US posts on alert over potential backlash from CIA report, lawmaker warns of 'violence'
U.S. diplomatic and military posts overseas are being put on alert over the potential backlash from a looming Senate report examining the alleged use of torture by the CIA, with one top lawmaker warning its release could cause "violence and deaths."
A State Department and an intelligence official confirmed to Fox News early Monday that an advisory has been sent urging U.S. personnel overseas to reassess security measures.
The message directs all overseas posts, including those used by CIA personnel, to "review their security posture" for a "range of reactions that might occur." A similar statement is being sent to military combatant commands to assess their readiness.
Sit-ins, die-ins, blockades in American cities not just about Eric Garner
If the color were removed from the boundless images of protests on America's streets over the last two days, they might be mistaken for black-and-white photos of the struggle for civil rights in the 1960s.
Marchers with signs in Dallas, Boston, Chicago and Manhattan, screamed for justice. And not only for one African-American man, Eric Garner, who died after a white police officer wrestled him to the ground with a chokehold.
The grand jury decision to not prosecute Officer Daniel Pantaleo may have unleashed the dam burst of protests, but the anger of a multitude marching deep into the night has encompassed more than Garner's death in Staten Island, New York.
The demand for change in how law enforcement deals with minorities has been broad. "It's happening in every city, every town. It's happening here in Pittsburgh," Julia Johnson told CNN affiliate WPXI.
US keeping close eye on 'nascent' ISIS training camps in Libya, general says
The head of the U.S. Africa Command said Wednesday that the U.S. is very carefully watching what he described as “nascent” Islamic State training camps in Libya --- but downplayed the threat they posed.
Gen. David Rodriguez said in a Pentagon press briefing that it is his belief that the camps may be made up of local militias that are trying to get on the map by working “the ISIS label.”
“We don’t have enough information to know how serious they are,” he said.
Egypt thwarts terrorist attack on Israeli gas platforms in the Mediterranean Sea
Egypt said it had thwarted an attempt by Islamic State (ISIS)-affiliated terrorists on 12 November to attack Israeli energy platforms in the Mediterranean Sea. Israel’s Channel 2 TV reported that the terrorists commandeered an Egyptian navy missile boat for the planned attack. Other Egyptian navy vessels gave chase and stopped the commandeered missile boat, killing eight aboard in a heavy exchange of fire. An Egyptian military spokesman said on 12 November that the seizure of one of its navy vessels in a “terrorist” attack left five Egyptian servicemen injured and eight others missing at sea. The Egyptian navy destroyed four boats used by the assailants, and captured thirty-two of the Islamist militants.
The mid-November Egyptian statements about the planned attack did not mention the terrorists’ intended targets.
Terrorists reportedly plot passenger jet attacks over Europe
A new report claims terrorists are plotting to blow up five jets bound for European cities before Christmas, in what one analyst said is a sign Al Qaeda is competing with the Islamic State for influence.
Britain's Sunday Express newspaper reported that, according to unnamed security experts, Al Qaeda terrorists are plotting a Christmas "spectacular." The threat reportedly is taken seriously enough that it led officials to consider banning hand luggage.
"We've been told that five planes are being targeted in a high profile hit before Christmas. They've been waiting for the big one," one unnamed airport security source told the newspaper.
Ferguson fallout: Protests go national, officer resigns and viral photo gives hope
It's been one week since the streets of Ferguson boiled over after protesters learned the officer who shot teenager Michael Brown won't face criminal charges.
Since then, much has changed. And much hasn't.
Here's what to know to get up to speed on the Ferguson fallout:
Calls for a walkout:
The looting and arson that marred last week's protests are over. But the demonstrations continue in Missouri and across the country.
Protesters flood streets across U.S. as Ferguson dismay spreads coast to coast
The sparks of outrage that started in Ferguson, Missouri, have ignited a firestorm of protests across the country.
But the national furor isn't just about one grand jury's decision on one shooting case. To many protesters, the death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown -- and the lack of an indictment for the officer who shot him -- are symbolic of racial injustice in America.
"I think that it's important for people to know that the decision not to indict (Officer) Darren Wilson means that the system does not value black lives," one protester marching through Los Angeles told CNN.
"I think that it means that a cop can kill a black or brown kid when he's defenseless and unarmed and not get charged. I think that it means that we either fight back and stand up and end police terrorism."
Protests roil Ferguson after grand jury decision
Protests erupted in the streets of the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson Monday night, after word came from a grand jury that Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in August, would face no criminal charges from the state.
“They determined that no probable cause exists to charge Officer Wilson,” St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert P. McCulloch announced Monday night.
The decision was followed quickly by public anger on the streets of Ferguson. Activists were met by tear gas and flash-bangs — nonlethal explosives — employed by the police in an attempt to disperse the crowds. Some Ferguson businesses were vandalized or burned, and journalists reported hearing gunshots.
All eyes on Ferguson grand jury as decision expected at any time
Authorities in St. Louis County, Mo. continued preparations ahead of an expected grand jury decision on whether to charge a white police officer for the fatal August 9 shooting of a black teen in Ferguson.
Barricades have been placed around the St. Louis County Justice Center in Clayton, where the grand jury has been meeting and parking restrictions that were put into effect over the weekend are expected to remain in place Monday.
Some expected a decision to be announced this past weekend, but it did not come to pass. The grand jury was expected to reconvene Monday, but there has been no official confirmation that will be the case. The 12-person grand jury sets its own schedule depending upon when the members are available.
U.S. tracking 150 people who travelled to Syria – some of them “to fight” in ISIS ranks
U.S. law enforcement agencies are tracking about 150 people who traveled from the United States to Syria in recent months, “a significant number of them to fight,” FBI director James Comey told reporters at a briefing in Boston on Tuesday. The number of Americans who traveled to the Middle East to join the Islamic State (ISIS) is higher than figures mentioned earlier by U.S. intelligence and law enforcement of Americans who actually joined ISIS ranks. Last month, Comey said the FBI was aware of “a dozen or so” Americans fighting in Syria “on the side of the terrorists” – and he repeated that number on Tuesday, adding that the total number of travelers under surveillance is ten times that.
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