Should The U.S. Set a Timetable For Pulling Troops Out of Iraq?

Saturday

The following short exchange is from a Department of Defense Briefing with Secretary Gates and Gen. Pace from the Pentagon, September 27th, 2007.

Tony Capaccio of the Bloomberg News asked a question:
The Turkish prime minister today up in New York said that he thought it would be a good idea if the United States set a timetable for a gradual withdrawal from Iraq because of its impact on Iraqi forces stepping up to their responsibility. He also said that he would look favorably
positively, I think, is the word he used, on the United States exiting through Turkey and were not allowed to do so, of course, when we came in. Your reaction to those statements?

Sec. Gates answered: Well, I think that the reality is that there have been sort of over a period of months a series of expectations or a series of views of what the president ought to do in Iraq. It started with saying that he will begin to draw down the forces; then it was a date to begin the draw-down of the forces; then it was a timetable for the draw-down of the forces; and then it was stating that there would be a change of mission.

I think the president, in his speech, essentially moved on all four of those. He announced that there would be withdrawals, draw-downs; he announced when the draw-downs would begin
last week, as a matter of fact; he and General Petraeus has laid out a schedule of sorts through at least July with a review in March to see what to do beyond July, so at least there is some kind of conditions-based timetable; and the president announced that the beginning of the withdrawal the withdrawal of the first brigade or the not replacing a brigade in December would mark the beginning of a transition of mission.

An end date creates two problems for me. One is it tells your adversary how long they have to wait and puts a precise calendar date on it. If you guys can just hang in there for X months, the Americans will be gone.

Related to that, it essentially
and the second point it sends the same message to the Iraqis.

Now, the assumption is that an end date will drive the Iraqis together; that's an assumption. I think an equally valid assumption might be it might drive them apart as they try to protect themselves, and if the Americans aren't going to be here, then how do we preserve our community and our lives post-coalition?

And so it seems to me that the real issue we've arrived at is the pacing of the draw-downs depending on the circumstances. And as I've said before, I think how we get this next phase
that it's very important that we get this next phase right, because the consequences of getting it wrong are so significant.

General Petraeus and all of the senior American military commanders have said the way General Petraeus has laid it out is what we think is the best way to go.

I find some irony in the notion that some of those who have alleged that the views of the senior military officers who were not taken seriously enough at the beginning of the war are now prepared to set aside the recommendations and views of the senior military officers in this next phase of the war.


So this is one where, it seems to me, if the issue is truly pacing of draw-downs depending on circumstances, then it seems to me that our professional military officers, including the commander on the ground, probably have a better feel for how to do that in a way that minimizes negative consequences, both in terms of risks to our own troops but also the circumstances in Iraq, is worth paying attention to.

Read why we need to look at Iraq as only a small part of a much larger war.

Read what you can do with this information to help halt terrorism.

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Interview With Brigitte Gabriel

Friday

This is a 46-minute interview with Brigitte Gabriel, the author of Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America, who shares her personal experiences of growing up in Lebanon as fundamentalist Muslims gained control of their country and terrorized the population:

Click here to play

And here is a radio interview with Gabriel

As Gabriel wrote: "War has been declared on Christians, Jews, non-Muslims and secularists worldwide by Islamic extremists...simply because we are infidels according to their belief. As Islamic fundamentalism spreads its tentacles worldwide, it is crucial for the people of the Western world to understand the danger, know what to expect, and know what to do about it."


Gabriel's web site is devoted to the cause. Check it out: American Congress For Truth.

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Women More Than Abused In Islamic Theocracies

Thursday

AHMEDI BEGUM, a 50 year-old woman, was showing two young women a room she was renting out when police rushed in and arrested the two girls and Ahmedi's nephew, who happened to be standing nearby.

That afternoon, Ahmedi went to the police station to see what could be done to release her nephew and the two girls, when the police arrested Ahmedi too, confiscating her jewelry and throwing her into a room.

In a short time, the two girls, naked and bleeding were thrown into the room too. Then police officers raped the girls in front of Ahmedi. She tried to look away, but they forced her to watch.

Ahmedi herself was then stripped and raped by several officers, and then beaten, and worse. At some point she passed out, and when she woke up, she had been charged with illegal fornication.

The country is Pakistan. Islamic law, otherwise known as Shari'a, has been applied more and more vigorously in Pakistan since the country was formed, but it's still not applied as strictly as it is in Saudi A
rabia, Syria, and Iran.

Shari'a law says when a woman is raped, she has done something illegal, for which she may be whipped or even stoned to death. This is but one example of the abuses women suffer today in many Islamic states.

Women's lack of freedom and outright abuse is a fundamental feature of Shari'a, which is the system of law many Islamic governments use. Shaykh Ghawhi, a well-known and well-respected (in Islamic universities and throughout the Islamic world) teacher and author of Islamic studies and Islamic law says that according to Shari'a:

  1. A woman must only leave her house if she has a real need to do so.
  2. Her husband or guardian must authorize her leaving the house.
  3. When she is out, she must be completely covered, including her face.
  4. When she is out, she must not look left or right but keep her head bowed down as she walks.
  5. She must not wear perfume in public.
  6. She must never shake a man's hand.
  7. Even if she is visiting a female friend and is inside her friend's house, she must not uncover herself in case a man is hiding somewhere in the house.
I think criminals under house arrest in the U.S. have more freedom than this!

Women in the Muslim world have been fighting for their rights for a long time. They've won some victories, but they have also lost some freedoms they had once gained, because on the other side of women's push for greater freedom is the religious authority's push for stricter adherence to Shari'a law. Many modern states that use Shari'a law begin to allow some freedoms, but then crack down again, as you can read about here: Fundamentalist Islam Around The World.

Under Islamic law, a woman is forbidden to be a head of state or a judge. She can only inherit half of what a man can inherit. In court, her testimony is only worth half of a man's. She is not allowed to choose where she will live or who she will marry. She is not allowed to marry a non-Muslim or divorce her husband.

Her husband, however, can divorce her with a wave of his hand. And according to Shari'a, he can and should beat her if she disobeys him.

This is beyond abuse. This is legally-sanctioned abuse on a massive scale.
Islamic fundamentalists are trying to apply 7th-century law in the 21st century.

And they're not only doing it in Islamic countries, they're trying to impose their laws in the West, and they've been getting away with it because a moral strength of the Western democracies is being exploited by Islamists.

Honor killings are another even more heinous example of legally-sanctioned abuse. The word "abuse" isn't even strong enough. It is legally-sanctioned torture and murder. If a woman "dishonors" her family by falling in love with the wrong man or having an affair, her uncles and brothers are morally obligated to beat her to death. Here's a story of a recent honor killing in London.

