Money is the lifeblood of terrorism. Every terrorist attack requires financial support and, therefore, leaves a money trail. Identifying this trail links terrorists and their supporters in a documented web of complicity, giving authorities the information they need to neutralize terrorist networks. For street cops and criminal investigators, following the money and value trails is a proven technique that could be key to preventing another catastrophic terrorist attack in the United States. Presenting real-world tools, resources, and insights, On the Trail of Terror Finance is a long-overdue and straightforward guide designed expressly for the needs of law enforcement and intelligence officers and analysts. --Richard N. Holden, Ph.D., director, State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training Program, Institute for Intergovernmental Research
John Cassara and Avi Jorisch capture the essence of what law enforcement and intelligence personnel need to know in order to prevent terrorists from obtaining the money they need to operate, thereby rendering them ineffective. A must-read for all involved in the fight against terrorism. --Richard A. Marquise, retired FBI special agent, lead U.S. investigator on the Pan Am 103 bombing, and author of Scotbom: Evidence and the Lockerbie Investigation
I can say from firsthand experience that without money, there is no terrorism. On the Trail of Terror Finance gives law enforcement an up-close and personal view of the subject, offering excellent information to assist those working in the field. We need to fight terrorism on all fronts, and following the money trail has been highly successful. A must-read for everyone from federal agents to city police officers. --Jeff S. Sandy, sheriff, retired IRS special agent, and recipient of the U.S. Treasury Honor Award and Defense Department Achievement Medal for work in Iraq tracing terrorist money
When it comes to long-term security, breaking the terror finance code is this century's equivalent of breaking the Axis bombing codes during World War II. The authors have undertaken an overdue, highly valuable assessment, namely, the hard labor of understanding how law enforcement and intelligence officials can take the next step in decoding and dismantling terror finance. --Robert Charles, former assistant secretary of state for international narcotics and law enforcement under Secretary Colin Powell
From the Author
This book was principally written for U.S. law enforcement and intelligence community officials focused on combating terrorism and associated criminal activity. In addition, international law enforcement, customs agencies, intelligence agencies, military and security services, anti-money laundering compliance officers at financial institutions, and concerned citizens can derive tremendous benefits from various chapters.
Law enforcement authorities at the federal, state, and local levels - increasingly joined by their international colleagues - play a vital role in identifying and combating terrorism financing. In fact, our best chance of preventing a catastrophic terrorist attack will likely come from an individual officer spotting a suspicious activity, whether a policeman on the street or an intelligence analyst in front of a computer. We hope that this guide will help our colleagues become more aware of the financial aspects underling the criminal activities they investigate, as well as possible links to terrorism. The most important counter-terror finance measure for law enforcement is also the most simple: during the course of a routine investigation, officers should take the time to "ask the next question," and focus on the money and/or value trail. In other words, we hope that this guide will help authorities become more familiar with the kinds of questions to ask.
John Cassara and Avi Jorisch