When Assessing Risk, Ensure Its Real

In the last few months there has been a constant stream of comments on this page from individuals professing to understand the Terrorism threat here in Australia. Frankly these responses are less than simplistic and at AML we now delete them. Comments based on ignorance add nothing to the conversation. For the purposes of perspective we reprint an interesting article from ABC News first published on the 10th of July, 2017.

“Australia, your misplaced fear is giving terrorists exactly what they want”
– written by Mehdi Hassan (See below)

At AML Risk Management we do not accept complacency. But to treat all immigrants as potential terrorists is just a nonsense – its ineffective and foolhardy.

This week sees the staging of the biggest outdoor Sports Event in Australia (quite possible the world) with the AFL Grand Final. Up to 100,000 people will pack into the MCG at Jolimont for that ‘one day in September’. For many Australians attending the AFL Grand Final is a ‘right of passage’.

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The security level is very high. There are bag searches and metal detection at all entrances. Visually this is a strong deterrent for would be ‘terrorists’. It is simply not an ‘easy’ target. The crowd has cameras watching it from all possible anges

However the reality day to day is that in large cities such as Melbourne and Sydney, there are myriad opportunities for those who would do harm. AML Risk Management provide real risk mitigation at a number of highly attended events such as the Royal Melbourne Show and the Caulfield Racetrack (Melbourne Racing Club).

The first step in mitigating risk is acknowledging reality. In doing so it’s possible to fully focus on what the real potential security issues are and intervene on those who would do us harm.

Take the time to read the article. Ultimately having a clear understanding provides a safer environment for all. Accurate intelligence ensures that effective prevention is both strategically well placed and in the end, remains effective.

Australia, your misplaced fear is giving terrorists exactly what they want

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What are Australians so afraid of? Why has fear started to paralyse your once-confident and uber-relaxed nation?

A recent ANU poll revealed that almost half of you (45 per cent) are now concerned that you or one of your family members could become the victim of a future terrorist attack, while more than half of you (56 per cent) think your government could do much more to prevent such an attack. Another poll found almost half of you (49 per cent) even support a Trump-esque ban on all Muslim immigration.

What is going on in a country that prides itself on a fair go for all?

Are you really so petrified by the possibility of a domestic terror attack?

Have you forgotten that yours is an island nation? That the Bali bombings back in October 2002 may have resulted in the tragic deaths of 88 Australians but there have been zero mass-casualty terror attacks on Australian soil since September 11, 2001?

Australia is not France. Nor is it the UK. Terrorism is a real and present danger, of course, yet terrorist attacks have claimed the lives of just five people in your country over the past two decades. That’s five too many but put that number in context, as Professor Greg Austin, an international security expert at the University of NSW, did last October: “More Australians have died at the hands of police (lawfully or unlawfully) in 10 years (50 at least from 2006 to 2015) or from domestic violence in just two years (more than 318 in 2014 and 2015) than from terrorist attacks in Australia in the last 20 years.”

Got that? You are also much more likely, as an Australian in Australia, to be killed falling out of bed in the morning than by a terrorist during the day. To borrow a phrase from the Aussie vernacular — fair dinkum!

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Perceptions miss the mark

Take it from this Pom journalist who has reported on the Eurozone crisis, the Brexit referendum and the election of Donald Trump — whether it’s terrorism, crime or the state of the economy, you Aussies have less to worry about than most other Western nations.

Despite recent terror-inspired stabbings and deaths, the threat of “homegrown” extremism has been overstated. As even your government has conceded, “only a very small proportion of the population supports the use of violence to try to achieve ideological, religious or political goals.” Yes, about 100 Australian Muslims are believed to be fighting for Islamic State in Syria, which is 100 too many, but that’s a tiny fraction of the Australian Muslim community of 600,000-odd. (Incidentally, the proportion of your population that is Muslim is nine times smaller than many of you seem to think it is.)

The threat posed by bearded, dark-skinned foreigners has been equally overstated. Why do Muslim refugees, arriving by the boatload from war-torn Syria and Iraq, keep so many of you up at night? The truth is the security threat posed by such men, women and, yes, don’t forget children, is truly miniscule.

Don’t take my word for it: Duncan Lewis, the head of your national security agency, the ASIO, has said he has “absolutely no evidence to suggest there’s a connection between refugees and terrorism.”

Or as your deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce, so memorably put it, there is as much a link between refugees and terrorism as there is “between testicles and terrorism.”

