Private, open-source counter terrorism operations.

Here is a fascinating article about a Jewish/Iraqi emigre who runs her own business monitoring Jihadi websites and the like.

It could be wind-up for all I know, but it makes interesting reading.

Rita Katz, New Yorker magazine article.

Katz, who was born in Iraq and speaks fluent Arabic, spends hours each day monitoring the password-protected online chat rooms in which Islamic terrorists discuss politics and trade tips: how to disperse botulinum toxin or transfer funds, which suicide vests work best. Occasionally, a chat-room member will announce that he is turning in his user name and password and going to Iraq to become a martyr, a shaheed. Several weeks later, his friends will post a report of the young man blowing himself up. Katz usually logs on at six in the morning. When she has guests for dinner, she leaves a laptop open on the kitchen counter, so she can check for updates. “It is completely addicting,” she says. “You wake up thinking, I’ve been offline for seven hours, but the terrorists have been making plans.”

Traditionally, intelligence has been filtered through government agencies, such as the C.I.A. and the N.S.A., which gather raw data and analyze it, and the government decides who sees the product of their work and when. Katz, who is the head of an organization called the Search for International Terrorist Entities, or SITE Institute, has made it her business to upset that monopoly. She and her researchers mine online sources for intelligence, which her staff translates and sends out by e-mail to a list of about a hundred subscribers.
You can also be a counter-terrorism operative in your spare time right in your own home.

Here's what to look for:

** "Suspicious" apartment, storage facility and hotel room rentals.

** Guys traveling with plenty of liquor, smokes, and baby formula.

** People who carry driving licenses and other identification documents with them.

** Fellows who own more pairs of Levis jeans than the average.

** People in possession of scanners and walkie-talkies.

** "Unusual" discoveries of weapons.

"Terrorism: What The Public Needs To Know" (Texas Department of Public Safety Counterterrorism Intelligence Unit)

That last tip, about weapons, might be problematic in Texas where the number of guns probably exceeds the number of civilians and any civilian who isn't a convicted felon or certified psychotic can get a concealed carry permit.
Riiight. Why don't you just go back to reading your Grauniad or Libération then if it offends your sensibilities so.

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