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See Something, Say Something to prevent terrorism

Published Aug. 11, 2014

   Senior Army leaders have designated August as Antiterrorism Awareness Month with the slogan “see something, say something.”  The purpose is to heighten vigilance and increase understanding to protect Army personnel from acts of terrorism.

   Throughout the month, Soldiers, government employees, family members and others will have opportunities to further educate themselves on antiterrorism measures with help from the Wilmington District Security office.

   “Every member of USACE plays an important role in preventing terrorist acts,” said Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, Chief of Engineers, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). “By understanding the indicators of potential terrorist activities and reporting suspicious behavior to military police or local law enforcement, our community members enhance and extend USACE’s protection posture.”

   The terrorist threat remains real.  According to a recent article by the Heritage Foundation, there have been 60 terrorist plots against the United States since 9/11.  Of the 60 plots, 49 could be considered homegrown terror plots. This means that one or more of the actors were American citizens, legal permanent residents, or visitors radicalized predominately in the United States. Their research of media reports and court documents shows that military facilities were the number one target in these plots, followed by New York City and places with mass gatherings, such as the Boston Marathon, nightclubs and bars, and shopping malls.

   While four plots were successful, and three foiled merely by luck or the swift action of private citizens, the rest were thwarted in their early stages by U.S., and sometimes international, law enforcement, the Heritage Foundation reports.

   “Preventing terrorism does not require special training,” said Wilmington District’s Chief of Security. “Anyone can contribute to antiterrorism by observing their surroundings and reporting suspicious or unusual activities.”

    Suspicious or unusual activities include:

•People asking security-related questions

•Unfamiliar individuals in secure areas


•Unauthorized photography of military facilities, sensitive areas or access control points

•Unattended briefcases, suitcases, backpacks or packages

•Unattended cars left in parking lots, no-parking zones or in front of important buildings.

      Prompt and detailed reporting of suspicious activities can help prevent terrorist attacks.  Awareness is critical.  For information on suspicious activity reporting, go to