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Preventing and Combating Terrorism in Brazil

first_img Intelligence work has an ample scope and an urgent need for qualified professionals to develop different activities, including collection, which is considered the simplest form of activity, and as the name indicates, is the act of collecting ostensibly exposed data from open sources (internet, media, explicit reports, etc.). The “search” implies looking for denied data and is performed confidentially. This operation has great relevance due to the large scope of activities that can be performed by many terrorist groups nowadays. Their creativity is endless and the ability to identify and anticipate the nature of an attack makes the difference. For instance, we can name the hijacking of a civilian airplane for various purposes (September 11), bomb explosions (Madrid subway), the use of chemical or biological agents (Tokyo subway), suicide bombings (numerous cases in the Middle East), the use of firearms (the murder of Anwar El Sadat, in Egypt), and others as examples of these. A nation’s first line of defense against transnational terrorism is its intelligence system. It could not be different in Brazil. The Brazilian Intelligence Agency (ABIN), tried to restructure the old Brazilian system led by the National Information Services. It is the responsibility of ABIN to promote the data flow and integration of the system which encompasses the Armed Forces, several police, and public security departments, among other actors (industry organizations). Another success factor, considering globalization, is the exchange with agencies from other countries. Currently, the Brazilian Intelligence System (SISBIN), among several functions, seeks the operational capability to neutralize terrorist threats in Brazil. There is no doubt that Brazil made the list of countries most likely for terrorist attacks within the next few years, especially during the Confederations Cup, the 2013 visit of His Holiness the Pope, the 2014 World Cup, or the 2016 Olympic Games. *Fernando Montenegro is an Army Retired Brazilian Colonel, of Special Forces, Commands, and Paratroopers, specialized in Counter-terrorism These precautionary activities are universally included in the package of anti-terrorism procedures, which cover preventative countermeasures. It is the responsibility of the chief minister of the Institutional Security Cabinet of the Brazilian presidency, supported by the SISBIN, to promptly assist the president in the actions to be implemented during crisis situations. It is essential that decisions are made after taking into consideration the five fields of power: political, economic, psychosocial, military, scientific-technological. Brazil’s recent experience at the 5th Military World Games 2011 shows a trend in the establishment of a Special Operations Joint Task Force, which gathers the Army, Navy, Air Force, as well as the Federal, Military, and Civil Police. I entirely agree with the article and its proposition of synergy among the different national participants in fighting and preventing terrorism in a increasingly globalized scenario, where conflict and terror actions against “the major history players” may very well be performed by neutral nations that do not have specific criminal laws regarding this issue, like Brazil, for example. Therefore, it is of great importance that we have the prevention and response abilities for different terror manifestations. As a former Navy military, I believe that our contribution capacity can be implemented and carried out through GRUMEC – Grupo de mergulhadores de combate [Combat Divers Group] and Batalhão Tonelero – Batalhão de Operações Especiais do Corpo de Fuzileiros Navais [Marine Core Special Operations Battalion]. It is without a doubt that our current world is facing many challenges and threats at a global scale, the cold post-war has not brought peace, stability, safety or well-being to all the countries or nations of the world as expected. And it is very important to take measures and counter-measures to protect the groups of innocent people from certain conflicts and situations created by the ambitions or errors of others, and for that, intelligence at the level of human sources is very important as well as the secret high diplomacy to help decrease the tensions, and to dissuade and persuade, thank you.center_img It is also a very serious mistake to think that the purchase of expensive equipment and black uniforms would turn a man into a counter-terrorism specialist. The selection and qualification process of these professionals has been very strict in countries where this activity is taken seriously, with an average approval rate of 25% among volunteers. The counter-terrorism activities are performed by highly qualified professionals in damage control, and by trained and prepared Special Operation Forces; in this activity, improvising is a very dangerous risk. Recent experience teaches us that the operations which characterize the fourth generation war (including transnational terrorism) must prioritize human intelligence over intelligence signals and imagery. It is imperative that the activity is performed with great force and proactive characteristics. By Dialogo June 07, 2013 The control of actions such as dissemination of toxic gases or biological agents is extremely difficult and complex, in addition to implying high cost and a wide spectrum of activities, such as detoxification, decontamination, hospitals, trained professionals, mass vaccination of population, just to name a few of the activities. To perform all this, the Chemical, Biological, and Nuclear Defense Peloton of the Special Operations Brigade needs to receive support from professionals who are specialized in the identification of threats, as well as more resources and equipment. Besides, institutions such as Fundação Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, a scientific institution for research and development in biomedical sciences located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and considered one of the world’s main public health research institutions, along with the Brazilian pharmaceutical industry, must be able to initiate short-term mass production of necessary vaccines and medication. The logistics are extremely complex, and the lack of training in this situation would cost many lives. last_img read more

