• Terrorist Plot in New York City Thwarted Before Labor Day Weekend

    Law enforcement arrested a 19-year-old New York man before the Labor Day weekend and charged him with plotting a terrorist attack in New York City. It was the 114th Islamist terrorist plot or attack against the U.S. homeland.

    Authorities gave this account:

    The man, identified as Awais Chudhary of Queens, New York, contacted an undercover law enforcement agent who was acting as a supporter of the Islamic State terrorist group, or ISIS, in the week leading up to the holiday weekend.

    Chudhary communicated his desire to “conduct a stabbing or bombing on behalf of ISIS.”

    He asked the undercover agent for information about the best type of knife for a stabbing spree.… Read More...

  • The FBI Foiled 2 Terror Plots in 2 Weeks. Here’s What Happened.

    The FBI Foiled 2 Terror Plots in 2 Weeks. Here’s What Happened.

    On Jan. 7, Ismail Hamed brandished a knife against an Arizona police officer and was shot after refusing to comply with orders to drop the weapon.

    On Jan. 16, Hasher Jallal Taheb was arrested in Georgia by the FBI for planning an attack against various sites in Washington, D.C., specifically targeting the White House.

    Both men were driven by violent Islamist ideology, making
    these cases the 106th and 107th Islamist terror plots or attacks against the
    U.S. homeland since 9/11.

    Hamed’s
    attempted terrorist attack
    began when he called 911 on Jan. 7 and
    requested to meet with a police officer, while stating that he had a terrorist
    ideology.

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  • Why Privatizing Airport Security Is Good for American Taxpayers and Their Security

    Why Privatizing Airport Security Is Good for American Taxpayers and Their Security

    The flu season isn’t the only thing keeping some Transportation Security Administration agents out of work. As the partial government shutdown rolls on, TSA paychecks aren’t coming in, and more agents are calling in “sick” as a result.

    On Monday, the TSA reported a nationwide absence rate of 6.8 percent. That’s far higher than the absence rate of 2.5 percent, which was reported on the same day one year ago.

    Noticeably, some airports are doing fine and still
    paying airport screeners despite the government shutdown. San Francisco
    International Airport, for example, is able to operate
    as normal
    because it is one of 22 airports in the U.S.

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  • Plot Against Toledo Synagogues Is the 105th Islamist Terror Plot or Attack

    Plot Against Toledo Synagogues Is the 105th Islamist Terror Plot or Attack

    In early December, an FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force in Ohio arrested 21-year-old Damon Joseph for planning an attack on a synagogue in Toledo, Ohio. Joseph was inspired by ISIS, making this the 105th Islamist terror plot or attack since 9/11 against the U.S. homeland.

    Law enforcement first located Joseph on social media where he made posts of weapons and in support of ISIS.

    Undercover agents contacted Joseph and he sent them ISIS propaganda and recruitment literature. He expressed support for violent “martyrdom operations” in the U.S. and following the attack on the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue in October.

    Joseph expressed interest in carrying out a similar attack.

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  • Terror Plot 104 Targets the Fourth of July

    Terror Plot 104 Targets the Fourth of July

    On July 1, the FBI arrested Demetrius Pitts for planning a terrorist attack in Cleveland on the Fourth of July. This plot was the 104th Islamist terror plot or attack against the U.S. homeland since 9/11 and the 91st plot or attack that was homegrown.

    The FBI first became aware of Pitts at the end of 2015 when he sent pro-terrorism Facebook messages to a political commentary show.

    Over the course of the next few years, he continued to post on social media, increasingly threatening violence against the U.S. The FBI began a deeper investigation that revealed his desire to conduct an attack in the U.S.

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  • Asylum Laws Must Remain Focused on the Persecuted

    Asylum Laws Must Remain Focused on the Persecuted

    Asylum has been in the news a good deal lately, most recently with Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision on Monday to restrict domestic and gang violence victims from receiving asylum in the U.S.

    While the decision has been attacked by various immigrant groups, a closer look at U.S. asylum law indicates this limitation was necessary to preserve our existing asylum and immigration laws.

