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Feds Investigate How San Bernardino Couple Received $28,500 Loan

The San Bernardino couple who opened fire at a holiday party.

The San Bernardino couple who opened fire at a holiday party.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal investigators are trying to determine how the California couple that opened fire at a holiday party obtained a $28,500 that may have financed their massacre, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Syed Rizwan Farook earned about $50,000 a year as a health inspector for San Bernardino County, and his wife was a stay-at-h0me home.

Just weeks before the massacre, they received a $28,500 loan from an online lender, Prosper Marketplace, which acts “as a middleman matching borrowers and investors who fund their loans,” the Los Angeles Times wrote.

A terror group would “be competing with all these funds to get that loan, and they’d have no certainty of who the borrower was,” said Bryce Mason, who has invested in Prosper loans and is chief investment officer of Direct Lending Investments, a La Cañada Flintridge hedge fund.

Suspected Terrorist Accused of Threatening to Kill FBI Agents

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

One of the 7 Minnesota men charged with trying to join ISIS in Syria is accused of threatening to kill FBI agents,WCCO in Minneapolis reports.

The station reports that the suspect, Mohamed Farah, said to a government informant who was recording the conversation:

“If our backs are against the wall, I’m gonna go kill the one who punks me. You know the one.”

Federal prosecutors say the then named three FBI agents.

Did FBI ‘Whitewash’ Investigation of Saudi Connection to Sept. 11 Attacks?

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

About two weeks before the Sept. 11 attacks, a well-connected Saudi family left their luxury home in Sarasota, Fla., leaving behind expensive possessions without letting neighbors or the mail carrier know.

The New York Post reports that a couple made a hasty, suspicious retreat back to Saudi Arabia.

A subsequent investigation found that at least one of the family members trained at the same flight school as some of the hijackers.

The investigation was active for years and included the FBI’s Tampa field office and the bureau’s office in New York and Washington.

The New York Post wrote:

The Saudi-9/11 connection in Florida was no small part of the overall 9/11 investigation. Yet it was never shared with Congress. Nor was it mentioned in the 9/11 Commission Report.

Now it’s being whitewashed again, in a newly released report by the 9/11 Review Commission, set up last year by Congress to assess “any evidence now known to the FBI that was not considered by the 9/11 Commission.” Though the FBI acknowledges the Saudi family was investigated, it maintains the probe was a dead end

Did ISIS Supporters Hack U.S. Websites Over the Weekend? FBI Investigates

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is investigating the hacking of several business websites in the U.S. that showed a black ISIS flag on the homepage.

NBC News reports that the home pages showed the words, “hacked by ISIS, we are everywhere,” with a link to a Facebook page that doesn’t exist. What appeared to be an Arabic song played in the background.

The targets included Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, owned by NASCAR star Tony Stewart, and a Goodwill center in St. Louis, among others.

“The FBI is aware of the reported incidents and is contacting the impacted parties,” the agency said.

But some suspect a hoax.

“There are no indications that the individuals behind these latest hacks have any real connection to ISIS, and these defacements have taken place amid a spate of recent attacks where ordinary hackers have cynically used far-fetched references to ISIS as a means of attracting media attention,” Evan Kohlmann of Flashpoint Intelligence, a global security firm and NBC News consultant, said.

The Hill: Real Reason FBI Director Wasn’t Invited to Summit on Combating Extremism

James Comey

By Kate Pavlich
The Hill

The much-anticipated White House summit on combating generic extremism is over, and outside of a handful of feel-good statements and speeches, little was accomplished.

A number of activists from various organizations were present for discussion, but one person was noticeably absent from the summit: FBI Director James Comey.

The FBI is one of first lines of defense in combating extremism — Islamic terror in particular — and keeping Americans at home and abroad safe. FBI input about root causes of terrorism at the White House summit would have been beneficial not only to its mission, but to ultimately defeating the enemy we face.

“It’s our top priority — protecting the U.S. from terrorist attacks,” the FBI website states. “Working closely with a range of partners, we use our growing suite of investigative and intelligence capabilities to neutralize terrorist cells and operatives here in the U.S., to help dismantle extremist networks worldwide, and to cut off financing and other forms of support provided by terrorist sympathizers.”

Comey wasn’t at the White House last week because he wasn’t invited. The reason why can be found by taking a look at the summit guest list, which included a variety of groups whose members have urged Muslims in America to shut the FBI out of their communities and to be non-cooperative with terrorism investigations.

The Council on American–Islamic Relations is once of those groups, and has a long history of telling its supporters in Muslim communities in the U.S. to avoid working with the FBI on counterterrorism and intelligence-gathering operations. In 2011, CAIR published a poster on its website showing slammed doors in the face of an FBI agent walking through a predominantly Muslim neighborhood.

“Build a wall of resistance,” the poster read. “Don’t talk to the FBI.”

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FBI Director James Comey Warns of Social Media Dangers During Jacksonville Visit

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

During a visit to the FBI’s Jacksonville field office, Director James Comey delivered a warning about social media.

“You have a feeling you’re safe and alone in your kitchen, when you’re actually out wandering all over the world,” Comey said about the availability of personal information on social media, First Coast News reports.

Comey said terrorists use social media to keep tabs on law enforcement and the military.

“We want to make sure, given these terrorists are bent on hurting people, especially those in uniform, that we are not communicating things that make it easy for them,” he said.

But Comey said he doesn’t “want to freak people out.”

“I just want them to be prudent,” he said.

Homeland Security Acknowledges It Released 2 Terrorists from Turkey Under Judge’s Order

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com  

Homeland Security was forced by a judge to release two men who admitted belonging to a terrorist group from Turkey, the Washington Times reports.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the agency released two of four men who were captured crossing the southern border and have since fled to Canada. The other two remain in custody.

Johnson said he had no choice but to release the suspects.

Although the men claimed to be members of the Revolutionary People’ Liberation/Front, a Marxist group, but counterterrorism officials believe they are members o f the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which has been fighting for Kurdish rights in Turkey.

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Wife, Suspected Son of ISIS Leader Arrested in Lebanon with Fake IDs Near Syria Border

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The wife and suspected son of the leader of the Islamic State have been arrested in Lebanon, the USA Today reports.

Lebanon officials confirmed the wife and son of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi were detained bu t didn’t provide more details as of Tuesday morning.

The Lebanese daily As-Safir broke the news and said the pair were detained about 10 days ago, when they were found with fake IDs near a border crossing point with Syria.

The suspected son is undergoing a DNA test to confirm his relationship with the ISIS leader.