• Detecting terrorist plots the old-fashioned way

    New study of eighty-six terrorist plots since 1999 found that 80 percent were discovered through old-fashioned police work or tips from the public, not technology-driven counter-terrorism operations; the authors said the authorities should cultivate good relations with “communities with persons in or near radical movements, an ability that is jeopardized by indiscriminately targeting individuals and groups due to their race, ethnicity, religion or ideology”

  • Bombs in flight -- Friday's false alarm not false

    Friday’s emergency activity concerned with finding explosive devices initially reported as a false alarm — early reports indicated no explosives were found; this proved to be wrong in subsequent reports, live devices containing PETN were found in the U.K. and Dubai; in the instance of the Dubai device, the bomb package had been flown on two passenger flights; U.S. intelligence analysis identify bombmaker; Yemeni authorities arrest and later release female student on suspicion of complicity

  • False alarm at U.S., U.K. airports

    Several United Parcel Service flights arriving at U.S and U.K. were moved to areas isolated from other aircraft, and searched for explosive devices; to this point no explosives have been found

  • Police, SAS train for Mumbai-style attack in U.K.

    Commandos of Britain’s elite Special Air Squadron(SAS) are reportedly conducting a series of counter-terrorism exercises to train the country’s police to foil 2008 Mumbai-style attacks on England; police armed response units are being given more powerful weapons; the job of the police would be to contain the situation while the job of the SAS (Special Air Service), if called upon, would be to resolve it

  • Pakistan spy agency deeply involved in Mumbai attack

    Pakistan’s intelligence agency was deeply involved in planning the 2008 terror attack on Mumbai, going so far as to fund reconnaissance missions to the Indian city; the Pakistani spy agency provided handlers for all the top members of the group, gave them direction, and provided their funding; the attack killed 166 people, paralyzed India’s business capital, and froze peace efforts between Pakistan and India; David Headley, who pleaded guilty in U.S. federal court to laying the groundwork for the attack, told Indian interrogators that officers from Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency were deeply intertwined with Lashkar-e-Taiba

  • Saudis warn France of new terror threats

    France says that Saudi Arabia has warned French authorities of a terror plot, hatched by al Qaeda elements in the Arabian peninsula, directed specifically at France; France is already on heightened terror alerts following terror threats last month; speculation on the source of those terror threats centered on al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, another al Qaeda offshoot, which took five French citizens hostage in Niger in September

  • U.S. fears there are Pakistani Taliban operatives inside U.S.

    Senior U.S. officials are concerned over recent intelligence indicating that the Pakistani Taliban, which orchestrated the failed Times Square bombing, may have successfully placed another operative inside the United States to launch a second attack; based on the intelligence, authorities believe the Pakistani Taliban, also known as Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan, would have directed the individual to attempt another Times Square-style operation, but not necessarily in New York City

  • Eighteen Guard members killed in Iran base blast

    The Iranian Revolutionary Guard was created in 1979 as an ideological bulwark to defend the clerical rule; in time, the Guard has become a vast military-based conglomerate, amassing a network of economic and political power that extends to virtually every aspect of life in Iran; as the West’s covert action against Iran’s nuclear weapons program intensifies, we note more and more “accidents” in Revolutionary Guards bases; in the most recent such accident, 18 Guardsmen were killed and fourteen wounded

  • Cole's legacy: a different U.S. Navy

    The terrorist bomb attack on the destroyer Cole on 12 October 2000 was a watershed moment in modern Navy history; it was also a wake-up call on the need for better force protection, damage-control training, intelligence sharing, shipboard equipment, and mass-casualty response

  • G8 joins fight against al Qaeda in North Africa

    Representatives of the G8 meet with African counterparts to formulate strategy to fight al Qaeda’s growing strength on the continent; role of African Union and the Economic Community of West African States among topics discussed

  • First responders used runners because radios did not work underground

    Emergency services battling to save lives in the wake of the 7 July 2005 London bombings needed to use runners to send messages back to the control room as their radios did not work underground, an inquest into the terrorist attacks has heard

  • Captive Briton accidentally killed by rescuers

    A British aid worker held captive in Afghanistan may have been accidentally killed by a hand grenade tossed by U.S. forces during a daring rescue attempt; it was initially thought that the 26-year old woman died when one of her captive exploded a suicide vest he was wearing, but video evidence now suggest the captive was killed by the forces that came to rescue her; a full U.S./U.K. investigation — which would last several days — was being launched; it will be led by Maj Gen Joseph L Votel, the chief of staff at U.S. Special Operations Command and the results are expected to be made public

  • London bombings "planned for 24 hours earlier"

    Four Islamic terrorists behind the 7 July 2005 bombings may have intended to commit mass murder twenty-four hours earlier, the inquests into the deaths of their fifty-two innocent victims have heard; the reason for the delay: ringleader Mohammed Sidique Khan visited Dewsbury Hospital with his wife, Hasina Patel, on 5 July because of complications with her pregnancy; she miscarried on the day of the attacks; the hearing was told that the Metropolitan Police investigation database is the largest ever created and thousands of documents have been considered for the inquests

  • Interpol: arrest warrants for 3 Pakistani military officers for Mumbai attacks

    Interpol has issued warrants for the arrest of three Pakistani military officers — two serving officers in the Pakistan army and a retired Pakistan Army Major — for masterminding the 2008 terror attacks on Mumbai in which 166 were killed; the development follows an admission earlier this week by the former Pakistani military ruler General Musharraf that Pakistan had raised terrorist groups to attack India because of India’s refusal to negotiate over the dispute on the future of Kashmir

  • Insights into molecular behavior may encourage nuclear proliferation

    The conventional separation techniques of the more fissionable uranium 235 from uranium 238, rely on giant centrifuges that are difficult and expensive to build and so form an important technology barrier that prevents countries with nuclear weapons aspirations from making their own highly enriched uranium; there is a growing fear, however, that laser enrichment will make this much process easier; now there is a new technique for controlling the trajectories of spinning molecules could make isotope separation even easier