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Violence Should Not Determine Policy

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by Alan M. Dershowitz  •  Gatestone Institute Violence should be responded to by police and military action, not by giving in to the unreasonable demands of those who use violence as a tactic. The reason violence — whether rock-throwing or more lethal forms of terrorism — is used is because it works... as a way to extort concessions from the world. And it works because policy makers often make or refrain from making controversial decisions based on the fear of violent reactions. Now just imagine what will happen if peace negotiations are commenced and both sides have to compromise. Israel's comprises will be met with law suits, political pushback and possibly resistance from some settlers who will have to be uprooted.... Palestinian compromises will be met with street violence, terrorism and assassinations. That has long been the modus operandi of Palestinian leaders and dissidents. A clear message must be sent...

First counter-terrorism exercise held at State Courts

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The Straits Times by Ng HuiwenSINGAPORE - A counter-terrorism exercise was held for the first time at the State Courts on Thursday (Dec 7) at noon.In a statement on Thursday, the police said that the simulated terrorist attack was to test the coordination between the polic and the State Courts in emergencies.The exercise scenario began with two gunmen walking into the building and shooting at the crowd.Auxiliary Police Officers and State Courts staff were seen containing the situation, before officers from the Emergency Response Team and Bukit Merah East neighbourhood police centre arrived.The officers were able to locate and take down the gunmen within minutes.Earlier on Thursday, the police posted an advisory on the exercise on its Facebook page. "Exercise in progress" signage will be displayed at and around the exercise areas, and blanks will be fired, it said. In the statement, a State Courts spokesman said it has partnered...

Military Not Only Solution to Terrorism in Africa

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Top Policy Official: Military Not Only Solution to Terrorism in AfricaBy Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media ActivityWASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2017 — U.S.-led efforts in Africa are vitally important as African nations confront complex and growing threats from multiple terrorist groups, including the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, al-Qaida affiliates and other extremist groups such as Boko Haram, the acting undersecretary of defense for policy said today on Capitol Hill. “These groups exploit instability, weak governance, vulnerable populations, social media and vast spaces to establish safe havens, spread their toxic ideology and attack all who do not subscribe to it,” David J. Trachtenberg said during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on counterterrorism efforts in Africa.“While DoD maintains expert counterterrorism forces -- the best in the world, bar none -- capable of conducting precision air strikes and complex raids to protect our interests, we are focused principally on...

Record 400 arrests for terrorism in Britain in 2017

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Evening Standard by Justin davenport and Nicholas Cecil The number of suspects arrested in terrorism investigations in Britain has reached a record high, official figures revealed today. A total of 400 people were held for terror-related offences in Britain in the year to the end of September - a 54 per cent jump on the previous 12 months. This was the highest tally since data collection started in 2001 with figures also revealing that 58 of those held were female - the highest number on record.The Home Office said the increase was partly due to a large number of arrests made following terrorist attacks in London and Manchester this year.The figures show that 115 arrests - or 29 per cent - resulted in charges of which 97 were terror-related. A total of 213 people were released without charge, 60 were released on bail pending further investigation and 11 faced “alternative...
THE Manchester bombing that killed 22 people in May could have been averted, a counter-terrorism review has found. AP and staff writers News Corp Australia Network The deadly suicide bombing at Manchester Arena might have been prevented if information had been handled differently, an independent review of the counter-terrorism performance by British police and intelligence services has suggested.The review by lawyer David Anderson, ordered by Home Secretary Amber Rudd, said the May 22 attack that killed 22 people might have been thwarted “had the cards fallen differently”.He also found that three extremists involved in four attacks in Britain earlier this year had at some point been investigated by counter-terrorism police or security services. The Sun reports, spy chiefs agreed to meet to discuss the threat posed by Manchester Arena terrorist Salman Abedi shortly before the bomb attack.The jihadist was on the radar of the intelligence services for at least three years...
2016 may go down on record as one of the worst for cybersecurity. Hacks, breaches, and leaks were everywhere in the news. Forrester has a few things for us to remember going forward.By Brandon Vigliarolo - Tech Republic If you had to guess how many individual customer records were breached around the globe in 2016 what would you estimate? It was a big year for cyber attacks, but Forrester's report puts in in a staggeringly large context: Approximately one billion records were compromised in the past year.That's around three accounts for each US citizen, and it means one thing: Cybersecurity efforts are lagging behind. If the tech industry is going to win the security arms race, Forrester argues, there are some key lessons it needs to take away from 2016's constant attacks and breaches.Who has the issue?95 percent of breached records came from three industries in 2016: Government, retail, and...

