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TTP Brief: Identifying Threats at an Airport

BLUF: A few years back the TSA's "Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques” (SPOT) documents were leaked. Below are some of the indicators of threats that TSA would observe for in passengers. It might be a good idea to apply the observations in general scenarios IOT to be self aware of potential threats in the public.

Keep an eye on those around you and watch for suspicious behavior and other compounding cues. Remember, these are not from the GBC but instead are TSA guidelines for spotting a terrorist or other airline risk.

Assign 1 point per “stress” factor, 2 points per “fear” factor and 3 points per “deception factor”. 0-3 is no threat, 4-5 is cause for concern, 6 or more requires immediate intervention (such as reporting to LE).

》Stress factors:
- Arrives late for flight, if known
- Avoids eye contact with security personnel or LEO
- Exaggerated yawning as the individual approaches the screening process
- Excessive fidgeting, clock watching, head-turning, shuffling feet, leg shaking
- Excessive perspiration inconsistent with the environment
- Face pale from recent shaving of beard
- Facial flushing while undergoing screening
- Faster eye blink rate when individual requested to submit to screening procedures
- Increased breathing rate, panting
- Obvious “Adam’s Apple” jump when requested to submit to screening procedures
- Protruding or beating neck arteries
- Repetitive touching of face
- Rubbing or wringing of hands
- Strong body odor
- - Sweaty palms
- Trembling
- Whistling as the individual approaches the screening process

》Fear factors:
- Bag appears to be heavier than expected or does not suit the individual’s appearance
- Bulges in clothing
- Cold penetrating stare
- Constantly looking at other travelers or associates
- Exaggerated emotions or inappropriate behaviors to the location such as crying, excessive laughter or chatter
- Exaggerated, repetitive grooming gestures
- Hesitation/indecision on entering checkpoint or submitting to screening process
- Individuals who are seemingly unrelated but display identical dress or luggage
- Powerful grip of a bag or hand inside the bag
- Rigid posture, minimal body movements with arms close to side
- Scans area, appearing to look for security personnel or LEO
- Shows unusual interest in security officers and their work routine
- Displays arrogance and verbally expresses contempt for the screening process
- Wearing improper attire for location
- Widely open staring eyes

》Deception factors:
- Appears to be confused or disoriented
- Appears to be in disguise
- Asks the Behavior Detection Officer security-related questions
- Does not respond to authoritative commands
- Maintains covert ties with others (maintaining consistent eye contact with others, exhibiting hand gestures to others or passing objects to others)
- Repeatedly pats upper body with hands (not associated with divesting objects at X-ray/Metal Detector).
FYSA: On Thursday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken addressed the expectation that Iran will be capable of building a nuclear weapon as early as February 2022. He said , "We have, I think, a few weeks left to see if we can get back to mutual compliance...We’re very, very short on time...Iran is getting closer and closer to the point where they could produce on very, very short order enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon."
Infrastructure Brief: Power Grid Deficiencies.

The aging U.S. power grid is targeted every four days on average by either a cyber or a physical attack. The number of power outages doubles every 5 years, mostly because of our increased energy needs, but also due to natural disaster and heat waves. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Infrastructure Report found a number of deficiencies in 2021 that go beyond electrical concerns. These deficiencies include a water-break occurrence every 2 minutes causing a loss of 6 billions gallons per day, a finding that 43% of our public roadways are in poor or mediocre condition, and "Boil Water" notice increases which were significantly larger due to winter storms.

The lower 48 states’ power grid remains at full capacity raising concerns with "distribution, reliability, and cost of service, producing constraints for delivering power from remote generation sites, specifically from renewable sources, to consumers."

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If an EMP were to hit the U.S. it would cost the $41.5 billion per day to the economy and it would take months if not years for the power grid to be replaced and for things to get back to some sort of normal. There is a 12% chance of a natural coronal mass ejection (CME) in the coming decade.

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Field Notes: The FBI, ATF, and local SWAT are on-scene in Texas where the self-claimed brother (Muhammad Siddiqui) of convicted Al-Qaeda terrorist, Aafia Siddiqui, has take...(CLASSIFIED)
Update: The terrorist who took hostages demanding for the release of an Al-Qaeda operative has been identified as Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old British Muslim. He was reportedly arrest "15 years ago and jailed for 10 years". President Biden referred to the incident as "an act of terror" and aserted the terrorist obtained the weapon on "the street" and possibly lived amongst the homeless. The FBI’s North (CLASSIFIED)
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Economic Brief: Inflation, Consumer Price Index, APR.

