Intelligence

Unconventional Crime Indicators

How can we evaluate whether or not a given area – perhaps a business or leisure travel destination – has a high or low risk for crime? It’s an important thing to know in order to prepare against potential threats.   In the U.S., crime statistics are readily and easily available online. But outside of…

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Mommy Spies

The newest James Bond movie Spectre is due out this week. In the Bond series, female characters most often play the part of a villain or a love interest to 007, (or both). And while Judy Dench played “M” in the previous four Bond movies, there have been few if any ladies amongst the 00…

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Holes in the Gouda?

An intern for the Brussels Federal Police was dismissed two days into his internship. The reason for his dismissal was strange behavior that quickly brought much attention to him. What makes the case interesting is both how polarized the two sides of the story are, how best to ascertain true allegiance and how we can…

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Inciting Information

In the movie This Means War, Reese Witherspoon is having a hard time choosing between CIA agent love interests played by Tom Hardy and Chris Pine. She just doesn’t know whom she prefers. Only when faced with a death defying moment, a flaming truck hurdling towards her, is she forced to choose her man by…

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Digging for Gold

It seems that every time a crime or terrorist act is committed, the perpetrator’s family, neighbors and schoolmates say something along the lines of “Fred would never do that, he was such a nice guy.” Cases in point: Alton Nolen beheads his coworker and attacks another with a knife. His mom states “My son was…

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Identity Crisis in the West

Many immigrant communities in the West are clearly going through an identity crisis. Recent terrorist attacks have been perpetrated by immigrants (or 2nd generation immigrants) who clearly did not see themselves as American, French, British, Australian or Canadian. They saw themselves as enemies of the country in which they live, and as representing something bigger…

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Lone Terrorist Attacks – A New Trend

The terrorist attack on the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo is the fourth Islamist terrorist attack to take place in France in only eighteen days. Attacks were perpetrated in Dijon and Nantes only two weeks ago by allegedly disturbed individuals who at least in one confirmed case, shouted “Allah HuAkbar” as they rammed their vehicles into…

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The Israeli Security Model

Most security professionals agree that Israeli security methods rank highest in the world. Israel’s reputation is not unfounded. But some critics have claimed that what works in Israel won’t work anywhere else. I disagree.   The precepts on which the Israeli system is based can be adapted anywhere. Besides, every security environment is different so…

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Intelligence Block

The following AP News report reflects the critical importance of effective intelligence operations: Israeli naval forces raided a ship in the Red Sea early on Wednesday and seized dozens of advanced rockets from Iran destined for Palestinian militants in Gaza that would have significantly boosted their ability to strike Israeli citizens, the military said.  …

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Kingpin Strike

The FBI and Interpol can check off Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera from their Most Wanted list, as he was captured in Mexico this week. Known as El Chapo (slang for ‘shorty’), he is the head of the Sinaloa Mexican Cartel and has been on Forbes’ most powerful list every year since 2009.   Guzmán began…

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