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Hundreds of School Attack Threats Nationwide

February 24, 2018
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On Feb 17th the following related Flash SMS message
was sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:

2/17 - Numerous copycat school attack threats nationwide since FL incident. Parents & students urged to follow school & police social media for fastest local updates.

What You Need To Know

On 8 occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices regarding safety and security matters. Most important for this update, last Saturday (the beginning of our reporting week) subscribers were notified of numerous copycat school attack threats nationwide since the Valentine's Day shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Latest Developments

According to the Educator's School Safety Network, as of Friday, Feb 23, there have been more than 350 “total incidents and threats,” with an average of 50 threats per day. Nationwide, dozens of individuals have been arrested as a result.

Late this week it was revealed that a total of FOUR Broward County Sheriff’s deputies were on scene during the shooting, but did not even attempt to enter the school. Instead, they took cover behind their vehicles with their weapons drawn.

Another interesting twist gaining momentum in the changing narrative of the Parkland incident are multiple interviews with students shortly after the attack who claim there was a second shooter involved. One particularly compelling account is linked below.

SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS AND RESOURCES
FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS

1. YOU AND YOUR CHILD SHOULD ALWAYS CARRY A CELL PHONE

You and your child should ALWAYS have a cell phone on your person, and in particular, a smart phone. If the school has restrictions, your child should have it anyways. Turned off, buried in their stuff, but they should have it. If the school discovers it and calls you, tell them they cannot deny you the ability to connect with or track your child. Make a stink and threaten litigation. They will back down.

For those families operating on strict budgets, inexpensive Android-based smartphones can be purchased online. Inexpensive pay as you go plans can be purchased at most drug and grocery stores. PRO TIP: Expensive phones and plans from major carriers are not necessary. Smaller, secondary carriers such as Boost, Cricket and MetroPCS are owned by, or lease network access from, the four major carriers. Shop carefully and make sure your child is aware of and abides by usage limits.

2. IF NETWORKS ARE JAMMED, USE TEXT (SMS) MSGS.

In Florida, cell service around the school was UNAVAILABLE for HOURS because so many people were trying to use their phones to make calls at the same time. The same situation happened on 9/11 in lower Manhattan, as well as in the location of most other significant terror attacks and disasters.

On the other hand, text (SMS) messages would go through (both ways) with little, if any, delay. The reasons are that text (SMS) messages require significantly less digital bandwidth, are routed completely different than voice calls, and a connection is terminated immediately after sending. So if signals are intermittent or a network jammed, a text (SMS) message has a much greater chance of being sent and received. Make sure your child understands this concept.

It may even be useful to set up pre-written emergency messages they can send in an instant or while on the run.

3. INSTALL THE FREE GLYMPSE APP ON YOUR FAMILY SMARTPHONES

Both you and your child should install the GLYMPSE application on your smart phones. GLYMPSE is a fast, FREE, and simple way to share your location in real-time and operates on both iPhones and Android devices. Your child can activate it and SEND their GPS location to you, your spouse and other family members multiple times a second. The same is true in reverse. You can also REQUEST they send you a GLYMPSE if you are searching for them. Use it and you will know their location to within a meter of their true position.

Make sure your child understands this is NOT a secret tracking application. Users must proactively send a GLYMPSE message for tracking. Parents can not snoop without their knowing. There are other applications for that need....

Practice with GLYMPSE. Regularly send them an SMS message asking them to send you a GLYMPSE message. Send them a GLYMPSE message so they can track you. Get used to using the application.

Again, GLYMPSE is FREE and available on iTunes and the Google Play Store.

4. HAVE A BACKUP CHARGING BATTERY

Voice calls, SMS messages and GPS-based applications such as GLYMPSE can quickly drain a smartphone battery. Every family member should have a backup battery to re-charge their cell phone or that of their friends or the teacher.

An excellent choice is the pocket sized portable charger shown HERE.

