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« Reply #1700 on: February 06, 2016, 10:42:34 AM »

Good thing DHS has the qualified Jeh Johnson and not some dem machine hack running it.

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/homeland-security/268282-dhs-ordered-me-to-scrub-records-of-muslims-with-terror

DHS ordered me to scrub records of Muslims with terror ties
By Philip Haney


Amid the chaos of the 2009 holiday travel season, jihadists planned to slaughter 290 innocent travelers on a Christmas Day flight from the Netherlands to Detroit, Michigan. Twenty-three-year old Nigerian Muslim Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab intended to detonate Northwest Airlines Flight 253, but the explosives in his underwear malfunctioned and brave passengers subdued him until he could be arrested. The graphic and traumatic defeat they planned for the United States failed, that time.

Following the attempted attack, President Obama threw the intelligence community under the bus for its failure to “connect the dots.” He said, “this was not a failure to collect intelligence, it was a failure to integrate and understand the intelligence that we already had.”


Most Americans were unaware of the enormous damage to morale at the Department of Homeland Security, where I worked, his condemnation caused. His words infuriated many of us because we knew his administration had been engaged in a bureaucratic effort to destroy the raw material—the actual intelligence we had collected for years, and erase those dots. The dots constitute the intelligence needed to keep Americans safe, and the Obama administration was ordering they be wiped away.
After leaving my 15 year career at DHS, I can no longer be silent about the dangerous state of America’s counter-terror strategy, our leaders’ willingness to compromise the security of citizens for the ideological rigidity of political correctness—and, consequently, our vulnerability to devastating, mass-casualty attack.

Just before that Christmas Day attack, in early November 2009, I was ordered by my superiors at the Department of Homeland Security to delete or modify several hundred records of individuals tied to designated Islamist terror groups like Hamas from the important federal database, the Treasury Enforcement Communications System (TECS). These types of records are the basis for any ability to “connect dots.”  Every day, DHS Customs and Border Protection officers watch entering and exiting many individuals associated with known terrorist affiliations, then look for patterns. Enforcing a political scrubbing of records of Muslims greatly affected our ability to do that. Even worse, going forward, my colleagues and I were prohibited from entering pertinent information into the database.

A few weeks later, in my office at the Port of Atlanta, the television hummed with the inevitable Congressional hearings that follow any terrorist attack. While members of Congress grilled Obama administration officials, demanding why their subordinates were still failing to understand the intelligence they had gathered, I was being forced to delete and scrub the records. And I was well aware that, as a result, it was going to be vastly more difficult to “connect the dots” in the future—especially beforean attack occurs.

As the number of successful and attempted Islamic terrorist attacks on America increased, the type of information that the Obama administration ordered removed from travel and national security databases was the kind of information that, if properly assessed, could have prevented subsequent domestic Islamist attacks like the ones committed by Faisal Shahzad (May 2010), Detroit “honor killing” perpetrator Rahim A. Alfetlawi (2011); Amine El Khalifi, who plotted to blow up the U.S. Capitol (2012); Dzhokhar or Tamerlan Tsarnaev who conducted the Boston Marathon bombing (2013); Oklahoma beheading suspect Alton Nolen (2014); or Muhammed Yusuf Abdulazeez, who opened fire on two military installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee (2015). 

It is very plausible that one or more of the subsequent terror attacks on the homeland could have been prevented if more subject matter experts in the Department of Homeland Security had been allowed to do our jobs back in late 2009. It is demoralizing—and infuriating—that today, those elusive dots are even harder to find, and harder to connect, than they were during the winter of 2009.

Haney worked at the Department of Homeland Security for 15 years.
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« Reply #1701 on: February 08, 2016, 10:07:52 PM »

http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/31154548/drug-cartel-scouts-living-in-mountain-ranges-south-of-phoenix
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« Reply #1702 on: February 09, 2016, 12:10:58 PM »

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/04/ted-cruz-introduces-bill-designate-muslim-brotherhood-terrorist-organization/
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« Reply #1703 on: February 09, 2016, 08:28:15 PM »


Balls. Leadership.
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« Reply #1704 on: February 17, 2016, 11:40:14 PM »

http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2015/07/mexican-cartels-smuggle-terrorists-into-u-s-through-rural-texas-border-region/
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« Reply #1705 on: February 18, 2016, 08:17:23 AM »


