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An al-Qaida website has posted a hit-list of American businessmen, diplomats,
thinktank executives and military officials, according to a report by NBC New
Along with the hit-list is an invitation for jihadists worldwide to
take matters into their own hands and target the named individuals.
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FBI has notified those individuals listed, as well as law-enforcement agencies
According to the NBC New York report, the hit-list names 40
individuals – 26 with photographs – and a request to add home addresses in order
to send parcel bombs.
While the FBI acknowledges that al-Qaida often
posts threats on its websites which are not actualized, “what’s scary about this
is how specific the individual information is,” said former New York State
Homeland Security Director Michael Balboni in the NBC report.
don’t know is: When does aspirational become operational in cases like this,
involving a possible lone actor here inspired by a website... Part of this is a
necessary precaution. You don’t want to scare people,” Balboni said. “But there
is much more specific, individual targeting than we’ve seen before.”
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