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FBI head: Several potential attacks thwarted ahead of July 4

ConvertedYouthToday I was going to talk about tolerance because, if you speak out against Islam, you will be called intolerant. Instead I want to talk about the potential attacks thwarted by the FBI. I will refer you to our Facebook page to see a 5 minute video I have produced on the subject of intolerance. It is also available on our website with the notes I used to produce it.

The main idea presented in this video is that speaking out against Islam may be intolerant, but I am not going to tolerate evil. Some things should not be tolerated. Should we have tolerated Hitler? Praise God there were some people who stood up against him and fought back.

The video also explains the similarities between Islam and Nazism. Both have a doctrine of supremacy, both kill anyone who speaks out against them, both are for global domination, both have a dictatorship style of government. etc.

Thwarted Terrorist attacks.

We had been warned that there was a heightened terrorist threat level for the Forth of July. I was surprised that we hadn’t heard of any attacks and there were no reports of any thwarted attacks. Now we are hearing what was done behind the scenes. James Comey, the director of the FBI, testified before Congress Thursday.He said that he believes the FBI had stopped some attacks in the month before the Fourth, and on the day itself.

Comey said authorities suspect that some of the more than 10 people arrested during that time were planning to commit violence tied to the holiday. But he declined during a wide-ranging discussion with reporters to describe any of the potential plots that might have been thwarted or to identify specific individuals the FBI thought might carry out an attack.

He said they were planing attacks in places like New Jersey, Ohio and North Carolina. I want to focus on North Caroline in a moment because I have some ties there, but first I want to look at the big picture.

Comey said:

[The] Job is much harder now for DHS and the FBI….   For example Al-Qaida would train operatives and carefully scope out targets however the Islamic State is motivating people to commit violence “on a very short string.”

He said that with the Islamic State we face people who are highly unpredictable because it motivates people to commit violence on a very short string. ISIS tells them to pick their target and go after it. Comey warned that terrorists will be successful in slipping something past them because it is impossible to keep an eye on everything.

He gave an example:

He cited as an example the case of a 26-year-old terror suspect who was fatally shot by police in Boston last month after authorities said he lunged at them with a military-style knife. The FBI has said he had been scheming with other men, both now facing charges, of a future plot to kill a conservative blogger known for provoking Muslims but decided to change plans.

You need to know that groups like Fortress of Faith that speak out against Islam are getting the attention of terrorists. This makes us targets, and we appreciate your prayers. We know that what we do is risky, and we try to take measures for our security, but the danger is there. If we don’t speak out against this now, if we keep giving them the upper hand, things will be much more dangerous, not just for us, but for all who are not Muslims.

Comey said that some of the people who had been arrested in the last month had been communicating on encrypted platforms making it impossible to know what was being said. It was through other means that the FBI was able to stop these attacks.

North Carolina

Federal prosecutors announced Monday they have charged a Morganton, North Carolina 19-year-old, Justin Nolan Sullivan, with plotting to “kill a large number of U.S. citizens” on behalf of ISIS. He planned to buy a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle at the Hickory Gun Show on Friday to use in the attacks.

He made the mistake of trying to recruit someone he thought wanted to do the same thing. Unfortunately for Sullivan, the man he tried to recruit was an undercover FBI agent.

Assistant Attorney General Carlin said:

the defendant was planning assassinations and violent attacks in the United States and is charged with attempting to provide material support to ISIL [also widely referred to as ISIS] and federal firearms violations.

Here is a video by the local ABC station on this incident:

This should be a wakeup call. Morganton, NC is small town America. Fortunately Sullivan’s father tipped off the authorities because they noticed that their son had a fascination with ISIS. Thank God the father did this. His plan was to kill his parents and 1,000 Americans.

We need to understand that this could happen anywhere. This could be in your town or on your street.

A lot of young Americans are being swept into this because they have rebellious hearts. I saw this in Europe. There is only one word to describe British youth and that is angry. They are angry, upset, and hurt. Their families are broken. Many of them don’t know who their real dad is. The girls know that if they get pregnant the state will give them an apartment to live in and money to live on. They don’t even have to take care of their own baby, they can send it to child care.

The bottom line is that many of them are looking for something to belong to and Muslims take advantage of this to bring them into Islam. It is often motivated by rebellion against Western society.

We need to wake up. Justin Sullivan could be a neighbor or someone just down the road from where you live.

Our only hope is God. We need pray for God’s mercy on our nation. Don’t lose hope, God is still in control.

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