Monday, July 20, 2015

TERRORISM - Tennessee Attack

"‘Very few red flags’ to tip off authorities to Tennessee attack" PBS NewsHour 7/17/2015


SUMMARY:  Officials are describing their case on the shooting rampage by Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez on members of the U.S. military as a terror investigation.  Hari Sreenivasan speaks to Michael Leiter, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center, about what we know about the shooter and whether he may have been influenced by groups like the Islamic State, which has called for lone wolf attacks.

JUDY WOODRUFF (NewsHour):  Now we take a deeper look at what we know about the attack in Chattanooga and the current threats against Americans.

Hari Sreenivasan picks up the story.

HARI SREENIVASAN (NewsHour):  Investigators are combing through clues to find out why Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez went on a shooting rampage yesterday in Chattanooga.

Officials describe the case that targeted members of the U.S. military, taking the lives of four Marines, as a terror investigation.

For more, we turn to Michael Leiter, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center.

So, Michael, on the one hand, we have federal authorities saying we do not have a direct link yet to ISIS.  On the other hand, this is exactly the type of attack that ISIS and al-Qaida are trying to inspire around the world.

MICHAEL LEITER, Former Director, National Counterterrorism Center:  That’s exactly right.

And I think federal officials are being appropriately cautious.  It is only 24 hours after the event and much evidence that will be uncovered is not yet open or public.  All that being said, it’s quite clear, I think by all of the indications, that there was some inspiration from al-Qaida or ISIS ideology.

Exactly what those links are back to those organizations, that’s what we still have to figure out.

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