Homeland Security Network Blog

The information source for first responders.

  • Home
    Home This is where you can find all the blog posts throughout the site.
  • Categories
    Categories Displays a list of categories from this blog.
  • Archives
    Archives Contains a list of blog posts that were created previously.
HSN

HSN

HSN has not set their biography yet

Vehicles as Weapons of Terror

Posted by on in Terrorism
b2ap3_thumbnail_Vehicles-as-Weapons-of-Terror.jpg
Counter Extremism Project CEP has documented at least 36 vehicular terrorist attacks since 2006, collectively resulting in the deaths of at least 196 people and the injury of at least 1,050 others.Vehicular attacks continued into 2017, leaving at least 32 people dead and more than 240 wounded. On March 22, 2017, terrorist assailant Khalid Masood killed five people and wounded 50 more during a vehicle and stabbing attack in London.* The following day, a similar attack was thwarted in Antwerp, Belgium.* On April 7, another assailant carried out a suspected terrorist attack, this time in Sweden, hijacking a truck and careening into crowds of pedestrians at the Ahlens Mall in Stockholm, killing four people and wounding 15 more.*On the evening of June 3, 2017, three assailants drove a van at high speed into crowds on the London Bridge and exited the vehicle to stab other pedestrians at the nearby Borough...
b2ap3_thumbnail_Screenshot_2018-07-25-ISIS-claims-responsibility-for-Toronto-attack-after-police-say-no-link-to-terrorism.png
ABC News By Justin Doom Almost three days after two people were shot and killed in Toronto, and after local authorities said their killings had nothing to do with terrorism, ISIS has claimed credit for the attack.A statement from the group's Amaq agency, translated from Arabic, reads in part:"The person who carried out the attack on the city of Toronto in south-east Canada on Sunday evening is one of the soldiers of the Islamic State and he carried out the attack in response to calls for targeting citizens of the coalition countries."  The 29-year-old suspect, Faisal Hussain, who killed an 18-year-old and a 10-year-old and injured 13 others, also died on Sunday.Hussain's family released a statement saying that he suffered from mental-health issues that read, in part:"We are utterly devastated by the incomprehensible news that our son was responsible for the senseless violence and loss of life that took place....
b2ap3_thumbnail_Screenshot_2018-07-24-Toronto-shooting-rampage-New-details-emerge-about-gunman-Faisal-Hussain.png
CBS NewsToronto shooting rampage: New details emerge about gunman Faisal HussainTORONTO -- Canadian investigators were digging Tuesday into the life of the 29-year-old man who opened fire on restaurants and cafes in a popular Toronto neighborhood, seeking to explain what prompted the rampage that killed a 10-year-old girl and a young woman and wounded 13 others. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Public Safety knocked down suspicions of any links to terrorism."At this stage, based on the state of the investigation, which is led by the Toronto police service, there is no connection between that individual and national security," Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Tuesday.But a law enforcement source told CBS News Canadian investigators have indications that Faisal Hussain visited Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) websites and may have expressed support for the terrorist group. They were looking into whether Hussain may have lived at one time in...
b2ap3_thumbnail_Screenshot_2018-07-24-China-Not-Just-Sponsor-but-Ringleader-of-Terrorism-JAPAN-Forward.png
Japan Forward by Anders Corr Anders Corr, Ph.D.China is encouraging, enabling, and acquiescing in the behavior of allies and private citizens of China acting in a violent manner globally, earning it consideration as a state sponsor of terrorism.This violent behavior includes reported use of lasers from fishing boats against United States Air Force pilots in the East China Sea. It also includes a maritime militia that harasses, rams, and sinks coast guard and fishing boats from Japan, Vietnam, and the Philippines in the South and East China Seas, and the global export of deadly synthetic opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil. Moreover, China allies itself with and enables U.S.-listed state sponsors of terrorism, such as North Korea, Iran, Sudan, and Syria.Given the pattern and magnitude of these activities, China should be considered not only a state sponsor of terrorism, but the ringleader of such, and appropriately sanctioned through economic and law...

France: A Second Jihad in the Bataclan?

