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REALLY!? ‘Focus’ of James Comey’s upcoming book sets off irony detectors

Former FBI Director James Comey has reportedly nailed down a book deal. Here’s what it’ll be focused on:

BREAKING: Woman beheaded in Oklahoma

http://twitter.com/#!/WFLA/status/515518370452881408

Time magazine reports:

The assailant then tried to kill another woman after a workplace dispute

A man in Moore, Oklahoma, decapitated a woman during a workplace dispute before trying to kill another woman, authorities said Friday.

The incident took place at a Vaughn Foods Inc. distribution center in a town near Oklahoma City, The Daily Oklahoman reports.

The suspect, identified as Alton Alexander Nolan, 30, is accused of beheading one woman, who was pronounced dead at the scene, and stabbing another woman.

More coverage:

Woman beheaded at Oklahoma food distribution center, police say http://t.co/yvWbiwAtfC

— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 26, 2014

From 41NBC: Police: Woman beheaded at Oklahoma workplace http://t.co/0RFmgSPqU8

— 41NBC / WMGT-DT (@41NBC) September 26, 2014

Woman beheaded at food dist ctr & 2nd victim had no involvement w/suspect; surviving victim & suspect hospitalized. http://t.co/g3qYh7pBuJ

— Jack Cassady (@CassadyJack) September 26, 2014

Updates to follow.

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11:35. This information is preliminary and should be taken as such:

Police: FBI looking into Moore, Oklahoma beheading after suspect tried to convert others to Islam http://t.co/F7FxGhes4e

— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) September 26, 2014

Woman beheaded in Oklahoma by colleague reports he had tried to convert coworkers to Islam

— Sam Kiley (@kileysky) September 26, 2014

Man who tried to convert coworkers to Islam is fired, beheads woman and tries to kill another http://t.co/D1C2NYzrnN

— SunnyRight (@sunnyright) September 26, 2014

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11:52.

FBI reportedly probing suspect's recent conversion to Islam in Oklahoma beheading http://t.co/rzyjpS9xie

— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 26, 2014

From the AP:

Police said Friday a man recently fired from a food processing plant in an Oklahoma City suburb beheaded a woman with a knife and was attacking another worker when he was shot and wounded by the owner of the company.

 The 30-year-old man, who has not been charged, stabbed Colleen Hufford, 54, severing her head in Thursday’s attack at Vaughan Foods, Moore Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said.

Lewis said the man then stabbed Traci Johnson, 43, a number of times before being shot by Mark Vaughan, a reserve sheriff’s deputy and the company’s chief operating officer.

“This was not going to stop if he didn’t stop it. It could have gotten a lot worse,” Lewis said.

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12:00.

From #Moore police: "We've asked for #FBI assistance in conducting background check into suspect Alton Nolen."

— Brian Shlonsky (@KOCObrian) September 26, 2014

More on Nolen here.

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12:10.

Moore PD praising Vaughn exec/OK reserve dep. Mark Vaughn. Nolen was stabbing Tracy Johnson when Vaughn fired. PD says Vaughn saved Johnson

— Rachel Calderon (@RachelTRAFFIC) September 26, 2014

Mark Vaughn, who is the a CEO at Vaughn Foods and reserve Oklahoma County Dept. shot Nolen with a rifle. #Moore

— Michael Kinney (@EyeAmTruth) September 26, 2014

Media falsely claiming "law enforcement" stopped beheading. Was armed employee who is also reserve deputy. http://t.co/Tz6mcjDjeh v

— John Nolte (@NolteNC) September 26, 2014

12:20.

Local 15 NBC reports Nolen and the second victim, Traci Johnson, have been transported to the hospital and are in stable condition.

12:27.

Oklahoma beheading suspect reportedly tried to convert others to Islam before attack http://t.co/endCPIpcZT pic.twitter.com/FOF5TPogmO

— WREG News Channel 3 (@3onyourside) September 26, 2014

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Update:

#Moore police release 911 tapes. Listen to them here. #beheading #Oklahoma http://t.co/LXw7migZfa

— Mireya Garcia (@mireya_g) September 26, 2014

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Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional tweets. 12:19: Headline was corrected to reflect Nolen was not killed, only wounded. We apologize for the error.

 

CEO allegedly shipped Iran materials for missiles, nuclear uses

The Justice Department released a statementtoday thatErdal Kuyumcu, CEO of New York-basedGlobal Metallurgy LLC, was arrested for allegedlyexporting aerospace-grade cobalt-nickel metallic powder from the United States to Iran through an intermediary in Turkey.