    According to the Department of Homeland Security, asylum seekers must meet the same criteria as refugees—they must be “unable or unwilling to return to his or her country of nationality because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.”

    As a result, asylum is not open simply to anyone who is a victim of violence or coercion, but rather to victims of violence that is generally state-led or sponsored and that specifically targets members of a discrete group.

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  • Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen Shows That She Truly Understands Border Security

    Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen Shows That She Truly Understands Border Security

    Testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen schooled senators with her strong grasp of immigration enforcement and border security issues.

    Before what would become a heated exchange over her opposition to illegal immigration—because, you know, it’s the law—Nielsen in her opening statement explained what should be obvious to all:

    If you try to enter the country without authorization, you have broken the law. …  It is our policy that anyone crossing the border illegally will be detained and referred for prosecution. We will no longer exempt classes or groups of individuals from prosecution. …

     

    But our zero-tolerance policy and more funding for border security will only get us part way there.

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  • Case of Teen Planning to Attack Dallas Mall Is 90th Homegrown Terrorist Plot Since 9/11

    Case of Teen Planning to Attack Dallas Mall Is 90th Homegrown Terrorist Plot Since 9/11

    Earlier this week, 17-year-old Matin Azizi-Yarand was arrested for plotting a terrorist attack on a local mall near Dallas. This plot is the 103rd Islamist terror plot in the U.S. since 9/11.

    Significantly, Azizi-Yarand was radicalized here in the U.S., making this an act of homegrown terrorism. Unfortunately, he’s far from the only person to be radicalized in the United States. His planned attack is the 90th plot or attack that was significantly or entirely homegrown.

    Swearing allegiance to ISIS, Azizi-Yarand carefully planned the details of an attack with other individuals. What he didn’t realize was those other individuals were actually FBI undercover agents and informants.

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  • US Disaster Response Needs Deep Reform. Here's What Can Be Done.

    US Disaster Response Needs Deep Reform. Here’s What Can Be Done.

    Last year’s hurricane season was punishing. It left millions of Americans with damaged homes, businesses, and schools, requiring Congress to spend billions in disaster relief.

    Those hurricanes also exposed key deficiencies in our nation’s disaster relief apparatus. It is now clearer than ever that improvements must be made to the way we handle disaster relief.

    For instance, current law requires the federal government to provide at least 75 percent of disaster relief funding for presidentially designated disasters. This discourages state and local governments from taking the precautionary steps they should take to mitigate the impact of natural disasters. Instead, they rely too heavily on the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a range of natural disasters, making FEMA less prepared for large disasters when they strike.

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  • The Wall Is Not Enough. Here’s How to Solve Illegal Immigration.

    The Wall Is Not Enough. Here’s How to Solve Illegal Immigration.

    President Donald Trump held talks with leaders of both political parties on Tuesday to discuss a major agenda item for this year: immigration.

    This issue, specifically illegal immigration, is one that Trump has devoted great energy to since the early days of his campaign. And it’s one conservatives must make a top priority this year.

    We’ve made some important strides in this area. 2017 saw border crossings fall to their lowest level since 1971, thanks to the Trump administration’s policies. But there are still hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants trying to cross into the U.S.

    There are also hundreds of thousands of visitors to the U.S.

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  • Attempted New York Bombing Calls for Renewed Vigilance Against Homegrown Terrorism

    Attempted New York Bombing Calls for Renewed Vigilance Against Homegrown Terrorism

    The attempted suicide bombing by Akayed Ullah in New York on Monday is the 101st Islamist plot or attack against the U.S. homeland since 9/11.

    While the device did not succeed in causing the destruction that Ullah wished, the U.S. must redouble its commitment to stopping terrorists before they strike.

    Ullah came to the U.S. from Bangladesh in 2011 on a family-based green card. According to authorities, he began radicalizing in 2014 and began researching bomb-making in the past year. Ullah watched various pro-Islamic State materials during this time.

    Before the attack, he made several social media posts, including the statement, “[President Donald] Trump you failed to protect your nation,” and another indicating the attack was in the name of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

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