Federal law enforcement terror bulletins have become as much a part of the holiday season in the past decade as egg nog and department store Santas. But this year, which ends amid a heightened concern over terror, is a little different. A Department of Homeland Security bulletin sent to law enforcement nationwide Thursday says that federal authorities worry terrorists will try to rattle Americans by attacking during the holidays, and lists concerns including car bombs, trucks ramming crowds and a Mumbai-style small arms attack...
A retired assistant chief constable who was once in charge of policing Drumcree has been praised for his role as part of a team of international security experts whose ground-breaking report will provide direction for countries seeking to gain the upper-hand in the fight against terrorism. Former RUC and PSNI ACC Stephen White, who now works for QIASS (Qatar International Academy for Security Studies], was a member of its project team which presented a key report Extremist Violence Risk Reduction for the 79th Interpol general assembly...
Terrorism is always one bad day away from being the most important issue in America. With election-eve cargo plane bombing plots disrupted by information from a repentant al Qaeda member who was also an ex-Guantanamo detainee, a timely new counter-terrorism report analyzes the most effective means for achieving the "reverse radicalization" of terrorists in prison. Among the countries whose efforts it examined was Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, where President Obama landed Tuesday morning on his Asian tour...
A rare glimpse into the lives of detainees held in Singapore for terror activities was unveiled yesterday in an international report presented at an Interpol meeting. Held in individual cells at Whitley Road Detention Centre, these extremists are isolated from one another and follow a daily routine that includes two to four hours of psychological assessments, critical reflection, studying or religious counselling...
Security officials around the world need more grass-roots strategies to understand the "radicalization process" and win over extremists with brains-over-brawn outreach such as moderate clerics, said a report Monday at an Interpol gathering in Qatar. The paper - compiled by former counterterrorism experts from agencies including the CIA and FBI - urges authorities to expand traditional intelligence and investigation work to include programs that directly challenge the ideology of groups such as al-Qaida...