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Head of ISIS ‘seriously wounded’ in airstrike

Posted by SalonSocial on April 22, 2015

The head of ISIS was seriously wounded during an airstrike in western Iraq, according to an overseas report.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi suffered life-threatening injuries during the attack, which was coordinated by the US-led coalition back in March, according to the Guardian.

A three-car convoy was targeted during the strike, but officials thought they were taking out a few low-level leaders of ISIS. They were unaware al-Baghdadi was in one of the vehicles, which were traveling between the villages of Umm al-Rous and al-Qaraan, a source in Iraq told the Guardian.

“Yes, he was wounded in al-Baaj near the village of Umm al-Rous on March 18 with a group that was with him,” said Hisham al-Hashimi, an Iraqi official who advises Baghdad on ISIS.

The Pentagon has denied the report.

Al-Baghdadi is no longer in control of day-to-day operations, the Guardian reports.

After he was seriously injured, top ISIS militants believed the Islamic State head was on the brink of death. They urgently met and made plans to name a new leader, the source said.

Al-Baghdadi eventually managed to make a slow recovery, but never took back control of the terrorist organization.

Two officials — a Western diplomat and an Iraqi adviser — have confirmed that the airstrike took place March 18, according to the Guardian.

Al-Baghdadi is believed to have been spending much of his time in al-Baaj, which is around 200 miles west of the ISIS stronghold of Mosul.

“He chose this area because he knew from the war that the Americans did not have much cover there,” a source close to al-Baghdadi said.

As for plans for a successor, the Islamic State would likely pluck someone out of their highly structured leadership system and quickly put him in charge in order to continue ground operations, according to the International Business Times.

“ISIS has likely prepared for Baghdadi’s succession,” said Lauren Squires of the Institute for the Study of War. “ISIS has undergone changes in their structure during different phases of the group’s evolution. They are forward leaning and thinking. It would be shortsighted to think that planning a successor is not only part of their logistical plan, but their ideological plan, too.”

Source – nypost

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The secret plot behind the creation of ISIS

Posted by SalonSocial on April 22, 2015

Source – VOX

An undated file photo of Saddam HusseinAFP/Getty

ISIS, the world understands, is a violent jihadist group driven by twisted religious devotion and its dream of radical Islamist conquest. ISIS’s own members understand the group that way. But what if they’re wrong? What if ISIS is not a spontaneous religious movement, but rather was constructed by a shadowy group of secular military leaders to fulfill their secret agenda?

Explosive new documents uncovered by Der Spiegel’s Christoph Reuter, published on Saturday, reveal that there is a dark secret at the heart of ISIS. It was not radical Islamists who conceived and created ISIS, they suggest, but rather a small group of senior Iraqi officers in Saddam Hussein’s brutal police state. Their plan appears to have been to use ISIS to reconquer Iraq. For them, jihadism was simply a means to the end of retaking the country they had lost, a counterattack to the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled them from power.

Der Spiegel says it uncovered the documents from a house in Syria that was used by a former Iraqi military intelligence official who, before he was killed in a 2014 firefight, went by the name Haji Bakr. The documents show the blueprint for the creation of the Islamic State, written before the group became what it is today and executed to detail. While we have known for some time that former officers in Saddam’s military were working with ISIS — they shared a Sunni background and a hatred of the new American-installed government — these documents suggest the officers were far more involved in planning and launching the Islamic State than previously thought.

As Der Spiegel’s stunning investigation found, ISIS was organized in much the same way as Saddam’s police state. Haji Bakr’s goal was to use the chaos and extremism of the Syrian war to build up this new group in Syria, giving it a beachhead from which it could invade and conquer much of Iraq. Once there, it would set up an intricate and Orwellian system of control in the mold of Saddam’s Iraq.

ISIS, in other words, would replace one totalitarianism with another. Though Saddam’s Iraq had been Sunni and secular and ISIS’s Iraq would be Sunni and Islamist, this same group of former Saddam officials would remain at the top. For Haji Bakr and the other officers working with him, the group’s apocalyptic jihadism would simply be a vehicle for their return to power.

