FBI Creates Fake Bomb Story and Attributes it to AP, Post-Snowden Leaker, and Much More: FRINFORMSUM 10/30/2014

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American Civil Liberties Union chief technologist Christopher Soghoian tweets the link to the phony documents.
American Civil Liberties Union chief technologist Christopher Soghoian tweets the link to documents on the phony story.

In 2007 the FBI created a fake story on bomb threats made at a Seattle-area high school, attributed it to the Associated Press (AP), and then sent it in a private MySpace message to the student suspected of making the threats against the school. “By clicking on the link, the suspect unwittingly downloaded a piece of malware, a computer bug that enabled agents to identify his Internet protocol address.” The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) obtained hundreds of pages of documents on the story through the FOIA, and the AP has since issued a statement saying that the FBI’s actions “violated AP’s name and undermined AP’s credibility.” This revelation comes on the heels of reports that a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agent impersonated a young woman on Facebook, posted racy photos of her…

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Burkina Faso President Declares State of Emergency

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Burkina Faso’s leader of nearly three decades declared a state of emergency Thursday, hours after protesters who oppose his bid for another term stormed the parliament and set part of it on fire, marking the greatest threat to his rule since he himself seized power in a coup.

It was not immediately clear where President Blaise Compaore was following the announcement that also called for an end to the demonstrations. At least one person was killed and several others were wounded earlier in the day amid the melee, authorities said.

Army Gen. Honore Traore, the joint chief of staff, later announced that a curfew would be in effect from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. The government and parliament also have been dissolved, he said.

In a concession to the opposition, Compaore agreed Thursday to withdraw a bill from consideration in the parliament that would have allowed him to…

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Abbas’ Fatah Party Calls for ‘Day of Rage’ on Friday

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Remember, Friday is the Muslim “day of rest.”

By: Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Published: October 30th, 2014

via The Jewish Press » » Abbas’ Fatah Party Calls for ‘Day of Rage’ on Friday.

Abbas' Fatah party praises the terrorist who attempted to murder Rabbi Yehuda Glick.
Abbas’ Fatah party praises the terrorist who attempted to murder Rabbi Yehuda Glick.
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Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah organization has declared Friday a “day of rage” and called on the Palestinian “fighters” to “defend” the Al-Aqsa mosque, the Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reported Thursday, quoted the Arabic-language site of the PA’s official WAFA news agency.

WAFA’s English site did not report the direct incitement for more violence.

“Fatah calls to its fighters and to the masses of the Palestinian people to aid the Al-Aqsa Mosque and occupied Jerusalem,” WAFA stated.

PMW also said that Fatah declared Friday as a “day of rage… to express the Palestinian people’s opposition to any attack on the holy…

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Terrorist Attacks in Canada

Canada recently experienced two terrorist attacks from radicalized extremists possibly
inspired by the events in Syria and in Iraq. These attacks bring the question of domestic lone
wolf and cell extremism to the limelight. After reviewing these attacks, the United States should
further invest resources with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) as well as assist
Canadian counterterrorism legislation.
Martin Couture-Rouleau, 25, who converted to Islam last year, ran over two Canadian
soldiers in Quebec on October 20, 2014. One soldier was injured and one soldier, Warrant
Officer Patrice Vincent was killed. Police then pursued the suspect. Couture-Rouleau then fled to
Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, where he crashed his car. While exiting the vehicle, the suspect
produced a knife against officers. The policemen fatally shot him. The Couture-Rouleau Incident
seems to be eerily similar to the Michael Adebolajo Incident (AQ inspired lone wolf terrorist ran
over a British soldier in London, and then hacked him to death).

