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Keyword: counterrorism

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  • New York police disband Muslim 'eavesdropping' unit

    04/15/2014 4:51:55 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 20 replies
    15 April 2014 Last updated at 19:14 ET New York police disband Muslim 'eavesdropping' unit The New York Police Department has disbanded a secret programme designed to eavesdrop on Muslims to identify potential terrorism threats. The Demographics Unit had dispatched plainclothes detectives to listen to conversations and build files on places frequented by Muslims, US media say. The squad had been the subject of two federal lawsuits in the past, and drew ire from civil rights groups. It is also said to have sowed Muslim mistrust for law enforcement. "This reform is a critical step forward in easing tensions between...
  • FBI: Agents died in fall from helicopter off Va. coast

    05/23/2013 5:21:45 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 111 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | May 20, 2013 | By Scott Daugherty
    Two members of the FBI’s elite counterterrorism unit died Friday while practicing how to quickly drop from a helicopter to a ship using a rope, the FBI announced Monday in a statement. The statement gave few details regarding the deaths of Special Agents Christopher Lorek and Stephen Shaw, other than to say the helicopter encountered unspecified difficulties and the agents fell a “significant distance.” Last month, the team was involved in the arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. And in February, it rescued a 5-year-old boy held hostage for six days in an underground bunker...
  • New York residences raided in terrorism probe

    09/14/2009 12:43:31 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies · 875+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sept. 14, 2009 | TOM HAYS and DEVLIN BARRETT
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Law enforcement agents have raided residences in New York City as part of a terrorism investigation, and are preparing to brief Congress about the investigation. New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne confirms that searches were conducted in the borough of Queens on Monday by agents of a joint terrorism task force.
  • U.S. Adapts Cold-War Idea to Fight Terrorists

    03/18/2008 8:33:36 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 14 replies · 643+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 18, 2008 | Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker
    WASHINGTON — In the days immediately after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, members of President Bush’s war cabinet declared that it would be impossible to deter the most fervent extremists from carrying out even more deadly terrorist missions with biological, chemical or nuclear weapons. Since then, however, administration, military and intelligence officials assigned to counterterrorism have begun to change their view. After piecing together a more nuanced portrait of terrorist organizations, they say there is reason to believe that a combination of efforts could in fact establish something akin to the posture of deterrence, the strategy that helped protect...
  • Muslims endure FBI scrutiny in Lodi

    06/11/2005 1:12:14 PM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies · 672+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 6/11/5 | Nathaniel Hoffman
    LODI - Mohammad Saddiq Khan, after repeated, insistent phone calls from FBI agents, went down to the Lodi police station Friday afternoon to answer a few questions about a cousin in Pakistan. Khalid Khan, 32, another cousin, submitted to a lie detector test earlier in the week in Sacramento. He said agents, through an Urdu interpreter, asked him where his family was, whom he meets at the local mosque and if he was a trained terrorist.The Pakistani-American welder, a third-generation resident of this working-class farming community south of Sacramento, calmly said, "no" to the last question and passed the test."They're...
  • ICE arrests 138 in crackdown on money transfers

    05/24/2005 12:58:15 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 271+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, May 24, 2005 | By Jerry Seper
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have arrested 140 people in a nationwide raid of unlicensed money transmittal businesses and underground "hawalas," seizing more than $25.5 million in illicit proceeds bound for the Middle East and Southwest Asia, ICE officials said yesterday. Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary Michael J. Garcia, who heads ICE, said the agents -- acting under the authority of the USA Patriot Act -- ?shut down? several businesses that had transferred millions of dollars to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran. The probe netted 138 criminal indictments.
  • Terrorists Are Made, Not Born

    03/18/2004 5:43:34 PM PST · by AngrySpud · 5 replies · 200+ views
    Journal of Homeland Security ^ | 3/18/04 | Anthony Stahelski
    ... sociologists and social psychologists have discovered that terrorist groups use cult-like conditioning techniques to convert normal individuals into remorseless killers ... ... limited global counterrorism resources should focus on eradicating the terrorist group training camps where the conditioning takes place ... ... If a terrorist is truly convinced that enemy old people, women and children are evil creatures, then killing them is not just easy; it is necessary, honorable, and rewarded ... What have we learned that will help responsible authorities eradicate terrorism? ... (1) If a leader is eliminated, the group is greatly weakend. ... (2) Aggressively disrupting...