Evolving Threats

Small Towns, Soft Targets, Small Unit Swarming Tactics and Systems Disruption: Are We Ready For a Terrorist Attack?

Soft targets have been discussed in law enforcement and security circles, but few have given serious consideration to the idea of terrorists exploiting small malls, schools churches and places where small groups from the community gather. In light of recent news of terrorist cells being uncovered in suburban American, it is critical to recognize that any location that is open and available for people to gather is a potential target of extremism and terrorist acts.

Sudbury man implicated in foiled terrorist attacks, plotted shopping mall assault

We have been talking about soft targets and emerging threats utilizing swarming tactics and disruption techniques here is an example as well of collaborative efforts to prevent these acts. This is just coming out now more on it later.

Stay Oriented!

Fred

Federal authorities say they have foiled plots to launch terrorist attacks inside and outside the United States with the arrest this morning of a 27-year-old man in Sudbury, who they said had discussed with conspirators attacking a shopping mall with automatic weapons.

Al Qaeda Recruits a Growing Number of Americans

“In the eight years after September 11, and especially during the Bush administration’s first term, Americans became all to accustomed to a diet of orange alerts, sensational terror arrests, and breathless press conferences announcing the thwarting of yet another serious plot.

Letter from Bombay Anatomy of a Siege By Marie Brenner

Last year … I was working as a decorator in Jhelum city [in Pakistan]. But I was unhappy with the meager amount that I would make.… My friend Muzaffar suggested that for better money we should get into robbery and dacoity [armed robbery]. I … went to Rawalpindi with Muzaffar and took a room on rent.

24 People Reportedly Under Observation in NYC-Colorado Terror Probe

Sept. 22: Washington police cars are stationed outside the Verizon Center stadium, where the Wizards play basketball and the Capitals play hockey.

Sept. 22: Washington police cars are stationed outside the Verizon Center stadium, where the Wizards play basketball and the Capitals play hockey.

To protect turf, Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' OKs lethal force against U.S.

The reputed head of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel has instructed his associates to use deadly force if necessary — even against U.S. law enforcement — to protect their increasingly contested trafficking operations, according to law-enforcement authorities here and in Washington.

Small Wars Journal Article: Thoughts on "Hybrid" Conflict by Dr. Russell W. Glenn

The last several years have seen the rise of “hybrid warfare” as a term in international and U.S. armed forces literature. Others similarly write of “hybrid conflict,” “hybrid war,” or “hybrid threat,” ...

FBI concerned about young men recruited for terrorism

“They’re concerned that young men are being recruited in the United States to join the Jihad overseas. The FBI has confirmed some cases of young men traveling to the East African nation of Somalia to join al Qaeda-sponsored groups there. One of the cases they’re looking at includes a man killed in fighting in Somalia last year – an American citizen from Seattle. (MSNBC)

Dangerous Japanese 'Detergent Suicide' Technique Creeps Into U.S.

A suicide technique that mixes household chemicals to produce a deadly hydrogen sulfide gas became a grisly fad in Japan last year. Now it’s slowly seeping into the United States over the internet, according to emergency workers, who are alarmed at the potential for innocent causalities.

Article From GroupIntel: Frontlines of Criminal Insurgency: Understanding the Plazas

Mexico, and the cross-border region that embraces the frontier between Mexico and the United States, are embroiled in a series of interlocking, networked criminal insurgencies. These criminal insurgencies are essentially battles for dominance of the plazas, or corridors for the shipment of drugs into the United States. They are battles for profit and power.

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