Islamic Group Plans Wootton Bassett March

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 01/02/2010 by securityscene

Anjem Choudary - Islam4UKAn Islamic group believed to have links with an extremist group is planning to march through the streets of Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire.

Wootton Bassett has become famous for honouring British war dead returning home from Afghanistan.

The group Islam4UK, run by former lawyer Anjem Choudary, has said that the march will be a peaceful one, using symbolic coffins to represent the Muslim victims of the war in Afghanistan and Iraq.

A spokeswoman for Wiltshire Police said “Under the Public Order Act the organiser must inform the police of the date, time and route of the proposed procession, and the name and address of the organiser.

“If the march or procession is believed to be likely to result in serious disorder, disruption or damage, then the police can impose conditions upon the organiser.

“In exceptional circumstances, police may apply to the local authority for an order prohibiting such a march.”

To date there had been no contact from Islam4UK or any other group wishing to arrange such a march in Wootton Bassett,”

Islam4UK is said to call itself a “platform” for the extremist movement al-Muhajiroun.

The groups website say’s that it’s “totally unacceptable” to honour servicemen who contributed “directly or indirectly” to the death of “well over 100,000 Muslims in Afghanistan in the last 8 years”.

“We at Islam4UK find this totally unacceptable and as a result have decided to launch the ‘Wootton Bassett March’ to highlight the real casualties of this brutal Crusade,” Islam4UK’s site said.

Cartoonist ‘Attacker’ Appears In Danish Court

Posted in Crime, news, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , on 01/02/2010 by securityscene

The suspect accused of trying to attack Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard has appeared in court today, 2nd January 2010, charged with attempted manslaughter of the man who drew a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad wearing a turban in the shape of a bomb.

The 28 year old Somali man was taken into court on a stretcher after having been shot in the knee last night while he attacked a police man who was called to the disturbance.

He denied the charges of trying to kill Mr Westergaard and a police officer at the scene of the attack.

Danish Police have confirmed that the man who has links to Somalia’s al-Shabab, a group labelled as terrorists by many countries, had managed to enter the artists house, armed with a knife and axe, he had also shouted that he wanted to kill Westergaard.

After contacting the police the 74 year old retreated to his safe room along with his 5 year old granddaughter where he waited for officers to arrive.

The judge has imposed an injunction on revealing the man’s name and has remanded him in custody for 4 weeks, half this time to be spent in isolation.

Police have confirmed that the man was shot in the knee and shoulder while officers were attempting to arrest him. The head of PET, Danish Intelligence Service, Jakob Scharf said that the attack was “terror related”.

He also said that the suspect had been under surveillance for various activities, unrelated to Mr Westergaard.

The cartoon that caused uproar in the Muslim world was printed in a Danish newspaper, Jyllands Post, the paper issued an apology for the drawing, however, other European media channels printed it again. This caused Dutch embassies to be attacked and dozens of people were killed in riots around the world.

Islamic militants have places a $1m price on the head of Mr Westergard.

See Also;
Artist Attacked Over Mohammed Cartoon

Obama Publicly Links Airline Bomber With al-Qaeda

Posted in Crime, news, Politics, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 01/02/2010 by securityscene

United States President Barack Obama has today for the first time publically linked the 23 year old Nigerian, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, with the International terrorist network al-Qaeda.

During his weekly radio and internet address to the people, he said that, the would-be suicide bomber was trained and equipped for his failed mission by an al-Qaeda affiliate while in Yemen.

“The investigation into the Christmas Day incident continues, and we’re learning more about the suspect.

“We know that he travelled to Yemen, a country grappling with crushing poverty and deadly insurgencies.

“It appears that he joined an affiliate of al-Qaeda, and that this group, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, trained him, equipped him with those explosives and directed him to attack that plane headed for America.” The President said.

He also said that there had been “human and systemic failures”, these failures had allowed the Nigerian to board the flight from Amsterdam to Detroit despite being on a terror watchlist.

