Sixteen year old Maxwell Marion Morton was arrested after he posted a photo of himself posing with the body of murder victim, Ryan Mangan, on Snapchat. Morton sent it to a friend and eventually it was brought to the attention of the police. Morton has been charged as an adult for the killing. (Washington Post)
This case brings to light the importance social media can have in investigations. We are pleased to announce that Julie Fontaine will be returning to INLETS this year to delve into the exploitation of social media to further an investigation. Her multi-day workshop is sure to be one not to miss! To register, click here.
We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting nominations for our Sponsor-a-Cop scholarships! This is our way of recognizing those outstanding officers and analysts that often go uncelebrated for their hard work, dedication, and service to their communities. We will be soliciting nominations through Chief & Sheriff associations, but if you know of a deserving law enforcement employee, please provide their executive leadership with the following paperwork to nominate that employee.
Nominations are due April 3, 2015 and they may be emailed in or mailed in (email preferred).
Here’s the paperwork that you need to nominate someone:
An announcement by an Islamic State propagandist has informed social media that ISIL, which is thought to be the wealthiest terrorist organization in the world, has recently announced that they will begin producing their own independent currency and circulating it in the areas of their control in Iraq and Syria. The plan is to reestablish an ancient Islamic currency and from there, mint seven different coins: two gold, three silver, and two copper. Each of these coins has their own symbolism and Islamic message within them. It has been mentioned that the most expensive coin will be worth $694 and the lowest will be 7 cents. A team of experts has been assembled to figure out how it will work and explains that the currency will circulate in stages, although the start date of this circulation has yet to be announced.
They believe that this move, which is being “purely dedicated to God”, will “emancipate itself [ISIL] from the satanic global economic system.” Furthermore, it shows their growing sophistication as an organization. As of now, ISIL has been striving to establish a completely self-sufficient state, which their oil production has aided in. Their plan is to add on to that and eventually establish their own caliphate across the Middle East. Conjointly, ISIL’s extreme brutality will assist in their currency production because everyone in the cities and towns that ISIL controls will not have a choice but to use the currency. Further, even though paying for these precious metals wouldn’t be a problem; in order to get ahold of them would cause IS to confiscate more property, which means more theft and war.
ISIL’s funding will be discussed in depth at our upcoming Day on the INLETS: Terrorism Financing and Fraud on December 10, 2014 in Newark, DE. To register, click here.
A Dutch mother has been reunited with her teenage daughter in Turkey after she fled to marry a Dutch-Turkish Islamist. The daughter left the Netherlands in February and is now waiting at the Turkish border with her mother to travel home.
The teenager became radicalized quickly after meeting the jihadist she eventually married through social media. Her passport was seized by police when they were notified of her plans to travel to Syria.
Her mother traveled to Raqqa to find her and bring her back to Turkey. Once the teenage returns home, she will likely be questioned about her involvement in any crimes. This girl is just one of many Westerners that have radicalized and joined ISIL since their rise. (BBC)
Gerald Roberts, Jr. of the FBI will be joining us at the Day on the INLETS: Terrorism Financing and Fraud on December 10, 2014. He will be discussing the rise of ISIL and some of the techniques they use to fund their terrorism. To register, click here.
A year ago, U.S. Park Police Officer Carl Hiott started is 12 hour shift like any other day. Little did he know that just a few hours in he would have to fatally shoot Aaron Alexis. He was in the area to look into a possible parking violation when the call came in that shots were fired at the nearby Navy Yard. All officers that had completed active-shooter training were told to respond to the scene. Hiott and a DC Police tactical officer would be the ones to fire the fatal shots that ended the man hunt. Alexis would die under a poster stating, “Don’t give up the ship.”
One hundred and seventeen officers from eight agencies responded to the scene that day. Without knowing one another before that fateful day, they organized into teams and started clearing Building 197. It was an incredibly complex mission, described as an “invisible fight” by DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier. Read the full store at the Washington Post. Today we remember those that perished that day, and we honor those that responded to the scene.
We are pleased to announce that we will be offering our Day on the INLETS: Threat Considerations in Today’s Climate one more time this year in the DC area. Details will be forthcoming, but for more information about the topics and instructors please visit our page here.
The INLETS program has been featured twice on the In Public Safety blog, which is sponsored by American Military University. The articles highlight some of the unique aspects of the program: the small conference feel, the international presenters, and our partnership with the Behavioral Analysis Unit of the FBI.
To view the article from April 10th, click here.
To view the article from May 15th, click here.
The In Public Safety blog is a great resource for all first responders. Contributors to the blog include numerous faculty members of American Military University and American Public University. It is also a great resource to learn about training events happening across the nation, and online. There are a series of complimentary webinars available here.
Reporters from WHYY stopped by the Day on the INLETS program held on May 15th in Wilmington, DE. They interviewed members of the Philadelphia and Delaware chapters on InfraGard, as well as FBI Baltimore ASAC Jerry Roberts on the importance of contacting the authorities when you see something suspicious.
Click though to watch the interviews, which start at 10:00.
American Military University is the Sustaining Sponsoring Partner of the Mid-Atlantic INLETS. We are proud that a university whose mission is "to educate those who serve" strongly supports our program. With over 100 online degrees and certificates for national security and public service professionals, they are located just outside the National Capital Region with a student body worldwide.
Visit them at: http://www.amu.apus.edu/
At Lockheed Martin they are driven by a sense of purpose and a passion for innovation to shape the future and solve some of the world’s most difficult challenges. They bring that same passion and sense of purpose to our communities.
Find out more about our Regional Cornerstone Partner at: http://www.lockheedmartin.com