From New York to Las Vegas, Manchester to Melbourne, cities that have been subjected to recent mass violence will be on particularly high alert as throngs of revelers gather to celebrate the arrival of 2018. An Australian police chief might have been speaking for his counterparts around the world when he said, “We will basically lock down the center of the city.”
Increasingly, terrorists are using motor vehicles to plow into crowds of pedestrians. Many cars are now equipped with cameras and radar sensors that activate automatic braking systems. Can these devices help stem the attacks?
The NYPD said the suspect, Akayed Ullah, was inspired by ISIS but did not appear to have direct contact with group. “Thank God, (he) did not achieve his ultimate goals,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a Monday press conference.
James Gonzalo Medina, 41, pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction against the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center in South Florida. A federal judge ordered him to undergo mental treatment while serving his sentence.
The president announced he would visit Las Vegas Wednesday, after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Alleged gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire late Sunday on an outdoor country music concert near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, killing at least 58 people and injuring more than 500. Paddock took his own life as officers stormed his hotel room.
A year-long Boston Globe investigation released this week shows how the Federal Aviation Administration’s lax system of registering airplanes and pilot’s licenses is being exploited by drug runners– and even terrorists.
U.S. policymakers have begun to focus on the security threats from Trinidad and Tobago, just off South America’s north coast. According to a new study, the island nation of 1.2 million is emerging as a narcotics shipping hub; and on a per capita basis, it has sent more foreign fighters to Iraq and Syria than anywhere else in the region.
By Dec. 31, Congress must decide whether to overhaul a controversial surveillance program that collects Americans’ emails, phone calls and texts without a warrant. “This law is supposed to be a tool to fight terrorist threats overseas,” says Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. “Instead it’s being used as an end-run around the Constitution.”
A survey conducted by the John Jay College Center on Terrorism found that only 38% of all respondents “expressed familiarity with the general idea that climate change could multiply global threats such as political violence or mass migrations, or act as a catalyst for conflict.”