From Russia with Love – the elusive female terrorist and Russia’s sweeping new anti-terrorism laws

“From Paris With Love”  In a weird case of real life emulating fiction, the mass hunt for the alleged prospective suicide bomber, the so-called “black widow” of Chechnya, Ruzana Ibragimova, before the Sochi Olympic Games is playing out a little like the film “From Paris With Love“, the fictional story of a beautiful female terrorist […]

Potential liability over terrorist attacks on critical infrastructure for private and government participants

Terrorists will target critical infrastructure Study after study makes one thing clear – the West remains ill-prepared to defend against a terrorist attack to critical infrastructure. That makes it obviously vulnerable, but it also exposes government agencies and the private sector (who own or manage upwards of 80% of critical infrastructure in some areas), among […]

UK independent reviewer releases 2012 terrorism report

The independent reviewer of the U.K.’s terrorism legislation has released his latest report (the “Report“) highlighting terrorism developments over the last 12 months in the U.K. Some interesting parts of the Report are as follows: Terrorist acts targeted against Jewish people According to the Report, there were several terrorist incidents in the U.K. principally targeted […]

Auditor General of Canada says $3.1 billion in funding to combat terrorism unaccounted for in Canada

The Auditor General of Canada, Michael Ferguson, released his Spring 2013 Report (the “Report“) today and among the key findings, found that a whopping $3.1 billion in funding to programs to combat terrorism in Canada is unaccounted for. Moreover, the Report found that some of the $12.9 billion approved for fighting terrorism in Canada went to pay for […]

U.S. warns of increasing incidents of ransom for terrorist financing

  U.S. Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, David Cohen, was in Europe this week warning government agencies against the increase in kidnappings for ransom by terrorist organizations (listed entities). In the past decade, al Qa’ida is estimated to have received ransom payments of US$120 million from kidnappings that occurred mostly in North Africa, […]