♦ A joint U.S. Department of Homeland Security/FBI bulletin sent to state and local law enforcement agencies says that lone individuals who favor al-Qaida's extremest ideology are most likely to attack inside the United states in the short-term. The bulletin warns that these individuals are "unburdened by organizational constraints that can slow operational decisions by established terrorist groups," says CNN. The bulletin asks local law enforcement to be especially watchful for suspicious activity.
♦ A new report from the Institute for Homeland Security Solutions at RTI International reveals that while it may be the lone wolves who are most likely to attack, it's the average Joes who are most likely to stop them. Researchers from the Institute for Homeland Security Solutions and the RAND Corporation analyzed 68 potential cases of terrorism in the United States from 1999 to 2009.The findings included that "the general public helped foil nearly a third of those attacks, largely by tipping off law enforcement officers. The tips were of a substantial nature; people noticed genuinely threatening actions that many citizens would not see."