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15 September 2010
The mission of the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response is to identify and analyze information that can be leveraged to prevent injury, loss of life and destruction of property. At times, that means providing guidance on the potential for deadly actions. At other times, it means providing security personnel guidance regarding staff requirements for crowd control. For example, in May 2010 ITRR's Targeted Actionable Monitoring Center (TAM-C) informed clients of "focused anti-gay chatter among White supremacists and extremist militia supporters." We noted that "Gay pride" events recently served as trigger events for such radicals, such as in Belarus and Slovakia. Thus, the ITRR briefing concluded, "based on general analysis and international case study debriefing, TAM-C analysts recommend a somewhat heightened situational awareness at all such pride events." Similarly, in January 2010, ITRR researchers identified "explicit calls for sabotage of major facilities and murder" in "European eco-extremist and anti-capitalist communications." In a separate client document, we further identified an "increasing overlap between anarchists and environmental extremists - with anarchist communications often praising acts of overt ecoterrorism." We also expressed concern that such European extremist views were finding echoes in North America. By April 2010, a leading ideologue for the Earth First! organization issued a call for more extreme actions in the service of the environmentalist agenda. "Are we so caught up in a cycle of civil disobedience that we can’t think past it?" he asked. ITRR's analysis of the above communications said: "TAM-C recommends that security personnel responsible for mass transit, telecommunications, ports, fuel stations, coal plants, and other facilities that have been targeted by environmentalist protests in the past take immediate action to heighten situational awareness of pre-adversarial surveillance. Additionally, emergency response and evacuation procedures should be reviewed. ...TAM-C analysts recommend personal situational awareness and appropriate safety measures...." Then, in July 2010 the Houston home of an oil company executive was targeted in a bombing, causing significant facial injuries to a woman who opened a booby-trapped package. In subsequent research by ITRR, it was found that anti-capitalist and environmental militants expressed satisfaction with the attack; such as, "Until we destroy enough of their property to make a financial splash or start killing their executives and decision makers and profiteers, nothing will change."
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On 1 September 2010, in the latest escalation, eco-terrorist James Lee held hostages at gunpoint and threatened to detonate explosives at the Discovery Channel headquarters in Washington. Looking at the international jihadist threat, ITRR recently issued the following alert regarding the targeting of Christian-identified assets worldwide: "Arabic language researchers of the Targeted Actionable Monitoring Center (TAMC) have identified internal [jihadist] communications... [saying] that the 'war is between the church and the mosque. Go ahead you brave ones, burn the churches. Destroy their centers and don't shame the Koran. We need to attack their churches, soldiers, and all their religious centers around the world. Just attack them all no matter where. We won't regret our goal, no matter what.' " In our review of the communication, ITRR analysts suggested: "Such a desecration tit-for-tat may trigger a more serious worldwide campaign against Christians and Christian symbols, as well as increased targeting of Muslim symbols and mosques. Significant in this regard is that the above communications have come at a time of heightened anger over perceived insults to Islam. Most recently (14 September 2010), it was reported that France has officially adopted legislation banning the full-face veil in public spaces." The Institute of Terrorism Research and Response is proud to provide this level of research and analysis to our many clients. And our clients agree: From a client in the energy sector: "This is a very comprehensive report – thanks for your efforts on our behalf." From a Fortune 100 company: "Thanks for keeping us safe!" It is precisely thanks to our dedication to keeping people safe that ITRR has become a trusted provider of actionable intelligence to those who need it most. Michael Perelman Co-Director
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Source Material - Samples
- Partially redacted to protect client privacy. Anti-Gay Violence at Gay Pride Events Targeted Actionable Monitoring Center researchers have recently noted indications of focused anti-gay chatter among White supremacists and extremist militia supporters. "Gay pride" events worldwide have served as trigger events for such radicals with an anti-gay agenda. This month, for example, dozens of neo-Nazis threw stones, eggs and smoke bombs into crowds taking part in gay pride parades in the Eastern European states of Belarus and Slovakia, causing them to be halted. The White supremacists managed to cancel what was to have been Slovakia's first-ever gay pride parade. In this incident, which involved around eighty attackers, just eight anti-gay attackers were arrested. ******ACTION****** Targeted Actionable Monitoring Center analysts believe that high-profile LGBT pride events may draw similar reactions from invigorated and incited White