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04.03.15 Liam Mathews

On April 2nd, Noelle Velentzas and Asia Siddiqui, sensationally self-described as “bad bitches” who were “all about jihad,” were arrested and accused of plotting to build an explosive device for “ISIS-inspired” attacks in the United States. Both women, residents of Queens and U.S. citizens, are described as having sympathies with radical Islam. Siddiqui allegedly had […]

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03.27.15 Liam Mathews

The MTA and NYPD will be fast-tracking new security measures on the city’s bridges, CBS reported Thursday, thanks to ANIMAL’s photos of the Triborough Bridge. Authorities have been on alert over illicit bridge-climbing since last summer, when some artists climbed the Brooklyn Bridge and swapped the American flag at the top for a white one, […]

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01.21.15 Rhett Jones

Following the vicious terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo and the recent vandalism of Paul McCarthy’s big butt plug art installation in Paris, fashion designer Walter Van Beirendonck made his feelings about censorship clear on Wednesday. For the debut of his latest collection at Paris Fashion Week, Beirendonck sent his models down the runway wearing giant bald eagles with […]

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01.12.15 Prachi Gupta

In part of what French officials say is the nation’s largest turnout on record nationwide, an estimated 1.5 million people took to the streets in Paris on Sunday to show solidarity with satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo and the victims of subsequent terrorist attacks that killed 17 people last week. More than 40 world leaders […]

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01.08.15 Prachi Gupta

Despite frigid temperatures, hundreds of people gathered in Union Square on Wednesday night to stand in solidarity with French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. The demonstration, just one of many that took place in major cities across the world, began at 7 PM. Twelve died in the Paris attack, perpetrated by three gunmen thought to be […]

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01.07.15 Prachi Gupta

Cartoonists are banding together in response to a horrific terrorist attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that killed 12 people, wounded seven, and left several others in critical condition on Wednesday morning. In the choas, the gunmen were reportedly shouting, “We have avenged the Prophet Muhammad” and “Allahu Akbar,” (“God is Great” in Arabic). […]

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10.29.14 Rhett Jones

NYPD Deputy Chief Salvatore DiPace spoke with CBS this morning about the potential of a terrorist attack using increasingly available commercial drones. Chief DiPace says that an attack with a chemical weapon or a remote controlled gun are of particular concern. According to CBS, the wake up call to law enforcement around the world was […]

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10.14.14 Rhett Jones

New York Senator Chuck Schumer wants to make tresspassing on national monuments or “critical infrastructure,” a federal crime punishable with up to five years in prison. Following high-profile incidents in which harmless teens and urban explorers have placed white flags on top of the Brooklyn Bridge or taken photos of themselves on top of 1 WTC, the senior […]

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10.09.14 Rhett Jones

In a broad “anti-terrorism” campaign, the NYPD has been surveilling Muslims without cause. Now, the de Blasio administration is continuing the Bloomberg/Kelly defense of the program. The AP first brought attention to the Demographics Unit — a division of the NYPD given the task of infiltrating mosques, developing relationships with young Muslims and focusing intelligence gathering on “ancestries […]

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09.17.14 Sophie Weiner

Mufid A. Elfgeeh, a Rochester resident, was indicted yesterday and charged with attempting to aid ISIS by helping to send three men to Syria who told him they were planning to “engage in violent jihad.” He was also charged with illegally possessing firearms with silencers and plotting to kill members of the U.S. military. His arrest […]

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