Prime Minister Theresa May’s assassination attempt foiled

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Wikileaks Terror suspects ‘planned to bomb Downing Street and murder Theresa May’ – but plot was foiled by police,” by Patrick Lion, Mirror, December 5, 2017Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman and Mohammed Aqib Imran, who were remanded in custody, will face court tomorrow over the alleged attackCounter-terror police have foiled an alleged plot to bomb Downing Street and murder PM Theresa May. Two suspects were arrested during raids in London and Birmingham last week, it emerged tonight.Scotland Yard said: “Both men were remanded in custody to appear at Westminster magistrates court.”The pair – Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, of North London, and Mohammed Aqib Imran, from south east Birmingham – were held on November 28.It came during raids by officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command.Tonight the London force said Rahman, aged 20, had been charged with preparing acts of terrorism as well as assisting Imran in terror planning.Rahman was reportedly arrested while...

Trial delayed for police officer charged with terrorism

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ABC News By The Associated Press A judge has ordered a one-week delay in the trial of the first law enforcement officer in the U.S. ever to be charged with a terrorism offense.Jury selection was scheduled for Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia. Nicholas Young was a police officer in the region's Metro system when he was arrested last year in a government sting.Judge Leonie Brinkema ordered the delay after defense lawyers asked for more time to review a new batch of evidence.Prosecutors say Young bought nearly $250 in gift cards he intended for the Islamic State group, giving the cards to an individual who turned out to be an FBI source.Young's lawyers say the sting operation amounts to entrapment.Documents show Young had been under surveillance since 2010. Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/trial-delayed-police-officer-charged-terrorism-51589395...

France: Islamism in the Heart of the State

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by Yves Mamou  •  Gatestone Institute On all questions dedicated to immigration and Islam, France's Council of State has become an Islamo-leftist body, dedicated to encouraging Muslim immigration and protecting the expansion of Islam and Islamism in France. The government wanted to expel foreign workers immediately after the cancellation of their work permit. Due to the Council of State, deportation was delayed by 24 hours, enough time to allow them to escape and become permanent illegal immigrants. Maybe the elites are looking for "redemption" after France colonized parts of Africa. They are forgetting, however, that it was Muslims who colonized the Middle East, the Christian Byzantine Empire, North Africa, Greece, much of Eastern Europe and Asia, Northern Cyprus and Spain. On October 25, 2017, the highest French administrative court, the Council of State (Conseil d'État), ordered the removal of a Roman Catholic cross from the top of a monument dedicated...

One in Three Americans Hacked in the Past Year

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Munich RE More than one-third of U.S. consumers experienced a computer virus, hacking incident or other cyber attack in the past 12 months, a survey by Zogby Analytics for The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company (HSB) reported today, and young adults 18-24 were the most likely victims.   The nationwide survey also found that victims of cyber crimes almost always spent money to recover from the attack, primarily to restore data and purchase software. In 23 percent of the cases, people spent between $1,000 and $5,000 per incident, while 56 percent spent less than $500.   “Consumers rely on smartphones, personal computers and tablets for virtually every aspect of their lives,” said Timothy Zeilman, vice president and counsel for HSB, part of Munich Re. “Their personal information is stored online and increasingly their home systems are connected to the Internet. The threat to cyber security for individuals and...
by Kemi Busari    The need for humanity to unite and defeat terrorism is urgent and Muslims all over the world must unite to lead the battle, the senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, has said.Mr. Sani said this while addressing lecturers and students at the International University of Africa, Khartoum on Thursday.He lamented that the trend of terrorism does “not only represent a 21st century threat to global peace and stability but also Muslims and Islam.”The lawmaker charged Muslims to take the lead in fighting the menace and redeeming the image of the religion.“Islam is confronted by two dangers on two fronts, from the inside and from the outside,” he said. “The inside forces are those who manipulate and misuse the religion in furtherance of their extremist or political or violent agenda. And the outside are those with a mind-set set and conditioned to hate Muslims and anything associated with...

