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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Sep 4, 2019

An 18-year-old Islamic State follower who was shot earlier this year after throwing rocks at and wielding a knife toward a police officer in metro Phoenix is asking a judge to reduce his $500,000 bond or release him from jail with electronic monitoring.

A lawyer representing Ismail Hamed said in a court filing Thursday that his client’s bond was more than is necessary to assure his presence at future court hearings and that he isn’t a risk of fleeing from authorities.

Hamed has been jailed since his Jan. 8 arrest outside a sheriff’s substation in Fountain Hills, 38 miles northeast of downtown Phoenix.

“During his incarceration he has endured many difficulties being away from his family, including isolation, stress/anxiety, and harassment from others in the jail,” said Mark Mendoza, Hamed’s attorney.

Read more: KTAR

Hungarian prosecutors say they have charged a Syrian man suspected of belonging to the Islamic State group with committing acts of terror, murder and crimes against humanity in his homeland in May 2015.

Prosecutors said Tuesday that the 27-year old man identified only as Hassan F. participated in the beheading of a religious leader in the city of al-Sukhnah in Homs province and also took part in the killing of at least 25 people, including women and children.

Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence without the possibility of parole. According to the indictment, Hassan F. was the commander of a small, armed IS unit.

Read more: Washington Post

PayPal suspended an account used to raise funds by one of the US's largest white supremacist groups six days after it was first flagged by an anti-bigotry campaigner.

The Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan had promoted the account via a donation page on its website.

PayPal acted on Friday after others picked up on the issue and urged it to block the recipient.

The US-based firm faces criticism for not resolving the issue more rapidly.

PayPal previously pledged to "evaluate all sites" brought to its attention that involved the use of its service to fund the KKK and other organisations advocating racist views.

Read more: BBC News

The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday urged ranking members of the House Judiciary Committee to oppose a bill that targets white supremacist groups by criminalizing domestic terrorism.

The ACLU said the bill would unnecessarily expand authorities used by the Trump administration to target and discriminate against the very communities Congress hopes to protect.

"People of color and other marginalized communities have long been targeted under domestic terrorism authorities for unfair and discriminatory surveillance, investigations, and prosecutions," the civil rights group said in a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat, and Rep. Doug Collins, the ranking Republican member.

Read more: CBS News