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Posted by: thepinetree on 05/18/2020 10:09 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 05/18/2020 10:09 AM
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Attorney General William P. Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray Announce Significant Al-Qaeda Ties in Naval Air Station Pensacola Shooting

Washington, DC...Today, Attorney General William P. Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray announced significant developments in the FBI’s investigation of the December 6, 2019 shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola that killed three U.S. sailors and severely wounded eight other Americans. On January 13, 2020, Attorney General Barr announced that the shooting was an act of terrorism and publicly asked Apple to help the FBI access the locked contents of two iPhones belonging to the deceased terrorist Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani. The company declined to do so.





Attorney General Barr announced that the FBI recently succeeded in unlocking the phones of Alshamrani, who had attempted to destroy them while launching his attack. The phones contained important, previously-unknown information that definitively established Alshamrani’s significant ties to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), not only before the attack, but before he even arrived in the United States. The FBI now has a clearer understanding of Alshamrani’s associations and activities in the years, months, and days leading up to the attack.

“Thanks to the great work of the FBI – and no thanks to Apple – we were able to unlock Alshamrani’s phones,” said Attorney General Barr. “The trove of information found on these phones has proven to be invaluable to this ongoing investigation and critical to the security of the American people. However, if not for our FBI’s ingenuity, some luck, and hours upon hours of time and resources, this information would have remained undiscovered. The bottom line: our national security cannot remain in the hands of big corporations who put dollars over lawful access and public safety. The time has come for a legislative solution.”

“I could not be prouder of the relentless dedication of the men and women at the FBI who worked for months under difficult conditions to access these devices,” said Director Wray. “Their skill and persistence, and the sustained investigative efforts by FBI Jacksonville, the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, and our many other federal, state, and local partners, have been nothing short of extraordinary in this case. As we continue to seek answers around the December 6th terrorist attack that killed three American service members and wounded others, I want their families, and all Americans, to know that protecting the United States from those who seek to do us harm remains the FBI’s foremost priority. Our work against the threat of terrorism never rests.”

Investigators sought and received court authorization to search the contents of Alshamrani’s iPhones within one day of the December 6, 2019 terrorist attack. Unable to unlock the phones because of their security features, and having exhausted all readily available options, the FBI approached Apple for its assistance in early January 2020. The company declined to assist. FBI technical experts succeeded in accessing the phones’ contents over four months after the attack, revealing highly-significant evidence, including:

Alshamrani and his AQAP associates communicated using end-to-end encrypted apps, with warrant-proof encryption, deliberately in order to evade law enforcement.

Alshamrani’s preparations for terror began years ago. He had been radicalized by 2015, and having connected and associated with AQAP operatives, joined the Royal Saudi Air Force in order to carry out a “special operation.”

In the months before the December 6, 2019 attack, while in the United States, Alshamrani had specific conversations with overseas AQAP associates about plans and tactics. In fact, he was communicating with AQAP right up until the attack, and conferred with his associates until the night before he undertook the murders.

The evidence derived from Alshamrani’s unlocked phones has already proven useful in protecting the American people. In particular, a counterterrorism operation targeting AQAP operative Abdullah al-Maliki, one of Alshamrani’s overseas associates, was recently conducted in Yemen.


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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-05-18 10:47:05   By: Anonymous
 
Lying Clown

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-05-18 10:55:46   By: Anonymous
 
Look over here, folks. Pay no attention to the Saudi arms deal reported by the latest IG to be fired on a Friday after press time.

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    Re: Eternal Machine
    Posted on: 2020-05-18 11:09:02   By: Anonymous
     
    The cogs keep turning
    The earth keeps burning down
    They gotta fuel the war machine
    Crude oil and kerosene

    A constant need
    A hate to feed
    Ina a world that's bleeding out
    Catastrophe
    Epanastrophe
    A never ending cycle
    An enterprise
    Built on lies
    An eternal industry
    For the wheels to turn
    The world must burn
    Burn it to the ground

    Always wanting more and more
    Living the nightmare just to feed the dream
    Spoiling the wealthy, depriving the poor
    Make war to fuel the machine

    Filthy production line
    Twisted destructive minds
    Does it get you off?
    Arm the troops, it's feeding time

    Devour!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-05-18 11:10:28   By: Anonymous
 
While Trump distracts, you might have missed that today Barr also went on record as saying he doesn't expect a review of the Russia probe will 'lead to a criminal investigation' of Obama and Biden. The FOX crowd won't buy it, though, because they think every lie, every insinuation that comes out of Trump's mouth. There is no "Obamagate" but there's no taking the hateful, smear campaign back.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2020-05-18 12:28:12   By: Anonymous
     
    Beijing Biden 2020

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2020-05-18 12:28:59   By: Anonymous
       
      Stink Finger Joe 2020

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2020-05-18 15:26:13   By: Anonymous
         
        Stink , you idiots are all the way up trump’s fat ass...

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          Re: Biden 2020
          Posted on: 2020-05-18 15:29:05   By: Anonymous
           
          We love president’s that get impeached. And are criminal. And lie all the time. You people call it making America great.

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            Re: Biden 2020
            Posted on: 2020-05-18 15:32:35   By: Anonymous
             
            I say call it the trump virus. He is the troll that cost 90,000 Americans there lives.

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              Re: Biden 2020
              Posted on: 2020-05-18 16:07:53   By: Anonymous
               
              Fred Flinstone and his orange bitch trump. To prison

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                Re: Biden 2020
                Posted on: 2020-05-18 20:28:42   By: Anonymous
                 
                Dumb Fukc Fred Flintstone you idiot democrat your lower than whale sh t

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            Re: Biden 2020
            Posted on: 2020-05-18 20:29:45   By: Anonymous
             
            No, we call that Bill Clinton.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-05-18 23:33:20   By: Anonymous
 
Barr has zero credibility. Just a Trump puppet. More Clorox kool-aid anyone?!

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2020-05-19 06:13:20   By: Anonymous
     
    Only dumb democrats write shi+ like this

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2020-05-19 06:58:48   By: Anonymous
       
      I blame Obama.

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        Re: Obama?
        Posted on: 2020-05-19 14:42:45   By: Anonymous
         
        Barack was totally misunderstood during his 8 years as commander. I don't care where he was born (even if it was Kenya) and I don't care what his grades were in college (did he graduate?). Fast and Furious never happened it was all made up. 150 billion to Iran, who cares? In my mind Obama loved this country and once elected Mrs. Obama was never more proud so lets keep looking into the Russian thing with President Trump. Also, vote Republican!!!

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          Re: Obama?
          Posted on: 2020-05-22 12:38:01   By: Anonymous
           
          Obama was the best in History. Trump the worst in history

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