supremacist lone wolves in North America. Several such gay pride marches and festivals take place in American cities during the month of June 2010. Anti-gay White supremacist and far-right militia communications are currently under review by TAM-C domestic terrorism analysts; however, as of this writing no specific threats to gay pride events have been identified. Nonetheless, based on general analysis and international case study debriefing, TAM-C analysts recommend a somewhat heightened situational awareness at all such pride events. (Originally released 31 May 2010) Eco-Terror: 'Sabotage the System' and 'Eliminate Rats' European eco-extremist and anti-capitalist communications of 8 January 2010 and thereafter include explicit calls for sabotage of major facilities and murder. As noted in recent Actionable Intelligence Briefings, environmentalist extremists and associated anticapitalists have pivoted off of the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit to encourage more actions by their cadres worldwide. One of the most explicitly violent calls apparently stems from Belgium or another European state, and says (in the eco-terrorists' own English translation): "The only option is to make sabotage and eliminations, I think that insurrectionists have an excellent method of fight against the ruling class, although they have shit theory (situationists and Bob Black). I don't say that insurrectionist methods are revolution, but I say it is the only effective way of fighting against dictatorship which exist in European Empire. Demonstrations are inefficient and only help to cops to arrest and register politically unfit/undesirable people, and some were expelled a few thousand miles away. "So the only solution is to eliminate rats, politicians, leading figures of corporations and repressive departments, as well as sabotage of system (freight trains, cranes at ports, telecommunications, etc). With a public statement of reasons for actions, in that way actions would not be private. Anyone can turn up a few screws on the media repeater or cut screws with flame cutting, to make media darkness, or telecommunication darkness, everyone can burn a vehicle telecommunication services, to burn 3
immigration office, and to burn a gas station if there are no people around (it is enough to burn gas bottle with jacket full of fuel and to go, when it is overheating, it will be activated). "Dictatorship is nothing new in our history and the only way to fight against dictatorship is sabotages and eliminations." And: "We should help to the nature, the same as nature help to us - we should sabotage present system together with nature: unscrew the screws at wheels of freight trains, unscrew the screws at cranes in ports, unscrew the screws at capitalist telecommunication repeaters... or imagine something else:) If the key for screw doesn't help, autogenous cutting helps." The communications also warn against government informers in the eco-terrorists' ranks, referring to tactics they claim were used "in last 30 years from the time of the Angry Brigade in Britain (RAF and Red Brigades also)...." Additionally, the communications recommend an analysis of the eco-activist demonstrations, saying: "Nobody compared these 3 big demos in last 10 years and nobody made analyze and conclusions which can bring better tactics in our future demonstrations." The eco-terrorists analysis, however, is clear: "Since the entire protest against climate summit of politicians, I would single out as the most effective action burning of Shell petrol stations in Sweden, everything else is child behavior where people use whistles and cops push them in buses and take them into temporary custody (with built-in storage cages, no toilets, no food and water, the usual prison custody has no capacity to receive 500 and 1000 arrested in one day). Why would someone go to the demonstration only to be arrested?" ******ACTION****** The clear call for the most violent forms of eco-terrorism is highly noteworthy, according to Targeted Actionable Monitoring Center analysts. TAM-C recommends that security personnel responsible for mass transit, telecommunications, ports, fuel stations, coal plants, and other facilities that have been targeted by environmentalist protests in the past take immediate action to heighten situational awareness of preadversarial surveillance. Additionally, emergency response and evacuation procedures should be reviewed. Politicians, leading figures of heavy industry, and law enforcement officers appear to be serious targets of coming eco-terrorist violence. Noting recent instances of physical attacks on police, politicians and business leaders - including by terrorists - TAM-C analysts recommend personal situational awareness and appropriate safety measures be implemented both on and off duty. (Originally released 11 January 2010) Earth First! Ideologue Preparing Groundwork for Eco-Terrorism A leading ideologue for the radical Earth First! organization has issued a call for more extreme actions in the service of the environmentalist agenda. In a reflective article in an Earth First! publication, an editor declared his feeling that "action reports recently have been missing fierce honesty. ...Are we so caught up in a cycle of civil disobedience that we can’t think past it?" He goes on to quote a veteran eco-terrorist, Rod Coronado, as saying: "This resistance is not about remaining true to civil disobedience.... Our greatest strategic assessment should be whether our actions are effecting the financial bottom-line of the destroyers of Earth."