The religion of Islam is unique in the world. It is both a personal religion and a political system, and it is part of a Muslim's religious duty to constantly strive toward living in a country that applies Islamic law. They take this seriously. A growing number of Muslims are making a concerted effort to slowly make America and Europe follow Islamic law. Here is how they're doing it.

Islamic fundamentalism is the source of the women's abuse we've been talking about, and it's also the source of most of the terrorism in the world. One way to fight terrorism is to work for women's rights. And one way to work for women's rights is to fight terrorism. The two are linked by Islamic fundamentalism.

Weaken the political power of Islamists and you accomplish both. You can learn more about how to defeat Islamic fundamentalism at CitizenWarrior.com here, at Bruno Wolfgang's site, and at the Infidel Blogger's Alliance. For seven practical actions you can take that will weaken the power of the Islamists, read Halt Terrorism.

Maybe you'd like to do something more specifically about the abuse of women in Islamic countries. Excellent. You can help Amnesty International write letters to put political pressure on Islamic countries so they'll release unfairly imprisoned women. Their letter campaigns have a proven record of success. Here's an example of one of their campaigns.

You can help end the practice of honor killings by participating in the projects of the International Campaign Against Honor Killings.

You can support and promote groups working for women's rights, like the Global Fund For Women, and Madre.

And all these actions will not only help save women from abuse, they will help defeat terrorism around the world.

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Signs That Indicate An Impending Terrorist Attack

Monday

BELOW IS AN excellent list, compiled by Somerset County. If you see any of the following suspicious activities, it could indicate the planning of a terrorist attack or other illegal activity. Call 911 to report it, and officers can check it out. If the people are doing something perfectly legal, no harm was done. If they weren't, your action may have helped authorities uncover a terrorist cell or plot.

It has happened before. Observant ordinary citizens have noticed something and alerted authorities, which led to the foiling of a terrorist plot. This is what to look for:


1. Persons or vehicles being observed in the
same location on multiple occasions not previously seen in the area.

2. Persons sitting in parked vehicles for an extended period of time for no apparent reason.

3. Persons observed near a place of interest, using or carrying video equipment, still cameras, or other observation devices.

4. Persons showing interest in security positions at important buildings and facilities.

5. Persons observed with maps or blueprints of important facilities or infrastructures.

6. Persons drawing pictures or taking notes of places of interest not normally known to have such activity.

7. Persons not fitting in with surrounding environment, such as wearing improper attire for the area.

8. Persons exhibiting unusual behavior such as staring or quickly looking away from individuals as they enter or leave an area.

9. Persons wearing bulky clothing that may not fit with weather conditions.

10. Persons engaging in behavior that appears to be in preparation for future activity such as “dry runs”.

11. Observation of recently damaged areas not permitted to general public.

12. Observation of abandoned vehicles, or stockpiles of materials in areas near key facilities.

13. Observation of multiple persons working together engaging in surveillance of places of interests.

14. Loitering near restricted or sensitive sites.

15. Rental, delivery or utility vehicles parked in unusual locations, such as fields, vacant warehouses, schools, or other secluded locations.

16. Complaints of unusual fumes, liquids, residue or odors.

If you notice one of these signs of suspicious activity, call 911. Law enforcement agencies are all tied into a network, so your report will be passed on to the FBI and whoever else needs to be notified. All you have to do is call your local 911.

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Briefing On Iraq With Major General Joseph Fil

Sunday

THE WAR IN IRAQ is an important part of the war against terrorism, or, as we're calling it now, the GWARI (Global War Against Radical Islam). What happens in Iraq is crucial to the overall success or failure of the West to defend itself against attacks from Islamic fundamentalists.

You have an important role to play in this effort. What you say to your friends can change their minds, even if only slowly, and even if only partially. That may be enough, and as Edmund Burke said, "Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little."


With that in mind, below are some excerpts from a recent briefing on Iraq with Major General Joseph Fil. Some of this might be covered by major news networks, but all you're going to get is a sentence or two with a negative mainstream spin.

By reading this, you'll know more about what's going on in Iraq than your friends, and you'll be able to inform them in your conversations.

Here are the excerpts:


As General Petraeus mentioned in his recent address to Congress, we've made significant progress on the security front since the troop surge began earlier this year. The Baghdad neighborhoods where our forces are located are safer than they have been in a very long time, and our Iraqi security force partners have made great strides as well. We've had some tough days battling al Qaeda and criminal militia, but here in the Multinational Division Baghdad we keep pounding away at our enemy, pushing him daily, and we've seen positive results from our persistent pressure.

The people of Baghdad have grown tired of the violence brought on by terrorist groups and criminal militiamen. They've started banding together in the neighborhoods on both sides of the Tigris River to reconcile themselves to the duly elected Iraqi government and to put an end to the senseless violence and lawlessness. They're volunteering to work with the government, instead of against it, for the betterment of all.

And across the Iraqi capital, reconciliation efforts, led by our soldiers and leaders and the grassroots level, are starting to bear fruit. There are currently almost 8,000 Iraqi security volunteers employed in various just across the city. These volunteers are predominantly young men who have emerged from areas previously dominated by al Qaeda and other resistance groups.

Yesterday over 700 of these volunteers graduated from the Baghdad Police College, and next week 800 more will graduate from training at a facility near Abu Ghraib and enter into the Iraqi police service. Now, these brave volunteers are seeking to help rout out al Qaeda and criminal militias and to enter a career in law enforcement to make an honest living.

In many areas in around Baghdad, these volunteers are being integrated with, trained
integrated with and trained by Iraqi security forces on checkpoints, and in many cases they're conducting coordinated operations side by side with them. And we're seeing very positive impacts on local security where this partnership occurs.

These partnerships are yet another step forward in the effort to bring down the levels of violence and to protect the population by involving the population. Attacks are down in the city. The temporary barriers we've emplaced around markets and the densely populated areas have caused the terrorist attacks to be less lethal over the past months and allowed life to grow inside the barriers. Baghdad currently has the lowest level of attacks within the 10 security districts since we first arrived here more than 10 months ago.

Since Fard al-Qanun began back in mid-February, there's been more than a 50 percent reduction in overall attacks per week. Small arms fire attacks are half of what they were in February. The number of car bombs per week is well under half of when this operation began, and the ones that do detonate are much much less lethal than they were initially. Likewise, mortar and rocket attacks have declined by way more than 50 percent in the same period. We've also seen a steep overall decline in the number of IED (improvised explosive device) detonations and a corresponding increase in the number found prior to detonation. I believe that these trends indicate that our arrests of key IED cell members, combined with an increased ability to find IED caches, is having an overall impact on the enemy's ability to build and use these murderous weapons of terror.


