Super Bowl city was home to dozens of ISIS, other Muslim terror suspects

And it still is home to many more jihadists. Source: Super Bowl city was home to dozens of ISIS, other terror suspect – WRCBtv.com

The Minneapolis-St. Paul area has been home to the third highest number of terror prosecutions in the U.S. since 9/11, behind only the much larger metropolitan regions of New York and Washington, D.C. Twelve Twin Cities residents have been charged with providing support to ISIS and 20 have been arrested for alleged support of the Somali terror group al Shabab in the past nine years. Between 2011 and 2014, 13 locals died fighting for al Shabab and ISIS, according to U.S intelligence officials.


That’s just the tip of the Islamic iceberg, as we tweeted on Super Bowl Sunday:

We didn’t even touch on the rapes, sexual assaults and Muslim gang problems. Minnesota’s Muslim problem also required a small army and tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to secure the Super Bowl site and surrounding areas.

To prepare and respond to any potential incident the FBI says it has brought in 200 extra agents who are a part of 1,000 federal agents from multiple agencies composing the largest deployment in Super Bowl history. Minneapolis and other nearby police departments will add nearly 1,000 extra officers, for a total uniformed presence of 2,000.

Minneapolis Police Commander Scott Gerlicher, who is in charge of the city’s Super Bowl security operation says, “There are no credible threats currently to the Super Bowl or any activities but there’s a large group of people who are looking at that and monitoring that hour by hour.”

One of the tactics for thwarting any would-be terrorist, say law enforcement officials, is creating secure perimeters for the stadium and other public event spaces, and positioning Humvee-style trucks to prevent vehicle attacks.

Military styled-vehicles like this Humvee can be spotted throughout downtown Minneapolis, like this one seend Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 under a sign welcoming fans, part of the extra security that comes with Super Bowl LII. (Sarah Chavey / Pioneer Press)

Around the city and at Super Bowl events, said FBI Supervisory Special Agent Brandon Grant, state, local and federal bomb squad teams from across the region and the country are ready to respond to any suspicious package. Grant said that the teams have brought in 16 small x-ray devices, worth over $35,000 each, to deploy with technicians – the largest-ever such deployment of the technology.

The devices are designed to quickly scan a suspicious bag or item and produce an image of the contents on a handheld tablet. Grant said the compact size of the x-ray kits means technicians can hand-carry them in a crowd and get an image 10 times faster than older devices.

If someone simply forgot a bag in the crowd of thousands, said Grant, the bomb techs can address it and “just move on.”

In the air, the FBI will use Blackhawk helicopters equipped with infrared cameras to surveil key Super Bowl sites. The Blackhawks can also be used to move heavily armed agents to any potential attack site, or to evacuate injured people to local hospitals or triage centers.

The FBI says it isn’t disclosing where the armed teams are situated but says they will be on standby leading up to and during the big game to respond to any crisis.


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