NJOHSP At a Glance

Seaside Park/Manhattan/Elizabeth: Journal Provides Indications of Motive; Seaside Park/Manhattan/Elizabeth: Igniting Incendiary Material and Purchasing Bomb Components; Seaside Park/Manhattan/Elizabeth: Citizens Reporting Suspicious Activity Contribute to Arrest

Overlap Between Black Separatists and Moorish Sovereign Citizen Extremists

The black separatist and Moorish sovereign citizen extremist movements have common ideologies, tactics, and targets and have recently reacted violently to perceived incidents of police brutality. As a result, law enforcement and government officials have become principal targets of these overlapping movements.

NJOHSP At a Glance

Elizabeth: Explosive Devices Found Near Train Station; One Detonates During Bomb Squad Operations; Seaside Park Update: Two Devices Wired to the Pipe Bomb Failed to Detonate; New York City: FBI Seeking Elizabeth Man in Connection With Manhattan Explosion; Minnesota: Nine Wounded in Stabbing Attack at Shopping Mall

NJOHSP At a Glance

9/11 Anniversary: Video From Al-Qa’ida Leader Threatens More Attacks, Cites US Racial Conflict; France: ISIS-Related Cell Disrupted After Botched Car-Bombing Attempt Near Notre Dame Cathedral; San Bernardino: Critical Incident Review Provides New Details and Lessons Learned

ISIS’s Strategy to Divide Muslims in the West

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s (ISIS) global attacks since last year are part of a deliberate strategy to provoke anti-Muslim rhetoric and actions in the West that create fissures between Muslims and local populations; ISIS aims to capitalize on the tension by casting itself as a defender of Muslims worldwide. ISIS’s predecessor organization, the Sunni-majority al-Qa’ida in Iraq (AQI), employed a similar approach in Iraq in 2006 when it destroyed a major Shia mosque in the country.

Major Islamic Holiday Will Fall Near September 11

For the first time since September 11, 2001, one of the holiest holidays in Islam—Eid al-Adha—will fall on or around the anniversary of the terrorist attacks. During the four-day Eid holiday, prayers and celebrations will be held at mosques, high schools, and parks throughout New Jersey.

Queens Shooting: Update as of 1200

As of this morning, the investigation into the murder on Saturday of Imam Maulama Akonjee and his assistant Thara Uddin near the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid Mosque in Queens has yielded no information suggesting the victims were targeted because of their religion. Although the motive remains unclear, the attack seems to have been planned.

Government Facilities Sector Snapshot

The Government Facilities Sector includes general-use federal, state, county and local office buildings, as well as special-use military installations, embassies, courthouses, and laboratories. Many government facilities are open to the public for business activities, commercial transactions, or recreational activities, while others that are not open to the public contain sensitive information, materials, processes, and equipment.

Water and Wastewater Systems Sector Snapshot

The Water and Wastewater Systems Sector consists of drinking water and wastewater systems that treat, transmit, store, collect, and distribute water across the nation. The water sector in New Jersey includes about 600 community drinking water systems. The 20 largest systems collectively serve roughly 3.8 million people and support water service to another 140 systems in the state.

Washitaw Nation: Non-violent in New Jersey

Gavin Long, who killed three police officers and wounded three others in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Sunday, had alleged ties to the Washitaw Nation, a sovereign citizen group with members in New Jersey who have engaged in non-violent activity. Members of the Washitaw Nation claim to have an indigenous heritage pre-dating the founding of the United States, and they assert their status as non-citizen residents immune from US laws.

Emergency Services Sector Snapshot

The Emergency Services Sector (ESS) is a system of response and recovery elements that form the first line of defense and prevention for emergencies. The sector includes law enforcement, fire and rescue services, emergency management, emergency medical services, and public works.

Recent Attacks on Law Enforcement

Based on an NJOHSP review, demonstrations in response to police-involved shootings nationally have resulted in mostly peaceful protests and vigils in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, which fall within constitutionally protected practices. However, since the shooting of five police officers in Dallas, Texas, on July 7 there has been an increase in attacks targeting law enforcement officials. 

Commercial Sector Snapshot: Public Assembly

The Public Assembly Sub-Sector is part of the Commercial Facilities Sector and includes convention centers, auditoriums, stadiums, arenas, movie theaters, nightclubs, entertainment districts, cultural properties, and other assets where large numbers of people congregate. Cultural properties are defined as museums, zoos, planetariums, aquariums, libraries, and performance venues.