The 44-year-old Kuyumcu, a U.S. citizen who lives in Woodside, N.Y., is alleged to have twice exported a specialized metallic powder used in aerospace, missile production and nuclear applications to Iran, working with a co-conspirator to first ship the materials to Turkey and then on to “the neighbor,” their code word for Iran.

If convicted,Kuyumcu faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

FBI confirms investigation into Hillary Clinton’s secret server

Just one day before the New Hampshire primary, a letter from the FBI has surfaced calling the probe into Hillary Clinton’s secret email server an “ongoing law enforcement effort.” This certainly doesn’t fit the answer Clinton gave at last week’s Democratic debate, where Clinton told moderator Chuck Todd that there was no investigation but rather a “security review” that would eventually involve a number of people, “because we’ve got this absurd situation of retroactive classifications.”

According to MSNBC, the FBI saidlast fall thatit could neither confirm nor deny the existence of any investigation. After watchdog Judicial Watch filed a freedom of information request, it received a document confirming the investigation, sayingit is “working on matters related to former Secretary Clintons use of a private email server.”

The single paragraph concludes by saying that the FBI cannon say more “without adversely affecting ongoing law enforcement efforts.”

The world’s worst kept secret? Perhaps. But it’s also confirmation that this is no “routine security review” as Clinton has claimed more than once.

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Update: It’s a subtle point, but the Wall Street Journal’s Byron Tau reports that the letter confirms the FBI is looking into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server.

13 Terrorism Attacks That Were Successfully Stopped Before Tragedy Occurred

Following the attacks in Beirut, Baghdad, and Paris, our newsfeeds were flooded with death tolls and prayers for survivors. We should all take the time to mourn those we’ve lost.

But we can’t let our grief get the best of us. We must also remember how many lives are saved because of the quick thinking of first responders and the government agencies that act predominantly behind the scenes. Because of them, so many people have been spared from harm.

Here are just a few of the many terrorist attacks that were stopped before anyone was hurt:

1. On December 22, 2001, Richard Reid attempted to detonate a shoe bomb.

Nearly 200 people were aboard the international flight. Heroic passengers subdued Reid and the plane made an emergency landing in Boston.

2. In 2003, Iyman Faris, a double agent for Al Qaeda positioned in the FBI, was caught for possible plots to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge.

Each day, some 125,000 motor vehicles, 4,000 pedestrians, and 2,600 cyclists cross the bridge.

3. Dhiren Barot was arrested in 2004 for suspected plots against the New York Stock Exchange, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the Citigroup Center.

It later surfaced that Barot planned to use limousines filled with “dirty” bombs for the attacks.

4. Shahawar Matin Siraj and James Elshafay were arrested in 2004 for plots to bomb the 34th Street – Herald Square subway station.

The popular station — close to Macy’s and Penn Station — is the third busiest stop in NYC’s entire subway system.

5. Back in 2006, seven men were arrested after allegedly plotting to bomb the Sears (now Willis) Tower and FBI offices.

The tower features 110 floors of office, retail, and recreational space.

6. Abdul Kadir, a former member of Guyana’s parliament, was arrested with three other men in 2007 in connection with plans to bomb the jet fuel line at JFK Airport.

Kadir was sentenced to life in prison.

7. Nineteen-year-old Hosam Maher Husein Smadi was arrested in 2009 for a plot to bomb a Dallas skyscraper.

The 60-story Fountain Palace is the fifth tallest structure in Dallas.

8. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was taken down by fellow passengers before he could detonate a bomb on a flight over Detroit.

He confessed to the Christmas Day incident and admitted to carrying plastic explosives in his underwear.

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9. In 2012, Amine El Khalifi was arrested for a plot to carry out a suicide bombing at the United States Capitol.

The Moroccan man believed he was working with Al Qaeda, but he was actually in contact with undercover FBI agents the whole time.

10. Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rezwan Ferdaus was arrested in 2011 for plots to attack the Pentagon, United States Capitol, and U.S. soldiers abroad with IED devices.

Ferdaus was working with and supporting Al Qaeda.

11. In May 2010, Faisal Shahzad was arrested for an attempted car bombing in Times Square.

He was captured 53 hours after the failed plot, boarding a flight with Pakistan as the final destination.

