Fort McCoy News Aug. 11, 2017

Antiterrorism Month:

Watch for signs of radicalization

In 2016, terrorist activity continued to increase across the globe, including in Western nations such as France, Belgium, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Much of the activity was connected to fighters who embrace radical Islamic ideology.

The threat that ideological supporters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and other terrorist organizations pose is unlike any other faced in recent times. The attacks in Paris; Brussels; Manchester, U.K.; and Orlando, Fla., are not going to be the last of this type. Supporters of ISIL are resilient, adaptable, and capable. The weapons and tactics they use range from the very simple to the sophisticated.

One goal of the Fort McCoy Antiterrorism Office is to educate Soldiers, Department of the Army (DA) civilians, contractors, and Family members about the tactics, techniques, and procedures used by terrorists.

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All personnel who live and work in and around Fort McCoy are sensors of the community and are encouraged to report people exhibiting the following indicators:

• advocating support for an international terrorist organization or objectives.

• association with connections to known or suspected terrorists.

• repeated expressions of hatred or intolerance for U.S. society, culture, and government and the principles of the U.S. Constitution.

• actively attempting or encouraging others to violate laws, disobey orders and regulations, and disrupt military activities based on radical political or religious ideology.

• providing financial and material support to known or suspected terrorists.

• repeatedly visiting websites that promote and advocate for violence to be directed against the United States or the Department of Defense in furtherance of terrorist groups ideology.

• having Family ties to known or suspected terrorists.

• distribution of literature of a radical nature.

The internet and social media can play major roles in recruiting followers by making it possible for terrorist groups to broadcast their messages. Terrorist groups use methods such as online videos, encrypted chat rooms, magazines, and social media sites to reach out to potential recruits.

The internet and social media, combined with encouragement from Family and friends, can help mobilize a recruit to become a home-grown violent extremist.

Prior to entering the mobilization process, the individual will often have unfilled personal needs and feel as if he or she is marginalized.

In some cases, a person may exhibit insular behavior and will not have close Family and friends. He or she will often seek out someone or something to identify with in an effort to establish a peer network. Once the potential recruit has made a decision to embrace radical ideology, he or she enters the mobilization process.

Everyone in the Fort McCoy community can help keep the installation safe by reporting suspicious activities on Fort McCoy to the Directorate of Emergency Services Police Department by calling 608-388-2000 or to the local police force if off post. All emergency situations should be reported to a local emergency number, such as 911.

Military personnel residing in military Family housing on South Post should report suspicious activities to the Fort McCoy police at 608-388-2000.

For more information about Antiterrorism Awareness Month, antiterrorism-awareness training, reporting suspicious activity, iWatch, or other antiterrorism-related issues, call the Installation Antiterrorism Office at 608-388-4719/4504.

   (Article prepared by the Fort McCoy Antiterrorism Office.)