Here is Der Spiegel’s Christoph Reuter:

There is a simple reason why there is no mention in Bakr’s writings of prophecies relating to the establishment of an Islamic State allegedly ordained by God: He believed that fanatical religious convictions alone were not enough to achieve victory. But he did believe that the faith of others could be exploited.

In 2010, Bakr and a small group of former Iraqi intelligence officers made Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the emir and later “caliph,” the official leader of the Islamic State. They reasoned that Baghdadi, an educated cleric, would give the group a religious face.

[Haji] Bakr was “a nationalist, not an Islamist,” says Iraqi journalist Hisham al-Hashimi.

Bakr’s journey from serving in a violently secular regime to helping found a violently Islamist group began in 2003, after the US-led invasion of Iraq. One of America’s first decisions on taking Iraq — a terrible mistake that has haunted the region ever since — was to disband Iraq’s enormous army, leaving its officers and soldiers with no income. Haji Bakr was left “bitter and unemployed,” a source who knew him told Der Spiegel, as were many officers like him.

This speaks to a terrible irony of the 2003 American-led invasion of Iraq. The war was premised in part on the assertion that Saddam’s regime was linked to anti-American jihadist terrorists. This was a falsehood. But the invasion made this falsehood true — and in more terrible fashion than we ever imagined possible.

Haji Bakr, desperate after 2003 to defeat the Americans and the new Shia-majority government, fought alongside Sunni extremists in Iraq. Later, he began constructing ISIS. As Der Spiegel’s investigation found, he was able to use his knowledge of running an oppressive security state to build up ISIS into more than just another jihadist group.

Bakr had something else that proved essential: deep contacts with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s military and intelligence services. This allowed him to arrange the unofficial alliance of convenience between ISIS and Assad, as the two tacitly tolerate one another in Syria and fight their mutual enemies there.

As Der Spiegel’s Reuter writes, there are unmistakable parallels in the architectures of ISIS and of Saddam’s Iraq. “The two systems ultimately shared a conviction that control over the masses should lie in the hands of a small elite that should not be answerable to anyone,” he writes. “The secret of [ISIS’s] success lies in the combination of opposites, the fanatical beliefs of one group and the strategic calculations of the other.”

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`Happy with jihad, not coming back’

Posted by SalonSocial on March 23, 2015

 Source – TOI India
Fahad Shaikh, one of the four Kalyan youths who ran away and joined the Islamic State of Iraq & Syria (ISIS), has got in touch with his family , but rebuffed tcalls to re turn, say ing “I am happy with my jihadi work, I won’t come back to India“. Shaikh, who had been incommunicado since leaving home last year, got in touch about a month ago and has since been calling his family and some friends frequently on phone or Skype and other VoIP platforms, said sources familiar with the case of the four youths, all in their twenties.He has confirmed that Saheem Tanki, one of the three youths who went with him, is dead. He reportedly sent a photograph of Tanki at the location where he died to his family . NIA sleuths managed to contact Shaikh on a phone number he had called from, and he told them he won’t return as his community was not treated well here. He again claimed he was happy with jihad but refused to elaborate what he was doing in Raqqa, Syria.Areeb Majeed, another youth in the group from educated, established backgrounds, was brought back to India last November by the NIA and is in custody.

Shaikh had a mechanical engineering degree from Kalsekar College in Panvel, where Majeed and the last of the four, Aman Tandel, were student s. Tanki was an HSC dropout.Shaikh and Majeed’s fathers are doctors, Tandel’s father works in a reputed company in Mumbai and Tanki’s dad is a businessman. The four left for Iraq with pilgrims in May last year and did not return.Later, it became clear that they had been indoctrinated and had joined the ISIS.

News of Tanki’s death first came recently as a message sent to his family from an unknown number.Shaikh has now confirmed the death. During its probe, the NIA found that Majeed was the first to be radicalized over social networking sites and came in contact with Shaikh during a religious programme.


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Hacker Group Anonymous to ISIS: We Will Hunt You Down

Posted by SalonSocial on February 18, 2015

Source: http://bluenationreview.com/hacker-group-anonymous-isis-will-hunt/

The Islamic State has made a powerful enemy on the web: Anonymous.

The hacktivist group has released a list of over 1,000 social media accounts, email addresses, and recruitment sites used by the Islamic State to recruit new members, all of which have been “exposed and destroyed.”


