- Slides: 8
Robert Mireles, Sr. Police Officer Houston Police Department Criminal Intelligence Division
(U//FOUO) This communication is sent, along with the attached Intelligence Bulletin, as an alert to your agency in identifying potential targeting preferences of some homegrown violent extremists (HVEs). The information is provided jointly by FBI, DHS, and NCTC to assist federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government counterterrorism and law enforcement officials and private sector security partners in deterring, preventing, or disrupting terrorist attacks within the United States. (U//FOUO) Although there is no specific and credible information of a plot by terrorist organizations to attack the homeland at this time, there is concern terrorist-inspired individuals and homegrown violent extremists may be encouraged or inspired to target public events. (U//FOUO) Extremists considering a diverse set of potential targets, could include uniformed personnel and associated facilities, ideological opponents, public sporting events, and the commercial and transportation sectors. As an officer and public safety issue, Law Enforcement, Fire-EMS and other first responders are reminded to remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings.
(U//FOUO) Tactics such as LURING, DIVERSION, or SWATTING should be considered when responding on a call for service wherein a disturbance, false alarm, or preliminary attack is used to draw first responders to a Pre-determined location for the purpose of conducting a direct attack against arriving personnel. (U//FOUO) Potential Indicators and warnings to consider include past behaviors associated with pre-operational surveillance and testing of Security such as: (U//FOUO) Suspicious observation of or unusual questions to building maintenance or security personnel about security procedures; (U//FOUO) Engaging in overtly suspicious actions to provoke and observe responses by security or law enforcement officers;
(U//FOUO) Suspicious interest in entry points, peak days and hours of operation, security personnel, surveillance assets (including cameras), and access controls such as alarms, barriers, doors, gates, or locks; (U//FOUO) Suspicious observation of security reaction drills or procedures; multiple false alarms or fictitious emergency calls to same locations or similar venues; (U//FOUO) Loitering, parking, or standing in the same area over multiple days with no reasonable explanation; (U//FOUO) Unusual attention to or avoidance of surveillance cameras; (U//FOUO) Attempts to disguise appearance from visit to visit (change in hair color, style of dress); Interest without justification in obtaining site plans, ingress and egress routes, and information on employees or the public;
(U//FOUO) Garments not appropriate for weather/seasons or location; (U//FOUO) Unusual behavior, such as staring at or quickly looking away from personnel or vehicles entering or leaving facilities or parking areas; (U//FOUO) Discreet use of still cameras and video recorders or note taking or use of sketching materials, consistent with pre-operational surveillance, that would raise suspicion in a reasonable person; (U//FOUO) Attempted or unauthorized access to rooftops or other potentially sensitive areas; and (U//FOUO) Suspicious observations of or questions about facility air conditioning, heating, and ventilation systems.
(U) To report suspicious activity, law enforcement, Fire-EMS, private security personnel, and emergency managers should follow established protocols; all other personnel should call 911 or contact local law enforcement. Suspicious activity reports (SARs) will be forwarded to the appropriate fusion center and FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force for further action. For more information on the Nationwide SAR Initiative, visit http: //nsi. ncirc. gov/resources. aspx. (U//FOUO) Information contained in this document is for official use only. No portion of this communication should be released to the media, the general public, or over non-secure Internet servers. Release of this material could adversely affect or jeopardize investigative activities. Protecting Citizens' Civil Rights & Civil Liberties The "If You See Something, Say Something™" campaign respects citizens' privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties by emphasizing behavior, rather than appearance, in identifying suspicious activity. Factors such as race, ethnicity, and/or religious affiliation are not suspicious. The public should only report suspicious behavior and situations (e. g. , an unattended backpack or package, or someone breaking into a restricted area). Only reports that document behavior that is reasonably indicative of criminal activity related to terrorism will be shared with federal partners.
Links and Resources Preventing Terrorism: Protecting the American people from terrorist threats is the reason the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was created, and remains our highest priority. https: //www. dhs. gov/preventing-terrorism IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING https: //www. dhs. gov/see-something-say-something
HOUSTON REGIONAL INTELLIGENCE SERVICEFUSION CENTER HRISC-Fusion. [email protected] Police. org 713 -884 -4710 713 -884 -4726 (Fax) Robert Mireles, Sr. Police Officer 713 -884 -4717 713 -376 -0966 (CEL)