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How are we to protect ourselves against lone Muslim attackers

Syrian Refugee Wielding Machete Kills Woman

http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/syrian-refugee-wielding-machete...

This is just the latest attack by a lone assailant claiming to be a Muslim. With ISIS and other groups telling Muslims around the world to attack people from countries who are thought to be the enemy of Islam. this and others around the world  have attacked people by themselves either in a truck or using axes and knives. How do we, who live amongst Muslims trust our neighbors when we go amidst them. I know that the vast majority of Muslims don't act in this way but a small number are. So how do we defend ourselves against such attacks.

Munich, Wuerzburg, Nice, London, Garde Colombe, Australia. and many more. These are not the big attacks committed by many they are usually done by sole attackers. So what do we do to protect ourselves.  

  

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Comment by Stephen on January 4, 2017 at 7:06am

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Christian Woman Stabbed By Afghan Migrant 'For Reading From The Bible'

A Christian woman has reportedly been stabbed in Austria in an asylum seeker residence after a migrant overheard her reading from the Bible.

The Metro newspaper reports that a 22-year-old man became angry after hearing the woman, aged 50, read from the Bible, and proceeded to stab her in the chest.

She was protected from serious injury by her winter coat, although the force from the blow caused her to fall backwards, injuring her ear. 

The attack took place in the kitchen of an accommodation for asylum seekers in Timelkam in Voecklamarkt in Upper Austria, where the unnamed woman and her husband had been invited by Christian residents to discuss the Bible.

The Metro reports that the man told police he was suffering from "personal problems" and is now being held in Wels Prison in Upper Austria, around 22 miles away from the residence. 

The attack comes at a time of nervousness across Europe around the issue of migration as the region has seen an influx of migrants from Syria and Iraq in recent years.  

Austria recently said it would cap the asylum threshold in 2017 at 35,000 after taking in 90,000 asylum seekers in 2015.   

Germany's Angela Merkel in particular has faced a backlash against her 'open door' policy.  Feelings were heightened again after the shocking rape-murder of 19-year-old medical student Maria Ladenburger in Freiburg in October last year.  An Afghan asylum seeker was arrested in connection with the murder in December.

In a touching memorial notice for their daughter in the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper, her parents wrote: "Maria was for 19 years a singular ray of sunshine for our family, and that she will remain.  We thank God for this gift, that he made you with us. We are sure that she is safe with him."

The issue of migration is closely connected to concerns around security, as western European nations struggle to deal with an unprecedented wave of terrorist attacks.  Last month, an ISIS-inspired terrorist drove a truck into a busy Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12. 

In July 2016, two Islamic State militants stormed a church in Rouen, northern France, and murdered the priest, Fr Jacques Hamel, in front of horrified congregants.

Comment by Chris on December 21, 2016 at 11:35pm

How are we to protect ourselves against lone Muslim attackers?

A kook with the Lorry plays itself over and over again.

There are plenty of examples of this.

Police identify 24-year-old woman accused of hitting almost 40 peop...

Comment by Stephen on December 20, 2016 at 12:25am

Berlin Breitscheidplatz: Lorry kills 12 at Christmas market

Security sources cited by the German news agency DPA said that the driver of the truck was an asylum seeker from Afghanistan or Pakistan who had arrived in Germany in February.

Read more= http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-38373867

Comment by Chris on December 13, 2016 at 8:02am

Sorry to take so long to read about Ahmad Khan Rahami, a kookie Islamist.

Dylan Roof was a kook who had photographs of himself with guns and the Confederate flag.

His massacre is known as the Charleston church shooting

The Charleston church shooting (also known as the Charleston church massacre[6][7][8]) was a mass shooting that took place at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown CharlestonSouth Carolina, United States, on the evening of June 17, 2015. During a prayer service, nine people were killed by a gunman, including the senior pastor, state senatorClementa C. Pinckney; a tenth victim survived. The morning after the attack, police arrested a suspect, later identified as 21-year-old Dylann Roof, in Shelby, North Carolina. Roof later confessed that he committed the shooting in hopes of igniting a race war.