#OPISIS, the name of Anonymous’ anti-ISIS campaign, has been around for a while, but intensified after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris. Back in June, Anonymous told Forbesabout its plan to target countries that have been accused of funding ISIS:

“We plan on sending a straightforward message to Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and all other countries that evidently supply ISIS for their own gain.”

Anonymous’ war against ISIS hits the terrorist organization right where it hurts: On social media.

ISIS didn’t rise to prominence because it had the most guns. It rose to prominence because of its social media strategy, a campaign that began when it took Mosul and captured the world’s attention.

This is a terrorist group that thrives on its public image. It has its tendrils in Twitter, where it has an audience that disseminates messages establishing their brutality and omnipresence.


This image of an alleged ISIS member in front of the White House is not only meant to create fear, but also to inspire would-be followers into joining. The message is clear: ISIS is everywhere. ISIS is powerful. ISIS is infiltrating the United States.

AnonThe heart of ISIS’ power is in its social media campaign. Which is exactly why we need Anonymous.

Describing themselves as Muslims, Christians, Jews, and people from all walks of life, Anonymous is the antithesis of ISIS, and they have proven to be most effective at dismantling ISIS’ social media wing.

How ironic that they were once called “cyber terrorists.”

Anonymous reminds everyone that ISIS does not represent Islam, and reminds ISIS that there is no safe place for them on the Internet:

“Remember, the terrorists that are calling themselves Islamic State (IS) are not Muslims. ISIS, we will hunt you, take down your sites, accounts, emails, and expose you. From now on, no safe place for you online.”

H/T: CNN, PasteBin

John Paul Brammer is a Contributing Editor at BNR. His writing on LGBT and Latino issues has appeared in The Advocate and Huffington Post. Find him on Twitter @jpbrammer

John Paul Brammer
John Paul Brammer is a Contributing Editor at BNR. His writing on LGBT and Latino issues has appeared in The Advocate and Huffington Post. Find him on twitter.


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Posted by SalonSocial on February 12, 2015


All too often we are reminded that terrorism continues to inflict pain and suffering on people all over the world. Hardly a week goes by without an act of terrorism taking place somewhere in the world, indiscriminately affecting innocent people, who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Countering this scourge is in the interest of all nations and the issue has been on the agenda of the United Nations for decades.

Eighteen universal instruments (fourteen instruments and four amendments) against international terrorism have been elaborated within the framework of the United Nations system relating to specific terrorist activities. Member States, through the General Assembly, have been increasingly coordinating their counter-terrorism efforts and continuing their legal norm-setting work. The Security Council has also been active in countering terrorism through resolutions and by establishing several subsidiary bodies. At the same time a number of programmes, offices and agencies of the United Nations system have been engaged in specific activities against terrorism, further assisting Member States in their counter-terrorism efforts.

To consolidate and enhance these activities, Member States in September 2006 embarked upon a new phase in their counter-terrorism efforts by agreeing on a global strategy to counter terrorism. The Strategy marks the first time that all Member States of the United Nations have agreed to a common strategic and operational framework to fight terrorism. The Strategy forms a basis for a concrete plan of action: to address the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism; to prevent and combat terrorism; to take measures to build state capacity to fight terrorism; to strengthen the role of the United Nations in combating terrorism; and to ensure the respect of human rights while countering terrorism. The Strategy builds on the unique consensus achieved by world leaders at their 2005 September Summit to condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.


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Charlie Hebdo attack: France’s worst terrorist attack in a generation leaves 12 dead

Posted by SalonSocial on January 8, 2015

With ruthless precision, two masked al-Qaeda gunmen calmly fire eight shots at an unarmed policeman as a terrorist attack of “indescribable barbarity” nears its end.

Moments after this image was taken, the policeman, lying mortally wounded on the pavement of a Parisian boulevard, held up a hand in a plea for mercy. A second later, one terrorist jogged past and shot him in the head without breaking stride, just one more act of brutality in an attack that left 12 dead.

Earlier two gunmen armed with automatic rifles stormed the office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, a target for Islamist terrorists since it printed cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in 2006 and 2011, and killed cartoonists and satirists whose names were called out as they were shot dead in turn.