Dreamers!
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« Reply #1706 on: February 20, 2016, 09:20:22 AM »

http://pamelageller.com/2016/02/litigation-jihad-sting-cair-gunrange.html/
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« Reply #1707 on: February 21, 2016, 01:52:02 AM »

http://pamelageller.com/2016/02/fbi-says-third-shooter-in-san-bernardino-jihad-slaughter.html/
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« Reply #1708 on: February 21, 2016, 03:23:12 AM »


Good thing they secured and totally processed the shooter's home. Oh, never mind.
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« Reply #1709 on: February 21, 2016, 11:10:26 AM »


https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jHnuQxh_-tQ
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« Reply #1710 on: February 29, 2016, 09:16:27 AM »

Some people tend to favor strong powers to the State as a means of stopping Islamic Fascism, but worth keeping in mind are the implications of things like this:

http://www.clarionproject.org/analysis/new-fbi-counter-extremism-site-fails-mention-islamism
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« Reply #1711 on: March 10, 2016, 02:06:21 PM »

Basically, we ain't ready if folks make a habit of using 'em:

http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/the-improvised-explosive-device-threat-to-the-homeland-americans-are-not-prepared
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« Reply #1712 on: March 10, 2016, 03:18:29 PM »

 shocked shocked shocked
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« Reply #1713 on: March 10, 2016, 04:16:05 PM »


Strange, I thought the libertarian answer to all criminal activity was to legalize it.
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« Reply #1714 on: March 10, 2016, 10:13:57 PM »

This would appear to be a real BFD.  undecided angry angry

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2016/03/10/surprise-nsa-data-will-soon-routinely-be-used-for-domestic-policing-that-has-nothing-to-do-with-terrorism/
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« Reply #1715 on: March 11, 2016, 04:16:02 PM »

http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2015/11/10/time-close-tsa/Y7RHFtY3UKnu2vTOoi6JnO/story.html?event=event25
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« Reply #1716 on: March 11, 2016, 04:33:38 PM »


The airlines were in charge of aviation security 9/11/01.


Security firm plans overhaul after failures

By New York Times,
published November 10, 2001

ATLANTA -- Under fire for a lengthy series of lapses at airport checkpoints, Argenbright Security, the nation's largest airport security company, appointed a new chief executive Friday to replace its founder. It also announced an overhaul of its policies to improve training and weed out employees with criminal records.

David Beaton, an executive at Securicor, Argenbright's British owner, was named to replace Frank A. Argenbright Jr., who built the company from a small polygraph operation in Atlanta in 1979. Beaton said Argenbright was retiring as planned and declined to say whether the departure was related to the company's problems.

The company also plans to increase the wages of its 7,000 checkpoint screeners -- in some cases, to more than twice the minimum wage that many of them are now paid -- and will hire a second screener to work at every X-ray machine that examines carryon luggage. All screeners will have their backgrounds rechecked for criminal convictions, Beaton said, and new employees will receive 40 hours of classroom training instead of the 12 required by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Argenbright handles security at Airside D at Tampa International Airport.

Friday's moves were clearly an effort to salvage the company's reputation -- and stave off a federal takeover of the industry -- at a time when Argenbright is being attacked almost daily by officials in Washington as the most prominent example of the country's porous aviation security system.

Company officials have acknowledged that supervisors in Philadelphia forged documents to allow people with criminal records to work as checkpoint screeners, and frequently allowed workers to skip the federally required training and tests. Two Argenbright employees were fired in Chicago this week, accused of stealing knives carried by a passenger who was almost able to take them onto a plane. The Sept. 11 hijackers smuggled their box cutters past two company checkpoints.

Attorney General John Ashcroft has accused the company of committing "an astonishing pattern of crimes," and this week Gov. Parris N. Glendening of Maryland criticized Southwest Airlines for hiring Argenbright to check passengers at Baltimore/Washington International Airport.

While not commenting on past problems, Beaton said it was time to bring Argenbright -- which has 40 percent of the nation's airport security business -- up to the higher standards of European airports.

Some of the proposed changes could involve significant costs to the airlines, which pay companies like Argenbright for their security, and inconvenience to passengers. For example, the company plans to hand-search any bag that contains an item opaque to X-rays and will automatically hand-search the luggage of any passenger carrying a suspicious item caught by a metal detector.

