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  • Anticipating the Next Terror Threat

    As the first anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden came to pass, European and American officials openly lamented the possibility of al-Qaeda operatives using creative ways to avenge their erstwhile leader’s demise. One idea provoking concern among national security experts surrounded the idea of using surgically implanted bombs inside the bodies of would-be terrorists.

    Such a disturbing image reminds the world of the extent to which Islamist terrorists will go to attack the U.S. or its interests abroad.

    The idea is not new. It is, however, a byproduct of changing strategies within the field of counterterrorism and national security.

    As al-Qaeda has been obsessed with focusing on attacking the airline industry, it has found increased difficulty in doing so given rising standards in screening precautions throughout the U.S. and Europe.

    Last summer, a Transportation Security Administration spokesperson stated, “Due to the significant advances in global aviation security in recent years, terrorist groups have repeatedly and publicly indicated interest in pursuing ways to further conceal explosives.”

    What the U.S. counterterrorism community, state and local law enforcement, and the American public should take from this threat is not so much its specificity but rather the willingness of al-Qaeda to think far outside the box when devising new and unique ways to attack the American homeland.

    Similarly, our nation’s national security infrastructure, from the federal level on down to state and local jurisdictions, should prepare for threats and contingencies that deviate from those most traditionally associated to terrorist activity.

    Al-Qaeda has shown a remarkable propensity for altering its tactics during the past decade. Following the heavy coordination involved in planning and executing the September 11 attacks, al-Qaeda transitioned to new and innovative ways of circumventing traditional counterterrorism measures.

    One method of doing so has involved the promotion of “open-source jihad”—in essence, using the Internet to distribute propaganda and instructive material to would-be acolytes. Moving away from operations requiring multi-party collaboration, al-Qaeda has since begun to inspire and empower the “do-it-yourself” terrorist.

    This, of course, can prove a significant challenge to those tasked with preventing such activity from coming to fruition. It is, however, the reality of the world we live in.

    Public awareness of the terrorist threat should remain as fluid as the threat itself. Situational awareness and anticipation represent the defining characteristics of a robust and effective counterterrorism platform. Focusing on what al-Qaeda may do is equally as important as focusing on what al-Qaeda has done.

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    2 Responses to Anticipating the Next Terror Threat

    1. Bobbie says:

      who can put anything past evil? is this the low self esteem Mr. Obama speaks of? why people would follow the instructions of any man's voice to desecrate the lives of their own and fellow people when nature expires our lives on it's own course, shows how the weak and lazy mind succumbs to brainwash. Where low and ignorant mentality can teach ones' mind if one lets it! The zero tolerance of humanity by mind conditioning is absurd recognition of a people unfit for humanity. If humanity was created to kill each other, there'd be no such thing as natural death and if minds are that severely damaged they won't accept truth and logic then for the sake of humanity and all selfless, immediate act to remove from humanity is pratical and reasonable.

    2. A Patriot says:

      Yeah, so lets all be good little Patriots and let Uncle Sam "RFID chip us", DECIMATE our Constitution,give up our Arms and every other aspect of freedom & Liberty we stand for, force UN World Rule upon us…I know I'll feel so much safer. Wait…Didn't Hitler already try that?

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