Q General, hi. It's David Cloud with The New York Times. In the past in speaking to us you've given us a breakdown of your assessment of the Baghdad neighborhoods and whether they're cleared, held, retained
and there's one more category which escapes me at the moment. Can you run through that again with us, or what the status of those are now, and just give us a sense of your rough timetable for moving into the latter categories?

GEN. FIL: Yeah, thanks. I can, and I'll just run through them. The the four categories that we track as we progress through the evolution of security in the city is, first of all, disruption, then clearance, followed by a control phase, and then finally, retain, which is the one in which Iraqi security forces are primarily in the lead.

We started off with 70 percent of them in disruption, and about 21 percent of them in clearance last February. We're now down to about 16 percent in disruption and about 30 percent that remain in clearance. But the number in control and retain now are, of the 474 muhallas in Baghdad, well over 250 of them are in control and retain, some 56 percent.

We are at a point where we've been working very hard in the south of Baghdad, so in general there continues to be progress there. Again, we're in a very tough fight down in east Rashid, in the southern portion of Baghdad. That has been very successful recently, although it's been a long, tough fight. We have reduced al Qaeda down to where they are dug in in several neighborhoods. And that fight continues, and I expect areas of both west and east Rashid to transition from the clearance phase to the control phase as this force is reduced down to this relatively small pocket and as the security forces down there are strengthened and we actually go into the next phase.


Q General, this is Anna Mulrine with U.S. News and World Report.

I'm just wondering, what do you feel like is the toughest part of what you're doing in Baghdad today? What's your biggest challenge right now in the city?

GEN. FIL: I'm sorry, would you repeat the question, please?

Q I'm just wondering what your
what you feel like your biggest challenge in the city right now is. What's the toughest thing you're facing in Baghdad right now?

GEN. FIL: It continues to be the IEDs that are the
really the biggest threat to our soldiers. They're the biggest killer. It's a very tough weapon to find because there are many ways to disguise them, even putting them into concrete and simulating the curb from the side of the road. So we're working very hard against these, not only against them when we find them, but against the networks that are putting them in there and those networks that supply them. So that continues to be the main effort, frankly, offensively.

And I do think we've had, you know, huge progress. The numbers of these IEDs continue to come down and their effectiveness, and now we're finding many more of them than are actually being used against us. But it's still a challenge, and it's the number one killer of soldiers over here.


Q General, Julian Barnes from the Los Angeles Times here. I was wondering if you could tell us about the willingness of local police to move against militias in their neighborhood, particularly these local volunteers that you spoke of. Are they willing to take actions against entrenched militias?

GEN. FIL: They've been
well, first of all, these forces we're not using them offensively, and so they are right now they are to serve as security volunteers, and they are helping us to keep people out and to serve the militias out and to serve as an early warning network in coordination with the police and the coalition forces and the Iraqi army forces that are in these neighborhoods. But we are not right now using them offensively to actually fight against al Qaeda or militias in the cities.

And to answer your question, are they willing to? Yes, they are, and they want to. And as they are eventually incorporated into the Iraqi security forces, whether it be the police, the Iraqi, you know, Police Service, the national police or the Iraqi army, we'll certainly use them that way.

And we are currently in the process of, as I mentioned earlier, of training them. And right now there are almost 8,000 of these volunteers in the greater Baghdad area who have signed up to join the security forces. And as we go through the process of vetting them, of ensuring that they are in fact the right kind of soldiers, policemen
national policemen that the nation needs, they'll indeed be incorporated.

But right now they're providing a huge amount of help in identifying cells, giving us tips as to their location, intelligence as to when they're starting to enter the areas, and providing early warning.

Q If I could follow up. You talked about bringing more Iraqi security forces, strengthening those. Do you anticipate, as the battlefield geometry changes and units are not needed from other parts of Iraq, that you would request more U.S. forces be brought into Baghdad to help with the security there? Is that something that you would see as desirable?

GEN. FIL: Well, of course no division commander ever is satisfied that he has enough forces, and we do believe in overwhelming combat power. And in this theater, combat power is certainly measured by boots on the ground. But at this point I do not have plans to ask for more soldiers. I feel that the soldiers that we have here are adequate for the job. We're being very successful in moving the city through these phases, as I said. Security is certainly on the rise in the city. The level of violence is way, way down. And perhaps more significantly, the ability of the Iraqi security forces to control their own neighborhoods, their own areas as they stand side by side with American forces and, in fact, as they take the lead is growing.


Q General Fil, this is Jamie McIntyre with CNN. You mentioned the
IED threats. I'm just curious how many of the MRAPs, (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles) you have, how many more you need, and do you think they make a big difference in the U.S. casualty rate in your area of responsibility?

GEN. FIL: We have not
although we have RC-31s and some of the route clearance equipment that we've had, you know, for some time here, and it's very effective, we in the 1st Cavalry Division, Multinational Division-Baghdad have not yet received the MRAPs. We do expect to be getting it shortly, and one of our districts is a priority for General Odierno and the allocation of these. And so we do expect to be receiving them shortly.

I think they're going to be hugely effective, frankly, and they're, you know, specifically designed for the threats that we currently face here and for the threat that we believe we'll be facing for the foreseeable future here in Baghdad and in Iraq, and that is these deep-buried IEDs and the IEDs that
with the shape charges, the EFPs, that are just so very lethal.

So I believe they're going to be hugely effective, and I think that the accelerated program upon which we've embarked to get them here as quickly as we can will be very helpful to protecting soldiers and making us more effective.


Q General, it's Al Pessin from Voice of America. General, how can U.S. and coalition troops retain most of Baghdad after the troop levels draw down to pre-surge levels?

GEN. FIL: What
the surge of coalition forces has allowed us to do in Baghdad is to go to not only hold areas that we've been working very hard in, to control them, but to go into areas that we were frankly not in any strength in before and get them cleared and then build up the security forces so they can move into control. And so I would expect by the time we begin this reduction of security forces from the surge, which is about two-and-a-half brigades worth of soldiers if you add up all the battalion equivalents here in the Baghdad area, that we'll be well past the time when we needed them to do this expansion.

So I feel that, you know, frankly, the timing of the surge was probably optimal. I'll also say that having troops here for the 15 months that we've had them has also been very helpful, not only for our forces, the 1st Cavalry Division and the forces that we started with, but for the surge forces who were coming through as well.

