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How Did Suspected ISIS Terrorists Enter the USA at the Border


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Cape May NJ,  Curtis Bashaw, New Jersey Republican candidate for United States Senate, joined 21 United States Senators who sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in demanding answers on how 8 individuals with suspected ties to ISIS were permitted to enter the U.S. southern border. The individuals were recently arrested by ICE after one was reportedly caught on a wiretap talking about bombs.

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New Jersey native Sentenced for Continued Support of ISIS

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Newark NJ, A New Jersey native who agreed to cooperate with the US government following a terrorism conviction was sentenced on charges she continued to support ISIS. Sinmyah Amera Caesar, 24, received four years in prison and eight years on probation on June 25 after pleading guilty in March to recruiting for the terrorist organization and obstruction of justice. The Brooklyn, New York, resident born in New Jersey signed a cooperation agreement with the federal government in 2017 following a guilty plea to the charge of providing material support to ISIS.

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Point Pleasant Man Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison for ISIS-Inspired Bomb Plot


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Point Pleasant NJ, A man from Point Pleasant (Ocean County) who planned to detonate a pressure-cooker bomb in New York City on behalf of ISIS received a 16-year sentence in federal prison on March 1. Gregory Lepsky, 22, whose arrest two years ago came after a family member notified law enforcement that he had a weapon and threatened to kill the family dog, pleaded guilty on March 13, 2018, to attempting to provide material support to ISIS.

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Point Pleasant Man Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison for Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIS

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TRENTON NJ, A Point Pleasant, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 16 years in prison for planning to construct and use a pressure cooker bomb in New York on behalf of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito and Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers announced.

Gregory Lepsky, 22, pleaded guilty March 13, 2018, before U.S. District Court Judge Michael Shipp to an information charging him with one count of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, specifically ISIS. Judge Shipp imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.

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Reader says ,”One is left wondering whether this is just another form of birth tourism… “

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” It’s actually an interesting legal question. Who, among those born within the United States of America to a non-citizen mother and a non-citizen father, does NOT meet the requirements for U.S. citizenship set forth in the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? In this instance, the jurisdictional “exception” to which the U.S. government authorities are pointing applies to children born to foreign diplomats. Her rejoinder is said to be that her father’s status as a foreign diplomate ended a month before she was born. Well heck! Who knew you could convert your soon-to-be-born child into an anchor baby simply by arranging for your home country to temporarily “fire” you a few weeks before your child is born, only to reinstate you shortly thereafter? One is left wondering whether this is just another form of birth tourism… “

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Bergen Women Who Joined ISIS Denied Request to Return to the US

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Hackensack NJ, the Trump administration has denied a New Jersey-born woman’s request to return to the United States after she left to join the Islamic State group.

In a brief statement, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave no details as to how the administration made their determination.

“Ms. Hoda Muthana is not a U.S. citizen and will not be admitted into the United States,” he said. “She does not have any legal basis, no valid U.S. passport, no right to a passport nor any visa to travel to the United States.”

Hoda Muthana was born in Hackensack and raised in Alabama. She left the United States in 2014 to join the Islamic State in Syria after becoming radicalized.

Muthana wants to return to the U.S. with her young son, but that request was denied.

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Department Homeland Security: ISIS Remains Moderate Threat in New Jersey


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Ridgewood NJ, according to the State of New Jersey office of Homeland Security the terror threat from ISIS to New Jersey is moderate due to the group’s ability to inspire homegrown violent extremists (HVEs) to conduct attacks in the State and surrounding region on behalf of the organization. Since 2015, ISIS has inspired nine attacks by HVEs in the region.

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Tairod Pugh former US Air Force mechanic from Asbury Park Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison for attempting to provide material support to ISIS

June 5,2017

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Asbury Park NJ, Tairod Pugh, a former US Air Force mechanic who was arrested in Asbury Park (Monmouth County) in January 2015 for attempting to provide material support to ISIS, was sentenced in federal court in Brooklyn last week to 35 years in prison. His conviction, in March 2016, was the first in a trial by jury for attempting to travel to Syria to join ISIS. Pugh’s military experience, which dated back more than 25 years, would have been of limited value to ISIS. However, his experience as an aircraft mechanic and an avionics technician was current, and could have been of value to the group in planning a terrorist attack.
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Kathy Griffin Channels ISIS


All Kathy Griffin ticket buyers will be issued a full refund. If you purchased your tickets on Ticketmaster please call 800-745-3000. If you purchased your tickets through another party, please contact them directly.


