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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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Agents of the U.S. State Department Mobile Security Division fending off a terrorist attack on a dig...
Agents of the U.S. State Department Mobile Security Division fending off a terrorist attack on a dignitary during training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia.
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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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FBI HRT operators have a suspect cornered during a training exercise. The Hostage Rescue Team is a c...
FBI HRT operators have a suspect cornered during a training exercise. The Hostage Rescue Team is a civilian law enforcement counter-terrorism team under the command of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) - a civilian law enforcement agency.
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FBI HRT conducting cold weather training.
FBI HRT conducting cold weather training.
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A Picture of FBI SWAT officers.
A Picture of FBI SWAT officers.
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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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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 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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Pasukan Gerakan Khas or PGK is a national law enforcement counter-terrorism team in Malaysia. 
In t...
Pasukan Gerakan Khas or PGK is a national law enforcement counter-terrorism team in Malaysia. In this image two operatives of Pasukan Gerakan Khas Detachment A including one female operator arms with Heckler & Koch MP5-N submachineguns. The MP5-N used by the team is equipped with an Aimpoint CompM2 Red-Dot optical sight and Insight Technology tactical flashlight.
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Assaulters or tactical operators of Groupe d Intervention Gendarmerie Nationale (GIGN)  France s cou...
Assaulters or tactical operators of Groupe'd Intervention Gendarmerie Nationale (GIGN), France's counter-terrorism police unit conduct training to keep skills razor sharp.
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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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Federal Bureau of Investigation s Hostage Rescue Team (FBI HRT) conducting hostage rescue and tactic...
Federal Bureau of Investigation's Hostage Rescue Team (FBI HRT) conducting hostage rescue and tactical counter-terrorism training.
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Special Action Force Counter Terrorist Unit of the Philippine National Police undergoing CQB trainin...
Special Action Force Counter Terrorist Unit of the Philippine National Police undergoing CQB training.
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The Pasukan Gerakan Khas (Abbreviation: PGK; English: Police Special Operations Command; SOCOM) is a...
The Pasukan Gerakan Khas (Abbreviation: PGK; English: Police Special Operations Command; SOCOM) is an elite high-profile counter-terrorism and special operations tactical unit of the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP). PGK operators standby for Counter-Terrorism and Hostage Rescue drill.
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A law enforcement counter-terrorist team in action. Special Actions Unit (UTK) or Pasukan Gerakan Kh...
A law enforcement counter-terrorist team in action. Special Actions Unit (UTK) or Pasukan Gerakan Khas (PGK) operatives armed with a Heckler and Koch 9mm MP5-N sub-machine guns simulates Counter-Terrorism operations at Bukit Aman Main Police Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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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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The Federal Bureau of Investigation Hostage Rescue Team (FBI HRT) patch and emblem. The eagle on the...
The Federal Bureau of Investigation Hostage Rescue Team (FBI HRT) patch and emblem. The eagle on the patch represents the HRT operative while the chain in its talons represent the bondage of fear, anxiety, emotional distress and psychological oppression and paralysis that terrorism causes to society. Note that the chain is severed with one section of it in each of the eagle's talons. At the bottom of the patch reads:"Servare Vitas" which when translated from Latin to English means "To Save Lives
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation Hostage Rescue Team (FBI HRT) patch and emblem. At the bottom of...
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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FBI HRT operator as seen through night vision goggles after the  arrest  of a emotionally disturbed ...
FBI HRT operator as seen through night vision goggles after the "arrest" of a emotionally disturbed man during a training exercise in Virginia. The exercise involved an emotionally disturbed and disgruntled man who was overheard by a co-worker discussing five explosive devices he had secretly placed around the nation’s capital. The subject in this training exercise was “arrested” without incident and the bombs located and safely defused.
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