Secret FBI Report Reveals True Cause of Homegrown Terrorism


Carey Wedler
The Antimedia

In 2012, the FBI conducted a secret survey to determine the driving factors behind acts of homegrown terrorism. The results, recently viewed by the Intercept, reveal why extremists appear to hate the United States and the West so much they will kill innocent people to express it.

Hint: it’s not because we’re free.

The final report, called “Homegrown Violent Extremists: Survey Confirms Key Assessments, Reveals New Insights about Radicalization,” found “anger over U.S. military operations abroad was the most commonly cited motivation for individuals involved in cases of ‘homegrown’ terrorism,’” the Intercept reported. Continue reading

Homegrown terrorists to target concerts, sporting events, Homeland Security warns

First responders work near the scene of an explosion in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood on Sept. 17 in New York. Although the pressure cooker bomb that wounded over two dozen people on the street went off in front of an apartment building for the blind, none of the building's residents were hurt in the blast. (Associated Press)

First responders work near the scene of an explosion in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood on Sept. 17 in New York. Although the pressure cooker bomb that wounded over two dozen people on the street went off in front of an apartment building for the blind, none of the building’s residents were hurt in the blast. (Associated Press)

Rowan Scarborough
The Washington Times

The nation’s top counterterrorism official testified Tuesday that the world’s army of terrorists is “broader, wider and deeper than any point since 9/11,” the day al Qaeda attacked America.

Nicholas Rasmussen, who directs the National Counterterrorism Center, said the Islamic State may be losing ground in Iraq and Syria but its ability to strike abroad, including in the U.S., “has not thus far been significantly diminished.”

The nation is facing a phase in which people quickly radicalize and launch simple but deadly attacks before authorities have time to detect them, he said. Continue reading

Off-Duty Cop Mistaken for a Terrorist Has No Case

Jeff D. Gorman
Courthouse News Service

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An off-duty cop who was detained after being mistaken for a terrorist was not falsely arrested, the Oklahoma Court of Appeals ruled.

Joshua Shaw was at an Oklahoma City pub with a female officer in December 2012. They were talking about going to the gun range and shooting their weapons.

Another off-duty officer overheard them and feared that they were planning terrorist acts. He talked to the bartender, who told him that the couple were police officers, not terrorists. Continue reading

Schumer thinks ‘people knew’ of alleged Chelsea bomber’s plan

Reuven Fenton and Sophia Rosenbaum
The New York Post

Someone knew what the Chelsea bomber was planning, Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday.

“To me, it seems likely that other people knew, given how open he was about this and he exploded a bomb in his backyard,” the New York Senator said. “But [investigators] haven’t come to a conclusion.”

Police are still trying to piece together the timeline of what drove Ahmad Rahami to plant numerous bombs in New Jersey and New York last weekend.

“They are checking everything. They’re looking carefully at Rahami’s family,” Schumer said. Continue reading

Who Is Behind the Riots? Charlotte Police Says 70% Of Arrested Protesters Had Out of State IDs


Tyler Durden
Zero Hedge

Confirming what many had suspected when viewing the sudden and intense collapse into anrchy that occurred in Charlotte this week, Todd Walther, spokesman for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Fraternal Order of Police told CNN’s Erin Burnett:

“This is not Charlotte that’s out here.  These are outside entities that are coming in and causing these problems.These are not protestors, these are criminals.

“We’ve got the instigators that are coming in from the outside.  They were coming in on buses from out of state.  If you go back and look at some of the arrests that were made last night.  I can about say probably 70% of those had out-of-state IDs.  They’re not coming from Charlotte.”

As shocking as this statement is, it should not be a total surprise. 18 months ago, as the riots flared in Ferguson, there was one man pulling the strings of this ‘domestic false flag’… George Soros. In an apparent effort to  “keep the media’s attention on the city and to widen the scope of the incident to focus on interrelated causes — not just the overpolicing and racial discrimination narratives that were highlighted by the news media in August,” liberal billionaire George Soros donated $33million to social justice organizations which helped turn events in Ferguson from a local protest into a national flashpoint.

As The Washington Times explains,

There’s a solitary man at the financial center of the Ferguson protest movement. No, it’s not victim Michael Brown or Officer Darren Wilson. It’s not even the Rev. Al Sharpton, despite his ubiquitous campaign on TV and the streets.