Obama has also called a meeting with American Intelligence Chiefs for next week, this to discuss options and strategies to stop further attacks and airline bombings.

The terror suspect was able to pass through security checks at Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport whilst having explosives attached to his thigh and underpants.

Passengers and crew were able to subdue Abdulmutallab as he tried to detonate the mixture of powder and liquid while the plane was landing.

While the mixture failed to detonate he was left with third degree burns as it and the immediate area of the plane caught fire.

See Also;
Airport Body Scanner To Be Installed At Schiphol Airport
Umar Farouk Adbul Mutallab – Airline Bombing Attempt
Umar Abdulmutallab

Artist Attacked Over Mohammed Cartoon

Posted in Crime, news, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , , on 01/02/2010 by securityscene

Kurt WestergaardA Somalian man has been shot and arrested in Denmark after he attempted to break into the house of 74 year old Kurt Westergaard.

The man was seeking revenge for the creation of a cartoon made by the householder back in 2005. The cartoonist created an image of the Prophet Mohammed carrying a bomb under his turban, linking Mohammed to violence and terrorism. All depictions of the prophet are generally forbidden under Islamic law.

The original cartoon was published by a Danish newspaper back in 2005 and this sparked violence and threats of violence and death against the newspaper and Mr Westergaard.

The 27 year old suspect arrived at the house carrying an axe and a knife. The cartoonist was able to alert police to the attack and seek safety in the safe room of his house.

Police arrived at the house within minutes of the alarm being raised, the un-named suspect then wielded an axe at a police officer. He was then shot by an officer in the knee and was arrested and taken to hospital for treatment.

The artist said that the man had been shouting “blood” and “revenge” during the incident.

Intelligence officials from Denmark have said that the suspect is connected to the terrorist group al-Shabaab and ally of al-Qaeda in East Africa.

Many people have made attempts on Kurt Westergaard’s life, three arrests were made back in February 2008, at that time he issued a statement, saying “Of course I fear for my life after the Danish Security and Intelligence Service informed me of the concrete plans of certain people to kill me. However, I have turned fear into anger and indignation. It has made me angry that a perfectly normal everyday activity which I used to do by the thousand was abused to set off such madness.

The as of yet un-named attacker will appear in a Danish court charged with the attempted murder of Kurt Westergaard.

UPDATE
See – Cartoonist ‘Attacker’ Appears In Danish Court

Umar Farouk Adbul Mutallab – Airline Bombing Attempt

Posted in Crime, news, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 01/02/2010 by securityscene

Umar MutallabOn Christmas day 2009, Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab attempted to blow up a transatlantic flight from Amsterdam to Detroit in the United States of America.

The 23 year old had earlier taken a flight from Nigeria to Amsterdam where he then boarded Northwest Airlines Flight 253 to Detroit, Michigan.

Umar Mutallab was seen to spend about 20 minutes in the aircrafts bathroom as the plane approached Detroit, he told passengers and crew that he was having stomach problems and he covered himself with a blanket.

As the plane was beginning its decent those nearby heard popping noises and smelled a foul odour, others noticed that Mutallab’s trouser leg and the wall of the aircraft were on fire, he confirmed to concerned crew members that he had an “explosive device” in his pocket.

Brave crew and passengers tackled the man and managed to subdue him while fire extinguishers were used to douse the flames. The aircraft made a safe landing at its destination airport.

Mutallab was promptly arrested and removed by US Authorities; he was taken to hospital where he was treated for severe burns. Reports have stated that while under custody, Umar Mutallab told authorities that he had been instructed by al Qaeda, he obtained the device in Yemen, along with instructions from al Qaeda on how to use it. This claim has since been backed up by an al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen claiming responsibility for the attack.

Umar had managed to smuggle in the explosive device by stitching it into the inside of his underpants, a syringe was also brought onto the aircraft and was used to add another ingredient to the explosive mixture.