The United States Department of Justice investigated whether the shooting was a hate crime or an act of domestic terrorism, eventually indicting Roof on 33 federal hate crime charges. Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church is one of the United States' oldest black churches and has long been a site for community organization around civil rights. Roof is to be indicted on federal hate crime charges, and has been charged with nine counts of murder by the State of South Carolina. If convicted, he could face a sentence of death or thirty years to life in prison. A website apparently published by Roof included a manifestodetailing his beliefs on race, as well as several photographs showing him posing with emblems associated with white supremacy. Roof's photos of the Confederate battle flag triggered debate on its modern display. In November 2016, Roof was declared competent to stand trial for the crimes.[9]

More in the above link about the Charleston church shooting.

The FBI has a report about Terrorism 2002/2005

The PDF is https://www.fbi.gov/file-repository/stats-services-publications-ter...

Bar graph showing terrorism incidents in the U.S. from 1980-2005. 318 incidents shown, 1982 highest point and 1994-95 lowest.

This graphic bar chart showing the terrorist incidents in the United States 1980-2005. 318 incidents showing the number of incidents each year, with 1982 being the highest at 51 incidents and the lowest two years in 1994-1995 each having one incident.

This table shows the terrorist incidents in the United States 1980-2005
1980 29
1981 42
1982 51
1983 31
1984 14
1985 7
1986 25
1987 9
1988 9
1989 4
1990 7
1991 5
1992 4
1993 12
1994 1
1995 1
1996 3
1997 3
1998 6
1999 11
2000 8
2001 14
2002 8
2003 6
2004 5
2005 5
Total

318 terrorist incidents

Terrorist activity by region 1980-2005. The graphic of map of the USA in 5 regions

Casualties of Terrorism 1980-2005. Wounded 14,038. Killed 3,178. Total: 17,216. Bar chart shows numbers for each year with high “spikes” for the years 1993, 1995, 1996, and 2001.

Casualties of Terrorism 1980-2005. Wounded 14,038. Killed 3,178. Total: 17,216. Bar chart shows numbers for each year with high “spikes” for the years 1993, 1995, 1996, and 2001.

This table shows Casualties of Terrorism from 1980-2005
     
  Wounded Killed
1980 19 1
1981 4 1
1982 26 7
1983 4 6
1984 0 0
1985 10 2
1986 19 1
1987 0 0
1988 0 0
1989 0 0
1990 0 0
1991 0 0
1992 0 0
1993 1042 6
1994 3 1
1995 754 168
1996 112 2
1997 13 0
1998 2 1
1999 13 3
2000 0 0
2001 *12,017 2977
2002 0 2
2003 0 0
2004 0 0
2005 0 0
     
Total *14,038 3178

*The FBI uses 12,017 as an estimate for the number of those injured as a result of September 11 attack; the exact number is unknown. Seventeen persons were infected by and recovered from exposure to the anthrax mailings during September-November 2001.

 

FBI Priorities 

Three factors influence the ranking of priorities: the significance of the threat to the security of the United States; the priority the American public places upon the threat; and the degree to which addressing the threat falls most exclusively within the FBI’s jurisdiction. In executing the following priorities, the FBI produces and uses intelligence to protect the nation from threats and to bring to justice those who violate the law.

1. Protect the United States from terrorist attack. 
2. Protect the United States against foreign intelligence operations and espionage. 
3. Protect the United States against cyber-based attacks and high-technology crimes. 
4. Combat public corruption at all levels. 
5. Protect civil rights. 
6. Combat transnational and national criminal organizations and enterprises. 
7. Combat major white-collar crime. 
8. Combat significant violent crime.
9. Support federal, state, municipal, and international partners. 
10. Upgrade technology to successfully perform the FBI’s mission.

