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WEEKLY THREAT ROUNDUP 7-29-18

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Two Killed, 13 Wounded in Toronto Mass Shooting Islamic State Claims Responsibility

 

July 28, 2018

 

   

Between July 22-25, the following related Flash SMS messages
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7/22 – 8 shot in Toronto’s Riverdale neighborhood on Danforth Av in Greektown. Victims are spread across many blocks. AlertsUSA monitoring

7/23 – Total of 2 dead, 13 injured in Toronto Greektown mass shooting. Police spokesman says too early to declare incident act of terrorism. Add’l alerts as warranted.

7/25 – Overnight: Islamic State’s A’maq news agency issues formal claim of resp for 7/22 mass shooting in Toronto, calls shooter ‘soldier of the Islamic State.

What You Need To Know

On Sunday, AlertsUSA subscribers were informed of reports of 8 people shot in the popular Greektown area of Toronto, Ontario. In this incident, a lone gunman walked along the busy Danforth Avenue randomly shooting pedestrians as well as firing into three different restaurants. Once police arrived on the scene, gunfire was exchanged with the suspect after which he fled and was found a short distance away, dead. from a self inflicted gunshot. A short time later, bomb techs detonated a suspicious package in the vicinity.

In total, two individuals were killed by the shooter, as well as another 13 people wounded.

The suspect has been identified as 29-year-old Faisal Hussain (image above), a first generation Canadian of Pakistani descent.

On Wednesday, the Islamic State’s Amaq news agency issued a formal claim of responsibility for the Toronto shooting, calling the gunman a ‘soldier of the Islamic State and that the attack was carried out in response to the call for followers to target citizens of coalition nations. As is becoming an all too familiar follow up to these incidents, a statement released by the gunman’s family expressed condolences for those killed and injured in the attack and that the gunman was said to be psychotic and depressed.

Readers are reminded that just two weeks ago, Toronto police were out in force in the downtown area following the receipt of threat intelligence pointing to a possible vehicle ramming attack. Additionally, back in April, Toronto was also the scene of a vehicle-ramming attack which killed 10 and injured 16.

AlertsUSA continues to monitor the domestic and international threat environment and will immediately notify service subscribers, via SMS messages, of new alerts, warnings and advisories or any developments which signal a change the overall threat picture for American citizens as events warrant.

 


 

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7/22 – President Trump sternly warns Iranian President Rouhani that cont threats against the US will result in severe consequences. See email for full statement.

 

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Bomb Detonated Outside US Embassy In Beijing, China

July 28, 2018

On July 26, the following related Flash SMS messages
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7/26 – AlertsUSA monitoring response to explosion near US Embassy Beijing, China. More information to come.

7/26 – Initial reports indicate explosion at US Embassy Beijing result of man attempting to throw bomb into the compound, w/ device detonating early.

7/26 – US Embassy Beijing urges American citizens to avoid diplomatic (Chaoyang) district. Caution and vigilance urged.

7/26 – Beijing police confirm bomb detonated outside US Embassy in “isolated security incident.” Perp said to be 26YO male from Inner Mongolia. AlertsUSA monitoring.

What You Need To Know

On Thursday, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of reports of an explosion outside of the US Embassy in Beijing, China. In this incident, a man detonated a bomb at the south-east corner of the embassy compound, a heavily fortified structure in the north-east Chaoyang District of the Chinese capital. According to the embassy’s regional security officer, other than the bomber, no other people were injured, and there was no damage to embassy property.

Chinese police have identified the suspect only by his surname, Jiang, and said he was from Tongliao, a city in China’s Inner Mongolia region. No motive was provided for the attack.

Postings on social media showed pictures of smoke rising from the area where Chinese nationals line up outside the compound for visa appointments. However, due to China’s tight control over both traditional and social media, further open-source details about the blast remain unconfirmed. Many images and video clips of the scene were swiftly removed by Chinese sensors, as well as social media discussions about the incident.

AlertsUSA is working with contacts at the embassy to acquire additional details.

 


 

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Commentary / Analysis / Research

 

July 28, 2018

 

2018 Foreign Economic Espionage in Cyberspace

The National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) has released its 2018 Foreign Economic Espionage in Cyberspace report, which highlights current threats and future trends in foreign intelligence efforts to steal U.S. intellectual property, trade secrets, and proprietary information via cyberspace. The report underscores the strategic threat of cyber economic espionage, noting that next generation technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and the Internet-of-Things offer great opportunities, but also introduce new vulnerabilities to U.S. networks for which the cybersecurity community largely remains unprepared. Read More Here

The Use of Social Media by United States Extremists

This report looks at the role emerging communication technologies, such as social media platforms play in the radicalization and mobilization process of United States extremists. The researchers used newly collected social media activity data from 479 extremists who radicalized between 2005 and 2016 to analyze trends in the radicalization. Factors taken into account included frequency of social media usage, types of social media use by ideology and group, and the purpose of social media use. Read More Here

What Does ISIS Post on YouTube?

Google’s dominant online video-streaming platform, YouTube, is a social media giant that is a user-friendly and accessible site for most Americans. Unfortunately, all of these qualities also make YouTube a popular platform for extremist groups such as the Islamic State to post propaganda content. The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) took a deep dive into this topic where researchers used two computer programs, a web crawler and eGLYPH, to conduct a limited search for 229 previously identified ISIS terror-related videos. This study, which lasted from 3/8/2018 to 7/8/2018, returned a wealth of knowledge related to ISIS’ use of video propaganda content. Read More Here

Migrants See Child Brides ‘As Their Sons’ Tickets To Europe’

Here’s another entry in the chronicle of Western difficulties assimilating Third World immigrants: Swedish authorities report growing problems with migrants sending young daughters to marry older men abroad, both as a strategy to avoid assimilation and to gain European citizenship. While underage marriage is essentially banned in Sweden, the country recognizes underage marriages conducted abroad. Read More Here

 

 


 

Soldiers prepare for a night air-assault training at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., July 18, 2018. The soldiers are assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry Regiment. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt Hecht.

