Although the occurrence of terrorism in the United States has taken America by surprise, available information indicates that terrorist incidents occur as a result of considerable planning and preparation by those responsible. Such planning and preparation results in the conducting of certain activities, which when viewed together could be considered indicators that terrorist activity may occur.
Activities conducted in advance of a terrorist attack, either by terrorists or those acting in support of terrorist organizations, could include the recruitment, training and organizing of terrorist operatives and the collection of information to identify potential targets. To conduct terrorist operations, those involved must also generate capital to finance their activities, and move monies, persons, weapons, and other equipment from one place to another in furtherance of terrorist objectives. Experience has indicated that many of these activities in preparation for a terrorist incident against this nation have
occurred within the U.S., and could be observed locally. Your increased awareness of persons and events could result in the identification of terrorist activity.
There are no physical characteristics common to all terrorists. However, some activities could be observed which, if promptly reported, could provide information to prevent future terrorist attacks locally or elsewhere. Many terrorist activities, such as the generation of capital, are accomplished through illegal means, including gambling, drug trafficking, fraud, and theft. Other indicators, such as attempts to obtain information on potential terrorist targets may be observed as trespasser incidents, prowlers, or other suspicious circumstances. Any of these events may appear singularly to be unrelated to terrorist activity. However, when viewed together, patterns could emerge which could assist in the identification of terrorist activity. Your assistance could help to protect against future terrorist attacks.
While these activities do not necessarily prove that a terrorist attack is imminent, suspicious activity should be promptly reported to law enforcement. Your increased awareness concerning potential threats to security could help to protect against future terrorist attacks.
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