Just about any 12-year-old, with nothing more than the ability to yell, could have stopped one of the most infamous assassinations in history had he known John Wilkes Booth was about to kill Abraham Lincoln, then told someone with the ability to act.

Almost anyone could have prevented any crime before or since with similar timely knowledge and action.

Knowledge is more effective at crime prevention than ability, authority or weapons. Obtaining reliable information is part of the knowledge process. Knowing how and when to share that information is what makes that information effective.

A lack of information sharing was frequently cited in the 9/11 Commission Report as a crippling issue affecting the vulnerability of virtually all law enforcement agencies, and therefore the general public. It affected responses, but more solemn is the fact that this hindrance was the biggest single contributing factor in America’s failure to prevent the attacks in the first place.

Threat intelligence gathering is a process lacking (when used at all) in faith-based security circles. Even when something is known about a potential threat, that information is more tightly guarded than in most circles due to ethical respect or fears of legal privacy or defamation issues. The FBSN approaches threat assessment and management with careful intentionality.

If there is a perceived threat in your area that you think should be considered, please submit information on the link provided at the end of this narrative.

Information can be collected from anyone (you do not have to be an FBSN Member). If you know something, say something. If it is an urgent matter, please call 911 and let us know after that call is made.

If the perceived threat isn’t urgent enough for a 911 call, we would like to hear about it. If 911 has been called, we would like to hear about it. Please fill in the information at the link provided following and a FBSN Analyst and / or member of your area law-enforcement will contact you.