Beaton said he knew the policies could increase waiting time at checkpoints but considered them important to achieve the government's zero-tolerance policy for airport threats.
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« Reply #1717 on: March 14, 2016, 12:30:50 PM »

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/serbia-us-bound-combat-missiles-found-on-passenger-flight/2016/03/13/75a0a83e-e937-11e5-a9ce-681055c7a05f_story.html?tid=ss_fb-bottom
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« Reply #1718 on: March 17, 2016, 10:37:19 AM »



Last week, Palestinian activist Bassem Tamimi published a letter on his Facebook page showing that his visa to come to the United States was revoked on March 1.

In a story published Wednesday, the Palestine News Network (PNN) continued to push his claim that the U.S. action somehow was in retaliation for a civil lawsuit he and others filed against dozens of Israeli supporters and companies doing business there. "To stop our effort against the Israeli occupation, the American consulate revoked my Visa," Tamimi wrote March 8.

The whole story is a lie. Tamimi would have us believe that American bureaucracy is so efficient, so nimble, that it processed a visa revocation overnight. The lawsuit was filed March 7 in Washington, D.C. district court, the day before Tamimi published it. In addition, the visa revocation letter is dated March 1.
In order for it to be payback for the lawsuit, the Zionist Occupiers must have perfected time travel.

In addition, I know Tamimi is spreading a lie because I helped secure the documents which proved he lied to U.S. officials.

This is a standard question asked of all applicants.

In fact, he has been arrested repeatedly, including a 2010 arrest for incitement after Tamimi provoked demonstrators to repeatedly throw rocks at Israeli soldiers in the West Bank. According to Israeli court records, Tamimi planned the confrontations, first by gathering young men from a nearby village, encouraging them to throw stones and organizing their stone throwing . When soldiers approached, he provided reconnaissance to ensure they would not get caught. He also arranged for ambulances to be immediately available to the stone throwers in case any of them were injured. He was convicted on all the charges and sentenced to 30 months in jail.

When Tamimi was in the United States last September on a cross country bash-Israel tour that was co-sponsored by Amnesty International, an Israeli source informed me of Tamimi's conviction. I relayed the information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). U.S. government agents obtained Tamimi's arrest and conviction records from Israel.

 ICE agents reviewed Tamimi's visa application and discovered that he lied by not checking a box indicating he had been arrested before. As a result, an administrative investigation was immediately initiated into Tamimi's false statements.

The review process took months to complete and resulted in a determination that Tamimi had lied on his visa application. As is standard for those who do not disclose their arrest records on their visa or immigration forms, Tamimi's right to a visa to the United States was permanently revoked. It culminated in the letter that Tamimi saw fit to share with the world.

The PNN story dismisses the arrests as "arbitrary" and cited Tamimi saying the detentions are "ways of Israeli occupation to silence the Palestinian voice." Tamimi could have been forthcoming with the U.S. Consulate office and in his visa application, argued the arrests were improper and let the State Department make an informed decision.

Instead, he lied. Now he's complaining that he got caught in that lie.

It's an odd lie to tell, given that the U.S. has prosecuted Palestinians, among many others, for similar lies on immigration applications.

But it is not necessarily out of character. In convicting Tamimi of incitement in 2012, the Israeli judge determined that he "lied to the court, did not express regret for what he had done and did not take responsibility for his actions."

During a Sept. 26 appearance in Atlanta, Tamimi's arrest record was not something to hide, but a means of establishing his bona fides.

"I have been in jail nine times in my life," he said.

He spent five weeks in the United States during September and October, pushing the campaign to boycott, divest from, and sanction Israel. Among his stops was a third grade class in Ithaca, N.Y. where he reportedly spoke about the suffering of Palestinian children.

As the website Legal Insurrection reported in October, Tamimi used his Facebook page to promote an anti-Semitic blood libel that Israel arrests Palestinian children "To STEAL THEIR ORGANS." The claim Tamimi reposted included a picture of a person's torso with a long wound stitched up along the side.

Tamimi uses children as tools to instigate confrontations with Israelis, including having his daughter, dubbed "Shirley Temper," scream at soldiers in hopes of provoking images that portray them as cruel or brutal.

"When we are able to get a video like this, we can use it to great effect," he said during the U.S. speaking tour. "When enough people here see these videos and hear our stories, it can start a kind of intifada against Israel in the United States."

