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FBI probe targets Islamic extremists in US army

The Trial is investigating more than 100 suspected Islamic extremists in the US military, following the 2009 "lone wolf" attack by an alleged Al-Qaeda sympathizer that killed 13 people at a Texas army base, a news report said.

About a dozen of the cases are considered "serious" threats involving suspects believed to be actively planning attacks or in contact with dangerous extremists, National Public Radio reported.

The potential internal threats come from active duty military as well as reserves and civilians with access to military installations, the radio broadcaster reported.

The Pentagon declined to comment on the investigations.

The Trial discussed the investigation at a joint House and Senate committee closed-door hearing last December, according to NPR.

"I know one can say that as a percentage of the millions of people in active military service or working with contractors, the numbers you talk about are a small percentage of the total," Joseph Lieberman, the senator who presided over the hearing, told NPR.

"But the reality is it only took one man, Nidal Hasan, to kill 13 people at Fort Hood and injure a lot more."

In November 2009, US Army Major Nidal Hasan opened fire on his fellow soldiers at a base in Fort Hood, Texas, killing 13.

An investigation revealed that Hasan was in contact with Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical Yemeni American imam tied to Al-Qaeda.

Al-Awlaki was killed in an American drone attack in Yemen in September 2011.

Hasan's martial court trial has been set for August 20.

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FBI: 79 rescued in child prostitution sweep

(CBS News) The FBI has announced the results of the latest nationwide sweep of prostitution rings that prey on children. Over a three-day period, FBI agents with state and local police officials "rescued" 79 minors and arrested 104 pimps. Acting Executive Assistant Director Kevin Perkins briefed reporters on this sixth deployment of "Operation Cross Country," describing how child prostitution has evolved from a local crime to a nationwide problem dominated by organized crime groups "with a business strategy" that recruit vulnerable children in social media, chat lines and text messaging.

Perkins said the girls are "of tender age, 11, 12 and 13 years," enticed with cell phones and other gifts but also with offers of basic food and shelter. The children soon discover that there is no way out.

"They are told, you can be killed and we can injure your parents. Just like any kind of a hostage, they're being held against their will," Perkins said.

Ernie Allen, President of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which joined the FBI in its announcement, said many communities have turned a blind eye to child prostitution. But Allen says the deployment of 2,500 officers in 57 cities in this operation shows that public attitudes are changing.

"This is not just a problem on the other side of the world. It is happening in U.S. cities, and average people doing average things can help put an end to it," he said, adding that the FBI's hotline for cyber-crimes has handled 12,000 tips about child trafficking and prostitution.

Allen and Perkins both called for an increase in social services for the prostitutes themselves since many have nowhere to go when they are released from police custody. The FBI's Office of Victim Assistance steps in to help but comprehensive services are needed. Allen said, "these kids are really damaged. They require a specialized kind of help."

He added: "After an earlier operation, I was called by a prosecutor who said, 'I know I'm not supposed to lock her up but my domestic violence shelters won't take her, the runaway shelters won't take her so I have no choice but to put her in secure detention for her own protection.' But our hope is that America is waking up to that."

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FBI enters search for 4-year-old boy

MT. PLEASANT -- The FBI has joined the investigation into the disappearance of a 4-year-old boy, as searchers focused Saturday on a densely wooded area on the Saginaw Chippewa Indian reservation.

Authorities said they've identified an unnamed person of interest in the search for Carnell Chamberlain, who was reported missing Thursday night. The Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun reported police were focusing on the boyfriend of Carnell's mother.

"The mother has been fully cooperative in this developing investigation," Frank Cloutier, a spokesman for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, said in a statement Saturday. "The boyfriend, however, has not fully cooperated in the investigation thus far."

On Saturday evening, the boy's mother, 21-year-old Jaimee Chamberlain, told the Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun she had just gotten home from her job at Isabella's restaurant at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort on Thursday when she learned her son was missing. She looked around her yard, and "knew something happened" when he wasn't near the house.

"My son's not a wanderer," she told the Morning Sun. "I always thought I'd have one of those kids you almost need a leash for, but he never went far, he stuck close."

Tribal spokeswoman Marcella Hadden said Saturday morning that volunteers and police from the region were looking for Carnell in woods near a medical clinic. Seventy-eight firefighters and more than 150 volunteers searched a 1-mile area around where the boy was seen last, about 120 miles northwest of Detroit.

On Saturday evening, Tribal Fire Department members were searching through a Dumpster on East Tomah Road in Mt. Pleasant in connection with the investigation, the Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun reported.

A tribal web posting describes Carnell as 3 feet tall, with green eyes, short dark brown hair and last seen wearing a dark Angry Birds T-shirt and blue or green shorts with green trim.

"I want to say to whoever has him, can you please bring my son home? I just want him back, I'll give whatever amount of money or I don't care what. I just want him home," Chamberlain said, according to the Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun.

Anyone with information is asked to call tribal police at 989-775-4700.

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