Posted by on in Terrorism
b2ap3_thumbnail_Screenshot_2018-07-24-Gatestone-Institute.png
Gatestone Institute by Guy Millière  •  July 15, 2018 at 5:00 am Organizations representing the families of the Bataclan victims said that an Islamic rap concert praising jihad, in a place where people were murdered and tortured by jihadists, would be an insult to the memory of the victims, and asked that the concerts be canceled. "France is at war, and leaves the enemy in peace". — Ivan Rioufol, journalist, in Le Figaro. Macron and the French government speak and act as if the enemy has won and as if they want to gain some time and enjoy the moment before the final surrender. "The French Suicide" ("Le suicide français") is a book published by the author Éric Zemmour in October 2014. Just one year later, on November 13, 2015 in Paris, a horror took place at the Bataclan Theater, when three terrorists fired into the crowd during a concert,...
b2ap3_thumbnail_Screenshot_2018-07-24-Coast-Guard-seizes-729M-worth-of-cocaine-from-boats-moving-drugs-from-Central-America-to-the-US.png
Washington Examiner by Anna GiaritelliThe Coast Guard seized nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars worth of cocaine over the past two months from smugglers who had attempted to move drugs by boat from Central and South America to the U.S. through international waters, according to a military spokesman.Coast Guard vessels deployed to the region over the past two months intercepted traffickers and took approximately 52,900 pounds of cocaine valued at $729 million from those boats into custody, Coast Guard spokesman Chad Saylor confirmed to the Washington Examiner Monday.Fifty-seven suspected smugglers were also taken into custody.Three ships from the Coast Guard's Medium Endurance Cutter fleet returned last week from deployments to the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Basin, which are high drug transit zones for cartels trying to ship product from Central and South America to North America.Coast Guard Cutters Venturous, Steadfast, and Alert seized the majority of the cocaine, aided...
b2ap3_thumbnail_Screenshot_2018-07-23-Suspect-identified-in-Toronto-shooting.png
BBC News Canadian officials have identified the suspect in Sunday's deadly shooting in Toronto as Faisal Hussain, 29.The Ontario Special Investigations Unit (SIU) said it was releasing his name due "to the exceptional circumstances of this tragic incident".A 10-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman died after a gunman opened fire on a busy avenue in Canada's largest city.Thirteen others were injured in the rampage in Canada's largest city.The SIU, which looks into incidents involving police which result in death, said a post-mortem examination on the suspected shooter is scheduled for Tuesday.Image copyright ReutersAccording to the SIU, the gunman was tracked by officers to Bowden Street during the shooting, which happened on Sunday evening shortly after 22:00 (02:00 GMT Monday)."An exchange of gunfire" then took place, before the man fled once more. He was found dead about 100m (328ft) away on Danforth Avenue.In a statement released to various media outlets, Hussain's...
b2ap3_thumbnail_TSA-Says-New-Tech-Will-Maybe-Someday-Let-You-Keep-Your-Laptop-in-Your-Bag.jpg
Gizmodo by Melanie Ehrenkranz After three British men conspired to detonate liquid explosives aboard a transatlantic flight in 2006—a plan thwarted weeks ahead of its execution—airports have cracked down on items travelers are allowed to carry through security, from bottled water to more recently introduced rules for smartphones and laptops. But a new scanner introduced at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport signals a future where you might be able to leave things like your MacBook and a bottle of water in your carry-on bag as you weave through security checkpoints. The TSA partnered with American Airlines to test out its new CT scanner at a security checkpoint at JFK, the airline announced on Monday. The new scanner works in three dimensions, meaning operators would have a better view of what’s inside your carry-on in contrast to the typical two-dimensional equipment deployed at security checkpoints. The CT scanner will...

