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Employees, the First Line of Defense Against Jihadist Insiders

Scott Stewart
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
Aug 11, 2016 | 08:00 GMT
Indonesian forensic investigators scour the site of a bombing at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Jakarta on July 18, 2009. An employee of a shop in the hotel facilitated the attack.
Tragedies have ensued when employees don't communicate suspicions or when their warnings are ignored.

Indonesian police arrested six men in Batam on Aug. 5 who they claim were planning to fire a rocket at Singapore under the direction of a known Islamic State member. Part of Indonesia’s Riau Islands province, Batam is about 16 kilometers (10 miles) across the Singapore Strait from Singapore, to which it is linked by ferry service. The island is a popular getaway for Singaporeans who want to golf or to visit its beach resorts. It also plays host to many factories owned by electronics firms, which employed the six arrestees (one of whom has been released). Corporate security officers rightly fear the threat of terrorist attacks perpetrated in the workplace by grassroots jihadists....

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