World News Roundup

 

July 28, 2018

 

Other Developments We Are Following

 

AMERICAS

FBI Director: China ‘The Broadest, Most Significant’ Threat To The U.S.
FBI director says Russian influence efforts are ‘very active’
Mattis: Open to Talks With Russians; No Policy Changes From Helsinki
Expect More Instability, Corruption, And Crime From Mexico’s AMLO
US, Canada Studying Options to Replace Arctic Early Warning Radars
Is George Soros Fueling Race Riots in DC Ahead of Midterms?
Pentagon Creates ‘Do Not Buy’ List of Russian, Chinese Software
Canadian Backlash Towards Prime Minister Trudeau’s Immigration Policy?
Congress Halts F-35 Turkey Transfers, Punts On Space Force
DoD, Industry Sparring Over New Cyber Rules, Ellen Lord Says
U.S. intel: Chinese theft continues in cyberspace as new threats emerge
CVN-81, The 4th Ford Class Supercarrier, Is Slated To Cost $15B
Mattis’s New Unpredictable Strike Group Deployment Strategy Has Begun
Venezuelan inflation predicted to hit 1 million percent this year
Nicaragua in ‘undeclared state of siege’ as hooded gunmen rule the streets

EUROPE

Putin ready to invite Trump to Russia
It’s delusional to think Britain should be a global military power
Bosnia’s Security Minister Wants Army at Border to Curb Entry of Migrants
Spanish mayor warns his town is the new migrant crisis epicentre
New ocean opening up around the North Pole is sparking a global scramble
British Home Office suspends transfer of two citizens with suspected ties to ISIS
Greece wildfires: dozens dead as blazes sweep across popular tourist areas
EU And U.S. Pledge To Boost Natural Gas Trade
Will Trump’s tariffs push the EU and China closer together?
Middle class cocaine use fueling gang violence, London Mayor warns
MPs: Lives of UK & EU citizens at risk without post-Brexit security deal

MIDDLE EAST / Africa

Iran’s Rouhani warns Trump about ‘mother of all wars’
Iranian SOF leader warns Trump that war ‘will destroy everything you own’
Russian Military Needed in Syria Long Term, Assad Says
Israel shoots down Syrian jet; Syrian forces reach Golan
Iran’s Rohani Says No Need To Respond To ‘Empty Threats’ From U.S.
More turmoil in Iraq as deadly protests ravage oil-rich south
When the Kurdish Peshmerga Fights Like an Army, It Loses
More of Africa Finds Itself in China’s Debt
Nigeria farmer-herder conflict now deadlier than Boko Haram
Guess who’s still a factor in Zimbabwe’s election? Mugabe.

ASIA

Why North Korea is in no hurry to do what the US wants
Flooding from Laos hydroelectric dam leaves hundreds missing
What Do China’s Military Hawks Think of Trump?
Remains of U.S. War Dead in North Korea Start Journey Home After 65 Years
Hun Sen: The ex-Khmer Rouge soldier keeping his grip on Cambodia
China Building Supercarrier That Could Rival The US’ Nimitz-Class Carriers
China Is Losing the Trade War With Trump
China says 4 American airlines missed Taiwan map naming deadline
U.S. opens way for India to escape sanctions over Russia arms imports
China May Soon Have a New Weapon to Kill Navy Submarines
How China Got Its Hands On Its First Aircraft Carrier


 

 

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A Lesson In Registering Guns – South Africa

The landslide of gun control starts with registering your guns.

Gun control zealots seem to have a difficult time understanding why gun owners oppose registering guns. Besides the issue of registering people who exercise their rights, there is the example of South Africa.

First came a law that said all gun owners must register their firearms.

 

Second, the law said firearms must be re-registered.

Third, the firearm must be re-registered 90 days before the registry expires.

Fourth, any firearm that is not registered must be handed in for disposal.

Move the goal post enough and eventually people will slip through. In the case of South Africa, 300,000 people have been ordered to turn in their guns.

South Africa Calls for 300,000 Gun Owners to Turn Over Their Weapons.

The Constitutional Court of South Africa recently ruled that 300,000 gun owners must turn in their firearms.

This judgement came in response to the North Gauteng High Court’s ruling in 2017 which said Section 24 and Section 28 of the Firearm’s Control Act were unconstitutional.

[…]

Now that the High Court’s initial ruling has been overturned, gun owners who failed to renew their firearms licenses must hand in their firearms to the nearest police station, where authorities will then proceed to destroy them.

Opposing Gun Registration

First comes a simple law that says all gun owners must register their firearms.  Then comes the fees, and the licensing, and the complicated paperwork.  Eventually, the “simple law” morphs into something so complicated the people enforcing the laws are not even sure of what they are supposed to do.

Take California, for example.  When Gun owners had to register their firearms for the bullet button law, the website kept crashing.  There are stories of people spending hours upon hours attempting to register their firearms.

All it takes is that first law to force people to register their firearms, and things spiral downhill from there.

How long until California, New York, Washington D.C…. pass a law like what is happening in South Africa?  Now that the gun owners of California have registered their guns, the government will know whose door to knock on first.

 

Start now to make sure you are staying prepared.

 

 

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WEEKLY THREAT ROUNDUP 7-8-18

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State Dept. Issues New Worldwide Caution FBI / DHS / NCTC Call for Continued Vigilance

 

July 7, 2018

 

 

Between July 2-5, the following related Flash SMS messages were sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:

7/2 – USGOV issues updated Worldwide Caution due to cont threat of terrorism, political violence, and criminal activity abroad. Full alert: http://bit.ly/2KzEgdB

7/5 – FBI/DHS/NCTC issue bulletin to US law enf urging vigilance due to cont interest by extremists groups in attacking the Homeland. See email for synopsis.

What You Need To Know

On Monday, subscribers were informed of the release of a new Worldwide Caution from the State Department warning Americans of the continuing threat of terrorism, political violence and and criminal activity that transpire globally.

