The Idiocy/Ineptitude/Flat-Out Corruption of Our National Security Apparatus- Seriously, It’s Embarrassing…
Part of case against FBI mosque spying dismissed
SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER, Associated Press, By SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER,
Updated 9:01 p.m., Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The key informant in the case, civilian Craig Monteilh, turned against the FBI and described how the agency taught him to ingratiate himself into the religious community to secretly gather cellphone number and email addresses and to record conversations.
In return for pay from the FBI, Monteilh said that from 2006 to 2007 he presented himself as a Muslim convert at various Islamic community centers, and recorded hundreds of hours of Muslim gatherings in homes, businesses and mosques in Orange County.
Monteilh claimed the FBI even told him to talk openly about jihad in an attempt to solicit terrorist sentiments from community members.
Carney said his ruling was based on the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act, known as FISA, which was enacted in 1978 to outline legal surveillance and search of people believed to be engaged in espionage or terrorism against the United States.
High Explosives Awardee Announced To Firm Of Former TSA Head
James Smith, Contributor
Federal Business Online has announced that American Homeland Security Consulting Group, LLC has been awarded $56,994 to provide the Transportation Security Administration 700 pounds of High Grade Ammonium Nitrate and 700 pounds of RDX, both high explosives that have been used in terror attacks around the world.
The American Homeland Security Consulting Group is a professional services agency comprised of former Federal agents of the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security, Justice and Treasury.
We employ a network of former ATF, Customs, DEA, FBI, ICE, IRS and Secret Service agents, as well as noted experts on homeland security, executive protection, vulnerability assessments and critical infrastructure protection. Our personnel can be deployed anywhere in the U.S. to assist with your security needs.
We have a Rapid Response Team (RRT) comprised of former federal agents who are authorized to carry firearms pursuant to the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004. These RRT personnel can be deployed to assist both the public and private sectors in the event of a major disaster or terrorist act.
We have employment opportunities for retired Federal law enforcement officers who would like to continue to utilize their expertise gained from many years of experience while keeping our nation safe.
We are seeking government contracts on a Federal, State and local level with regards to Homeland security and Critical Infrastructure Protection.
But the underlying question that is very “suspicious” is this: Where are they getting the explosives?
The question is then, who are they? From their website again:
We can support Federal, State or local governments or the Private Sector in Securing the Homeland.
We have a Rapid Response Team of former federal agents on staff who are qualified and authorized to carry firearms pursuant to the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004 (P.L. 108-277) and can be deployed at a moments notice to assist you in your security needs.
We can provide corporate security consulting. We can conduct vulnerability assessments of your facilities and develop comprehensive security plans.
We can provide expert witness and legal support services. Our personnel are available to testify as expert witnesses, assist in case preparation, review investigative reports, interview witnesses and assist in trial preparation.
We can provide security consulting services to colleges, universities and private schools. We can also offer training to your personnel with regards to security issues.
We can provide pre-employment screening of candidates for Executive Positions to verify their credentials.
The firm is an administrative firm who can provide security when needed.
This does not help the credibility of the Department of Homeland Security or the TSA. It looks like a kickback to old friends and former colleagues.
According to their website, Mr. Gordon is the President and Chief Operating Officer who has held positions within the US Departments of Homeland Security, Justice and Treasury.
Mr. Gordon’s LinkedIn account shows:
Ass’t Federal Security Director for Law Enforcement
Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Government Administration industry
2004 – 2007 (3 years)
Chief law enforcement officer for TSA in Maryland. Coordinated law enforcement operations that impacted the nation’s transportation systems. Met with Federal, State and local law enforcement officials regarding potential terrorist acts impacting air, rail, maritime and other transportation entities.
Congress should hold hearings into this arrangement. I question the legality of such an arrangement and so should they.
National guardsman gave Florida Nazi group combat trainings to prepare for ‘race war’
A former US National Guardsman trained a white supremacist group on AK-47 assault rifle and fighting techniques, to help them prepare for an expected race war. The guardsman eventually became a white supremacist group member himself.
The Missouri guardsman, identified as Spc. Ryan Riley by the St. Louis-Post Dispatch, provided military training for the American Front, a “militia-styled, anti-Semitic, white supremacist, skinhead organization (that) is a known domestic terrorist organization,” according to court documents.
The 28-year-old Riley traveled to Florida and provided the racist group with military training in July 2011 using a pistol, an assault rifle and 200 rounds of ammo.
The leader of the white supremacist group, Marcus Faella, also provided 12 AK-47-style rifles for members of the group to use. After the training, the guardsman himself was initiated into the hate group.
Riley told court investigators that while serving the Army in Iraq in 2008, he “became interested in protecting the White race.”
Eleven members of the American Front were also arrested in May for planning acts of violence and preparing for “an inevitable race war.” They were subsequently charged with hate crimes, conspiracy and paramilitary training in furtherance of a civil disorder.
