RealNews

Man at Va. Jihad Trial: Training Changed

A man who has pleaded guilty in the case of an alleged “jihad network” testified Wednesday that the group began playing paintball to learn self-defense, but the games became more intense as some members used them for military training. Donald Surratt, 31, said the change came after one member returned from a 2000 trip to Pakistan, where he trained with a militant Islamic organization that has since been labeled as terrorist by the U.S. government. The group as a whole never discussed using the games as a means to train and join the organization, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Surratt testified at the trial of four other men in the paintball-playing group. But, he said, the increasing intensity of the games and their use by some as training for holy war caused him and others to re-evaluate the games’ propriety. Full Story

OODA Analyst

OODA Analyst

OODA is comprised of a unique team of international experts capable of providing advanced intelligence and analysis, strategy and planning support, risk and threat management, training, decision support, crisis response, and security services to global corporations and governments.