“We have avenged the Prophet!” the killers shouted in accentless French as they left the building, having identified themselves as acting on behalf of “al-Qaeda in Yemen”. France’s worst terrorist attack in a generation was also its most meticulously planned; the killers had not only memorised the names of those they wanted to kill, they also planned their getaway well enough to evade the police.

A nationwide manhunt is now underway after a raid in Reims proved fruitless.

The killers were named in the French media as Said and Chérif Kouachi, brothers aged 34 and 32, and Hamid Mourad, 18. Chérif was reportedly part of an Iraqi jihadist network dismantled in the nearby 19th arrondissement. He was jailed for three years on terror charges in May 2008.

Two addresses in Paris were raided and an building in Reims was being searched by forensic officers. Reims is reported to be the home town of one of the men.

“An act of indescribable barbarity has been committed today in Paris,” said President François Hollande, promising that the killers “will be hunted for as long as it takes to catch them and bring them to justice”.David Cameron was among the world leaders who condemned the murders as an attack on free speech.

Armed gunmen face police officers near the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris

A doctor who was one of the first medics to enter the magazine’s office described a “war scene”. Four survivors remained critical in hospital after being shot in the face, chest or leg.

The terrorists managed to evade police despite apparently crashing their black Citroen C3 into a bollard, forcing them to abandon the car, before holding up an elderly motorist at gunpoint and stealing his grey Renault Clio.

For several years, Europe’s intelligence services have feared that Muslim extremists who have travelled to Syria, Iraq and elsewhere to fight would return home to plot carnage, and the gunmen’s ruthless efficiency left little doubt that they had received military training.

The Kouachi brothers are Franco-Algerians who came back from Syria last summer.

On Wednesday night thousands of Parisians staged a rally to express their outrage and their determination to defy the terrorists with the slogan “Je Suis Charlie” — “I Am Charlie”.

Some who gathered in the Place de la Republique brought along copies of the Mohammed cartoons.

They chanted “innocents” and many were in tears.

In Trafalgar Square, hundreds of people staged a spontaneous show of solidarity with the French people, holding up pens to signify their support for the dead journalists.

An Israeli busker, Bar Markovich, played La Marseillaise on his violin as bystanders formed a circle and threw their pens into the centre

People raise pens and signs during a vigil to pay tribute to the victims of a shooting by gunmen at the offices of weekly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, at Trafalgar Square in London (REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett )

The Prime Minister called a meeting with Jon Day, head of the Joint Intelligence Committee, to be briefed on any possible threat in Britain, where the terrorist threat level remains “severe”. Earlier, Mr Cameron and Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, who is visiting London, were given a briefing by MI5 and MI6 in Downing Street and held a conference call with Mr Hollande.

Mr Cameron said: “We must be very clear about one thing, which is we should never give up the values that we believe in and defend as part of our democracy and civilisation and believing in a free press, in freedom of expression, the right of people to write and say what they believe. These are the things we are defending and we should be very clear on this day that these values that we have are not sources of weakness for us — they are sources of strength.”

Paris Charlie Hebdo attack: live

The Metropolitan Police contacted at least one British magazine and told its staff to keep doors locked and telephone the police at the first sign of trouble. Wearing hoods and dressed in black, the killers attacked the Charlie Hebdo office in central Paris at 11.20am local time on Wednesday, when the editorial team was holding its weekly meeting on the magazine’s press day. “Tell the media this is from al-Qaeda in Yemen,” they told one bystander.

Corinne Rey, a cartoonist, was forced at gunpoint to enter the code for the front door as the gunmen threatened to kill her toddler, whom she had just picked up from nursery. The gunmen then went to the second-floor editorial room to begin the attack in an “organised commando” style, according to one police source.

Top of their hit list was the magazine’s production director, Stéphane Charbonnier, known as Charb, who had a price put on his head by al-Qaeda in 2013. “They knew their target in advance,” said a police source. “The attackers looked for him in the room, shouting ‘Where is Charb? Where is Charb?’ They killed him then sprayed everyone else.” Mr Charbonnier’s police bodyguard, assigned to him following earlier death threats, was among those killed. He was named last night as Franck Brinsolaro.