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SPI announces Late Model format for season-ending races

first_imgBy Jerry MackeyFARLEY, Iowa – Simmons Promotions of Farley, owner/operators of the Farley Speedway and contract holders for racing events at the West Liberty Raceway and Dubuque Speedway, will be offering IMCA Late Model competitors an opportunity to earn record-setting prize money for a weekly racing program.SPI has long been the innovative trend setters in racing in Eastern Iowa, for example SPI was the first in Eastern Iowa to utilize the exciting double file restarts, since the introduction by SPI, double file restarts have become the standard in Iowa racing. SPI was also the first to establish the popular Tri-Track Challenge offering more money to Late Model competitors than any other tracks in the area.The next innovative move will be a double feature format for the IMCA Late Models with extra racing for the fans and extra money for the drivers with one trip to the track. Following heat races and the first Late Model feature being qualified for, the first of two 25-lap main events will be run.The winner in victory lane will draw a pill, which will set the lineup for the second feature. The possible number of cars inverted for the second feature will be three rows, six rows or all cars on the lead lap.IMCA points will be awarded only for the first feature.The final six racing events of the season at the SPI tracks will utilize this format, the dates are as follows: Farley Speedway, Aug. 19 and 26; West Liberty Raceway, Aug. 20 and 27; and Dubuque Speedway, Aug. 21 and 28.last_img read more

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New Sparks coach Derek Fisher wants a title ‘as soon as possible’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersSparks general manager Penny Toler said during a 50-minute question-and-answer session at the Luxe City Center Hotel that she and Fisher have known each other about 20 years, and that he used to attend Sparks games when he played for the Lakers.“What came to mind with Derek,” Toler said, “is here’s a guy who I’ve known and has been with us forever. … From time to time, Derek and I would have conversations to talk about the (Sparks) and I would tease him, ‘Come and coach.’“It’s all about timing,” she added. “When Brian (Agler) wanted to resign, I thought, ‘Here’s a guy who has some experience. Good or bad, it’s still experience.’”The Sparks, winners of three WNBA championships, are among the three surviving franchises from the league’s original eight in 1997. They boast a veteran roster that includes Parker, the 2008 and 2013 WNBA MVP, as well as 2016 WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike. Last season, they went 19-15 and placed third in the West before losing in the conference semifinals.Fisher, who played 18 NBA seasons, replaces Agler, a decorated women’s basketball coach who led the Sparks to the 2016 title, the second of his two WNBA championships. LOS ANGELES — Sparks forward Candace Parker wore her 2016 WNBA championship ring to Friday’s introductory news conference, where she sat beside her new head coach, Derek Fisher – a five-time NBA champion for the Lakers.“I want more,” Parker said, referencing her ring, and Fisher said he understood his star player’s mandate.“I’m thankful and I’m grateful and I’m going to do the best job I can possibly do to win a championship as soon as possible,” Fisher said.The Sparks job is Fisher’s second head coaching position, following a short-lived tenure with the New York Knicks, who were 17-65 in Fisher’s first season and started 23-31 in his second before he was let go by then-Knicks president and former Lakers coach Phil Jackson. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Toler said his resignation “wasn’t a force-out or anything; when he wanted to resign, I accepted the resignation.” She added she didn’t ask why, because Michael Cooper – the former Lakers star and Sparks coach – used to say to “only want people who want to be here.”The Sparks announced Agler’s resignation Nov. 30 and news of Fisher’s hiring broke Wednesday, via a tweet from NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski.Toler indicated she’d had several discussions with Fisher – who asked “about 2,000 questions” – as well as members of the Sparks’ front office and Parker before she hired the 44-year-old former point guard.“All coaches get hired and fired,” Fisher said with regard to his time in New York. “What Penny said about learning through adversity, evolving and growing – the book is not finished yet. If you open a book and it’s 300 pages long, you can’t assume how it’s going to end on page 57. You’ve got to read the whole book. This is a good opportunity for me to write my coaching book.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.He said his stint in New York taught him lessons he’ll employ in L.A., including that he needs to emphasize communication. He also said his playing experience with the Lakers will help lead a team in an increasingly fluid, position-less style of game.“The championship teams I played on here in L.A. in ’09-10, even ’08, we had Lamar Odom at the four and Pau Gasol at center and (Trevor) Ariza and Kobe (Bryant) and myself,” Fisher said. “There was a versatility to the game, five players that all could make good decisions with the basketball, who all could shoot, all could defend. This roster has the framework in a very similar way.”Fisher said he had conversations with representatives of college programs and other professional teams prior to accepting the Sparks’ offer, but he said he doesn’t view his new position as a stepping stone to another NBA coaching job.“I’m here,” said Fisher, adding he and Toler have yet to begin filling out a staff that he hopes will help the team increase its pace of play. “There isn’t a future outside of what we’re here to talk about today. I’m the coach of the L.A. Sparks and that’s what it is. And I’m happy about it.”Parker said she was a proponent of Fisher’s hiring because she’s excited about his championship pedigree.“He’s won championships,” she said. “And until I won a championship with L.A., I didn’t realize how much it matters to have that experience and knowledge.”last_img read more

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