The mosque attended by the recent New York terrorist had previously been under surveillance from an NYPD program that was later cancelled. News of this has led some to wonder whether or not cancelling the program was a mistake. When evaluating counter-terrorism methods, it’s important to be objective. The metric that really matters is “Did the program work?” So, the question to be asked is: Could a cancelled Muslim community surveillance program have stopped the recent terror attack in New York?
If the success record of that program in stopping terrorists is anything to go by, that seems unlikely.
Prevent should be investigated over whether frontline staff’s “existing biases and stereotypes” were contributing to how much more likely Muslims are to be referred to its de-radicalisation programme, race equality think tank The Runnymede Trust has said.
The Islam Tax is just another cost of importing Muslims to America. Preventing Muslims from entering the U.S. would be a lot smarter than installing concrete barriers to prevent Muslims from killing Americans. via NYC begins installing concrete barriers on pedestrian pathways.
Our betters seem incapable of understanding that an ideology is the threat, not the weapons used.
Sweden plans to use digital ‘geo-fences’ in larger cities to protect against potential terror attacks. Infrastructure Minister Tomas Eneroth hopes to introduce the ‘geo-fences’ in urban areas next year and which use technology that can digitally stop large vehicles or reduce their speed.
Fools. The weapon is not the threat.
The question of what to do with captured ISIS fighters has vexed many European countries who have nationals fighting for the terrorist group. With the fall of Raqqa, the de facto ISIS capital and reports of 400 ISIS fighters surrendering, that question has become more urgent.
France has a simple solution, as reported in The Times of Israel: Kill them.
“These operations are designed to disrupt and prevent plans to undertake terrorist attacks in Australia,” the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, said.
Group of volunteers obsessively tracks and reports Isis’s most prominent recruiters and propagandists, and tries to block the spread of their propaganda.
Google’s big experiment in digital counter-terrorism begins rolling out today. Collaborating with its own in-house think tank, Jigsaw, the new effort seeks to bury ISIS-related propaganda on YouTube. Now, when a potential ISIS recruit searches for known extremist content using a predefined set of keywords, they’ll instead be redirected to videos that deconstruct and confront the terrorist group. The project is called the Redirect Method.
Sounds great on paper.
Face recognition is used at airports for security, but this is believed to be the first use for surveillance of potential terrorist suspects in the UK.
Invest in hijab stocks, now.
A crack squad of elite ex-soldiers are lurking in concert crowds and are poised to strike if terrorists attempt to unleash carnage following the Manchester arena attack.
We are always fighting the last war. As we reach the twelve year anniversary of the July 7, 2005 attacks it is worth taking stock of how much the threat picture from terrorism we face has changed, and ask whether our response has kept pace. From a terrorist threat that was directed by al-Qaeda using radicalised British nationals trained at camps in Pakistan, we are facing a threat of lone individuals launching confusing attacks with household weapons. It is not yet clear that our response has caught up.
Israeli officials reopen entrances to holy site following Friday’s deadly attack; disagreeing with installation of metal detectors, Wakf officials call on Muslim worshipers to protest move.
Abu Arar reiterated the notion that the situation was unacceptable for the Palestinian people and also called to avoid entering the compound.
“This our mosque and when we enter it we want to feel that,” he said. “The Jews have no rights whatsoever to this mosque – it is for Muslims only. We will not accept being checked every time we want to get inside. We are asking to go back to normal and enter freely, as it was three day ago,” he added.
Fine. Bring those police officers back to life – as it was “three day ago.”
A new generation of al Qaeda is surging, according to experts testifying before the subcommittee on counterterrorism and intelligence on Thursday.
Police from a region in the majority-Christian Philippines are considering issuing mandatory identification cards to thousands of Muslims living there – a proposal Human Rights Watch condemned as “collective punishment”.
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