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9/11 Security Solutions - Meant to aid those seeking streamlined research into border security. The 9/11 Commission Border Security Library contains all materials from the 9/11 Commission and 9/11 Public Discourse Project regarding border security and terrorist travel from the 9/11 Final Report, a few of the most used excerpts from 9/11 and Terrorist Travel, hearing materials, report cards on progress, and transcripts. The Identity Document Security Library consists of legal, technical, and policy pieces regarding identity document security. The issue of identity, and information about identity, was at the underlay of the 9/11 Commission border work.
ACLU Watch List Counter - In September 2007, the Inspector General of the Justice Department reported that the Terrorist Screening Center (the FBI-administered organization that consolidates terrorist watch list information in the United States) had over 700,000 names in its database as of April 2007 - and that the list was growing by an average of over 20,000 records per month. The list now has over one million names on it. Why are there so many names on the U.S. government's terrorist list?
AKE Group - Provides security and political risk management to businesses, NGOs and the media.
Al Queda Training Manual - Several commentators have observed that this manual appears to be a compilation of material drawn from various military, intelligence and law enforcement manuals for internal security, guerilla and covert operations around the globe, and thus is not unique for its alleged sponsorship by Al Qaeda - which is not mentioned in the manual.
Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (AEDPA) - This is a major reform of habeas corpus as used to challenge criminal convictions. Among other provisions, the law limits both the procedural and substantive scope of the writ. Procedurally, it bans successive petitions by the same person, requiring defendants to put all of their claims into one appeal. Substantively, it narrows the grounds on which successful habeas claims can be made, allowing claims only to succeed when the convictions were contrary to 'clearly established federal law" or an "unreasonable determination of the facts in light of the evidence.'
antiterroristas.cu - Provides up to date news, information and analysis relating to terrorism and acts of aggression against Cuba, as well as to the five Cubans unjustly incarcerated in the United States for defending their country against terrorism.
Armed Forces of Puerto Rican National Liberation - Throughout the late 1970's and mid-1980's the Armed Forces of Puerto Rican National Liberation (FALN or in Spanish, Fuerzas Armadas Liberacion Nacional Puertoriquena) and the Popular Boricua Army (Ejercito Popular Boricua), commonly known as the Macheteros, claimed responsibility for numerous bombings and robberies, causing a reign of terror in both the United States and Puerto Rico. The FALN operated in the continental United States, while the Macheteros were active mostly in Puerto Rico. Also read more here and at Wikipedia.
Authorization for Use of Military Force (Enrolled Bill - S.J.Res.23) - A joint resolution passed by the United States Congress on September 14, 2001, authorizing the use of United States Armed Forces against those responsible for the attacks on September 11, 2001. The authorization granted the President the authority to use all "necessary and appropriate force" against those whom he determined "planned, authorized, committed or aided" the September 11th attacks, or who harbored said persons or groups. The AUMF was signed by President George W. Bush on September 18, 2001. Also see Wikipedia.
Benevolence International Foundation (BIF) - A nonprofit charitable trust that is suspected to have supported international terrorists worldwide. It was known as the Benevolence International Fund in Canada and Bosanska Idealna Futura in Bosnia.
Boko Haram - An Islamic jihadist militant terrorist organisation based in the northeast of Nigeria north Cameroon and Niger.
Boko Harem - Wikipedia backgrounder: The organisation seeks to establish a "pure" Islamic state ruled by sharia law, putting a stop to what it deems "Westernization." The group is known for attacking Christians and government targets, bombing churches, attacking schools and police stations, but also members of the Islamic establishment. From 2009 to 2013, violence linked to the Boko Haram insurgency has resulted in an estimated 3,600 killed, including 1,600 civilians. Because of the conflict, a state of emergency was declared in northeast Nigeria. Also see info at USIP and Global Security.
Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) - The security and law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State. DS is a world leader in international investigations, threat analysis, cyber security, counterterrorism, security technology, and protection of people, property, and information.
Cageprisoners - A human rights organisation that exists to raise awareness of the plight of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and other detainees held as part of the War on Terror. Seeks to improve the circumstances and situation of political detainees worldwide, specifically those interned as a result of the War on Terror and its side campaigns.