With a capacity of 10,000mAh, this battery can recharge most current iPhones and Android devices 3-4 times with ease. One of the key advantages of this particular battery is the digital display, allowing you to determine the charge level with a simple glance. One of these or a similar device, along with a charging cable, should be in your child's backpack, purse and your car glove box at all times.

5. SET UP PRE-ARRANGED RALLY POINTS

Have prearranged locations to meet your child. Take the time to visit them together and make sure they understand that these are the emergency rally points, particularly if communications fail. This could be a nearby store, parking lot, restaurant, or ideally a trusted adult friend or family member's home.

6. CONSIDER A BULLETPROOF INSERT FOR YOUR CHILD'S BACKPACK

As unfortunate as it is, attacks in schools are occurring with increasing frequency. During the past three decades, ballistic-resistant soft body armor has saved the lives of more than 3,000 police officers. Similar protection is also available in the form of simple panels that can be inserted into your child's school backpack.

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) establishes and updates performance standards and ratings for such products.

Learn more about the the NIJ Ballistic Resistance Standard

Understanding NIJ Ballistic Armor Protection Levels (pdf, 1 page)

A variety of ballistic insert choices can be found HERE.

Beyond Amazon, simple Internet searches for the phrases ' bulletproof backpack insert ' and ' ballistic backpack insert ' will provide a variety of additional options.

7. TALK TO YOUR SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS

Parents should go beyond reading the generic handouts provided by school systems and seek first person awareness of the steps taken by your child's institution to ensure their safety. Become personally engaged, visit the school administrators, attend scheduled meetings on this subject and above all, ask questions until you are personally satisfied.

Example questions all parents should be asking:

1. Are school doors locked during the day?

2. Are entrances and exits actively monitored during the day?

3. Are classroom doors locked when courses are in session?

4. Are administrators / staff / teachers specifically trained in responding to active shooter situations or other violent incidents. If YES, what is that training? If NO, why not?

5. Are there full time security officers on campus? If YES, are they armed?

6. Are there regular visits by local police in order to 'show the flag' and to make their presence known?

Regardless of the institution, it is should never be assumed that the school is being thorough in the standards employed for your child's protection. Active engagement and demands by parents is ultimately what moves the needle.

AlertsUSA continues to monitor the domestic and international threat environment and will immediately notify service subscribers, via SMS messages, of new alerts, warnings and advisories or any developments which signal a change the overall threat picture for American citizens as events warrant.


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OTHER SMS ALERTS FROM THIS WEEK
NOT DETAILED IN THIS NEWSLETTER ISSUE

2/23 - Secret Service Update: "No shots were fired during the vehicle incident near the White House." Motive unknown. Add'l alerts as warranted.

2/23 - Reports of shots fired at vehicle crashing into White House barrier. Female driver immediately apprehended by Secret Service.

2/23 - Shots fired outside main train station, Zurich, Switzerland. Two dead. Large police presence. Unknown if shooter is one of the deceased. Monitoring...

2/22 - USGOV issues new LEVEL 2 Travel Advisory for Trinidad and Tobago due to due to crime and terrorism. See email for more info.

2/22 - US Embassy in Podgorica, Montenegro is warning AMCITS of an "active security situation" at the embassy flwg attack w/ explosives. Monitoring...

2/21 - AlertsUSA monitoring investigation of explosion this afternoon on a ferry dockside at Playa del Carmen, Mexico. See email for more info.

2/18 - AlertsUSA monitoring response to shooting incident, SouthCenter Mall, Tukwila, WA. Heavy police presence. Mall on lockdown. Add'l alerts as warranted.

 
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U.S. to Move Embassy to Jerusalem on May 14, 2018

February 24, 2018
What You Need To Know

Late this week the State Department announced that the U.S. will formally open a new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem on May 14 of this year, the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel. The country declared independence on 14 May 1948, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned at the new embassy marking the event.

The move comes much earlier than anticipated, after several top officials, including President Trump, said it would not happen until at least the end of 2019.