Two dead, 12 injured in Danforth shooting rampage

Posted by on in Terrorism
b2ap3_thumbnail_Screenshot_2018-07-23-Two-dead-12-injured-in-Danforth-shooting-rampage.png
Toronto Star Inori Roy - Staff Reporter Two people are dead and 12 others are injured after a shooting rampage Sunday night on Danforth Ave.The suspected gunman is also dead, Saunders said. All the injured victims had been taken to hospitals for treatment.The police chief said there was an “exchange of gunfire” and that the alleged shooter had used a handgun. It was not immediately clear whether the alleged attacker had been killed by police or by self-inflicted gunshots. The Special Investigations Unit, which probes deaths or serious injuries involving police, was on the scene early Monday morning.Saunders said there was no information yet on the timeline of the shooting or any possible motive.Witnesses described a man dressed in black, with a black hat, firing about 20 shots in the area. The scene extended over several blocks, roughly between Chester and Logan Aves.Paramedics said multiple people were taken to hospitals...
b2ap3_thumbnail_Screenshot_2018-07-22-Murders-and-assaults-leave-Alabama-law-enforcement-shorthanded.png
AL.com By Christopher Harress Being a police officer used to be a more straightforward job than it is today. While always dangerous, the basics for as long as the profession has existed have been simple. Enforce laws, make arrests, and keep the peace.But professional law enforcement has shifted in recent years to become a job that has attracted widespread political and public scrutiny, raising questions about whether those charged with protecting the public should always be seen as the automatic good guys. But according to local law enforcement leaders, the job has also become an ever more dangerous and stressful task, with dozens of police killings and thousands of attacks being reported across the country every year. And that comes with possibly dangerous consequences for the public. "Assassinations and assaults in Dallas, Baton Rouge, and even here in Mobile have left police departments nationwide with huge gaps that mean it's...
b2ap3_thumbnail_unnamed6.jpg
The Times of Israel Israeli agents reportedly led European team that prevented Paris attack coordinated by an Iranian diplomat last month Israel’s Mossad spy agency thwarted a terror attack in a Paris suburb last month, giving authorities in France, Germany, and Belgium crucial intelligence that led to arrests of a cell headed by an Iranian diplomat, Hebrew media reported Thursday.The cell, headed by an Iranian diplomat at the Austrian embassy in Vienna, also consisted of  two Belgian nationals and an alleged accomplice in France. They planned to bomb a June 30 conference organized by an Iranian dissident group, the People’s Mujahedeen of Iran.About 25,000 people attended the rally in the Paris suburb of Villepinte.The Mossad, in conjunction with their counterparts from Belgium, France, and Germany, led a hunt that crossed several European borders and prevented the bombing, Hadashot news reported, without giving sources.The operation included tracking the suspects and eavesdropping...
b2ap3_thumbnail_Screenshot_2018-07-20-German-bus-attack-Bloodbath-in-Luebeck-after-at-least-14-injured-in-knife-attack.png
EXPRESS AT LEAST 14 people have been wounded after a man drew a kitchen knife and began stabbing terrified passengers on a packed bus in the German city of Luebeck this afternoon. By Harvey Gavin Witnesses described a "bloodbath" following the horrific attack which has left two people seriously injured.Screaming passengers ran for their lives after a man, believed to be in his 30s, started knifing people at random shortly before 2pm local time (noon BST).One witness said the bus driver was attacked but managed to open the doors to allow those on board to flee.Another witness said: "One of the victims was just offering his seat to an elderly lady when the attacker stabbed him in his chest. It was a bloodbath!"Local media reported the suspect dropped a backpack before beginning the attack, which witnesses said began “smouldering”. Officers in a police car which happened to be close to...
b2ap3_thumbnail_Screenshot_2018-07-19-White-Widow-recruiting-suicide-bombers-to-attack-UK-holiday-hotspots.png
On-the-run British terrorist Samantha Lewthwaite known as The White Widow 'is recruiting suicide bombers to attack Spanish beaches this summer' Samantha Lewthwaite, 34, is the world's most wanted female terrorist Mother-of-four dubbed 'White Widow' due to husband suicide bomber Intelligence shows she recruited dozens of women for terrorist missions Targets are UK, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Canary Islands, Spainish Costas By Phoebe Southworth For Mailonline The world's most wanted female terrorist is recruiting suicide bombers to target holidaymakers this summer.Samantha Lewthwaite, 34, was dubbed 'The White Widow' after her extremist husband killed himself and 26 others in the 2005 London suicide bombings.Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5955915/The-White-Widow-recruiting-suicide-bombers-attack-Spanish-beaches-summer.html...
b2ap3_thumbnail_Screenshot_2018-07-19-The-SIM-Hijackers.jpg
