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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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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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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On May 10th of this year, the FBI and the Homeland Security Department issued an eight-page bulletin entitled “White Supremacist Extremism Poses Persistent Threat with Lethal Violence”.  The analysis pointed to the high number of violent incidents over the last decade involving neo-Nazis, white extremists and the KKK.  Anyone who pays attention to domestic terrorist…

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Since 1979, the Islamic Republic of Iran has tried to establish itself as a dominant power in the Middle East. The goal to dominate during the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s cost both sides of the conflict millions of lives and billions of dollars. While the Iran-Iraq war was essentially over the Shaat al-Arab (the…

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I recently went to Paris and before my departure, more than one friend warned me to be careful while in Europe.  When I arrived in Paris, my French friends expressed concern over the shootings at schools in the U.S.  It seems that danger is to a degree a matter of perspective.  Our perspective is most…

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With the Manchester U.K. suicide bombing incident still under investigation, it is hard to draw final conclusions regarding security failures in this incident. What we know now is that the Manchester Suicide Bomber exploded himself at the foyer of the arena immediately after the concert ended at around 10:30PM and just as thousands of young…

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Bin Laden is an über brand name in terrorism.  Osama Bin Laden’s son, Hamza, has recently narrated a video encouraging Lone Wolf terrorists to act, one of several videos he has made over the last few years.  Hamza was often featured in his father’s videos, holding a weapon or reciting.  Clearly it is hoped that…

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Next week is the opening of the famous Cannes Film Festival, celebrating its 70th anniversary with maximum glitz and glamour.  Hundreds of thousands attend.  After the horrific terrorist attack in nearby Nice last July, and the particularly tense political atmosphere roiling in the south of France, festival organizers are ramping up security.  Again.  Last year…

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Does an attacker shouting ‘allahu akbar’ make it a terrorist attack?  How many people have to die for it to be an act of terrorism?  This week in downtown Fresno, California, Kori Ali Muhammad shot and killed three random people.  Muhammad was already a suspect in the shooting of a security guard at a Fresno…

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