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Archive for April, 2012

Medunjanin “ready” to kill in New York plot: prosecutor – Chicago Tribune

On April 26, 2012 the Chicago Tribune reported that the trial of suspected terrorist Adis Medunjanin came to a close on Thursday.  According to the article, Assistant U.S. Attorney James Loonam argued in his closing argument that Medunjanin was "ready and willing to sacrifice himself to kill."  Medunjanin is facing a life sentence on nine […]

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White House threatens veto of CISPA cybersecurity bill – MSNBC

On April 25, 2012 reported that the White House threatened to veto the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), a House cybersecurity bill.  According to the article, the Obama Administration believes that the bill, "[d]esigned to defend critical U.S. industries and corporate networks from electronic attacks by foreign governments, cybercriminals and terrorist groups" […]

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Apr 26th, 2012 Current Affairs

No credible threat of attack on anniversary of bin Laden’s death – CNN

On April 26, 2012 CNN's national security blog reported that a bulletin distributed by the FBI, Homeland Security, and Northern Command announced there is "no credible information" that terrorists will attempt an attack to "coincide with the upcoming one-year anniversary of the U.S. raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden."  While the intelligence […]

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Apr 26th, 2012 Inteligence

Women found on both sides of terrorism fight – CNN

According to an April 20, 2012 article on CNN's national security blog, women are increasingly playing a more significant role on both sides of terrorism.  According to Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the State Department, "[n]o fewer than 50 suicide attacks have been carried out by women in the past seven years."  The article […]

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Apr 24th, 2012 Inteligence

Intel influx leads to increased U.S. strikes in Yemen – CNN

On April 19, 2012, CNN's national security blog reported that officials attribute the increasing number of drone attacks in Yemen to "[i]mproved intelligence about the leadership of the al Qaeda movement in that country."  According to CNN sources, the U.S. maintains various modes of intelligence inside Yemen, including both manned fighter jets and UAVs.  Furthermore, […]

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Top Yemeni militant killed in strike – CNN

On April 24, 2012 CNN's national security blog reported that Mohammed Saeed Al-Umda, also known as Ghareeb Al-Taizi, was killed last week in Yemen.  The kill was announced by the Yemeni Embassy in Washington.  The embassy did not state whether Al-Umda was killed by a drone or even which which country carried out the attack.  […]

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Military reworking spy operations – CNN

On April 24, 2012 CNN's national security blog reported that the U.S. military is reworking its spying program to "better focus on threats off the battlefield."  Accoring to Pentagon officials, the new approach would focus on human intelligence conducted by U.S. military spies and assets would be shared by the intelligence community.  The new program, […]

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Homegrown terrorist Bryant Neal Vinas shows his face in Brooklyn – CBS

On April 23, 2012 reported that Bryant Neal Vinas, a convicted American al Qaeda operative, testified during the trial of suspected terrorist, Adis Medunjanin.  Vinas, who pleaded guilty to three terrorism charges, is cooperating with the federal government in hopes of a reduced sentence. While Vinas never met Medunjanin, CBS reports that Vinas testified […]

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Witness Describes Bomb-Making Process for Thwarted Subway Plot – NY Times

On the second day of his testimony, the New York Times reported that Najibullah Zazi, a government witness in its case against suspected terrorist Adis Medunjanin, continued to testify how he, Medunjanin and Zarein Ahmedzay planned to blow up the New York City subway.  Zazi and Ahmedzay have pleaded guilty to their respective charges and […]

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2 African men admit drug dealing in support of terrorists – Washington Post

On April 17, 2012 the Washington Post reported that two men from Mali have admitted to engaging in drug dealing in support of al-Qaida and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.  Both groups are designated foreign terrorist organizations.  According to the article, the two men, Harouna Toure and Idriss Abdelrahman, were "charged with agreeing to […]

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