Canada's Anti-terrorism Act - The ATA was an omnibus piece of legislation containing major enactments or amendments to a number of federal statutes, including the Criminal Code, the Security of Information Act (amending and renaming the Official Secrets Act), the Canada Evidence Act; the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act, the Charities Registration (Security Information) Act, and the National Defence Act (setting out for the first time in statute the mandate of the Communications Security Establishment). Additionally, there were numerous (but significant) amendments to other pieces of legislation.
CBW Conventions Bulletin - News, background and comment on chemical and biological weapons issues. A quarterly journal of the Harvard Sussex Program on Chemical and Biological Weapons Armament and Arms Limitation.
CDC: Emergency Response Resources - This page provides information to help protect emergency responders in the event of a terrorist attacks. It links to information on response to the World Trade Center attacks. This page also offers access to information on other important elements of a terrorism response such as Safeguarding Building Ventilation, Bloodborne Infectious Disease, Chemical Hazards and Anthrax.
CDISS Terrorism Programme - Maintains a database of major terrorist incidents around the world, These collected incidents provide a snapshot of the wide-range of terrorist attacks and political violence experienced worldwide since World War II.
Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation - A project of the Fourth Freedom Forum, is a nonpartisan research and policy institute that works to improve internationally coordinated responses to the continually evolving threat of terrorism by providing governments and international organizations with timely, policy-relevant research and analysis.
Centre for Peace in the Balkans - Toronto based corporation whose members are actively engaged in the collection of information and materials related to the region with the goal of scrutinizing the reasoning and assumptions, both cultural and geopolitical, behind the West's flawed Balkan strategy and providing support and alternative solutions to the conflict management process in the Balkans. Also has Balkan terrorism page.
Clive Stafford Smith - Founder and Director of Reprieve. In 2001, when the US military base at Guantánamo Bay was pressed into service to hold prisoners beyond the reach of the courts, Smith joined two other lawyers to sue for access to the prisoners there. To date, Clive has helped secure the release of 65 prisoners from Guantánamo Bay (including every British prisoner) and still acts for 15 more.
Countering the New Terrorism - Online text of book of the same title, written collectively by Ian O. Lesser, Bruce Hoffman, John Arquilla, David F. Ronfeldt, Michele Zanini, Brian Michael Jenkins. Published by RAND, 1999.
Country Reports on Terrorism - U.S. law requires the Secretary of State to provide Congress, by April 30 of each year, a full and complete report on terrorism with regard to those countries and groups meeting criteria set forth in the legislation. This annual report is entitled Country Reports on Terrorism. Beginning with the report for 2004, it replaced the previously published Patterns of Global Terrorism.
Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) - Focuses on keeping WMD out of the hands of terrorists and other enemies by locking down, monitoring, and destroying weapons and weapons related materials. Assists Combatant Commanders with plans and responses to WMD events. Develops and delivers technologies to assist with these endeavors.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - The new U.S. department's priority is to protect the nation against terrorist attacks. Component agencies will analyze threats and intelligence, guard its borders and airports, protect its critical infrastructure, and coordinate U.S. responses to emergencies.
Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC) - A strategic partnership between the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the private sector, enhances communications and promotes the timely and bidirectional effective exchange of information keeping the nation's critical infrastructure safe, secure and resilient. DSAC advances elements of the FBI and DHS missions' in preventing, deterring, and investigating criminal and terrorism acts, particularly those effecting interstate commerce, while advancing the ability of the U.S. private sector to protect its employees, assets and proprietary information.
Downrange - An online forum dedicated to deepening understandings of the organizations and individuals who inspire, fund, plan, and commit acts of Islamic terrorism, with particular focus on the global jihad movement
EgyptAir Flight 990 NTSB Report - National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation of the crash of EgyptAir Flight 990 which ocurred on October 31, 1999.
FBI Terrorist Screening Center - Maintains the U.S. government's consolidated Terrorist Watchlist-a single database of identifying information about those known or reasonably suspected of being involved in terrorist activity.
Federal Bureau of Investigation Guide to Concealable Weapons 2003 (.pdf) - Information on a collection of knives that otherwise may be dismissed as nonthreatening. These 'knives' are all designed to cut and are fully functional in that respect. As such, they are treated as potentially dangerous weapons. Each knife is shown with an accompanying scale for size reference and many include an X-ray photograph to show how these weapons might appear if laced in luggage and passed through a scanning device.