As the top priority, counterterrorism receives first consideration throughout the Bureau in the allocation of funding, physical space, resources, and the hiring and training of personnel.

The current shape of the Counterterrorism Division reflects the complexity of terrorism as the United States currently faces it, with branches, sections, and units that focus upon domestic terrorism, different global regions of international terrorist activity, and terrorists’ methods of operation, finance, and communication. This reorganization supports the Bureau’s current strategic mission of preventing terrorist attacks while preserving the civil liberties of all American citizens. This strategic mission also identifies the Bureau’s law enforcement and domestic intelligence leadership roles within the U.S. Intelligence Community. In these leadership capacities, the FBI defines the domestic and international terrorism threats to the Homeland, contributes to the Intelligence Community in its evaluation of those threats, and provides investigative and crisis response in the event a terrorist attack does occur. Many of the organizational changes, developments in strategic mission, and the initiatives discussed below anticipated the recommendations made in July 2004, when the 9/11 Commission published its endorsement of the FBI’s continuing role in terrorism prevention and urged the Bureau to institutionalize and cultivate its expertise in intelligence and national security.12

12National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States, The 9/11 Commission Report, 423-27.


Focus on Prevention

One of the most effective weapons in the prevention of terrorist attacks involves the gathering, analysis, and dissemination of intelligence and the full integration of that intelligence into investigations, operations, and crisis response. To this end, in December 2001, the FBI merged the counterterrorism analytical activities of the Investigative Services Division into the Counterterrorism Division and established the Office of Intelligence to cultivate the division’s analytical workforce and develop information-sharing policies. In response to the IRTPA and a subsequent Presidential directive, the FBI redesignated the Office of Intelligence as the Directorate of Intelligence and, in September 2005, incorporated it into the newly created National Security Branch, which oversees all of the Bureau’s national intelligence programs, projects, activities, and workforce.

Domestically through its field offices, and internationally through its Legat offices, the FBI has a significant infrastructure in place by which to gather intelligence. Although the FBI has traditionally employed its intelligence analysts in “tactical,” or case-specific support capacities, the mandate to prevent acts of terrorism has led the FBI to develop a professional corps of analysts who study broader terrorism trends and assess priority threats at the “strategic,” or predictive, level. In 2002, the Counterterrorism Division established an Analytical Branch to develop actionable and strategic intelligence for FBI field offices, the U.S. Intelligence Community, and domestic and international law enforcement partners. In September 2003, the FBI established Field Intelligence Groups in each of its field offices to analyze and direct the collection of information, and ensure its appropriate dissemination.

Focus on Partnerships

The timely two-way flow of information between appropriate federal, state, and local partners is a key element in dismantling terrorist organizations and eliminating threats. Whereas the primary consumer of FBI intelligence used to be its field offices, FBI agents and analysts now regularly communicate with the larger U.S. Intelligence Community and other federal agencies, law enforcement partners at the state and local levels, and private and public sectors of society. At the federal level, a new, multi-agency National Joint Terrorism Task Force (NJTTF) was integrated into the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters in June 2002. Staffed by representatives from more than 40 federal, state, and local agencies, the NJTTF coordinates the flow of information between its participating entities and over 100 JTTFs that were in place nationwide by the end of 2005. In addition, the FBI details agents and analysts to numerous federal agencies, including the CIA, National Security Agency, National Security Council, Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of Homeland Security, and the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). 13

13The Terrorist Threat Integration Center (TTIC) was established by presidential directive and became operational on May 1, 2003. NCTC replaced TTIC on December 6, 2004.


In response to HSPD-2, the Attorney General established the Foreign Terrorist Tracking Task Force (FTTTF) to track and identify terrorists and, on August 6, 2002, consolidated the task force into the FBI. In addition to its federal agency participants, the FTTTF maintains a close liaison with foreign intelligence and law enforcement services. In another terrorist tracking initiative, on September 16, 2003, the President directed the Attorney General, Secretary of Homeland Security, Secretary of State, and Director of Central Intelligence to develop the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) to consolidate information from terrorist watch lists and provide 24-hour, seven-day-a-week operational support for law enforcement, consular officers, and other officials. The TSC began operations on December 1, 2003.