So I'm confident that the timing on it is appropriate and that as these forces begin to draw down, the security forces
the Iraqi security forces will be sufficiently strong, that they'll be able to take these regions from control and into retain.

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A Conversation About Terrorism In Iraq

Saturday

MOST OF THE PEOPLE I know think the Iraq war shouldn't have happened, that it was all about oil, and that the U.S. should pull its troops out as soon as possible. When someone expresses these opinions, my first response is, "What do you think we ought to do about Islamic terrorists?" Surprisingly, most people seem taken aback by the question, like they weren't expecting it.

Nobody has yet given me a good answer. Not once. Almost as if they've never thought about it. This question has proven to be a great opening to a conversation. I've used it many times, and so far it has always turned out good.

I say, "I think going to war in Iraq was a good idea. Let me tell you why."

Most people are all ears by this time, usually surprised I would say that, and curious about what I'll say next. I'm not shouting, I'm not a fanatic. People who know me recognize I am a calm, reasonable person, so when I say something like that, they're curious.

I explain that I have gone on a study-binge for many years, trying to find some kind of understanding about terrorism, and here's what I found: Most terrorists are Islamic, and they're not following some convoluted version of Islam. They have not "hijacked" the religion.

On the contrary, the majority of Muslims, the peaceful ones, have altered and modified and selectively ignored parts of the Koran to twist and distort Islam into a religion of peace. The book itself calls for unrelenting war against non-Muslims until the whole world is Islamic until every person has submitted, by force if necessary, to Islam, and until every government on earth follows Shari'a law.

I explain that I didn't know this when I started. And another thing I have realized is that there is a civil war raging within the religion of Islam.

For most people, when I say this, it is the first they've heard of it.

It says very clearly in the Koran what true believers must do. Most Muslims ignore the violent parts and focus on the peaceful, tolerant parts, ignoring the passages that occur later in the same book that very clearly nullify the peaceful passages.

To those that take the whole book as the word of Allah (as it says in the book they must do), the moderate Muslims are "apostates" (rejectors of the faith) and the sentence for such a crime is death.

A democracy with free speech and women's rights is an abomination to these true believers. And when more modern, moderate Muslims try to create a democracy, the fanatics do everything they can to stop it. This is an all-out, desperate war, not just in Iraq, but all over the world. To the true believers, an Islamic country that tries to convert to democracy is sliding backwards. Muslims conquered much of the Middle East, and even part of Spain. But up until recently, they have been slowly losing ground, and the true believers can't stand it. They want to fight and die for the cause.

Fighting against infidels and apostates is a religious act of worship, and they are proud and happy to do it. They want to win at all costs.

Now back to Iraq. What would happen if the U.S. pulled out? Syria, Iran, and Saudi Arabia (Islamic countries trying to follow the Koran to the letter) would continue to send money, weapons, and men to fight against the new democracy in Iraq until it becomes a Muslim country. The Islamic empire would grow. Their power would increase. And they would turn their attention and focus their resources on helping their brothers in Europe and America continue to fight the infidels until the whole world submits to Islam. We would then have a much bigger problem requiring a much more bloody solution.

Islamic fundamentalists cannot live in peace with others. There is no negotiating with them. They don't want anything from us other than submission to Shari'a law. You can't negotiate with someone who doesn't want anything from you. And they are relentless. Their religion consumes them. They won't be finding better things to do. They are completely dedicated to it, and they will recruit and enlist more and more people to their cause if we just let them be.

Now, I ask the person I'm talking to, "What do you think we ought to do about this problem? Ignoring it will not make it go away. Appeasing Islamic fundamentalists will not stop them. This is a real problem and we must do something about it."

I explain that I think helping the more modern Muslims create democracies is one of the sanest responses to this problem I've ever seen. It is the most practical long-term solution I've ever heard of. Yes, it is bloody. Yes, it is costly. But it was already bloody and costly and only getting worse. Look at the timeline of attacks on the West, starting about 35 years ago (a good source for this is the book Why Terrorism Works). The attacks have grown progressively more frequent and more violent over time.

And I put it to them: With this new insight into what the real war is about fresh in their minds, I ask them, "What alternatives do we have? What better solution has someone come up with?"

After this, I can see that the person I'm talking to sees things in a new way, and has plenty to think about, and has no real answers to the question, so I leave it at that.

One of the "benefits" of seeing it this way is that suddenly the crazy, mixed up, chaotic mess suddenly seems clear and makes sense. For the first time, it is understandable.

I don't press for them to concede I am right, or that I've "won the argument." I go out of my way to avoid doing that. I let them go on their way thinking that was an interesting conversation and they have new things to think about.

The new perspective I have just laid out for them will make sense of what was previously confusing. It clarifies the issue so much that they will never be able to see the war in Iraq or the war on terror the same way again.

Hopefully, many of them slowly form conclusions on their own about what the real problem is, and what must be done.

I'm not using myself as a perfect example. I have made plenty of mistakes trying to talk to people about terrorism, but I've tried to learn from those mistakes, and I'm sharing with you what has worked.

I hope you will take the time and share here (in the comments below) what you've tried and what has worked for you. This is the most important thing we can do to defeat terrorism: Have conversations with people we know, and gently educate them on the scope of the problem and the nature of the possible solutions.

And at least as important as educating them is not turning them off to good solutions by being abrasive. It is better to be understated and say less than to be overly outspoken and force them to close their minds to you and anyone with a similar point of view they might hear after you. This is a delicate business and if we intend to win,
citizens in democratic countries will have to use all the skill we have in each of those conversations, and to try to develop more skill as we go along.

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The al Qaeda Manual

Tuesday

THE FOLLOWING is a translation of a portion of an al Qaeda training manual. The full manual is available here. This was made available by the FBI on their website.

A significant purpose of fundamentalist Muslims is to try to establish Islamic states everywhere in the world until the whole world is Islamic. Organizations like al Qaeda are working hard to do just that.

Part of the strategy is to undermine trust in a government's ability to protect its citizens by committing dramatic acts of terror. But to do this, a terrorist needs to blend in to the foreign society until the appointed hour of destruction. The section below is how a terrorist can go unnoticed while preparing the attack.

This is serious business. The Islamists have an overall strategy for turning America into an Islamic state: The 20-year plan for overthrowing the U.S. government. And they have similar goals in Europe.

Their numbers are growing, and so is their sophistication. And because Islamists exploit a moral principle in western democracies, they are actually gaining ground on what would seem to be an impossible goal.

