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Aug 23, 2014
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Secretary of Defense: ISIS Threat 'Imminent'
FBI and DHS Warn Police To Be Alert
Aug 23, 2014
 
Between Aug 18-21, 2014, AlertsUSA issued the following
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8/21 - Sec of Defense warns ISIS poses threats greater than 9/11: "This is way beyond anything we have seen" ... "an imminent threat to every interest we have."

8/18 - Islamic State (ISIS) releases new video message threatening terror attacks on U.S. if airstrikes in Iraq continue. "We will drown all of you in blood."

What You Need To Know

On multiple occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via text messages to their mobile devices regarding the terror threats made to this country by ISIS, also known simply as the Islamic State, as well as warnings regarding the seriousness of the threat made by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

On Monday, following the resumption of airstrikes on Islamic State military positions, the organization posted a new internet video message warning the United States it will attack Americans "in any place" if the raids continue. The video, which was released by Reuters, shows a photograph of an American who was beheaded during the U.S. occupation of Iraq and also featured a statement which, in English, stated "we will drown all of you in blood".

On Tuesday, the Islamic State released another video showing the gruesome beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley. Militants in the video also threatened to kill another captive American if President Obama doesn't end military operations in Iraq. It is believed there are 20 western journalists being held captive between Syria and Iraq.

Amongst the list of demands made for Foley's safe return was the release of Afia Siddiqui, otherwise known as 'Lady al Qaeda.' An an M.I.T.-trained Pakistani neuroscientist, Siddiqui was on the FBI's Most Wanted list, arrested in Ghanzi, Afghanistan in 2008 and is serving 86 years in a Texas jail. At the time she was detained she had detailed plans on how to kill by spreading Ebola, plans for making a dirty bomb, documents detailing potential New York targets for attack as well as two pounds of deadly sodium cyanide hidden in her bag.

Solidarity with AQAP

On Wednesday, Al-Qaeda in Yemen, also known as al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), issued a public statement pledging ‘solidarity’ with the Islamic State, as well as offered ISIS fighters tips on how to avoid airstrikes..

“We announce solidarity with our Muslim brothers in Iraq against the crusade. Their blood and injuries are ours and we will surely support them. We stand by the side of our Muslim brothers in Iraq against the American and Iranian conspiracy and their agents of the apostate Gulf rulers.”

Readers are reminded that al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has been responsible for a number of attacks, both successful and unsuccessful, on the United States. These include the October, 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, the 2004 Khobar massacre, the 2009 Little Rock recruiting office shooting, the Christmas 2009 underwear bomber incident over Detroit, the November 2009 Fort Hood shooting and the 2010 cargo plane bomb plot. The U.S. considers AQAP the most active of the various al-Qaeda affiliates and in a word, this group has talent.

Defense Chiefs Define Magnitude of the Threat

On Thursday, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, issued the gravest warnings to date on the threat posed by the Islamic State to U.S. citizens and interests.

According to Secretary of Defense Hagel:

"They're beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology with a sophisticated strategic and tactical military prowess and they're tremendously well-funded. This is way beyond anything we have seen. We must prepare for everything. And the only way you do that is take a cold, steely eyed look it and get ready."

According to Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey:

“This is an organization that has an apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision and which will eventually have to be defeated.”

When General Dempsey was asked if ISIS could be taken down without a military incursion into Syria, where much of the organization remains based, his response was blunt:

“The answer is no. That will have to be addressed on both sides of what essentially, at this point, is a nonexistent border.

ISIS Developing Means to ‘Blow Up’ a US City

Late this week a ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. James Inhofe, said the Islamic State is working on the capability to wipe out an entire city inside the United States.

Quoting Sen. Inhofe:

"The Islamic State is rapidly developing a method of blowing up a major U.S. city and people just can’t believe that’s happening.”

The Department of Homeland Security and FBI issued a bulletin this week advising law enforcement to be alert and aware of the ISIS threat.

We remind readers that these statements are not farfetched, particularly when considered in light of the near complete breakdown of security and deterrence along the U.S. Mexico border. If thousands of young Latino children can manage to cross trudge across Mexico and into the country, as is so widely reported by the mainstream media, it would also be a cakewalk for trained fighters and operatives to enter relatively unhindered.

So as to highlight the ease with which one can do so, just weeks ago Investigative filmmaker James O’Keefe released a new video of himself crossing the Rio Grande river into Texas dressed as Osama Bin Laden. There was not a border agent in sight.

At this point there should be no doubt that more war is coming. Despite Obama Administration promises there will be no U.S. boots on the ground, more than 1000 U.S. soldiers (Army, Marines, special operations forces) have already deployed to the country and more are on the way. Further, just as large military campaigns are preceded by what is referred to as "battlefield conditioning", similar efforts are also made to condition public opinion. From nonstop emotional coverage of the beheading of a journalist to increasingly tense warnings being made by elected officials, public opinion is proactively being shaped to minimize pushback and political fallout.