Soldiers guard Europe’s streets from terrorism

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Critics say that weakens them in war. Washington Post By Michael Birnbaum BRUSSELS — Green army trucks are rumbling across the cobbled streets of Brussels. Stiff-spined soldiers are patrolling the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Italian troops are guarding the Colosseum. And critics say the years-long deployments at home are sapping the ability of these militaries to fight wars.Taken together, the domestic deployments — to guard against terrorism — are among the largest in Western Europe since World War II. They come as European militaries are tapped to address an unusually wide range of challenges at once: a resurgent Russia, grinding conflicts in the Middle East, migration across the Mediterranean and smaller wartime deployments far from their borders.Confronted by terrorism, European leaders rushed their armies onto their streets in the aftermath of attacks starting in 2015. Although advocates say the deployments help bolster security, the peacetime duty has stretched forces thin. Until...

Hackers Attack Every 39 Seconds

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SecurityMagazine.com A Clark School study at the University of Maryland is one of the first to quantify the near-constant rate of hacker attacks of computers with Internet access—every 39 seconds on average—and the non-secure usernames and passwords we use that give attackers more chance of success. The study, conducted by Michel Cukier, Clark School assistant professor of mechanical engineering and affiliate of the Clark School's Center for Risk and Reliability and Institute for Systems Research, profiled the behavior of "brute force" hackers, who use simple software-aided techniques to randomly attack large numbers of computers. The researchers discovered which usernames and passwords are tried most often, and what hackers do when they gain access to a computer. On TV and in film, these kinds of hackers have been portrayed as people with grudges who target specific institutions and manually try to break into their computers. But in reality, Cukier says, "most...
AFTER the Spanish terror attacks killed 14 people, here is a look back at the worst terror attacks in Europe since 2015. Express By Alice Foster Spanish terror attacks: Thursday August 17 2017A terrorist ploughed a van into crowds, killing 13 people and injuring more than a hundred, in Barcelona's Las Ramblas in the afternoon. Hours later, police shot dead five attackers wearing fake suicide vests after a second attack in Cambrils, a coastal town south of Barcelona. Finsbury Park terror attack: Just after midnight on June 19 2017A van driver mowed down Muslim worshipers on Seven Sisters Road near Finsbury Park mosque in the very early hours of June 19. One man was left dead, while eight injured victims were taken to hospital and two others were treated at the scene.The suspect Darren Osborne has been charged with terror-related murder and attempted murder. London Bridge terror attack: June 3...
Washington Examiner by Anna Giaritelli Elaine Duke, the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, testified Thursday that the greatest global threat to the United States is jihadist groups."The primary international terror threat facing our country is from global jihadist groups. However, the department is also focused on the threat of domestic terrorism. Ideologically-motivated violence here in the United States is a danger to our nation, our people, and our values," Duke told the House Committee on Homeland Security during a hearing on worldwide threats. "I also want to make clear today that DHS is not standing on the sidelines as these threats proliferate. And we will not allow frequent terrorism to become the new normal," she added.The DHS nominee to replace Duke, Kirstjen Nielsen, testified a few weeks earlier that she viewed cyberattacks as the greatest threat to U.S. national security."I believe one of the most significant for...