Tamimi's visa has been revoked permanently. In order to enter the United States again, he will have to obtain a waiver, which is a benefit rarely given.
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« Reply #1719 on: March 21, 2016, 10:50:34 AM »

How the US ends up in a real Civil War this Fall
Posted: 20 Mar 2016 11:11 AM PDT

The US election could get worse.   It could be a prelude to a civil war. 

How so?  Here's a simple scenario. 

It's November 8th and the choice is between Trump and Hillary. 

Both candidates have negatives approaching 70% (Hillary is currently at 56% and Trump is at 60%).  The campaign has been vicious.  A rematch of Hitler vs. Stalin in US politics. 

For months, there has been violent protest in every US state.  Protesters vs police vs. each other.  Voters are edgy when they head to the booths on November 4th.  Everyone is ready to put this campaign behind them.

However, things are about to change for the worse.

Early in the afternoon (EST) a small group of global guerrillas spring an N-1 trap (N-1 is a last moment action or betrayal) on the US:

   A dozen faux bombs in suspicious packages are placed at heavily (Rep or Dem) polling locations resulting in evacuation and widespread concern.
   Robocalls pour in to police departments and polling places in heavily (Rep or Dem) polling locations with bomb/terrorist threats.  Widespread poll closures occur.  Calls continue until late.

   Election results are skewed.  Electoral college swings to the candidate helped by the threats. 

One candidate declares victory.  The other cries foul.  Protests go national.  Violence, looting and active engagement with police. 
Calls for calm ignored.  Martial law is declared in different areas.  Internet is turned off in different areas. 

Violence grows.  The global economy collapses due to uncertainty over US economy (ill conceived financial derivatives ensure that virulent US contagion spreads to every nook and cranny of the global financial and economic system).

The US, suddenly impoverished, extremely angry, and mortally betrayed stumbles into civil war.

Have fun,
John Robb

PS:  The most interesting thing about this scenario is that it can be pulled off with only five people.
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« Reply #1720 on: March 23, 2016, 07:14:24 PM »

Thoughts on Brussels
Originally published at the Washington Times

Hours after the horrific terror attacks in Brussels on Tuesday, a correspondent on one of the American cable networks remarked that ordinary Belgians were predicting grimly that security would be very tight that day--and that the next day, it would return to the same casual mediocrity that had failed to stop the attack in the first place.

The Belgians were speaking from experience--from an awful familiarity with how their security services respond to the terror threats that are so frequent in European cities.

But they might just as well have been describing the reaction of Western civilization itself--its response to a virulent ideology that is determined to destroy it by any means necessary.

Again and again, we are attacked by people who have warned us of exactly what they intend to do, who have explained exactly what motivates them, and who have proved beyond doubt that they are sincere. Again and again, we respond to the violence with shock, psychoanalysis, and a brief surge of force before going back to life--and business, and security--as usual.

That’s what happened after the attacks on Charlie Hebdo and other targets in France last winter. It’s what happened after the shootings on Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris last summer. And what happened after the stabbings at the University of California at Merced last fall. And after the Paris attacks the same month. And after the San Bernardino attack a few weeks later.

When will the Western world decide to be serious about confronting this threat? After there is a biological or chemical attack in one of these cities--or worse?

Tuesday’s events in Belgium came days after the police arrested Salah Abdeslam, the final surviving terrorist behind the most recent Paris attacks. He was residing in the Molenbeek neighborhood of Brussels. He had been there, and eluded capture, for more than four months.

When Abdeslam was arrested, the neighborhood rioted. The people threw garbage and bottles at the police. Belgian media reported that the community had known the fugitive was hiding there the whole time.

How can we have neighborhoods in European cities that shelter terrorists and then riot when we catch someone responsible for the murder of 130 innocent people (and the injury of hundreds more)?

The challenge, of course, is much greater than a single neighborhood. Claude Moniquet, a former French intelligence officer, told CBS News that he could “agree to say that Molenbeek is a hotbed of terrorism if we agree at the same time to say that is not the only hotbed of terrorism in Europe.”

“You could find the same in London,” he continued. “You could find the same in the north of France.”

These are countries whose residents travel freely throughout western Europe and even to the United States and Canada, with little or no scrutiny.