There were suggestions that others were on a hit list. Among the dead were cartoonists Jean Cabut, who was known by the pen-name Cabu and drew the Mohammed cartoon in 2006, Bernard “Tignous” Verlhac and Georges Wolinski.

Ms Rey said: “They shot on Wolinski, Cabu. It lasted five minutes. I had hidden under my desk. They spoke French perfectly – they said they were al-Qaeda.”

Armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles, ammunition jackets and, according to one report, a grenade launcher, the killers were triumphant as they left the office, shouting: “We have killed Charlie Hebdo! We have avenged the Prophet Mohammed!”

The first policemen on the scene were unprepared; arriving on bicycles, they were forced to take cover until backup arrived.

Around the corner, the gunmen exchanged fire with armed police, shouting “Allahu Akbar!” or “God is Great” as they did so. They then shot dead their final victim, the policeman. Having rolled on to his side to protect himself, the officer turned to look over his shoulder at the approaching gunmen, before holding up his right hand. As the gunman who fired the final shot left the scene, he held up his index finger, a common gesture among Islamist terrorists. The murder was filmed from an upstairs window and posted online.

The officer was named locally as Ahmed Merabet. Mobile phone footage apparently showed him asking his assailants, “You want to kill me?” to which one of the gunmen replied, “Yes, chief” before shooting him.

Initial reports suggested that among the dead were Bernard Maris, 68, a former French central bank official and columnist, Michel Renaud, a guest of Mr Cabut who was visiting the editorial conference, cartoonist Philippe Honoré and subeditor Moustapha Ourad, Frédéric Boisseau, 42, a caretaker and father of two, and Elsa Cayat, a psychoanalyst and columnist.

Gérald Kierzec, 40, a casualty doctor who was among the first on the scene, told The Telegraph: “There was a first body lying in the lobby. Then I took the stairs which were covered in blood. When I got to the second floor, there were bodies lying one on top of another. It was carnage, with war wounds. There was blood everywhere. I have never seen anything like it in my career.”

Mr Hollande called for Wednesday to be a national day of mourning, telling the French people: “Our best weapon is our unity. We must be ourselves, conscious that our best weapon is our unity, the unity of all our fellow citizens in the face of this trial. Nothing can divide us, nothing must oppose us, nothing must separate us.”

Gérald Kierzec, 40, a casualty doctor

A Syrian man claiming to represent Isil welcomed the attack. “The lions of Islam have avenged our Prophet. They are lions,” he said.

In its most recent edition, Charlie Hebdo carried a cartoon stating that there had been no attacks in France so far, with a terrorist saying: “Wait — we have until the end of January to present our new year wishes.” Less than an hour before the attack, its Twitter account posted a cartoon parodying the Isil leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. It was captioned: “Best wishes. You too, al-Baghdadi.” He replies: “Especially to your health.”

Mr Cabut once said his only regret was “not being ferocious enough” in his caricatures. Mr Charbonnier, in 2012, borrowed a phrase from Che Guevara that his friends would say makes a fitting epitaph: “I would rather die standing than live on my knees.”

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Blast kills one, injures three at busy street in Bengaluru

Posted by SalonSocial on December 29, 2014

source- ,TNN | Dec 28, 2014, 09.33 PM IST

BENGALURU: A low-intensity bomb blast on the busy church street in Bengaluru’s heart has left one person dead and three injured. The injured are being taken to local hospitals.

The deceased Bhavani (37) and one injured Karthik (21) are from the same family where the former is the latter’s aunt. The other two injured are name is Sandeep H (39) and Vinay MR (35). Sandeep and Vinay are being admitted to Hosmat Hospital while Karthik is being treated at Malya Hospital.

Bhavani was brought to the hospital in a critical state with serious injuries to her skull. Neurosurgeons tried to revive her in the hospital in vain.

READ ASLO: High alert in Delhi after Bengaluru blast

They were on their way to Amoeba, a gaming place along with children.

Priya, Kartik’s sister told TOI that they all walked on the same pavement outside Coco Grove, a popular joint on the road and the injured were the last in the group.

The blast occurred in this area.

