Hasan Gets the Death Penalty

The U.S. Army’s own Insider Threat and jihadist, Major Nidal Hasan was sentenced to death yesterday for his self-confessed and cowardly attack on a group of unarmed soldiers preparing for deployment to Afghanistan at Fort Hood, Tx.

Depending on who you ask, the Hasan attack was either an act of ‘workplace violence’ or a terrorist attack.  You know, if a radicalized zealot attacks soldiers preparing for deployment to a war zone in order to protect our enemies (that was really his defense) from those soldiers I don’t care what you called it…he got what he deserved.

The fact that a traitor with his set of ideals could become a field grade officer in the United States Army is not just disturbing, it’s also an indictment of how certain elements of our armed forces have become so concerned about ‘sensitivities’ and being politically correct  that they’ve forgotten that the armed forces primary mission is to protect this country and our way of life. (more…)

Top 10 Tips for Countering Surveillance While Walking

Earlier this week I presented a short article titled the Top 10 Personal Protection Measures For Foreign Travel.  The response to the short article was tremendous so I thought I’d expand the anti-terrorism, anti-crime and anti-kidnapping theme with an additional Top 10 Tips for Countering Surveillance While Walking.  Many of these concepts can also be adapted for domestic use, a without rule of law (WROL) situation or even wilderness areas.

The tips presented run the gamut from passive measures to detect surveillance to active and even aggressive measures to deter, detect and disengage from surveillance.

Before we begin I want to point out that if you have a trained, professional surveillance team (rotating so the same person or persons isn’t always the one watching you) with state of the art communications and competent leadership following you…you will likely never know it unless they take overt actions.  A surveillance team that’s trained and large enough can actually follow you partially from being in front of you by rotating team members down parallel streets.  While such capabilities exist, you are much more likely and the techniques listed below should prove much more effective against the untrained, under-manned and under-equipped… street criminals and less sophisticated terrorist or kidnapping groups.

  1. Mirrors:  Use mirrors and reflective surfaces in your environment to spot surveillance.  Vehicle mirrors, traffic mirrors that allow drivers to see traffic entering the roadway, and the glass in windows can all be used to spot surveillance without looking directly at your potential followers.
  2. Retrace Your Course:  Retracing your course can make it easier to spot surveillance but may tip your hand.  You can also use short doublebacks like a stairway to a business that forces you to face to the rear.
  3. Stop Unexpectedly:  Stop to read a sign, admire a pretty girl or ‘look’ in a newspaper kiosk and see how the people on the street behind you act/react.  Stop to tie your shoe, buy a cup of coffee or eat lunch in a crowded area.  Longer stops may move amateur groups onto easier targets but will give a sophisticated team time to improve their surveillance plan. (more…)

Top 10 Personal Protection Measures For Foreign Travel

I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to four of the seven continents and sometimes I’ve ended up in areas that were a little dangerous, a little anti-American or both.  If you have a job that takes you to some of the world’s more interesting places (like countries where kidnapping is an industry) here are some tips and tricks that might help keep you safe from both terrorists and criminals.

  1. Vary Your Route & Time:  Take different routes to and from your regular destinations as well as make the trips at different times of day.  Avoid routines for work, shopping, dining, and other daily activities.
  2. Don’t Leave By The Same Door:  Use different doors when entering and leaving a building if possible.
  3. Protect Your Privacy:  Don’t share personal or family information with strangers and be wary of new acquaintances.  Avoid use of titles, and job descriptions on travel documents and routine forms.  Abandon the use of rank and certain courtesies within your group for the duration of the trip so that the senior leader is harder to identify.  I still remember how hard it was to call my commander by his first name during one week TDY (trip) we took in civilian clothes before a deployment.
  4. Carry the Right Documents the Right Way:  Carry the documents on your body (not in a purse, backpack, briefcase, etc.).  Also make sure to carry the right ID which will likely be your U.S. passport but may be a military ID if you are deploying.  Depending on your destination you may be better off with a tourist passport or a government passport (official or diplomatic…assuming you qualify).  Also, depending on your past travel you may need to have a passport reissued, for instance if you’ve traveled to Israel and now plan to travel to an Arab country. (more…)

The Next Trial Of The Century?