The mixture created a lethal amount of the explosive PETN (Pentaerythritol Explosive), an effective but fairly unstable explosive that can be made with some simple ingredients and little knowledge.

Shortly after the incident it was shown that the terrorist suspect had recently been a student at University College London, having completed a degree in Engineering. This connection with the United Kingdom started an investigation by British Counter Terrorism agencies including the raiding of an apartment where the accused was said to have lived as a student. Information is now appearing to show that he was radicalised during his time in the UK.

The US Government has also confirmed that the name Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab had been brought to their attention. The young man’s own father, a millionaire Nigerian banker described by The Times as “one of the richest men in Africa”, had gone to the US Embassy in Nigeria to advice them of his sons growing radical opinions, he name was put onto a watch list, but not added to the no fly list that would have stopped him boarding the plane to the US.

The aftermath of the attack caused airports Worldwide to increase security, especially on flights to the United States.  In an attempt to further combat the threat from attacks on aircraft airports and other travel terminus across the world are installing full body scanners, effectively subjecting all passengers to a virtual strip search without being as intrusive as the real thing – see our article about full body scanners.

Umar is currently being held in the Federal Correctional Institution Milan, in Milan, Michigan. He has been charged with bringing a destructive device onto, and attempting to destroy a US civil aircraft.

Much information is becoming available about this case on a daily basis; we will bring you more details as they become available.

Bomb Sewn Into Underpants

Airport Body Scans To Be Installed At Schiphol Airport

Posted in Crime, news, Technology, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , , on 12/31/2009 by securityscene

After the recent attempted terrorist attack on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 (operated by Delta Airlines) from Amsterdam to Detroit, the Dutch government has given the go ahead for full body scanners to be installed at the airport.

Within three weeks of the attack by Nigerian born Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, the full body scanners will be in place and used on all flights to the United States.

The new devices take a full scan of the body, picking up many items that traditional airport security measures would miss, effectively it allows for a full strip search to be carried out without anyone else being present.

Dutch officials have said that after reviewing the security measures undertaken at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam they found that all checks had been carried out on Abdulmutallab correctly, a passenger list which included his name had also been passed on to US authorities before the flight.

A passenger would enter the scanner, a scan would be taken, this picture would then be sent to a computer in another location for analysis and alert security at the scanner if something suspicious is found. This allows the process to remain quite anonymous as no identifying information would be sent .

It is predicted that the attack of Christmas Day will further increase security measures in airports through the world, Manchester International Airport has already tested this technology with great success and Nigeria has said that in-light of its citizens attempt to blow up the aircraft it plans to buy some of the units.


Airport Body Scan

Anthrax Terror Alert At The House Of Commons

Posted in Crime, Politics, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 12/31/2009 by securityscene

Shahid Malik - Anthrax ScareA letter sent to Muslim Communities minister and former Justice minister, Shahid Malik, has triggered an anthrax scare at the House Of Commons in London, England.

The letter arrived at the Commons on Monday 28 December 2009, it contained an unknown white powder. It was intercepted  by screening staff who started a major security alert over fears that it could be the deadly poison Anthrax.

Comments on the envelope, addressed to Shahid Malik, suggest that it was sent by person or persons who support the far-right and the post mark indicated that the letter was sent from the UK, police are now trying to trace the sender.

The powder has since been tested and found to be harmless.

Mr Malik’s spokesman said: “We’re very grateful to the authorities for their alertness and dedication in ensuring the safety of all correspondence to parliamentarians.”

Anthrax can be theoretically cultivated with minimal special equipment and expertise making it possible for terrorist groups to use it with deadly effect. However the power of Anthrax can be and has been created by the fact that an anonymous white power left or delivered to the right targets can cause as much fear, terror and problems as having the real poison.

Over the past few years anthrax hoaxes have been on the rise, in response to the many mail related cases the US Postal Service installed biohazard detection systems at its major distribution centres to scan for anthrax being sent through the mail.