“All of us passed the place when we heard a huge blast. My aunt was thrown on one side and I could find my brother. My brother has a small injury on his back but my aunt bled a lot even in the auto,” she said.

B Narsimha (65) rushed the injured to the hospital in his auto.

Police landed on the spot immediately, but a confirmation on what caused the blast is yet to come.

Tens of shocked people were found screaming and a host of them helped the family transport the injured.

Answering the cops, the auto driver who took the victims to the hospital.

“From preliminary investigation, the minor explosion was caused by an improvised explosive devise (IED) placed on the footpath. We have mobilised the entire force in the city. Experts from internal security division and anti-sabotage teams have been called in,” Bengaluru commissioner of police told reporters.

“There was a threat perception to the city due the upcoming festivities and some other circumstances. However, it was general in nature and not specific,” city police commissioner said on threat perception.

Read also: Are agencies still testing waters or acting?

Chief minister Siddaramaiah has said high alert has been sounded in the city and has appealed the people not to heed for rumours that disturb peace and bring fear among the people.

“Act should be condemned. A detailed inquiry has been ordered,” he said.

The home minister also confirmed the blast. According to the latest reports, chief minister Siddaramaiah has spoken to home minister Rajnath Singh about the blast. Singh has assured all central assistance to the state.


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A Guide to Different Types of Terrorism

Posted by SalonSocial on December 19, 2014

Different types of terrorism have been defined by lawmakers, security professionals and scholars. Types differ according to what kind of attack agents an attacker uses (biological, for example) or by what they are trying to defend (as in ecoterrorism). Here, a comprehensive list of types of terrorism, with links to more information, examples and definitions.
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Types of Terrorism

Researchers in the United States began to distinguish different types of terrorism in the 1970s, following a decade in which both domestic and international groups flourished. By that point, modern groups had began to use techniques such as hijacking, bombing, diplomatic kidnapping and assassination to assert their demands and, for the first time, they appeared as real threats to Western democracies, in the view of politicians, law makers, law enforcement and researchers. They began to distinguish different types of terrorism as part of the larger effort to understand how to counter and deter it.
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State Terrorism

Many definitions of terrorism restrict it to acts by non-state actors.

But it can also be argued that states can, and have, been terrorists. States can use force or the threat of force, without declaring war, to terrorize citizens and achieve a political goal. Germany under Nazi rule has been described in this way.

It has also been argued that states participate in international terrorism, often by proxy. The United States considers Iran the most prolific sponsor of terrorism because Iran arms groups, such as Hizballah, that help carry out its foreign policy objectives. The United States has also been called terrorist, for example through its covert sponsorship of Nicaraguan Contras in the 1980s. More »

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Bioterrorism is the use ob biological agents to terrorize. U.S. Government


Bioterrorism refers to the intentional release of toxic biological agents to harm and terrorize civilians, in the name of a political or other cause.The U.S. Center for Disease Control has classified the viruses, bacteria and toxins that could be used in an attack. Category A Biological Diseases are those most likely to do the most damage. They include:

  • Anthrax (Bacillus anthracis)
  • Botulism (Clostridium botulinum toxin)
  • The Plague (Yersinia pestis)
  • Smallpox (Variola major)
  • Tularemia (Francisella tularensis)
  • Hemorrahagic fever, due to Ebola Virus or Marburg Virus


Cyberterrorists use information technology to attack civilians and draw attention to their cause. This may mean that they use information technology, such as computer systems or telecommunications, as a tool to orchestrate a traditional attack. More often, cyberterrorism refers to an attack on information technology itself in a way that would radically disrupt networked services. For example, cyberterrorists could disable networked emergency systems or hack into networks housing critical financial information. There is wide disagreement over the extent of the existing threat by cyberterrorists.


Ecoterrorism is a recently coined term describing violence in the interests of environmentalism. In general, environmental extremists sabotage property to inflict economic damage on industries or actors they see as harming animals or the natural enviroment. Thes have included fur companies, logging companies and animal research laboratories, for example.
nuclear terrorism - courtesy of Department of Homeland Security

courtesy of Department of Homeland Security

Nuclear terrorism

“Nuclear terrorism” refers to a number of different ways nuclear materials might be exploited as a terrorist tactic. These include attacking nuclear facilities, purchasingnuclear weapons, or building nuclear weapons or otherwise finding ways to disperse radioactive materials.More »


Narcoterrorism has had several meanings since its coining in 1983. It once denoted violence used by drug traffickers to influence governments or prevent government efforts to stop the drug trade. In the last several years, narcoterrorism has been used to indicate situations in which terrorist groups use drug trafficking to fund their other operations.

