When you search for these two words together you will find that the focus falls on the concept of data-mining. This is an interesting topic as its prevalence has increased since 9/11. However, it remains to be seen if this is indeed the end-all-be-all solution to the problem of terrorism.
Conceptually, data-mining involves the utilization of computers and sneaky back door tactics to run right through individual privacy. Those in support of this anti-terrorism ploy try to convince the populace that the surrender of some levels of privacy will result in the increase of security. Unfortunately, we have seen very little evidence to support that stance.
In fact, a good number of recent terrorist attacks were infiltrated by people that had already been ‘red-flagged.’ This shows that knowing about a person’s affinities has not aided in the apprehension or prevention of deadly attacks. This issue has done great harm to public opinion. People are certain that their government is doing more spying than saving. Read more here.
What about Real Mining?
Real mining is a dirty job but someone’s got to do it. And sometimes people try to attack mining facilities. The Foundation for Defense of Democracies is designed to aid in the protection of foreign policy, national security, and terrorism prevention. They are very active in research and monitoring when it comes to terrorist activity worldwide.
A study presented by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), focused specifically on terrorism targeting mining and other energy locales. It sought to determine the gravity of impact a terrorist attack on these entities would have by illustrating previous examples from 1970 to 2014.
This research determined that the greatest percentage of terrorist attacks on mining/energy establishments occurred during the 1984-1985 time frame. Apparently, 10% of all terrorist attacks during that period were focused on mining and energy. In fact, the study discovered that the greatest percentage of terrorist attacks on mining and energy related industries occurred during the 1980s.
The concern of course is that an attack on the mining and energy fields could have very serious economic ramifications. And, whole communities would experience serious life disruptions. Further study revealed that these types of attacks escalated significantly in 2014 surpassing the number of attacks in the whole of the 1980s. But, that was only 3% of all terrorist attacks that year.
The top five countries for attacks on energy and mining related targets are: Pakistan, Yemen, Columbia, Iraq and the Philistines. The majority of these attacks were by bombs with arson and sabotage coming in second. The rest of this study is available for your perusal by clicking this.
The world has become a rather dangerous place to live. We need to be more cognizant of these problems. As with all things, education is key to reform. With knowledge we can prepare and prevent.
There are people and organizations, like the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, striving to offer us a safer place to live. These entities are valuable resources that should be utilized in the face of ever-changing times. If you want to learn more about fighting terrorism we recommend you visit this link and keep abreast of what’s going on in the world around you.
Terrorism doesn’t have to leave you in terror. You can do something.