On the southern Thailand insurgency:

USA Today - June 20, 2004

"It's still a witch's brew. It's still incubating," says Paul Quaglia, a former CIA official now working as a security consultant in Bangkok with Pacific Strategies & Assessments. "Regional Islamic terrorists are looking at the area for a possible jihad (holy war). Disgruntled Muslim youth form a potential labor pool [for terrorists]."

"Over the long term, it's going to further estrange the Muslim community," security consultant Quaglia says. "They don't like it when human rights lawyers disappear. It scares them. They could be next."

Christian Science Monitor - July 12, 2005

"They [the Thai military] have tried everything else over the past 18 months and it hasn't worked. They're trying to build an intelligence network and that takes time. They need quick results," says Paul Quaglia, head of PSA Asia, a security consultancy in Bangkok that tracks the conflict.

Christian Science Monitor - April 25, 2005

"What is foreign involvement? We define it as a small numbers of people coming in and giving specialized training and indoctrination," says Paul Quaglia, an ex-CIA station chief who heads PSA Asia, a consultancy in Bangkok. "The bombs are getting bigger and better. The targeting is more sophisticated."

On terrorism in Southeast Asia:

US News.Com - October 12, 2003

"They [JI and other terrorist operatives] are having to devote considerable resources to not getting caught," says CIA veteran Paul Quaglia, director of PSA Asia, a Bangkok-based security firm. "They're on the defensive."

New York Times - September 20, 2003

"The view now has to be, ''They're here, and their business is terrorism,'' Mr. Quaglia said. ''[But] that is a long way from being able to mount a sophisticated vehicle-bomb attack.''

Christian Science Monitor - May 11, 2004

"JI is looking at this area. They have a large pool of wannabe Muslim extremists to draw on," said Paul Quaglia, a security consultant in Bangkok and former CIA official. "They are asking: Is this is a place where we can open up a front for jihad?"

Deseret News - August 16, 2003

"In most other cases in the region, countries have raised their security awareness and made it tougher to transit," said Paul Quaglia, director of PSA Asia Ltd., a security consulting firm in Bangkok. "Thailand has a relaxed approach and the security posture is not as high. ... There's a reputation among the bad guys that it's pretty easy to get in and pretty easy to lie low."

On the Thailand Political Crisis 2005-2008:

Bloomberg - September 19, 2008

"The confrontation temperature is lowered a little bit," said Paul Quaglia, director of PSA Asia, a Bangkok- based security and risk assessment consulting firm. "The general political environment isn't really supportive of a violent clash."

International terrorism and security issues:

The New York Times - August 16, 2003

''Thailand has long considered that it did not have a terrorist problem here, and therefore its security posture has been lower,'' said Paul Quaglia, a security expert with the consulting group PSA Asia Ltd. He said Thailand was less a target than a convenient transit point and hiding place for terrorists.

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