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and CSIS had been monitoring Couture-
Rouleau for possible terrorist activity. Couture-Rouleau had posted violent Facebook posts under
the pseudonym Ahmad LeConverti praising the actions of ISIS in June 2014 and expressing the
desire to travel to the Middle East in order to fight. He may have viewed ISIS spokesman Abu
Mohammed al-Adnani call for violence against the Homelands of anti-ISIS coalition states,
available on social media. This message calls for several forms of violence, including
“Smash[ing] his head with a rock, or slaughter[ing] him with a knife, or run[ning] him over with
your car, or throw[ing] him down from a high place, or chok[ing] him or poison him” (my
emphasis). He was flagged for attempting to travel to Turkey, and had his passport revoked in
July 2014. He was one of the ninety on the list of the CSIS suspected jihadist list. PCMP officers
met with Couture-Rouleau many times to advise him to seek community support, with the last
meeting occurring on October 9, 2014. Steven Blaney, the Public Safety Minister Steven,
described the incident as “clearly linked to terrorist ideology.” Thus, while police monitored
Couture-Rouleau, these activities were insufficient to prevent an attack.

In direct response to this incident, Blaney introduced a bill that would enable American
surveillance of Canadian citizens. This method would be in line with the rule of law in Canada,
which forbids the CSIS from spying on Canadian nationals. Furthermore, Blaney hinted that a
provision within the bill would allow the American surveillance agencies to keep their sources
secret. Furthermore, this bill would allow the CSIS to explicitly act on “threat diminishment.”
This bill could be a distinct possibility for the Intelligence Community to support an ally, both in
the Five Eyes and in the anti-ISIS coalition, during its time of need. Furthermore, Canada raised
its threat level from low to medium, in order to heighten awareness of possible threats. Thus,
Canada put in short and long term measures to mitigate terrorism in wake of the hit and run terrorist attack.
Another terrorism incident occurred on the morning of October 22, 2014. Michael “Abdullah” Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, also known as Michael Joseph Hall, assaulted the Parliament Hill’s Centre Block and the National War Memorial in Ottawa with a high power rifle. He started his rampage at the National War Memorial and killed Corporal Nathan Cirillo at point blank range. Zehaf then ran into the Parliament skirmished with security officials, and was killed by the Sergeant-at-Arms in the building. Zehaf’s rampage injured three other Canadians. RCMP units locked down the capital, fearing additional shooters. There was a report of another shooting at a nearby mall, but this claim proved to be false. Concurrently, the U.S. Embassy closed. The police lifted the lock down at 8:30 p.m.

Like Couture-Rouleau, Zehaf had a history with Canadian authorities. Zehaf had been arrested for “for petty crimes such as possession of drugs, credit-card forgery and robbery.” He had tried to travel abroad to the Middle East, but Canadian police confiscated his passport. Zehaf’s father, Bulgasem, fought in Libya around 2011, which may have encouraged his son to take up arms.

In a speech responding to the attack, Prime Minister Steven Harper blamed the attacks directly on ISIS. He spoke that ISIS “has specifically targeted Canada and Canadians…that we should not feel secure, even in our homes. It would be convenient to dismiss such statements as the mere rambling of lunatics, were it not for the fact that ISIL’s deeds have been fully in line with its words.” This statement is dangerous, as it frames an ISIS inspired attack as a direct ISIS attack. While ISIS inspired lone wolves and cells present a domestic threat to Canada and to the U.S., ISIS in and of itself presents a far lower threat to the Homeland in comparison to other groups, such as the Khorasan and AQAP. Our intelligence resources should be based on risk – they should go to thwarting the mass casualty attacks of against soft targets rather than lone wolves – which are often so hard to detect and to intercept that it would be wiser to invest in hardening resilience rather than outright detection.

