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Justice and Terror
June 2006
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Expanding the themes of Justice and Terror, Dr. James J.F. Forest, Ph.D. leads off the June 2006 Newsletter. Dr. Forest is an Associate Professor and Director of Terrorism Studies at the United States Military Academy, West Point. We welcome him to the newsletter and encourage you to provide him with feedback on his article.

Corporal David Blosser returns with an updated article on Practical Firearm Concepts. In between, you will find cutting-edge information on criminal justice, law enforcement, terrorism and technology.

Educating Future Army Officers in an Age of Global Terrorism
By James J.F. Forest, Ph.D.

The success that the United States has had in the war on terror, and that it will have in the future, is due in part to the operational capabilities and intellectual capacity of our professional military. This article examines how West Point teaches future military officers about terrorism and counterterrorism. The views expressed are those of the author and not of the Department of the Army, the U.S. Military Academy, or any other agency of the U.S. Government.

The synergy that results from the linkage of the best operators in the world and the best intellectuals in the world is truly awesome and is sorely need in the fight against terrorism

Mass Fatality Incidents: A Guide for Human Forensic Identification
From the National Institute for Justice

In a mass fatality incident, correct victim identification is essential to satisfy humanitarian considerations, meet civil and criminal investigative needs, and identify victim perpetrators. This 96-page Special Report provides medical examiners/coroners with guidelines for preparing the portion of the disaster plan concerned with victim identification and summarizes the victim identification process for other first responders. It discusses the integration of the medical examiner/coroner into the initial response process, and presents the roles of various forensic disciplines (including forensic anthropology, radiology, odontology, fingerprinting, and DNA analysis) in victim identification.

This guide represents the experience of dozens of Federal, State, international, and private forensic experts who took part in the Technical Working Group for Mass Fatality Forensic Identification.

America's Senior Warrior
Retired Reserve Doc Deploys Third Time

Most military members end their careers by the time they are half his age, but one Army doctor says he would rather come out of retirement again and again to help the troops than watch from the sidelines. Tomorrow, retired Army Reserve Col. William Bernhard, a 75-year-old surgeon, will start a journey to Afghanistan, his third deployment in the war on terror.

"It's a great opportunity for me to serve the young men and women who, as we all know, have medical and surgical problems," said Bernhard. "We need trained, experienced physicians to take care of them, and I feel honored that I've been selected to go over there and provide medical care for these troops."

Guidance on the Management, Recording and Investigation of Missing Persons
Based on an article in our last newsletter feedback was received from a colleague in the United Kingdom. He made us aware that the UK Police National Missing Persons Bureau (PNMPB) is the centre for the exchange of information connected with the search for missing persons both nationally and internationally. The Bureau focuses on cross matching missing persons with unidentified persons. On their website the center has published a downloadable PDF version of Guidance on the management, Recording and Investigation of Missing Persons.
Street Gangs: The New Urban Insurgency

The primary thrust of this monograph is to explain the linkage of contemporary criminal street gangs (that is, the gang phenomenon or third generation gangs) to insurgency in terms of the instability it wreaks upon government and the concomitant challenge to state sovereignty. Although there are differences between gangs and insurgents regarding motives and modes of operations, this linkage infers that gang phenomena are mutated forms of urban insurgency.

In these terms, these "new" nonstate actors must eventually seize political power in order to guarantee the freedom of action and the commercial environment they want. The common denominator that clearly links the gang phenomenon to insurgency is that the third generation gangs' and insurgents' ultimate objective is to depose or control the governments of targeted countries. As a consequence, the "Duck Analogy" applies. Third generation gangs look like ducks, walk like ducks, and act like ducksa peculiar breed, but ducks nevertheless!

International Child Abduction
Using the Criminal Justice System

There are many factors to consider in determining whether or not to file criminal charges against the abductor. The childs safe return is the primary objective in any missing child case, and criminal charges may actually complicate child recovery efforts. While the threat of outstanding criminal charges may intimidate some abductors into returning the child, others may react by increasing their efforts to remain undetected.

License Plates of North America

This website is unique and a valuable investigative tool. The author, a license plate collector, has classified and scanned photographs of all North American (United States, Canada and Mexico) license plates. Moreover, he has classified them in a number of easy-to-use databases. The next time you are investigating a crime and a witness gives you a partial plate, or describes a plate from another state, you can use this website to further your investigations

Urban Areas Security Initiative

The FY 2006 DHS risk methodology represents a major step forward in the analysis of the risk of terrorism faced by our Nations communities. Tremendous gains have been made in both the quality and specificity of information and analysis incorporated within the model, yielding the most accurate estimation possible of the relative risk of prospective grant candidates. The methodology is designed to inform a policy decision regarding the allocation and investment of Federal grant funding, and should not be confused with an estimate of absolute risk faced by candidate areas

New Identity Theft Kit Available
Educate your community

Each year, millions of Americans have their identity stolen. The Federal Trade Commission, the nation's consumer protection agency, wants you to have the information you need to protect yourself against identity theft. While there are no guarantees about avoiding identity theft, its important for you to:

  • DETER identity thieves by safeguarding your information.
  • DETECT suspicious activity by routinely monitoring your financial accounts and billing statements.
  • DEFEND against ID theft as soon as you suspect a problem.

The link below includes everything you need to educate your community about how to deter, detect, and defend against identity theft. These materials are all contained in the FTCs ID Theft Consumer Education Kit and are available in English and Spanish

Forensic Examination of Digital Evidence: A Guide for Law Enforcement
National Institute for Justice Release

This guide is intended for use by members of the law enforcement community who are responsible for the examination of digital evidence. The guide, published as an NIJ Special Report, is the second in a series of guides on investigating electronic crime. It deals with common situations encountered during the processing and handling of digital evidence and can be used to help agencies develop their own policies and procedures..

Practical Firearm Concepts
By Corporal David Blosser, Kennewick Police Department

The Practical Competitive Shooting world uses some terms and concepts that we rarely if ever, hear from Police Trainers. When I attended my first practical shooting match, I assumed that my police-trained firearm skills were far superior then any local civilians. At that match, I watched with amazement at how fast and accurate a gun can actually be used. I left that match disappointed that I had not seen or been taught that type of shooting as a Police Officer. We, as Police Officers, can utilize the concepts of competitive shooting, and apply them tactically to our own training.

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