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FBI - Terrorism
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Surveillance - Watching a building, or other venue from a nearby location. Using binoculars, cameras, taking measurements drawing diagrams, etc. Taking photographs with no esthetic value. Recording or monitoring the activities of law enforcement.

Elicitation - Attempting to gain information about operations, infrastructure, or people. Asking suspicious questions: How many employees/guests? What types of security? Evacuation plans? Building plans? Ingress and egress routes? Shift changes?

Test of Security - Any attempts to measure reaction times to security breaches or to penetrate physical security barriers or procedures in order to test the strengths and weaknesses. This may include abandoning suspicious package, suitcase, backpack or other or item.

Financing/Funding - Suspicious transactions involving large cash payments, deposits, or withdrawals are common signs of terrorist funding. Collections for donations, the solicitation for money and criminal activity are also warning signs.

Acquiring or attempting to acquire supplies - Can include; Conventional weapons- guns, ammunition and knives. Non-conventional weapons- explosives or their precursors, chemical, biological or radiological material.
  • Additionally, this may include acquiring hospital / medical uniforms, scrubs, fraudulent identifications, keys and key cards and other related identification for access to any secured building or area.
  • This may also include otherwise legal items such as: pool chemicals, fuel, and fertilizer by individuals who may have no reasonable need to possess such items. Stockpiling large amounts of currency. Multiple passports, identifications or travel documents.
Suspicious persons out of place - People who don't seem to belong in the workplace, neighborhood, or in a particular building or area.

Dry Run - Putting people into positions and moving them around according to their plan without actually committing the crime/terrorist act. This activity also includes mapping out routes, determining the timing of patrols and routines of individuals, services and traffic lights.

Deploying assets - People and supplies are put into position to commit the terrorist act. This is a person's last chance to alert authorities before the terrorist act occurs.

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