Gareth Peirce - An English solicitor, educated at the Cheltenham Ladies' College, the University of Oxford and the London School of Economics. She is known for her work in high profile cases representing people with Irish and Muslim backgrounds accused of terrorism.
Global Terrorism Database (GTD) - An open-source database including information on terrorist events around the world from 1970 through 2011 (with annual updates planned for the future). Unlike many other event databases, the GTD includes systematic data on domestic as well as international terrorist incidents that have occurred during this time period and includes more than 104,000 cases.
Green Is the New Red - Focuses on how fear of 'terrorism' is being exploited to push a political and corporate agenda, and particularly on how animal rights and environmental advocates are being branded 'eco-terrorists' in what many are calling the Green Scare.
Guantanamo: Beyond the Law - An eight-month McClatchy investigation of the detention system created after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has found that the U.S. imprisoned innocent men, subjected them to abuse, stripped them of their legal rights and allowed Islamic militants to turn the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba into a school for jihad.
Guantánamo Detainees - Of the 779 people who have been detained at Guantánamo, at least 525 have been transferred and approximately 250 remain, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. The Pentagon has declined to release a list of the detainees currently at Guantánamo. By reviewing thousands of pages of government documents, court records and media reports, The Times was able to compile its own approximate list.
Hart-Rudman Commission Reports - The United States Commission on National Security/21st Century, also know as the Hart-Rudman Commission, was chartered to review in a comprehensive way U.S. national security requirements for the next century. Its reports are archived here in .pdf format.
INCORE: Conflict Data Service (CDS) - Entry point to an information network in the field of Conflict Resolution and Ethnicity. Targeted audience includes: academics and others who are researching ethnic conflict, particularly those who live in conflict areas; policy makers, especially in the United Nations system; mediation practitioners in conflict areas; and the media.
IntelCenter - Studies terrorist groups and other threat actors. Looks at capabilities and intentions, warnings and indicators, operational characteristics and a wide variety of other points in order to better understand how to interdict terrorist operations and reduce the likelihood of future attacks.
Intelwire - Terrorism and law enforcement news, investigative reports and primary source documents.
ISE - Provides analysts, operators, and investigators with integrated and synthesized terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and homeland security information.
Jaish-e-Mohammed - Literally The Army of Mohammad, a major Islamic terrorist organization in South Asia. Jaish-e-Mohammed was formed in 1994 and is based in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The group's primary motive is to separate Kashmir from India and have carried out a series of terrorist attacks all over India.
Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF) - JTTFs are teams of state and local law enforcement officers, FBI agents, and other federal agents and personnel who work together to investigate and prevent acts of terrorism.
Lashkar-e-Taiba - Literally Army of the Good, commonly translated as Army of the Righteous; one of the largest and most active terrorist organizations in South Asia. It was founded by Hafiz Muhammad Saeed in the Kunar province of Afghanistan, and is currently based near Lahore, Pakistan operating several militant training camps in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. Lashkar-e-Taiba members have carried out major attacks against India and its primary objective is to end Indian rule in Kashmir.
Mapping Militant Organizations - This Stanford University research project traces the evolution of militant organizations and the interactions that develop between them over time. Findings are presented in interactive "maps," which provide both (1) visual representations of how relationships among militant organizations change over time and (2) links to in-depth profiles of individual groups.
National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) - Tasked by the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate with using state-of-the-art theories, methods, and data from the social and behavioral sciences to improve understanding of the origins, dynamics, and social and psychological impacts of terrorism. START, based at the University of Maryland, College Park, aims to provide timely guidance on how to disrupt terrorist networks, reduce the incidence of terrorism, and enhance the resilience of U.S. society in the face of the terrorist threat. Also see START's Global Terrorism Database.
National Security Archive Online Readers on Terrorism, Intelligence and the Next War - This site provides documents, some of which were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, that include assessments of the terrorist threat to the U.S., a CIA profile of Usama bin Ladin, presidential and Defense Department policy directives, details about U.S. response to specific terrorist attacks, and evaluations of U.S. government preparedness to deal with terrorism.
