The mass murderer who used the MGM Mandalay Bay as a gunner’s perch to kill 59 people and wound 452 on 1 October 2017 shocked the hotel industry. Cries of, “we’ve never seen hotel violence like this,” and “this was impossible to detect and defend against” echoed throughout. Neither is true. While hotel violence is ...Read more
Nearly 16 years after the tragedy of September 11, 2001, the world has seen a proliferation of new skyscrapers, reaching heights heretofore unheard of. In spite of the horrific images of that day that linger in the minds of citizens worldwide, construction of new “superstructures” continues unabated. This month, we take a look at measures ...Read more
Another day, another mass shooting in the US: We can blame it on a number of factors, from the proliferation of guns in the urban and suburban environments to socialization factors or on the effect of violent videos, movies and even game “apps” for smart phones. A number of explanations of the phenomenon have been ...Read more
Detecting and Neutralizing Terrorist Plots in Europe Requires Greater Integration of Intel and Police Agencies
Europe suffered yet another horrific terrorist attack last month, this time in Belgium. ISIS-inspired, radicalized, young European men placed multiple explosive devices in a departure terminal of the Zaventem International Airport in Brussels, causing massive loss of life. They simultaneuosly blew up a commuter rail car packed with passengers. The attacks, coordinated among disenfranchised Belgian ...Read more
Because of the recent surge in terrorist attacks, Democratic senators propose more security at airports and other transportation hubs. According to Joan Lowy of The Associated Press, the proposal would include increasing government “viper teams” that are used to search suspicious passengers before screening. The goal in the new initiative would be to increase the ...Read more
See Something, Say Something After the horrible terrorist attacks in Paris and a few weeks later, in San Bernardino, law enforcement officers and intelligence officials around the world are understandably concerned about possible future attacks. These public servants sacrifice immensely, doing their best every day to try and keep us safe. ...Read more
The Paris ISIS Commando Made Use of Sophisticated Weaponry, Technical Expertise and Strict Operational Security
The world has witnessed once again a horrific terrorist attack on European soil. It comes as the third attack in France so far this year, having been preceded by the bloody Charlie Hebdo office and Kosher supermarket attack in January and the Paris-bound train attack in August. That attack, in which no one died, was ...
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By MOHAMMED IBRAHIM and JEFFREY GETTLEMAN MOGADISHU, Somalia — Islamist militants stormed a popular hotel in the heart of Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, on Sunday, blowing up the front gate with a car bomb, shooting guests and hotel workers, and then battling with security forces from the hotel’s rooftop for several hours. Somali government officials said ...Read more
Bottom Line Up Front: While terrorism dominates U.S. political and foreign policy concerns, the threat posed by domestic gun violence—from a statistical standpoint—far outweighs the threat of terrorism within the United StatesWith over 30,000 gun-related deaths a year (less than half of which are murders, and the rest suicides and accidental deaths), the United States ...
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PARIS — The two American service members who tackled a suspected terrorist on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris rushed him even though he was fully armed, then grabbed him by the neck and beat him over the head with his own automatic rifle until he was unconscious, one of them said in ...Read more