4:12 PM, Oct 6, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Obama administration and the State Department have responded to multiple reports of Americans attempting to join ISIS, the Islamic terrorist group, by setting up a social media campaign called "Think Again, Turn Away." The effort includes a Facebook page and a Twitter account designed to "expose the facts about terrorists and their propaganda."
"Don’t be misled by those who break up families and destroy their true heritage," the federal government entreats would-be terrorists.
One post on the campaign's Facebook page from October 5 comments on the four-year anniversary of the sentencing of Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani-born American citizen who attempted to bomb Times Square in New York City in 2010. "This father of two will never celebrate another birthday or see his children grow up," reads the post. "Is that something you'd willingly give up? #thinkagainturnaway"
And a tweet from the Twitter account notes that ISIS pays those who fight for it:
The program appears to fall under the purview of Rick Stengel, the under secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs and the former managing editor of Time magazine.
Another “homegrown” terrorist cell with ties to terrorists living abroad.5:10 PM, Aug 27, 2010 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
The news out of Canada is that authorities have broken up a terrorist cell that had more than 50 electronic circuit boards that could be used in improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The details of the plot are still a bit cloudy, but Canadian authorities were quick to point out that the plotters had ties to other actors in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, and Dubai.
It is no wonder the Obama administration sent a “warning” to Pakistan’s leaders.11:30 AM, May 24, 2010 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
Writing at the Daily Beast a few days ago, Philip Shenon (formerly an investigative reporter at the New York Times) had a scoop that deserves wider attention. According to Shenon, a “senior federal law enforcement official” told him that the Obama administration has sent a “clear, if carefully worded warning” to Pakistani leaders.
8:30 PM, May 17, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Quoting the Koran in a 2006 email, Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad wrote that "those who believe" should "fight in the Cause of Allah." Shahzad expressed anger over the cartoon drawings of Mohammed, conflicts that pitted Muslims against non-Muslims, and democracy.
America remains the main target, not the aggressor, in the conflict with radical Islam.1:40 PM, May 17, 2010 • By IRFAN AL-ALAWI and STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
In the aftermath of the failed Times Square bombing, the world appears--not for the first time--to be catching on about Pakistan. That country’s reality is simple: Radical Islamist movements have a choke-hold over the military and intelligence services, and blackmail Islamabad into subsidizing jihadist activities across South Asia, from Afghanistan to Burma, the latter with a small Muslim community. In addition, the large Pakistani diaspora, mainly in the UK and U.S., shelters numerous active agents of and contributors to terrorist efforts.
The secretary of state takes notice of a dangerous link. 12:33 PM, May 11, 2010 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
On 60 Minutes Sunday night, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made what CBS News rightly called a “remarkable” allegation. Secretary Clinton was first asked if the would-be Times Square bomber had ties to terrorists operating out of Pakistan. “There are connections,” Clinton responded before expressing some ambiguity as to the precise nature of those connections. (Other senior Obama administration, including Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama’s chief counterterrorism advisor John Brennan clarified those connections earlier in the day.)
Clinton was asked what message she would deliver to the Pakistanis in the wake of the Times Square attack. She answered:
Eight hours after the failed bombing, an email arrived claiming ‘responsibility of recent Attack on Times Square Newyork USA.’May 17, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 33 • By BILL ROGGIO
Early Sunday morning, May 2, I awoke and followed my usual routine: Grabbed a cup of coffee, logged onto my computer, scanned the news for major developments in the war, and checked my email. It was no ordinary morning, though, as the evening before someone had attempted to set off a car bomb in Times Square in New York City.
The absurd battle to use terror to further the anti-Second Amendment agenda. 1:49 PM, May 7, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
Mayor Mike is coming for your guns, but not even this administration -- and this Congress -- is naive enough to play along. Bloomberg appealed to Congress this week to address what is oddly being called the "terror gap," but which supporters of Second Amendment rights better describe as "secret government lists." The question is this: Should U.S. citizens on terror watch lists be allowed to purchase firearms? The answer from Congress is yes (though the Huffington Post and the New York Times would have you believe it's just Republicans obstructing Bloomberg's "common sense" proposal).
11:00 AM, May 5, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
Byron York notices an alarming paragraph deep inside a New York Times profile of Faisal Shahzad:
George LaMonica, a 35-year-old computer consultant, said he bought his two-bedroom condominium in Norwalk, Conn., from Mr. Shahzad for $261,000 in May 2004. A few weeks after he moved in, Mr. LaMonica said, investigators from the national Joint Terrorism Task Force interviewed him, asking for details of the transaction and for information about Mr. Shahzad. It struck Mr. LaMonica as unusual, but he said detectives told him they were simply “checking everything out.
We were lucky Shahzad’s bomb fizzled. Next time we might not be as lucky.5:50 PM, May 4, 2010 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES and THOMAS JOSCELYN
On Sunday morning, Janet Napolitano twice suggested that the attempted attack in Times Square was a "one-off" event during an interview with ABC News. ABC's Jake Tapper had asked Napolitano directly about the possibility of international involvement, given the similarities (superficial, at least) between the crude bomb discovered in the Nissan Pathfinder in New York City and those used in attempted bombings in London and Glasgow in 2007. "Well, right now, we have no evidence that it is anything other than a one-off, but we are alerting state, local officials around the country, letting them know what is going on."
Calling the attempted attack a "one-off" wasn't directly responsive to Tapper's question. But it's clear that Napolitano, who also described the bomb as "amateurish," wanted to downplay the seriousness of the attack.
3:59 PM, May 4, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
While in Washington, D.C. today for fundraising events, Marco Rubio was asked whether Faisal Shahzad, a the alleged Times Square bomber, should be Mirandized.
His initial response was ambivalent. "It all depends on how they're going to try him. And that's an important question that we're facing," Rubio said. "That's one of the great challenges of the war on terror."
2:14 PM, May 4, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
An FBI official says Faisal Shahzad was put on a no-fly list hours before his arrest, but he was apprehended on a flight he booked on the way to the airport and which he paid for in cash.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, while refusing to criticize agencies, said the suspect was "clearly on the plane and shouldn't have been." An FBI official said Shahzad was placed on No Fly list hours before his arrest.