Tag: Terrorism

Lone Gunman Leaves 12 Dead at ‘College Country Night’

A black-clad gunman with a semi-automatic pistol attacked a packed college bar in California Wednesday night; leaving 12 dead and more injured at a “country night” themed party.

It is a horrific scene in there. There is blood everywhere

According to Fox News, “Hundreds of people — including students from California Lutheran University, private Christian school Pepperdine University and California State University Channel Islands — were inside Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif., for the country music event when shots suddenly rang out at about 11:20 p.m., Ventura County police said. Police said at least 30 shots were fired and the gunman, armed with a .45-caliber handgun, used a smoke device to disorient and confuse his targets.”

“It is a horrific scene in there. There is blood everywhere,” said Sheriff Geoff Dean.

One of the victims was Sheriff Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year-veteran on the force.

“Ron was a hardworking dedicated sheriff sergeant,” said Dean. “He was totally committed. He gave his all. And tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero because he went in to save lives. To save other people.”

Read the full report at Fox News.

Dissolved In Acid? Authorities Pursuing Grisly Theory Journalist Was Dismembered, Dissolved in Acid

A senior Turkish official told the Washington Post Wednesday that authorities are pursuing a theory that slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s body was dismembered and destroyed in acid.

The official said that biological evidence discovered at the garden of the Saudi consulate corroborates the theory that Khashoggi’s body was “disposed of close to where he was killed and dismembered.” The nearby residence of the Saudi consul general is another location where officials theorize the body could have been destroyed.

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Turkish prosecutor Irfan Fidan believes Khashoggi’s murder was premeditated and said he was “strangled as soon as he entered the consulate.” The body was “subsequently destroyed by being dismembered, once again confirming the planning of the murder.”

The Post notes:

“Saudi Arabia has provided shifting explanations about what happened to Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen, a contributing columnist to The Washington Post and critic of the Saudi leadership, including the de facto Saudi ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. For more than two weeks, Saudi authorities repeatedly denied any knowledge of Khashoggi’s whereabouts, then abruptly changed their account, blaming the killing on agents acting outside the Saudi government’s authority.”

The Washington Post is also reporting that during a phone call, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told White House adviser Jared Kushner and national security adviser John Bolton that Khashoggi was a dangerous Islamist just days after his appearance.

The call occurred before the Saudi kingdom acknowledged killing Khashoggi and the prince claimed the journalist was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and urged Kushner and Bolton to “preserve the U.S.-Saudi alliance.”

Shots Fired into Republican Party Offices in Florida, No Injuries Reported

At least four bullets were fired into the Republican Party offices in Daytona, Florida Monday; breaking the building’s windows and destroying property while injuring no one.

“The League of Women Voters of Florida and the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence called the incident ‘domestic terrorism’ that comes on the heels of a mass shooting that claimed 11 lives at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday,” writes the Orlando Sentinel.

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The incident comes just days after a lone gunman opened fire at a Pittsburgh House of Worship; killing eleven individuals during Saturday morning religious services.

Read the full report here

No, Right-Wing Terrorism is NOT More Common Than Islamic Extremism

What’s more common, right-wing terrorism, or Islamic terrorism? Given the recent pipe bomb scares, you’re bound to run into some liberal twisting the statistics to (mis)inform you that ” well actually, right-wing extremism is a greater problem than Islamic extremism in America.”

Oh really now?

Back in January, Cory Booker told CNN that “In American history since 9/11, we’ve had 85 major attacks in our country, 73 percent of them have been by white nationalist hate groups.” Convenient of him to begin his timeline after the worst Islamic terrorist attack in U.S. history, ain’t it? Unsurprisingly, the factless fact-checkers over at Politifact rated the claim “half-true.” Their “half-true” rating was based on Booker claiming 73 “white nationalist” attacks, while the study Booker was relying on was documenting “far right wing violent extremist groups.” So Politifact’s problem with Booker’s statement was largely semantics – but the real problems with his statement deserve a “pants on fire” rating.