An example of interagency cooperation led by the FBI involves the analysis of improvised explosive devices (IEDs)—a technology used in most of the terrorist attacks against U.S. citizens and interests during the past five years. These explosives often reflect the unique characteristics, or signature, of the terrorist organizations or individuals who made them. In December 2003 the FBI Laboratory began preliminary operations of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC) to coordinate and manage a national effort to gather and analyze information on IEDs recovered both inside and outside the United States. TEDAC uses the knowledge gained from its analysis to assist in the investigation of terrorist bombing attacks, to develop countermeasures to defeat IEDs, and to train first-responders in terrorist IED techniques.

Shortly after the events of September 11, 2001, the FBI undertook several initiatives to integrate state and local law enforcement into counterterrorism operations. On February 27, 2002, the Counterterrorism Division issued its first weekly FBI Intelligence Bulletin to provide actionable terrorism-related intelligence to law enforcement partners. The Bulletin currently reaches more than 60 federal agencies, all FBI field offices and Legats, and more than 18,000 state and local law enforcement agencies through secure communication systems. 14 Since September 11, 2001, the Counterterrorism Division has also disseminated Intelligence Assessments and several thousand Information Intelligence Reports to the U.S. Intelligence Community and appropriate state and local law enforcement entities. In spring 2002 the FBI created the Office of Law Enforcement Coordination (OLEC) as a liaison between the Bureau and other law enforcement organizations. In response to a USA PATRIOT Act mandate, the FBI has participated with other federal agencies in the State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training initiative (SLATT), which has raised the level of counterterrorism expertise and developed professional relationships among law enforcement partners.

14Beginning on August 6, 2004, the FBI began routinely disseminating bulletins jointly with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.


Global Focus

The investigation into the September 11, 2001, attack—which at its height involved more than 7,000 FBI agents and support personnel, including approximately 700 personnel deployed overseas—underscored the global nature of terrorism and the ability of terrorists to plan, finance, and conduct operations in a variety of countries around the world. The transition in recent decades from terrorism as a primarily domestic concern to one of global implications has led the FBI to develop its intelligence and law enforcement partnerships worldwide.

This has led to new initiatives and the cultivation of old ones, including the continued expansion of the Legat program and the offering of counterterrorism training to international law enforcement agencies at the National Academy at Quantico and International Law Enforcement Academies in Budapest, Hungary; Bangkok, Thailand; and Gaborone, Botswana. Other venues of international cooperation include FBI participation in the Group of 8, the Organization of American States, the NATO alliance, and chairing the International Association of Chiefs of Police Committee on Terrorism.

In October 2001 the FBI established a Most Wanted Terrorists List to engage the international public’s assistance in the war on terrorism. Set at 22 names, this list places a “global spotlight” on indicted terrorist suspects. Those who initially occupied the list took part in the 1985 hijacking of TWA flight 847, the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the “Manila Air” plot, the bombing of Khobar Towers, and the U.S. embassy bombings in East Africa. Usama Bin Ladin occupies a place on this list and on that of the FBI’s list of Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives.

Conclusion

During the first 75 years of its history the FBI encountered a predominantly domestic terrorist threat that underlay larger criminal trends. Between the World Wars, this threat came primarily from right-wing extremists, then shifted to left-wing, socialist-oriented groups beginning in the 1950s and continuing into the 1980s. In the early 1980s, international terrorism–sponsored primarily by states or organizations–began to impact US interests overseas and led to legislation that extended the FBI’s responsibilities to cover terrorist threats originating outside the United States and its territories. The 1990s saw a new era of domestic and international terrorism in which terrorists sought to inflict massive and indiscriminate casualties upon civilian populations. This threat grew as terrorists began to seek out unconventional weapons and weapons of mass destruction. The 1990s also saw the rise of terrorism pursued by loosely-affiliated extremists, with examples ranging from terrorists involved with domestic special interest causes to militants engaged in international jihad. These terrorism trends combined into the September 11, 2001, attack that has set in motion an international effort to counter the global terrorist threat and elevated counterterrorism to the FBI’s preeminent mission.