As always, AlertsUSA continues to closely monitor developments in this region and will immediately notify service subscribers of the outbreak of larger armed conflict involving U.S. forces or changes in the overall domestic terrorism threat environment, as event warrant.


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OTHER ALERTS ISSUED THIS WEEK BUT
NOT DETAILED IN THIS NEWSLETTER ISSUE

8/23 - Bardarbunga volcano begins to erupt in Iceland. Aviation alert raised to highest level. May impact flights to and through western Europe. Monitoring..

8/22 - NATO reports large Russian movement of advanced weapons, incl tanks, APCs and artillery into Ukraine. DoD reports ~18K combat ready troops on Ukraine border.

8/19 - Police in numerous urban metro areas nationwide preparing for poss copycat demonstrations over Ferguson, MO shooting. Increased situational awareness advised.

8/18 - Overnight: National Guard ordered to deploy to Ferguson, MO after three days / nights of rioting. Developing situation.

 
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World on Alert as Ebola Spreads
Aug 23, 2014
 
On Aug 19, 2014, AlertsUSA issued the following
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8/19 - Possible Ebola case announced by Kaiser Permanente Medical Ctr, S. Sacramento, CA. No info released as to possible source of infection. Developing situation.

What You Need to Know

Despite the well publicized release of two physicians from Emory University Hospital this week with at least one appearing to have undergone a seemingly miraculous recovery, AlertsUSA cautions readers to not become complacent on the overall threat posed by the Ebola outbreak. The virus remains one of the most lethal pathogens known to exist and these two individuals have been privy to the full extent of the available medical treatments this country has to offer.

Further, doctors at the medical facility readily admit they do not know if the experimental drug played any role in their recovery. According to Dr. Bruce Ribner of Emory University Hospital, the head of the team caring for the two infected patients:

"Frankly, we do not know whether it helped them, whether it made no difference, or even theoretically, if it delayed their recovery."

When Dr. Ribner was asked how the patients became infected since they were supposedly following all the recommended precautions, he stated the following:

"We don't know how they became infected and neither do they."

While the nation rightfully rejoices in their recovery, many questions remain, as well as conflicting pieces of information. For instance, during Thursday's Emory university press conference, Dr. Bruce Ribner clearly stated that there is strong epidemiologic evidence that once an individual has recovered from an Ebola virus disease infection, that individual is immune to that strain. This directly conflicts with information delivered just one day earlier by Prof. Victor Inem, a member of the World Health Organization committee of experts on Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa, who states that a cured Ebola victim could in fact be re-infected with the same virus if fresh contact was made with carriers.

As of Thursday the 21st, official numbers stand at just under 2500 reported cases and 1350 deaths. In the last two weeks, this number has grown by a whopping 694 new cases and 389 deaths. And these are just the documented numbers. As reported in last week's update, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the scale of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa had been "vastly underestimated."

Additionally, the World Health Organization is warning that families hiding infected loved ones and the existence of "shadow zones" where medics cannot go mean the West African Ebola epidemic is even bigger than thought.

On Thursday, the government of S. Africa instituted a complete ban on non-citizens from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, as well as banned all non-essential outgoing travel to the affected countries. Stringent screening procedures have also been instituted for those who travel between Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia. The government of Senegal has suspended all flights to and from Ebola-affected countries as well as closed all land borders with Guinea. Cameroon and the Ivory Coast have also imposed travel bans.

WHAT THIS MEANS TO YOU

As reported over the last several weeks, AlertsUSA warns readers that the global spread of the Ebola virus is realistically just getting started and is expected to continue for many months to come. And as the director of the CDC, Dr. Thomas Frieden has warned, the arrival of Ebola infected individuals in the U.S. is "inevitable".

Also consider that according to the CDC, U.S. hospitals have reported 68 suspected cases of Ebola Of these, 58 instances were false alarms, 10 resulted in blood samples being sent to the CDC for testing, and of these, 3 are still awaiting results. And flu season has not even arrived. We refer you to last week's Threat Journal newsletter and podcast for a look at how U.S. hospitals are worried about and preparing for the confluence of a rising number of suspected Ebola cases as the normal influx of those suffering from influenza

Here again, AlertsUSA again strongly recommends that airline travelers and those using public transportation become hyper sensitive about your proximity to those visibly ill during your trips.

While health authorities stress that Ebola is not airborne, it is transmissible, as with most other contagions, via airborne saliva particles and droplets, such as those released in coughs and sneezes. Additionally, the CDC now admits that casual contact, meaning anywhere within 3 feet of an infected person, does pose a risk of transmission. As such, your increased, polite vigilance can only be a benefit to your overall safety.

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July 26, 2014
March 29, 2014

As always, AlertsUSA continues to closely monitor developments with the spread of this virus and will immediately notify service subscribers of major changes in its spread to different regions, important notices and warnings by government agencies or any other major changes in the overall threat environment as events warrant.


Travel Security Update

The U.S. Dept. of State is the authoritative federal source for information on the security situation at travel destinations worldwide. With tensions rapidly increasing in most regions, readers planning on 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 prior to departure.

Latest USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings

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