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Tag: war on terror

FBI’s Facial-Recognition Technology Could Fail Up to 20% of the Time

Courtesy of RecognitionSource.net

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI has said its facial-recognition technology is a critical component of fighting the war on terror and other serious threats.

But new records indicate the technology could fail 20% of the time, the National Journal reports.

“An innocent person may become part of an investigation because the technology isn’t completely accurate,” said Jeramie Scott, an attorney with EPIC who reviewed the documents, citing the Boston Marathon bombings as an example. “They’re pushing it forward even though the technology isn’t ready for prime time.”

The FBI could’t be reached for comment.

The technology is part of the FBI’s Next Generation Identification program, which includes iris and fingerprint scans.

 

Author Speaks Out about New Book That Claims FBI Manufactured Terrorism Cases

Steve Neavling
ticklethethewire.com

Investigative journalist Trevor Aaronson has caused quite a stir since the release of his new book, “The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism.”

Claiming in his book that most terrorism suspects could never have carried out an attack without the help of the FBI, Aaronson spoke at length with The Atlantic about his research.

Trevor Aaronson: The FBI is looking for what they term “a lone wolf terrorist,” which is someone holed up in an apartment somewhere who sympathizes with Al-Qaeda but may lack the specific means to do that. And so the FBI uses sting operations to [find] these people — these people who may want to commit an act of terrorism, are right on that line from moving from sympathizer to operator — and then through these sting operations, lure them out and get them involved in a terrorism plot that they’re ultimately prosecuted for. 

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New Book: FBI Manufactures Terrorism Cases

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Since the Sept. 11, 2011 attacks, the FBI has blundered the war on terrorism, manufacturing cases to create the appearance that the country is safer, Trevor Aaronson alleges in his new book, “The Terror Factor: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism.”

The book claims the FBI has arrested 500 so-called terrorists since the Sept. 11 attacks, according to a review by Blog Critics.

Most of those cases were against disgruntled or confused Muslims who had no ability to carry out an attack, according to the book.

The author – through interviews with current and former FBI agents – alleges that undercover agents create the illusion that the suspects were on the verge of killing people.

Daily Beast: Former FBI Agent Ali Soufan on Bin Laden’s Death, War on Terror

By John Avlon
Daily Beast

Ali Soufan, former FBI agent, security consultant and author of “Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against Al Qaeda” talks to the Daily Beast about terrorism.

How’s the Obama administration doing?

“Total elimination of Al Qaeda.” Soufan said.  “They are hitting leaders of al Qaeda, and anyone who is known to be plotting against the United States. But at the same time they are trying to stop all the incubating factors that help terrorist recruitment, funding, P.R. and so forth.  They are hitting them on different levels.  A lot of people see the success of the drones…but the global partnerships that have been created have been effective – and that includes law enforcement, diplomacy, economic aid, educational program and definitely boots on the ground when needed, ie, killing Osama Bin Laden.  So, I think it’s more comprehensive in nature.”

“We joke sometimes that Obama does a lot of the same tactics as George Bush, but he keeps his mouth shut,” Soufan says. “The Bush administration’s war on terror wasn’t actually working because most of our allies around the world— including England, Germany, other European countries and Muslim world—did not have the same concept the war on terror.  So, it makes it difficult when you have a strategy that your partners are not buying into. No. 2, it was wrongfully viewed in the Muslim world as a war on Islam,” said Soufan.

Soufan clarified that he doesn’t “want to blame everything on the Bush Administration. I think you have to put yourself in their shoes at the time. But the two things I disagree with the Bush Administration on: the invasion of Iraq and EITs (Enhanced Interrogation Techniques), because it just created a lot of problems to our reputation around the world.”

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Rules on Terror Suspects Change for FBI

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

New rules have been outlined by the Obama administration regarding when the FBI, as opposed to the military, can retain custody of al-Qaida terrorism suspects who are not U.S. citizens but are arrested by federal law enforcement agents, reports the Associated Press.

The new rules from the White House came about from a December agreement amongst congressmen and the Obama administration seeking broader military control and reduced civilian court rule for terrorism suspects, according to the AP.

Non-US citizen members of al-Qaida involved in planning or attempting to target US or coalition forces require military custody, according to the new law. The president maintains the ability to waive that provision, however.

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Convicted Terrorist Hysen Sherifi Faces New Charges He Plotted to Kill Witnesses Who Testified Against Him

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A North Carolina man sentenced last month to 45 years in prison for his role in a homegrown terrorist plot, faces new charges that he tried to hire a hit man to behead three witnesses that testified against him, the Charlotte Observer reported.

Raleigh, N.C. resident Hysen Sherifi was charged Tuesday with nine counts.

Under the latest charges, he plotted with his younger brother and female friend to pay $5,000 to an FBI informant to carry out the beheadings, according to the indictment. The informant gave Sherifi fake photographs to try and prove the hits were confirmed, according to the Associated Press.

The younger brother and female friend were arrested last month.

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Chicago Cabbie Pleads Guilty to al Qaeda Support

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A Chicago cab driver pled guilty on Monday to giving money to a long-time acquaintance after learning that acquaintance was working for al Qaeda, the FBI said in a statement.

Raja Lahrasib Khan, Pakistani-born but naturalized as a US citizen in 1988, was arrested in March of 2010. On Monday he pled guilty to one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.  He remains in federal custody until sentencing, which has been set for May 30, 2011.

Khan, 58, of Chicago’s north side, never posed any imminent domestic danger, law enforcement officials said at the time of his arrest. He remains in federal custody while awaiting sentencing, which U.S. District Judge James Zagel scheduled for 2 p.m. on May 30. The plea deal calls for a sentence of between five and eight years, along with Khan’s future cooperation with the FBI.

Khan admitted to meeting with Ilyas Kashmiri, a leader of the Kashmir independence movement, twice within the last decade. On the second meeting, in 2008, Khan, having reason to believe Kashmiri was working with al Qaeda, gave Kashmiri between $200 and $250 worth of Pakistani rupees in his fight against India.

Khan then sent about $930 worth of rupees from Chicago to a person in Pakistan on on Nov. 23, 2009, via Western Union, according to the FBI. He told the recipient to give Kashmiri about $300 of it. “Although Khan intended the funds to be used by Kashmiri to support attacks against India, he was also aware that Kashmiri was working with al Qaeda,” the FBI said in a statement.

Undercover agents contacted Khan seeking to send money to Kashmiri, “but only if Kashmiri was working with al Qaeda.” Khan agreed to send the $1,000 agents offered to Kashmiri, giving it to his son who was traveling to the UK, where he would later retrieve it. His son was searched and arrested at a UK airport upon arrival, where seven of the ten bills were found on him. Khan, hearing about his son, tried to plea with one of the undercover agents to let him out of the scheme, offering $800 back.

 

Hezbollah Looking to US-Mexico Border, Former DEA Official Tells Congress

 

Michael Braun

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Former DEA chief of operations Michael Braun told members of a House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday that the reach of influence of Hezbollah, the Iranian-supported Shi’ite terrorist group based in Lebanon, has reached the US-Mexico border, reports CNS News.

Hezbollah developed relationships with Mexican drug cartels to “move their agendas forward,” Braun is quoted as saying. A plot recently uncovered by the DEA alleges that an Iranian operative in Mexico had plotted to  the assassinate the Saudi ambassador in DC, according to CNS.

“Hezbollah are absolute masters at forming close relationships with existing organized crime groups around the world that helps them facilitate what they need to do to move their agendas forward,” Braun told CNS. “And if anyone thinks for a moment that they don’t have their eye on the southwest border and all of our country, then they couldn’t be more wrong.”

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