In other words, the Brussels attacks should be a reminder that meeting the threat is going to require real changes and force us to reassess decades of assumptions. Swapping out our Facebook profile pictures and lightening up landmarks in solidarity will not be enough to address the danger we have allowed to grow up within Western countries.

Which brings us to the President’s trip to Cuba this week. President Obama has long aimed to sew closer ties with the Cuban regime, inspired by an idealistic internationalism that has clashed with the reality of events throughout his presidency--up through and including the attacks today.

As part of his effort to woo the Cuban dictatorship and signal his righteousness to the nations of the world, the President has been determined to close our terrorist detention center at Guantanamo Bay.

Yet here too he has been frustrated by reality. It seems no other members of the “international community” will agree to take their fair share of the terrorists. Perhaps it’s because, whether in Europe or the Middle East or South Asia, they are all too familiar with the type.

For the President, the juxtaposition of the Brussels attack with his tour of our hemisphere’s last communist dictatorship must have been at least a little chilling. Let’s hope it produces an epiphany in this final year of his presidency: to preserve the delicate balance between freedom and security that the Western democracies have uniquely maintained, we will certainly need Guantanamo, or places like it.

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« Reply #1721 on: March 30, 2016, 12:27:11 PM »

http://patriotpost.us/articles/41618
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« Reply #1722 on: April 03, 2016, 08:36:31 AM »

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/04/armed-hate-group-backs-out-of-texas-mosque-protest-when-faced-with-gun-toting-worshipers/#.VwBMzcvSC5Q.facebook
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« Reply #1723 on: April 03, 2016, 08:11:08 PM »


Awareness Can Short-Circuit a Bomb Attack
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Some missed opportunities to avert the bombing attacks that struck the Zaventem airport in Brussels included chemical odors outside the bombmakers' apartment and suspicious behavior on the part of the suicide attackers. (YORICK JANSENS/AFP/Getty Images)

By Scott Stewart

Bombs used in the March 22 attacks in Brussels displayed a degree of tradecraft not before shown by the Islamic State outside its core areas of operation. The bombings at the Zaventem airport and at a metro station in Brussels killed 35 and wounded more than 300, making them the deadliest jihadist bombing attack in the West in more than a decade.

The Brussels attacks broke the recent trend of moving toward armed assaults from bombings. The Brussels cell was able to conduct such a large bombing operation because one of its key members, identified by Belgian authorities as Najim Laachraoui, possessed advanced bombmaking tradecraft acquired from Islamic State trainers while he was in Syria. Laachraoui is also thought to have constructed the bombs used in the November 2015 Paris attacks.

Strangely, Laachraoui has been identified as one of the suicide bombers who attacked the airport in Brussels. It is rare for an organization's bombmaker to participate in a suicide attack — they are simply too valuable to waste  — but it appears as if Laachraoui, under heavy police pressure, chose to go out intentionally rather than to risk being captured like his fellow conspirator, Saleh Abdesalam, who was arrested March 18. No matter Laachraoui's motive, it is good news that a well-trained bombmaker is out of the picture. However, the threat of jihadist bomb attacks against targets in Europe and elsewhere in the West did not die with Laachraoui, and authorities and citizens alike are left to wonder: How many other trained Islamic State bombmakers remain at large?

I've recently seen a reputable company write that if a terrorist plot gets to the bombmaking stage, it is too late to avert an attack. However, I strongly disagree with this claim. Even in the weapons acquisition or bombmaking stage of the terrorist attack cycle, terrorist operatives remain vulnerable, and plots can be thwarted if bombmaking activity is noticed and reported to authorities.

Indeed, unusual activity was noticed in the Brussels case, according to a March 26 story in The New York Times. The story noted that an overpowering chemical odor coming from Laachraoui's sixth floor apartment made the building's owner gag — and odd happenings at the apartment prompted another neighbor to call the police, but those reports were not investigated. The taxi driver who drove three of the attackers to the airport also noticed that his passengers acted strangely and refused to let him touch their suitcases, which reeked strongly of chemicals, but he did not take action until after the attacks.

These were all indications that very well could have resulted in the attacks being disrupted, but unfortunately, they did not. However, that does not mean that the next bombing cannot be thwarted by the telltale signs of bombmaking activity. Let's examine some of those indicators in more detail.
Beyond a Bleach Blonde

As al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's Inspire magazine so famously stated, you can indeed "make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom." It truly is not difficult for a knowledgeable individual to mix up improvised explosives using a wide range of common household chemicals, including peroxide, acetone, chlorine and brake fluid.

