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article imageDHS, FBI release document in response to Boston bombings

By Alex Allen     Apr 30, 2013 in Politics
The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation released a Joint Intelligence Bulletin on April 16, 2013, in response to the explosions at the Boston Marathon.
The security industrial complex can rest assured that business will be good in the coming days as Homeland Security, the FBI, and other branches of the federal government increase security and surveillance following the recent explosions in Boston.
On April 16, the FBI and DHS released a bulletin over potential indicators and preventive measures in light of the Boston bombings. The document intends to private both law enforcement and private sector security officials with adequate counter-terrorism information in order to prevent or respond to domestic terrorist attacks.
The document starts off by providing a quick summary of the tragic events at the 2013 Boston Marathon. It reads "On 15 April 2013, at approximately 2:45 pm, two explosions occurred in quick succession near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing at least three people and causing numerous injuries."
One of the major things discussed in the document is the use of IEDs, or improvised explosive devices. The DHS and FBI cite the IED case at the 2011 Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity March, the November 2010 plot to detonate a vehicle-borne IED at an annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon, as well as several other similar cases.
After analyzing the use of IEDs in past events as well as the recent Boston Marathon bombing, the FBI and DHS provide a list of things they say could be indicators of "pre-operational surveillance and attack planning."
Below is the list of indicators provided in the document:
Unusual or prolonged interest in or attempts to gain sensitive
information about security measures of personnel, entry points, peak days and
hours of operation, and access controls such as alarms or locks;
Observation of security reaction drills or procedures; multiple false
alarms or fictitious emergency calls to same locations or similar venues;
Discreet use of cameras or video recorders, sketching, or note taking
consistent with pre operational surveillance;
Interest in speaking with building maintenance personnel;
Observation of or questions about facility security measures, to
include barriers, restricted areas, cameras, and intrusion detection systems;
Observations of or questions about facility air conditioning, heating,
and ventilation systems;
Suspicious purchases of items that could be used to construct an
explosive device, including hydrogen peroxide, acetone, gasoline, propane, or
Suspicious activities in storage facilities or other areas that could be
used to construct an explosive device;
Attempted or unauthorized access to rooftops or other potentially
sensitive areas.
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