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Feds Worried al-Shabaab Planning Attacks Within U.S.
Oct 5, 2013
What You Need To Know
The House Foreign Affairs Committee this week heard testimony about the growing problem of radicalization and recruitment of Somali-Americans into jihadist organizations, most notably the al-Qaeda affiliated al-Shabaab terrorist network. This is the same group that is said to have been responsible for last week's multi-day terrorist attack on a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya which claimed the lives of over 60 people and injured over a hundred more, including U.S. citizens.
While al-Shabaab has had ongoing recruitment efforts underway in U.S. cities for many years, concerns are increasing within law enforcement and intelligence circles that al-Shabaab may be planning attacks on soft targets (in general, undefended targets) within the U.S.. As reported last week, al-Shabaab claims that three of the terrorists involved in the Nairobi attack are Somali-Americans from Missouri and Minnesota. These developments, in part, explain the large presence of U.S. federal agents in Nairobi helping Kenyan authorities investigate the attack. This includes collecting finger prints and DNA samples from the dead attackers as well as attempting to identify those who fled during and after the attack.
The Minneapolis-St. Paul area, is home to the largest population of Somali immigrants in the U.S.. Al-Shabaab is one of 50 US-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization as defined by the State Department. In February 2012, the emir of al-Shabaab and al-Qaeda's leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, announced the alliance of the two organizations.
A new Worldwide Caution issued last week by the State Department highlights the range of locations targeted in the past.
"Extremists may elect to use conventional or non-conventional weapons, and target both official and private interests. Examples of such targets include high-profile sporting events, residential areas, business offices, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, public areas, shopping malls, and other tourist destinations both in the United States and abroad where U.S. citizens gather in large numbers, including during holidays."
We mention this warning as the world is not getting any quieter. Far from it. Conspiracy theories aside, while our national security apparatus as a whole has been quite effective in preventing a number of terrorist attacks in the past decade, expect more. For a multitude of reasons America now has many enemies. Considering the state of our deeply troubled economy, rising domestic tensions, dysfunctional government at seemingly all levels, basic battlefield tactics would make this a prime time to stir up mayhem while everyone is disgruntled and distracted.
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COMING TO A CITY NEAR YOU
An honest assessment of the terrorism threat environment should include the stark warning that with rising domestic tensions, a worsening economy, an increasingly dysfunctional government and arrogant, corrupt, unresponsive elected officials, one can logically expect disgruntled Americans to become increasingly violent in the coming months and years. Our elected officials know this and it explains, in part, the widespread militarization of law enforcement agencies across the country. They see what is coming. So should you.
While our government uses phrases like "Arab Spring" to describe civilian uprisings and direct action in other parts of the world, the general reasoning is the same: Anger and desperation within the population.
Remember: In desperate times desperate people do desperate things. As an increasing number of Americans become more angry and desperate, and in particular, those with the "entitlement" mentality, the natural reaction will be violence. It is human nature and it is coming to a city near you.
AlertsUSA STRONGLY recommends that readers prepare for this eventuality with urgency. Keep a deep, well stocked pantry in your home, as well as a means to defend it. Set up different types of emergency plans and contingencies with your families. And perhaps most importantly maintain an appropriate level of vigilance and security awareness.

During the past week AlertsUSA issued the following
Flash messages to subscriber mobile devices:
10/1
Israeli PM before the UN General Assembly: Under absolutely no circumstances will Israel, alone or not, allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons.
10/3
Tropical storm Karen forms in Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane Watch declared from LA to FL. Residents in coastal areas urged to pay attention and prepare.
10/3
Shots fired @ the U.S. Capital. Facility on lockdown. Injuries reported.
10/3
All clear at U.S. Capital. Suspect reported to be in custody. Capital Hill police news conference to begin shortly.
10/3
Law enforcement confirms death of female suspect involved in Capital Hill incident.

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DANGER AHEAD!
Fuel Removal from Fukushima #4 Pool
Oct 5, 2013
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It is important to again remind readers that a very dangerous time is approaching at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear power plant in Japan. There are direct implications for us here in N. America.
Within weeks, Tokyo Electric Power Company will begin attempting to remove highly radioactive fuel bundles from the damaged spent fuel pool above reactor unit #4. As previously reported by Threat Journal, this is an extremely dangerous process due to distortion of the spent fuel racks and the potential for breaking off fuel bundles in the process. If a fuel bundles breaks or comes in contact with other bundles, there is significant potential for fires, explosions and criticality events. The net result could be additional catastrophic releases of radioactive materials into the atmosphere.
Normally the fuel removal process is handled by computers in a precision manner. Given the damage to the spent fuel racks, this is impossible. The fuel removal process must be controlled manually.
The simple reality is that beginning in the next few weeks and potentially lasting many months, the actions of workers at the Fukushima facility, as well as nature itself, could create a disastrous situation for us here in N. America as we are downwind.
It is already well known that large swaths of N. America were coated with radioactive fallout from the original explosions in 2011 (see this and this) and that contaminated emissions continue to be released from the plant even today. And as reported last week, the US government is spending tens of millions of dollars to prepare the national medical stockpile with various medications to help treat victims of radiation poisoning. They see the threat. So should you.
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ALERT
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 Warnings
See all of the USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings HERE.
Important Travel Alerts
08/02/2013

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