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Homeland Security News

A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Feb 2021

Intelligence community officials will appear before senators in their second hearing examining the breakdown in security during the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

Officials from the FBI, Pentagon and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will appear before a joint session of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee and the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs panel next Wednesday.

The hearing comes as former law enforcement officials for the Capitol complex — who resigned in the wake of the riot — blamed the intelligence community in a Tuesday hearing, saying they did not get intel signaling they would need to boost their preparation ahead of the day’s rally on the National Mall.

Read more: The Hill

HUNDREDS of German police officers conducted coordinated raids early Thursday in Berlin and the surrounding state of Brandenburg in the investigation of an organization banned over allegations of Islamic extremism.

Some 850 police, including SWAT teams, were involved in the raids of apartments linked to members of the organization known as Jama'atu Berlin, the state Interior Ministry said.

The organization, whose name translates literally as the “Berlin Group," was banned by Berlin's state Interior Minister Andreas Geisel ahead of the raids on the grounds it was a “very radical” group that followed the Islamic State group's ideology.

Read more: US News & World Report

Two men were charged with threatening Michigan public officials because they were angry with the November election results, the state's top prosecutor said.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel's office announced the arrests of Daniel Thompson, 62, and Clinton Stewart, 43, in a press release on Tuesday.

Thompson, who lives in Harrison, Michigan, allegedly left a Jan. 5 voicemail for Democratic U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow that contained vulgar language and threatened violence.

In the message, Thompson identified himself as a Republican and said he was angry about the 2020 election, the attorney general's office said. He also allegedly said that he had joined a state militia and added there would be violence if the election results were not changed.

Read more: NBC News

Militants have killed at least 10 people in Nigeria by using rocket-propelled grenades, which local officials describe as a "new trend".

Suspected Boko Haram militants fired from the outskirts of the north-eastern city of Maiduguri into densely populated areas, according to Borno state governor Babagana Zulumon.

He said the use of these weapons "has to be stopped".

It is the worst attack of its kind in Maiduguri in a year.

The city is the birthplace of Boko Haram.

The militants came through Boboshe village, a known Boko Haram enclave, AFP news agency quotes eyewitness Sama'ila Ibrahim as saying.

Read more: BBC News

The Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday that it is allocating more than $1.8 billion in grants to state and local jurisdictions to protect against terrorism and other disasters, with at least $77 million going to protect specifically against domestic violent extremism.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the most significant terrorism threat now comes from "small groups of individuals who commit acts of violence motivated by domestic extremist ideological beliefs."

"While we continue to lawfully protect against threats posed by foreign terrorist organizations, we also must ensure adequate focus and funding is provided to combat domestic terrorism, some of which is motivated by false narratives and extremist rhetoric spread through social media and other online platforms," Mayorkas said in a statement.

Read more: NBC News