The new Embassy will initially be located in the Arnona neighborhood of Jerusalem, in a modern building that currently houses the U.S. Consulate General. The interim Embassy will contain office space for the Ambassador and a small staff and would have to be retrofitted with added security measures. By the end of next year, a new annex will have been constructed greatly expanding operations while a permanent embassy location is identified and a long-term construction effort undertaken.

Readers are reminded that President Trump's initial decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the embassy sparked outrage around the globe.

Al Qaeda and the Islamic State (ISIS) have threatened attacks on the US and Israel for its decision to shift the location of the embassy. Shortly after President's December announcement, the general leadership of al Qaeda posted a statement online (See this and this, both of which were sent to AlertsUSA subscribers the day of the release) that began with a statement from the group's founder, Osama bin Laden:

“I swear by Allah, America and those who live in America shall never even dream of peace until we experience it as a reality in Palestine."

The al Qaeda statement goes onto say:

"The recognition of aI-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of the Zionist entity is a blatant aggression by the Crusader Trump against the sanctities of Muslims - a high-voltage shock for the Muslim Ummah, which may perhaps awaken it from its slumber."

"The surest and shortest way to confront the aggression and arrogance of the Pharaoh of the age - America - is Jihad in the Way of Allah, by targeting its vital interests and the interests of its Zionist and Crusader allies everywhere. This is a simple equation; just as you kill us, you shall be killed; just as you bomb us, you too shall be bombed, and the one who initiates hostilities shoulders the blame."

Cautionary Message

US embassies & consulates worldwide have been on heightened alert since President Trump's December announcement recognizing Jerusalem. Formal implementation of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 and recognition of Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the State of Israel is going to set off a firestorm throughout the Middle East and beyond.

The move would be at odds with the United Nations’ continued refusal to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Hamas, the Palestinian Sunni-Islamic fundamentalist organization, has promised another Intifada (uprising) if President Trump moves forward with the plan.

The establishment of a Palestinian State and the total and complete destruction of Israel has been a battle cry of Islamic terror organizations for decades. Al Qaeda has leveraged the topic to get followers stirred up, as has the Islamic State. Expect more of this.

The move could also trigger significant anti-America sentiment across Europe, with many countries holding vehement anti-Semitic prejudices.

Expect the threat tempo to increase both domestic and abroad. Caution and vigilance are urged, particularly for synagogues, Jewish community centers and schools.

AlertsUSA continues to monitor the domestic and international threat environment and will immediately notify service subscribers, via SMS messages, of new alerts, warnings and advisories or any developments which signal a change the overall threat picture for American citizens as events warrant.


For the next several weeks Threat Journal will be featuring short videos by Dr. Bill Warner, a highly respected expert on political Islam. In 2006, he founded the Center for the Study of Political Islam (CSPI) to further the study of the politics of the ideology of Islam and its ramifications for Western Civilization.

Warner is the author of fifteen books, including the Amazon bestseller, Sharia Law for Non-Muslims, which is published in 20 languages. His Simple Koran is the first Koran that can be easily understood by integrating Mohammed’s life into the Koran verses. This method gives a context to the book which makes the meaning transparent. All his books are concise and easy to understand.

Warner has published numerous articles on the topic of Political Islam and is a prolific video blogger with over 150 videos dedicated to commentary and education on this subject. His video, “Why We Are Afraid, A 1400 Year Secret”, has over four million views.

His work is eye opening to say the least.

Inbreeding in Islam (Length - 3:06)
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World News Roundup
February 24, 2018

Other Developments We Are Following

AMERICAS

Trump considers pulling ICE out of California to let the state learn.
Florida shooting survivors rally for stricter gun controls
Pentagon: First Gitmo transfer under Trump could happen 'soon'
Putin Sows Chaos Ahead of Mexican, Colombian Elections
Venezuela opposition to boycott 'fraudulent' presidential vote
A Venezuelan Refugee Crisis
U.S.-Russia Ties Will Be Difficult To Repair
Buenos Aires Police seize 400kg of cocaine from the Russian embassy
First woman in history takes helm of US nuclear weapons arsenal
Protecting Our Warrior Ethos Tomorrow -
Infantry Officer Course lowers requirement for hikes -
Navy Accelerates New Nuclear Armed Columbia-Class Submarine