According to this cautionary note:

Terrorist groups including ISIS, al-Qa’ida, their associates, and those inspired by such organizations, are intent on attacking U.S. citizens wherever they are. Extremists may use conventional or non-conventional weapons to target U.S. government and private interests. Terrorists are increasingly using less sophisticated methods, including the use of edged weapons, pistols, and vehicles as weapons, to effectively target crowds. Extremists are also increasingly aiming to assault “soft” targets, such as:

  • hotels
  • clubs and restaurants
  • places of worship
  • schools, parks
  • shopping malls and markets
  • tourism infrastructure
  • public transportation systems
  • airports

In multiple regions, terrorists, guerrilla groups, and criminals seek to kidnap U.S. citizens to finance their operations or for political purposes. The US government also remains concerned that terrorists could again seek to down aircraft using concealed explosives or hijack commercial flights.

U.S. government facilities worldwide remain in a heightened state of alert. These facilities may temporarily close or periodically suspend public services to assess their security posture. In those instances, U.S. embassies and consulates will make every effort to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens abroad are urged to monitor the local news and maintain contact with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance and practice good situational awareness when traveling abroad.

Read the full Worldwide Caution here.

FBI / DHS / NCTC Call for Continued Vigilance

On Thursday of this week, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of a new Joint Intelligence Bulletin issued by the FBI, DHS and National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) reminding law enforcement, military, and security personnel to remain vigilant this summer in light of the continued interest by homegrown violent extremists (HVEs) and domestic extremists in conducting attacks in the Homeland during public and private events.

The FBI, DHS, and NCTC remain concerned that upcoming summer celebrations, events, or other large gatherings could be targeted by homegrown violent extremists (HVEs).

Continued calls by foreign terrorist organizations (FTOs) for attacks on large crowds and civilians, along with examples of successful and disrupted plots of this nature both here and abroad, could inspire similar attacks by HVEs in the Homeland.

Similarly, the FBI and DHS remain concerned about the potential for violence by domestic extremists at large or significant events, both public and private, during the summer of 2018. As with HVEs, most lethal violence perpetrated by domestic extremists in recent years has been conducted by lone offenders, making them a continuous concern.

The document designation of this bulletin is U//FOUO (Unclassified – For Official Use Only). While much of the content is available through open sources, providing links to the full document would be inappropriate due to the potential adverse impact on the conduct of Federal programs, or other programs or operations essential to the national interest.

Thus, in this situation we are providing only a synopsis of the description of the ongoing threat, as well as specific calls for continued vigilance and increased situational awareness.

AlertsUSA continues to monitor the domestic and international threat environment and will immediately notify service subscribers, via SMS messages, of new alerts, warnings and advisories or any developments which signal a change the overall threat picture for American citizens as events warrant.

 


 

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7/7 – AlertsUSA monitoring reports of possible active shooter, Town Square Mall, Las Vegas. Heavy police presence. Avoid the area. Add’l alerts as warranted.

7/6 – USGOV orders departure of all non-emergency personnel from US Embassy Nicaragua due to growing violence. Emergency services for US citizens still available.

7/5 – UKGOV warning public in Salisbury (SW of London) to avoid picking up discarded objects as a precaution against poisoning by nerve agent Novichok. See email.

7/4 – AlertsUSA monitoring reports of active shooter situation, Broadway at the Beach shopping ctr, Myrtle Beach, SC. Add’l alerts as warranted.

7/3 – 2 shot at Blue Valley elementary school, Overland Park, KS. Gunmen then attempted two cajackings. Shooter at large in black GMC Denali. AlertsUSA monitoring..

7/2 – FBI: “Individual charged w attempted material support of a foreign terrorist org for planning an attack on July 4 in downtown Cleveland.” News conf @ 9:15 AM.

6/30 – Hundreds of anti immigration / Trump / “Muslim Ban” protests and rallies scheduled for today across N. America. Caution urged if out and about. See email.

 

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An Analysis of Vehicle Ramming as a Terrorist Tactic

 

July 7, 2018

 

What You Need To Know

Ramming attacks in which drivers deliberately plow their vehicles into public gatherings, pedestrians, or bicyclists, have become an increasingly common terrorist tactic. This MTI Security Perspective, by Brian Michael Jenkins and Bruce R. Butterworth, analyzes 78 vehicular attacks between January 1973 and April 2018.

According to their analysis, it is a growing trend, and a frightening one. The 78 attacks led to 281 deaths and around 1,200 injuries. Sixteen attacks took place between 1973 and 2007, while 62 took place between 2008 and April 2018. Thirty of these occurred in 2017 and the first four months of 2018 alone.

The deadliest car-ramming incidents occur where vehicles mow down pedestrians at public gatherings such as open-air markets or on pedestrianized streets from which cars are prohibited but nevertheless can enter. Open-air markets and celebrations attract crowds, and foot traffic on pedestrianized streets is usually dense. This makes these venues lucrative targets for vehicular assaults.

Download a copy of this Security Perspective HERE (PDF, 2.1 MB)

 


 

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Commentary and Analysis

 

July 7, 2018

 

What Does Trump Want From NATO?

U.S. President Trump has shaken seven decades of American defense policy by criticizing NATO. Trump maintains that the military alliance connecting the U.S., Canada and Europe needs to focus more on fighting terrorism and that most NATO nations fail to pay their “fair share” for the common defense. The U.S. bears the heaviest military costs. Read more here.

China’s ‘Political Warfare’ Aims at South China Sea

When the Arbitral Tribunal at The Hague ruled in July 2016 that China’s claim to most of the South China Sea was illegal under international law, Beijing’s propaganda organs angrily stated that Beijing “will neither acknowledge nor accept” the ruling. Two years later, in the wake of a rising outcry against China’s rapid militarization of the contested maritime region, the Global Times mouthpiece newspaper thundered in June that China will “act tougher” with foreign naval vessels traversing the South China Sea and that its firmer posture “could lead to military conflicts.” Read more here.