The guardsman is cooperating with authorities investigating his ties to the white supremacist group.
Investigators are looking into e-mail and text message correspondence Riley had with white supremacists, as well as looking at blog posts he wrote for skinhead websites.
The man also exchanged messages with the leader of the American Front, who wanted the guardsman to provide the group with firearms, survival and medical training.
Court documents show that Faella was also trying to make ricin, a highly poisonous powder that can kill a human with just a few grains of salt.
While Riley claims to have had second thoughts about his involvement with the white supremacist group after the weekend of military training, he continued to answer the group’s questions regarding the use of firearms. He also corresponded with the white supremacist groups Hammerskins, Volksfront and Blood & Honor.
The National Guardsman’s involvement with white supremacy groups is particularly alarming after a US Army veteran with ties to white supremacists killed six people in a shooting at a Sikh temple last week.
“Outside every major military installation, you will have at lease two or three active neo-Nazi organizations actively trying to recruit on-duty personnel,” a former white power skinhead in the US Marines told CNN.
The military is investigating extremist activity within its branches, which Riley and gunman Wade Michael Page have brought into the media spotlight.
Chicago-area Islamic school targeted with homemade explosive
By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, August 13, 2012 21:52 EDT
A homemade bomb was thrown at an Islamic school in a suburb of Chicago on Sunday night, according to the Chicago Tribune.
About 50 worshipers in Lombard, including a few children, heard a loud bang during a Ramadan prayer service and discovered that a plastic bottle filled with household chemicals had been thrown at the window of the school. No one was injured by the bottle bomb.
Lombard police are looking for potential suspects.
“Anyone who knows anyone involved or has heard anyone talking about it should call us,” Pat Rollins, deputy Lombard police chief, said. “We’re going to need the public’s assistance unless someone steps forward.”
It was the second incident targeting an Illinois Muslim organization over the past few days.
On Friday night, a man shot at a Muslim Education Center in Morton Grove with a high-velocity air rifle, narrowly missing a security guard. David Conrad was arrested on Saturday and charged with three counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm, a class X felony. He also faces one count of criminal damage to property, a class 4 felony.
“These and other incidents of anti-Muslim bigotry are occurring in an atmosphere of hate resulting from inflammatory statements by elected officials nationwide,” said CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab. The organization suggested some of the blame lies with Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), who recent warned that radical Islam was “a real threat.”
“One thing I’m sure of is that there are people in this country – there is a radical strain of Islam in this country – it’s not just over there – trying to kill Americans every week,” Walsh said during a town hall meeting. “It is a real threat, and it is a threat that is much more at home now than it was after 9/11.”
“It’s here. It’s in Elk Grove. It’s in Addison. It’s in Elgin. It’s here,” he remarked, adding that the next 9/11 attack was “not a matter of if. It’s a matter of when.”
In response to CAIR’s criticism, Walsh said the Muslim advocacy group was tied to “Hamas and other terrorist organizations.”
JFK’s $100 mln security system breached by a jet-skier
After sinking his jet ski, a 31-year-old man was forced to swim to the only lights he saw on shore. Wearing a bright yellow life jacket, the man penetrated John F. Kennedy airport, bypassing the $100 million security system.
The young man’s journey began after a Friday night of partying and drinking with friends, which led to a race across Jamaica Bay on jet skis.
But after Daniel Casillo’s friends sped away and his jet ski began to sink, he had no choice but to swim three miles to the lit-up JFK airport runway.
Soaking wet, Casillo made it to shore, bypassing a sophisticated system of motion sensors and closed-circuit cameras and climbing an eight-foot barbed-wire perimeter fence meant to protect against terrorists and other national security threats.
Still wearing his life jacket, the young man then walked into a terminal and approached a Delta Airlines worker, who was startled and called the authorities.
But rather than help the stranded jet skier, police immediately arrested the young man and charged him with criminal trespass.
“I think he should be given dinner and a bottle of champagne for showing us our faults,” said NYPD veteran and former MTA deputy security director for counterterrorism, Nicholas Casale, in an interview with ABC News.
“It’s outrageous,” Casale added. “Why in 2012 do we not have a security system throughout our airports?”
In early 2011, New York’s Port Authority was criticized for failing to maintain its perimeter fence adjacent to JFK Airport. A snow storm took down part of the fence, leaving part of a runway exposed and vulnerable to terrorists and trespassers.
“Security was never compromised and the area was secure and is secure,” a Port Authority spokesman told the New York Post.
But a year and a half later, the airport is once again under scrutiny. The $100 million security system could not even keep out a wet and exhausted jet skier with its protective fence. The Port Authority has increased its police presence “with round the clock patrols of the facility’s perimeter and increased patrols by boat of the surrounding waterway,” a Port Authority official told ABC.
But rather than use Castillo’s “break-in” to improve its security equipment, Castillo faces an unfortunate criminal trespassing charge and Port Authority faces embarrassment for its lack of security.
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