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Homeland Security News

A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Jul 2020

When police entered the home of Ryan L. McManigal Friday after an hourslong standoff, they were expecting to find firearms.

The peroxide-based explosives stored in 5 gallon buckets throughout the residence, however, was a surprise.

“We did not expect a pretty massive explosive device,” said South Jordan Police Lt. Matt Pennington. “Some of the stuff I heard the agents and bomb techs throwing around was that this is the most they had ever seen in person.”

On Monday, South Jordan police, with the assistance of FBI bomb technicians and the FBI lab, determined the explosives were peroxide-based. Police in a press release said the explosives were manufactured by McManigal, 42, in his home.

Read more: KSL

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Police Chief Carmen Best revealed at a Wednesday news conference that police discovered explosives, smoke bombs and other weapons in a van stationed at the weekend protests.

Saturday’s demonstration, promoted by the Youth Liberation Front in support of protesters in Portland, erupted in violence. Best said over the weekend that officers used blast balls, pepper spray and 40mm sponge-tip rounds, while some in the crowd of protesters broke windows and started fires. At one point, she said, someone threw an explosive that blew an 8-inch hole through a wall of the Police Department’s East Precinct.

Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins said Saturday evening that his team responded to multiple fires, including one that destroyed four trailers at a construction site.

Read more: Seattle Times

Separatists in southern Yemen have given up on the self-rule they declared in April.

The separatists, the Southern Transitional Council (STC), agreed the move in an accord with the internationally recognised government.

The accord gives the STC representation in a new Yemeni government to be formed within 30 days.

It could also heal a rift in the Saudi-led coalition backing the government against Houthi rebels in the north.

Read more: BBC News

A North Carolina man has been sentenced to five years in prison for lying to the FBI about buying plane tickets for someone who planned traveling to Syria to join ISIS.

Alexander Samuel Smith, 32, of Waxhaw, N.C., was sentenced to 60 months in prison Wednesday for making a false statement to the FBI.

Smith was also ordered to serve three years under court supervision upon completion of his prison term.

As a special condition of Smith’s supervised release, the Court ordered the defendant to have no contact with any organization or person on the State Department’s designated terrorist list.

According to filed court documents, evidence presented at trial and Wednesday’s sentencing hearing, in Feb. 2016, Smith lied during an interview with the FBI about his plans to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), and about providing assistance to other individuals to do the same.

Read more: WBTV (Charlotte, NC)

An Orem man is accused of committing commercial terrorism after allegedly threatening to shoot customers and employees at a local restaurant.

Daniel Rivera-Medina, 34, was charged Wednesday in 4th District Court with the third-degree felony. In addition, Rivera was charged with damaging a jail, a third-degree felony; interfering with an arrest, and making three threats of violence, both class B misdemeanors.

Monday night, Rivera was in Cafe Rio, 40 W. Center, and “was fighting and threatening to kill multiple customers and employees and disrupting commercial operations,” according to charging documents.

Rivera swung his arms at some people, the charges state, and specifically threatened to shoot three employees.

Read more: Deseret News (Utah)