The tactic of lone wolf attacks or cell attacks by ISIS influenced individuals are a possibility against anti-ISIS coalition members, and have been demonstrated to be an effective terror weapon against civilian populations. This kind of attack may be repeated against other members of the anti-ISIS coalition. But the members should not be complacent. They should adopt measures, whether in the long term they strengthen intelligence sharing and counterterrorism legislation using USAPATRIOT 2001 or IRTPA 2004 as a model. Furthermore, states can harden structures, such as critical infrastructure, mass transit centers, or other mass soft targets against bombings, armed assault, or vehicular assaults. I hope to soon write a policy memorandum on this topic by the next meeting of the CCNSC.
Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty,
Bibliography
CBC. “Martin Rouleau, Quebec driver shot by police, ‘radicalized': RCMP.” October 20, 2014. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/martin-rouleau-quebec-driver-shot-by-police-radicalized-rcmp-1.2806104.
Globe and Mail. “Attack in Ottawa could increase calls to give CSIS more power.” October 23, 2014. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/attack-in-ottawa-could-increase-calls-to-give-csis-more-power/article21252622/.
Globe and Mail. “Attack on Ottawa: PM Harper cites terrorist motive.” October 23, 2014. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/parliament-shooting/article21217602/.
Guardian. “Ottawa shootings: a spectacular failure for Canadian intelligence.” October 22, 2014. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/22/ottawa-shootings-canadian-intelligence-failure.
NPR. “Mother Of Ottawa Gunman: ‘I Am Mad At Our Son’.” October 23, 2014. http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/10/23/358249385/details-emerge-of-alleged-assailant-in-canadian-parliament-attack.
NYP. “Deadly ISIS mowdown on Monday caused Canada to raise terror level.” October 23, 2014. http://nypost.com/2014/10/23/deadly-isis-mowdown-on-monday-caused-canada-to-raise-terror-level/.
NYT. “Hit-and-Run That Killed Canadian Soldier Is Called Terrorist Attack.” October 21, 2014. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/22/world/americas/canadian-soldier-run-down-in-what-officials-call-act-of-terror-dies.html?_r=0.
WaPo. “Parliament shooting shocks Canada.” October 22, 2014. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/gunman-kills-canadian-soldier-opens-fire-inside-parliament-in-downtown-ottawa/2014/10/22/49a4ca3e-5a23-11e4-b812-38518ae74c67_story.html.
WaPo. “Terrorist ideology blamed in Canada car attack.” October 21, 2014. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/driver-shot-dead-after-he-hits-2-canadian-soldiers/2014/10/20/ef6c95b4-58bb-11e4-9d6c-756a229d8b18_story.html.

Terrorist Attack in Jerusalem – Abdel Rahman Al-Shaludi

Several U.S. citizens were injured in a terrorist attack in Jerusalem on the evening of October 22, 2014. Abdel Rahman Al-Shaludi, a Palestinian resident of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan and a known criminal with ties to Hamas, drove his car into the platform of the Ammunition Hill light rail station. He ran over Chaya Zissel “Haya Zissel-Brown”, a three month old American baby, as well as injuring seven others, some of whom are American citizens, at the station. Israeli police then engaged Al-Shaludi with small arms fire, ultimately wounding him. The unit then arrested Al-Shaludi, who later died of his wounds while receiving hospital care. When rescue personnel arrived, Zissel did not have a pulse; however, rescue personnel revived the baby, but the infant died later at the hospital. Following the immediate incident, Israeli police arrested and interrogated Al-Shaludi’s brother, sparking riots in East Jerusalem.

Israeli and American leaders have condemned the attack, while Hamas and Islamic Jihad have praised the action. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has used this opportunity to attack Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, claiming that “That’s how Abu Mazen’s [Abbas'] partners in government act.” He also deployed additional police to quell the rioting in East Jerusalem, leading to an uneasy calm as of now without further casualties. Israeli intelligence claims that this attack fits the profile of a “run-over terrorist attack.” This claim is supported by a history of Palestinian terrorist using this tactic against Israeli civilians, as well as video footage of the incident (contained in the Haaretz link in the bibliography). The American State Department condemned the incident, stating, “The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s terrorist attack in Jerusalem. We express our deepest condolences to the family of the baby, reportedly an American citizen, who was killed in this despicable attack, and extend our prayers for a full recovery to those injured. We urge all sides to maintain calm and avoid escalating tensions in the wake of this incident.” Hamas has praised the action, stating that “The attack in Jerusalem is an act of heroism and a natural response to the crimes of the occupation against our people and our holy places.” Furthermore, Hamas claims that this attack may spark “Palestinian intifada in Jerusalem.” Islamic Jihad announced “There is Zionist aggression against all of our people, and today the resistance responded to this attack. This is a natural right.” Thus, the spiral of violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict appears to picking up in tempo for the moment.
Key questions that remain include whether the Americans were specifically targeted, the complicity of Hamas with the attack, and the nature of force the Israeli police used during the incident and during the following interrogation of the suspect’s brother.