Rather, it’s liberal billionaire George Soros, who has built a business empire that dominates across the ocean in Europe while forging a political machine powered by nonprofit foundations that impacts American politics and policy, not unlike what he did with

Mr. Soros spurred the Ferguson protest movement through years of funding and mobilizing groups across the U.S., according to interviews with key players and financial records reviewed by The Washington Times.

Still not buying it? As The New American recently reported, Ken Zimmerman, the director of U.S. programs at Soros’s Open Society Foundations (OSF), denied last year that Soros had funded BLM, saying it was just a rumor.

That was before hackers with published OSF documents showing that the Soros group had already given at least $650,000 directly to BLM.

Those same documents reveal the reason for OSF bankrolling BLM: the “dismantling” of America so that it can be recast according to the vision of Soros and his leftist cohorts.

The communist-on-its-face nature of these and other demands of the organizations under the BLM umbrella are a clear indicator of the real intent of BLM. The deep-pocketed funding by the likes of Soros, the Center for American Progress, the Ford Foundation, and Borealis Philanthropy show that BLM is the means, not the end.

BLM is little more than a tool of social revolutionaries hell-bent on destroying America so they can build their long awaited dystopia which they attempt to pass off as a utopia.

So with Hillary’s poll numbers decling rapidly, and a debate looming that she would desperately like to be focused on domestic division as opposed to every email, pay-to-play, foreign policy misstep, and cough or stumble she has taken; is anyone shocked that ‘out of state’ protesters would turn up in Charlotte suddenly turning a peaceful but angry protest into tear-gas-filled deadly riots? And who is a big donor to Clinton?

George Soros: $7 million

Financier George Soros founded what would become the Quantum Fund in 1969 with $12 million. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, he’s now worth $24.7 billion and continues to invest through Soros Fund Management, a family firm. As a political donor, Soros has been mercurial. In 2004, he contributed $23.5 million to organizations opposing George W. Bush’s reelection effort. In 2008, he donated $2,300 to both Clinton and Barack Obama, and that was it. Soros’s Open Society Policy Center, the advocacy arm of his philanthropic network, spent $8.2 million on lobbying Washington in 2015. It focuses on international human rights, immigration, foreign aid, public health and criminal justice reform, among other issues. Since 2003, Soros has contributed $54 million to federal candidates and committees.

Transcripts of Omar Mateen’s 911 call released


More of Orlando shooter Omar Mateen’s negotiations with police have been released. The transcripts shed some light on Mateen’s motivations for the June 12 killing and injuring of more than 100 people at Pulse, an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

In the months following the mass shooting, speculations over Mateen’s motivation have included everything from his sexuality to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) indoctrination.

Transcripts obtained by the Orlando Sentinel and two dozen other media organizations have offered some insight to Mateen’s mental state after he opened fire in the club.

“They need to stop the US airstrikes. You have to tell the US government to stop bombing. They are killing too many children, they are killing too many women, okay?” Mateen told the crisis negotiator, known only as Andy.

Andy and Mateen would spend an hour on the phone, although much of that hour was Andy desperately trying to get Mateen to communicate with him. Mateen was not particularly receptive to negotiations, at one point telling Andy, “you’re annoying me with these phone calls and I don’t really appreciate it.”

When Mateen did talk, he focused his attention on airstrikes from the US and Russia on the Middle East, particularly Syria. When the negotiator asked, “can you tell me where you are right now so I can you get some help?” Mateen responded with, “no. Because you have to tell America to stop bombing Syria and Iraq.”

“They are killing a lot of innocent people,” he said without a hint of irony.

Mateen refused to identify himself during the phone call beyond introducing himself as Mateen to the operator. After that, he said, “My name is I Pledge of Allegiance to (unidentifiable name) of the Islamic State.”

When pressed for his real name, Mateen told Andy, “Call me Mujahedeen, call me the Soldier of God.” He told the negotiator that, because it was the last month of Ramadan, he had spent his day fasting and praying before coming to Pulse.

The transcripts did not offer much clarity about why he chose Pulse to make his stand against killing innocent people, but there were tidbits that showed his admiration for other terrorists in the US.

“My homeboy Tamerlan Tsarnaev did his thing on the Boston Marathon,” he said, referring to the 2013 attack, “my homeboy [unidentifiable name] did his thing, okay, so now it’s my turn, okay?”

If the call offers any insight to Mateen, he was very distraught about the airstrikes committed by the US and Russia in Syria.

“What am I to do here when my people are getting killed over there?” he asked. “What’s going on is that I feel the pain of the people getting killed in Syria and Iraq and all over the Muslim [unidentifiable word],” he said.