12. In 2007, six men were arrested when plans were discovered targeting New Jersey’s Fort Dix base.

According to The Washington Post, their aim was “‘to kill as many American soldiers as possible’ with mortars, rocket-propelled grenades, and guns.”

13. Syed Haris Ahmed and Ehsanul Islam Sadequee were caught after videotaping Washington-area buildings.

Before their arrests, they sent the footage to a London-based jihadist website.

Thanks to quick decision-making paired with countless hours of investigation, thousands — if not millions — of lives have been saved. It’s important to always remember and thank those who don’t get enough recognition. We salute you!

‘Investigating himself?’ Obama orders probe into possible skewing of ISIS intelligence reports

Over the summer, a Pentagon IG announced that an investigation would be conducted to determine if intelligence reports had been skewed in order to back up White House talking points that ISIS was in fact a “JV team” and had been “contained.”

After ISIS demonstrated that they’re not “contained,” President Obama has joined in the effort to determine just who’s responsible for the spread of false information:

Is that a bus we hear starting up?

Whatever comes of it we can be certain nobody in the White House will be found at fault.

As for who Obama will end up blaming, the smart money is on Republicans, climate change, the NRA or all three.

Former Virginia Cab Driver Turned FBI Most-Wanted Terrorist Reportedly Detained In Somalia

The FBI placed Liban Haji Mohamed on its list of most-wanted terrorists in January for allegedly providing support to al-Shabaab and al-Qaeda.

A former Virginia cab driver who was placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted List for allegedly supporting terrorists has been detained in Somalia, according to multiple reports.

Somalia’s National Security Services said on its Facebook page Tuesday that its agents captured Liban Haji Mohamed in Mogadishu.

Facebook: NabadsugiddaQaranka

The security services posted the news after U.S. officials told the Washington Post late Tuesday that the 29-year-old had been captured.

The FBI declined comment on the reported arrest to BuzzFeed News.

The FBI placed Mohamed on its list of most-wanted terrorists in January and offered a reward of $50,000 for information leading to his arrest.

Mohamed is a naturalized U.S. citizen from Somalia, and used to work as a cab driver in the suburbs of Washington D.C.

According to the FBI, while in Virginia he began to work as a “recruiter and radicalizer” for al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda linked terror group in Somalia.

In July 2012, Mohamed allegedly left the U.S. for East Africa to join the militant group. The FBI said they believed he has since been working there as an operative.

“It is important for us to locate Mohamed because he has knowledge of the Washington, D.C. area’s infrastructure such as shopping areas, Metro, airports, and government buildings,” Carl Ghattas, the special agent in charge of the counterterrorism division at the FBI’s Washington field office, said in a press release. “This makes him an asset to his terrorist associates who might plot attacks on U.S. soil.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Virginia has issued a warrant for Mohamed’s arrest on charges of providing support to al-Shabaab and al-Qaeda.

Officials told the Washington Post that the U.S. is working to bring Mohamed back to the U.S. They said it will be difficult because the U.S. and Somalia don’t have an extradition treaty.

The FBI said Mohamed is a known associate of Zachary Chesser, a man who was convicted in 2011 of providing support to al-Shabaab.

The FBI became familiar with Mohamed during their investigation of Chesser, the Washington Post reported. Officials wanted to arrest Mohamed while he was living in Virginia, but didn’t have the evidence.

According to officials, the FBI planned to intercept Mohamed as he tried to travel to Africa via Mexico. However, Mohamed was able to leave the country undetected, the Washington Post reported.

An attorney for Mohamed’s family told the Washington Post that his relatives don’t buy the charges because they have family members that have been killed by al-Shabaab.

The family has not talked to Mohamed since 2012, the lawyer said.

Subject of nationwide manhunt in custody in San Francisco

The subject of a nationwide FBI manhunt has been taken into custody by the FBI and San Francisco Police Department. Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II was the subject of a search after a raid on his San Francisco apartment uncovered bomb-making materials.

This morning, Chamberlain tweeted from his @poliholic Twitter account as an addendum to a three-page suicide note posted to Apple’s iCloud and scheduled to be published by the program Hootsuite apparently after his death.

Related:

 ‘Armed and dangerous’: Have you seen this San Fran man wanted by FBI? [photos] 

FBI, State Department welcome CIA to Twitter

Now that the CIA has sent its first tweet, the rest of the government is trying to make the agency feel welcome online. The FBI sent a casual welcome Friday night.

Hey, it’s only their first day. Let’s get the State Department in on this as well.

One question: