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Surveillance Detection Extends Beyond Counter-Terrorism

A recent rash of car thefts at the Seattle-Tacoma (SEATAC) airport highlights the importance of comprehensive surveillance detection. … [READ MORE]

Who Defines a Hard Target?

Understanding the motivation and rationale for a criminal event – be it a school shooting, an armed robbery, or a terrorist attack – is as much art as it is science. It is easy to dismiss every school shooting as a violent cry for help by a mentally unstable individual, every robbery as an act of greed, and every Middle East terror event as being “jihadist” inspired. There are, of course, numerous examples to fit these paradigms; however, this simplistic rationalization risks missing the forest for the trees. … [READ MORE]

Cyber Attacks and Social Engineering: Hackers Target People, Not Just Systems

At its core, espionage is social engineering. Despite the Hollywood film and spy thriller depictions, being a good spy relies much more on understanding and manipulating people than on sophisticated technological gadgets. … [READ MORE]

London Attack: Our Adversaries are Patient

The only way we will make significant progress in securing mass transport and other soft targets is through continuous vigilance, which can only be achieved by enlisting the support of the general public. … [READ MORE]

Working Against Modern Terror Cells: A Change in Tactics

This is an excellent article on the make-up of a modern Jihadist terror cell. We have noted for some time (even prior to 9/11) the fact that many terror “cadres” are built around family ties. Much like the Mafia and other organized crime groups, the honor code amongst family and clan members helps ensure loyalty and the Jihadist version of “Omertà.” … [READ MORE]

London Attacks: Indications of Pre-Attack Preparations

It is highly likely the evidence will show that the Palace of Westminster attack was far from a random act of violence, and probably preceded by at least some pre-attack planning and intelligence collection by the individual(s) involved. … [READ MORE]

Inside the Mind of a Terrorist Surveillant

In 2004, acting on a tip from a recently arrested terrorism suspect, Pakistani police raided an Al-Qa’ida safehouse in Gujarat, Pakistan. Among the large amount of evidence collected at the scene were several laptops and 51 compact discs containing details on numerous Al-Qa’ida operations in the US and UK. The discovery of this treasure trove of surveillance and operational plans was a shock to the intelligence and law enforcement communities. … [READ MORE]

JCC Bomb Threats: More Than Meets the Eye?

The recent spate of bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers (JCC) raises several questions. … [READ MORE]