In his September 20, 2001, Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People, President Bush assured his audience that in the present conflict with terrorism, violence would be met with “patient justice.” The struggle against terrorism—especially that currently waged against al-Qa’ida—is one of endurance, and it is one in which the FBI is prepared to engage with unflagging persistence. Although the preeminent mission of protecting the United States from terrorist attack is changing the character of the FBI as a whole, an abiding strength of the FBI remains its tradition of excellence in vigorously investigating and prosecuting criminal acts. These traditional pursuits are essential to the disruption of terrorist activities, the dismantling of terrorist organizations, and, consequently, the prevention of future terrorist attacks. By combining a willingness to innovate with its traditional law enforcement responsibilities, the FBI continues to evolve in order to counter the varied forms of terrorism that threaten the interests and security of the United States.

 

35 Years of Terrorism

A timeline is at the end of the report.

 

Please read more about FBI reports of terrorism in the link above.https://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/terrorism-2002-2005

Comment by Chris on December 13, 2016 at 5:42am

Lone Muslim attackers seem to be an over inflated worry in the news media. 

As I posted before more people die from food poisoning 

Americans Are 110 Times More Likely to Die from Contaminated Food T...

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The odds of dying for factual numbers not hype.

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Beware of Toddlers.

According to the Washington Post, our nation's nurseries are housing more than just unbearable levels of cuteness: Twenty-three people have been shot by toddlers in the U.S. since the start of 2016 — exactly 23 more than have been shot by Muslim terrorists over the same period.

The Southern Poverty Law Center tracks hate groups in the U.S. Notice that there are no Islamic terrorist cells on the U.S. map.

I used to communicate with a person on an atheist group on the internet. She had a great sense of humor and sarcasm. When replying about something I posted she would say something to the effect of Chris (White) wrote.....

If every criminal's religious, cultural, and ethnic background was reported per capita what do you think the results would be?

Perhaps a more important question is "How do we protect ourselves against Fascism?"

 

Comment by Stephen on November 29, 2016 at 6:48pm

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Comment by Chris on October 29, 2016 at 3:13am

ISIS and their calophate needs to be quelled.

How to do it?

Comment by Chris on September 28, 2016 at 3:55am

How to fuck up a region? Bomb them into what may be called oblivion as though that works.

Gee one of the advisors to Trump, what's his name? The former attorney general and mayor of New York Rudolph (the red nose) Guillani who doesn't know what blow back is.

He's even dumber than "The Donald."


Which of the Republican candidates said the U.S. should turn the sand into glass (by using nuclear bombs? Wasn't that Ted Cruz?
Comment by Chris on September 28, 2016 at 3:48am

Eat North African food and enjoy the culture they provide.

While ignoring (The U.S.'s) Hillaries, Frances, Germans and etcetera's drive to disrupt Lybia and the Wests drive to unsettle that reigion of the world.

Gee who would have thought that overthrowing Lybia would have oppened up the armories to ISIS?

It's incomprehensible to me that no one in the governments that bombed Lybia would have thought that perhaps it would have allowed ISIS access to the armories.

Even the 1960's situational comedy Gomer Pyle may have had the forsight of the implication of that additonal mistake -as though invading Afghanistan and Iraq wasn't enough.

Perhaps as planned by "W" Syria made the hit list accidentally.

Thankfully President Obama along with the current Secretary of State John Kerry seems to have taken Iran off of "W''s  list of Middle Eastern destability.

Comment by Chris on September 28, 2016 at 3:43am

Another good idea might be to transfer from an oil based economy  rapage of the planet to an environmentally efficient economy.

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