Intellectual Preparation for Future War:
How AI Will Change Professional Military Education

Is the dawn of AI and autonomous weapons resulting in a new revolution in military affairs? That’s the question posed by a recent article by Frank Hoffman. As with previous such revolutions, technology is not the sole determinant of large shifts in the way military organizations successfully conduct operations. Development of new organizations and new warfighting concepts also play a large role — and these are the domain of humans, not machines. Therefore, if military organizations are to successfully adapt to this new era, they must maximize their human potential to gain an intellectual edge. To sustain and build this edge, leaders will need to rethink professional military education systems and learn how to best combine human and AI. Read more here.

Lopez Obrador and the Future of Mexican Democracy

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, best known by his initials, AMLO, won Mexico’s presidential election decisively. A big question now is what López Obrador will do. His campaign revealed a multitude of voices and positions, with his surrogates often contradicting both the candidate and themselves. But even more important for Mexico’s future will be how he chooses to enact his policies—and whether he will abide by the often frustrating institutional checks and balances within Mexico’s democratic political system. Read more here.

Pentagon Continues to Underestimate al Qaeda,
Downplay Ties to Taliban

The DoD continues to ignore fundamental facts in its latest narrative. Yet again, the Pentagon underestimates al Qaeda’s strength in Afghanistan while downplaying the group’s ties to the Taliban. The Pentagon claimed that al Qaeda’s “core members are focused on their own survival” and “there is no evidence of strategic ties” between al Qaeda and the Taliban. Except, the Pentagon and the US intelligence community has consistently been wrong about al Qaeda’s strength in Afghanistan, and evidence of strategic ties between the two groups does indeed exist. Read more here.

 

 


 

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This 4-page PDF checklist, compiled by experts from the intelligence, special operations, and foreign service communities, will help you and your family organize and prepare for trips abroad like seasoned professionals. From travel documents and banking, to securing your electronic devices and health considerations, it’s all here.

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World News Roundup

 

July 7, 2018

 

Other Developments We Are Following

AMERICAS

US Army quietly discharging immigrant recruits
Army Closer to Arming Trucks with High-Energy Lasers
What Mexico’s next president means for Trump
Incoming Mexican president to seek negotiated peace in drug war
Mexico president-elect rejects bodyguards: ‘The citizens will protect me
Can Nicaragua’s Military Prevent a Civil War?
Fish for flour? Barter is the new currency in collapsing Venezuela
Ecuador court orders ex-president Correa’s arrest
Facebook flags Declaration of Independence as hate speech
Trade War begins: US and China exchange $34 billion in tariffs
Trump admin extends special immigration status for Yemen citizens in US
US tanks get new round of Israeli-made ‘shields’ to fend off anti-tank weapons
Military steps up recruitment as summer ‘surge’ starts
Army making 100 KW lasers to defend against drones, rockets and mortars
Navy Testing Superhydrophobic Hull Coatings For Submarines
Western armies are losing their high-tech edge

EUROPE

Moscow using UK as dumping ground for poison, says Sajid Javid
Ankara’s Withdrawal From NATO Just a Matter of Time
Greenpeace ‘crash’ Superman drone into French nuclear facility
European countries are quietly bringing back the draft
China tried to spy on German parliament
Chinese troops join Belarus military parade as ties grow
‘The threat of terrorism is real’: Security to be tight at 2018 Tour de France
Why the U.S. Worries About U.K. Military Commitment
German coalition drops plan for migrant holding centres
Italy’s Salvini vows to end migrant arrivals by boat
8 NATO countries to hit defense spending target
Stoltenberg: It’s in Trump’s interest to back NATO countries at summit
Trump’s NATO summit focus won’t include withdrawing troops from Europe
America’s ‘oldest ally’ runs naval aviation drills to strengthen NATO
Watch A-10 Warthogs Landing on the German Autobahn During the Cold War
A Ukrainian economist on the perils of Trump’s Putin policy

MIDDLE EAST

Iran threatens to block Strait of Hormuz over US oil sanctions.
Strait of Hormuz: the world’s most important oil artery
World powers back Iran oil exports despite US sanctions threat.
No breakthrough in nuclear talks as Iran demands more after U.S. exit
7 powerful weapons used by the Israel Defense Forces
IDF deploys Iron Dome batteries in the south
Divorce on the rise in Iraq as wives cut ties to ISIS militants
Syria bombardment resumes after ceasefire deal breaks down
Egypt’s top appeals court overturns ‘terror list’ ruling on Morsi
Rouhani says US unaware about consequences of Iran oil ban

ASIA

China to Russia: They Will ‘Jointly Deal With Threats and Challenges’
China’s military reforms aimed at offshore expansion
China launches two destroyers with tech similar to US Navy’s Aegis system
China’s Coast Guard Now Under Military Leadership
Japan Sends Helicopter Carrier to South China Sea For a Year-Long Mission
China accuses the US of launching the ‘largest trade war in economic history’
This Is How the U.S. Thinks China Could Invade Taiwan
Pompeo visits North Korea to press Kim on Trump nuclear deal
Pompeo Is Back in North Korea—This Is What He Should Do
Japanese cult leader Shoko Asahara executed for Tokyo sarin attack
China is working on a new fighter for carriers to replace its J-15s
China’s military reforms to ‘WIN A WAR’ and overtake the US revealed in leak
No resolution on abduction issue unless sanctions lifted, DPRK tells Japan
Communist rebels reject Philippine govt’s new demands
Under pressure from US, Japan’s Shinzo Abe ‘cancels Iran trip’
Malaysia suspends multi-billion dollar China-backed deals
New Zealand court rejects Kim Dotcom’s appeal over US extradition

 

 


 

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Travel Security

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The U.S. Dept. of State Travel Website is the authoritative federal source for information on the security situation at travel destinations worldwide. With tensions rapidly increasing in most regions, readers planning international travel, even to such common destinations as Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean Islands, are strongly encouraged to do a little research on the security situation at your destination well prior to departure.

Active USGOV Travel Notices

Worldwide Caution

 


 

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Students Abroad

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9 Uses for an Empty Pill Bottle

Ultimate Survival Tips: 9 Uses for an Empty Pill Bottle

 

Ultimate survival tips are nothing if you don’t have the right tools at your disposal. This ultimate survival guide will unveil every item you can make out of an empty pill bottle.