The model is working

The truth is that Australia should be the envy of the Western world. Yes, your country has an ugly — and in many ways, unresolved — history of racism and discrimination, both towards non-white immigrants and Aboriginal peoples. Yes, your government has failed, in the words of Human Rights Watch, to “respect international standards for asylum seekers and refugees”. Yes, you have a growing number of nativist politicians vying to be Australia’s Donald Trump, from Pauline Hanson to Jacqui Lambie.

Yet integration, by and large, is working in Australia, despite it having one of the highest foreign-born populations (28 per cent) in the West. In an era in which conservative leaders from Britain to France to Germany have been falling over one another to declare multiculturalism outdated or even dead, your current conservative government deserves praise for issuing a recent official statement declaring your country “the most successful multicultural society in the world”. “Australia,” wrote Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in the foreword, “is an immigration nation …embracing its diversity.”

It is your remarkable and admirable diversity which the terrorists seek to disrupt and undermine; groups such as Islamic State do not hide the fact that their goal is to sow fear and division. Their little helpers in the West — the Trumps, the Le Pens, the Hansons, with their “Muslim bans” and obsession with “sharia” law — are, wittingly or unwittingly, bolstering their message.

Don’t believe me? Listen to the French journalist and former Islamic State hostage Nicolas Henin, who says the group is “heartened by every sign of overreaction, of division, of fear, of racism, of xenophobia … Central to their world view is the belief that communities cannot live together with Muslims, and every day their antennae will be tuned towards finding supporting evidence.”

Islamist terrorists and Islamophobic politicians both want the same thing: for you to be filled with fear, suspicion, hate, anger.

So Australians, don’t give them what they want. Don’t be afraid. Be defiant. Don’t be frustrated. Be proud. Your nation could be a model for the rest of the West; a beacon of both immigration and integration. A nation that refuses to be cowed either by terrorist attacks or by those who would exploit terrorist attacks for partisan gain.

Many of us across the West are cheering you on. As the legendary American cartoonist Charles M Schulz put it, “Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.”

Source: abc.net.au

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Time for Real Protection – Real Safety – Real Surety

At AML Risk Management we consider the immediacy of risk. Government agencies such as the Police, ASIO and Defence Forces are assigned the role of providing accurate intelligence on potential threats and then acting appropriately. In Australia to date these agencies have demonstrated a very good record in both intelligence and in curtailing potentially disastrous activity by dissidents of all persuasions. At AML we see our role as the failsafe solution. Should parties with malicious or aggressive motives manage to bypass the authorities, AML can provide the equipment and expertise to both negate and neutralise such threats posed by these groups and individuals.

Many observers look at events such as the AFL football finals, the Spring Racing Carnival, the Moto Grand Prix at Phillip Island, the Melbourne Marathon and other major events as being likely targets for terrorist activity. From a publicity perspective, yes these events are the most attractive to groups such as ISIS. However from a logistical perspective, these are very difficult events for would be terrorists. All have very high security presence, multiple camera CCTV and a high Police presence. Bag searches, wanding and surveillance make large one off events very difficult targets.

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Consider pedestrian shopping malls, transport hubs and recreational locations. These areas are exposed. Any type of vehicle can cause very serious injury in the space of a few moments.

Consider what happened in Europe this summer. In Britain, small vans mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge with the occupants leaping out and randomly stabbing people. The Manchester bombing was at a theatre and the detonation was timed to cause maximum damage.

In Nice, and in Berlin, trucks were driven into festive crowds. The perpetrators deliberately pick what are largely uncontrolled inattentive crowds, in relatively easily accessed public spaces. This was again recently crudely and clumsily replicated in Spain.

Two things can alleviate such danger. Firstly a combination of fixed and permanent bollards with Crash Barriers installed specifically for the nominated events can almost totally negate any vehicular traffic other than authorised emergency and Police vehicles.

AML Risk Management supply and deploy a range of crash barriers. These units are designed to stop a vehicle moving at speed. Here is a video demonstrating how the unit works…

Secondly the AML team provide the most modern, up to date explosive detection devices available here in Australia. The devices are compact, portable and extremely accurate, with trained personnel operating the equipment.

Most importantly, the devices are mobile so there is no ‘checking station’. Should any suspicious package be found, AML have equipment and protocols that will ensure the effectiveness of any explosive device is minimised by 90%.

