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FLO Weekly 16 Jan 2012

FLO Weekly 16 Jan 2012

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Hot Topics
Washington State Fusion CenterWashington State Fusion Center 
January 16, 2012Volume 2, Issue 2
Hot Topics
Suspicious ActivityReports
Tips and Leads
Fusion Liaison OfficerProgram Calendar
Training Opportunities
Administrative Notes
Inside this issue:
Special Points ofInterest:
FLO Basic trainingFebruary 6
8 atthree locations inWA.
01/10 Study: online terror social media
The majority of online terrorist activity is now taking place on social media, a
new study has found. Prof. Gabriel Weimann, of the University of Haifa’s Com-
munications Department, found that 90 percent of organized terrorism on the
Internet is occurring on social media websites. ―By using these tools, the organi-
zations are able to be active in recruiting new friends without geographical limita-
tions,‖ Weimann said Monday. Weimann, who has published a book on Internet
-based terrorist ac-tivities, studied public and password-protected sites over the past decade. Facebook, chat rooms,
 YouTube, and other sites that have been key to the Internet’s evolution are also being utilized by 
Islamist radicals, he found.
01/10 Online project maps militant groups
 What’s the difference between Hamas in Iraq, the Islamic Army in Iraq, and the Jihad and Reform
Front? The three militant Islamist groups are based in Iraq, but they have different historical rootsand leadership structures. And their goals and strategies do not necessarily align, say researchers at
These differences highlight one of the biggest challenges to tackling terrorism:understanding the motivations, allegiances, shifting priorities, and organizational structures of thedozens of militant groups around the world. Groups with similar grievances and demographics some-
times merge with one another; other times they don’t. Organizations that begin with one leadership
structure might splinter or change over time, giving birth to a hydra of new militant groups that mayalso merge or diverge in new and unexpected ways. To better understand how these organizationsinteract with each other and with governments, political scientist Martha Crenshaw is building asearchable, online map that shows the history and relationships among militant organizations. Thisvisual representation includes detailed descriptions of the groups, and shows dates of leadershipchanges, major attacks, and the beginning and end of relationships with other militant groups. Theresult, she hopes, is that policymakers, journalists, intelligence officials, scholars, and others can beginto see the diversity among terrorist organizations and recognize that they may have a variety of goals,and historical and behavioral patterns.
Two American individuals were arrested Monday, charged with independently trying to carry out as-saults against the United States
and as John Miller reports, the trend since the September 11 terror
attacks by the al Qaeda terrorist organization has been towards an increased threat from ―lone wolf‖
terrorists, many of whom are home-grown. Craig Benedict Baxam, an ex-Army soldier from Laurel,Md., was arrested for attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization inSomalia. On Monday in Florida, Sami Osmakac, a Kosovo-born Muslim man, was
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charged with plotting to attack crowded locations around Tampa, Fla., including nightclubs and a sheriff's office. "I think what we'relooking at here is a very interesting trend," said Miller. "After 9/11 we saw an average of four of these cases a year roughly, and then in2008, 2009, 2010, you see that really spike, so that you're having 13 cases, 18 cases. Last year we had another nine cases. So the questionis, what made this kind of self-radicalization go up? "I attribute a lot of it to Anwar al-Awlaki, when al Qaeda discovered that in theirmidst they had a master propagandist." Al-Awlaki, an American-born cleric who promoted the terror group on the Internet, was killed bya U.S. drone attack in Yemen last September. Miller said that while the power of Awlaki's message may have dimmed - the number of"lone wolf" cases has dropped a bit recently - his effect is still powerful.
An informer who led the FBI to a Pinellas Park terror suspect got paid to do so. Along the way, the informer intro-duced the suspect to someone who seemed to have access to explosives: an undercover FBI agent. The informer's andagent's prominent roles might trigger questions about the arrest Saturday of Sami Osmakac, 25, but they likely won'thurt the government's case, an expert says. About 90 percent of federal terrorism cases result in a conviction, eitherthrough a plea deal or a trial, said Karen J. Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham LawSchool in New York. "You don't see acquittals," she said. The center has tracked hundreds of terrorism-related arrestssince the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks but logged only nine acquittals, 13 complete dismissals and five vacated guilty verdicts. And in the middleof the past decade, researchers saw an upswing in the use of informers, without a compromise in conviction rates.
A SUSPECTED al-Qaeda chief has been banned from flying to the UK amid fears of a terrorist threat to the Olympics. Sami MohamedAli al-Fadli, 20, is thought likely to launch an attack in the UK or on a plane. Home Secretary Theresa May ordered the suspected terrorleader to be barred from all flights into Britain after intelligence chiefs warned he poses a threat to the Games. At least 150 airlines areaffected by the urgent blanket ban on Fadli
with 90 of them operating from Heathrow alone. It is also thought Fadli
believed to belurking in terrorist hotspot Yemen
might try to blow a plane out of the sky in a suicide bombing spectacular.
A British intelligence sourcesaid last night: "This man is regarded as a very real threat.
"Information about him indicates that he could also be in a position to influence andlead others." Fadli
a shadowy figure who once lived in Britain as a refugee
was the
suspect with terror links to be madethe subject of a flight ban and exclusion order as fears mounted that al-Qaeda agents could stage a bloody atrocity to disrupt this sum-mer's Games.
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WSFC INTAKE1-877-843-9522
(U//FOUO) [Region 6] Between 5 January 2012 at 1800 hours and 6 January 2012 at 0600 hours, anunknown subject placed an Improvised Incendiary Device in the (REDACTED) Bank ATM lobbylocated at (REDACTED) in Seattle. The device failed to function as intended.
WSFC Tracking No.
Tips and Leads
(U//FOUO) [Region 5] On 12 December 2011, a black Pelican style case containing what appears tobe some type of optic or sighting system was found by the side of I-90 at mile post 56.5 in the eastbound lanes. Also found inside the case were several "Special Forces" patches or armbands.
WSFCTracking No.
(U//FOUO) [Region 5, 6, 8] On 13 January 2012, U.S. Customs and Border Protection discovered,during a routine inspection, suspected Opium poppy plants intended for delivery to addresses in Seat-tle, Yakima, and Roy, WA.
WSFC Tracking No.

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