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Tech companies unite in new global forum against online terrorism

Four of the largest technology companies have announced they're joining together in a coalition to stamp out online terrorism. Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are the founding members of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism.

White House asks Silicon Valley for help fighting Islamic State

San Jose - Senior Obama administration officials met with leading Silicon Valley executives and asked for their help combating Islamic State recruitment and propaganda efforts on social media sites.

Op-Ed: Why a government program could be labeling you as a terrorist

Five men in California are finally standing up against the government's 'Suspicious Activity Reporting' initiative, an Orwellian counter-terrorism program that has, until now, been overlooked by both mainstream and alternative media.

Russia launches probe into six deaths near Sochi

Russia has launched a counter-terrorism investigation after six bodies were found riddled with bullets, in a region near the Winter Olympic host city of Sochi, just a few weeks before the start of the Games. Three explosive devices were found close by.

UN body critical of UK detention of Snowden journalist's partner

Geneva - Two of the United Nations’ leading human rights personnel have called on the UK government to provide further information concerning the nine-hour detention of David Miranda at Heathrow Airport, London.

FBI counter-terror team celebrates 30 years of service

Quantico - The FBI is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its Hostage Rescue Team. Always ready to respond to a crisis situation, this specialized entity is America's premier SWAT team and a world renowned counter-terrorism force.

Op-Ed: As N. Ireland nears G8 lockdown — the case for a permanent G8 HQ

Enniskillen - Next month, G8 leaders and their entourages descend on County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland for the 39th G8 summit, on June 17-18. Like earlier summits, an agreeable location will host the event, on the shores of picturesque Lough Erne.

NCTC: Common misconceptions about 'homegrown terrorism'

The National Counterterrorism Center recently attempted to clear up what they consider to be some common misconceptions about homegrown terrorism in the United States.

DHS, FBI release document in response to Boston bombings

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.

DHS, FBI warn against suspicious vehicles

The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI are now warning law enforcement and the public about suspicious signs to look for in vehicles in more of their suspicious activity awareness which has become quite infamous among many Libertarians.

FEMA suggests improving suspicious activity reporting

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has joined several other federal agencies and departments in informing the public about suspicious activity reporting.

Popular hobby could aid terrorists, NCTC claims

According to the National Counterterrorism Center, a popular hobby that appeals to many photographers, artists, and other hobbyists may be aiding terrorists.

Op-Ed: Problematic Human Terrain System continues despite criticism

Washington - A program that sends civilian social scientists overseas to help US troops to better understand local cultures and develop good relations with local people will continue in spite of many problems.

Policing war zones: The new jurisdiction of U.S. federal agents

Washington - In recent years law enforcement agents of the U.S. government have traveled to nations in conflict in support of the military and nation rebuilding and stabilization efforts. This new mission has proven extremely dangerous and even deadly.

U.S. Senators question why Libya embassy not fortified

Washington - After the U.S. Consulate office was destroyed and four Americans, including the Ambassador to Libya, were killed, the Obama administration claimed there was no “actionable intelligence” to suggest an attack was eminent.

Counterterrorism center director nominee testifies before Senate

Washington - On Capitol Hill today, the Senate Intelligence Committee heard from National Counterterrorism Center (NTC) Director nominee Matthew Olsen in a nomination hearing.

The shadow fighters: inside the world of counter-terrorism

From carrying out daring raids and rescuing hostages to apprehending or killing terrorists, counter-terrorist teams are saving lives. Since 9/11, these teams have been in even more demand. They are often society's last line of defense against terrorism.

Yemen al-Qaeda branch poses greatest terror threat to West, U.S.

The relatively new branch of al-Qaeda operatives based in Yemen have evolved from Osama bin Laden's ideology of attacking targets of significance in favor of striking whenever and wherever opportunity is present, a media report states.

Al Qaeda planning to surgically implant bombs in Jihadis

As American travelers continue to grapple with TSA pat-downs and full-body scanners, Al Qaeda and related affiliates are planning to surgically insert bombs within the bodies of suicide Jihadis.

