Posted: November 27th, 2013
Terrorism and Homeland Security
Terrorism and Homeland Security
The terrorism attack threat on Anytown brought to the department of security’s attention is the main drive for the writing of this report. Through research and investigation, it has been confirmed that the renowned terrorist group by the name Abu Nidal Organization (ANO), which conducts most of its operations from Iraq, is behind this threat. It is based in all its main funding countries like Syria, Libya and Iraq. Considering the history of its attacks and the countries it is related to, it can not be underestimated on the places and the extent of damage it is willing to do.
A brief attack history of the group is that it has carried out attacks in more than twenty countries worldwide. Some of these countries include modern Palestine, United States, United Kingdom, Israel, PLO and the Arab countries. A total number of nine hundred people have either been killed or injured in all the attacks. As we have encountered them before, their main aim is to kill as many people as they can when undertaking any attack. They especially have a major hatred for the United States because of its efforts to frustrate the group’s operations since 1974. This means that the attack here will be a major one.
High Risk areas
According to the population data, 88.5% of Caucasians live in the woodland suburbs of Anytown while 75% of the minority resides in the apartments in the urban areas. Due to the group’s aim explained earlier, the group’s main target attacks may be the woodlands suburbs. Another main target for this place may be based on racial grounds. However, the urban areas will not be ignored. The group’s main target will be to get as many casualties as possible, so any part that can accomplish this aim will be targeted. In order to narrow down the vast area, the department has analyzed social places and the most frequented places such as the commercial buildings and social grounds (White, 2011). Malls, restaurants and other eating joints, federal buildings and the churches will be the focus in both the urban areas and the suburbs. Factories with large numbers of employees are also our focus.
The large buildings in this area are frequented by approximately three thousand people in a day. The social grounds are attended by approximately a thousand people per day. Since the average income for a person in this city is approximately $48,670, most of the people frequent the stores with average prices. More than 65% of the population is working adults so the most casualties will be the active adults if the attack was to take place. This is the reason why the security department is willing to deploy extra security in the main commercial buildings in the city and the factories with more than 250 employees working in the same area.
Since we have confirmation that he group has already arrived in the city, the department is doing its best in finding out the areas believed to be their hiding places. The department’s main goal is to stop the attack. However, since we do not have the specific date or dates of the attack(s), our other attention is directed to finding the escape routes.
In order to avoid any panic by the public, the evacuation plans are being carried out secretly or in disguise. For example, we have already contacted the major buildings at risk and informed them of having a refresher workshop with the building occupants on how to evacuate a building in case there is any incident. We have told them to carry out this activity as though they were just updating the occupants without raising any panic or suspicion. The department has also encouraged the security in the airports, and train stations to be on alert and to be extremely thorough while doing the checks. This is because we are not sure whether the weapons are already in the country or they will have to be brought in.
Extra surveillance has also been placed on the most vulnerable areas mentioned (Nicholson, 2005). Since the ANO is known for hitting where it hurts the most, the schools (especially the kindergarten, elementary and high schools) are under extra surveillance and security. This is not limited to the vulnerable regions. The security has been biffed up in the region to cover all schools. The universities and other learning institutions are under the extra surveillance too. Extra cameras and other security devices have been mounted in the mentioned buildings, schools, federal buildings and the transportation grounds.
Although this has been carried out indirectly in order to avoid panic, the people have been asked to avoid staying in large groups or unnecessarily staying in one building for too long. This has been done under the pretence of the attacks taking place in other countries and that it is always good to stay safe. All the attention has been driven to this attack threat and the officials in the department are determined to find the culprits. The whole city is at risk but the areas mentioned as the most vulnerable will be put under high surveillance and the necessary arrangements done in preparation of the attack. Our main priority is preventing the attack.
Carter, D. L. (2004). A Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies. Law Enforcement Intelligence. Retrieved from http://www.intellprogram.msu.edu/Carter_Intelligence_Guide.pdf
Nicholson, W. C. (2005). Homeland security law and policy. Springfield, Illinois: Charles C. Thomas.
White, J. R. (2011). Terrorism and Homeland Security. Belmont, CA: Wordsworth.
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