Furthermore, the United States should anticipate and develop contingencies for this kind of attack against mass transit centers (e.g. airports, train stations, and ferry docks). Obstacle barriers, such as concrete berms or HESCO barriers may provide permanent or temporary measures to mitigate this kind of “run over terrorist attack.” The U.S. can develop contingencies to mitigate the risk of this style of attack.

This attack may inflame Israeli-Palestinian tensions, especially in Jerusalem. Furthermore, compounded with the Ottawa attack on the same day, the United States must insure it has the intelligence capabilities to anticipate cell and lone wolf attacks – often a difficult task – as well as the security capabilities to resiliently respond to the attacks. Furthermore, this attack may give the United States Government the ammunition to deny Palestinian statehood attempts as well as Palestinian requests for the ICC to investigate alleged Israeli Defense Forces’ war crimes in Gaza.

Bibliography
The Atlantic. “Riots Follow a Suspected Terror Attack in Jerusalem.” October 22, 2014. http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/10/riots-follow-a-suspected-terror-attack-in-jerusalem/381798/.
The Guardian. “Baby killed and eight wounded in suspected terror attack in Jerusalem.” October 22, 2014. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/22/jerusalem-attack-car-driven-light-railway-platform.
Haaretz. “Baby killed, 7 hurt in Jerusalem terror attack; terrorist dies of gunshot wounds.” October 22, 2014. http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.622192.
JP. “Terrorist kills infant, wounds several, after ramming car into crowd in Jerusalem.” October 22, 2014. http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Suspected-terror-attack-in-Jerusalem-three-injured-379527.
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Reuters. “UPDATE 4-Palestinian driver rams Jerusalem station killing baby.” October 22, 2014. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/22/mideast-violence-jerusalem-idUSL6N0SH51820141022.
State Department. “Terrorist Attack in Jerusalem.” October 22, 2014. http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2014/10/233279.htm.

Intensity of air flights of the Southern Military District pilots opted to record levels this year

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From the beginning of the year, the pilots of the Southern Military District made ​​more than 36.5 thousand flights of combat use, which is almost 1 thousand more compared to the last year results. It is reported by the Defense Ministry.

“During the exercises and the fly about 150 managed aircraft weapons, more than 4.5 thousand unguided rockets were released, about 4 thousand bombings were conducted and about 4 thousand small-gun armament was used. Pilots flew in difficult weather conditions both day and night, as well as elements of a complex and practiced aerobatics during the air battle,” the statement of the Ministry of Defense said.

Transport crew and special aviation associations transported to destinations more than 1.1 thousand tonnes of cargo and more than 6 thousand troops.

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ISIS’s Command and Control

ISIS's Command and Control, courtesy of NYT.
ISIS’s Command and Control, courtesy of NYT.

ISIS has a sophisticated command and control structure which taps the networks of members of AQI, Saddam Hussein’s Baathist Party, and former inmates from Camp Bucca. The key leader is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who is now operating under the name of Caliph Ibrahim. He is assisted in his governance with as Shura Council, including:

Abu Muslim al Afari al Turkmani

Abu Ali al Anbari

Abu Arkan al Amiri

Omar al Shishani

Abu Ayman al Iraqi

Abu Muhammad al Adnani

Abu al Athir Amr al Absi

Other key leaders on thematic issues include:

  • Fares Reif al Naima – Chief Quatermaster

  • Abu Yahya al Iraqi – Chief Bodyguard

  • Abdul Rahman al Afari – Veteran Affairs

  • Khairy Abed Mahmoud al Taey – Explosives Expert

  • Abdulla Ahmad al-Mishhadani – Facilitator

  • Abu Safwan al-Rifai – Chief of Military Intelligence

Check out:

NYT. “How ISIS Works.” http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/09/16/world/middleeast/how-isis-works.html?_r=0

PBS. “Who Runs the Islamic State?” http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/iraq-war-on-terror/rise-of-isis/who-runs-the-islamic-state/

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