Sponsor Robert Siciliano as he runs the Boston Marathon for Miles for Miracles, Children's Hospital Boston
ROBERT SICILIANO is fiercely committed to informing, educating, and empowering Americans so they can be protected from violence and crime in the physical and virtual worlds.

FREE EBOOK

Check here if you're human

Sponsors

Situational Awareness; Spotting a Terrorist

0
Pin It

We are all in this together. Whether it’s a home burglar or a home grown terrorist, preserving the sanctity of everyday life is everyone’s responsibility.

“The attempted bombing in Times Square on 1 May 2010 highlights the need to identify Homegrown Violent Extremists before they carry out a terrorist act.”

The Department of Homeland Security encourages all citizens to report anything or anyone who is suspicious to your local authorities.

I was in Time Square that day. At one point I was in range of where the vehicle that had the rigged explosives was parked. If that bomb had gone off, this blog wouldn’t be written or read. I did a segment on Fox News in Manhattan the next morning and had breakfast on the same street the car was towed from.

The people in the restaurant were all a-buzz about what happened and all felt lucky they were spared from tragedy.

“The ability of the bomber to operate under the radar demonstrates the difficulties associated with identifying terrorist activity and reinforces the need for law enforcement, at all levels, to be vigilant and identify individuals who are planning violence or other illegal activities in support of terrorism.”

Law enforcement cannot do this alone. They need our help, as was the case in Time Square. It was a pushcart vendor who spotted the vehicle and notified the police.  In this situation the vendor noticed smoke coming from the vehicle and heard a popping sound. He notified a local cop who called in for the bomb squad. Fortunately for everyone the bomb malfunctioned.

The FBI released a document highlighting some serious red flags citizens should be aware of if someone they know may defect to the bad side :

  • New or increased advocacy of violence including providing material support or recruiting others to commit criminal acts.
  • Adoption of new life styles and segregation from normal peer and family groups in association with advocating criminal or terrorist activity.
  • The adoption of a new name.
  • Behavior that could indicate participation in surveillance of potential targets.
  • Acquisition of excessive quantities of weapons or materials that could be used to produce explosives such as ammonium nitrate-based fertilizers or hydrogen peroxide.
  • Travel to or interest in traveling overseas to attend violent extremist institutions or paramilitary training camps.
  • New or increased interest in Websites and reading materials that advocate violence and then initiating action in support of this activity.
  • New or increased interest in critical infrastructure locations and landmarks, including obtaining aerial views of these locations.

While this may all seem “extreme” it is, and these are the characteristics of the home grown terrorist. My dad always said to me, be good, behave, be careful and be aware. Take Dads advice.

Robert Siciliano personal security expert to Home Security Source discussing terrorists and burglars on CNN . Disclosures.

About the Author
ROBERT SICILIANO, CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com is fiercely committed to informing, educating, and empowering Americans so they can be protected from violence and crime in the physical and virtual worlds. His "tell it like it is" style is sought after by major media outlets, executives in the C-Suite of leading corporations, meeting planners, and community leaders to get the straight talk they need to stay safe in a world in which physical and virtual crime is commonplace. Siciliano is accessible, real, professional, and ready to weigh in and comment at a moment's notice on breaking news.

Similar Posts

  • Internet Privacy Tools for Online Safety
    Drug dealers, child pornographers, terrorists and criminal hackers, are often sharing the same Internet privacy tools as law enforcement, domestic violence victims and citizens of oppressive governments who most likely use a “darknet” which is an anonymous secret internet designed to cover their tracks and protect them from internet surveillance. The “darknet” is used by
  • 4 Month Old Baby and Parents Rob Homes
    When someone breaks into a home, their primary motivation is generally money. In the case of parents bringing their 4 month old along for the heist, it’s probably for money to support a drug habit. These burglars obviously have issues. 279 years ago I dated a girl who worked at a bank. She developed herself a
  • Crime Is On The Decline. I Didn’t Notice
    According to the figures released by the FBI, the estimated number of violent crimes in the Nation declined in 2009 for the third consecutive year. Property crimes also declined in 2009, marking the seventh straight year that the collective estimates for these offenses dropped below the previous year’s total. What has always bugged me about these
  • Been Breached? A Response Plan
    Should victims of a data breach be notified? This situation can be confusing due to various state laws. Certain issues must be considered, including differences among state laws. Differences include what exactly defines personally identifiable information; which agency (e.g., law enforcement, credit reporting) should be alerted; when victims should be notified; and what the notification
  • Neighbors Tip Leads to Arrest of Burglary Suspect
    Robert Siciliano Identity Theft Expert Where I live there isn’t much that goes on outside of my home that I don’t know about. I live on a dead end, so I have less traffic both on foot and by car than most. It’s still a well traveled area and I pretty much see every car that

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Xtreme School

Featured in

Anderson Cooper John Stossel Robert Siciliano Featured in
Browse by Month

Browse by Category