9 Uses for an Empty Pill Bottle

1. Survival Kit

You can put anything you want in your survival kit as long as it fits without damaging any other components. The bigger your pill bottle, the more stuff you can put in your survival kit. While it’s not a full-fledged bug-out bag, what you put in your pill bottle can help you in emergencies. Remember, knowledge is your ultimate survival tool – everything else is just helpful!

As shown above, the list of items for this particular pill bottle survival kit includes:

  1. Pill Bottle
  2. Matches
  3. Birthday Candles
  4. Fire Straws
  5. Button
  6. Mini Red Finger Flashlight
  7. Index Card
  8. Safety Pins
  9. Dental Floss
  10. Neosporin Straws
  11. Tweezers
  12. Ibuprofen
  13. Allergy Medication
  14. Cotton Balls
  15. Alcohol Wipes
  16. Band-aids
  17. Money
  18. Aluminum Foil

Further details and instructions can be found here.

2. First Aid Kit

Here, we’re going to zoom in on medicines you must add to your pill bottle. You can’t afford to go out with a fresh wound since it will likely get infected. Also, bring needle and thread in case you get a deep cut. Stack it with the following items:

  • Alcohol prep pad
  • Iodine prep pad
  • Non-aspirin pain relievers
  • Aleve
  • Alka-Seltzer
3. Sewing Kit

These decorated pill bottles can turn your never-ending search for a particular crafting item into short work. This survival guide should help you make a well-rounded sewing kit.

4. Waterproof Money Container

Regardless how precarious the situation is, you will always need to take some money with you. Unless it’s a zombie apocalypse or something even worse, be sure you have some dry money with you.

Supplies you’ll need:

  • A pill bottle
  • E-6000 glue
  • Goo Gone
  • A nylon cord
  • A drill or a large screw

Click here for the full tutorial.

5. Hide-A-Key

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A pill bottle has the perfect shape and size for hiding a spare key. To help it blend a little more, glue a rock on top of the bottle. Bury the bottle in a hidden spot with the rock showing to help you find the bottle when you need to retrieve it. Click here to read more.

6. Ammo Storage

Keep your ammo in a pill bottle to prevent it from getting wet. This will also keep it together in one place rather than loose in your pocket or jingling around at the bottom of your BOB. Read more here.

7. Battery Storage

Place batteries inside for cool, dry storage and easy access when needed. It’s always a plus to have an alternative source of energy outside your solar-powered equipment.

8. Seed Collecting and Storage

An empty pill bottle makes a good seed storage. Survivalists store different seed variants in case there’s a shortage in their food supply. For starters, here are the easiest vegetables to grow:

  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Pumpkins
  • Squash
9. Pill Bottle Fire Starter

This is a fun and easy project to do with your kids. It’s also a useful survival skill. This item is also a great alternative if other fire-starting methods aren’t available. Click here for the tutorial.

Watch this video by kipkay to learn how to make the most affordable pill bottle survival kit:

 

 

This item may not appeal as a necessity in survival situation before, but it sure does now. Its portability and versatility make it a great addition to your inventory. Be sure to keep an eye on some empty pill bottles at home as they may come in handy in the future.

Do you know other ultimate survival tips? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

 

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F.B.I. moves on Militia: One Shot Dead, Others Wounded. Armed standoff underway.

The federal government has sealed off the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, after last night’s deadly confrontation with Ammon Bundy and other militia members. Late last night, the F.B.I. shot and killed one of the protesters and took seven others into custody.


Hours after Ammon Bundy was arrested in the deadly encounter with the federal government, additional protesters took control of the Oregon wildlife refuge at the center of a weeks-long standoff. This morning at a press conference the feds signaled that time may be running out.



Earlier this month Bundy told media that he and two of his brothers were among a group of dozens of militia occupying the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Ammon Bundy said the group planned to stay at the refuge indefinitely. “We’re planning on staying here for years, absolutely,” Ammon Bundy said. “This is not a decision we’ve made at the last minute.”

The Bundy Family came to Oregon to protest the arrest and attempted land seizure of an Oregon Ranching family that was being targeted by the federal government.

Why Would the Feds Attempt to Turn this into a Deadly Situation?

Think about it; was the F.B.I. called in to arrest or shoot the liberal Occupy Wall Street people who did much more than just assemble at a wildlife refuge? Did the F.B.I get sent in to arrest the armed criminals who burnt their own neighborhoods in Baltimore and Ferguson to the ground last summer?

No matter how you feel about the Bundy family, or the militia who is peacefully assembling at the wildlife refuge in Oregon, keep in mind that nothing they are doing is harming anyone. The Refuge is in the middle of nowhere, and the F.B.I. could have easily just waited them out. This after all is public land; land we pay for with our tax dollars. There was NO THREAT to public safety, and there was no reason to try to start a gun fight.

Earlier in the day, Jason Patrick, one of the leaders of the militia remaining at the outpost, said he could see an armored convoy and a number of law enforcement officers gathered from his perch in the compound.

“Sounds like the definition of peaceful resolution is either forcefully kidnapping me or death,” Patrick told USA Today. “A peaceful resolution is not dead people.”

“Right now, we’re doing fine,” Patrick said. “We’re just trying to figure out how a dead cowboy equals a peaceful resolution.” Patrick’s comments could have been aimed at Oregon Gov. Kate Brown who asked for “patience as officials continue pursuit of a swift and peaceful resolution.”

Patrick told The Oregonian: “We’re all standing here ready to defend our peaceful resolution.”

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WEEKLY THREAT ROUNDUP 5-3-15

From AlertsUSA

 
Black Gangs Targeting Police
More Widespread Lawlessness Expected
May 2, 2015
 
Between April 25-30, 2015, AlertsUSA issued the following
related Flash message to subscriber mobile devices:
4/30 – Law enf in urban areas across US prep for poss violent protests 5/1 (May Day). Incr rpts of violent black on white assaults nationwide. Extreme caution urged.
4/27 – MD Gov has declared a State of Emergency. MD National Guard activated. Special Situation Update forthcoming via email.

