FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii -- Headquarters Department of the Army annually declares the month of August as Antiterrorism Awareness Month.
During this month, Hawaii-based Army installations and units are focusing their efforts to heighten awareness and vigilance to prevent and protect Army communities from acts of terrorism. To heighten antiterrorism awareness and vigilance, this week will focus efforts on the Army iSALUTE program.
What is iSALUTE?
The iSALUTE program is about behaviors and activities, not individuals. iSALUTE is an Army counterintelligence reporting program to assist in preventing espionage, sabotage, subversion, and international terrorism. The program supports the Army's counterintelligence policy established in AR 381‐12, Threat Awareness and Reporting Program.
Unlike iWATCH, which is the Army's program that focuses on protecting our communities from terrorist attacks by spreading the word about being vigilant and responding immediately, iSALUTE seeks to discover, prevent, and report espionage, sabotage, subversion, and international terrorism. iSALUTE seeks Army-wide community support to report threat incidents, suspicious activity, and counterintelligence matters that are potential indicators of espionage, terrorist-associated insider threat, and extremist activity.
Threat awareness and education training is designed to ensure that the Army community recognizes and reports incidents and indicators of:
- Attempted or actual espionage, subversion, sabotage, terrorism, or extremist activities directed against the Army
- Indicators of potential terrorist-associated insider threats
- Illegal diversion of military technology or technology-based information
- Unauthorized intrusions into automated information systems
- Unauthorized disclosure of classified information
- Indicators of other incidents that may indicate foreign intelligence or international terrorism targeting the Army
While there will always be some overlap between iWATCH Army and iSALUTE programs, the key point for members of the Army community is to understand the indicators of suspicious activity and report suspicious behavior to local law enforcement and/or counterintelligence for further investigation. Law enforcement and counterintelligence agencies are responsible for sharing threat information, conducting detailed analysis, and reconciling information gaps.
Why Report These Behaviors and Activities?
It is your awareness and reporting that can help identify and prevent threats to our national security or attacks against our Army community, personnel, information, and critical assets. When in doubt, it is always better to report suspicious behaviors than to refrain from doing so.
What Activities Do I Report?
Here are examples of behaviors and activities to report:
-Persons advocating support for a terrorist organization or cause.
-Persons expressing hatred for or advocating violence against American society or government.
-Persons sending large amounts of money to foreign countries.
-Persons purchasing explosive devices or bomb‐making materials or seeking instructional information on their design and use.
-Persons advocating loyalty to a foreign interest over loyalty to the U.S.
-Evidence of terrorist training or attendance at terrorist facilities.
-Persons (without official sanction) repeatedly viewing websites that promote terrorism.
-Persons posting views or exchanging information (without official sanction) on websites that promote the use of force against the U.S.
-Persons joking or bragging about association with a foreign intelligence service or terrorist group.
Important Places to Watch
Here are examples of places and locations to observe behaviors and activities to report:
-Unit headquarters, Installation access points
-Sports/ entertainment venues
-Recreation centers, fitness facilities
-Barracks, lodging facilities
-Mass gatherings (e.g., parades, fairs)
-Schools, libraries, day care centers
-Commissary, PX, gas station, bank
-Vacation travel places Amusement parks
Reporting an Incident
-Be observant and attentive.
-Remember details about people, places, conversations, and vehicles (including license plate numbers).
-Act noncommittal and ask for time to think over any offers.
-Report the incident only to U.S. Army Intelligence Special Agents.
-Try to investigate the incident on your own.
-Commit yourself to anything.
-Discuss the incident or your suspicions anyone except U.S. Army Intelligence Special Agents.
What Should I Report?
Give as many details as you can. Here is a checklist to help you:
S - Size (number and description of people and vehicles)
A - Activity (what the people are doing; what is suspicious)
L - Location (location of people or activity)
U - Unit (what unit they belong to; any markings or insignia)
T - Time (date and time you observed the activity or behavior)
E - Equipment (describe the equipment you saw)
How Do I Report?
There are three ways to make a report:
-Counterintelligence (CI) office Threat Awareness &Reporting Program (TARP) Hawaii -- (800) 787-6937 or 24 hrs (808) 954-5567
-Off-island Hotline: 1--800--CALL SPY (1--800--225--5779)
-iSALUTE portal via AKO at: https://www us army mil/suite/page/653251
All information will be kept confidential. Information submitted will be carefully assessed and, if warranted, investigated by trained investigators. All information gathered and all investigative activity will be subject to strict policies designed to protect the privacy and civil liberties of American citizens while protecting our Nation from terrorism.