Individuals involved in terrorism or subversion
sometimes engage in behaviors that are observable by others and give clues
to what might be going on. Alert supervisors and coworkers who recognize and
report these clues play a significant role in helping to protect our country
against terrorist attacks and other subversive activities.
information below alerts
you to potential indicators of terrorist preparations or subversive
activities that you could conceivably observe or learn about. These
indicators are applicable both in the United States and abroad. For readers
stationed abroad, these indicators apply to local national employees
associated with U.S. installations as well as to Americans.
Security Is Your Job
these behaviors may have innocent explanations, but it is not up to you to
make that judgment. If you observe any of these indicators, you should
report this information to your organization's security officer, the nearest
FBI office, local law enforcement, or call one of the Hotline Numbers set up for the reporting of such information.
The appropriate office will evaluate the
information in the context of all other information known about the
individual and about potential terrorist activity in your area. Depending
upon the circumstances, action may range from nothing to conducting a
discrete investigation. You may request that your identity be protected.
Potential Indicators of Terrorist Preparations
following are potential indicators that an individual may be planning, may
be aware of others who are planning, or may be motivated to assist in
conducting a terrorist attack.
knowingly about a future terrorist event, as though the person has
inside information about what is going to happen.
Statement of intent to commit or threatening to commit a terrorist act,
whether serious or supposedly as a “joke,” and regardless of whether or
not you think the person intends to carry out the action. (All threats
must be taken seriously.)
about having a bomb or biological or chemical weapon, about having or
getting the materials to make such a device, or about learning how to
make or use any such device—when this is unrelated to the person’s job
Handling, storing, or tracking hazardous materials in a manner that puts
these materials at risk.
unclassified information that might be useful to someone planning a
terrorist attack, e.g., pipeline locations, airport control procedures,
building plans, etc. when this is unrelated to the person’s job or other
Physical surveillance (photography, videotaping, taking notes on
patterns of activity at various times) of any site that is a potential
target for terrorist attack (including but not limited to any building
of symbolic importance to the government or economy, large public
gathering, transportation center, bridge, power plant or line,
Deliberate probing of security responses, such as deliberately causing a
false alarm, faked accidental entry to an unauthorized area, or other
suspicious activity designed to test security responses without prior
Possessing or seeking items that may be useful for a terrorist but are
inconsistent with the person’s known hobbies or job requirements, such
as: explosives, uniforms (to pose as police officer, security guard,
airline employee), high-powered weapons, books and literature on how to
make explosive, biological, chemical, or nuclear devices, multiple or
fraudulent identification documents.
- Statements of support for suicide bombers who have attacked the
United States or U.S. personnel or interests abroad.
Potential Indicators of Subversive Activities
following are potential indicators that an individual may
associate with others who support an extremist organization or cause that
advocates violence or threats of violence to influence U.S. policy?
Knowing membership in, or attempt to conceal membership in, any group
which: (1) advocates the use of force or violence to cause political
change within the U.S., (2) has been identified as a front group for
foreign interests, or (3) advocates loyalty to a foreign interest over
loyalty to the U.S.
Statements disparaging the United States in favor of an alternative
system (for example, Islamic law (Shariah), white supremacy, Christian
Identity, anarchy, Communism).
Statements that the U.S. Government is trying to destroy or suppress
people of a particular race, religion, or ethnicity (for example,
statements that the U.S. Government is engaging in a crusade against
Islam or destroying white culture or the purity of the white race).
Distribution of extremist publications or posting information on the
Internet, including e-mail and on-line discussions, which supports or
encourages violence or other illegal activity. Frequent viewing of web
sites that promote extremist or violent activity (unless this is part of
one’s job or academic study).
Advocating or participating in violence against any individual based on
their race, creed, color, sexual orientation, religion, or national
Statements of support for violence against U.S. military forces either
at home or deployed abroad.
U.S. military personnel only: Any action that advises, counsels, urges,
or in any manner causes or attempts to cause insubordination,
disloyalty, mutiny, or refusal of duty by any member of the armed forces
of the United States.