Mall of America under threat from al-Shabaab

The Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab released a video this weekend claiming to target several malls and shopping centers in the US and Great Britain. The most prominent target mentioned by the terrorists was the Mall of America in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis has a large Somali population and it is reported by DHS that al-Shabaab has been actively recruiting residents. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that shoppers should be vigilant when visiting the mall.

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“If anyone is planning to go to the Mall of America today, they’ve got to be particularly careful,” Johnson said.

“There will be enhanced security there, but public vigilance, public awareness and public caution in situations like this is particularly important, and it’s the environment we’re in, frankly,” he said.

His comments come as the Mall of America implements new security measures — some of which the mall said in a statement would be noticeable to shoppers. Continue reading

South Sudan Hires Ex-Blackwater Chief to Restore War-Damaged Oil Facilities

By Ilya Gridneff Dec 18, 2014 2:19 PM GMT+0100
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The former head of U.S. security company Blackwater USA, Erik Prince, was hired by South Sudan to help repair damaged oil facilities and boost output cut by a year of civil war.

Prince’s Frontier Services Group Ltd. (500), a Hong Kong-listed logistics and transportation company, is being paid 18.7 million euros ($23.3 million) by South Sudan’s Ministry of Petroleum to transport supplies and perform maintenance on production facilities at the oil fields, Chief Executive Officer Gregg Smith said by phone from New York yesterday. About 30 employees including pilots, engineers and logistics technicians have been using helicopters and airplanes to reach South Sudan’s oil fields since September, Smith said.

“This is not supporting the army,” Smith said. “The contract is clearly with the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining to support the oil field services and to make sure the production of oil keeps flowing.” Continue reading

Communist, Palestinian Groups Join Ferguson Protesters In Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (CBS Seattle/AP) — Police in Portland used pepper spray and arrested seven people after hundreds of demonstrators roamed the city and blocked traffic Tuesday night while protesting a grand jury decision not to indict a Missouri police officer in the killing of an 18-year-old.

The arrests involved a splinter group that broke away after a peaceful downtown demonstration that involved about 1,000 people, police said.

The smaller group of about 300 marched across a major Willamette River bridge into east Portland, disrupting traffic. Sgt. Pete Simpson said one driver was punched in the face by a protester who disappeared into the crowd. The driver was not seriously injured.

Protesters also marched onto Interstate 5, where some tossed rocks and bottles at police, Simpson said. That’s when officers used pepper spray and made several arrests. The freeway was clear within about 10 minutes, the spokesman said. Continue reading

Predictive Analytics: Key to Mitigating the Insider Threat

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English: FBI Mobile Command Center in Washington DC. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By: Amanda Vicinanzo, Senior Editor

10/20/2014 ( 9:57am)

Against the backdrop of notorious defense contractor Edward Snowden’s massive leak of classified documents last year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently published a report revealing the threat posed by malicious insiders who threaten the security of the sensitive information that US businesses rely on.

The DHS report identified a significant increase of disgruntled or former employees sabotaging company networks. Lockheed Martin—an American global aerospace, defense, security and advanced technology company—indicates that investigations conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation reveal that 59 percent of employees admit to taking proprietary information upon termination.

Moreover, the report stated , “A review of recent FBI cyber investigations revealed victim businesses incur significant costs ranging from $5,000 to $3 million due to cyber incidents involving disgruntled or former employees.” Continue reading

FBI issues nationwide alert for San Francisco man

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The FBI has issued a nationwide alert to law enforcement agencies about a San Francisco social media consultant they consider armed and dangerous who is wanted on suspicion of possessing explosives.

FBI spokesman Peter Lee said Sunday that 42-year-old Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II was last seen in a dark blue, hooded sweatshirt and jeans.

Multiple agencies, including hazardous materials crews, searched Chamberlain’s apartment in San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood on Saturday, blocking off the street to vehicle and pedestrian traffic for much of the day.

Lee gave no details Sunday about the nature of the investigation, but said authorities believe Chamberlain is acting alone. Continue reading

$10,000 a head: Radicals put a bounty on UK journalist in Ukraine

 May 05, 2014 15:36

Ukrainian troops guard a checkpoint near the town of Slavyansk in eastern Ukraine May 2, 2014 (Reuters / Baz Ratner)

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Ukrainian radicals have put a bounty out on RT stringer Graham Phillips, who is currently working in the east of the country. Also a camera-man working for RT in Odessa has been informed about being on the radicals’ radar.

“Myself I have received threats putting a bounty on my head to be kidnapped and that has been offered from [the city of] Dnepropetrovsk, as I understand, connected to the Right Sector,” Graham Phillips confirmed while reporting live from the city of Slavyansk.

The Right Sector reportedly offered $10,000 for the capture of “a Russian spy.”

The ultra-nationalists also have a cameraman working for RT in the violence-gripped city of Odessa on their radar, RT’s Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan confirmed in a statement. Continue reading

Six hurt, suspect dead in Georgia FedEx facility shooting

Police officers from Cobb County Police, and Marietta and Kennesaw departments stage near the entrance of the Federal Express Ground building after a man opened fire inside the building before turning the gun on himself in Kennesaw, Georgia, April 29, 2014. REUTERS-Kelly J. Huff-Marietta Daily Journal

1 of 13. Police officers from Cobb County Police, and Marietta and Kennesaw departments stage near the entrance of the Federal Express Ground building after a man opened fire inside the building before turning the gun on himself in Kennesaw, Georgia, April 29, 2014.

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(Reuters) – A FedEx Corp package handler armed with a shotgun opened fire at a shipping facility in suburban Atlanta early on Tuesday, injuring six people before killing himself, apparently with his own weapon, police and hospital officials said. Continue reading