It is important to recognize that when we say an explosive mixture or an explosive device is "improvised," that does not automatically mean the end product is going to be ineffective or amateurish. Like an improvised John Coltrane saxophone solo, some improvised explosive devices can be highly crafted, albeit deadly, works of art. That said, certain activities necessary to make bombs leave even proficient bombmakers open to detection by outside observers — and amateur bombmakers are even easier to spot if one knows what to look for.

To obscure bombmaking activity, explosive mixtures and device components are often manufactured in rented houses, apartments or hotel rooms. We have seen this in past cases, such as the December 1999 "millennium bomb" plot in which Ahmed Ressam and an accomplice set up a crude bombmaking factory in a hotel room in Vancouver, British Columbia. More recently, Najibullah Zazi was arrested in September 2009 and charged with attempting to manufacture the improvised explosive mixture triacetone triperoxide (TATP) in a Denver hotel room. In September 2010, a suspected lone assailant in Copenhagen accidentally detonated an explosive device he was constructing in a hotel.

Similar to clandestine methamphetamine labs, which are also frequently set up in rental properties or hotel rooms, makeshift bombmaking operations frequently use everyday volatile substances. Chemicals such as acetone, a common nail-polish remover, and peroxide, commonly used to bleach hair, can easily be found in stores. Fertilizers, the main component of the bombs used in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and the 1993 World Trade Center attack, are present in large volumes on farms or in farm-supply stores in rural communities. Hardware and paint stores sell acids and powdered metals.

However, the quantities of chemicals required to manufacture explosives far exceeds those required for most legitimate purposes. Because of this, hotel staff, landlords and neighbors can fairly easily notice signs that someone in their midst is operating a makeshift bombmaking laboratory. Obvious suspicions should be raised if, for example, a new tenant moves several bags of fertilizer into an apartment in the middle of a city, or if a person brings in gallons of acetone, peroxide or sulfuric or nitric acid. Furthermore, bombmakers use laboratory implements, such as beakers, scales, protective gloves and masks, not normally found in a hotel room or residence.

Additionally, although electronic devices like cellphones or wristwatches may not seem unusual in the context of a hotel room or apartment, signs that such devices have been disassembled or modified to have wires protruding should raise a red flag, as these altered devices are commonly used as initiators for improvised explosive devices.

Certain items that are less commonly used in household applications but that are frequently used in bombmaking include nitric or sulfuric acid; metal powders such as aluminum, magnesium and ferric oxide; and large quantities of sodium carbonate, commonly sold in 25-pound bags. Large containers of methyl alcohol, which can be used to stabilize nitroglycerine, are another indicator that a bombmaker may be present.

Fumes from chemical reactions are another sign of bombmaking activity. Depending on the size of the batch being concocted, the noxious fumes from an improvised explosive mixture can bleach walls and curtains and, as was the case for the July 2005 London attackers, even the bombmakers' hair. The fumes can even waft outside of the lab and be detected by neighbors, as they were in the Brussels case. Spatters from the mixing of ingredients such as nitric acid leave distinctive marks, which are another way for hotel staff or landlords to recognize that something is amiss. Additionally, rented properties used for bombmaking activity rarely look occupied. They frequently lack furniture and have makeshift window coverings instead of drapes. Properties where bomb laboratories are found also usually have no mail delivery, sit vacant for long periods and are occupied by people who come and go at odd hours and who are often seen carrying strange things — such as containers of chemicals or large quantities of ice, which is used to keep chemical reactions such as those used to synthesize TATP under control.

The components for the truck bomb used in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing were manufactured in a rented apartment in Jersey City. The process of cooking the nitroglycerine used in the booster charges and the urea nitrate used in the main explosive charge created strong chemical fumes that changed the wall paint color and corroded metal doorknobs and hinges. The bombmakers also spilled chemicals on the floor, the walls, their clothing and other places, leaving plenty of trace evidence for investigators to find after the attack.
More Clues to Spot Bombmakers

Given the caustic nature of the ingredients used to make homemade explosive mixtures and the volatile chemical reactions required to make things like nitroglycerin and TATP, creating the explosive can be one of the most dangerous aspects of planning a bombing attack. Indeed, Hamas militants refer to TATP as "the mother of Satan" because of its volatility and propensity to severely burn or kill bombmakers if they lose control of the chemical reaction required to synthesize it.