US Police Officers Shot Dead Near Air Force Base – Update

Posted in Crime, news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 11/29/2009 by securityscene

Four police officers have been shot dead in what has been described as an ambush in the state of Washington.

The officers were killed near McChord Air Force Base in Parkland, Washington state. Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer has told local television stations that the officers were killed around 8.30am local time on Sunday 29th November 2009.

Officers were reported to be sitting in Forza Coffee shop in the Lakewood area, south of Tacoma on Steele Street. They are said to have been sitting in the coffee shop with their computers when the gunmen entered and open fired.

Mr Troyer said that the investigators believe that the police officers were targeted and that this wasn’t a robbery.

“It was just a flat out ambush,” he told a local paper.

The men are still believed to be at large and a man hunt is under way.

UPDATE

Theron Zahn of KOMO-TV is reported as saying that a huge police operation is underway to locate the person or person’s who shot dead 4 police officers in what is described as an ambush. The nearby McChord Air Force Base has effectively been “locked down”.

“Police helicopters are in the air using their infra-red cameras for anyone who may be hiding nearby. It is a massive manhunt.”

KOMO-TV has said that police are currently offering a $10,000 reward leading to the arrest of the gunmen.

Police investigators have said that the officers were in uniform and their marked police cars were parked outside of the coffee shop, making it more likely that the men had been targeted by the shooter/s.

The gunman is said to be a black man, 5 foot 8 to 5 foot 9 inches tall, in his late 20s or 30s, with scruffy facial hair. The man was wearing a black coat and blue jeans and fled the scene via Steele Street.

It is believed that the gunman acted alone in the shooting, but police aren’t ruling out the possibility that other people were involved.

If you have any information about the shooting you should call 866-977-2362 to speak with police.

We will bring you more details as they become available.

Andy Hayman, Anti-Terrorism Cop – The Interview – listen now

Posted in Book Review, Crime, Politics, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , on 11/22/2009 by securityscene

Andy Hayman - The InterviewAndy Hayman joined the police force as a Police Constable as soon as he left school back in 1978.  Serving with the Essex Police force Hayman was quickly raising through the ranks, later moving to the Metropolitan Police in London.

He was later promoted to the position of Chief Constable of Norfolk before returning to the Met in 1995 to take up the post of assistant commissioner of Special Operations based at head quarters, New Scotland Yard. Andy was in overall charge of the Counter-Terrorism command and Special-Branch and was the UK’s national counter-terrorism co-ordinator.

Hayman was the UK’s top anti-terrorism cop and before his recent retirement he worked on a number of high profile terrorism cases including the London bombings of 7th July, failed bombings of the 21st July, shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes and even the murder of Alexander Litvinenko.

Along with Margaret Gilmore, Andy has written a book “The Terrorist Hunters: The Ultimate Inside Story Of Britain’s Fight Against Terror”. A book that covers the investigations, stresses and politics of maintaining security of a country at the very highest level. This is certainly a book worth buying for anyone with an interest in security, terrorism or police matters – click here for details.

On Saturday 22nd November 2009, Andy Hayman took park in the BBC World Service show The Interview. To discuss the time when he was informed that there was a plot to bring down seven aircraft flying from the UK to the US, sparking the biggest terror investigation of all time, round the clock surveillance ending with the conviction of three British men earlier this year, saving the lives of many in what could have been an attack on the scale of or bigger than 9/11.

On The Interview Andy Hayman gives Carrie Gracie his inside view of how the terrorist threat is bring handled and where the dangers lie today.

Click here to listen to The Interview with Andy Hayman.

Senator Writes To President Over Fort Hood Attack Likely Terrorism

Posted in Crime, news, Politics, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 11/18/2009 by securityscene

US Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas has written to President Obama to express his concerns over the Administrations reluctance to call the Fort Hood attack and act of terrorism.