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Emergency Preparedness

Posted by SalonSocial on December 17, 2014

 Planning Ahead

Preparing for an emergency now, provides you your best chance of survival, in the event of an actual attack. Emergency preparedness should always be considered in the home and workplace for any unexpected event.

This site provides a step-by-step approach to emergency preparedness by walking the reader through emergency plans in a variety of scenarios. As you make your emergency plan, carefully consider the information you’ll find throughout this website.

Introduction To Emergency Preparedness

Devastating acts, such as 911 and the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, have left many concerned about the possibility of future events and their potential impact. They have raised uncertainty and heightened our awareness of the importance of emergency preparedness. There are specific steps you can take to prepare for the unexpected and reduce the stress that you may feel now and later should another emergency arise. Taking preparatory action can reassure you, your family and co-workers n that you can exert a measure of control even in the face of such events.

Emergency Preparedness – What You Can Do 

Finding out what can happen is the first step. Once you have determined the events possible and their potential in your community, it is important that you discuss them with your family or household. Develop a disaster/ emergency preparedness plan together.

Create an emergency communications plan.

Choose an out-of-town contact your family or household will call or e-mail to check on each other should a disaster occur. Your selected contact should live far enough away that they would be unlikely to be directly affected by the same event, and they should know they are the chosen contact.

Make sure every household member has that contact’s, and each other’s, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers (home, work, pager and cell). Leave these contact numbers at your children’s schools, if you have children, and at your workplace. Your family should know that if telephones are not working, they need to be patient and try again later or try e-mail. Many people flood the telephone lines when emergencies happen but e-mail can sometimes get through when calls don’t.

Establish meeting places.

Having predetermined meeting places away from your home will save time and minimize confusion should your home be affected or the area evacuated. You may even want to make arrangements to stay with a family member or friend in case of an emergency. Be sure to include any pets in these plans, since pets are not permitted in shelters and some hotels will not accept them. Have two emergency locations, each in opposite directions. You won’t know, until an actual emergency, which direction you will need to evacuate.

Assemble a disaster supplies or 72 hour emergency preparedness kit.

If you need to evacuate your home or are asked to “shelter in place,” having some essential supplies on hand will make you and your family more comfortable. Prepare an emergency preparedness kit in an easy-to-carry container such as a duffel bag or small plastic trash can. Include “special needs” items for any member of your household (infant formula or items for people with disabilities or older people), first aid supplies (including prescription medications), a change of clothing for each household member, a sleeping bag or bedroll for each, a battery powered radio or television and extra batteries, food, bottled water and tools.

It is also a good idea to include some cash and copies of important family documents (birth certificates, passports and licenses) in your kit. Copies of essential documents-like powers of attorney, birth and marriage certificates, insurance policies, life insurance beneficiary designations and a copy of your will-should also be kept in a safe location outside your home. A safe deposit box or the home of a friend or family member who lives out of town is a good choice.

Check on the school emergency preparedness plan of any school-age children you may have.

You need to know if they will they keep children at school until a parent or designated adult can pick them up or send them home on their own. Be sure that the school has updated information about how to reach parents and responsible caregivers to arrange for pickup. And, ask what type of authorization the school may require to release a child to someone you designate, if you are not able to pick up your child. During times of emergency the school telephones may be overwhelmed with calls.

  • Remain calm and be patient.
  • Follow the advice of local emergency officials.
  • Listen to your radio or television for news and instructions.
  • If the disaster occurs near you, check for injuries. Give first aid and get help for seriously injured people.

If the disaster occurs near your home while you are there, check for damage using a flashlight. Do not light matches or candles or turn on electrical switches. Check for fires, fire hazards and other household hazards. Sniff for gas leaks, starting at the water heater. If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main gas valve, open windows, and get everyone outside quickly.