EUROPE

Vladimir Putin’s Parallel State
The Return of the Commissars
British troops 'could get anthrax jabs' amid terror threat and DPRK tensions
Man killed after throwing grenade at US embassy in Montenegro
Status-6: What Russia Is Saying About Its 100-Megaton Nuclear Torpedo
Ready for war with Russia? UK defense chief could restructure entire army
Support for independence drops to four-year low in Catalonia.
Did Russia Just Send Su-57 Stealth Fighters to Syria?
Navalny briefly detained, could be jailed ahead Of Russian election.
New French immigration bill provokes backlash.
Putin ally's private army behind attack on U.S.-backed forces
France, US are negotiating ISR capability for Reaper drones, official reveals
Sweden Eyes Massive $22Bln Budget Hike to Create 'Formidable' Defense

MIDDLE EAST

Analysis: ISIS hasn’t been defeated
New S. African prez to seize land from white farmers without compensation
T
urkey’s Navy Threatens To Sink Eni Drilling Ship Offshore Cyprus
Iran Among the Ruins: Tehran’s Advantage in a Turbulent Middle East
U.N. Security Council delays vote on Syria ceasefire resolution
Russia's peace plan in Syria is a 'farce,' says State Department
Saudi Arabia minister tells Germany it will find weapons elsewhere
Iran warns of 'nuclear crisis' if JCPOA deal is scrapped
Egypt military's anti-terror campaign raises doubts
105 girls missing' in NE Nigeria after Boko Haram school attack.
Central African Republic: Half the population needs aid
Fates vary of foreign jihadists held in Iraq and Syria
African countries ban secondhand clothes imports
EU doubles funds for G5 Sahel military anti-terror security force.
Money laundering watchdog places Pakistan back on terror financing list

ASIA

Southeast Asia’s Arms Race
The North Korea Crisis Is Back

Trump announces new North Korea sanctions
If Sanctions Don’t Work, Trump Warns Of "Very Rough Phase 2"
Trump May Attack N. Korea By April, Won't Wait For Congress
U.S. imposes more North Korea sanctions; targets ships, firms
Exclusive: U.S. prepares high-seas crackdown on DPRK sanctions evaders
What If Kim Jong Un Decides to Bloody America’s Nose First?
N. Korea slams UN SecGen for praising sanctions, siding with US.
Chinese warships enter E. Indian Ocean amid Maldives crisis
S. Korean MPs demand execution of North's Olympic delegate.
Maldives warns India against interfering as ties fray
Afghanistan Unveils Plans for Controversial Militia Force
P-8 Poseidon: Countering Chinese Aggression in the Indo-Pacific
The Toolset of an Elite North Korean Hacker Group On the Rise
In a first, US Navy carrier to visit Vietnam since war



Travel Security

The U.S. Dept. of State Travel Website is the authoritative federal source for information on the security situation at travel destinations worldwide. With tensions rapidly increasing in most regions, readers planning international travel, even to such common destinations as Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean Islands, are strongly encouraged to do a little research on the security situation well prior to departure.

Major USGOV Travel Notices

Worldwide Caution   12/06/2017
All Travel Advisories    
     

Other USGOV Travel Resources

Traveler's Checklist
Smart Traveler Enrollment Prog (STEP)
Travelers with Special Considerations
Travel to High-Risk Areas
Faith-Based Travel Information
Information for Women Travelers
Cruise Ship Passengers
Students Abroad
Your Health Abroad
Driving and Road Safety Abroad


The Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) provides several resources to enhance the safety and security of the U.S. private sector abroad. Additional information can be found on OSAC.gov

Mariners and U.S. citizens considering maritime travel should also review information at the websites of the National Geospatial Agency, the Maritime Security Communications with Industry Portal, and the U.S. Coast Guard for information related to maritime and port security globally.

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