Beyond Active Response: An Operational Concept for Police Counterterrorism Response

My Saturday morning Coffee and Conversations topics are usually my own thoughts on topics related to law enforcement and security.

The Seven Signs of Terrorism By John Demand

My good friend John Demand from Observation on Demand has put together a great  way to help all of us remain vigilant called OBSERVE! Keeping things simple and getting things done!

Stay Oriented


To remember the seven signs of terrorism think of the word “OBSERVE”

Apple-Pie Jihad Homegrown terror takes root.

A great article by Judith Miller on the homegrown terror threat. So are your eyes wide open or wide shut? The terrorist threats is not only emerging it is indeed here.  This is not about paranoia its about opening our eyes and seeing the signs and signals. The signals that have been here for over 20 years.

Killing Spree or Terror... And the Impact on Prevention Efforts By Fred Leland

“What is the aim and purpose of strategy? Is to improve our ability to shape and adapt to unfolding circumstances so that we as, individuals, or as groups, or as a culture, or as a nation-state, can survive on our own terms.”

~Col. John Boyd

Recruited For Jihad?

It didn't trouble Burhan Hassan's mother that her son had been spending more time at the Abubakar As-Saddique Islamic Center, Minneapolis's largest mosque. A 17-year-old senior at Roosevelt High, Hassan and his family had fled civil war in Somalia when he was a toddler. Some of the other Somali immigrants in the Cedar-Riverside housing project where he lived got drawn into gangs with names like Murda Squad and Somali Mafia. But Hassan was getting good grades and talking about going to college, says his uncle Abdirizak Bihi. When the boy didn't come home from school on Nov.

Domestic crimes may be considered "terrorist" acts

Radical environmentalists may not see themselves as terrorists, but asked whether a terrorism enhancement applies to their sentences for destroying government property, the Seventh Circuit found the issue clear cut.

On Nov. 9, the court affirmed application of U.S.S.G. 3A1.4 to members of the Earth Liberation Front who destroyed several research projects at a U.S. Forest Service facility in Rhinelander.

Soldier kills 12, hurts 31 in Fort Hood rampage

FORT HOOD, Texas - An Army psychiatrist set to be shipped overseas opened fire at the Fort Hood Army post yesterday, authorities said, a rampage that killed 12 people and left 31 wounded in the worst mass shooting ever at a military base in the United States.

The gunman, first said to have been killed, was wounded but alive and in stable condition under military guard, said Lieutenant General Bob Cone at Fort Hood.

“I would say his death is not imminent,’’ Cone said.

Colonel Ben Danner said the suspect was shot four times and was in critical condition.

What's a "wanna be" terrorist?

The suspected terrorist the FBI arrested out in Sudbury Massachusetts was a “wanna be” terrorist. He was not accepted into terrorist training camp, commentators explain. As I listen to the discourse of opinions, I ask myself: What is a “wanna be” terrorist and why do so few understand that it is the “wanna be people” of the world who wreak so much havoc on society?

Smaller-Scale Terrorism Plots Pose New and Worrisome Threats, Officials Say

“After disrupting two recent terrorism plots, American intelligence officials are increasingly concerned that extremist groups in Pakistan linked to Al Qaeda are planning smaller operations in the United States that are harder to detect but more likely to succeed than the spectacular attacks they once emphasized, senior counterterrorism officials say.

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.

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