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

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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

Terrorism suspects may have trained at Chino paintball facility featuring simulated Middle Eastern cities

Doug Saunders and Beau Yarbrough, Staff Writers

Updated:   11/23/2012 08:36:46 PM PST


The entrance to SC Village in Chino. The field was used for training by four Inland Empire men who were arrested on suspicion of plotting to join Al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan in hopes of killing Americans. ( Micah Escamilla Correspondent)

CHINO – Two of the four Inland Empire men arrested on terrorism-related charges this week may have trained at a paintball park featuring a simulation of the Pakistani town where al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed.

According to FBI documents released this week, Ralph Deleon, 23, of Ontario, and Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales, 21, of Upland, went to an as-yet-unidentified Corona-area paintball/airsoft facility with a confidential informant on Sept. 23.

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Patriot Games

How the FBI spent a decade hunting white supremacists and missed Timothy McVeigh.

BY J.M. BERGER | APRIL 18, 2012


In 1990, the FBI began picking up on rumors about an effort to reconstitute a notorious terrorist-criminal gang known as The Order.

The group’s name was taken from the infamous racist 1978 novel The Turner Diaries, which told the story of a fictional cabal carrying out acts of terrorism and eventually overthrowing the U.S. government in a bloody, nihilistic racial purge. The book was an inspiration to a generation of white nationalists, including Timothy McVeigh, whose path to radicalization climaxed in the Oklahoma City bombing 17 years ago Thursday.

During the 1980s, extremists inspired by the book began robbing banks and armored cars, stealing and counterfeiting millions of dollars and distributing some of the money to racist extremist causes. Members of The Order assassinated Jewish talk radio host Alan Berg in 1984, before most of its members were arrested and its leader killed in a standoff. Less than 10 percent of the money stolen by The Order was ever recovered, and investigators feared members of the group who were still at large would use it to further a campaign of terrorism.

To prevent the rise of a “Second Order,” FBI undercover agents would become it.

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Fighting Terrorism, French-Style

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French soldiers on patrol near the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Published: March 30, 2012

FRANCE and the United States have different notions of liberty, equality and fraternity, though the words look roughly the same in both languages. Methods of combating homegrown terrorism — another French word dating from 1789 — are also quite different, stemming from different histories, legal systems and conceptions of the state.

The horrors in Toulouse — the murders of seven people in a bit more than a week by Mohammed Merah, a 23-year-old French citizen of Algerian-born parents who claimed membership in Al Qaeda — created a fierce debate in France about whether the police and security services failed to identify him in time. The police also failed to take him alive, making it harder to discover the true breadth of his contacts and of his path to terrorism.

Mr. Merah clearly slipped through the French net, which relies heavily on human intelligence and judgment. The French are asking why, and whether he might have been more easily identified by the more automated — and expensive — American-style reliance on computerized monitoring of phone calls and the Internet. That question is unanswerable, of course. But the differences between the two countries and their methods are considerable.

“In the United States, it is the system that counts; in France, it is the men,” says Marc Trévidic, a senior investigating magistrate for terrorism in France.

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Dept. of Homeland Security ‘concerned’ over threats from Iran

By Mike Levine Published February 15, 2012

As federal and local law enforcement plan to boost their communications with Jewish groups in the United States, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Wednesday told a House panel she is “concerned” over potential threats to the U.S. homeland from Iran or its surrogates and it’s “a situation that bears watching.”

Napolitano said her department is “conducting a lot of outreach” to Jewish communities across the country to address any concerns after car bombs in two countries overseas targeted Israeli officials and Iranian nationals set off explosions in Thailand.

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Ricin plot: Target list includes judges, IRS agents, Atlanta, and Washington


U.S. Marines dressed in protective suits enter the closed Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in February, 2004, to retreive mail that could be contaminated by ricin.

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Ricin, the deadly toxin, was to be spread on roads in major cities, according to federal affidavits. The alleged plotters, four Georgia militiamen, also sought explosives. ‘Some people gotta die’ to save the Constitution, an affidavit quoted one as saying.

Federal officials have charged four suspected members of a fringe Georgia militia with plotting to purchase explosives and produce the deadly toxin ricin in order to attack government officials as well as populated urban areas.

