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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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Pasukan Gerakan Khas or PGK is a national law enforcement counter-terrorism team in Malaysia. 
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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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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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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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A Picture of FBI SWAT officers.
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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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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 FBI Hostage Rescue Team  created in 1983  trains at Quantico. The team has been involved in many...
The FBI Hostage Rescue Team, created in 1983, trains at Quantico. The team has been involved in many high-profile cases and deployed on more than 200 missions in the U.S. and abroad.
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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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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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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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Home of UK intelligence gathering, aerial view of Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
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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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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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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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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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The Federal Bureau of Investigation s Hostage Rescue Team conducting training via helicopter. The FB...
The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Hostage Rescue Team conducting training via helicopter. The FBI's Hostage Rescue Team is a law enforcement-based counter-terrorism team in the United States.
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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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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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The Royal Special Forces of the Jordanian military are the counter-terrorism team of that nation. Th...
The Royal Special Forces of the Jordanian military are the counter-terrorism team of that nation. The team is tasked with carrying out operations against terrorists both in Jordan and abroad
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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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