President-elect visits Columbus to meet with first responders and victims in campus incident involving man who drove his car into a crowd and then attacked people with a butcher knife. Trump didn’t discuss the assailant, whom he had called “a Somali refugee who should not have been in our country.”
Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube are creating database to track terrorist recruitment videos and other terror images that have been removed from their services. Twitter has suspended 360,000 accounts for connections to terrorist or extremist groups.
It’s been a year since Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, killed 14 people in San Bernardino, Ca. After 600 interviews, the FBI is yet to determine whether anyone was aware of the couple’s plot or helped them. The couple spent months gathering an arsenal of weapons and building bombs in their garage.
FBI is investigating the assaults by car and knife by Abdul Razak Ali Artan on the Ohio State campus Monday. Artan mentioned “lone wolf attacks” on Facebook. President-elect Trump called him “a Somali refugee who should not have been in our country.”
Munir Abdulkader will be sentenced this week for plotting to attack a Cincinnati police station. His parents thought he was on track for a career as a chemist. But he secretly grew obsessed with martyrdom by murder.
The NYPD has counter-terrorism specialists posted in 13 major world cities. Its liaison in London, who works inside Scotland Yard, said the threat from ISIS fighters is growing in Britain and the U.S. “The Atlantic is no longer the barrier it once was,” the detective said.
Joint terrorism task forces are alerted to possible terror incidents on Monday in New York, Texas and Virginia. One alert warned local police that polling places are seen as “attractive targets” for lone wolf attacks.
Investigators of terrorism suspects say they rely more on the “dizzying array of data services and platforms” that allow them to monitor social media accounts. Social media accounts can proviide an immediate look at suspects’ networks of associates.