The source in question is a 2017 Government Accountability Office (GAO) study titled “Countering Violent Extremism.” While Booker’s assessment is technically correct that 73 percent of terrorist attacks are from far-right groups (which I assume is what he meant to say regardless), the GAO study is extremely flimsy on what constitutes a right-wing terrorist attack. For example, turn to page 29 of the study, and one of the right-wing terrorist attacks is described as “White Supremacist member of Aryan Brotherhood killed a man.” That’s it. No detail as to the motive, the race of the victim, or anything else. Since when does a murder become a terrorist incident just because the murderer also happens to be a bigot? A hate crime perhaps, but not a terror attack. That same white supremacist killed someone else in later weeks, and is counted as a separate “terrorist attack” in the study.

On page 31, “Far rightist murdered a homeless man” is counted as a right-wing terror attack, and if these examples thus far weren’t crazy enough, page 32 describes a “White supremacist [who] shot and killed 9 at his community college.” That shooting was the 2015 Umpqua Community College shooting, carried out by a self-described “mixed race” individual who singled out Christians for his attack. Does that sound like a right-wing terrorist attack to you? How about on page 30, when the study documents the “right-wing terrorist attack” involving “Six white supremacist inmates beat[ing] another prisoner to death.”? Do you walk the streets in fear that prison inmates will somehow assault you?

Clearly, the GAO is grasping at straws when it comes to defining terrorism or “major attacks.” Indeed, nearly every single right-wing terrorist attack on the list are individual murders that at best would accurately be described as hate crimes. Those murders should not be counted as instances of “terrorism,” but suppose for a second that we’re to grant the GAO’s methodology. Even so, this highlights another problem in the study: that they’re counting attacks based on their frequency, not death toll.

While there were 62 instances of right-wing terror int he GAO study, they resulted in “only” 106 deaths. That’s a death toll racked up in mere seconds on September 11th. When one Islamic terror attack can result in over 30x the deaths of an inflated estimate of right-wing terror deaths, who in their right mind would think the right-wing is more dangerous?

Meanwhile, the GAO’s documented cases of Islamic extremism has only 23 incidents, but a comparably higher 119 deaths. As already mentioned, they’re conveniently beginning their timeline post-9/11. So I suppose by their logic Islamic terrorism isn’t such a threat if you just happen to ignore the worst Islamic terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

In total, I could only find seven incidents (carried out by five perpetrators) that could accurately be described as right-wing terror incidents, resulting in 22 victims dead (excluding perpetrators). They are:

  • Anti-government violent extremist flew a small plane into an Austin, TX office building with an IRS office in it to protest the IRS and the government. One dead – only the perpetrator.
  • Neo-Nazi killed six at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, 8/5/2012, Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Six dead.
  • Anti-government extremist kills Transportation Security Administration officer at Los Angeles International Airport, 11/1/2013, Los Angeles, California. One dead.
  • White supremacist shot and killed 2 at a Jewish Community Center, 4/13/2014, Overland Park, Kansas. Two dead.
  • Same perpetrator as the previous attack in Overland Park; perpetrator murdered another person at a Jewish retirement center later the same day, 4/13/2014, Leawood, Kansas. One dead.
  • White supremacist Dylann Roof shot and killed 9 African Americans in a shooting at an African American church, 6/17/2015, Charleston, South Carolina. Nine dead.
  • Anti-government survivalist extremist killed 3 at Planned Parenthood clinic including a responding police officer, 11/27/2015, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Three dead.

If we’re to apply these revised figures, that would mean seven right-ring terror incidents compared to 23 Islamic terror incidents. Not only is the former much rarer, when such terror attacks do occur, the death toll is far less. Even a single Islamic terror incident such as the 2009 Fort Hoot shooting or 2015 San Bernardino massacre racked up death tolls of more than half of all right-wing terror incidents combined. Most importantly, however, it proves that 3/4th of terror attacks are Islamic, not the reverse, as Booker claimed.

And don’t forget, this is just domestic terrorism. Even as they were seeing massive territorial losses last year, ISIS still carried out attacks killing at least 6,500 innocent people, and their African affiliate Boko Haram killed an additional 900. It goes without saying that there are no equivalent “right-wing” terrorist outlets.

P.S. For anyone curious, you can view the list for yourself below.

How Authorities Found Cesar Sayoc

One single fingerprint on a package mailed to Rep. Maxine Waters helped investigators find the man who allegedly sent at least 13 suspected pipe bombs to Democratic figures this past week, officials said yesterday.