Nuclear Threat Intitiative - Ted Turner and Sam Nunn joined together to create the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), a charitable organization working to reduce the risk of use and prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction. NTI has brought together international experts with different views and experience who share a common goal of taking immediate action to close the gap between the global threat and the response.
Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) - U.S. Department of Treasury agency administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions based on US foreign policy and national security goals against targeted foreign countries, terrorists, international narcotics traffickers, and those engaged in activities related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. OFAC acts under Presidential wartime and national emergency powers, as well as authority granted by specific legislation, to impose controls on transactions and freeze foreign assets under US jurisdiction. Many of the sanctions are based on United Nations and other international mandates, are multilateral in scope, and involve close cooperation with allied governments. Also see: Civil Penalties and Enforcement Information.
Operation Inherant Resolve (CJTF-OIR) - The U.S. military's operational name for the military intervention against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, in the vernacular, Da'esh), including both the campaign in Iraq and the campaign in Syria.
Operation Kratos - The code word used by the Anti-Terrorist Branch (SO13) of London's Metropolitan Police Service to refer to policies surrounding and including "shoot-to-kill" tactics to be used in dealing with suspected terrorists and suicide bombers. The tactics were developed shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks, and are understood to be based in part on consultation with Israeli and Sri Lankan law enforcement agencies on how to deal with "deadly and determined" attackers. Little has been revealed publicly and officially about the policies, which were apparently first activated after the bombings of July 7, 2005 in London, and were only exercised in the mistaken shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes on July 22 2005.
Perspectives on Terrorism - Perspectives on terrorism is a journal of the Terrorism Research Initiative. It provides an interactive publishing platform for an international community of terrorism experts.
Project on Extrajudicial Executions - Established to conduct research into international legal regimes protecting the right to life and to support the work of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions in carrying out his mandate. The Project is directed by William Abresch.
Phil Shiner - Leads the team at Public Interest Lawyers, currently acting for over 130 former detainees who allege that they or their family members were unlawfully detained, ill-treated, or killed by UK Forces in Iraq.
Rendition Project, The - Analyses the emergence, development and operation of the global system of rendition and secret detention in the years since 9/11. In doing so, it aims to bring together as much of the publicly-available information as possible on the detainees who have been held in secret, the detention sites in which they have been held, and the methods and timings of their transfers. Also see Rendition Flights Database.
SITE Intelligence Group - Research and analysis of terrorist networks, including monitoring jihadist propaganda, studying trends within the online jihadist community, and understanding how jihadist groups utilize the Internet.
South Asia Terrorism Portal - Information, data, commentary, research, critical assessment and analysis on terrorism, low intensity warfare and sectarian strife in South Asia.
Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) - A University of Maryland-based research and education center comprised of an international network of scholars committed to the scientific study of the causes and human consequences of terrorism in the United States and around the world.
Target America - PBS Frontline explores the story of the first war on terrorism, fight against terrorists in the 1980s during the Reagan administration. This report examines the military responses to terrorism, the diplomatic maneuvering to terrorism and the internal policy struggles within the Reagan White House--and the lessons to be drawn from these counterterrorist battles.
Terminal Air - A visualization system developed for mapping the movements of planes over time. The flights represented here are ones known or suspected to have been involved in the CIA extraordinary rendition program. The extraordinary rendition program involves the kidnapping and transport of suspect terrorists to undocumented prisons where they can be held, interrogated and tortured outside the research of international scrutiny.
Terrorism and Security Collection - Twenty-five (25) recent publications from the National Academies about the science and policy issues surrounding terrorism and security. Full-text searchable.
Terrorism and U.S. Policy - A National Security Archive briefing book. Documents, some of which were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, include assessments of a terrorist threat and a CIA profile of Usama bin Ladin, presidential and Defense Department policy directives, details about U.S. response to specific terrorist attacks, and evaluations of U.S. government preparedness to deal with terrorism.
Terrorism: Background on Chemical, Biological, and Toxin Weapons and Options for Lessening Their Impact (.pdf) - CRS Report for Congress dated 01 Dec 2004. This report provides a general overview of chemical, biological, and toxin weapons and their treatment; a summary of why some of these weapons may be more attractive to terrorist groups than conventional weapons; select aspects of the current response against chemical, biological and toxin terrorism; and potential options towards lessening these weapons' impact.