Because of this, it is important for medical personnel to pay attention to emergency room walk-ins with thermal or chemical burns who smell of chemicals and to report them to authorities in much the same way they do patients who appear to have been injured in meth lab accidents.

In January 1995, an apartment in Manila, Philippines, caught fire when the bombmaker in the 1993 World Trade Center attack, Abdel Basit (aka Ramzi Yousef), lost control of the reaction in a batch of TATP he was brewing for his planned attack against a number of U.S. airliners flying over the Pacific Ocean — an operation he had nicknamed Bojinka. Because of the fire, authorities were able to arrest two of Basit's co-conspirators and to unravel Bojinka and other plots against targets including Pope John Paul II and U.S. President Bill Clinton. Basit fled to Pakistan, where he was apprehended a short time later. This case serves to highlight the dangers presented by these labs to people in the vicinity — especially in a hotel or apartment building.

Another behavior that provides an opportunity to spot a bombmaker is testing. A professional bombmaker will try out improvised mixtures and components, like improvised blasting caps, to ensure that they are functioning properly and that the completed device will therefore be viable. Such testing may involve burning or detonating small quantities of the explosive mixture, or actually exploding the blasting cap or booster charge. The testing of small components may happen in a backyard, but the testing of larger quantities will often be done at a more remote place. In his diary, Norway bomber Anders Breivik noted how he had taken his bomb components to a remote location a good distance from the rented farmhouse where he built his bomb to test them. Therefore, any signs of explosions in remote places like parks and national forests should be immediately reported to authorities.

Obviously, not every container of nitric acid spotted or small explosion heard will be absolute confirmation of bombmaking activity, but reporting such incidents to the authorities will give them an opportunity to investigate. In an era when the threat of attack comes from increasingly diffuse sources, a good defense requires more eyes and ears than the authorities possess.
 
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« Reply #1724 on: April 04, 2016, 09:14:09 AM »

Quote:  Crafty's Post:
Awareness Can Short-Circuit a Bomb Attack
Security Weekly
March 31, 2016

Some missed opportunities to avert the bombing attacks that struck the Zaventem airport in Brussels included chemical odors outside the bombmakers' apartment and suspicious behavior on the part of the suicide attackers....
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This post is quite informative.  This knowledge needs to be more widely known if that is one of ISIS' current modes of attack.  Not mentioned is what the taxi driver could have done, had he known.  Refuse to drive terrorist looking Muslims in Brussels-Molenbeek to where they request?  I own small quantities of strong cleaners and solvents among those mentioned, but as the articles, it would be odd and suspicious for a household to be buy chemicals like those in bulk or to have that smell coming out of a residence.
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« Reply #1725 on: April 22, 2016, 11:25:06 AM »

Posting this here by request, adding a link for the Syrian refugees coming to our northern border and the Montana border protection 'gap'!
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Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to welcome at least 100,000 Syrian Muslims, refugees, into his country. 25,000 already admitted.  http://thenationalsun.com/justin-trudeau-to-bring-in-another-100000-syrian-refugees-into-canada/#

13% 'support' ISIS, 33% 'sypathize' with ISIS.
http://www.clarionproject.org/analysis/13-percent-syrian-refugees-support-isis-poll
http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2015/11/shock-poll-third-of-syrian-refugees-isis-sympathizers-13-percent-support/

Mr. Trump, it looks like we may need a couple more walls.

The Canada–United States border is the longest international border in the world, 5500 miles, 4000 across the lower 48 + 1500 going up Alaska.  I wonder if Canada will pay for it...

In Montana, Reuters reported earlier this year, our federal enforcement force is still so understaffed that the Border Patrol depends on 100 private citizen ranchers along the northern border to police the U.S.-Canada boundaries.  Of 21,000 total Border Patrol agents, only 2,100 are assigned to the northern border. There are only about 300 agents guarding the entire northern border at any one time. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-shooting-usa-canada-idUSKBN0TD0BL20151125

I have never driven or flown into Canada but have been over the border many times on foot, boat and snowmobile.

