Sayfullo Saipov, 29, was charged with an outstanding count of providing material support to a terrorist organization and one count of violence and destruction of a motor vehicle in connection with the deadliest terror attack in New York City since Sept. 11, 2001.

A day after President Trump called for the death penalty against the Uzbek immigrant, Trump on Thursday morning tweeted that he’d “love” to transfer the suspect to Guantanamo, “but statistically that process takes much longer” than the federal system.

He implored the court system to “move fast. DEATH PENALTY.”

FBI Wants to Hack into Another Encrypted iPhone Belonging to a Dead Man

Apple logoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI may be headed for another legal showdown with Apple.

Eight months after the FBI asked a court to order Apple to help hack into the encrypted iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Rizwan Farook, the bureau has obtained the iPhone of the man who stabbed 10 people in a Minnesota mall, Wired reports. 

Tahir Adan’s phone is locked with a passcode, and FBI agents are still trying to access the contents.

“Dahir Adan’s iPhone is locked,” FBI special agent Rich Thorton told reporters, “We are in the process of assessing our legal and technical options to gain access to this device and the data it may contain.”

Thornton didn’t reveal the model of iPhone or its operating system.

Apple declined to help the FBI break into Farook’s phone, prompting the bureau to hire an outside entity to access the phone.

Other Stories of Interest

FBI Struggles to Crack Encryption of Cell Phones Used by San Bernardino Terrorists

cellphone-tower-photo2By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is struggling to crack the encryption of cellphone codes used by the husband-and-wife terrorist team that opened fire at a San Bernardino holiday party, killing 14 people.

The Press Enterprise said investigators also are having trouble locating the couple’s missing computer hard drive.

The highly encrypted phones used by Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, have been too difficult to crack, said David Bowdich, FBI assistant director in charge of the Los Angeles office.

“As to those devices, obviously we’ve said from day one, the digital footprint is incredibly important for us to hopefully learn any contacts, any context, and ultimately any intent on their part,” Bowdich said. “I think that’s very, very important.”

FBI Agent and Boston Cop Fatally Shoot Man Under Active Terrorism Probe

 
By Owen Boss
Boston Herald

An armed man in his 20s being surveilled by the FBI counterterrorism unit was shot and killed by an FBI agent and a Boston police officer in Roslindale this morning, according to Boston Police Commissioner William Evans.

“He was on foot, under surveillance,” Evans said. “The officers have been surveilling him and again they wanted to speak to him … and he turned and our officers gave several commands for him to drop the weapon and unfortunately he came at the officers and they did what they were trained to do and that’s never an easy decision for any officer to make.”

One FBI agent and one BPD officer fired, FBI Special Agent in Charge Vincent B. Lisi said.

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FBI Confirms Most Wanted Terrorist Killed in Philippines Raid

Zulkifli bin Hir

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists was killed in a raid in the Philippines in January, CNN reports.

Zulkifli bin Hir, the Malaysian bomber known as Marwan, was confirmed dead following DNA tests, the FBI said.

“After a thorough review of forensic data and information obtained from our Philippine law enforcement partners, the FBI has assessed that terrorism subject, Zulkifli Abdhir … is deceased and has been removed from the FBI’s list of Most Wanted Terrorists,” David Bowdich, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles field office, told CNN in a statement.

 

Marwan was accused of being a me member of a southeast Asian terror group, Jemaah Islamiyah’s central command.

Ooops!! Feds Screws Up; Didn’t Have Court Stenographer in Brooklyn Courtroom During Verdict of Convicted al Qaeda Terrorist

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A source tells The New York Daily News:

“I have never heard anything like this happening before — ever.”

John Marzulli of the Daily News writes that the court may have to be a do-over of the verdict in the federal Brooklyn trial of convicted Al Qaeda terrorist Abid Naseer.

Apparently the problem was there was no stenographer in the courtroom when the guilty verdict was read Wednesday for Naseer on three counts of conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization and to build a bomb to attack a shopping center in Manchester, England.

About 100 people were in the courtroom at the time including federal agents, lawyers and reporters.

As a result of the oversight, a second verdict might be necessary, The Daily News reports.

Possibilities include getting affidavits from courtroom witnesses or reassembling the jury and having the verdict read again.

 

Ex-D.C. Cab Driver Lands on FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Washington D.C. cab driver accused of providing material support to a group linked to al Qaeda has landed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list, CNN reports.

A $50,000 reward has been offered for the capture of the 29-year-old Somali-born U.S. citizen, Liban Haji Mohamed.

The FBI said Mohamed provided material support to Al Shabaab, which has launched numerous deadly terrorist attacks.

Investigators believe Mohamed left the U.S in the summer of 2012.

“Not only did he choose to go to Somalia and fight with Al Shabaab, he took a prominent role in trying to recruit people to fight for Al Shabaab,” said Carl Ghatas, special agent in charge of the counterterrorism division at the FBI’s Washington field office.

FBI: Unemployed Ohio Man Planned to Attack U.S. Capitol with M-15 Rifles

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI has monitored 20-year-old Christopher Lee Cornell for months because of troubling posts he made on social media about violent jihad. 

Then agents swept in Wednesday, arresting him in Cincinnati on allegations that he was about to hatch a horrifying attack at the U.S. Capitol, detonating pipe bombs and then shooting the lawmakers as they scurried, CNN reports.

Authorities said he planned to have a partner and bought two M-15 rifles with 600 rounds of ammunition. But the man he thought was his partner was actually an FBI informant.

Agents arrested Cornell after he bought the weapons.