Terrorism

Women and Terrorism: A Review of the Roles of Females in Homegrown Violent Extremism

Women have played significant roles in terrorism throughout the modern age of political violence. Indeed, both ISIS and Al-Qa’ida continue to produce and disseminate propaganda targeting women amid their respective losses. There is a push to appeal to Arabic-speaking women in order to stay relevant and further their operations.

Tune in as our analysts discuss the recent arrests of female sympathizers and how these female homegrown violent extremists and these terrorist groups target their propaganda efforts to continue to encourage supporters to conduct attacks on the groups’ behalf, provide guidance on behavior, fundraise for overseas operations, and issue threatening rhetoric online.

Episode 40: The Rise of #Vanguard #America

In the past six months, Vanguard America—a white supremacist group—has expanded beyond Internet-based activity to attending violent protests nationwide, distributing propaganda, and intimidating minority populations. The leader of the group claims there are approximately 200 members in 20 states, including New Jersey. 

Join Intelligence Analyst Paige Schilling and Analysis Bureau Chief Dean Baratta as they explore what this movement is all about and how their actions have impacted New Jersey.

Episode 38: A Discussion with New Jersey’s Mental Health Experts on Disaster and Terrorism

One component of counterterrorism that we rarely talk about is the psychological impacts of terrorist attacks and other forms of mass violence. As the Disaster and Terrorism Branch (DTB) of the Department of Human Services’ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services is the recognized mental health authority for disaster and mental health services in New Jersey, in this episode, Director of DTB, Dr. Adrienne Fessler Belli, and the Director of Training for DTB discuss how their mission fills this extremely important void.

Domestic Terrorism Conference Series: Patriotism, Dissent, and the Edge of Violence with Sam Jackson

In May 2017, NJOHSP hosted over 250 federal, state, and local intelligence and law enforcement, academic, and private sector partners for the 2nd Annual Domestic Terrorism Conference. The event provided a forum to discuss the threat of extremists and groups aligned with race-based, single-issue, anti-government, and religious ideologies in the United States. Over the next several weeks, you will hear from some of the experts who shared their research and insights at the conference.In today’s episode, we sit down with Sam Jackson, a Ph.D. candidate at Syracuse University, to explore his investigations into the political philosophy and identity of the Patriot/militia movements in the United States. Tune in as he discusses how these groups use American political ideas and history to build political stories, aimed at the American public, that support their political identity and justify their political behavior.

Domestic Terrorism Conference Series: Outlining Russian Influence Operations with Clint Watts

In May 2017, NJOHSP hosted over 250 federal, state, and local intelligence and law enforcement, academic, and private sector partners for the 2nd Annual Domestic Terrorism Conference. The event provided a forum to discuss the threat of extremists and groups aligned with race-based, single-issue, anti-government, and religious ideologies in the United States. Over the next several weeks, you will hear from some of the experts who shared their research and insights at the conference. In today’s episode, Clint Watts joins Intelligence. Unclassified. once again to discuss his recent testimony before Congress concerning Russia’s strategy to disrupt the United States and the active measures being used by Russia to distribute political, financial, and social messages.

2017 ISA Conference Series: Studying Terrorism Empirically with Dr. Gary LaFree (START)

The National Consortium for the Study and Responses to Terrorism (START) is a university-based research and education center comprised of an international network of scholars committed to the scientific study of the causes and human consequences of terrorism in the United States and around the world. Today, Dr. Gary LaFree, the Director of START, and Intelligence Analyst Paige Schilling discuss a variety of topics in the study of terrorism, including the difficulties of gathering information, the government’s approach when it comes to international versus domestic terrorism, and the inspiration for writing his recent book, Countering Terrorism.

2017 ISA Conference Series: Understanding Fidayin Attacks with Herbert Tinsley (START)

Fidayin is a term used to refer to various military groups willing to sacrifice their lives in open combat with overwhelming enemies, which has been a favored tactic among Islamic warriors and, more recently, jihadist terrorists. According to Herbert Tinsley, a researcher at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland, the 2015 Charlie Hebdo massacre and the November 2015 Paris attacks are potentially the realization of years of covert evolution. The genes of this evolution, known as fidayin tactics, were once claimed by a Pakistani Taliban spokesman to make the mujahidin “invincible.” Analysis Bureau Chief Dean Baratta was able to sit down with Mr. Tinsley at the 2017 International Studies Association conference to delve into fidayin attacks, as well as identity construction in jihadist literature. 

2017 ISA Conference Series: Wrapping Up the Final Days

The International Studies Association (ISA) is one of the oldest interdisciplinary associations dedicated to understanding international, transnational and global affairs. This past February, Analysis Bureau Chief Dean Baratta and Intelligence Analysts Paige Schilling and Angie Gad took Intelligence. Unclassified. on the road with them to the 2017 ISA annual conference. Tune in to today's episode where they discuss the panels they attended on the first day of the conference. 

2017 ISA Conference Series: Reflections on Day Two

The International Studies Association (ISA) is one of the oldest interdisciplinary associations dedicated to understanding international, transnational and global affairs. This past February, Analysis Bureau Chief Dean Baratta and Intelligence Analysts Paige Schilling and Angie Gad took Intelligence. Unclassified. on the road with them to the 2017 ISA annual conference. Tune in to today's episode where they discuss the panels they attended on the first day of the conference. 

2017 ISA Conference Series: Thoughts from Day One

The International Studies Association (ISA) is one of the oldest interdisciplinary associations dedicated to understanding international, transnational and global affairs. This past February, Analysis Bureau Chief Dean Baratta and Intelligence Analysts Paige Schilling and Angie Gad took Intelligence. Unclassified. on the road with them to the 2017 ISA annual conference. Tune in to today's episode where they discuss the panels they attended on the first day of the conference. 

Episode 13: Vehicular Terrorist Attacks - Strategies for Safety and Survival

Terrorists—particularly homegrown violent extremists (HVEs)—will likely continue using vehicles as weapons based on foreign terrorist organizations promoting this tactic, the success of past attacks, and the ease of vehicle acquisition. As such, we sit down with Steven Crimando, the Director of Training for the Disaster and Terrorism Branch of the New Jersey Department of Human Services to talk about this emerging threat and explore different mechanisms and strategies individuals can utilize to mitigate the personal impact of these attacks.