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Title: Attack on U.S. Military Bases
Post by: Hidden to Guests on 08 December 2019 at 16:31
Two attacks in less than a week's time. I guess this is what you deserve when you believe diversity is your strength.


Saudi Air Force member who killed 3 at U.S. Navy base had watched mass-shooting videos

Investigators believe a social media post critical of U.S. support for Israel belonged to the shooter, law enforcement sources said.

What we know about the Saudi national who killed 3 at Pensacola naval base

Dec. 7, 2019, 2:42 PM CST / Updated Dec. 7, 2019, 9:23 PM CST
By Minyvonne Burke and Pete Williams

The Saudi Air Force member suspected of fatally shooting three people at a naval base in Pensacola, Florida, invited three Saudi flight students to dinner in the past week and showed them videos of mass shootings, according to law enforcement officials.

Investigators believe the three had nothing to do with Friday's attack, the officials told NBC News. No one has been arrested in the attack that also left several people wounded.

The dead were identified by the U.S. Navy late Saturday as aviation students Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23, of Coffee, Alabama; Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, 19, of St. Petersburg, Florida; and Airmen Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters, 21, of Richmond Hill, Georgia.

Capt. Tim Kinsella, commanding officer of Naval Air Station Pensacola, said the three took action during the attack.

"When confronted, they didn’t run from danger; they ran towards it and saved lives," he said in a statement. "If not for their actions, and the actions of the Naval Security Force that were the first responders on the scene, this incident could have been far worse."

The gunman, who was killed by sheriff's deputies, was identified by the FBI late Saturday as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, 21, a second lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force. He was in a training program at Naval Air Station Pensacola.

The FBI asked anyone with information about Alshamrani or his activities to contact the Jacksonville bureau.

"FBI Jacksonville is not aware of any credible threat toward the Pensacola community at this time," it said in a statement.

Authorities believe a social media post critical of U.S. support for Israel and claiming America is anti-Islam belongs to Alshamrani. The post, which appeared before the shooting, is no longer live.

Law enforcement sources say investigators believe the shooter returned to Saudi Arabia after starting his U.S. training in 2017, and when he returned in February, he stopped socializing and going out as much with the three friends.

Military reviewing foreign training program after mass shooting at Florida naval base

They also said that although non-citizens are normally prohibited from buying handguns, Alshamrani used a loophole to legally purchase his weapon from a dealer in Pensacola. Non-citizens with hunting licenses can buy firearms, and the shooter apparently had such a license, sources said.

After the shooting, a number of Saudi training students were led away by authorities, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Some Saudi students captured video of the attack, but law enforcement sources said Saturday there was no official concern about the filming and that multiple witnesses had made recordings.

Officials have not publicly discussed a possible motive.

"We are not prepared at this hour to confirm what may have motivated the shooter to commit this horrific act today," Rachel L. Rojas, FBI special agent in charge of the Jacksonville division, said Friday night.

Lt. Col. Dave Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesman, said the suspect had been scheduled to complete a three-year U.S. Air Force Foreign Military Sales training program, funded by Saudi Arabia, in August.

Foreign students from ally and "partner" nations of the U.S. have been coming to train at the base since at least World War II, Base commander Capt. Timothy Kinsella said Friday.

"There have always been international students training here because it's a good place to train. It's good-quality training," he said.

Eastburn said 5,181 foreign students from 153 countries, including 852 Saudis, are in the U.S. for Department of Defense security cooperation-related training. According to a Pentagon policy, foreign nationals who want to participate in the program are vetted for terrorist activity, drug trafficking, corruption and criminal conduct.

The shooting occurred around 6:50 a.m. in a two-floor classroom building at the naval base, which is on the Florida Panhandle about 13 miles from the Alabama border.

In addition to the three killed, eight were injured, including two Escambia County sheriff's deputies who exchanged gunfire with the shooter. One deputy has been released from the hospital, and the other was recovering from surgery.

One of the victims killed was remembered by his brother for saving the lives of others despite being shot multiple times. In a Facebook post, Adam Watson confirmed that Joshua Kaleb Watson was among those killed and said his brother told first responders where the shooter was located on the base.

Joshua Kaleb Watson.

"Today has been the worst day of my life," Adam Watson wrote. "Joshua Kaleb Watson saved countless lives today with his own. After being shot multiple times he made it outside and told the first response team where the shooter was and those details were invaluable."

Adam Watson said his brother "died a hero."