BLUF: Here's a quick glance at key economics numbers.

December's inflation hit 7% (near 40 year high). Separately, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 7% in 2021 (near 30 year high).

The U.S. Central Bank is expected to raise rates 4 times this year. Credit card rates are expected to increase to an average of 16.9% by end-of-year 2022.

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) advised there would be a decrease in bond purchasing leading up to March 2022 while projecting at least three rate hikes in both 2022 and 2023, with a terminal rate of 2-2.25% by 2024.

Gasoline is up 50%, food overall is up 6.3%, used cars up 37%, home heating fuel is up 24%, meat/eggs up 12.5%, new cars up 12%, electricity up 6%, restaurants up 6%, and clothing up 6%.

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Field Notes: Russian intelligence agency, FSB, reports they have dismantled the ransomware crime group "REvil". The arrests in Russia led to the recovery of $5.5 million and $600k in cryptocurrency, and 20 luxury vehicles. This comes after the U.S. provided information and a request to Russia to stop the gang.
FYSA: 2021 had the highest number of law enforcement officers intentionally killed in the line of duty since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Censorship Brief: One America News Network Dropped.

DirectTV announced it will be dropping One America News (OAN) at the end of its contract. OAN is a conservative news channel. OAN has frequently ranked in the top 40 channels of cable/satellite television. OAN appears to have been targeted due to its allegations against the Dominion Voting Systems and its support of President Trump.

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Field Notes: Virginia Governor Youngkin took office on January 15 and has since signed more than 10 executive orders which take the following actions; end teaching of Critical Race Theory in public schools, remove school mask mandate allowing parents to make the decision on whether their child wears a mask in school (Arlington schools announced they will defy the order and mandate masks), combat and prevent human trafficking while providing support to survivors, cut job regulations by 25%, and rescind the coronavirus vaccine mandate for state employees.
Pandemic Brief: Potential Marburg Virus Outbreak in China.

Major disruptions have been reported at China's largest port (and largest in the world) in Shanghai. Ships were recently being diverted to Shanghai as other ports were backlogged. A viral outbreak is blamed for much of the delays, officially the outbreak is Omicron but that claim is disrupted by on the ground reports. Shanghai has a population of 27.8 Million people.  At any given time the port of Shanghai has up to 10,000 cargo ships, and processes 40.2 million intermodal shipping containers annually.

In Shenzhen, port workers were removed to be tested and quarantined. Certain imports were stopped from entering at the port to reduce manpower strains. Several other ports have shutdown to reduce the spread of the potential virus. 

The city of Tianjin, about an hour from the capital, has ordered a third round of mass testing over the weekend. A port and manufacturing center with 14 million people, Tianjin is one of a half dozen cities where the government is imposing lockdowns and other restrictions as part of a policy to track down every virus case.

In Beijing, an office building filled with workers was locked down, trapping employees inside. Videos online show hundreds of buildings being closed, as in blocked by police, barricaded, or otherwise locked.

Omicron has been cited by officials as the cause for recent port disruptions and lockdowns. Unconfirmed reports, social media videos, and online claims indicate another outbreak is occurring. Alternative news outlets are reporting on a potential Ebola-like hemorrhagic fever virus spreading in China. The virus is said to be causing bleeding from orifices and open wounds. Early indications show that China is taking severe precautions to contain the spread of a disease. The measures are similar to those we saw in January of 2020 when we first reported on COVID-19 before mainstream media began talking about Wuhan. 

Marburg Virus Disease (MVD), also known as Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. The reported average MVD case fatality rate is around 50%. Case fatality rates have varied from 24% to 88% in past outbreaks depending on virus strain and case management. Last year it was discovered in Guinea (West Africa) in August of 2021. The WHO said that MVD is "epidemic-prone" and can spread easily between people if not prevented. The infectious fever causes internal bleeding by an overwhelming inflammatory reaction that decreases a patient’s platelets and clotting factors often causing blood to secrete externally.

We have been unable to corroborate these reports of MVD in China but due to growing claims by previously reliable resources we thought we should notify our readers for your situational awareness. 

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FYSA: A January 12 dated letter from Ghislaine Maxwell’s attorney was delivered to a judge reading "After careful review of the detailed objections submitted by Non-Party (John) Does 17, 53, 54, 55, 56, 73, 93, and 151, counsel for Ghislaine Maxwell writes to inform the Court that she does not wish to further address those objections." Debrief: (CLASSIFIED)
10th Ammendment Brief: Federal Overreach to Prevent Tax Cuts.

