If we had a responsible media, they would report more of the positive developments in light of the terror attack. The jihadists were the end of the line. By drawing them out, we exposed their network. And because we secured the perimeter, we were able to expose the network without getting anyone killed. The FBI are now going after the sources. They are gleaning intel from their computers as we speak. We smoked out a terror structure.
The FBI has put more American terror suspects under constant surveillance following the attack deadly on a “Draw Muhammad” competition.
Every city across US had “subjects of concern.”
The military is taking the threat seriously enough to raise the threat level to one of the highest levels it has reached since 911.
“FBI orders more US terror suspects be put under 24/7 surveillance in wake of ‘Draw Muhammad’ event shooting,” Daily Mail, May 8, 2015
Bureau believed to be keeping eye on ‘marginal’ and ‘borderline’ suspects
One official suggested the attack had created a sense of ‘panic’ and ‘crisis’
Another suggested every city across US had ‘subjects of concern’
US Military also stepped up security at bases to highest level in four years
The FBI has put more American terror suspects under constant surveillance following the attack deadly on a ‘Draw Muhammad’ competition.
Gunmen Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi stormed the controversial competition in Garland, Texas, on Sunday while carrying explosives before they were shot dead by police.
Their actions have prompted the agency to keep a closer eye on ‘marginal’ or ‘borderline’ suspects in a bid to stop potential threats.
Reports suggest Simpson was under the FBI’s radar and had tipped off Garland Police three hours before he arrived at the Curtis Culwell Center in the Dallas suburb.
The FBI has put more terror suspects under constant surveillance following the attack on a ‘Draw Muhammad’ competition in Garland, Texas, which left two gunmen dead and a security guard wounded
A senior official told ABC News: ‘We do not want to risk another marginal, homegrown extremist who was viewed as dangerous going active.’
Another senior official told the station there was a sense of ‘panic’ and ‘crisis’ inside the bureau as their infrastructure is ill-equipped to deal with the flow of homegrown terrorists.
One other suggested that ‘every city has a subject or subjects of concern’.
The FBI had already identified the contest as a potential target for violence because of its incendiary nature.
Simpson, previously convicted in a terrorism-related investigation, had come under new federal scrutiny in recent months related to online posts expressing interest in jihad.
When the FBI learned that he could be heading toward the event, the agency sent an intelligence bulletin to police in Garland, including a picture and other information, ‘even though we didn’t have reason to believe that he was going to attack the event.
In fact, we didn’t have reason to believe that he had left Phoenix,’ Comey said.
The FBI had been monitoring the event, even establishing a command post at its Dallas field office, based on concerns about the potential for violence. Drawings such as the ones featured at the event are deemed insulting to many followers of Islam and have sparked violence around the world.
Mainstream Islamic tradition holds that any physical depiction of the Prophet Muhammad, even a respectful one, is blasphemous and is punishable by the death penalty in Sharia Law.
Earlier today it was announced U.S. military has increased the threat level at bases across North America to its highest point in four years.
It means citizens will see more random bag and vehicle checks in the coming weeks and ‘heightened vigilance’ at airports.
Gunmen Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi stormed the controversial competition in Garland, Texas, on Sunday while they were carrying explosives before they were shot dead by police. Reports suggest the FBI were aware of the pair before the attack
Though officials insist there is no specific threat to the nation, Army Col Steve Warren conceded the recent shoot-out at an anti-Muslim cartoon contest in Texas contributed to the decision.
On Thursday Peter Bergen of the New America Foundation think tank told a Senate hearing Sunday’s attack was a sign of things to comer in terms of homegrown terrorism.
‘Sunday’s attack is a harbinger of what we will see in the future.’
Authorities are investigating whether the pair were connected to ISIS, but there is no evidence either men travelled to Syria or Iraq.
The success of Islamic State in using social media as a recruiting tool was outlined at the hearing.
‘Its innovative and aggressive approach has afforded it an unprecedented level of success, and its activities will likely provide a template for future extremist initiatives,’ said J.M. Berger, an analyst at the Brookings Institution think tank.
Among more traditional recruiting methods, Islamic State has pursued purely online recruiting initiatives, he testified.
Berger said the militant group’s supporters online had openly urged attacks on Sunday’s event featuring Mohammad cartoons, which are considered offensive by many Muslims.
But it is extremely difficult to anticipate when such online ‘noise’ will translate into a specific attack, he said.
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