Since part of a citizen warrior's job is help prevent terrorist attacks by knowing what to look for, it's a good idea to know the tactics terrorists use to fool the unschooled eye.

So here is a chapter of the al Qaeda manual, describing tactics for concealing one's true identity in the land of the infidels (otherwise known as "member safety"):

Chapter Eight: MEMBER SAFETY

Defining member safety:

This is a set of measures taken by members who perform undercover missions in order to prevent the enemies from getting to them.

It is necessary for any party that adopts Jihad work and has many members to subdivide its members into three groups, each of which has its own security measures. The three groups are:

1. The overt member
2. The covert member
3. The commander


Measures that should be taken by the Overt Member:

1. He should not be curious and inquisitive about matters that do not concern him.

2. He should not be chatty and talkative about everything he knows or hears.

3. He should not carry on him the names and addresses of those members he knows. If he has to, he should keep them safe.

4. During times of security concerns and arrest campaigns and especially if his appearance is Islamic, he should reduce his visits to the areas of trouble and remain at home instead.

5. When conversing on the telephone, he should not talk about any information that might be of use to the enemy.

6. When sending letters, he should not mention any information that might be of use to the enemy. When receiving letters, he should burn them immediately after reading them and pour water on them to prevent the enemy from reading them. Further, he should destroy any traces of fire so the enemy would not find out that something was burned.


Measures that should be taken by the Undercover Member:

In addition to the above measures, the member should...

1. Not reveal his true name to the Organization's members who are working with him, nor to the Islamic Call.

2 . Have a general appearance that does not indicate Islamic orientation.

3. Be careful not to mention the brothers’ common expressions or show their behaviors (special praying appearance, “may Allah reward you”, “peace be on you" while arriving and departing, etc.)

4. Avoid visiting famous Islamic places (mosques, libraries, Islamic fairs, etc.)

5. Carry falsified personal documents and know all the information they contain.

6. Have protection preceding his visit to any place while moving about (apartment, province, means of transportation, etc.).

7. Have complete and accurate knowledge of the security status related to those around him in his place of work and residence, so that no danger or harm would catch him unaware.

8. Maintain his family and neighborhood relationships and should not show any changes towards them so that they would not attempt to bring him back (from the Organization) for security reasons.

9. Not resort to utilizing letters and messengers except in an emergency.

10. Not speak loudly.

11. Not get involved in advocating good and denouncing evil in order not to attract attention to himself.

12. Break the daily routine, especially when performing an undercover mission. For example, changing the departure and return routes, arrival and departure times, and the store where he buys his goods.

13. Not causing any trouble in the neighborhood where he lives or at the place of work.

14. Converse on the telephone using special code so that he does not attract attention.

15. Not contacting the overt members except when necessary. Such contacts should be brief.

16. Not fall into the enemy's excitement trap, either through praising or criticizing his Organization.

17. Performing the exercises to detect surveillance whenever a task is to be performed.

18. Not park in no-parking zones and not take photographs where it is forbidden.

19. Closing all that should be closed before departing the place, whether at home or his place of undercover work.

20. Not undergo a sudden change in his daily routine or any relationships that precede his Jihad involvement. For example, there should not be an obvious change in his habits of conversing, movement, presence, or disappearance. Likewise, he should not be hasty to sever his previous relationships.

21. Not meet in places where there are informers, such as coffee shops, and not live in areas close to the residences of important personalities, government establishments, and police stations.

22. Not write down on any media, specially on paper, that could show the traces and words of the pen by rubbing the paper with lead powder.


Measures that should be taken by the Commander:

The commander, whether in overt or covert work, has special importance for the following reasons:

1. The large amount of information he possesses.

2. The difficulty of the command in replacing the commander.

3. Therefore, all previously mentioned security precautions regarding members should be heightened for the commander. Many resources should be reserved for protecting the commanders.

Important Note: Married brothers should observe the following...

1. Not talking with their wives about Jihad work.

2. The members with security risks should not travel with their wives. A wife with an Islamic appearance (veil) attracts attention.

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Halt Terrorism — The Top Seven Things a Citizen Can Do

Sunday

MUCH OF THE TASK of fighting terrorism is done by governments, security agencies, and the military. But there are practical things an ordinary citizen can do to make a significant difference in defeating terrorism. If you doubt it is even possible to defeat terrorism, you need to read this. But if you're ready to do something about it, here are CitizenWarrior.com's top seven ways a citizen can help halt terrorism. Each principle links to an article about it.

1. Be observant and report suspicious activities. First you need to learn what to look for. Then you can use your eyes and ears as you go about your daily activities. If you know what to look for, being observant doesn't mean being paranoid. Most activities are not suspicious. But a few specific kinds of activities are. Follow the link above to find out what those are, and then...be observant.

2.
Share DVDs with your friends. This may be the most useful thing you can do. It is such a simple and natural thing to say something like, "I saw a really interesting film last night." And then talk about one of the most interesting or surprising things in the film. When the person you're talking to is interested, you can say, "I own it on DVD. Would you like to borrow it?" This is a great way to get valuable information into the heads of the other members of your country. The ideas in their heads has a significant impact on how successfully we collectively fight terrorism; it determines what policies and which politicians they vote for. Go to the link above for our suggested DVDs to share.

3. Steer conversations to the topic of terrorism. Improve your ability to start casual conversations and gently open those conversations to the topic of terrorism, and improve your ability to do it in a way that prevents others from being turned off by it. Terrorism can be an ugly and scary subject if not approached in the right way. Influencing opinions is a vital task you can do to fight terrorism. Ideas and opinions are the driving force behind world events. You can change someone's opinion about terrorism, but you must first be talking about terrorism. Follow the link above and begin today.

4. Learn more about influencing people. Once you have someone in a conversation, how can you change their opinions? How can you successfully influence them? This is also a skill you can improve with know-how and practice. Skill can win people to a new way of thinking. A lack of skill can entrench them more solidly in their old way of thinking. Skill is all-important, and it can be improved, no matter how good you are already. Follow the link above and get started.

5. When you find a good article online, share it. This is one of the easiest ways to make a difference. If you do it well, you can enhance the impact of what you share. Follow the link for some good tips on how to do it well.

6. Help people see the URL haltterrorism.com. The domain name goes to the article you're reading now. Buy a haltterrorism.com t-shirt and wear it (follow the link to find out how). Add haltterrorism.com to your email signature. Print the domain address on business cards and post them on bulletin boards. Get a bumper sticker with the address on it. Not everyone is interested in terrorism, but those who are will be curious when the see the URL, and you've just sent them to a good resource.