The Earth First! Journal article goes on to advocate taking the struggle for "live wild or die" to "logging roads, slaughter houses, coal mines, vivisection labs, prisons, detention centers, border walls and pipelines." The name "Earth First!", the writer enthuses, "should not roll off the tongues of our enemies with ease, they should choke upon it, like a fishbone stuck in their throats. From struggles in Scotland to Mexico, from Arizona to West Virginia there is resistance to that which is killing us and Earth. So lets [sic] live wild and be fierce as fuck. Ante Up!" *******ACTION****** Targeted Actionable Monitoring Center analysts believe the call from Earth First!, a veteran "direct action" organization, for "upping the ante" is a significant development. It may also be seen as a "trickle down" from extremist rhetoric in European eco-extremist and anti-capitalist communications of 8 January 2010 and thereafter (cited in the Actionable Intelligence Briefing of 11 January 2010). The European eco-terror advocates included explicit calls for arson, sabotage of major facilities and murder, adding "everything else is child's [play]...." In the wake of the apparently expanding circles of environmentalists willing to embrace eco-terror of one form or another, TAM-C analysts recommend that security personnel responsible for mass transit, telecommunications, ports, fuel stations, coal plants, and other facilities that have been targeted by environmentalist protests in the past take immediate action to heighten situational awareness of preadversarial surveillance. Additionally, emergency response and evacuation procedures should be reviewed. (Originally released 5 April 2010) Oil Executive Targeted in Parcel Bombing A woman suffered significant facial injuries Friday (9 July 2010) when a pipe bomb concealed in what appeared to be a gift package of chocolates exploded in her hands. The parcel was left on the front porch of the Houston home where she was staying. While open sources do not identify the owner of the property, saying only that it belongs to an "oil executive", ITRR has confirmed that it is the property of Adams Resources and Energy executive James Moore. Of note is that anti-authoritarian speculation as to the property owner's identity, using open sources and cross-checking methods, also identified Moore. According to authorities, the bomb was packed with thumb tacks and nails to increase physical damage to targeted individuals. In reaction to the bombing, for which no group has taken responsibility as of this writing, anti-capitalist and environmental militants expressed satisfaction: "Do you think any other oil execs should start worrying about their personal well being just because BP has killed 11 workers, fucked up the gulf and its coastline, devastated an entire ecosystem and destroyed the lives of thousands of people, birds and aquatic creatures?... Sometimes when these things happen, reactionary responses take on a life of their own." "But seriously, how else do people get the ceo's attention? They have no conscience and don't think twice about killing innocents for their greed. They see riches piling up and their is never enough to satisfy them.. Let this be a lesson to the arrogant wankers running big corporations. If you have no conscience to guide you then you will have to learn the hard way. I'm sure the citizens who were forced to these extremes will be caught and made an example of, but hopefully the elitist who laugh all the way to the bank will learn a lesson." "Americans finally recognize the enemy."