Examining Counterterrorism Culture

Council on Foreign Relations Assistant Editor Eben Kaplan has a wonderful writeup of counterterrorism on the CFR site in which he asks a number of important questions:
 

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FBI HRT operators storm a large sea vessel during a maritime-based counter-terrorism exercise.
FBI HRT operators storm a large sea vessel during a maritime-based counter-terrorism exercise.
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Federal Bureau of Investigation s Hostage Rescue Team (FBI HRT). Members of this elite law enforceme...
Federal Bureau of Investigation's Hostage Rescue Team (FBI HRT). Members of this elite law enforcement counter-terrorism team are commonly referred to as "operators," "operatives," or "assaulters."
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Members of the Grupo Especial de Operaciones (GEO) of Spain s National Police during an assault demo...
Members of the Grupo Especial de Operaciones (GEO) of Spain's National Police during an assault demonstration.
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Tactical Operations Unit (TOU) officers at a siege in Sydney in 2007. TOU is under the command of th...
Tactical Operations Unit (TOU) officers at a siege in Sydney in 2007. TOU is under the command of the Special Protection Group, a specialized branch of the New South Wales (NSW) Police Force. TOU is responsible for combating armed terrorists as well as conventional but nonetheless violent criminals in Sydney - Australia's largest and most influential city.
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Russian police are on high alert after discovery of six men dead from gunshots.
Russian police are on high alert after discovery of six men dead from gunshots.
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation Hostage Rescue Team (FBI HRT) patch and emblem. At the bottom of the patch reads:"Servare Vitas" which when translated from Latin to English means "To Save Lives
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Members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) fast-rope (or repel) ...
Members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) fast-rope (or repel) onto a roof before storming a building to confront terrorists and free a hostage during a training exercise.
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Counter-terrorism Weaponry: The pictured weapon is the Daewoo K1 assault rifle. Popularly known as K...
Counter-terrorism Weaponry: The pictured weapon is the Daewoo K1 assault rifle. Popularly known as K1 or K1A, this firearm is a product of Daewoo Precision Industries,, a weapons manufactuer in the Republic of Korea (South Korea). The weapon is very popular with South Korea's Naval Special Warfare Brigade, a maritime-based counter-terrorism team modeled heavily after the US Navy Seals.
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Federal Bureau of Investigation s Hostage Rescue Team (FBI HRT) conducting hostage rescue and counte...
Federal Bureau of Investigation's Hostage Rescue Team (FBI HRT) conducting hostage rescue and counter-terrorism training.
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Italy s Nucleo Operativo Centrale di Sicurezza (Central Security Operations Service  NOCS) seen here...
Italy's Nucleo Operativo Centrale di Sicurezza (Central Security Operations Service, NOCS) seen here marching in a police parade. NOCS is a special operations division of the Italian police. The motto of the NOCS is: "Sicut Nox Silentes" or "Silent Like The Night."
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Operators of GSG9  Germany s national counter-terrorism police tactical unit conduct  training.
Operators of GSG9, Germany's national counter-terrorism police tactical unit conduct training.
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The Korps Commandotroepen is a military counter-terrorism team of the Netherlands Army. In this imag...
The Korps Commandotroepen is a military counter-terrorism team of the Netherlands Army. In this image the members of the team are being trained in Counter-Terrorism tactics. The team's motto is "Now or Never."
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An Federal Bureau of Investigation Enhanced Special Weapons And Tactics team moves in to surround a ...
An Federal Bureau of Investigation Enhanced Special Weapons And Tactics team moves in to surround a C-130 during an exercise Keesler Air Force Base. The FBI's Enhanced SWAT teams are not as highly trained or equipped to take on the missions that are often assigned to the Hostage Rescue Team but they have more advanced training and equipement than the regular FBI SWAT teams.
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A member of EKAM  the national-level counter-terrorism team of Greece s Hellenic Police force.
A member of EKAM, the national-level counter-terrorism team of Greece's Hellenic Police force.
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Members of the FBI s Hostage Rescue Team dressed in special Chemical  Biological  Radiological  and ...
Members of the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team dressed in special Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) protective gear conduct training. The team considers a group of terrorists armed with a nuclear weapon inside of an American city as it's ultimate challenge and is the best prepared tactical team in civilian law enforcement to handle such a crisis. However, while nuclear weapons are the top concern, biological, radiological and chemical weapons are also very high level concerns.
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Home of UK intelligence gathering, aerial view of Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
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FBI HRT members practicing air assault skills.
FBI HRT members practicing air assault skills.
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation s Hostage Rescue Team executing a mock assault on a building dur...
The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Hostage Rescue Team executing a mock assault on a building during counter-terrorism training. HRT was created to provide an effective civilian response capability to terrorism.
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The elite CO19 or Central Operations 19 (formally known as SO19 or Special Operations 19)  is an eli...
The elite CO19 or Central Operations 19 (formally known as SO19 or Special Operations 19), is an elite tactical team within London's Metropolitan Police Service. CO19 operatives are seen here undergo counter-terrorism exercises involving a hijacked commercial airliner.
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