Only a handful of counterterrorism agents really understood the threat in 2001 -- a tight group from various intelligence and law enforcement agencies who for years had tried unsuccessfully to sound the alarm. Robert McFadden, a longtime counterterrorism investigator with the U.S. Navy Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), was one of them. When the first plane hit the World Trade Center's North Tower, McFadden was where he had been for much of 2001, in Sanaa, Yemen. He was a member of the team investigating the attack on the USS Cole, which Al Qaeda had bombed a year earlier in the harbour of Aden, killing 17 American sailors.
A wannabe jihadist is calling for the head of David Letterman after the host gloated on air about the death of Osama bin Laden's one-eyed Pakistani lieutenant. In a seething rant on the Shumukh al-Islam Web forum - and translated by the SITE Institute - the radical called this week for U.S. counterparts to assassinate Letterman and...
Norway's initial reaction to the killing spree of anti-Muslim Anders Behring Breivik was to respond with "democracy and openness" and not let it change Norwegian society. However, anti-terrorism experts believe it is increasingly clear that the government bombing and mass shooting -- the country's worst tragedy since World War II -- will change the way the small and trusting Nordic nation handles domestic security risks...
TSG's Mark Fallon presenting on strategic approaches to counter violent extremism at the International Police Executive Symposium (IPES) in Karlskrona, Sweden. IPES provides a forum to foster closer relationships among police researchers and practitioners, globally...
Mey said the recent unrest in London could alter planning for 2012, much like -- on a far different scale -- 9/11 shifted the priorities of security officials several months before the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City. Prior to the attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., Mey said he and others were primarily focused on the possibility of domestic-based terrorism because of the 1999 riots around the World Trade Organization meetings in Seattle and the Centennial Park bombing during the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta...