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Surveillance Detection Extends Beyond Counter-Terrorism

A recent rash of car thefts at the Seattle-Tacoma (SEATAC) airport highlights the importance of comprehensive surveillance detection. While many government and private sector entities utilize surveillance detection programs (whether human or technical) to protect against terror threats or physical violence, these same techniques can be used to thwart property crimes as well. In the […]

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Who Defines a Hard Target?

This article was written by TrapWire Director Michael Maness, who spent two decades as a senior operations officer and field manager with the Central Intelligence Agency and was involved in counterterror investigations ranging from Pan Am 103 through 9/11. Understanding the motivation and rationale for a criminal event – be it a school shooting, an […]

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Cyber Attacks and Social Engineering: Hackers Target People, Not Just Systems

This article was written by TRAPWIRE President Dan Botsch and Director Michael Maness. Dan and Mike were senior officers and managers with the Central Intelligence Agency, covering issues ranging from counterterrorism to foreign intelligence operations. Their real-world experience, like others working at TrapWire, brings a unique perspective to our counterterror and counterintelligence services. At its […]

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London Attack: Our Adversaries are Patient

By: TRAPWIRE Director, Michael Maness. Mike spent two decades as a senior operations officer and field manager with the Central Intelligence Agency and was involved in counterterror operations and investigations ranging from Pan Am 103 through 9/11. When I lived in Rome we learned that burglars would regularly test residential security systems. They’d sneak on […]

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Working Against Modern Terror Cells: A Change in Tactics

  Excerpted from: Offline, cultlike, Spain terror cell evaded detection August 24, 2017 france24.com MADRID (AFP) – The jihadist cell behind last week’s twin attacks in Spain was built around a “guru” and went completely offline to avoid detection by anti-terrorist police, experts said. The group managed to evade authorities so well that even a giant […]

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London Attacks: Indications of Pre-Attack Preparations

The attack against the Palace of Westminster and innocent civilians along Westminster Bridge continues to follow a recent pattern of terror incidents, namely, an asymmetrical attack using common items such as vehicles and knives against crowded, public targets. At first glance, the attacks in Nice, Berlin and London would appear to be random acts of […]

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Inside the Mind of a Terrorist Surveillant

This is the second article in our series discussing real-world terrorist operational planning written by TRAPWIRE Director Michael Maness. (The first article, on an operation conducted by the Red Army Faction in Germany, can be found here.) Mike spent two decades as a senior operations officer and field manager with the Central Intelligence Agency and […]

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JCC Bomb Threats: More Than Meets the Eye?

The recent spate of bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers (JCC) raises several questions: Are these threats solely for the purposes of intimidation? Is there a pattern to the threats? And most troubling:  Could the threats be used to view security and evacuation protocols in preparation for an attack? This picture epitomizes several security vulnerabilities […]

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A Well-Planned Assassination

In our previous post regarding a potential new modus operandi used by some terrorists, we made mention of the possibility that terror groups may now be developing hardened, professional cadres of assassins, rather than using suicide bombers or recruiting martyrs. We noted the similarity in this tactic with terror groups from the 1970s and 80s, […]

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