Terrorism: Near Eastern Groups and State Spnosors, 2001 - This report is an annual analysis of Near eastern terrorist groups and countries on the U.S."terrorism list," a list of countries that the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Secretary of State determine provide repeated support for international terrorism.
Terrorism Preparedness - The links and downloads presented here are designed to educate and prepare the reader for terrorist events and other non-natural disasters such as chemical and nuclear releases. This site focuses on materials and links that will aid planners and emergency responders in preparedness, planning, recovery, medical and response issues.
Terrorist Screening Center - "Prior to the creation of the TSDB, information about known or suspected terrorists was dispersed throughout the U.S. Government and no one agency was charged with consolidating it and making it available for use in terrorist screening. Under Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 6, the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) now provides "one-stop shopping" so that every government screener is using the same terrorist watchlist-whether it is an airport screener, an embassy official issuing visas overseas, or a state or local law enforcement officer on the street. The TSC allows government agencies to run name checks against the same comprehensive list with the most accurate, up-to-date information about known and suspected terrorists." Also see SourceWatch and ACLU Terrorism Watch List Counter.
Terrorist Threat Integration Center (TTIC) - FAS backgrounder: The TTIC is an interagency body intended "to provide a comprehensive, all-source-based picture of potential terrorist threats to U.S. interests.TTIC is comprised of elements of the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI's Counterterrorism Division, the DCI's Counterterrorist Center, the Department of Defense, and other U.S. government agencies.
Counterterrorism Office - Coordinates all U.S. Government efforts to improve counterterrorism cooperation with foreign governments. The Coordinator has primary responsibility for developing, coordinating, and implementing American counterterrorism policy.
Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) - FTOs are foreign organizations that are designated by the Secretary of State in accordance with section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended.
Reports on Assistance Related to International Terrorism - This report is submitted pursuant to the requirements for a congressionally mandated annual report codified at 22 U.S.C. § 2349aa-7(b). U.S. government provids assistance related to international terrorism through the Departments of State, Homeland Security, Justice, and Treasury, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and other agencies. This report does not include assistance related to international terrorism provided through the Department of Defense.
U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) - Official site. Plans, directs, and executes special operations in the conduct of the war on terrorism in order to disrupt, defeat, and destroy terrorist networks threatening the U.S.
Union of Concerned Scientists - Learn about efforts to make the world safe from nuclear arms, the programs that undermine it, such as national missile defense, and the work of the Union of Concerned Scientists in this area.
USS Cole - Investigatigative reports, information and resources concerning the terrorist attack on the USS Cole that ocurred October 12, 2000.
Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHISC) - "Provides professional education and training to military, law enforcement, and civilians to support the democratic principles of the Western Hemisphere." See School of the Americas Watch for the real story: Based in Fort Benning, Georgia, the WHISC [formerly called the U.S. Army School of Americas (SOA)] trains Latin American soldiers in combat, counter-insurgency, and counter-narcotics. Graduates of the SOA are responsible for some of the worst human rights abuses in Latin America. Among the SOA's nearly 60,000 graduates are notorious dictators Manuel Noriega and Omar Torrijos of Panama, Leopoldo Galtieri and Roberto Viola of Argentina, Juan Velasco Alvarado of Peru, Guillermo Rodriguez of Ecuador, and Hugo Banzer Suarez of Bolivia. Lower-level SOA graduates have participated in human rights abuses that include the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero and the El Mozote Massacre of 900 civilians. Also see Grads in the News.
World Trade Center Bombing in 1993 - ccurred on February 26, 1993, when a truck bomb was detonated below the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. The 1,336 lb (606 kg) urea nitrate-hydrogen gas enhanced device was intended to knock the North Tower (Tower One) into the South Tower (Tower Two), bringing both towers down and killing thousands of people. It failed to do so, but did kill six people and injured thousands.
KWSnet is an Internet subject directory providing special attention to U.S. national and international news, the arts, computing, culture, environment, law, literature, media, politics, science and technology. Based in San Francisco, California, KWSnet contains over 150,000 annotated links to resources worldwide. Use Search KWSnet, located at the top of each page, to search within this site. Use Ctrl-F (Windows) or ⌘-F (Mac) to search within individual pages.