German Christmas market evacuated as device found

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BBC The device, that also held batteries and wires, was sent to a pharmacy in the city south-west of Berlin. Police initially said they found explosives inside, but later said there was no detonator. Last December, 12 people died when an Islamist attacker hijacked a lorry and drove it at a Berlin Christmas market. The device was found near Brandenburgerstrasse in the centre of Potsdam, which has a number of other Christmas markets. A police spokesman said an X-ray scan was conducted on the device, which found that it had nails inside. The Interior Minister for Brandenburg, Karl-Heinz Schröter, said police were searching the area in case more devices were sent, he said. More than 2,600 Christmas markets opened across Germany on Monday. They bring in an estimated £2bn (€2.3bn; $2.7bn) of business a year. The BBC's Damien McGuinness, in Berlin, says that there is an increased police presence in...
New York Times By ADAM GOLDMAN and CHARLIE SAVAGE WASHINGTON — A former militia leader from Libya was convicted on Tuesday of terrorism charges arising from the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed a United States ambassador and three other Americans. But he was acquitted of multiple counts of the most serious offense, murder.The defendant, Ahmed Abu Khattala, 46, was the first person charged and prosecuted in the attacks, which took on broader significance as Republicans and conservative news outlets sought to use them to damage the presidential ambitions of Hillary Clinton, who was then the secretary of state. Yet the seven-week trial in federal court in Washington received relatively little attention from such quarters.Mr. Khattala was convicted on four counts — including providing material support for terrorism, conspiracy to do so, destroying property and placing lives in jeopardy at the mission, and carrying a semiautomatic firearm during a...
Gatestone Institute by Debalina Ghoshal   Syria could, of course, also acquire nuclear weapons from North Korea. Syria already possesses ballistic missiles; the chemical weapons are already there. In the past, North Korea has shipped ballistic missiles to Hezbollah and Hamas via Syria; they will probably continue to do so, and to terrorist organizations as well.   North Korea is reported to be shipping chemical weapons to Syria. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has stated that activity has been intercepted during the past six months and that North Korea is also shipping conventional weapons there. Furthermore, a Syrian government entity, the Scientific Studies and Research Centre, has apparently established cooperation with the Korean Mining Development Trading Corporation (KOMID), North Korea's key arms exporter, and blacklisted by the UN Security Council Shipping weapons and chemical weapons to Syria brings cash-strapped North Korea hard currency, Meanwhile Syria, thick in a civil...
Findings Part of Comprehensive NTT Security Q3 Global Threat Intelligence Report OMAHA, Neb., Nov. 29, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NTT Security, the specialized security company of NTT Group, has released its 2017 Global Threat Intelligence Center (GTIC) Quarterly Threat Intelligence Report. The report serves as the primary focal point for contextualizing, enhancing and enriching threat intelligence-related information across the NTT Security global client base. The GTIC Quarterly Threat Intelligence Report is uniquely situated to empower frontline Managed Security Services (MSS) SOC analysts, research analysts, network security engineers, professional security service consultants and incident response handlers to gather, share and apply threat-related information.  The Q3 GTIC Report provides details on the research conducted by NTT Security over the past three months and focuses on several different areas of research and analysis. One section of the report of particular significance entitled “The Face of the Insider Threat” reveals that approximately 25% of...
Written by Alan W. Silberberg   I. IntroductionThe world is seeing an ongoing multi-faceted cyber attack(s) (social engineering) that uses weaponized fake media, digital false flags and other digitally obfuscated materials. These attacks stem from nation states, paid hacker cartels and mercenary hackers globally. These cyber security attacks utilize social engineering, weaponized media and fake media. We have been studying these socially engineered attacks since 2009, and have created unique responses to them.   II.    Main bodyThe Green Revolution of 2009 in Iran marked the first known use of weaponized social media. The Government of Iran utilized Twitter to get western citizens to spread their propaganda.Fast forward to 2016, where USA itself was attacked through long term, dedicated weaponized media cyber assault on our democracy; and government alike by Russia and its agents. This attack continues with multi-faceted usage of fake media, bots, fake social media and malware laden content...