Motherboard by Lorenzo Franceschi-BicchieraiMeet the hackers who flip seized Instagram handles and cryptocurrency in a shady, buzzing underground market for stolen accounts and usernames. Their victims' weakness? Phone numbers. It seemed like any other warm September night in the suburbs of Salt Lake City. Rachel Ostlund had just put her kids to bed and was getting ready to go to sleep herself. She was texting with her sister when, unexpectedly, her cell phone lost service. The last message Rachel received was from T-Mobile, her carrier. The SIM card for her phone number, the message read, had been “updated.”Rachel did what most people would have done in that situation: she turned the phone off and on again. It didn’t help.She walked upstairs and told her husband Adam that her phone wasn’t working. Adam tried to call Rachel’s number using his cell phone. It rang, but the phone in Rachel’s hands didn’t...
b2ap3_thumbnail_Screenshot_2018-07-18-Did-Qatar-pay-the-biggest-ransom-in-history-to-terrorist-groups-New-evidence-revealed.png
Did Qatar Pay the Biggest Ransom in History to Terrorist Groups? New Evidence RevealedBBC reveals voicemails and text messages that purport to verify that the Qataris paid $1bn in order to secure the release of hostages held in Iraq from 2015 to 2017 Haaretz On December 16th, 2015, 28 members of the Qatari royal hunting party were kidnapped in Iraq. They had gone falcon hunting, despite warnings not to travel to Iraq.On Monday, the BBC reported a government hostile to Qatar leaked a series of texts and voicemails between the ambassador of Qatar to Iraq, Zayed al-Khayareen, and the foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman, which shed new light on the ransom payment.The BBC's new evidence points to the ransom being paid by the Qataris to terrorist organisations - a claim Qatar, which is under scrutiny for funding terrorism, vehemently denies.The Qatari government insists that the money paid went to...
b2ap3_thumbnail_Djamel-Beghal.jpg
Washington Post by Elaine Ganley | APPARIS — An Algerian-born man twice convicted in France on terror charges and for years a high-profile figure in the underground world of terrorism has been expelled to stand trial in his homeland.Djamel Beghal was expelled by France on Monday, ending years of wrangling over his fate, Algeria’s official APS news agency reported.There was no official confirmation by France on his expulsion, including by the Foreign Ministry which reportedly negotiated for weeks with Algeria to take in Beghal once his second prison term had ended. APS then reported that Beghal was back in Algeria to stand trial for a 2003 conviction in absentia there.Beghal’s name has emerged in numerous terror cases over the years, linked to top officials of al-Qaida and with an array of European contacts, making him a symbol of globe-spanning terrorism. Stripped of his French nationality a decade ago, Beghal had nowhere to...
b2ap3_thumbnail_Screenshot_2018-07-17-Miami-Beach-man-could-face-hate-crime-terrorism-charges.png
WPLG Local 10 Miami Walter Stolper angry after being served with eviction papers, police say By Ian Margol - Reporter MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - The state attorney's office is looking into whether an attempted arson in Miami Beach will be considered a hate crime or possibly terrorism.Miami Beach police said they received a credible tip that Walter Stolper, 72, was planning to burn down The Pavilion residences on Collins Avenue after having recently been served with eviction papers. Luis Diaz, who works security at a nearby building, was the man who tipped police off to the plot. "He made the comment about two weeks ago to me that he was going to burn down his apartment and every Jew in the building," Diaz said. When police arrested Stolper last Thursday, they said he had already started pouring gasoline down the garbage chute. Police said they also found more than two...
b2ap3_thumbnail_Screenshot_2018-07-17-Terror-cell-founded-in-Wales-funded-Islamic-extremists.png
By Wyre Davies BBC Wales Investigates A terrorism network founded in Wales is suspected of a number of attacks in Bangladesh, the BBC can reveal.The cell was started by respected south Wales businessman Siful Sujan, who had companies based in Cardiff.The American military said he was a key figure in the so-called Islamic State, before he was killed by a US drone strike in Syria in 2015.It is now claimed the work of his network continued, led by his brother Ataul Haque, who had lived in Wales.Haque moved from Wales to Spain, and he was arrested in the town of Merida in September 2017.The FBI says Sujan's Welsh company, Ibacstel Electronics, was sending money to the USA to fund plans for a bomb attack there; and it was also buying military-grade equipment which was being sent to Islamic State fighters. Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/uk-wales-44823666...

b2ap3_thumbnail_access-denied.jpg
Counterterrorism and Intelligence Subcommittee Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittee This hearing examined global threats to the Department of Homeland Security supply chain and reviewed existing and proposed DHS authorities to harden acquisition procedures.   ...
b2ap3_thumbnail_nypd-bronx-homicides.jpg
The New York Post By The Post Editorial Board An 8 percent jump in homicides citywide is troubling; more worrisome is that it’s driven by a nearly 65 percent spike in the Bronx. We trust the NYPD to turn the numbers around — but can only hope it will have the full support of local politicians.To be fair, the percentage increase is so big mostly because New York’s Finest have brought crime so far down over the last quarter-century: The 51 homicides in the Bronx in the first six months of the year is up just 20 over the same period in 2017.Back in the late 1980s, that would’ve been barely a blip in the murder rate.It’s still bad news, and accompanied by a jump in shootings — but in itself no sign that crime is raging out of control. (Indeed, other crime categories have hit historic lows.)And the NYPD...