4/27 – Baltimore police warning of credible threat to local law enforcement by multiple gangs intending to target police officers. Monitoring…

4/27 – AlertsUSA monitoring widespread renewed civil unrest in downtown Baltimore. 7 LEOs injured. Evolving dangerous sit. Police warn of major resp. Avoid the area.

4/25 – Widespread rioting and vandalism in downtown Baltimore, MD. Avoid the area. Watch Live: http://bit.ly/MDriot1

What You Need To Know
On multiple occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers have been notified via text messages to their mobile devices regarding breaking developments on the topic of growing civil unrest in Baltimore, MD and several U.S. cities, in addition to new threats by black gangs specifically targeting police.
On Wednesday, law enforcement agencies nationwide went to a heightened state of alert following an advisory message from the Baltimore Police Department warning credible information had been received that members of various gangs including the Black Guerilla Family, the Bloods and the Crips had entered into a partnership to ‘take-out’ law enforcement officers. This partnership between what are normally rival gangs is reported to have beenbrokered by the leadership of Nation of Islam, who themselves have repeatedly called for all manner of violence and civil disobedience (see this and this).

By afternoon, numerous individuals had been arrested for assaults on police. The combination of uncontrolled rioting and attacks on police promptedactivation of the Maryland National Guard.

Members of law enforcement nationwide are being urged to maintain a high level of vigilance, to be aware of possible ambushes, to change travel patterns and to tone down clothes or emblems identifying them as police.

Since criminal charges were announced against six Baltimore police officers on Friday morning, officers on the ground are reporting heightened tensions and violent challenges to police authority.

COMMENTARY

On the topic of the broader causes of the civil unrest in Baltimore and other major urban areas across the U.S., AlertsUSA has little to add to that which is already widely understood but rarely ever spoken of openly at parties. Going forward, one would normally expect that as violence and overall lawlessness in America’s inner cities increases, so to would the heavy handedness of the police response.. The tax payers of a city and state expect law enforcement to keep evil contained and in check.

Unfortunately, there is a high likelihood we are going to see the exact opposite take place.

Given current political winds, the growing trend of treating the lawless as the victims, as well as further efforts at demonizing police and restraining their activity, readers can reasonably expect an increasing tempo of criminal behavior and civil unrest as police both individually, as well as a part of departmental policy, curtail their efforts. Frankly, what police officer in their right mind wants to end up as the next YouTube sensation, face financial ruin due to a civil lawsuit or become the focus of national media attention?

A WARNING

Racial tensions in America are climbing fast, as are the number of violent black on white attacks being reported across the U.S.( just not by national media – see this and this). AlertsUSA cautions readers of the need to exercise extreme caution when in urban areas nationwide. You know where you and your kids are supposed to be, and more importantly, what parts of town would wisely be avoided. Parents of high school and college aged children should strongly consider a sit down where these realities are communicated or reinforced.

A RECOMMENDATION

To this end, AlertsUSA highly recommends finding a copy of the acclaimed 1997 New York Times bestseller, The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence, by Gavin De Becker. The author is a three time Presidential appointee as an advisor to the Department of Justice and whose security firm protects eight of the ten private Americans currently considered most at-risk, as well as 60 of the Nation’s most prominent families.

The book lays out the pieces of the human violence puzzle and helps you clearly recognize both the subtle and blatant signals of danger. Considering the times, this book should be at the top of your reading list. If your children are old enough to stay out after the street lights come on, it should be at the top of their reading list as well.

RELATED NEWS ITEMS

New Black Panther Head: We Are Willing to Kill for Black Nation

Baltimore Uprising: Is ISIS Using The Riots To Recruit Black U.S. Muslims?

AlertsUSA continues to closely monitor growing civil unrest across the U.S. and will immediately notify service subscribers of the outbreak of new violent protests, rioting, or any other changes in the overall domestic threat environment as events warrant.

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4/28 – BREAKING: Al Arabiya reports Iran has seized a US cargo ship and 34 crew. Vessel taken to Bandar Abbas port on the S. coast of Iran. Developing situation.

4/25 – Intel sources rpt DHS/FBI investig ISIS-inspired terror threat on aviation sector. Numerous hub airports incl LAX, DEN and ATL incr security. Expect delays.

 
 
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World News Roundup
May 2, 2015
Other Developments We Are Following
AMERICAS
Officials: FBI probes possible ISIS-inspired threat 
Officials Pick Up Possible ISIS Threat to U.S. Military, Police
Los Angeles Airport Security Boosted Amid Possible ISIS Threat
No Phones for Workers at Passport Offices Due to Data Theft
Announcement on New JCS Chairman Expected Soon
Guantanamo Detainees Balk at Life in Uruguay
U.S. Bill Would Create ‘Hostage Czar’ to Coordinate Rescue Efforts
Russia Conducts Nuclear Bomber Flight Near Alaska

EUROPE

UK Airport Security Stepped Up After US Warns of New Threat 
What Is China’s Navy Doing in Mediterranean?
Top NATO Commander: Russia Readying For A New Ukraine Offensive
Chernobyl Fire: Kiev Claims No Radiation Threat, Experts Ring Alarm Bells

MIDDLE EAST

U.S., Allies Stage 18 Air Strikes Against Islamic State
US Navy Ships to Accompany US-Flagged Ships in Gulf
US Commander: Loss of Military Toehold in Yemen is Worrisome
Saudis Uncover Plot to Bomb U.S. Embassy
Isis Leader Incapacitated with Suspected Spinal Injuries After Air Strike

ASIA

North Korea’s Nuclear Leverage
Rechristening the U.S.-Japan Defense Alliance
U.S. to Protect Disputed Japanese Islands
North Korea ‘May Have Restarted Yongbyon Nuclear Reactor’
China Says Worried by New U.S. Cyber Strategy
Has Japan Abandoned Its Policy Of Being A Pacifist Nation?


Travel Security Update

The U.S. Dept. of State is the authoritative federal source for information on the security situation at travel destinations worldwide. With tensions rapidly increasing in most regions, readers planning on international travel, even to such common destinations as Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean Islands, are strongly encouraged to do a little research on the security situation prior to departure.

