EAGLE EYES watches over Team Seymour

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  • By Special Agent Kary Boyle
  • Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Detachment 216
Have you ever seen someone or a group of people and asked yourself, "What are they doing?"

That can be an important question, but just as important is, "Why are they doing that?" After all, you should know what activities do or do not belong around your base, neighborhood and community.

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations and the 4th Security Forces Squadron ask for your cooperation in reporting suspicious activity.

In the wake of Sept. 11 and recent incidents overseas, such as the London and Bali terrorist bombings last summer, the Eagle Eyes program is an anti-terrorism initiative that enlists the eyes and ears of every citizen in the Global War on Terror.

Law enforcement agencies can't be everywhere all the time. We need people to pay attention to their surroundings. You may come across information that could be vital in stopping a terrorist incident.

Most acts of terrorism are preceded by operational planning, and those planning activities are observable if you know what to look for.

What are the activities you should look for? There are seven suspicious behaviors that Eagle Eyes identifies:

Surveillance - Someone recording or monitoring activities, whether through note-taking, photographs, video or other vision-enhancing devices.

Elicitation - Someone trying to gain information about the base and its personnel, whether it is through mail, e-mail, fax, phone or in person.

Tests of security - Any attempt to illegally enter the base, penetrate security or measure security responses.

Acquiring supplies - Buying, stealing or manufacturing of weapons, explosives, uniforms, official passes or decals or any other controlled items.

Suspicious persons - People who do not seem to fit in or belong in certain areas.

Dry run - People putting themselves into position, in an apparent attempt to rehearse an action or event without actually committing any crime or terrorist act.

Deploying assets - This is when the individuals get into position in order to commit the crime. This is the last opportunity to inform law enforcement officials before a terrorist act occurs.

Knowing what to look for is one thing, but if you see suspicious activity and fail to report it, this could potentially mean the difference between life and death. Please do not hesitate to report information.

You are encouraged to stay alert to your surroundings, whether on base or off. Watch for suspicious behavior, report what you see and protect by observation and action.

Contact security forces 24 hours a day at 722-1211 or AFOSI during duty hours at 722-1218. Dial 911 for emergencies.

For more information about the Eagle Eyes program, call 722-1218.