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Homeland Security News

A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Feb 23, 2021

A 66-year-old man in Germany has been taken into custody on suspicion he was behind three package bombs sent to food manufacturers and retailers, authorities said Saturday.

German news agency dpa said police identified the man as a retiree living in the Ulm area of southwest Germany’s Baden-Wuerttemberg state. His name wasn’t given in line with German privacy laws

He is suspected of being responsible for a package bomb that exploded last week at the offices of discount grocery store Lidl in the city of Neckarsulm, injuring three people. A second package bomb that exploded at the headquarters of food company ADM Wild in Eppelheim injured one person.

Read more: AP

A Middletown resident has pleaded guilty to throwing a Molotov cocktail through the window of Planned Parenthood of Delaware’s Newark medical facility more than a year ago, but the clinic’s president said workers and patients remain the target of unsettling threats of further violence from abortion opponents.

CEO Ruth Lytle-Barnaby said threats and harassment come from demonstrators outside clinics, and by phone, email and on social media.

“We have protesters that take pictures of our cars, and pictures of us, videotape us,’’ Lytle-Barnaby said. “We’ve had people in the past name the names of our kids or spouse or partner or something that lets us know that they know where we live. I mean those things are part of our world.”

Read more: WHYY

An American journalist, living in northwestern Syria for nearly a decade, has been released, six months after he was captured by an al-Qaida-linked militant group, Syrian opposition media reported.

Bilal Abdul Kareem, a native of Mount Vernon, N.Y., has been living in the rebel-held Syrian northwest since 2012, reporting on the Syrian government military campaigns against areas in opposition hands.

He had been detained last August, following a report he did about torture in the prisons of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, the al-Qaida-linked group that dominates the area. Local prominent figures had appealed to the militants to release him.

Read more: AP

An attorney for an Ohio militia member charged with conspiracy walked back a controversial claim that implied Jessica Watkins met with the U.S. Secret Service about working security for the Jan. 6 rally for Donald Trump before she participated in the Capitol riot.

The lawyer’s original motion, filed over the weekend, raised questions about whether the Secret Service had coordinated rally security with paramilitary groups that later stormed the U.S. Capitol.

Federal authorities allege Watkins coordinated with a group of at least eight other people who wore tactical gear and helmets and marched in military fashion into the Capitol. Hundreds of rioters stormed the building, sending lawmakers fleeing and leaving five people dead.

Read more: USA Today

Raymond S. Bryant, the man arrested for vandalizing the Temple Beth Shalom by spray painting swastikas on the Temple and defacing a holocaust memorial, has been charged with hate crimes, court documents say.

The court documents contain witness testimony that led to the investigation and eventual arrest of Bryant for his crimes that occurred on February 8th.

Two witnesses provided statements to police, a woman who first came upon the graffiti at around 9:30am on February 8th, and a man who has dealt with threats to the Temple in the past. Both witnesses are members of the Temple.

Read more: KHQ (Spokane, WA)