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safe house:
Building not under surveillance by intelligence or counterintelligence organizations where terrorists can be safe while they plan attacks or rest.


An infection caused by a gram-negative bacillus, a germ of the Salmonella genus. Infection with this bacteria may involve only the intestinal tract or may be spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other sites in the body. Symptoms of salmonella enteritis include diarrhea, nausea, fever, abdominal pain, and fever. Dehydration resulting from the diarrhea can cause death, and the disease could cause meningitis or septicemia. The incubation period is between 8 and 48 hours, while the acute part of the illness can hang on for 1 to 2 weeks.


Colorless, odorless gas. With a lethal dose of .5 mg (a pinprick-sized droplet), it is 26 times more deadly than cyanide gas. Because the vapor is heavier than air, it hovers close to the ground. Sarin degrades quickly in humid weather, but sarin's life expectancy increases as temperature gets higher, regardless of how humid it is.


Saudi Arabia:
Oil-rich Islamic fundamentalist monarchy in the middle east which is home to the bin Laden family as well as to 15 of the September 11 hijackers. There have been allegations that members of the royal family were providing cash funds to some of the September 11 hijackers.

During the 2003 war in Iraq, the kingdom would not let U.S. troops or aircraft on their soil. who may involve in an invasion of Iraq.

Al Qaeda struck three compounds housing westerners in Riyadh mere hours before a scheduled visit by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell on May 13, 2003. 25 people were killed, including 7 Americans.


secondary device:
An explosive which is detonated after a smaller diversionary device.


shadow government:
President Bush dispatched approximately 100 senior civilian managers to live and work secretly outside Washington, activating for the first time long-standing plans, called "Continuity of Operations Plan," to ensure survival of federal rule after catastrophic attack on the nation's capital. Under the plan, high-ranking officials representing their departments rotate in and out of the assignment at one of two fortified locations along the East Coast.


In January 2002, 15 suspected Islamic militants were arrested in Singapore and accused of having ties to al Qaeda. These suspects were allegedly planning attacks on the U.S. Embassy and American business interests. Less than a week later, authorities claimed to have foiled an al Qaeda plot to attack U.S. navy ships, navy sailors, and the nightclubs they frequented. In September 2002, 21 more Islamic extremists with ties to al Qaeda were arrested.


sky marshals:
A federal marshal whose purpose is to ride commercial flights, dressed in plain clothes and armed to prevent hijackings. Israel's use of air marshals on El-Al is credited as the reason Israel has not had a single hijacking in 31 years. The US started using air marshals after September 11. Despite President Bush's urgings, there are not enough air marshals to go around, so many flights do not have them. Also known as air marshals.


The hijacking of an airliner by terrorists which was common practice in the 1960's.


sleeper cell:
A small cell which keeps itself undetected until such time as they can "awaken" and cause havoc.


The first biological weapon, used during the 18th century, smallpox killed 300 million people in the 19th century. There is no specific treatment for smallpox disease, and the only prevention is vaccination. This currently poses a problem, since the vaccine was discontinued in 1970 after the WHO declared smallpox eradicated. Incubation is 7 to 17 days, during which the carrier is not contagious. 30% of people exposed are infected, and it has a 30% mortality rate.


In 1993, bin Laden sent his top lieutenants to help a local warlord, Mohamed Farah Aideed, and ever since then, this country has been an al Qaeda headquarters.

In a firefight in Mogadishu, Aideed's army killed 18 U.S. army troops who were serving at U.N. peacekeepers. The citizens dragged the bodies through the streets, and these images were shown on television.Then-President Clinton responded by withdrawing from the country.


In January 2003, Spain arrested 15 Algerians and a Moroccan -- al Qaeda members all -- who were linked to suspected terrorists arrested recently in Britain and France and were planning to attack unspecified targets.


An asexual, usually single-celled reproductive body of plants such as fungi, mosses or ferns; a microorganism, as a bacterium, in a resting or dormant state.


state sponsored terrorism:

  • Acts of terror initiated by the organization to promote its own interests, with operational assistance from the state;

  • Acts of terror initiated by the state to promote the interests of the state or a shared interest (at times with operational assistance from the state); or

  • Acts of terror executed by the state or its agents in order to achieve its own interests.

The United States State Department lists seven nations as sponsors of terrorism: Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan and Syria.


state terrorism:
Acts of terrorism by a government against its own people such as the acts practiced in Nazi Germany against the Jews, or . Iraq practiced against the Kurds.

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld confirmed that Syria helped Iraq by allowing foreign volunteers to enter Iraq to help Saddam defend his regime. President Bush has been very vocal and has warned Syria not to harbor, aid, or assist remnants of the defeated Iraqi regime. In April, 2003, Rumsfeld announced that U.S. forces shut off a pipeline that had supplied Syria with oil illegally from Iraq.

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