Latest USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings

Central African
Republic
  05/01/2015
Nepal   05/01/2015
Iraq   04/29/2015
N. Korea   04/23/2015
Mexico   04/03/2015
Worldwide Caution   01/09/2015
Worldwide Alert   12/19/2014
   

Additional Sources of Travel Guidance

 

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Activated Charcoal: A Must-Have Item in Every Preppers Med Kit

 


 

If I were to guess, activated charcoal is probably not one of the items found in your med kit right now.

Well, it’s time you change that…

The thing is, in a long-term disaster or a post-collapse situation, you’ll likely not have access to professional medical help. And if you or your loved one accidentally ingests something poisonous, it could end up being a very bad day for you or yours.

That’s where having activated charcoal could be a very real life saver.

In this article you’ll discover just what activated charcoal is and how it can be used to ward off potential disaster when things go very bad. In addition, you’ll learn about many of the other potential uses that this long-standing “medicine” has.

Activated Charcoal Throughout History

The first recorded use of charcoal for medicinal purposes comes from Egyptian papyri around 1500 B.C. as a method of staving off infection of open wounds. Since then, activated charcoal has continued to be an effective form of treatment for a variety of ailments down to the present time.

In fact, it’s common to find activated charcoal in modern emergency rooms for treatment of drug overdose and poisoning.

How does it work you ask? Well, read on…

How Activated Charcoal Performs its “Magic”

It may at first seem a bit unbelievable as to how a simple black powder can be so effective at removing poisons from the body. But there’s real scientific reasons as to why.

Activated charcoal works mainly by adsorption (no I didn’t spell that incorrectly). Since activated charcoal is 100% alkaline (i.e. negatively charged), this negative ionic charge attracts postive ionic charges like toxins and poisons, causing them to bind to the charcoal which then gets escorted out of your body through the eliminative process of your intestines.

Even when made as a poultice (a moist paste of charcoal and water that you spread over a wound or sting) this adsorption process will work to draw out poisons caused by stings and bites of animals.

Basically the process that creates activated charcoal (steam heating and oxidation) ends up creating an internal lattice of very fine pores. This structure allow s charcoal to adsorb over 100 times its weight in bacteria, toxins and other positively charged chemicals (like drugs and unwanted medicine).

For that reason, it’s important that you don’t ingest charcoal if you’ve recently (within the last 24 hours) taken perscription medicine for medical reasons since it can also adsorb certain medicines as it does poisons.

Charcoal Remedies

Here are just some of the examples of charcoal remedies (both internal external) that you’ll find used in modern as well as folk medicine:

Internal Uses:

  • food poisoning / drug overdose: This is really the only remedy I’ve found where charcoal is used in modern medicine. My ER doctor friend has used charcoal a number of times in the Emergency Room for drug-overdose patients.
  • elimination of toxins that contribute to anemia in cancer patients
  • stomach bug/flu: This has worked very well in my family. Anytime we feel a stomach bug coming on we take a teaspoon of charcoal in a cup of water which stops it in its tracks.
  • filter toxins from blood
  • headaches
  • minor arthritic symptoms
  • diarrhea
  • sore throat irritation
  • tooth abscesses

    External Uses:

  • disinfect wounds
  • teeth whitening: Charcoal surprisingly does an excellent job at removing tartar and plaque buildup on teeth (no the black will not stain your teeth) and even removes stains (especially those caused by coffee).
  • cold sores
  • insect bites: Very effective against bee and wasp stings. I’ve personally seen this work wonders for my 4-year old daughter with a wasp sting. The pain subsided very quickly after making a poultice and covering her sting.
  • snake bites

    Is Activated Charcoal Something I Can Make?

    As a quick warning, this is not the charcoal that comes as briquettes that you use in your charcoal grill. Since many of them are laden with dangerous fillers and petrochemicals (firestarter) to help them ignite, ingesting or using these for medical purposes could certainly lead to a very bad day for you or your loved ones.

    True activated charcoal is made industrially through a process of exposing pure charcoal to hot steam in order to oxidize it. So while you can certainly make normal charcoal from a woodfire and grind it up fine enough to be somewhat effective (if that’s all you had available to you), it’s not the same.

    Given the purity that you can buy as well as it’s practically limitless shelf life I would still highly recommend you purchase it.

    Where Can I Purchase Activated Charcoal and How Can I Learn To Use It?

    It’s important that you purchase a high-quality charcoal. Here’s the one that I recommend and buy for my own family:

    Hardwood Activated Charcoal Powder 16 oz (1 lb) in Mylar Bag

    In addition, if you want to learn all of the fantastic ways to use this as well as dosing information be sure to check out some of these resources:

    Activated Charcoal: Antidote, Remedy, and Health Aid

    Charcoal Remedies

    Drugs.com

     

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Is Buying a Pre-Made Survival Kit a Good Idea?

Given the popularity of prepping today, it stands to reason that many companies would jump on the bandwagon and try to cater to that market.  You can now find pre-made survival kits at places like outdoor stores like REI and even at discount retailers like Walmart.  But is buying a pre-made kit a good idea?

Problems with Pre-Made Kits

Well, like anything else in life, it depends.  The first problem I’ve seen with many commercial kits is that some or all of the components are of poor quality.  If you are staking your life on an item, you want it to be up to the task.  Some kits are nothing more than cheap, dollar store quality items tossed into a sub-average knapsack.  You really aren’t saving much money with those kits.  Sure, the package says the kit contains 200+ survival items.  But, they also count each adhesive bandage as a single item.

The second problem I’ve seen is the kits are often incomplete.  They are almost always lacking gear for at least one major category.  Maybe it has food, water, and shelter covered but it has nothing for first aid.  Or, it is missing any sort of fire making equipment.  Few kits on the market today truly cover all of the major categories of survival needs:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Shelter
  • First aid
  • Signaling
  • Navigation
  • Communication
  • Tools

A third issue with many pre-made kits is the container they use, such as the backpack or duffel bag.  Typically, these are cheaply made and aren’t going to hold up in any sort of realistic survival scenario.  If you’re hoofing it to your bug out location, you don’t want to discover a hole in the backpack halfway through your journey, a hole through which much of your gear has managed to leak out from over the last several miles.