7. See our growing list of ideas here. We have been developing ideas for halting terrorism for a long time now, and our list has grown far larger than seven things. Check it out.

It goes without saying, of course, that you'll keep learning about terrorism, and you'll learn especially well anything you'd like to teach to others. Listening to an audiobook again and again in your car is an excellent way to really learn something well (here are some good suggestions for audiobooks).

Not all books are created equal. When you find a really good one, get it in an audio format and listen to it while you drive. This way you can easily listen to the same material many times. When you share information or perspectives with someone, you have a good opportunity to really illuminate the subject for them. If you have only a vague understanding of something you read only once, you'll find it hard to be lucid or convincing, and you'll fail to persuade. Part of persuasion is knowing what you're talking about. The other part is skill with people.

You want to do something about terrorism. You want to halt the terrorists in their tracks. Excellent! Choose one of the seven ideas above
the one that appeals to you the most at the moment and do it. On behalf of all of us, I thank you for your intention and effort.

In the comments below, I have added other ways a citizen can help halt terrorism, and I will keep adding them as I get new information. I encourage you to add to the list yourself.

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The Simplest Way to Fight Terrorism


THE HOME PAGE of citizenwarrior.com is always changing. You never know what the first article will be. So if you wanted to turn someone onto this site, you could give them the domain name, but you'd never know if the first article would be a good introduction or not.

On top of that, to someone who doesn't know the name, "citizenwarrior.com," you'd have to explain that the site is about stopping terrorism. The name itself doesn't say what it's about to the uninitiated.

To solve this problem and give you another weapon in your arsenal, we bought a more descriptive domain name, and pointed it to an introductory page on the Citizen Warrior site. The domain name is haltterrorism.com.


Now you have a simple way to fight terrorism: Let people simply see that domain name. Those who are interested will easily remember the short address, and when they visit, they'll get a page designed to introduce them to this site. This is the page it goes to.

The domain name itself says something. You don't need to explain it or add a byline. You can simply share the domain name itself.


And by helping people become more interested and involved in doing something constructive about terrorism, you weaken the terrorists. The more educated our own teammates are and the less helpless they feel the stronger and more unified we are against the terrorists, and the more capable we will be of making effective collective decisions. In the war of memes, sharing practical information with your teammates can make the difference.

If you think this is a good idea, then you can help defeat terrorism by sharing that domain name. I suggest getting some tee shirts with the name on it, and put a bumper sticker on your car with the domain name on it. You can get both of those at the Citizen Warrior Supply Depot.

You could also put the address at the bottom of your email messages, as part of your signature (almost all email programs have this feature, to add a signature automatically to every message), or simply several lines below your signature. From that point forward, without any more effort on your part, you are fighting terrorism every time you email anyone about anything.


If you have a bulletin board at your grocery store or some place where business cards can be displayed, make some business cards with the address on them and post them whenever you're at the store. At any office supply store, you can get blank business card sheets you can feed through your printer.

You can also carry one of those cards in your wallet, and when you get into a conversation with someone about terrorism, you can say, "There's something you can do to help defeat terrorism," and give them the card and suggest they check it out.

And, of course, if you own a theater, you can put it on your marquee.

If you come up with other good ways to share the address, please let us know by adding a comment below. Thank you.

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How to Fight Jihadis by Sharing Online Articles Via Email

THE USE OF VIOLENCE is the Jihadis' strength. To fight them, we'll have to use violence ourselves, but that's the military's domain. There is something civilians can do that exploits the orthodox Muslims' weakness and plays to our strength: We can use freedom of speech as a weapon against jihad.

The internet is an especially fine tool for exercising freedom of speech. The internet makes sharing information easier than it has ever been in history. And the spread of information between non-Muslims can help unify and educate the team, and can help clarify what needs to be done.

In the war of memes, freedom of speech exercised over the internet is like a laser-guided nuclear weapon.

So when you're on the internet and you find a good article about jihad, one way you can help defeat the third jihad is to share the article with your friends. Simple, right? I have a few suggestions that will make your sharing more effective:

1. Be sparing. We all know someone who sends lots of mass emails of varying quality. And how do you react? You start to devalue that person's emails. So I suggest you only send very good articles, and only once in awhile. Once a week at most.

2. Try to choose articles that will penetrate. In other words, if you have an atheist friend, don't send him an article praising Jesus. It will turn him off, and the information won't penetrate. It might even turn him off to potentially influential articles from you in the future. Think of where your friend stands on the issue, and where you want him to stand, and try to choose articles that persuasively will move him over toward the goal.

3. Don't just send bad news. Most bad news leaves the reader feeling helpless, and we don't need to spread helplessness among our teammates. If you do send bad news, send along with it something your friend can do about it either another link to an article, or a short paragraph from you.

4. Don't send the whole article. Send a link. Many links are eight inches long, however, and don't work on the other side. Several places online provide a service that makes the link much shorter. Use one. Here's one: Tiny URL.


5. If you do a mass mailing, hide everyone's email address. It's the courteous thing to do (it doesn't expose the addressees' addresses to other people). Put all the addresses in the BCC section and then put your own email address in the main address section. The only address that shows will be yours. Ideally, and to make the email more personalized (and therefore have greater impact) you would not send mass mailings but would write to each person individually. It doesn't take that much longer. You can copy and paste most of your message.

6. Tell them the most interesting part of the article and why you think the article is illuminating. This only needs to be a paragraph or two.


7. Before you send it off, re-read your message and improve it if you can. Small improvements can help give your message greater persuasive force. Small mistakes, overstatements, or clumsy sentences can distract your reader from the message.

Sharing articles via email is easy, but you can make it more effective by taking the time to do it well. This is a valuable opportunity to influence your friends. The cost in money and time is little enough, but the potential opinion-changing, educational impact is very great indeed.

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How to Steer Conversations to the Subjects of Jihad and Sharia

TO INFLUENCE SOMEONE about Islam, you have to talking about Islam. Of course, jihad isn't a normal topic for casual conversations. So if you want to talk about Islam, you're going to have to deliberately bring it up most of the time. But how?

The easiest and most natural way is to mention something you just learned.

But let me backtrack a moment. You should not try to influence anyone until you know what you're talking about. I'm sure you know that already. But what this means is that you're always learning something.

When you're reading (or watching a DVD or listening to an audiobook), be on the lookout for something really unusual or interesting or surprising. Those little nuggets are precious. When you find one, you've got a ticket into a good conversation.

Then it's as easy as, "I was reading a book last night and I learned something really surprising." Of course, the person you're talking to will be curious. You've opened their mind.