The four men arrested Monday were secretly recorded by an FBI informant as they discussed plans to obtain weapons and ricin with the intent to kill Justice Department officials and federal judges as well as agents with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).

They also plotted to spread ricin, a highly toxic substance made from castor beans, across Washington, Atlanta, New Orleans, Jacksonville, Fla., and other cities, according to federal affidavits filed Tuesday.

“When it comes time to saving the Constitution, that means some people gotta die,” an arrest affidavit quotes one of the defendants as saying during one recorded conversation. “I could shoot ATF and IRS all day long. All the judges, and the DOJ, and the attorneys, and prosecutors.”

The four men taken into federal custody were Frederick Thomas, Dan Roberts, Ray H. Adams, and Samuel J. Crump, all in their 60s or 70s. They appeared before a US magistrate in Gainesville, Ga. Wednesday afternoon.

“There’s no way for us, as militiamen, to save this country, to save Georgia, without doing something that’s highly illegal: murder,” the affidavit quotes Mr. Thomas as saying during a meeting in March.

Mr. Adams had worked as a lab technician at the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service. Mr. Crump once did maintenance work for the Centers for Disease Control. The two are accused of trying to obtain ricin for use as a weapon by spreading it on roads and having it dispersed by vehicles traveling along selected routes.

According to affidavits, the plot also included discussions about mass destruction and numerous casualties resulting from large explosive devices.

“We’d have to blow the whole building, like Timothy McVeigh,” one of the accused said, referring to the man convicted and executed in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people. “We gotta have a lot of explosives.”

“Thomas, Roberts and others discussed the need to obtain unregistered silencers and explosive devices for use in attacks against federal government buildings and employees, as well as against local police,” the criminal complaint alleges. “Thomas, Roberts and others also discussed the use of the biological toxin that can kill individuals in small doses. The participants acknowledged that these actions would constitute murder but reasoned that the actions were necessary in accordance with their ideology.”

The arrests come at a time when militias and other home-grown antigovernment radicals declined as a threat in the years following the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. For the most part, domestic terror plots since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, have been connected to radical Islam.

“While many are focused on the threat posed by international violent extremists, this case demonstrates that we must also remain vigilant in protecting our country from citizens within our own borders who threaten our safety and security,” US Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a written statement announcing the arrests.

None of the four men charged in the case have criminal records except for driving offenses.

In 2003, a package was discovered at a mail-sorting center in Greenville, S.C., containing a letter and a small metal vial containing ricin powder. A year later, ricin was discovered in the mailroom of then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. Three Senate office buildings were closed, displacing thousands of workers and raising echoes of a 2001 anthrax attack on the Capitol. Continue reading

Ayloush Qazi: FBI spying on Muslims merits hearings

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Ayloush is executive director of the Greater Los Angeles Area office of CAIR, the Council on America-Islamic Relations. Qazi is the deputy executive director and staff attorney for CAIR-LA.

As Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., launches congressional hearings this week on Muslims and radicalization, we wonder at the expenditure of time to examine an issue whose conclusion has long been self-evident: that American Muslims have worked tirelessly alongside fellow Americans to uphold and strengthen the time-honored values of religious freedom and equality and to protect our nation against all threats. Continue reading

Marc A. Thiessen – The state of our terrorist detention policy

Obama probably won’t mention Ghailani‘s name from the rostrum of the House of Representatives. But the Ghailani case underscores the necessity of his quiet decision to change course and lift the ban he imposed after his inauguration on new military commission trials at Guantanamo. An infuriating New York Times story last week described how Ghailani’s lawyers managed to convince the jury that their client had no idea that he was involved in a plot to blow up two American embassies using explosives-laden trucks. The jury even sent a note asking the judge whether Ghailani needed to know the plot’s specific objectives, or was it enough that he knew something unlawful was going on? The judge told them Ghailani had to know the specific objective of the conspiracies – and later that same day, the jury acquitted him on all but one count.

But Ghailani did know the specific objectives of the plot. In 2007, after being transferred from CIA custody to Guantanamo Bay, he was interviewed by the FBI and provided a confession he acknowledged was completely voluntary. Ghailani told the FBI that he had put “the pieces of the puzzle together” before the attacks and even considered stopping the plot because he believed civilian locations like embassies and hotels were not proper targets for al-Qaeda. Continue reading