  • Shut off any damaged utilities.
  • Confine or secure your pets.
  • Call your family contact, do not use the telephone again unless it is a life-threatening emergency.
  • Check on your neighbors, especially those who are elderly or disabled.

What Could Happen – Emergency Planning

As we learned from the events of September 11, 2001, the following things can happen after a terrorist attack:

  • There can be significant numbers of casualties and/or damage to buildings and the infrastructure. So employers need up-to-date information about any medical needs you may have and on how to contact your designated beneficiaries.
  • Heavy law enforcement involvement at local, state and federal levels follows a terrorist attack due to the event’s criminal nature.
  • Health and mental health resources in the affected communities can be strained to their limits, maybe even overwhelmed.
  • Extensive media coverage, strong public fear and international implications and consequences can continue for a prolonged period.
  • Workplaces and schools may be closed, and there may be restrictions on domestic and international travel.
  • You and your family or household may have to evacuate an area, avoiding roads blocked for your safety.

Evacuation in an emergency

If local authorities ask you to leave your home, they have a good reason to make this request, and you should heed the advice immediately. Listen to your radio or television and follow the instructions of local emergency officials and keep these simple tips in mind.

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and sturdy shoes so you can be protected as much as possible.
  • Take your disaster supplies kit.
  • Take your pets with you; do not leave them behind. Because pets are not permitted in public shelters, follow your plan to go to a relative’s or friend’s home, or find a “pet-friendly” hotel.
  • Lock your home.
  • Use travel routes specified by local authorities, don’t use shortcuts because certain areas may be impassable or dangerous. Have planned routes out of any possible danger areas. Plane for leaving in any direction, North, South, East or West.
  • Stay away from downed power lines.
  • Listen to local authorities.Your local authorities will provide you with the most accurate information specific to an event in your area. Staying tuned to local radio and television, and following their instructions is your safest choice.

If you’re sure you have time …additional emergency prepareness actions

  • Call your family contact to tell them where you are going and when you expect to arrive.
  • Shut off water and electricity before leaving, if instructed to do so. Leave natural gas service ON unless local officials advise you otherwise. You may need gas for heating and cooking, and only a professional can restore gas service in your home once it’s been turned off. In a disaster situation it could take weeks for a professional to respond.
  • Close and lock all windows and exterior doors. Turn off all fans, heating and air conditioning systems. Close the fireplace damper. Get your disaster supplies kit, and make sure the radio is working.
  • Go to an interior room without windows that’s above ground level.
  • In the case of a chemical threat, an above-ground location is preferable because some chemicals are heavier than air, and may seep into basements even if the windows are closed.
  • Using duct tape, seal all cracks around the door and any vents into the room.
  • Keep listening to your radio or television until you are told all is safe or you are told to evacuate. Local officials may call for evacuation in specific areas at greatest risk in your community.

Additional Steps You Can Take

Raw, unedited footage of terrorism events and people’s reaction to those events can be very upsetting, especially to children. We do not recommend that children watch television news reports about such events, especially if the news reports show images over and over again about the same incident. Young children do not realize that it is repeated video footage, and think the event is happening again and again.

Adults may also need to give themselves a break from watching disturbing footage. However, listening to local radio and television reports will provide you with the most accurate information from responsible governmental authorities on what’s happening and what actions you will need to take. So you may want to make some arrangements to take turns listening to the news with other adult members of your household.

Another useful preparation includes learning some basic first aid. To enroll in a first aid and AED/CPR course, contact your local American Red Cross chapter.

In an emergency situation, you need to tend to your own well-being first and then consider first aid for others immediately around you, including possibly assisting injured people to evacuate a building if necessary.

People who may have come into contact with a biological or chemical agent may need to go through a decontamination procedure and receive medical attention. Listen to the advice of local officials on the radio or television to determine what steps you will need to take to protect yourself and your family. As emergency services will likely be overwhelmed, only call 9-1-1 about life-threatening emergencies.

Emergency preparedness – Each Persons Responisbility

Don’t wait until disaster strikes to realize the benefits of a good emergency preparedness plan. Begin gathering the items you will need and going over your plan with all family members, at regular intervals.

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