Share the nugget. Let them respond. If they have an opinion about it, listen to them thoughtfully. Don't immediately argue with them, even if they say something stupid. That doesn't help the educational process. But if what they say reminds you of something else you've learned that seems fitting and interesting, tell them about it.

I've used this "technique," if we can call it that, hundreds of times, and it works every time. It gets the conversation on the subject of terrorism, and gives us fellow teammates (members of our country) a chance to talk about something important that affects all of us. And it gives me a chance to share vital information.

The most important part of the whole process is to find those nuggets when you're reading, and to remind yourself of it a few times, so you'll remember it.

It's important to remember the details of the nugget. Have you ever heard someone trying to tell a joke, but they can't remember quite how it goes? The joke is spoiled, isn't it? The same principle applies here. The details help make your nugget interesting and persuasive. The lack of details makes it fall flat.

When you've found a good nugget, you'll be talking to several people over the next few days who haven't heard it, and you can tell each one of them about it, and your delivery will improve every time you tell it.

This is a simple way to make a difference. You're already shooting the breeze with people, making small talk. Here's a way to make it count.

One of the most important tasks that needs to be done to defeat terrorism is the education of our teammates. This can best be done in person and face-to-face. Your participation is vital. We need every soldier we can muster. Defeating the third jihad is in large part a war of memes and you are on the front lines.

Look for those interesting and surprising tidbits. Go over them a couple times. Then bring it up with people and let the conversation go where it will.

A good primer on creating interesting conversations is How to Talk to Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere: The Secrets of Good Communication, by the master of interesting and meaningful conversations, Larry King.

A good example of a conversation is this one: Modern Revelations About Islamic Revelations.

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How To Stop a Terrorist Attack

Saturday

THIS IS AN EXCERPT FROM a review of Daywalt's new DVD, and it's about something important a citizen can do to help halt terrorism be observant and know what to look for. You can learn how to recognize the kinds of events that lead up to a terrorist attack, and to report them to the proper authorities. Security professionals cannot be everywhere all the time.

"Your eyes and ears and those of your friends, family, and co-workers," says the narrator, "can be of enormous help in preventing terrorism. You are the only one who knows best what activities do or do not belong in and around your community.

"...your inputs are immediately shared with law enforcement agencies for rapid assessment and investigation, as necessary. As part of your daily routine, being observant and reporting anything out of the ordinary could be the crucial first step in preventing a possible terrorist attack."

How many times have you seen the "heightened alert" sign? Do you know what to do during heightened terrorist threat levels? The DVD lays out for you exactly what you should do: Look for "indicators of terrorism." There are seven things terrorists often do before they launch an attack, and those things can be spotted by a citizen better than a uniformed police officer. Here are the seven indicators of terrorism:
1. Surveillance
2. Elicitation
3. Test of security
4. Acquiring supplies
5. Suspicious persons
6. Dry runs
7. Deploying assets
These are actions terrorists often take before they launch an attack, and they are usually in plain view of regular citizens. If those citizens are paying attention and know what to look for, they can report it to the local police, whose system is now tied into national security agencies.

The DVD explains details of each indicator. For example, the first one is surveillance. Terrorists often scope out a potential target first. Things to be aware of are note-taking, recording or monitoring the routines of the target (say, a nuclear facility or stadium), using cameras, drawing diagrams, drawing on maps, using binoculars, possessing plans or blueprints of the site, etc.

If you see something like this and you've never seen it before in your area, you can report it to your local police. They can then investigate. If the apparently suspicious people are innocent and their activities are for a legitimate purpose, no harm was done by checking them out. But if they had ill intent, the discovery of their activities can lead to the identification of a terrorist group. You've just saved lives.
"If you feel you've observed something suspicious, do not dismiss it," urges Daywalt. "Many criminal and terrorist plots have been averted just because someone was observant enough, and reported what they saw to the authorities."
Here's another good list of what to look for: Signs That Indicate An Impeding Terrorist Attack.

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September 11th: A Day That Will Live In Infamy

Tuesday

THE LINK BELOW is a video shot on September 11th from an apartment window facing the Twin Towers. The couple who shot it lived on the 36th floor so they had an overview of the whole event. They didn't release the video to the public until 2005. It's long, but it's an intimate reliving of that day, with sounds of the couples' reaction to events, and the sound of the television news going in the background. The video is entitled simply:


You can also see it here: What We Saw. And here is a compilation of different shots of the attack and the aftermath: World Trade Center.

Watching the video brought the day back vividly. From my perspective today, 9/11 was a day of awakening for me. Until then, I had no interest in Islam. I didn't think it was important. I didn't understand what caused the terrorist attacks that had happened throughout my childhood (in the 1972 Olympics, the hostage crisis, the hijackings, etc.) and if you had asked me to guess at the time, I probably would have thought terrorists were simply fanatics creating random acts of violence for random reasons
to force a government to release prisoners, to get airtime for their cause, to scare people, or whatever.

But 9/11 was so much worse than previous acts of terrorism, and so much closer to home, it woke me up. The attack on the WTC was obviously a well-organized project by a fairly large group of people, using effective long-term planning, all for the purpose of inflicting a huge number of casualties. And my question was, for what?

It was so shocking, I was strongly motivated to understand where it came from, who these people were, and why they were doing this.

What I've learned since then has often surprised me. I had no idea Islamists were such a large group, or so well-funded, or had such an all-compassing goal.

But along with discovering the scope of the problem, I've also discovered that ordinary citizens like me could do something to help defeat it.

I feel I've personally repeated what Americans collectively went through in WWII. When the war in Europe and Japan started, most Americans didn't want to get involved. They wanted to go about their business and they hoped the problem would just go away. But when Pearl Harbor was bombed, everything changed. They realized how significant the problem was, and they fully understood their more trivial concerns would have to be put aside.

The same change of mind has happened to many of us in the West in response to 9/11 and the change of mind has only deepened with subsequent events.

Since that day I have learned a great deal about Islam, and have been encouraging others to do so too. An understanding of the terrifying brilliance of Islam hasn't become as widespread as I had hoped, but more people are becoming aware of Islam's prime directive, and that is encouraging.

I hope you watch the film,
What We Saw, share it with your friends, and renew your commitment to finding a solution to the causes that led to 9/11 and the over sixteen thousand terrorist attacks since then.

