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Multiple New Terror Plots Against the U.S.,
Aviation Sector Targeted
Sept 20, 2014
 
On Sept 16, 2014, AlertsUSA issued the following
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9/16 - ISIS militants issue new warning of attacks on US and allied homelands if mil action against the group continues. Strikes on ISIS positions in Syria imminent.

What You Need To Know

AlertsUSA subscribers were notified this week via text messages to their mobile devices regarding new threats of terrorist attacks on the US and allied homelands if military action against the radical Muslim group known as the Islamic State continues. These threats are now appearing on a near daily basis and are coming from a variety of different groups, federal, state and local law enforcement officials are taking the threat quite serious.

MULTIPLE PLOTS - AVIATION SECTOR TARGETED

Most notable this week is the disclosure that al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, the al Nursra Front, as well an emerging group known as Khorasan, are focused on violence toward the West and have been eyeing attacks on American airliners.

During testimony this week before a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on "Worldwide Threats to the Homeland," Director Tapper became the first U.S. intelligence official to publicly acknowledge the existence of Khorasan, their ties to and collaboration with Al Qaeda's Yemen affiliate, and their desire to target the U.S. aviation sector.

Officials say there are numerous plots emanating from Syria and likely under development for months.

On multiple occasions in the past (most recently here and here) AlertsUSA has reported on the very real threat posed by al Qaeda's Yemen affiliate, formally known as al Qaeda in the Arabia Peninsula (AQAP). Far more than just tweets and YouTube video from faraway places, AQAP is responsible for multiple attempted attacks on commercial aircraft, including the failed Christmas 2009 attempt to bring down an airliner near Detroit by underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, as well as the October 2010 plot to bring down two cargo aircraft using bombs built into printer toner cartridges.

In addition, the group is also tied to the USS Cole bombing, a 2002 attack on a French supertanker in the Gulf of Aden, 2005 London bombings, the 2007 Fort Dix attack plot, the 2009 Little Rock military recruiting office shooting, the 2009 Fort Hood shooting and many more.

This is not to dismiss the threat posed by the Islamic State. According to Congressman Tim Bishop of NY, up to 40 radicalized U.S. citizens who have fought alongside the Islamic State are believed to have already returned to the United States, where they could pose a terrorist threat.

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IN OVERDRIVE
FBI THREAT ASSESSMENT MAKES NO MENTION OF ISLAM

In what appears to be pure political correctness, the FBI’s 2013 National Threat Assessment (published late last month) makes no reference whatsoever to Islamist terror threats despite last year’s Boston Marathon bombing, warnings about Middle East hackers attacking U.S. financial institutions, concerns about the domestic Somali community carrying out a repeat of the Kenya Mall attack, twice yearly reissuance of State department Worldwide Caution statements due to threats (including on the homeland) from al Qaeda and related organizations, calls by al Qaeda affiliates abroad for attacks on the homeland, calls by al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri for attacks on the U.S., warnings issued to different industry and trde groups on various Islamic terror group threats, dozens of DHS/FBI intelligence bullitens warning of still other Islamic terror organization threats, and repeated testmony before Congress by the FBI Director and the nation's top military and intelligence chiefs on the terror threats facing the homeland.

AUSTRALIA CT RAIDS

Counterterrorism raids were carried out in three Australian cities on Thursday following the development of solid intelligence that radical Muslims associated with the Islamic State movement were planning to behead at least one randomly selected member of the public in order to demonstrate the terror group's reach and to instill widespread fear.

In what is called the largest counter terrorism operation in Australian history, more than a dozen locations in Sydney, Brisbane and Logan were raided and 15 people detained. The arrests came just days after the country raised its terror warning to the second-highest level. AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of this threat level change last Friday afternoon.


RELATED NEWS STORIES:

- Al Qaeda's Quiet Plan to Outdo ISIS and Hit the U.S.

- Facts Counter Govt.’s Denial of ISIS on U.S/Mexcio Border

- 474 Illegals From Terror-Linked Countries Apprehended in 2014

As has been the case for over 12 years, AlertsUSA continues to closely monitor the overall domestic terrorism threat environment and will immediately notify service subscribers of new alerts, warnings and advisories or any developments which signal a change the overall threat picture, as events warrant..


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Obama Deploys 3000 Soldiers to W. Africa,
Ebola Crisis 'Vastly Underestimated'
Sept 20, 2014
 
Between Sept 15-19, 2014, AlertsUSA issued the following
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9/19 - CDC report due out next week warns computer models show W. Africa Ebola outbreak could spread to "hundreds of thousands" by the end of January. Developing...

9/16 - AlertsUSA Special Update on Ebola threat now available: http://bit.ly/Ebola0916

9/16 - Pres Obama announces establishment of mil command center in Liberia + deployment of 3000 US soldiers and CDC personnel to W Africa to assist in Ebola battle.

9/15 - CDC warning hospitals & doctors nationwide that "now is the time to prepare" for eventual Ebola outbreak in the US. AlertsUSA special report forthcoming.

What You Need to Know

On three occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via text messages to their mobile devices regarding developments concerning the increasingly threatening Ebola outbreak.

CDC WARNS HOSPITALS

On Monday, the CDC issued a warning to hospitals, clinics and doctors nationwide telling them bluntly that "now is the time to prepare", along with a six page checklist focusing on 3 key endeavors: to ensure hospitals are able to detect possible Ebola Virus Disease cases, protect their employees, and to respond appropriately (SEE THIS (PDF)).

U.S. MILITARY INVOLVEMENT

On Tues, President Obama addressed the nation on the topic saying the United States will launch a major, military-led response to the outbreak. Quoting President Obama: “If the outbreak is not stopped now, we could be looking at hundreds of thousands of people infected with profound political, economic and security implications for all of us. It's spreading out of control" and “We have to act fast.

Plans for U.S. military involvement include deployment of nearly 3000 U.S. soldiers as well as CDC personnel, establishment of an air bridge into the region for delivery of supplies and command center to coordinate the multinational response.

Despite the hoopla surrounding the President's announcement, the Obama Administration is being savaged within public health circles for ramping up a response far too late into the outbreak. Cases are now growing exponentially, there has been a collapse of security in multiple areas, borders are being closed, commercial airline flights into and through the region are a fraction of their normal tempo and entire national economies are beginning to retract. A black market has even emerged in West Africa trading the blood of Ebola survivors.

UN SECURITY COUNCIL MEETS

On Thursday, the UN Security Council held its first ever emergency meeting on a public health crisis, calling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a threat to global peace and security.

As of the Sept. 18, the World Health Organization puts the case count at more than 5300 and more than 2600 deaths, with the numbers doubling approximately every three weeks. This week the WHO Director General stated that these official numbers are 'vastly underestimated' and likely to be much higher given lack of medical facilities, misdiagnosis and unreported deaths.

RESOURCES:

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Previous AlertsUSA Threat Journal Ebola Coverage

Sept 17, 2014 - Special Ebola Update
Sept 14, 2014
August 30, 2014
August 23, 2014
August 16, 2014
August 9, 2014
August 2, 2014
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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See all USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings HERE.

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