Tag Archives: USA

US multiagency operation dismantled part of al-Qaeda’s cryptocurrency network. What we learned so far and what to expect – by Daniele M. Barone

On August 13, the US Department of Justice announced that the US government, through a multiagency effort, seized about $2 million in Bitcoin from accounts connected to Al Qaeda, Daesh, and the al-Qassam Brigades (i.e. Hamas’s paramilitary arm) and disrupted their terrorism financing cryptocurrency networks. Continue reading

A Brief Review of the Current Public Safety Homicide Crisis in Major US Cities – by Giovanni Pisapia

Some major US cities have recorded staggering increases in homicides in the first six months of 2020, if compared with the same period in 2019: some increases range from 25% (Philadelphia) to 85% (Minneapolis). This trend is bringing to light a public safety crisis, revealed by a long-term increase in the number of gang-related recorded shootings and reduction of proactive-policing. Continue reading

04Giu/20

U.S. riots and police brutality: responding to a homeland security threat – by Maria Chr. Alvanou

Throughout the U.S. there is turmoil due to the death of George Floyd, attributed to the murderous act of a police officer, already arrested and charged. Reactions have ranged from peaceful demonstrations to serious riots in several cities. Events like burning down police stations and vehicles, as well as vandalisms, looting, clashes with law enforcement, etc have created the background for violence connected with further loss of lives. Continue reading

27Ott/19

La morte di Al-Baghdadi: prime considerazioni – by Marco Lombardi

Questa mattina gli americani ci informano della morte del leader di Daesh, Al-Baghdadi.  Il Califfo si sarebbe fatto saltare in aria attivando la cintura da suicida che portava, morendo insieme a un paio di mogli quando scovato dalla operazione delle forze speciali del Delta Team americano. In totale 9 morti durante l’assalto al compound dove si trovava a Barisha, in provincia di Idlib, a 5 chilometri dal confine turco. Continue reading

11Ott/18

Event Safety and Security Risk Update: Stampedes, or Crowd Surge/Rush – By Peter Ashwin and Giovanni Pisapia

Panic and confusion erupted in Central Park on Saturday night (the 29th September 2018), after a loud noise frightened concertgoers at the Global Citizen Festival, with some people erroneously attributing the sound to gunshots. Witnesses described a near-stampede in some places, as people sprinted for cover, jumped fences and trampled one another. Some were in tears and called their loved ones, and others said they had lost items or gotten separated from their friends, according to social medial. But the police quickly refuted reports of a shooting, saying at first that the noise was from a fallen barrier, not gunshots” (Sarah Mervosh, 2018). Continue reading

10Set/18

9/11 remembrance: research reflections for security – by Maria Alvanou

The first years after the 9/11 attack were used to wage war against Al Qaeda in what seemed to be a US affair. Soon it became evident that Europe was also under threat and while european countries never adopted a direct, clear military approach to countering terrorism, they did take measures and adopted polices that challenged longstanding principles of human rights and liberties. Continue reading

23Mar/18

Base USAF: auto bomba esplode all’ingresso. Chi bussa? – by Daniele Plebani

Un’automobile, il giorno 21 marzo 2018 alle ore 19:00, carica di bombole di gas propano si è lanciata contro l’ingresso principale della Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, in Northern Carolina. Il guidatore, morto nell’attacco, ha deliberatamente innescato l’esplosione. La base USAF ospita circa 10.000 persone e la sua operatività è di supporto alle operazioni nel pacifico con cargo e trasporti. L’FBI sta trattando l’episodio come un caso di terrorismo, a causa della volontarietà dell’atto suicida. Continue reading

02Nov/17

New York e terroristi Uzbechi nel quadro del jihadismo dell’ex Urss – by Giovanni Giacalone

L’attentato di Halloween a New York torna a far parlare ancora una volta del pericolo proveniente da jihadisti originari di paesi ex membri di quella che era una volta l’Unione Sovietica. L’attentatore, identificato come l’uzbeko Sayfullo Saipov, era giunto negli USA nel 2010 dopo aver vinto la “green card” alla lotteria che ogni anno mette a disposizione 55.000 permessi. Continue reading