11/02/2007 - The oft-quoted Sun Tzu urged warriors to know their enemy. “Soldiers” in the war on terrorism would thus do well to get into the minds of Islamic terrorists. To that end, the Hudson Institute, a Washington, D.C. think tank, has issued Current Trends in Islamist Ideology, which pulls together the thoughts of various Islamist leaders and groups. For instance, the war in Iraq has melded together elements of Islamist ideology, including anti-Americanism, the excommunication of Muslims perceived to be collaborating with the United States, the view of the Iraq war as a “return home” for Muslim fighters after years in exile, and the transformation of ummah—the brotherhood of Muslim believers—into a political and strategic unit. Other chapters explore the ideologies of South Asian jihadi groups, radical Islamist ideologies in Southeast Asia, the penetration of Islamist ideology in Britain, the beliefs of Al-Jama’ah Al-Islamiya, and more.
11/02/2007 - Even four years after the anthrax attacks, the public doesn’t have a good sense of the types, symptoms, treatment, and lethality of biological agents. The National Academies and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have released a fact sheet that includes a grid depicting the characteristics of various agents. For example, tularemia has a typical incubation period of three to six days; is characterized by fever, cough, pneumonia, and headache; is not contagious; is moderately lethal if not treated; lasts for months in moist soil; lacks an up-to-date vaccine; and can be treated by antibiotics
11/01/2007 - When Maryland State Police pulled over Ziad S. Jarrah for a traffic stop two days before he and 18 other terrorists commandeered and crashed four aircraft on September 11, 2001, tragically the officer on the scene had no way of knowing that Jarrah was on a CIA watch list
10/31/2007 - Some high-profile or high-risk companies now worry about having strangers take photographs of their buildings for fear they might be criminals or terrorists surveilling the property. The real threat, however, may be from above—from the eyes in the sky.
10/31/2007 - Mail handling procedures at the U.S. Postal Service need improvement, according to an analysis of the Postal Service’s handling of the October 2003 incident in which an envelope marked “Caution: Ricin Poison” was discovered in an airmail facility.
10/31/2007 - Shopping malls have always been vulnerable to traditional crimes due to the lack of controls at entrances. The shooting of two people at an upstate New York shopping center earlier this year, though not a terrorist incident, again raised questions about whether mall security could respond adequately to a terrorist attack or suicide bomber.