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What Types of Media Do Terrorists Collect? An Analysis of Religious, Political, and Ideological Publications Found in Terrorism Investigations in the UK
Sept. 2017 International Centre for Counterterrorism research paper
"This Research Paper presents results from the study of media usage by convicted terrorists in the UK. The purpose is to shed light on the nature of the media environment in which individuals convicted of participation in terrorist plots operated in the weeks and months prior to their arrest. The Paper concentrates on those media publications that convey religious, political, or other ideological sentiments and describes the analytical tools developed to dissect this material. The Research Paper is directed towards practitioners, scholars and students interested in the sources of influence that help shape the perspectives of those planning to carry out terrorist attacks. The Research Paper is also intended to facilitate further comparative research within this field of study."
iccr  terrorism  uk  social_media 
18 hours ago by strohps
Ten Years Later: Major Homeland Security Mandates of the 9/11 Commission Act
Sept 2017 Committee on Homeland Security, Democrats, report
From the executive summary: "In the ten years since the enactment of the 9/11 Commission Act, the terrorist threat landscape has evolved. It has diversified and splintered to encompass numerous al Qaeda affiliates--most notably Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)--as well as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). [...] Since the 9/11 attacks, the nature of incidents has shifted away from complex, coordinated operations carried out by trained and funded operatives against high profile targets, to attacks carried out by individuals with little to no training or support, such as active shooter attacks, homemade improvised explosive devices, and vehicular manslaughter. Today, America is far better equipped than it was on September 11, 2001, to prepare for, prevent, and respond to acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events. The gains in preparedness are exemplified by the heroic responses to the Boston Marathon Bombings in 2013, the San Bernardino terrorist attack in December 2015, the Orlando night club mass shooting in June 2016, and the New York/New Jersey bombings in October 2016. Since 9/11, Federal investments in local preparedness and bolstering information sharing have helped deliver measurable progress in the level of security across the Nation. Still, we must stay vigilant and fully-engaged with homeland security partners to effectively address the dynamic range of threats that, in addition to traditional terrorist threats, today include cybersecurity attacks on critical infrastructure and violence by neo-Nazi, white supremacist, anti-government, and other domestic terror groups."
committee_on_homeland_security  terrorism  homeland_security  readiness 
18 hours ago by strohps
The Bleeding Sinai - Carnegie Middle East Center, Dec 1, 2017
The highly impenetrable nature of the tribal community is the reason why, after more than four years of being stranded between the military’s tanks and the Islamic State’s beheadings, we have not yet seen any tribe, or even a clan or entire family, join either side in the conflict. The militants recruited by the Islamic State, like the Bedouin informants serving the military, remain individuals who do not represent the tribal community or even their smaller clans.

The second point is that it remains impossible to develop efficient security solutions unless these are backed by a unified tribal effort and a community-wide agreement. Unless such strategies provide the required protection to the community and guarantee at least minimal levels of social and economic justice, they will not succeed, regardless of the number of tanks rumbling through the desert.
Sinai  Egypt  tribes  terrorism  ISIS  COIN  repression  WarCrimes 
yesterday by elizrael
Ali Abdullah Saleh, Strongman Who Helped Unite Yemen, and Divide It, Dies at 75 - The New York Times
Gerald M. Feierstein, who met Mr. Saleh frequently as United States ambassador to Yemen from 2010 to 2013, called him “completely untrustworthy.” But he said some Yemenis would favorably compare the relative stability of their country during much of Mr. Saleh’s rule, from 1978 to early 2012, with the current violence and breakdown.

“The positive is that he did kind of hold the place together,” Mr. Feierstein said, showing “a sort of political mastery that moved Yemen forward in some ways,” including on education and health.

But Mr. Saleh, he said, “was a kleptomaniac who stole billions, perhaps tens of billions of dollars, over the years.” He based his rule on a personality cult, Mr. Feierstein said, and so “the government, the judicial system — none of it was able to function after he left office because it was built around him and his family.”
Latino  war  Leadership  state  rulers  Violence_y_Power  terrorism 
3 days ago by Jibarosoy
Intercept Withheld NSA Doc That May Have Altered Course Of Syrian War
n Tuesday, the Intercept published a hitherto unknown document from the trove of National Security Administration (NSA) documents leaked by Edward Snowden over three years ago. The document was notable as it shed light on the early days of the Syrian conflict and the fact that, for the past six years, so-called “revolutionary” groups aimed at toppling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have largely acted as proxies for foreign governments pushing regime change
govtSupression  lying  syria  Saudi  terrorism  ISIS 
3 days ago by Jswindle
What Happened When Abdullahi Yusuf Tried to Join ISIS
One inspiration behind Heartland’s program is research that suggests that a part of the brain that neuroscientists liken to an internal compass, called the insula, can be built up during adolescence through critical thinking and self-reflective practices. “The insula can actually change and grow,” said Dan Siegel, a UCLA neurobiologist and author of Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain. With a thicker insula, Siegel said, a young person might be more likely to recognize, “Yes, I have an impulse to join that group, but no, I won’t, because I have an internal guide pointing me in a different direction.”

Put in conventional psychological terms, Yusuf “had been allowed to lead this very unexamined life,” offered Ahmed Amin, another of his counselors and an assistant principal in the Minneapolis public schools. “If that’s how you exist when you’re introduced to certain propaganda, you’re more likely to fall into it.”
crime  terrorism  justice  rehabilitation  jail  psychology  reframing  philosophy 
8 days ago by emmacarlson

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