Senator Cornyn says in his letter, it appears increasingly probable that the Fort Hood attacker, Major Hasan, had been motivated by his fanatical religious ideology and that it should serve as a wake up call for federal officials.

He is calling on the President and Administration to make sure that political correctness does not get in the way of preserving and protecting the US from potential attacks against National Security.

This is a copy of the full letter sent to the Whitehouse;

The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Obama:

I sincerely appreciate you joining us at Fort Hood, Texas, last week for the memorial ceremony honoring the victims of the horrific November 5 attack. Thank you for your participation and your moving, heartfelt words. In the wake of this massacre, my prayers remain with the fallen, the injured, and their families, as I know yours do.

I look forward to questioning Attorney General Holder on Wednesday about the role that federal law enforcement agencies played in this particular case, as well as what actions they are taking to prevent radical Islam from finding a home in the U.S. Armed Forces. The federal government has a fundamental duty to our men and women in uniform to safeguard them against avoidable harm in the course of their service. We must protect the protectors whenever and wherever we are able, especially at home in the United States. Our government failed the brave Americans who were killed and wounded at Fort Hood. The devastation inflicted on them was preventable, and it is of paramount importance that we ascertain exactly where the system broke down.

The question of how this could ever happen on U.S. soil must be answered as soon as possible, so as to foreclose the possibility of future attacks of this nature. I understand that a myriad of investigations are underway, and I appreciate the importance of ascertaining the facts before making any judgments. Nonetheless, it seems increasingly likely that Islamist terrorism is to blame for this senseless attack. I was pleased that you alluded to this in your remarks at Fort Hood, stating that, “no faith justifies these murderous and craven acts; no just and loving God looks upon them with favor.” I could not agree more.

Islamist terrorism represents one of the single most dangerous threats to the national security of the United States. As you know, this enemy seeks the complete and total destruction of our nation, our government, and our entire American way of life. As the 9/11 Commission stated in its report, “The enemy is not just ‘terrorism.’ It is the threat posed specifically by Islamist terrorism, by Bin Ladin and others who draw on a long tradition of extreme intolerance within a minority strain of Islam that does not distinguish politics from religion, and distorts both.”

Al Qaeda, in a 1998 fatwa signed by its leaders, Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, instructed that: “to kill the Americans and their allies—civilian and military—is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it . . . .” Similarly, in a 2006 propaganda video, al Qaeda specifically urged viewers to “go on a shooting spree” at a key military installation. As more and more facts surrounding the Fort Hood attack surface, it looks increasingly probable that the alleged attacker, Major Nidal Hasan, heeded these terrorist calls to violence, compelled by a fanatical religious ideology. If Islamist terrorism was the driving force behind the senseless violence at Fort Hood, as it seems to be, this attack must serve as a call to action for the Federal Government.

The Fort Hood mass murder would not be the first time our service members have been violently assaulted from within their own ranks by an individual driven to act primarily by his religious ideology. As you may know, on March 23, 2003, during the initial phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom, an Army Sergeant named Hasan Akbar attacked his fellow service members in Kuwait with grenades and small arms, murdering two of them and wounding more than a dozen others. Akbar’s diary passages illustrated a strong religious motivation behind his actions: “I will have to decide to kill my Muslim brothers fighting for Saddam Hussein or my battle buddies. . . . I may not have killed any Muslims, but being in the Army is the same thing. I may have to make a choice very soon on who to kill.”

We must not blame Islam as a whole for this attack or others of its kind; yet at the same time, we cannot ignore the indisputable fact that some followers of Islam interpret their religion’s scriptures and teachings as a mandate for the mass murder of innocents. Evidence indicating that terrorist activity may be in the offing must always be run to ground; federal agencies must follow every lead and look into every possible threat, regardless of whose particular sensitivities might be offended in the process. We must never allow the safety of those who defend our freedom to be made a secondary priority to political correctness.

Sincerely,
JOHN CORNYN
United States Senator