Islamic State plotters arrested in Sacramento, Houston, Milwaukee

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“This is precisely why I called for a halt to refugees entering the U.S. from countries substantially controlled by terrorists. I once again urge the President to halt the resettlement of these refugees in the United States until there is an effective vetting process that will ensure refugees do not compromise the safety of Americans and Texans.” Abbott is absolutely right.

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“Terror arrests reported in Sacramento, Houston and Milwaukee,” by Denny Walsh and Sam Stanton, Sacramento Bee, January 7, 2016:

Federal agents have arrested a terror suspect in Sacramento, along with two others in Houston and Milwaukee in a case involving allegations that U.S. residents were in contact with and trying to provide assistance to Islamic State supporters, sources say.

No announcements were made regarding the arrests, but an unusual closed hearing was conducted Thursday afternoon in federal court in Sacramento with U.S. Magistrate Judge Edmund F. Brennan presiding behind closed doors.

No information regarding the hearing was posted on the court calendar or filed in publicly available court documents, and Sacramento FBI spokeswoman Gina Swankie said she could not discuss the matter.

“I can neither confirm nor deny any of the information in your email,” Swankie said in response to a request from The Sacramento Bee.

Federal prosecutors in Sacramento also declined to comment.

The Houston Chronicle reported that officials in that state had been briefed on the matter and that the Houston connection involved an Iraqi refugee living in the Texas city. The newspaper also said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statement Thursday afternoon on the matter.

“This is precisely why I called for a halt to refugees entering the U.S. from countries substantially controlled by terrorists,” Abbott said in a statement. “I once again urge the President to halt the resettlement of these refugees in the United States until there is an effective vetting process that will ensure refugees do not compromise the safety of Americans and Texans.”

California Gov. Jerry Brown’s office declined to comment on whether officials in California had been briefed and referred inquiries to the FBI….