Terrorism

Ramming is on the Rise

Over the course of only a few weeks, there have been at least 50 vehicle ramming attacks in the U.S.   This method of using a vehicle be it a car, truck or tractor to inflict death and injury on pedestrians is not new. There have been dozens of vehicle attacks across the globe, from Berlin…

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Killer Surveillance

Surveillance is a critical tool for any adversary.  Yet, so often in security it is discounted.  Anyone from a pickpocket trailing their next victim, to a high level assassination team following their target, depends on surveillance as part of their operational planning and attack execution. Let’s look at it from an adversarial angle, from the…

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New IDF Red Unit

A new ‘Red Unit’ is being created by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) to specifically help in its fight against terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah.  Terrorists and insurgents differ in many ways from traditional military.  They operate in densely populated areas and engage in asymmetrical warfare.  Terrorists target civilians; for them, the regular rules…

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First Female Suicide Bomber

It may seem that suicide bombers are an artifact of our modern age, a product of a world that has become more violent over the last century.  While there is plenty of room to dispute whether violence is on the rise or descending, you may not be aware of the story of the first suicide…

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Age of Fear?

                    [S]ince love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.                                         —Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince, 1513 Last week’s post concerned the ‘definition’ of terrorism.  While usually politically motivated, terrorism as a phenomenon has itself become politicized.  Terrorists and their supporters are…

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Security Attitudes in Israel

In Israel, security policy and procedures are well integrated into the fabric of its society.  This manifests in a couple ways: There is a full acceptance of the fact of threat.  This little country has been involved in cyclical wars for decades and its inhabitants are fully aware that it is a high value target…

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Simple – not Simplistic – Emergency Response Procedures

Simplistic ideas and procedures by their nature do not withstand reality tests.  This is the case for many emergency lock-down procedures where unfortunately the essence of the SOP is to pacify its intended audience and not necessarily to save their lives.  In a situation of imminent threat, one’s instinctive response is often the correct response. …

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Equifarce

Of course the IRS needs to confirm that a given taxpayer is who they say they are.  It’s step number one for all transactions.  To that end, on the IRS website an individual answers questions about their personal and credit history like “On which of the following streets have you lived?” or “What is your…

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Identity Crisis Down Under

The issue of identity and allegiance is key to the kind of bad behavior we often write about.  Security personnel need to know how to verify the identity of the suspicious person they are dealing with; are they indeed who they say they are?  A lone wolf terrorist who goes off the deep end may…

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Fear of Terrorism

Since as recently as January 2015, there have been dozens of terrorist attacks in Europe: in Germany, Denmark, Belgium, France, Turkey, the U.K., Sweden, Spain and most recently Finland.  Hundreds of people have been killed. With the recent stabbing rampage in Finland, the Finnish government was not quick to characterize the attack that took place…

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