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Too many people focus on where the possible protagonists come from. Quite frankly it’s irrelevant after an attack is activated, and in 80% of cases so far, the bombers and terrorists are actually young misguided ‘home grown’ young men targeted by extremists from outside of to their local communities.

AML Risk Management take a common sense pragmatic approach to public safety and security. When contracted to do so it is our job to ensure the safety of families, of innocent people, innocent lives. If you would like to find out more please visit our website here or call us on 03 9326 2244.

Prepare, protect and provide a safe comfortable environment for the public.

AML Risk Management – The right choice.

 

Tube Station Fire Bombings in London

The Parson’s Green London Tube Firebomb Attack was attempted by young extremists in the name of Isis. The device was crude, utilising a builders bucket, a bag and a detonation device. Common and freely available materials were utilised. Such materials would be detected using Airport security checks. The Tube station and trains are soft targets, hard to monitor, but not impossible.

AML have access to explosive detection devices that are portable, accurate yet discreet. If such a device is found, AML can render it 90% ineffective upon discovery, whether it is a large, powerful explosive device or a crude device like this one was.

Be prepared, be safe. Contain, control and protect. By the time a device is deployed it makes little difference who has deployed it or why. What need to occur is a process that manages the risk and de-escalates the situation and its inherent danger.

Parsons Green tube explosion: Bomb blast in London leaves 29 injured in terror attack

AN EXPLOSION ripped through a packed commuter Tube train at Parsons Green in London this morning leaving many injured in what police have confirmed is a terror attack.

  • Explosion took place at Parsons Green tube station in West ondon after 8am on Friday, September 15
  • Officials said 29 people had been hospitalised in the blast
  • ISIS have claimed responsibility for the attack
  • Police are still searching for one suspect and have launched a major manhunt
  • Theresa May has condemned the “cowardly” attack
  • Britain’s terror threat level has been raised to critical from severe

The explosion devastated the District line train, bound for central London, which had just stopped at Parsons Green station in west London at just gone 8am.

Emergency services including police, fire and ambulance raced to the scene after the improvised explosive device detonated in a carriage.

Witnesses said they saw a white “builder’s bucket” in a supermarket bag, and pictures online appeared to show wires protruding from it on the floor of a carriage. Reports suggested the device had a timer.

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Officials said 29 people had been hospitalised in the explosion, which police are treating as a terror attack, and witnesses described scenes of terror and panic as the blast sent a “fireball” and a “wall of flame” through the carriage.At least one child was hurt after a photo emerged of a schoolgirl with burned legs.

Almost half of the injured were hurt in a stampede following the explosion. The rest suffered burns when the homemade device exploded.

One witness, Richard Aylmer-Hall said: “I was blissfully reading my paper and listening to a podcast and suddenly the whole world charged past me down the platform, down the Tube.

“There was panic, lots of people shouting, screaming, lots of screaming.

“There was a woman on the platform who said she had seen a bag, a flash and a bang, so obviously something had gone off.

“It was an absolutely packed, rush-hour District Line train from Wimbledon to Edgware Road.

“I saw crying women, there was lots of shouting and screaming, there was a bit of a crush on the stairs going down to the streets.

“Some people got pushed over and trampled on, I saw two women being treated by ambulance crews.”Since then, every emergency vehicle in London has gone past me, fire engines, ambulances, every type of police vehicle.

“I don’t think anyone was hurt by the actual device or whatever it was.”

Another passenger said: “I heard a really loud explosion – when I looked back there appeared to be a bag but I don’t know if it’s associated with it.

“I saw people with minor injuries, burnings to the face, arms, legs, multiple casualties in that way.

“People were helping each other.”

Ryan Barnett was caught up in the crush in the stairwell of the Tube station. He heard of victims with burn injuries and reported seeing some commuters taking selfies on the platform.

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Mr Barnett said: “I was sitting there, headphones in, at Parsons Green, the doors open fine, I’m not really paying attention and all of a sudden hundreds of people run past me screaming a mixture of ‘stampede’, ‘attack’, ‘terrorist’, ‘explosion’, ‘get off the train’, ‘everyone run’.“Parsons Green station has a staircase at the front of the carriage where the train pulls up – I’m running and keeping my head down because there might be gunfire and on to the staircase.

“But when I was on the staircase, the stewards and other passengers, they are shouting ‘stop, stop, stop’, so I ended up squashed on the staircase, people were falling over, people fainting, crying, there were little kids clinging on to the back of me.

