What's Suspicious? How Terrorists Work
Posted 04 January 2008 - 06:53 PM
Generally, a terrorist group consists of rings, with the founders, and most trusted people in the center. They Generally the do the planning and decision-making, but don't pull anything off themselves. Outside of that ring, is a ring of loyal members who can be counted on to carry out these kinds of acts and provide equipment, money, weapons, and explosives. Outside that is a ring of sympathizers, who provide information and financial support. They may also do some of the dirty work. Knowledge of any planned operations is mostly concentrated in the center, with those on the fringes carrying out seemingly simple tasks without asking any questions. Those on the outside ring may not be committing any "crimes" at all.
The typical terrorist incident which might affect an expat area is a bomb placed in a place where tourists go. Even on simple operations, planning and intelligence collection is involved. People in the outer ring might supply info about the best places to hit, or the best way to do it. They may visit the places, unnoticed, and supply photos, diagrams, opening and closing hours, days and hours when most people will be there, what patterns the police use when patrolling, that kind of thing. This information would be collected on several establishments, in several areas. This phase can take some time, and there will probably be many planned operations in various phases going simultaneously.
The planners in the center ring analyze that information, and make the decision on which place to hit and how to do it. Those in the second ring would arrange the logistics. They may even do a "dry run," that is, walk through the process to make sure they have it right, that routes they plan to use to escape are not blocked, and that things haven't changed since target selection.
A person or people, probably someone who has never been to the establishment before and wouldn't be recognized but would fit in, would be selected to carry out the operation, typically carrying a bag or container of explosives, set on a timer or with a remotely-activated detonator, and leaving it in the right place, then making a getaway. The point is here that by the time this happens, quite a lot of activity and planning has happened beforehand.
When things get to the final stages, especially the execution itself, it's difficult to stop unless the police have gathered enough intelligence to make arrests beforehand. So what can an expat do?
You've probably heard the saying "look for anything suspicious." Which begs the question, "what's suspicious?" This is referring to those events which occur during the initial intelligence-gathering phase, the dry run phase, and perhaps even the initiation phase when a bomb is planted or other event is carried out. These parts require the group's members to be in certain places and carry out certain acts where they will likely be seen, but hopefully not noticed. Because many operations may be planned simultaneously but only one selected for execution, an operative being approached with a question "why are you parking here?" "Who are you?" "Why are you asking about (whatever)?" will make that particular operation less likely to be carried out, because the person may be remembered later. If you were in their shoes, and had one operation planned where everybody was completely oblivious to you, and another where someone took down your license number, which one would you execute? Instead, things may be postponed, canceled, or another operation selected instead. Now, I'm not recommending you run up to every suspicious person and start asking questions. A lot of this is something establishment owners or police should do, but they can't do that if you don't say anything to them, thinking it's probably nothing.
Terrorists have some general objectives for what they do. Firstly, to influence people's minds and change their behavior, with horrible pictures in the news (like not visiting Turkey and spending your money here). Secondly, they want to show that the police can't protect you against them. Thirdly, they want to pull off a well planned, practiced, successful operation, getting in and out quickly and cleanly, so they can keep doing it. It's that last one we have the most influence on, if we are aware things or people which are out of place or unusual. In your area, you should probably have an idea of what "normal" is, that is, what goes on day to day. It will vary from place to place. It's the deviations from this which we need to be aware of.
Unfortunately, there's no way to say what those deviations from the norm will be, what the meaning is behind what you're witnessing someone do in every case. But with a basic understanding of how terrorist acts are planned, organized, practiced, and carried out, and an awareness of what is normal for your neighborhood and what's not, it might make us all a little better at knowing and reporting "what's suspicious."
Posted 08 January 2008 - 09:55 PM
Posted 23 September 2008 - 03:22 PM
Posted 02 October 2008 - 05:05 AM
The PKK, that is, the Kurdistan Worker's Party (they always have to bring workers into this) is a Stalinist, communist organization. Their founder, Abdullah Ocalan or "Apo," is a Stalinist. Thank God, he's been captured, and is in prison. But his organization continues to terrorize Turkey. Apo's brother is continuing this group's terrorism, and today you might hear the PKK name as KADEK. Here's their flag, if you have any questions about their political orientation:
I try to stay out of religion and politics as a moderator. But sometimes the temptation is too much to resist. Let me just display this photo, from the space shuttle, of North Korea and South Korea, at night:
North Korea is today a Stalinist, Communist state. North Korea, above the 38th parallel, was given over to the Russians as a protectorate after WWII, as the spoils were divided after defeating the Japanese (the Russians, by the way, did very little to defeat the Japanese in comparison to what the British and the Americans did). South Korea, below the 38th parallel, was turned over to the Americans as a protectorate after WWII. Look and see the difference, today, between communism and central control of the economy, and democracy, capitalism, and freedom. This is simply fact, not my personal opinion.
Let me say something here of importance. The Turkish National Police (TNP), and the Turkish Intelligence services (MIT) are among the best in the World when dealing with terrorism. They have stopped probably hundreds of PKK terrorist attacks before they ever happened. Yes, we have terrorism here. There's no country, now, where you can escape it. But as far as terrorism, I'd rather be in Turkey. That's also fact, but also my opinion.
Posted 02 October 2008 - 07:32 PM
But I could not say that now somebody is the protector of North Korea. Russia has other interests right now and it is finished the communism for the moment there. North Korea, I guess is feeling very much alone.
I hope the acts of terrorism in Turkey will not affect the Turkey tourist programmes. If tourist will stop going in Turkey, the PKK will win indirect. Because in the end what PKK wishes is attention and even more world attention.
Posted 09 December 2008 - 12:12 PM
If you hate George Bush and say so, have a look at this man, and wallow in the joy of the freedom which is yours, in comparison to the strict control of the people in the country this man rules.
Posted 09 December 2008 - 07:43 PM
So, my question is where it stays the power of a person or a group of person to subjugate other ones? Fear, admiration, the circumstances, the ideology or only words...
And returning to the Turkey... PKK is a separatist communist organization. My question is they know what means that? In real world? Communism as fascism as other forms of opression you should live it for understanding it.