The America Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) created a provision stipulating how states could use federal funds (relief) with regard to tax cuts. This would disable states from reducing tax burdens from tax-payers for 3 years. The rule was framed a measure to keep states from offsetting tax relief to citizens using federal funds. A federal judge last week issued an injunction formally blocking the ambiguous tax mandate in President Biden’s $1.9 trillion ARPA.

The bill read "A State or territory shall not use the funds provided under this section … to either directly or indirectly offset a reduction in the net tax revenue of such State or territory resulting from a change in law, regulation, or administrative interpretation during the covered period that reduces any tax (by providing for a reduction in a rate, a rebate, a deduction, a credit, or otherwise) or delays the imposition of any tax or tax increase."

The complaint, led by Ohio and 12 other states rea...(CLASSIFIED)
FYSA: The 10 largest U.S. airlines (and FedEx/UPS) have requested immediate invervention to halt tomorrow's activation of 5G mobile phone services citing it will cause "major disruptions" to planes' navigation systems. The airlines appealed to U.S. officials saying "immediate intervention is needed to avoid significant operational disruption to air passengers, shippers, supply chain and delivery of needed medical supplies.” AT&T and Verizon responded today saying they would temporarily limit the C-Band roll out near some airports but blamed the U.S. for not taking approiate measures to resolve the issue saying "The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and our nation's airlines have not been able to fully resolve navigating 5G around airports, despite it being safe and fully operational in more than 40 other countries." The primary concern among airlines is 5G interference with safety equipment pilots rely during inclement weather.
Global Defense Brief: Ukraine/Russia War Pending, Worldwide Defense Developments.

Russia has begun evacuating civilian personnel from their Embassy in Kiev. Russia continues to move military equipment and vehicles west toward Ukraine while arranging for new "military exercises" in Belarus. Part of the Russian vehicles and weapons are from the 16th Radiation, Biological and Chemical Defense Brigade. A British military Boeing C-17A Globemaster III delivered anti-tank weapons to Ukraine. Canada has sent a contingent of special forces operators to Ukraine to deter Russian aggressive and aid in evacuation of Canadian citizens. The White House said "We believe we're now at a stage where Russia could at any point launch an attack on Ukraine...no option is off the table". The U.S. continues to take a soft approach to countering Russian aggression while other countries continue to offer Ukraine support to deter a Russian attack. Separately, Microsoft discovered a series of malware attacks on Ukraine's government computers that are designed to destroy and delete all data once triggered. The threat could leave Urkaine unable to operate "Command and Control" operations effectively in the event a war occurs with Russia. Russian President Putin has scheduled a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss NATO talks in early February.

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Iran's proxy forces, Ye...(CLASSIFIED)
FYSA: The USPS is expected to begin shipping the first of 500 million COVID-19 at-home tests over the coming weeks. Starting today, citizens can order a free kit (4 tests) at COVIDtests.gov

Debrief: Expect to see an increased number of reported COVID-19 cases as well as manpower shortages at businesses and organizations across the country as otherwise asymptomatic people call out sick due to test results. There could also be an impact on USPS if the tests flood the delivery line. USPS is approved use up to 7,000 temporary workers to label and package the test kits at 43 facilities which just received orders of extra labeling machines. These works along with full-time USPS, will shift duties to labeling and shipping of the kits. Delivery impacts will depend upon promotion of the website and how many and when people claim the tests. 160 additional mail packages are set to enter the mail over the next month.
National Security Brief: Aftermath of Texas Synagogue Hostage Incident.

The FBI has finally admitted that the terrorist hostage event in Texas focused on the Jewish community saying it was a "terrorism-related matter, in which the Jewish community was targeted."

The terrorist was known to the Britsh MI5 intelligence service and was on their watchlist. He was also reportedly banned from the British Courts for rants about 9/11 and saying he wish he had died in one of the planes.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warned that faith-based communities will likely remain potential targets for violence.

Debrief: The synagogue's service was live-streamed on Facebook and it luckily captured the audio of the terrorist demanding the release of Al-Qaeda's Aafia Siddiqui. Our concern is, what would the public actually know if this incident wasn't live-streamed? Would it be purported by officials as gun violence? As an isolated attack br...(CLASSIFIED)
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Domestic Extremism Brief: DOJ Prosecutors Added to Counter Dissidents and Terrorists

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced this month the formation of a prosecutorial domestic terrorism unit (team of lawyers) to coordinate a two-fold increase in charges against domestic violent extremists (DVEs), namely far-right activists.

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