He accused the US of collaborating with Russia to kill Muslims, saying “The U.S. is collaborating with Russia and they are killing innocent women and children, okay?”

He also made strange threats, such as claiming that he had rigged bombs in cars that would take down an entire block and that he was wearing the kind of vest worn by terrorists in the suicide bombing attacks on Paris in 2015.

When pressed for details, he claimed “If you bring the bomb dog they are not going to smell s**t.”

For some reason, the inability of bomb sniffing dogs to smell his vest was a point of pride for him as he continued to rant, saying, “You can’t smell it. Bring your little American bomb dog, they are f***ing outdated anyway.”

But when probed about his vest, Mateen said it was not a bomb vest but “like, you know, to go out to a wedding.”

Cellphone Alerts Used in New York to Search for Bombing Suspect

J. David Goodman
The New York Times

All around New York City, cellphones blared on Monday morning with the dissonant, but familiar, tone of an emergency alert. But this time, the alert — typically used for weather-related advisories or abducted children — was different.

For what is believed to be the first time, the nation’s Wireless Emergency Alerts system was deployed as an electronic wanted poster, identifying a 28-year-old man wanted in connection with the bombings in Manhattan and New Jersey.

Suddenly, from commuter trains to the sidewalks of Manhattan, millions were enlisted in the manhunt.

The message, probably received by millions, nearly at once, was simple: “WANTED: Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28-yr-old male. See media for pic. Call 9-1-1 if seen.”

It roughly coincided with an appearance by Mayor Bill de Blasio at 7:30 a.m. on CNN, where he announced the name of the suspect and shared a photograph released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The authorities simultaneously spread the image on Twitter, hoping to ensure that those receiving the alert around 8 a.m. and after on their phones would have no trouble finding the image of Mr. Rahami.

The messages are targeted to a cellphone’s location, so the alert on Monday was received by those in New York City, but not those in all parts of the state. A spokesman for the State Police said the decision to release the message came from the authorities in New York City; a spokesman for Mr. de Blasio said it was “a first” for such a purpose.

There are three broad types of alerts in the national system: emergency alerts for storms and other threats to public safety; so-called Amber Alerts, which seek to enlist the public in a search for an abducted child; and those issued by the president. Cellphone users can opt to block all but the presidential alerts.

The emergency alerts can be sent to the national system by federal, state or local authorities who have been authorized to do so and can include shelter-in-place instructions or evacuation orders precipitated by “severe weather, a terrorist threat or a chemical spill,” according to the Federal Communications Commission.

In New York City, the alerts have been used eight times since 2012: three times during Hurricane Sandy, once to alert a travel ban during a 2015 winter storm and twice during the Chelsea bombing, according to city officials.

The first warning, on Saturday night, was directed at people in the Chelsea area, warning them to stay away from windows as the police cleared an unexploded device from 27th Street. The second went across the city to assist in the search for Mr. Rahami.

By late morning, law enforcement officials said Mr. Rahami had been captured.

66 88 111 | Captured, New York trash can bomber said to be Ahmad Khan Rahami, September 19, 2016

Zachary K. Hubbard
Free to Find Truth

Notice how the name of the suspect connects with New York perfectly.

His name the small way also connects to ‘Empire’, for ‘Empire State’, NYC.

Remember, if you sum 1-11, it totals 66. New York is the 11th State.

1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9+10+11 = 66

As for today’s headlines, they connect back to ‘chaos’. Again, the Freemasons work with the philosophy of order out of chaos. Today’s date, September 19 can be written 19/9. The number 199 is the 46th prime. Chaos = 46

Notice that he was ‘CAPTURED’ in ‘ELIZABETH’.

The purpose of this news is to poison and program.

The purpose of this news is to confuse you with who your real enemy is.

Remember, the bomb went off on ’23rd’ in New York. They reported the bomb went off at about 8:30. Again, 83 is the 23rd prime. ’23’ also connects to NYPD, the people who really set and detonated the bomb.

Ahmad Khan Rahami’s family claimed anti-Muslim harassment over their fast food restaurant

Edgar Sandoval & Jason Silverstein
The Daily News

The family of the man arrested for bombings in New York and New Jersey owns an embattled fast food restaurant — and their troubled son left a bad taste in patrons’ mouths.

Ahmad Khan Rahami, who was busted Monday morning after a police shootout, worked in his family’s First American Fried Chicken joint in Elizabeth. Police said he also lived with relatives in the apartment above the restaurant.