A note on the New Brunswick theater’s Facebook page reads:

“Please note: After careful consideration of recent events and for the safety of our patrons, Kathy Griffin’s November 3rd performance has been cancelled. All Kathy Griffin ticket buyers will be issued a full refund. If you purchased your tickets on Ticketmaster please call 800-745-3000. If you purchased your tickets through another party, please contact them directly.


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Kathy Griffin Channels ISIS and New Jersey Still Votes for McClellan

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June 1,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, so far left “comedian”  Kathy Griffin Channels ISIS, and the Democrat Mayor of New York City sponsors a convicted terrorist as grand marshal of the Puerto Rican day parade .

In July of 2016 Democrat critic and Center for Security Policy founder Frank Gaffney said on SiriusXM radio , “I’m sorry for Democrats – I used to be one myself – who are now being completely disenfranchised by a party that is aligned with our enemies, and not with America,” Gaffney declared. “They will doom all of us, if they had their way.”

In Dinesh D’Souza: The secret history of the Democratic Party , D’Souza says Andrew Jackson established the Democratic Party as the party of theft.  He mastered the art of stealing land from the Indians and then selling it at giveaway prices to white settlers.

D’Souza goes on Democrats like Senator John C. Calhoun invented a new justification for slavery, slavery as a “positive good.”  For the first time in history, Democrats insisted that slavery wasn’t just beneficial for masters; they said it was also good for the slaves.

Later the Ku Klux Klan was founded in 1866 in Pulaski, Tennessee by a group of former confederate soldiers; its first grand wizard was a confederate general who was also a delegate to the Democratic National Convention.  The Klan soon spread beyond the South to the Midwest and the West and became, in the words of historian Eric Foner, “the domestic terrorist arm of the Democratic Party.”

So I guess it is no surprise that the Democrat party of today represents anti American sentiments of ISIS , supports terrorism, pro illegal immigrant, is anti free speech, pro state-ism, and anti freedom .  While the Democrats along with their union allies are deeply entrenched in New Jersey  it may behoove many readers to remember that New Jersey voted for George B. McClellan for  president and not Abraham Lincoln . Yes in the election of 1864 McClellan won only 3 states , and yes one state was New Jersey.

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NJ Department of Home land Security ,ISIS: Call for Ramadan Attacks


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May 26, 2017
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Ridgewood NJ, State of New Jersey Department of Homeland Security issues a Ramadan warning and repeat there are no known or credible threats to New Jersey in relation to ISIS at this time.

On May 25, ISIS released a video calling on supporters to conduct assaults and justified the killing of innocents during Ramadan, the most sacred month in Islam, which runs from May 27 to June 24. Historically, ISIS and its predecessor groups have called for an offensive campaign during this month.

The recent message encourages targeting civilians in the West, claiming that their deaths would serve as retribution for casualties in Muslim-majority countries. In 2015 and 2016, the group’s now-deceased spokesman, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, urged followers to escalate attacks during Ramadan, encouraging those unable to travel to Iraq and Syria to conduct operations in the West—“The smallest action you do in the heart of their land is dearer to us than the largest action by us.”

Since 2006, ISIS and its predecessor group, al-Qa’ida in Iraq, have engaged in Ramadan campaigns, marked by complex coordinated operations in multiple countries throughout the month. In 2016, the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando and a bombing in Baghdad, killing 49 and 323 respectively, occurred during Ramadan. In 2015, attacks conducted within hours of each other targeted tourists at a Tunisian beach resort, killing 38, and worshipers at a Shia mosque in Kuwait, resulting in 27 fatalities.

During Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset and engage in increased religious observance. Traditionally, Muslims gather at mosques for evening feasts, known as Iftar, and nightly prayers. The month concludes with a three-day holiday, Eid al-Fitr, during which prayers and celebrations will be held at mosques, high schools, and parks throughout New Jersey.

