This could have been very bad. Islamist extremist ricin plot foiled by German police
Sief Allah Hammami, a 29-year-old Tunisian, was held on Wednesday along with his German wife after police found large quantities of the deadly toxin his apartment.
It is believed to be the first time Islamic extremists in Europe have succeeded in manufacturing ricin, which is one of deadliest biological agents known to man.
The LD50 dose for ricin is 500 micrograms. “A 500 microgram dose of ricin would be about the size of the head of a pin.” It can be inhaled, ingested or injected.
This is only one of several attempts by terrorists to get their hands on ricin. There is no antidote. If you are dosed, you will die.
At least this is getting some coverage in the US press. (I look first at Europe and the UK for news, even about America.) ‘Family of Isil terrorists’ behind Indonesia suicide church attack
A family of suicide bombers including children and teenagers were responsible for a series of deadly church attacks in Indonesia on Sunday, the country’s national police chief said.
At least the media in acknowledging the fact that churches are under attack, since they tend to ignore this kind of thing.
Oh, and ISIS claims responsibility.
He was a known threat, and they were watching him. Paris knife attack: Suspect ‘French citizen born in Russia’s Chechnya’ – BBC News
Named by media as Khamzat Asimov, he was on a French watch list of people who could pose a threat to national security, the sources said.
Police shot dead the attacker in the busy Opéra district after he killed a man and injured four other people.
ISIS has claimed responsibility.
He shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest) during the attack, witnesses said.
The man tried to enter several bars and restaurants but was blocked by people inside.
He was known as a high-threat individual to French Law Enforcement. (Fiche “S”) That didn’t mean they were able to do anything about him.
That he tried to enter several bars and restaurants but was prevented in doing so by people inside, indicates that at least the French are aware of the need to take individual action to ensure their safety. You shouldn’t expect them to take up armed self-defense.
Will we blame the machine or the man operating it? Van plows into crowd in Toronto, injuring several, driver in custody, cops say | Fox News
Police confirmed to Fox News the arrest of the suspect, which came just minutes after news of the incident broke. “The van involved in multiple pedestrians stuck in the Yonge and Finch area of Toronto has been located and the driver arrested,” Toronto police tweeted.
Witnesses said the drive appeared to be in control of the vehicle. He knew what he was doing. (Hat tip to Chicks on the Right.)
Where is the outcry against delivery trucks? Vehicles as weapons: Muenster crash part of a deadly trend – CNN
This time, it was in Muenster, Germany, where police said several people were killed and at least a dozen seriously injured Saturday after a delivery truck slammed into people.
Authorities are treating the incident as a deliberate attack, according to a police spokeswoman.
Since they have few details about the attack in Muenster, Germany, they provide a list of all the vehicle attacks over the past few years.
There are well established ways to stop a vehicle. Why aren’t we using them? Travis AFB explosion: New details in possible attempted attack at Travis Air Force Base in California – CBS News
A car loaded with propane tanks ran through the main gate at Travis Air Force Base in northern California on Wednesday night. Military personnel ran up to the burning car that exploded in flame after breaching the security gates.
This is beyond stupid in this era of terror attacks. Every base should be secure.
The main gate at Travis was closed for 12 hours after the incident and officials say there is no known threat to the base or the community.
I would say it’s the unknown threats that they need to consider.
Or does it only count if it happens in the US? I can never remember what the rules are. Three killed in France in shooting, supermarket hostage-taking
French President Emmanuel Macron said the incident appeared to be a terrorist attack and security forces were securing the area.
The first clue was that he was screaming God is Great in Arabic. So you figure it out. (I wonder what other evidence that it is terror Macron is waiting for?)
The gun laws in France make the whole country basically a defenseless victim zone, so a gunman (here’s a hint, I doubt he had a license for that weapon) has clear fields of fire until the cops show up. And when seconds count, police are minutes away.