By Dr. Jeffrey V. Gardner
To prevent terrorist attacks, law enforcement and intelligence professionals must be able to identify signs of radicalization and pre-attack actions. Here's what to look out for and where to find the most up-to-date counterterrorism training.
By Leischen Stelter
Police are expected to help fight terrorism, but what should they be looking for? A 20-year FBI counterterrorism agent - who has interviewed over 500 Jihadists - shares information about books and magazines that are popular with radical extremists. Take note of these 10 warning signs that can help officers assess a person's level of radicalization.
By Erik Kleinsmith
The attack in San Bernardino, California highlights the role of female terrorists. The presence of women in a terror group is neither a new phenomenon nor limited to any one type of group or role. Female terrorists should NOT be considered an anomaly and they are, in fact, quite common as are some of the particular trends and patterns that can be associated with their presence. Here are tips for the intelligence analyst and police investigator to help them understand the unique aspects of female terrorists and assist with their predictions of future actions of a terror group.
After the deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, a very intelligent friend of mine posted a question on social media that got me thinking. He asked: “When are Americans going to do something about their angry 20-year-old white men with guns?” While such tragedies continue to incite the debate about gun control, it is important to remember that a gun is just a tool and such horrific incidents are perpetrated by people of all races. But there are common threads in many of these mass shootings, namely religion and mental illness. So how can average citizens help prevent such incidents? Start in your own community. Here's how.
The term “lone wolf” is often used to describe individuals who act alone to commit terrorist acts. Lone wolf attacks are often motivated by political, religious, and/or ideological reasoning. But, are these individuals really acting alone? Close analysis of known lone wolf terrorists has shown that these individuals often have some level of contact with members of a terrorist organization. Read more about inclusive counter-radicalization strategies to prevent individuals from becoming radicalized.