Terrorist activity continues to increase across the globe and here at home. It is important for the Fort Bragg community to be aware of potential threats and active in reporting any suspicious activity or radicalized individuals.
“It is every citizen’s responsibility and duty to help by reporting any situation, event or indication of actions that may be a precursor to a terrorist attack,” said Don Mollett, anti-terrorism officer, Fort Bragg Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security. “Every person is a sensor.”
According to Mollett, most individuals exhibit warning signs before implementing a terrorist attack. All personnel who live and work around the installation are encouraged to report people exhibiting the following indicators of radicalization:
Advocating support for an international terrorist organization or objectives
Repeated expressions of hatred or intolerance for U.S. society, culture, 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
Distribution of literature of a radical nature
Repeatedly visiting websites that promote and advocate for violence to be directed against the U.S. or the Department of Defense
It is also important for the Fort Bragg community to be aware of their surroundings and any unfamiliar persons acting strangely, said Mollett. Some indications of suspicious activity include:
People drawing or measuring important buildings, or taking photographs of Access Control Points
Strangers asking questions about security procedures, building blueprints or VIP travel schedules
Unattended briefcase, suitcase, backpack or packages in public areas
People wearing clothes that are too big and/or wrong for the season (coats or jackets in the summer)
Unfamiliar people in secure areas
Someone not showing their face or avoiding security cameras
Mollett also stressed the importance of collecting as many details as possible about potential terrorists, including a license plate number, clothing, physical characteristics (beard, hair color, etc.) and vehicle type, including make and model.
“The trick is to have your sensors go off and report the correct information,” he said. “Don’t be complacent … it’s better to inconvenience somebody momentarily for information that turns out to be not threatening than to not report the one piece of information that could have prevented people dying.”
To report possible terrorism, suspicious activity or security issues, call 90-REACT (907-3228). However, if a report contains classified information, contact a J2, G2, S2 or Organizational Security Manager. Do not discuss classified information over the telephone.
(Editor’s Note: Some information for this article came from the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office.)