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Islamic idealogy

- 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.

Can I See Some ID?

- I.D. Checking Guide: United States & Canada Edition and I.D. Checking Guide: International Edition depict driver’s licenses from all over the United States and the world. Most states are in the process of updating their licenses and have two or three styles of valid licenses. The guide depicts each license design that is valid this year. The cost of the U.S./Canada edition ranges from about $13 to $23, depending on the number of copies purchased. The international title ranges from about $22 to $35. @ For more information, go to SM Online.

EU to Outlaw Internet Terrorism

- Measure seeks to shut down "virtual training camps."

Quick Bytes: Kill the zombies

- The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is working with dozens of organizations around the world to put pressure on Internet service providers (ISPs) to take voluntary steps, such as quarantining infected computers to try to reduce the onslaught of spam sent through so-called “spam zombies,” computers that have been hijacked to send spam.

Quick Bytes: Security product holes.

- The late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson once wrote, “Kill the head and the body will die.” For IT professionals, the phrase might be reconfigured “Kill the security products and the network will die,” as was the case with last year’s Witty worm that targeted security software and infected systems worldwide in 75 minutes. Such attacks on security software are increasing, according to the Yankee Group’s

A Site to See.

- Keeping up with the newest electronic gadgets is one of the best parts of a technophile’s day. Happily, there are plenty of Web sites and blogs dedicated to breaking the news of whatever’s newest and hottest on the market.

Defending Networks Against Targeted Trojans

- Protecting networks against worms and viruses is a trying task. Protecting against a threat targeted specifically at your network is even tougher. That’s a lesson that several Israeli companies learned earlier this year when they discovered that customized Trojan horse programs had been installed on their system, allowing industrial spies access to their networks.

Classified Data

- Oversight of contractors with foreign connections questioned.

Foreign Fighters Replenishing Taliban Forces in Afghanistan

- Foreign militants are more extreme and violent many say.

Intelligence Budget Released

- The intelligence community discloses one of its most tightly guarded secrets.

Dutch Proposal to Try Guantánamo Detainees

- An unconventional new idea to give terrorist suspects their day in court.

Counterdeception Principles and Applications for National Security

- The term "instant classic" is an oxymoron, but it nevertheless may apply to Counterdeception Principles and Applications for National Security.

Training in Israel for Terrorism in the U.S.

- When it comes to defending against suicide bombers and other terrorist tactics, the United States has much to learn from other countries that have developed effective measures through years of painful experience. With that in mind, a group of private security professionals and state and local law enforcement officials recently traveled to Israel and took part in an intensive seven-day training program hosted by Security Solutions International (SSI), a security training company located in Miami, Florida.
 




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