“It is absolute chaos, it was quite scary because at one stage we thought we might be trapped there – I heard a pregnant woman lost her shoes and had fallen over.”

A third witness said she saw “blood on the floor” and “people running down the stairs screaming ‘get out’”.

Following the terrifying attack, Prime Minister Theresa May chaired a meeting of the Government’s Cobra emergencies committee this afternoon at Downing Street.

And she condemned the “cowardly” attack after hosting a Cobra meeting to discuss the UK’s next steps, saying it involved a device “clearly intended to cause significant harm”.

The Prime Minister said the terror threat level would remain at severe – meaning an attack is highly likely – but would be kept under review as the investigation progresses.She added there would be an increased armed police presence on the transport network in London, saying: “The police and the security services are obviously doing all the work to discover the full circumstances of this cowardly attack.”

But she also hit out at Donald Trump, after he lashed out at Scotland Yard in the wake of the attack and described the bomber as a “loser”.

He said: “Another attack in London by a loser terrorist.These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!

“Loser terrorists must be dealt with in a much tougher manner.The internet is their main recruitment tool which we must cut off & use better!”

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Mrs May said: “I never think it’s helpful for anybody to speculate on what is an ongoing investigation.”In response to the US president’s remarks, London police said “any speculation is unhelpful”.

Express.co.uk asked whether authorities knew the identity of the assailant prior to the attack but Met Police confirmed they had no idea who the suspect was at that point.

Police have since identified a man believed to be the bomber after looking through CCTV footage but they have not yet released any further information about the bomber.

The attacker is still at large but police have launched a major manhunt to bring the bomber to justice.

Local MP Greg Hands said: “[If] the perpetrator is still at large… capturing the perpetrator and attending to those injured must be the priority.”

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “I’m in contact with @metpoliceuk and emergency services about the incident at Parsons Green. Follow @metpoliceuk for updates & advice.”

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He later said: “Our city utterly condemns the hideous individuals who attempt to use terror to harm us and destroy our way of life.“As London has proven again and again, we will never be intimidated or defeated by terrorism.”

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson also urged people to “keep calm” and listen to officials.

Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney was one of the first foreign officials to publicly comment on the attack.

He tweeted: “Thoughts and sympathy with London again this morning after terror attack on Underground -a number of injuries, no Irish reported as injured.”

The EU’s Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt tweeted: “Solidarity with the people of #London & thoughts with those injured. Let’s work together to defeat those who seek to terrorise us.”

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It is now believed the bomb was being operated by timer. It is unknown whether the attacker was with the device when it exploded.Experts now believe the device malfunctioned and only the smaller detonator ignited and not the main charge.

Shocked commuters took to Twitter to describe the scene.

One said: “What the f**k is happening at Parsons Green – never been so scared – can we get an announcement???”

Another said: “Horror on District Line at Parsons Green due to explosion / fire on train.

“People struggling to get out of the station.”

A third said: “What’s happening at Parsons Green, panic on the platform reports of fire or explosion in a bag. No announcements.”

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Aaron Butterfield, a production manager, said he saw people “crawling over one another” in panic as they tried to get out of the station.He said police told him a second device had been found and a man had been seen with a knife.

Mr Butterfield had been caught up in the panic as he tried to enter the station on his way to work.

He said: “People weren’t even running, they were literally crawling over one another and just fleeing I guess.

“We were told [by police] there had been an explosion on a District Line train and someone was running around with a knife.

“Then we have just been told there’s another explosive device.

“It’s been really frightening and very confusing especially as no-one really knows what’s going on.”

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Mrs May’s Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: “Once more people going about their everyday lives have been targeted in a callous and indiscriminate way.”My thoughts are with all those injured and affected.

“The police and emergency services were quickly on the scene and I would like to pay tribute again to their professionalism and tireless commitment.

“I am receiving regular updates on what is an ongoing and active investigation.

“I would urge Londoners to remain alert and assist the police and emergency services as much as they can.”

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The Met Police have confirmed they are treating the explosion as a terror attack.A spokesman said: “Officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command are investigating after an incident on a London tube train this morning.

“Police were called at approximately 08:20hrs on Friday, 15 September to Parsons Green Underground Station following reports of a fire on the train.

“Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the senior national coordinator for CT policing, has declared it a terrorist incident.

“Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service and British Transport Police attended the scene, along with colleagues from the London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service.

“At present we are aware of a number of people who have suffered injuries.

“It is too early to confirm the cause of the fire, which will be subject to the investigation that is now underway by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.

