CIA plans language upgrade and technology improvements

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Posted: 04/27/2010 02:11:40 AM PDT

Updated: 04/27/2010 02:11:42 AM PDT

WASHINGTON — The CIA will spend millions of dollars over the next five years to improve intelligence gathering, upgrade technologies and enable analysts to work more closely with spies in the field, under a new plan laid out Monday.

The plan renews the agency’s year-old goal to increase the number of analysts and overseas operatives fluent in another language — a problem that has plagued military and civilian intelligence officers throughout much of the last decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq Continue reading


Simultaneous raids net 9 leftist subversives

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A counterterrorism operation in İstanbul has netted nine alleged members of an illegal leftist organization believed to be planning acts of terror to incite chaos.

The operation was carried out by the National Intelligence Organization (MİT), gendarmes and police teams after they found evidence that the Maoist Communist Party (MKP) planned to carry out terrorist attacks and demonstrations against state authorities to further their group’s ends. Continue reading

Odierno discusses ‘broad-based solutions’ to PKK terrorism

US Gen. Ray Odierno (C), accompanied by US Ambassador to Turkey James Jeffrey (L), attended talks with Interior Minister Beşir Atalay and other Turkish officials in Ankara on Wednesday.

The top US general in Iraq met with senior civilian and military officials in the Turkish capital on Wednesday for talks focused on ways to eliminate members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) holed up in northern Iraq, stressing that Washington wants to cooperate not only with the Iraqi and Turkish governments to end the violent activities of the PKK, but also with the government of the autonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq. Continue reading

UK – A New School on tackling terrorism

The tide is turning on counter-terrorism laws – but can the government’s independent reviewer of terrorism legislation keep up?

A change has come. Judges know it; they have been gradually dismantling the architecture of Labour’s counter-terrorism measures, and one by one, the verdicts have been damning.

Control orders, imposed on a terrorist suspect where there is ‘reasonable suspicion’ but no known case against them? A violation of the right to a fair trial, the House of Lords said last June Continue reading

The Dhofar Campaign And How It’s Lessons Can Be Applied In Afghanistan

by Nick Higgins

Nick Higgins, the author of this paper, is employed by CRA Inc as an instructor on the USMC Level II Anti-Terrorism Officers Course. He spent six years in the British Army as a member of 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment including a 2 year tour in Northern Ireland involved in intelligence gathering duties. >From 2003 to 2007 he lived and worked as a security contractor in Afghanistan including nearly a year in Helmand and Kandahar Provinces.

He can be contacted at

“Everything in war is simple, but the simplest thing is difficult.”

Von Clausewitz

1: Political map of the Oman showing Province boundaries.


From 1971 to 1975 a small but none the less hard fought counter-insurgency campaign was waged in Dhofar, the most southern province of Oman. In fact the flag of rebellion had been raised much earlier, in 1962, and by 1970 the communist backed tribal guerillas controlled the whole of the Jebel Dhofar.

The half-hearted and inept operations by the (mostly northern Omani) Sultans Army had done little to stem the insurgency but everything to drive recruits into the rebels’ hands as they failed to come to grips with the guerilla groups but lashed out at the local civilian population.

However, in 1970 things began to change as the old Sultan, Said Bin Taimur, was deposed with British help by his son Sultan Qaboos Bin Taimur. The old Sultan had kept the country firmly in the middle ages by his feudal system of Government and his refusal to allow any kind of modernization. Speaking to Omanis about this on a recent visit to the Oman the author was told that the country was like one big prison in which the people were allowed to do nothing.

There were no roads, no schools, no hospitals and no development of water resources for home or agricultural use. Many of the young men left the country in frustration to work else where in the Middle East and others travelled to Northern Yemen, or the Peoples Democratic Republic of Yemen (PDRY) to give it its true title, to attend schools. This opened their eyes to the deprivations they were suffering at home. Continue reading

Disasters 2.0 Conference Addresses Social Media Use

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by Elaine Pittman on January 28, 2010

The use of social media to inform communities about emergencies has taken local public information officers by storm. Recent events have outlined social media’s popularity as survivors of Haiti’s earthquake turned to Twitter and other networks to update their statuses and verify the well-being of loved ones. Its popularity with citizens worldwide has led to a bevy of questions regarding use and best practices.

About 130 public and private information officers from the emergency management, first response and business continuity communities gathered on Jan. 21 at the Midwest Disasters 2.0: Social Media and Emergency Response training session. The session’s goal was to assemble Kansas City, Kan.-area emergency communicators to learn how social media systems work and how they can be used during a disaster. Continue reading

India – Youth arrested for posing as Salman on website

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PTI, 28 January 2010, 10:40am IST

SURAT: A youth was arrested for allegedly drawing donations from fans of Bollywood star Salman Khan through a  fake website, Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) officials said today.

Intakhawab Alam was arrested yesterday from Rander for posing as Salman Khan on a fake website created by him, they said.

He used to reply to fans and keep the website updated, ATS officials said.

Alam had created a website under the name of Bollywood actor Salman Khan and used to send messages to fans and asked for their comments and opinions on articles written on the site. Continue reading