On Friday, Asia Siddiqui and Noelle Velentzas, both U.S. citizens, pleaded guilty to teaching and distributing information pertaining to the making and use of an explosive, destructive device, and weapon of mass destruction, with the intention that it be used to commit a federal crime of violence.
Siddiqui and Velentzas planned to build a bomb for a terrorist attack in the United States between 2013 and 2015. The two taught each other chemistry and electrical skills necessary for creating bombs and building detonating devices. They discussed emulating the devices used in past terrorist attacks, like the Boston Marathon Bombing, and they focused on attacking law enforcement and military related targets.
“Inspired by radical Islam, Velentzas and Siddiqui researched and taught each other how to construct bombs to be used on American soil against law enforcement and military targets,” said Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers.
Because of all the political rhetoric and the fake media’s obsession with bringing President Trump down, fundamental Islamic Jihad has been pushed to the back burner of the public’s consciousness. That is a very dangerous mindset to befall the general public, but stories like this hopefully will remind us all that terrorism is still a possibility every minute of every day in this modern era, and as always, awareness is the ultimate key to staying a step ahead of the bad guys (and bad girls).
Two American service members in Afghanistan have been killed, according to the NATO Resolute Support Mission. The names of the two service members are being withheld for 24 hours after their next of kin are notified, and the statement did not provide any details of the circumstances of their deaths.
Pentagon sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, reported to Newsweek that the “the two Americans killed were U.S. Special Forces members. Their unit is apart of the NATO Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan.” And “the two service members died after sustaining gunshot wounds while on a joint operation with Afghan special operation soldiers. Three of the Afghan commandos were wounded in the firefight, said one of the sources.”
This announcement comes a day after U.S. officials announced negotiations with the Taliban would resume in Qatar to end America’s longest conflict.
Why are our military personnel still in that country? Is it because of the Taliban are a threat to us? I can think of at least two congresswomen that are more of a national security threat than they are. Is it because of the Opium grown in that country? If so, the president needs to tell us why that’s so important as to put our forces in harm’s way. Is it because they are there and leaders in the DOD have entrenched themselves in a war that helps promote themselves? Whatever the reasons, we don’t need to be there any longer wasting lives of men that have committed to serving our freedoms. #bringthemhome
A pair of abandoned pressure cookers effectively shut-down New York City’s busy morning commute Friday; raising major security concerns before the NYPD confirmed they posed no risk to the public.
“A pair of suspicious rice cookers shut down a subway station in Lower Manhattan on Friday morning — but the NYPD’s Bomb Squad later determined they were not explosives, authorities said,” reports the New York Post. “Another cooker was found near a garbage can in Chelsea just over an hour later. It was determined safe just after 9:40 a.m., according to cops.”
“I want everyone to know nothing of danger has been found and there’s no indication of any further activity,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“This is the classic if-you-see-something-say-something, but based on everything we know right now we have an all-clear,” he added.
Our @NYPDCT Bomb Squad has cleared the devices inside of Fulton Street subway station in Lower Manhattan. They are NOT explosive devices.
Out of an abundance of caution officers have searched nearby stations. pic.twitter.com/Y32I9DFEDf
— NYPDCounterterrorism (@NYPDCT) August 16, 2019
“It’s good that they’re taking all these precautions but it seems like it was deemed safe so I think we’re a little anxious to get back to our day,” said one resident.
Read the full report at the New York Post.
President Trump will travel to Texas Wednesday to visit with victims of last weekend’s deadly mass shooting at a Walmart shopping center, where a lone gunman killed 22 and injured dozens more.
“El Paso Mayor Dee Margo told reporters at an afternoon news conference that Trump would visit the city on Wednesday. The mayor asked that the visit amid a divisive gun control debate not be politicized,” reports Reuters.
“U.S. gun-control activists say the internet and video games cannot be blamed because they are also are popular in countries where mass shootings are virtually unknown, in part because it is harder to obtain a firearm,” adds the website.
Democratic presidential hopeful and former El Paso Congressman Beto O’Rourke blaming President Trump for the mass shooting, saying “he has no place” in his community because he “helped create the hatred that made the tragedy possible.”
This president, who helped create the hatred that made Saturday's tragedy possible, should not come to El Paso. We do not need more division. We need to heal. He has no place here.
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) August 5, 2019
Read the full report here.
President Trump called for the death penalty in “mass murder” charges across the United States Monday; saying capital punishment should be used “without years of needless delay.”
“Today, I am also directing the Department of Justice to propose legislation ensuring that those who commit hate crimes and mass murders face the DEATH PENALTY – and that this capital punishment is delivered quickly, decisively, and without years of needless delay,” said the President from the White House.
Today, I am also directing the Department of Justice to propose legislation ensuring that those who commit hate crimes and mass murders face the DEATH PENALTY – and that this capital punishment be delivered quickly, decisively, and without years of needless delay. pic.twitter.com/BDXdpelK7F
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2019
The FBI and Department of Justice urged Americans to remain vigilant Monday; releasing a statement that warned of a heightened risk of “copycat” mass shooters following last weekend’s deadly attacks.
“The FBI remains concerned that U.S.-based domestic violent extremists could become inspired by these and previous high-profile attacks to engage in similar acts of violence,” the statement said. “The FBI asks the American public to report to law enforcement any suspicious activity that is observed either in person or online.”
“I am proud of our state and local law enforcement partners and the immediate response of FBI agents, analysts, and professional staff, working in close coordination to assist them,” said Director Christopher Fray. “I have been in contact with the president and the attorney general, and they both have expressed their support for the FBI’s work in the wake of these tragedies.”
President Trump addressed the American people from the White House Monday morning after a weekend of deadly gun violence; offering condolences to the victims and their families and calling for stricter background checks and red flag laws across the United States.
“We cannot let those killed in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, die in vain. Likewise for those so seriously wounded. We can never forget them, and those many who came before them. Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks, perhaps marrying this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform. We must have something good, if not GREAT, come out of these two tragic events!” posted the President on social media.
….this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform. We must have something good, if not GREAT, come out of these two tragic events!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2019
The El Paso shooting at a Walmart over the weekend is now being investigated as an act of “Domestic Terrorism” and could carry the death penalty for 21-year-old suspect Patrick Crusius.