"We are beyond proud but there is a hole in our hearts that can never be filled," he wrote.

Friday's shooting is the second incident this week at a U.S. Navy facility. On Wednesday, a U.S. sailor shot and killed two civilian Defense Department employees and wounded a third at the Pearl Harbor Shipyard in Hawaii before killing himself.

Previously That Week:


A US sailor opens fire at a Pearl Harbor shipyard days before the anniversary of historic attack
Title: Re: Attack on U.S. Military Bases
Post by: Hidden to Guests on 09 December 2019 at 14:16
It blows my mind to how any White person could associate with these sand niggers and then act surprised when they attack us. I feel like the sand niggers have made their hate for us very clear.


As Pensacola shooting investigation unravels it 'appears to be a terrorist attack,' White House official says

By Christina Maxouris, CNN
Updated 4:06 AM ET, Mon December 9, 2019


(CNN)The motive behind a 21-year-old gunman's attack on Naval Air Station Pensacola still remains undetermined, but the FBI is treating it as "an act of terror," a member of the agency said.

Working under the "presumption that this was an act of terrorism" will allow agents to take advantage of certain investigative techniques, FBI Special Agent in Charge Rachel Rojas said.


Mohammed Alshamrani, a Saudi Arabian Air Force officer who had been in flight training at the base for two years, opened fire in a classroom building on Friday,killing three sailors who ran toward danger to protect others, officials said. Several others were injured.

The deadly shooting "appears to be a terrorist attack," White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien said. Authorities haven't found ties between the attacker and terrorist groups.

"We don't know yet if he was acting alone," O'Brien said on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday. "The FBI is investigating, and they've been interviewing, interrogating other Saudi students.

Sailors killed at Pensacola Navy base saved lives when they ran toward the gunman, officials say


The victims were Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, 19, of St. Petersburg, Florida; Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters, 21, of Richmond Hill, Georgia; and Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23, from Enterprise, Alabama.

"If not for their actions, and the actions of the Naval Security Force that were the first responders on the scene, this incident could have been far worse," said Capt. Tim Kinsella, the commanding officer of Naval Air Station Pensacola.

The shooter used a handgun and was killed after two deputies exchanged gunfire with him.

As details continue to emerge, there's a lot still under investigation. Here's what we know about the shooting so far:

Several other Saudi nationals were questioned

Over the weekend, several Saudi nationals were detained for questioning in connection to the attack, a US official told CNN. The official didn't provide information on their connection to the gunman.

Alshamrani and a small group of Saudi nationals traveled to New York City over the Thanksgiving holiday, a law enforcement official told CNN.

They visited several museums and Rockefeller Center, the source said, but authorities don't know why they traveled to the city. The Saudis who accompanied Alshamrani are currently being interviewed by law enforcement and are being cooperative, the source added.

Tweet purportedly from gunman in Pensacola Navy base shooting suggests al Qaeda inspiration

At least one Saudi national also filmed the shooting, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said.

On Sunday, the FBI said it was reviewing surveillance videos and a video taken by a bystander after the attack. A senior law enforcement official told CNN that one Saudi national who recorded the aftermath was considered a bystander, adding investigators didn't believe this person was involved in the attack and was far away from the scene when he captured the emergency response after the incident.

Friends of the gunman were detained after the killing, one or two of which recorded the attack, Esper said. It was unclear when they began filming, Esper told "Fox News Sunday."

A separate law enforcement official familiar with the ongoing investigation says there is currently no indication of anything nefarious regarding any individual who recorded the attack scene.

The official says all witnesses to the incident are being interviewed.

Twitter account may have been linked to shooter

Minutes before authorities were alerted to the attack, a Twitter account aligning with the shooter's name posted a message that raises the possibility the attack was inspired by al Qaeda and its founder, Osama bin Laden, CNN's Nic Robertson and Paul Cruickshank wrote.

Mohammed Alshamrani

The message, addressed to the American people, declared hate for Americans because of their "crimes" against Muslims. It made no reference to an impending attack. Instead, it repurposed words used by bin Laden and the American al Qaeda terrorist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

CNN has been unable to verify the source of the tweet which was previously reported on by SITE Intelligence Group. Law enforcement has not commented on it.

A Twitter spokeswoman says the account was suspended, adding "That's all we have to share."

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a Sunday news conference the shooter had "a major social media trail."

