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Homeland Security

Radicalization in Prisons

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Writer: Dr Rupali Jeswal

In Prisons and Corrections we need out of the box thinking and methodology to capture and hold, analyze and neutralise the process which leads an inmate to Radicalization, to violent extremism. Patrick T Dunleavy’s book The Fertile Soil of Jihad paints a coherent picture of the Radicalization process in the prisons. Prisons are places of vulnerability … highly unsettling environments in which individuals are more likely than elsewhere to explore new beliefs and associations. An understanding is needed to capture the groups and individuals, operations and behaviour within the prison walls. To detect, markers for conversion and construction of prediction maps of capabilities, inside and outside the prison walls. Critical observation of movement needs to be mapped, of cell-to-cell, zone-to-zone.


Jihadi Tentacles The Fertile Soil of Jihad

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Reviewed By: Dr Rupali Jeswal

Patrick T Dunleavy is the former Deputy Inspector General for New York State Department of Corrections and author of The Fertile Soil of Jihad - a book about terrorism recruitment inside the prison, where it starts, how it develops and the belief where one cell ends another begins. The book is a portrayal of a prisoner’s capabilities and using the inside environment to work for their own agenda outside the prison walls.


Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu – Law Enforcement Leader

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Writer: Steve Melito

To protect the public against drug cartel members who carry scoped rifles and AK-47s, Sheriff Babeu’s deputies now carry AR-15s as well as handguns. But neither weaponry nor technology alone can keep Pinal County, Arizona safe.

Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County, Arizona leads a department of 700 employees on the front lines of an undeclared war against Mexico’s drug cartels. Spanning nearly 5,400 square miles, this fast-growing county is located between Phoenix and Tucson some 70 miles north of the Mexican border. Pinal County may not share a frontier with America’s southern neighbor, but it’s still “the number one-pass through point for drug and human smuggling” into the United States, the Sheriff explains.


Counter Terrorism: Global Learnings

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Writer: Dr. Vivek Lall

An excellent article on the lessons to be learnt from the US, British and French experience in Counter Terrorism (CT) operations. The writer highlights the need for an effective CT strategy that should be reviewed regularly. Homeland Security should be treated as the pivot of such a strategy and we must invest in prevention and ensure effective investigation and prosecution. India’s vulnerability to terrorism to a large measure is attributable to its geography - its borders are not secure. An open border with Nepal and a porous border with Bangladesh as well as the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir allow for unhindered movement of terrorists. India’s coastal security also needs to be beefed up.


Insurgencies and Collective Consciousness

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Writer: Dr. Rupali Jeswal

Insurgencies always show a mismatch between recognised government and the demographic map of ethnic group. To make any insurgent movement successful, it needs a unifying objective and strong leadership and popular support. Insurgents tend to be highly adaptable and flexible, at least at the tactical and operational levels. Significant focus should be given to - Terrain Knowledge, Zone Maps, Cultural Mapped Intelligence and Swarming Tactics.

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