The family fought for years with the city government over citations and summonses for a series of complaints. Family members then sued the local government and police department for allegedly persecuting them because they are Muslim — but the case has been stayed for more than a year.

Regulars at the restaurant remembered Rahami as a chilling presence behind the counter.

“He would never talk to you. He would just take your order,” Joshua Sanchez, 24, told the Daily News.

“I don’t know why, but I got a sense that he hated America. There was something weird about him. I never see him with friends. He was always very serious, no girlfriend, no nothing.”

Sanchez added, “If you ask me a week ago, I’d say he’s just an a–hole.”

Another regular, 23-year-old Jessica Casanova, told the News, “You could tell nothing is going his way.”

The family opened First American in 2002, according to court documents from their federal civil lawsuit.

Starting in 2008, the restaurant started getting slapped with tickets for allegedly staying open later than allowed, and disturbing neighbors.

The city council eventually passed an ordinance saying the eatery had to shut its doors at 10 p.m., according to Elizabeth Mayor Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. Even then, it didn’t happen, he said.

“I went to the neighborhood meetings and spoke with a lot of neighbors,” Bollwage told The News.

“Not one of the neighbors ever mentioned ethnicity or background or beliefs. The neighbors just wanted sleep.”

But three family members — including Rahami’s father, Mohammad R. Rahami — sued the city government, police department, several cops and at least one neighbor in 2011, accusing all of discriminatory harassment.

The family’s complaint said the restaurant’s troubles “were based solely on animus against plaintiffs’ religion, creed, race and national origin.”

The complaint also accused a neighbor of telling the family, “Muslims should not have businesses here” and “Muslims make too much trouble in this country.” The suit said several officers took the neighbor at his word about complaints without proper investigation.

Ahmad Rahami was not mentioned in the suit.

The case was ordered to be dismissed in 2012, but it has been stayed since last year, court records show.

Two family members were arrested in 2009 for a confrontation with police while an offer served a summons, records show. At least one relative pleaded guilty to preventing an arrest in the restaurant.

Few other details about Rahami’s life were known upon his arrest. His family could not be reached for comment.

Ahmad Khan Rahami Is Arrested in Manhattan and New Jersey Bombings

Marc Santora, William K. Rashbaum, Al Baker and Adam Goldman
The New York Times

Above: Investigators in Elizabeth, N.J., near the last known residence of Ahmad Khan Rahami, who was arrested on Monday in the weekend bombing in Manhattan. Credit Bryan Anselm for The New York Times

The man believed to be responsible for the explosion in Manhattan on Saturday night and an earlier bombing in New Jersey, Ahmad Khan Rahami, was taken into custody on Monday after he was wounded in a gunfight with the police, law enforcement officials said.

The dramatic episode on a rain-soaked street in Linden, N.J., came after the police issued a cellphone alert to millions of residents in the area telling them to be on the lookout for Mr. Rahami, 28, who was described as “armed and dangerous.”

The showdown started around 10:30 a.m. when a resident spotted a man sleeping in the doorway of a bar, officials said.

Capt. James Sarnicki of the Linden Police Department told reporters that an officer approached the man, later identified as Mr. Rahami, and when he woke him, he saw that he had a beard resembling that of the man on the Wanted poster.

The officer ordered Mr. Rahami to show hands, Captain Sarnicki said, but instead, he pulled out a handgun.

He shot the officer in the abdomen, Captain Sarnicki said, but the bullet struck his vest.

“The officer returned fire,” he said. Mr. Rahami fled, “indiscriminantly firing his weapon at passing vehicles.”

Other officers joined the chase, and Mr. Rahami was shot multiple times. At least one other officer was injured during the confrontation.

Shortly after 11 a.m., Mr. Rahami was in custody, seen by witnesses splayed out beside the street, hands cuffed behind his back and his shirt rolled up, officers standing over him with their weapons drawn.

Mr. Rahami, blood pouring from a wound in his shoulder and splattered on his face, was loaded onto a stretcher and taken to University Hospital in Newark.

Mr. Rahami was identified by officials on surveillance video planting the bombs in Chelsea, both the device that exploded on 23rd Street and another that did not detonate a few blocks away. His fingerprint was also found on one of the pressure cooker bombs in Manhattan, according to a senior law enforcement official. Mr. Rahami was also connected to a bombing thattook place earlier on Saturday on the Jersey Shore.

The police believe that he was also responsible for a backpack full of pipe bombs found in Elizabeth, N.J., late Sunday.

