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Homeland Security

Predicting the Unpredictable: The ICT Counterterrorism Summit

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Writer: Jessica Snapper

Although there are several versions of the story, the famous Middle East parable about the frog and the scorpion goes something like this: a frog and a scorpion want to cross a river, but the scorpion cannot swim. He asks the frog to carry him on his back, to which the frog responds, “How can I trust that you won’t sting me?”
The scorpion promises he will not attack the frog and they sign a treaty. The frog then carries the scorpion to the other side of the river. Once the scorpion finds himself on safe ground again, he immediately turns around and delivers a fatal sting to the frog. As the frog lays on the ground dying, he gasps, “How could you do something so dishonest? You promised you wouldn’t attack me!”

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Thermal imaging for constant vigilance

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Writer: Mr Peter Banham

The writer, takes a look at the potential impact of a new generation of lower cost, high performance, thermal imaging cameras and how these can make a difference in security and surveillance in the Indian context.


The key advantage for thermal imaging systems is range – providing true and accurate remote monitoring.  In the security sector, range equates against time: time to react, time to adjust, time to respond. Thermal security cameras detect the minute differences in heat that are all around us, all the time. This heat energy is easier to detect over longer ranges than visible light, giving thermal cameras their advantage


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India: Terror Outfits and Jihad

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Writer: Dr Rupali Jeswal

The transnational links amongst various militant groups and criminal organisations due to geographic overlap of operations requires a great deal of understanding on transnational links between terrorist outfits and criminal organisations. The environment for these overlaps and points of opportunities are Prisons, Cyberspace, Social Network sites, territories and regions with no governance and more corruption, border regions (IDP – Internally Displaced People – also causes a concern), conflict or post-conflict zones, overcrowded mega cities and poverty, last but not the least – hostile governments who sponsor and support terrorist activities to use this MO as a strategic tool for political agenda.

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Empirical glimpse: The Global Theatres of Jihad

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Writer: Dr Rupali Jeswal

A federal and democratic society is where freedom and the rule of law ensure the purposeful and successful life of the community. Core of federalism and democracy is in the security of the nation and its people and if personal security and freedom is curtailed and attacked by violence and terrorism, it is the very foundations of democracy, which is at stake. Security is like the air we breathe. Once we realise it is decreasing, it just might be too late to take preventive measures.

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India’s Internal Security Challenges are Significant

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Writer: Dr. Vivek Lall

As India’s counter-terror effort is yet far removed from the global sophistication levels, it has been estimated that by 2020, a significant 6 per cent of the global procurement in homeland security (HLS) will be from India. That is huge. Technology has to and will, play an increasing role in the entire gamut of security components – counter-terrorism, border security, immigration, entry and exit point monitoring.

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