"This guy was somebody who had just a deep-seeded hatred for the United States and that was pretty clear from that," he said. "For us to be bringing in these foreign nationals, you have to take precautions to protect the country."

Foreign students from "partner nations" have trained at the base for years, Capt. Tim Kinsella, the commanding officer of NAS Pensacola, said.

The shooter was vetted before his entry into the pilot training program and after the shooting with nothing of concern found, a law enforcement source told CNN. But the state's governor said Sunday the shooting could have been prevented if there was "better vetting."

He bought his weapon using a hunting license

The shooter had bought the gun he used in the attack legally, two law enforcement officials told CNN.

One source said Alshamrani purchased the weapon from a gun store earlier this year using a hunting license, which allows a non-immigrant on a non-immigrant visa to purchase a gun.

Alshamrani used a Glock 9 mm pistol he bought "legally and lawfully," Rojas told reporters.

Alshamrani's uncle said his nephew had done "nothing suspicious" before moving to the US.

Saad bin Hantim Alshamrani said his nephew was "likable and mannered towards his family and the community." Alshamrani said he "has his religion, his prayer, his honesty and commitments" and that he was a "likable kid, smart, he was exceptionally smart."
Title: Re: Attack on U.S. Military Bases
Post by: Hidden to Guests on 15 January 2020 at 04:16

Pensacola naval base shooting an 'act of terrorism,' Attorney General Barr says.

Jan. 13, 2020, 1:55 PM CST / Updated Jan. 13, 2020, 9:07 PM CST
By Doha Madani

The fatal attack on a naval base in Pensacola, Florida, last month by a Saudi national who was in the U.S. for military training was an act of terrorism motivated by jihadist beliefs, officials said.

Evidence showed that the gunman held anti-American and anti-Israeli views, which he posted on social media, including just hours before the Dec. 6 attack, Attorney General William Barr said Monday.

"This was an act of terrorism," Barr said. "The evidence shows the shooter was influenced by jihadist ideology."

The gunman was identified as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, a member of the Saudi Air Force, after the attack left three service members dead. Investigators did not offer a motive. Alshamrani died after exchanging gunfire with sheriff's deputies who responded to the shooting.

Eight Americans were injured in the attack, which lasted about 15 minutes.

Authorities said there was no evidence that Alshamrani acted with the assistance of other individuals or groups, though the government is working to unlock two Apple iPhones belonging to him.

"During the gunfight with the first responders, the shooter disengaged long enough to place one of his phones on the floor and shoot a single round into the device," Barr said. "It also appears the other phone was damaged."

The FBI's crime lab has been able to reconstruct the phones, but faces serious encryption challenges in collecting evidence off the devices. Investigators have obtained a warrant to search the phones but Apple has "not given any substantive assistance" to the government in bypassing the phones' security.

Barr would not comment on whether the government plans to take Apple to court to try to force the company's cooperation.

In a statement, Apple said that it learned about the government’s inability to access either phone only a week ago. The company said it was subpoenaed for information from the second phone two days later — a request that it said it responded to “within hours.”

“We are continuing to work with the FBI, and our engineering teams recently had a call to provide additional technical assistance,” the statement said. “Apple has great respect for the Bureau's work, and we will work tirelessly to help them investigate this tragic attack on our nation.”

The statement added that Apple had quickly complied with several earlier requests for access to iCloud backup material, account information and transactional data.

“The queries resulted in many gigabytes of information that we turned over to investigators,” the company said. “In every instance, we responded with all of the information that we had.”

The Pensacola Naval Air Station main gate following a shooting on Dec. 6, 2019 in Pensacola, Fla.Josh Brasted / Getty Images

Alshamrani was scheduled to complete a three-year U.S. Air Force Foreign Military Sales training program in August. The training, which includes English language coursework and aviation and pilot instruction, was funded by Saudi Arabia.

At least 21 other Saudi nationals who were in the country for military training were found to have possessed "derogatory material." Investigators found that 17 of the nationals had jihadist or anti-American content and at least 15 of them had "some kind of contact with child pornography," Barr said.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has unenrolled the 21 members from their programs and will be reviewing each case under the country's own military and criminal codes, according to the attorney general.

"Further, the kingdom has assured us that if we later decide to charge any of those being sent back to Saudi Arabia in connection with this counterterrorism investigation, they will be returned for trial," Barr said.

Barr added that the kingdom has cooperated with the investigation and assured the United States that it will be given access to any person or any documents needed in the case.