President Obama, who arrived in New York on Monday to join other world leaders for the annual meeting of the United Nations’ General Assembly, made brief remarks on the attack.

“Folks around here, they don’t get scared,” Mr. Obama said. “They are tough, they are resilient, they go about their business every single day.”

He also warned of the dangers of exaggerating threats or spreading rumors.

On presidential campaign trail, Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump both used the events to emphasize their different approaches to combating terrorism.

Mr. Trump suggested that law enforcement officials were being stymied in their efforts by political correctness while Mrs. Clinton said his comments were both uninformed and inflammatory.

Even as the candidates skirmished, investigators were trying to learn about Mr. Rahami’s life and possible motivation.

Mr. Rahami was born on Jan. 23, 1988, in Afghanistan. He was described as a naturalized citizen who had been living with his family in Elizabeth, not far from where he was arrested. Neighbors said that several years ago Mr. Rahami traveled to his homeland and when he returned, he showed signs of radicalization. The significance of the visit was not immediately clear. It was not known whether he had any links to an overseas terror organization, or whether he had been inspired by such organizations.

At a news conference on Monday afternoon, law enforcement officials declined to offer details about the investigation.

Assistant Director William F. Sweeney, who heads the F.B.I.‘s New York office, said investigators were working “to completely understand his social network.”

“I have no indication that there is a cell operating in the area or in the city,” he said.

The city’s police commissioner, James P. O’Neill, had directed the entire patrol force of the New York Police Department — 36,000 officers — to step up their vigilance and be on the alert for Mr. Rahami.

Dozens of officers and federal agents zeroed in on locations in New Jersey. At the same time, more than 1,000 officers from the city police force’s Critical Response Command and Emergency Service Unit were working to secure New York City landmarks, commuter hubs and other sensitive sites.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, speaking at a news conference, said that even though Mr. Rahami was in custody, New Yorkers should remain vigilant.

The authorities began to focus on Mr. Rahami on Sunday as they reviewed hours of surveillance video taken from the Chelsea area.

On Sunday evening, increasingly confident that Mr. Rahami might be involved in the bombing, the police rushed to act when they saw a car leaving an address associated with him.

The car was pulled over on the Belt Parkway near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in Brooklyn. Five people inside were questioned and later released.

Later on Sunday night, the police got a report of a suspicious package near a train station in Elizabeth, N.J.

The F.B.I., called in to investigate, dispatched a pair of robots to examine the bag and determined that it held five bombs, some of which were pipe bombs.

Around 12:30 a.m., the robots tried to clip a wire to disarm one bomb and accidentally detonated it. No one was injured.

The location of the bag was not far from where the Rahami family ran a restaurant, and before dawn federal agents and local police officers were swarming a residential neighborhood of low-rise apartment buildings, multiple-family homes and small businesses.

They searched the restaurant, First American Fried Chicken, and addresses where he was reported to have spent time.

The police also closed and evacuated La Bottega Dei Sapori deli and Sonia’s Beauty, a salon to the left of the restaurant, as well as HR Computer and Communication Services Inc.

Mayor J. Christian Bollwage of Elizabeth, speaking at a news conference on Monday morning, described how the Rahami family had issues with the city in the past.

Mr. Rahami’s father, Mohammad, opened the restaurant about a decade ago and employed his sons, the mayor said.

It was open 24 hours a day, but neighbors complained about rowdy crowds that would gather at the place, often after midnight.

Responding to the complaints, the City Council passed an ordinance that would force the restaurant to close late at night, the mayor said.

“The City Council voted to shut it down at 10 p.m.,” he said. “They kept getting complaints from neighbors, it was a distress to people in the neighborhood.”

The Rahamis did not comply, according to neighbors.

On one occasion when the police came to force the restaurant to close, one of Mr. Rahami’s older brothers got in a fight with a police officer and was arrested. Before the case could be resolved, a restaurant patron said, the son fled to his home country, Afghanistan.

Even as the police scoured the area near the Rahami restaurant, the suspect was seeking shelter from the morning rain under a doorway of a bar in the neighboring town of Linden.

Diego Jeronimo, 36, the owner of a store near where the gun battle unfolded, said he opened his front door and saw a police car parked lengthwise across the street, an officer with his back to him with his gun drawn using the car as a shield. He heard around five shots.

“Then it calmed down a little bit, then we hear seven shots, but they were more distant,” down the block, he said.

Shawn Styles, 30, who works at Linden Auto Body next door, said he saw numerous police vehicles whiz down theavenue.

“Then multiple, multiple shots,” he said.