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“The station remains cordoned off and we are advising people to avoid the area.”Anyone who has information that would assist detectives is urged to contact the hotline 0800 789 321; if it’s an emergency always call 999.

“Anyone with images from the scene is asked to upload them to http://www.ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk

“We urge the public to remain calm but alert and if you have any concerns, see or hear anything suspicious then contact police.”

The London Fire Brigade said “six fire engines, two fire rescue unit and around 50 firefighters and specialist officers” were sent to the scene.

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Transport for London said: “We are investigating an incident at Parsons Green. Customers travelling btn Wimbledon & Earl’s Court are advised to use alternative routes.”Natasha Wills, of London Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 8.20am to reports of an incident at Parsons Green underground station.

“We have sent multiple resources to the scene including single responders in cars, ambulance crews, incident response officers and our hazardous area response team, with the first of our medics arriving in under five minutes.

“Our initial priority is to assess the level and nature of injuries. More information will follow when we have it.”

This is the fourth terror attack Britain has suffered this year, following the Westminster, Manchester, London Bridge and Finsbury Park attack.

Source: express.co.uk

Real safety with peace of mind. Deploy crash barriers.

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At AML we believe there is a very strong argument to also deploy crash barriers at major events and pedestrian only locations such as shopping malls and transport hubs. The current bollards placed by the city of Melbourne and the city of Sydney are deemed deterrents and do offer some degree of safety. Please refer to our previous blogs on crash barriers for further information…

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Melbourne City Council has arranged 206 blocks in the past month

Melbourne’s anti-terror bollards ‘may not stop attack’

Security and counter-terrorism experts have warned that hundreds of cement blocks placed across Melbourne could be all but useless in a terrorist attack, calling for more effective measures to be ­implemented urgently.

As Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday attacked criticism of the temporary bollards, questions emerged about the placement of the blocks and whether they could stop a terrorist intent on mowing people down by using a car or truck.

Bollards and barriers have been placed in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide following last year’s ­attack in Nice and the January incident on Bourke Street in Melbourne, with most city councils installing temporary barriers while investi­gating more attractive permanent measures such as reinforced planter boxes.

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Melbourne City Council has arranged 206 blocks in the past month at sites including Federation Square, Bourke Street Mall, Southern Cross Station and Southbank, but in some places a car could still hit pedestrian areas.

Counter-terrorism lecturer and former Australian Federal Police officer Mark Briskey said replacing the blocks needed to be a top priority as it was a “reasonable assumption” that Australia would see more vehicular attacks.

“If people don’t move on with their security from this and look at best practice and how other people have done it, whether it’s in London or Israel, there are going to be big problems,” he said. “(The blocks) certainly offer some sort of psychological salve to ­people, but that’s not to say people can’t get around these things.”

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“(The blocks) certainly offer some sort of psychological salve to ­people”

Mr Andrews yesterday rejected questions about the placement as “irresponsible and wrong”, saying the blocks were “exactly where they need” to be, based on advice from Victoria Police.

A city council spokeswoman confirmed the arrangement of bollards had been finalised and endorsed by Victoria Police. She said several factors were considered, including the need for emergency vehicles to access the areas, at low speed.

Bollards at access points to ­Adelaide’s Rundle Mall are retractable, with emergency vehicles able to access the mall through PIN codes and swipe cards.

Australian National Univer­sity counter-terrorism professor Clive Williams said the effectiveness of cement-block barrier systems depended on their weight, spacing, and whether they were anchored. “The attractiveness … is they can be put in place cheaply and used for a temporary purpose, such as to protect a mass gathering or parade,” he said.

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“They are a good deterrent … because they look formidable.”

Another security expert, who asked not to be identified, was concerned the blocks would not stop a vehicle and called for their urgent replacement.

Twenty concrete barriers were placed this month at Sydney’s Martin Place near the site of the Lindt cafe siege in 2014.

A city spokeswoman said the NSW Police Counter Terrorism Command had recommended the barricades, which would be replaced with permanent measures.

Source: theaustralian.com.au

Proactive rather than reactive response to terrorism – Israeli Expert

The AFL Finals series is here now and soon the Spring racing Carnival will be upon us are. This is an interesting perspective from an Israeli expert Brigadier General (Res) Nitzan Nuriel. In principle we can only agree. It is the preparation and preparedness that will protect the public from harm.