"Let the class war begin. This has been simmering for decades. Citizens have no recourse against hundred billion dollar transnational corporations, the president of the united states is freaking powerless against them. They are bigger than most countries in the world and more powerful, somehow they have colluded even with our coast guard who is protecting BP instead of our coast...." "The only thing these people listen to is huge sums of money, which citizens dont have, or violence. Until we destroy enough of their property to make a financial splash or start killing their executives and decision makers and profiteers, nothing will change. Why should it. ...What can we do but violence????????" "One oil executive dead is just a good beginning as far as I'm concerned but there are plenty of other corporations that deserve the same or worse... Let's start with Monsanto and Koch industries." "Let the games begin!" "I think we'll see a huge rise in incidents like the pipe bomb at the oil executives homes.. since the laws dont govern the rich and powerful the same as the poor and disadvantaged then 'vigilante' justice will start big time." "The destruction of our lives as a result of the energy industry goes far beyond Hayward. And none are held accountable. Has there been any charges levied against Massey, yet?"
The above bombing, if confirmed to be the work of eco-terrorists, would confirm the environmentalist slide toward violence as identified by ITRR in January 2010. Eco-extremist, anti-coal mining and anti-capitalist communications of 2010 include explicit calls for everything from more aggressive civil disobedience through sabotage and even murder. Furthermore, the increasing combination and cross-pollination of ecological militants and anarchists is expected to prove increasingly volatile, since, like their environmentalist militant allies, anarchist rhetoric has also seen a shift toward support for extremist action in the past year. In this context, ITRR analysts have observed general anarchist support or sympathy in some circles for the anti-civilization "Unabomber", Ted Kaczinski.
(Originally released 12 July 2010) Church Arson as a Response to Koran Burning The planned (and then canceled) organized burning of books of the Koran by the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, caused a strong reaction among jihadists, as well as more generally in the Muslim world. ITRR researchers note that, even though the central Koran burning event was called off, media reports indicated that there were at least two cases of Koran desecration in the US on 11 September 2010. One such reaction was noted in India, where Muslim protesters set a Christian missionary school on fire. In the rioting in Indian Kashmir, at least 13 protesters were killed in clashes with soldiers. Tens of thousands of demonstrators ignored a curfew, set fire to government buildings and threw rocks at police stations. In a fresh jihadist communication, from 14 September 2010, it was written that "the Islamic nation, including her sons and young people, needs to avenge the attack on our holiest object, the Koran."
Referring to Christians, the jihadist continues, "We need to attack their churches, soldiers, and all their religious centers around the world. Just attack them all, no matter where. We won't regret our goal, no matter what. The war is between the church and the mosque." He calls for Muslim "brave ones" to "burn the churches. Destroy their centers and don't shame the Koran."
ITRR analysts note that, in light of recent events, arson may be seen as an effective new tactic for lonewolf jihadist terrorism: • • • It requires no hard-to-obtain or hard-to-make explosives, just flammable material, petrol or oil. It can be executed even by one person. Once executed, especially in the West, it will be sufficient to garner international media attention and to spread fear. Jihadists seeking to cause further crisis between Muslims and the Christian West may hope such an attack causes more Christians to burn the Koran.
Such a desecration tit-for-tat may trigger a more serious worldwide campaign against Christians and Christian symbols, as well as increased targeting of Muslim symbols and mosques. Significant in this regard is that the above communications have come at a time of heightened anger over perceived insults to Islam. Most recently (14 September 2010), it was reported that France has officially adopted legislation banning the full-face veil in public spaces .
ITRR has noted stepped up risk indicators for attacks on Denmark , France, Germany and Spain. ITRR analysts also note that there has recently been violence between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria. an ongoing series of inciting communications intercepted by ITRR researchers have specifically and explicitly threatened Christians in Egypt. Two cities singled out in the jihadist communications as targets for possible church attacks are Alexandria and Cairo . (Originally released 15 September 2010)
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