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The big break in the case for investigators came Thursday, when officials were able to trace five packages to the Opa-Locka processing and distribution center outside of Miami.

Once I knew that they had a print, I was pretty confident we’d be able to find the right person

That discovery allowed authorities to narrow their search, which — combined with the fingerprint samples collected from the package sent to Waters and cell phone geolocation information — led to the arrest of suspect Cesar Sayoc, even as new devices were being found in New York and California.

“Once I knew that they had a print, I was pretty confident we’d be able to find the right person,” FBI director Chris Wray said at a press conference Friday.

Additionally, investigators also found a possible DNA connection between samples on two separate packages and material collected from the suspect, Cesar Sayoc, in a previous arrest in Florida, Wray added.

Sayoc, 56, was arrested in Plantation, Florida, earlier yesterday and was charged with five federal crimes — including interstate transportation of an explosive, illegal mailing of explosives and threats against former presidents, officials said.

He will be prosecuted in Manhattan, and faces up to 58 years behind bars AG Jeff Sessions explained Friday.

h/t CBS Philly

Authorities Identify ‘Mail Bomb’ Suspect as 56-Year Old Cesar Sayoc, Jr.

Authorities arrested a suspect in south Florida in connection with a series of “suspicious packages” sent to prominent Democrats Friday morning, with multiple media outlets identifying the man as 56-year old Cesar Sayoc, Jr.


“A law enforcement source told Fox News that the suspect is a white male in his 50s, a former New Yorker, who lives in Aventura, Florida, who had prior arrests for terroristic threats. Several of the packages went through a U.S. postal facility in Opa-locka, which is less than 10 miles from Aventura,” writes Fox News.

“DNA evidence played a role in the arrest of Cesar Sayoc, Jr., 56,” confirmed NBC News.

“A law enforcement official identified the suspect as Cesar Sayoc, 56, of Aventura, Fla. The official said Mr. Sayoc had a criminal history and ties to the New York area,” adds the New York Times.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

BREAKING: Suspect Arrested in Florida in Connection with Suspicious Packages Sent to Democrats

Federal authorities have arrested at least one man in connection with a series of “suspicious packages” sent to prominent Democrats and politicians in recent days, according to multiple law enforcement sources and reported by CNN.


The rudimentary “pipe-bombs” were sent to former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, James Clapper, John Brennan, Eric Holder, Cory Booker, George Soros, Maxine Waters, Robert De Niro, and Joe Biden.

This is a developing story.

More ‘Suspicious Packages’ Addressed to Joe Biden, Robert De Niro Seized

Former Vice President Joe Biden and outspoken actor Robert De Niro were also the targets of two additional “suspicious packages” similar to those delivered to former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Maxine Waters, and CNN’s New York headquarters.


“The FBI, New Castle County, Del., police and postal inspectors were investigating the package addressed to Biden, law enforcement officials told Fox News, stressing the suspicious package investigation was the bureau’s highest priority,” writes Fox News.

A similar package addressed to De Niro was found Thursday in the offices of his New York City production company.

“A suspicious package was received. We called the police. They took it out and went through all safety procedures,” the Tribeca Film Center said in a statement. “It was addressed to Robert De Niro and is similar packaging to the others. It is an open investigation. Everyone is safe and the building is open.”

Read the full story at Fox News.

BREAKING: ‘Suspicious Packages’ Sent to Obamas, Clintons, CNN Evacuated

The Secret Service “intercepted” two “potential explosive devices” sent to former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Wednesday, as another “suspicious package” prompted the evacuation of CNN’s New York offices.

The flurry of dangerous devices comes as local police report an additional package was sent to Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.


“ALERT!!! We are working an investigation of a suspicious package near Sawgrass Corporate Parkway. Please stay out of the area of NW 8th St and NW 136th Ave. We will provide further updates when available,” tweeted the Sunrise Police Department.

“We condemn the attempted violent attacks recently made against President Obama, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and other public figures. These terrorizing acts are despicable, and anyone responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. The United States Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies are investigating and will take all appropriate actions to protect anyone threatened by these cowards,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

This is a developing story.