There are no known or credible threats to New Jersey in relation to ISIS’s statement.NJOHSP encourages residents to report suspicious activity to local law enforcement and by calling 1-866-4-SAFE-NJ or by emailing

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Meet the American women who are flocking to join ISIS

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By Paul Sperry

May 13, 2017 | 9:34pm | Updated

ISIS is recruiting an army of AK-47-brandishing women from the West who are just as bloodthirsty as the men they are marrying. Calling themselves “lionesses of Allah,” they are thought to now number more than 600, and they’re bearing the next generation of terrorists, whom they call “cubs of the caliphate.”

Many of these women are true believers who trust that even with horrific gore and bloodshed, they are helping carry out the holy work of Allah in restoring the ancient Islamic caliphate, and that once it’s reestablished, all believers will live in peace and harmony under Islamic rule.

Some of these ISIS brides living in Syria and Iraq have made the terrorist watchlist. Arguably the most dangerous is Sally Jones, 49, a British Muslim convert who goes by the nom de guerre Umm Hussain al-Britani. She is reportedly now on a British special-forces “kill list” after threatening Queen Elizabeth II.

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New Jersey Man Plans 95th Terror Plot in US Since 9/11


May 09, 2017

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While the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, is on the retreat in some parts of the Middle East, its reach in the Western world remains a serious threat.

A recent arrest in New Jersey shows just how vigilant the U.S. must remain.

Gregory Lepsky was arrested on Feb. 21 for attempting to provide material support to a known terrorist organization. He intended to build and detonate a pressure cooker bomb at an undetermined location in the Manhattan area of New York City.

This is the 95th Islamist-inspired terror plot or attack within the U.S. since 2001, and the second confirmed plot of 2017.

A 20-year-old native of New Jersey, Lepsky was initially arrested after a family member reported he was threating to kill the family dog. Lepsky was taken into custody at the family residence, after which he threatened to kill his mother who was not present.

During a lawful search of Lepsky’s room, local police discovered a bubble-wrapped pressure cooker and a book titled “Martyrdom in Jihad Versus Suicide Bombing.” Police also found the family dog—wounded, but alive.

Over the next several days, Lepsky confessed to police that he was working for ISIS, that he had communicated with ISIS through Facebook, and that he had planned to detonate a pressure cooker bomb at an area of mass gathering in New York City.

Through Facebook, Lapsky noted his aspiration to die as a martyr after converting to Islam. He also noted his affinity for ISIS through a number of direct text and Facebook messages.

During an investigation of Lepsky’s phone and internet search history, the FBI found approximately 3,340 internet searches for material relating to ISIS, terrorist attacks, beheadings, and bomb-making material between Jan. 14 and Feb. 4.

Lepsky’s terror plot is part of an ongoing trend of ISIS-inspired domestic terrorism. His is the 84th such plot or attack on U.S. soil that has had a homegrown element. Indeed, ISIS remains the most significant inspirer of Islamist-inspired domestic terror, and was behind many of the 29 other plots or attacks seen in 2015 and 2016.

While ISIS is losing ground in the Middle East, it remains a powerful and insidious force in the area of homegrown terror. The U.S. must remain vigilant in the face of extremists who seek to undermine free, prosperous societies such as our own.

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Inside a young Jersey Shore man’s alleged path to ISIS


By Alex Napoliello | NJ Advance Media for
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POINT PLEASANT — The web searches relating to ISIS propaganda allegedly came in rapid fire.

“Where to buy black jihad flag,” “france terrorist attack,” “isis propaganda video.”

At least two dozen of these types of internet searches were among the thousands officials say Gregory Lepsky, 20, who is accused of plotting to build a pressure-cooker bomb in support of ISIS and detonate it in New York City, made in a one-month period earlier this year.

Those searches, along with other internet communications, reveal a disturbing path of how an alleged home-grown would-be terrorist from New Jersey may have become radicalized with the click of a mouse.

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Fort Lauderdale Airport shooting suspect ‘had walked into FBI office claiming he was being forced to fight for ISIS’

Broward County’s Sheriff office confirmed the tragic news on Twitter and said one suspect is in custody


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He told officials he was hearing voices in his head, some of which were telling him to join ISIS and watch their videos, and was taken to hospital for a mental health evaluation.

Santiago, who also told the FBI the government controlled his mind, gunned down 13 people at Fort Lauderdale airport today, killing five and injuring eight.

The suspect’s aunt Maria Ruiz Rivera claimed the alleged shooter “lost his mind” while fighting in Iraq.