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Indicators of Possible Homegrown Violent Extremist Terrorist Activity

By Fort Riley Antiterrorism Office | iWatch | May 14, 2012

This quarter we want to increase the awareness to the potential threats from Homegrown Violent Extremist (HVE) to our Soldiers, Family Members, and Civilian Workforce.

Since 2009, Homegrown Violent Extremist (HVE) in the United States has shown a tendency to target DOD related personnel and facilities. It is imperative that we all remain aware that an attack could take place with little or no warning due to the timeline between a HVE deciding to take action and doing so can vary greatly with each individual.

Suspicious activity is often recalled after an event. We must train ourselves to be on the lookout for things that are out of the ordinary and arouse suspicions. The Department of Homeland Security provides a list of indicators or activities that might warrant reporting. Any one of these indicators of possible HVE activity may be insignificant on its own, but when occurring with other indicators, particularly the advocacy of violence, may provide a basis for reporting.

Indicators of Possible Homegrown Violent Extremist Terrorist Activity

• New or increased advocacy of violence including providing material support or recruiting others to commit criminal acts.

• Adoption of new life styles and segregation from normal peer and family groups in association with advocating criminal or terrorist activity.

• The adoption of a new name.

• Behavior that could indicate participation in surveillance of potential targets.

• Acquisition of excessive quantities of weapons or materials that could be used to produce explosives such as ammonium nitrate-based fertilizers or hydrogen peroxide.

• Travel to or interest in traveling overseas to attend violent extremist institutions or paramilitary training camps.

• New or increased interest in Websites and reading materials that advocate violence and then initiating action in support of this activity.

• New or increased interest in critical infrastructure locations and landmarks, including obtaining aerial views of these locations.

Suspicious Activity reports can be made several ways. Reports can be made anonymously through the iWATCH webpage at http://www.riley.army.mil/contactforms/iwatch-reporting-form.aspx?c=ireport, emailed to usarmy.riley.imcom-central.list.iwatch@mail.mil, or by calling the Fort Riley Police Department at 785-239-MPMP(6767), Installation Antiterrorism Office at 785-239-6303, or the 902nd Military Intelligence Detachment at 785-239-2268.

For more information, call the Fort Riley Antiterrorism Office at 785-239-6303.

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