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New DVD on What a Civilian Can Do About Terrorism

Sunday

I'VE JUST FINISHED watching a new instructional DVD called Terrorism - You May Be The Target.The DVD covers three things:

1. How to help prevent terrorist attacks from happening in your area.

2. How to protect your life if you're involved in a terrorist attack.

3. How to prevent being a target yourself.

Here on CW, we are focused on what civilians can do to prevent terrorism, and this DVD is packed with good information on just that subject. "It's up to each of us," the narrator explains, "to play an active role in the fight against terrorism."

We cannot and should not rely on others to protect us. Terrorists are targeting civilians. Israel has been dealing with terrorist attacks on civilians much longer than Americans, and they've learned from hard experience that when citizens pay attention and know what to do, lives can be saved. Terrorist attacks can be thwarted. "With the active participation and involvement of every citizen," says James Daywalt, the author of the DVD, "we have a good chance in successfully fighting terrorism. And you are a vital part in that fight."

The DVD covers everything from simple everyday safety precautions to remote possibilities, like what to do if you are taken hostage by a terrorist.

The DVD is a good overview of the subject of terrorism and is very organized. It has a section on a brief history of terrorism, a section on how terrorist cells are organized, sections on how to protect yourself from different kinds of attacks, such as hijacking, kidnapping, bombing, etc.

There are two things I don't like about the DVD: First, Daywalt goes out of his way to avoid saying anything bad about Islam, which in itself isn't really a bad thing, and many people would probably think it's a good thing, but the Islamic kind is the only terrorism most of us are worried about. The KKK has failed to strike fear into my heart in a long time. The IRA hasn't bothered me in months. But Islamic terrorists are out to kill me and everyone I know, and they're blowing things up right and left all over the world, and they're growing in number. It might be interesting to learn about other terrorist groups, but right now it's not necessary or practical.

The other thing I didn't like is that some of the film clips have poor resolution, partly, I think, because the DVD uses clips from the last 40 years. On the other hand, it has a huge collection of clips showing hijackings and bombings and all kinds of different terrorist-related clips, which makes the film more interesting.

But there was a lot I really liked about the DVD. Its emphasis is on ordinary citizens and what we can do about terrorism. The most important thing is to learn how to recognize the kinds of events that might lead up to a terrorist attack, and to report them to the proper authorities. S
ecurity professionals cannot be everywhere all the time.

"Your eyes and ears and those of your friends, family, and co-workers," says the narrator, "can be of enormous help in preventing terrorism. You are the only one who knows best what activities do or do not belong in and around your community.

"...your inputs are immediately shared with law enforcement agencies for rapid assessment and investigation, as necessary. As part of your daily routine, being observant and reporting anything out of the ordinary could be the crucial first step in preventing a possible terrorist attack."

How many times have you seen the "heightened alert" sign? Do you know what to do during heightened terrorist threat levels? The DVD lays out for you exactly what you should do: Look for "indicators of terrorism." There are seven things terrorists often do before they launch an attack, and those things can be spotted by a citizen better than a uniformed police officer. Here are the seven indicators of terrorism:
1. Surveillance
2. Elicitation
3. Test of security
4. Acquiring supplies
5. Suspicious persons
6. Dry runs
7. Deploying assets
These are actions terrorists often take before they launch an attack, and they are usually in plain view of regular citizens. If those citizens are paying attention and know what to look for, they can report it to the local police, whose system is now tied into national security agencies.

The DVD explains details of each indicator. For example, the first one is surveillance. Terrorists often scope out a potential target first. Things to be aware of are note-taking, recording or monitoring the routines of the target (say, a nuclear facility or stadium), using cameras, drawing diagrams, drawing on maps, using binoculars, possessing plans or blueprints of the site, etc.

If you see something like this and you've never seen it before in your area, you can report it to your local police. They can then investigate. If the apparently suspicious people are innocent and their activities are for a legitimate purpose, no harm was done by checking them out. But if they had ill intent, the discovery of their activities can lead to the identification of a terrorist group. You've just saved lives.
"If you feel you've observed something suspicious, do not dismiss it," urges Daywalt. "Many criminal and terrorist plots have been averted just because someone was observant enough, and reported what they saw to the authorities."
The DVD covers lots of different scenarios beyond this, and some of them seem to be remote possibilities, but if you're worried about things like this, it sure doesn't hurt to know what experts would suggest you do in case of a gas attack, for example, or what to do with suspicious mail packages, what to do in case of a bombing outside your building, what to do in an arson attack, what to do if you're attacked with firearms or a grenade, what to do at the initial moments of capture by terrorists, what to do during a rescue to avoid being hurt, and what to expect during a rescue attempt.

Daywalt goes into some practical detail. For example, in the section on what to do if someone throws a grenade in your vicinity, the experts' advice is to throw yourself down on the ground, your head away from the grenade, your feet facing the grenade, with your legs closed tightly and your hands over your head. Grenades explode in an upward cone shape, so you have a good chance of avoiding or minimizing injury by doing this, whereas if you started running and the grenade exploded, you increase your chances of being hit by shrapnel.

I just went to the web site for the DVD and they had this:
For private citizens. It’s absolutely imperative each citizen has a basic knowledge of terrorism and how to recognize and report indicators of terrorist activities; know the basic protective measures against terrorism; and know how to protect themselves in an event terrorist act does occurs. This DVD is an excellent tool and provides viewers with all the basics information each citizen should know and practice here in the US and while traveling on business or pleasure overseas. A must see for every citizen.

For students. As part of educational curriculum in the field of Terrorism and Homeland Defense. Students and faculty will greatly benefit from this DVD as it details such areas as terrorist structure, terrorist organization, terrorist hierarchy, perspectives of terrorism, profile of terrorist, terrorist tactics, history, the five major events/factors that defines modern day terrorism, and much, much more.

For businesses. Both small and large as an Anti-terrorism educational tool. Businesses, just like private citizens, are in a unique position to spot terrorist activities. Such activities may include theft, unusual purchases, elicitation, and myriad of others activities that may indicate terrorist activities. Every business employee should be aware what constitutes a suspicious behavior and emphasizes the importance of reporting terrorist activities to proper authorities. DVD serves as an excellent, Anti-Terrorism awareness/training tool for every type of business. It may be used as an initial Anti-Terrorism training or an annual refresher for every employee.

The DVD is one hour long. It covers basic, fundamental, and practical information you can use to halt terrorism.

At the end of the DVD, a soldier tells his first-hand account of being in a terrorist attack. A bomb went off in a cafe in Bagdhad where he was eating.

Overall, if you're interested in protecting yourself from terrorists and playing a part in helping thwart terrorists' plans,
Terrorism - You May Be The Target is a rich resource.

Read more about what to do for each level of Homeland Security Threat Advisory.

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