Hi guys, yesterday I was able to attend a private meeting for local law enforcement agents and some local politicians held by intelligence and law enforcement agents. Main speakers and coordinators were: FBI Supervisor for counterterrorism, Intelligence consultant (does stuff for many counterterrorism agencies in US and Europe), local police chief. Disclaimer: no big top secret stuff, and no... no Clinton emails! I will not mention what they said about countermeasures that law enforcement can implement for obvious reasons. However, these are the points that I found interesting: 1) There is a new dynamic in terrorism, and that is self-radicalization. While previously terrorists had to get in touch with other terrorists, often plotting for months or years, there is a new thrend of people that radicalize themselves through the internet. They do everything that a terrorist would do in the radicalization phase, except contacting other people. They read the manuals, they see the videos, they dig on the internet. It often starts with some symphaty for a cause, and it quickly degenerates into something bigger. They are not lone wolves because ISIL (and other terrorist groups) recruits them indirectly; that's why ISIL is so well-documented. It will be increasingly difficult to classify terrorist attacks (see Orlando). 2) Obtaining a Syrian passport is quite easy. The Intelligence guy displayed two Syrian passports with his face on it. He said that the cost is between $20 and $40, and they are both real passports, not fake printed in some basement. They are released by real Syrian authorities, which also create the identity (it's not that Syria has a computerized bureacuracy). The reason they are so cheap is that the government barely pays it's employees; most of them need food and basic housing, therefore they need those $20. 3) FBI and European agencies are in daily contact. Today is incredibly easy to put another agency in state of alert, often a simple phone call is enough. The process is one of the swiftest they have at the FBI. 4) ISIL terrorists are incredibly patient, for them it's a millenary war. They don't have to win or act today. Actually ISIL manual for the United States states that it's better to wait before taking any action, and the best strategy is to behave "like an American" for at least 90 days. 5) Usually ISIL cells acts in group of 16, that's why after a terrorist attack more people get arrested and it's relatively easy to know who they are. 6) with the mic off the intelligence guy told me that he doesn't believe that Merkel's strategy is the most intelligent from an anti-terrorism point of view. They estimate that about 10% of the refugees are in contact with terrorist organizations. That doesn't mean that they are future terrorirsts, it simply means that they are at increased risk of radicalization. He fears that the more attacks the more people will get radicalized. On the other hand, they made sure to highlight that as of today, for personal security, Pokemon Go and text messaging while driving are way more dangerous than terrorists. Again, for personal security as of today. For national security and for the future, of course terrorism is a true, serious, and increasing danger. PS: although I am very political in other threads, I would suggest to keep this one as far as possible from the HIllary/Trump routine.