Purchase of chemicals or other dual usematerials
Scouting out military bases, government buildings and other potential targetsAttitude Indicators:
Support for militant Islamic groups
Excusing violence against Americans onthe grounds that American actions provoked the problem
Fury at the West for reasons ranging from personal problems to global policies of theU.S.
Conspiracy theories about Westerners (e.g.the CIA arranged for 9/11 to legitimize theinvasion of foreign lands)
Accusing the West of trying to destroyIslamThe following information is intended to listcharacteristics of persons that may beinvolved in terrorist activity that are
described as “sleepers” or otherwise persons
who camouflage their involvement in terroristactivity or planning by attempting to fit inwith others in our society.Recognizing sleepers:
arrival from countries where violentmilitant Islamic groups are known tooperate
Long unexplained absences for purposes of religious education,charity work or pilgrimage
Travel to countries where militantIslam rulesOperational Preparations:
Study of technical subjects that wouldhelp support an operation
Working in an area that serves as acover for preparing for an operation
Engaging in para-military training
Possession of such items as detonatorsor personal protective equipment usedin biological incidents
Be alert to suspicious activity. Noneof the listed actions, in and of themselves, constitutes a criminalviolation. However, when coupled,the acts may indicate suspiciousactivity that warrants lawenforcement scrutiny.
If something seems wrong, notifylaw enforcement authorities.Do not jeopardize your safety orthe safety of others.
Columbus, Ohio Division of PoliceHomeland Security SectionTerrorism Early Warning Unit614-645-54101-866-759-8005
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