Why Bother Buying One?

In most cases, you are far better off assembling your own kit from the bottom up, taking into account your own skill sets, your needs, and your overall situation. What works for one person might not be the best idea for another. However, commercial kits can serve as a starting point.  If you purchase a kit with that in mind and take the time to become familiar with each provided item, you’ll be in a far better position to decide what else needs added to the kit.

Personally, I like the products sold by Echo Sigma as well as those made by Survival Resources.
Both companies take great care in selecting gear that actually works under real life conditions.  Of course, the kits they assemble and sell aren’t cheap, but neither is your life.

Of course you can go back through this blog to older articles and find many ideas for making your own kit.

The best thing to remember is either buy or make your own, but “HAVE ONE“.

Check out what the local Walmart had:

The black bags on top are kits for around $35.00



On bottom where emergency food storage and 72 hour kits.


Not too bad for Walmart.

 

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Basic Knife Throwing Videos

The one thing to remember is this:

“Why would you want to throw your weapon away?”

Reality is sticking someone with a knife looks cool and easy on TV, they bounce off ribs and other bones most of the time. Layers of clothes make throwing one ineffective as well.

Not saying it won’t injure them, now you are without a blade and the other person has it to use on you.
Possibly good for rodent size critters and reptiles.

 

So there are uses but remember this important fact – “don’t throw your last knife“.

 

Basic Knife Throwing (Russian Army Style)

 

 

How to Throw a Knife: Different Styles | COMBAT KNIFE THROWING

 

 

How to Throw Knives: Introduction to Martial Arts Knife Throwing

 

 

Spin vs. No Spin Knife Throwing

 

 

Best Beginner Throwing Knives (Part 1 of 3)

 

 

Best Mid-Range Throwing Knife (Part 2 of 3)

 

 

Best High-End (and No-Spin) Throwing Knives (Part 3 of 3)

 

 

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Could Real Life ‘Purge’ Threat Happen

Reports are coming in from cities around the United States where flyers are being put up announcing “The Purge” and saying “Get Your Squad Ready!”  They say “The Purge” will begin on August 31st!  It’s also going out on Instagram, Facebook and other social media!


Specific cities, venues and activities mentioned include; Louisville, KY; Detroit, MI; Jacksonville, FL; Kansas City, MO; Cleveland, OH; St. Louis, MO; Pittsburg, PA; The Kentucky State Fair and after school activities (sports events, concerts, etc.).

Where I am (Louisville, KY) the threats of a violent crime outbreak for tonight and other dates going forward — based on the movie “The Purge” — are being taken seriously by police.


For those that don’t know, “The Purge” is a movie series that has so far had two movies – “The Purge” and “The Purge Anarchy”.  In the movies, the government allows 12 hours where any crime is legal.  You can murder anybody in those 12 hours (7pm to 7am) and do any kind of crime and it’s perfectly legal!  Of course no emergency services will be available during the purge hours so they advise you to get off the streets if you’re not purging this year!  You can use weapons of Class 4 or lower during the purge.  The only people that you can’t murder are government employees of ranking 10 who are immune to the purge.  This was all setup by “The New Founding Fathers” who said that the yearly purge was necessary to “Release the Beast”, keep full employment and to bring about a renewed America!

Could it be that our society is so dumbed down and evil now that many gang bangers could go out and copycat the movie and start killing people!

Police in both Louisville and Jeffersonville, Ind., said they are aware of the “Louisville Purge” threats circulating on Twitter and will have officers ready to respond.

Louisville police spokesman Sgt. Phil Russell said the police “take any threat that would incite violence on our community seriously.”

LMPD: Residents urged to report suspicious ‘Purge’ activity

POLL: What image describes your feeling about “Louisville Purge”

He said their investigation has not identified any specific threats; they have only come across general information that goes along with crime that happened in the movie.

However, Russell said with the trend in the nation of mob violence and violent outbreaks, “it would be prudent for us to monitor it and to be ready for any possibility.”

As reported  by Connie Leonard of Wave 3 News, awareness of random violence was heightened beginning with a wave of violent crime beginning with theMarch 22 attackon the Big Four Bridge, in which a group of teenagers beat and kicked a man in the presence of his family without provocation. The violence continued seemingly aimlessly throughout the downtown area, captured on surveillance video. After a leaked FBI memo suggested planned gang violence might take place two weeks later, the LMPD placed additional officers at events like Thunder over Louisville and the Pegasus Parade. No actual planned violence took place.

Russell said he doesn’t know if the intent of the original poster of the “Louisville Purge” idea — which says the purge will take place from 8 p.m. Friday until 6:30 a.m. Saturday — was to be taken seriously. But now the police have to watch out for any criminals who might use it as a catalyst to exact violence in the community.

He said a lot of officers were already supposed to be on patrol Friday for various other events, such as the Kentucky State Fair, so the department will be adequately staffed and prepared.

Jeffersonville Police Maj. Josh Lynch said his department had received calls from concerned citizens about the threats.

Lynch said the department decided to beef up patrols and develop contingency plans in case something did happen.

“In law enforcement, we have to take all threats serious,” he said.

Both Jeffersonville and Louisville police are encouraging anyone who sees something suspicious or witnesses a crime to report it.

As reported by WLKY, Louisville Metropolitan Police report that posters and fliers have sprung up advertising that a ‘Purge’ crime spree would be in effect on Friday from 8:30 pm to Saturday at 6:30 am for residents in Kentucky’s largest city. Louisville MPD released a statement on the posters and fliers assuring residents that the department will be ready if there are any sort of mass disturbances.

Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1410580/could-a-real-life-purge-happen-in-louisville-ky-this-weekend/#Om4idklqlUhgVpIh.99

 

Alright, all I can say is this is another reason to take you, your family and friends safety in your own hands at all times.

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