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    FBI, Homeland Security bulletin details al-Qaida surveillance
    techniques

    By CURT ANDERSON
    Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A new government intelligence bulletin
    describes in the greatest detail yet al-Qaida's techniques for
    assessing potential targets, extolling the lethal power of flying,
    shattered building glass and advising that kerosene and tires are
    effective for a deadly arson attack.
    "The focus is on maximizing the destructive and killing power
    of an attack," the bulletin says.
    The bulletin provides a fresh glimpse of terrorist reports found
    in computers and disks seized in Pakistan in July. The reports
    described the casing by terrorists of several buildings in the
    United States and prompted U.S. authorities to raise the terror
    threat level earlier this year for high-profile financial
    facilities in New York, Washington and Newark, N.J.
    The heightened alert was eased shortly after the Nov. 2
    election, and there is no evidence a potential attack ever moved
    beyond initial planning.
    "Current intelligence provides no indications that al-Qaida has
    operatives to conduct an attack based upon the information in these
    reports," the eight-page bulletin said.
    Produced by the FBI and Homeland Security Department, the
    bulletin was circulated Tuesday to law enforcement, government and
    industry officials nationwide and obtained Wednesday by The
    Associated Press.
    The excerpts, according to the bulletin, show that al-Qaida
    operatives go well beyond basic description of a potential target
    to sophisticated analysis of vulnerabilities in building
    construction, an examination of potential police and emergency
    response and recommendations for possible methods of attack.
    In one report, an unidentified al-Qaida operative notes that a
    building "is almost completely made to resemble a glass house -
    which could be devastating in an emergency scenario ... that is to
    say, that when shattered, each piece of glass becomes a potential
    flying piece of cutthroat shrapnel!"
    Another excerpt calculates that a particular building has
    precisely 67,000-square-feet of glass, adding for emphasis that it
    amounts to "an acre and a half of glass."
    The author provides five possible methods of attack in one
    scenario, leading with parking a vehicle packed with explosives
    next to an exposed building column. The terrorist also suggests
    that operatives rent space in the building or use any of several
    substances in an arson attack.
    "Combinations with leaking gas cylinders (esp. oxygen), bleach,
    ammonia and tires (they burn well) could be lethal," the al-Qaida
    report says. "Added to this, also be advised that kerosene burns
    more powerfully than an ordinarily fueled fire (although it may not
    be hot enough to melt steel unless used in very large
    quantities)."
    The reports note such things as when people take lunch and
    smoking breaks, where surveillance cameras are positioned, what
    public events were scheduled near buildings and how many cars and
    pedestrians typically pass by per minute. Detailed descriptions of
    security guards included their uniforms, whether they were armed
    and a notation that one male guard's weapon "appears to be a Colt
    .45 pistol."
    In two reports, the al-Qaida author assumed that undercover
    security officers are likely to be stationed near possible targets.
    That shows that security officials must "regularly review, refresh
    and reinforce" their undercover teams to prevent them from being
    identified, the bulletin said.
    One al-Qaida operative also advises where additional
    reconnaissance could be performed before an attack, such as
    "inside the coffee shop, restaurants or bars etc. Or even on the
    upstairs floor of the bookshop (there is one end where people
    regularly sit and browse through books)."
    The bulletin said the casing reports demonstrate a high level of
    sophistication among al-Qaida surveillance operatives and suggest
    that the terror group wants to use people who have experience
    living in the United States to help choose targets.
    Many of the reconnaissance techniques are described in a
    captured al-Qaida manual titled "Military Studies in the Jihad
    Against the Tyrants." That manual says that public information can
    provide 80 percent of the information needed about a possible
    target, demonstrating that security officials in government and the
    private sector must carefully review what is available on the
    Internet and elsewhere, the bulletin said.
    "Surveillance of a potential target can occur as little as one
    week to as much as three years prior to an attack," the bulletin
    said.

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    That manual says that public information can provide 80 percent of the information needed about a possible target

    This is scary.

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    Thumbs up But...........................

    There are Courses/Seminars out there that can provide a lot of information on trimming that 80%. In my area, with the Government presence being what it is, I have a lot of opportunities for training in this (Anti-terrorism) Discipline, and I have more than a couple of hours invested in it. I would strongly urge everyone to take advantage of anything that you can, that will provide information to help you protect your Community, and, most importantly, yourself. A particular area to look into is called "Opsec" Govt. shorthand for "Operational Security". This Course was an eye opener, from the standpoint of how Terrorists exploit those little things we take for granted, even promote, like Station tours, Preplan Maps, etc. If you get the chance to take such a course, go for it.
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