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100 threats in two months: FBI says sophisticated tech behind wave of attacks against Jewish centers

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The recent increase in threats to Jewish Community Centers and synagogues across the United States isn’t just a small uptick, as a Jewish community liaison to the FBI now claims that it is without any precedent.

In an interview with BuzzFeed, Paul Goldenberg, the national director for Secure Community Network, explains that the recent wave in bomb threats and vandalism against Jewish institutions is unlike anything he’s seen in all his time monitoring anti-Semitic hate crimes in the United States.

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“You can’t even compare it,” said Goldenberg, whose organization was formed in 2004 to combat threats to the Jewish community and work in tandem with law enforcement officials. “I have been in business for two decades, and we have never seen a number at this level in a short period of time.”

Mark Potok, senior fellow at Southern Poverty Law Center, similarly tells BuzzFeed that the surge in anti-Semitic threats is something “we haven’t seen anything like… in the past.”

There may be a technological explanation for the surge in threats, however, as law enforcement officials are speculating that one individual or group may be using sophisticated call spoofing technology to send out threats from locations that are masked by traditional call-tracing techniques.

BuzzFeed notes that, according to numbers compiled by the Jewish Community Center Association, there have now been more than 100 bomb threats against Jewish institutions this year alone so far.

 

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Trump spent 45 minutes talking with cast of right-wing play dramatizing ‘Deep State’ conspiracy theories: report

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The coronavirus emergency has given President Donald Trump one of the most daunting tests of his administration, with less than a year to go before he stands for re-election.

And yet in the midst of all the chaos, one thing the president found time to do on Thursday was meet with the cast of a bizarre right-wing play dramatizing the supposed "deep state" plot at the FBI to frame Trump in the Russia investigation.

According to The Daily Beast, Trump spent 45 minutes talking with the people behind "FBI Lovebirds: Undercovers," which focuses on the affair between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. The leading roles of Strzok and Page were played by Dean Cain, the former Superman actor, and Kristy Swanson, who played the starring role in the 1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie.

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All US Navy ships in the Pacific near countries with coronavirus ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days

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CNN National Security reporter Ryan Browne tweeted Thursday that the U.S. Navy has ordered all of its vessels in the Pacific that have been near countries with COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, "to remain at sea for at least 14 days before pulling into another port in order to monitor sailors for any symptoms of the virus."

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‘Most wicked to ever represent Cleveland’: Jim Jordan ripped by hometown paper for covering up sex scandal

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President Trump likes to call his enemies 'sleaze bags" and Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan a "warrior," but according to Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Brent Larkin, Trump has it backward.

While Jordan may not seem like the worse politician to ever come out of Ohio, the "crimes" he's committed "don't involve felonies," according to Larkin. "They are crimes against America, crimes involving total disregard for the principles of democracy, trampling the truth on behalf of a corrupt president who revels in his inhumanity."

Watching Jordan question witnesses during the House impeachment inquiry particularly incensed Larkin, who writes that it was like watching a man who "spent his childhood gleefully ripping wings off flies."

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