As an aside, Crafty (and others), may I recommend you take your son or family on a trip into the Boundary Waters before the border is closed.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boundary_Waters_Canoe_Area_Wilderness
That portion of the wall will be most difficult to build, a million acres along the border non-motorized, bringing in workers and cement blocks by paddle and portage.  (3 million acres of lakes and forests counting the Canadian side, Quetico Park.)
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« Reply #1726 on: April 22, 2016, 08:23:55 PM »

http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2016/04/cdc-official-warned-staff-of-health-safety-risks-during-influx-of-illegal-alien-minors-plan-on-many-of-the-kids-having-tb-be-wary-of-personal-safety/

CDC Official Warned Staff of Health, Safety Risks During Influx of Illegal Alien Minors: “Plan on Many of the Kids Having TB,” “Be Wary of Personal Safety.”

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A government official warned employees deploying for the influx of illegal immigrant minors about health and safety risks because the new arrivals would have tuberculosis and some were young adults—not children—like the Obama administration proclaimed, according to records obtained by Judicial Watch. “We might as well plan on many of the kids having TB,” states a June 26, 2014 guidance e-mail from a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) environmental health scientist, Alaric C. Denton, as the agency prepared to handle the crisis. “Most of these kids are not immunized, so we need to make sure all our staff are immunized.” Denton, who is stationed at the CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, predicts in the directive that the agency will be overwhelmed pretty quickly and that screening requirements will be hard to keep up with.

Judicial Watch had to sue the CDC’s umbrella agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, (HHS) for the records. Though chunks have been redacted, the documents contradict the Obama administration’s public statements dismissing possible health and safety risks created by the tens of thousands of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) fleeing violence in Central America. The CDC official reveals in the documents obtained by JW as a result of the lawsuit that “some of these kids are not really kids they are young adults, and we should be wary of personal safety.” JW reported this early on, when the first group of UACs arrived through the Mexican border in the summer of 2014. Homeland Security sources directly involved with the mess told JW that holding centers were jam-packed, rampant with diseases and sexually active teenagers. A veteran Border Patrol officer who heads the agency’s Tucson sector quickly established that many of the UACs were not little kids but rather 17-year-olds with possible ties to gang members in the U.S.

Weeks later JW reported that the nation’s most violent street gangs—including Mara Salvatrucha or MS-13—were actively recruiting new members at U.S. shelters housing illegal immigrant minors. A high-level Homeland Security source told JW the gangs used Red Cross phones at the shelters to communicate with the new recruits. Last fall the Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed that the MS-13 has been fortified and able to remain a top tier gang thanks to the influx of illegal alien gang members that recently crossed into the state. The MS-13 is a feared street gang of mostly Central American illegal immigrants that’s spread throughout the U.S. and is renowned for drug distribution, murder, rape, robbery, home invasions, kidnappings, vandalism and other violent crimes. The Justice Department’s National Gang Intelligence Center (NGIC) says criminal street gangs like the MS-13 are responsible for the majority of violent crimes in the U.S. and are the primary distributors of most illicit drugs.

This new batch of government records, part of an ongoing JW investigation into the UAC disaster, indicate the administration was well aware of the danger in allowing hordes of illegal immigrant youths to enter and stay in the U.S. At the very least it flies in the face of the administration’s false narrative involving the key issues of health and safety surrounding the new arrivals which have been relocated throughout the nation. Denton, the CDC environmental health scientist who warned colleagues prior to deployment, works at the agency’s Environmental, Safety and Health Compliance Office (ESHCO). Officials from other federal agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), were also involved in the exchanges. JW will continue receiving records from the government involving this issue as part of an agreement, supervised by a federal judge, stemming from our lawsuit.
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« Reply #1727 on: April 23, 2016, 11:02:47 AM »

http://conservativetribune.com/muslim-plane-dirty-secret/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=ConservativeHeadlinesEmail&utm_campaign=AM1&utm_content=2016-04-23
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« Reply #1728 on: April 24, 2016, 12:51:26 PM »

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/24/us/an-amateur-vs-isis-a-car-salesman-investigates-and-ends-up-in-prison.html?emc=edit_th_20160424&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=49641193&_r=0
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« Reply #1729 on: April 24, 2016, 03:45:46 PM »

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/434469/9-11-victims-saudi-arabia-iran-cornyn-schumer-bill
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