Explosive detection and crash barriers are essential. And as was evidenced in the Manchester bombing it is the time AFTER a major event that provides a cover of chaos. Here is the article . Consider it realistically. You will note he does not focus on the ethnicity, religion or background of terrorists. Rather he addresses the most important consideration – how to effectively deal with such a threat.

How to Prevent the Terrorism Threat from Disrupting Concerts and Sports Events?

The suicide bombing that struck a music concert in Manchester, England last night claimed the lives of 22 people and left 59 injured. In a special column, Brig. Gen. (res.) Nitzan Nuriel discusses the challenges of holding cultural and sporting events under the shadow of terror threats.

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One of the objectives of terrorism is to spread fear (terror) and anxiety among the general public to the point of disrupting everyday life. Major sports events, along with mass-audience cultural events (music concerts, festivals and so forth) have always been, and will always remain prime targets for terrorists owing to the extensive media coverage they receive.

Characteristically, the time and place of such an event are known and publicized well in advance. Massive crowds flock to these events, the public transport systems serving the venue where the event takes place are crowded and overloaded, and the process where the audience enters and leaves the venue leads to massive bottlenecks. All of these characteristics make mass-audience events a serious weakness and a preferred target for terrorist attacks. The primary question the authorities face when specific warnings have been received of imminent terrorist attacks is whether or not the event should be allowed to take place, whether it should be postponed, canceled or relocated to a different venue.

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The Israeli sports authorities were compelled to relocate international tournaments originally intended to be held in Israel to the neighboring island of Cyprus against the background of complex security situations. Similarly, states/teams scheduled to compete against Israeli teams took advantage of the same circumstances by demanding that tournaments be relocated from Israel to other, safer locations.

Recently, we encountered three situations where the tension between holding the match as planned and the option of postponing/canceling it evolved into a practical challenge. These situations involved the Israeli national football team in a match against Albania on November 8, 2015, the Maccabi Nahariya basketball team in a rematch in the context of the Euro Cup and a match in Turkey involving the Israeli football team Hapoel Be’er-Sheva. These are but a few examples from recent times where the dilemma was reported to the public, as there were many other examples involving different sports.

It should be noted that the ISA (Israel Security Agency – SHABAK) is the government organ responsible for authorizing or refusing such sports events. The ISA is required, along with the National Counterterrorism Bureau, to consolidate and submit a specific recommendation to the minister in charge. Naturally, there is always tension between the option of surrendering to terrorism by canceling the event and the option of taking the risk despite the concrete warnings.

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The terrorist organizations will be delighted to succeed in attacking international sports events generally and sports events involving Israeli participants in particular. As far as they are concerned, having the event canceled, postponed or relocated is a victory of sorts, achieved through a relatively minor effort. All they have to do is publish a video or some other electronic message that specifically threatens the event, and the organizers will start sweating when they ponder the dilemma of whether to allow the event to go ahead as planned or cancel it. If we accept this scenario, then terrorism will be able to disrupt our life almost effortlessly, in a manner where we will no longer be able to hold any events. A fabricated warning of a bomb planted at the venue where the event is about to take place will be sufficient to cause panic and lead to a postponement or even to cancellation.

So – what should be the appropriate policy for such circumstances? What can the organizers do to avoid a situation where the plans, and life itself, are unreasonably disrupted?

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I believe that the strength and resilience of a society that values life and its own survival, the risks notwithstanding, are measured – among other things – by its ability to maintain a planned routine of events. Does a basketball game or a football match justify taking risks involving human lives? Is it justified to take a risk when facing a tangible threat only to uphold the slogan “we will not allow terrorism to win and disrupt our life”? I believe that the organizers on behalf of the country hosting the match, game or performance should prepare in such a manner as to allow the event to take place almost under any circumstances. The proper way to accomplish this goal is to employ a system of advance preparation that analyzes the threats and develops a reasonable solution for every possible threat. There are no full-proof, 100% solutions, but a 100% effort is required during the planning stage, as well as during the implementation stage so that the risk of allowing terrorism to prevail is minimized. Canceling an event should be the very last resort, invoked only after it has become abundantly clear that despite the planning process, certain scenarios had not been provided with adequate solutions, and only then should the event be canceled. In any other scenario, other alternatives should be opted for, like enhancing security, expanding the security loops and even relocating the event to a different venue. The fight against terrorism is a long-distance run, and as such, it demands that we take calculated risks.

Brig. Gen. (res.) Nitzan Nuriel is the former head of Israel’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau.

Source: israeldefense.co.il