Jury selection begins today for one of the most important trials in recent memory…and no, I’m not talking about a neighborhood watch patrol turned deadly.

While the nation is riveted by wall to wall coverage of the George Zimmerman trial… coverage designed to play into one or more racial story-lines and apparently designed to divide our nation there’s a more important trial, from a national perspective beginning.  I’m speaking of the trial of Major Nidal Hasan of course. (more…)

Religion of Peace? – Today’s Quote

The English translation is not as eloquent as the original Arabic, but let me quote from the Koran, itself:  “In the long run, evil in the extreme will be the end of those who do evil.  For that they rejected the signs of Allah and held them up to ridicule.”  The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace.  These terrorists don’t represent peace.  They represent evil and war.

President & Vietnam War Era First Lieutenant  George W. Bush

Andrew’s Note:  Let’s hope that the voices of moderate Islam prevail.  I’m pleased to see that the Muslim Brotherhood is currently being dealt a significant setback in Egypt… but the jury’s still out on whether Egypt will end up with a government friendly to the West and tolerant of their religious minority communities.

Don’t give weapons to people who hate us – Today’s Quote

… let me suggest a simple rule…  Don’t give weapons to people who hate us. Don’t give weapons to people who want to kill us.

Senator Ted Cruz suggesting that arming the Al-Qaeda linked Syrian Rebels may not really be in our long term interests

Beware the Butt Bomb

Every time I think I’ve seen it all…something comes along to remind me that the world is an infinitely strange and dangerous place…now we have to beware the butt bomb!

Truth really is stranger than fiction.  Late last year Asadullah Khalid, the Director of Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) narrowly survived an attempted assassination by the Taliban.  Khalid’s protection detail went so far as to strip search the assassin before he was allowed to meet with Afghanistan’s head of domestic intelligence.

It turned out that the assassin had a bomb hidden in his rectum… that’s right, an explosive suppository.  Apparently this isn’t the first time this tactic has been used either.  A similar attack was previously launched on the Saudi Prince Muhammad bin Nayef who was the Saudi Deputy Interior Minister at the time.

Europol’s Counter Terrorism Unit has even issued a paper on The Concealment of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in Rectal Cavities.  There are concerns beyond assassination attempts as well…think about the consequences for airline security.  Don’t read it if you’re squeamish…there are pictures of the aftermath of the Saudi Prince’s attack.

Reader Question on Mark I Antidote Kits

Prepography reader Deanna wrote in to ask a question about purchasing a Mark I Antidote Kit for protection from nerve agents:

Deanna’s question was:

Is it possible to purchase a Mark I antidote kit containing both atropine and PAM and if so where would someone find such a thing? After watching the news this morning and hearing about the arrest of 5 men who planned to fly remote control planes over America and dispense sarin and other nerve agents, I think it’s time to look into antidotes.


Terrorism Strikes Home Again

Terrorism strikes home again!  Although early reports from traumatic and violent events are often incorrect the location, timing and fact that there were two explosions targeting the finish line of the 117 year old Boston Marathon seem to confirm that it was a terror attack and not a gas explosion or other type of accident.  Having experienced the horror of improvised explosive devices (IED’s) and rocket attacks my heart goes out to those who were victimized by or had loved ones victimized by this cowardly attack.  Please keep the victims and the victim’s families in your thoughts and prayers as well.

Yesterday’s attack was a sad reminder that terror can strike here as it has so many times before.  Consider this partial list of attacks on U.S. soil from InfoPlease:


Blood Agents – Chemical Warfare Agents

Andrew’s Note:  Today’s discussion on Blood Agents, also known as Cyanogen Agents is from U.S. Army Field Manual FM 4-25.11, First Aid (Approved for Public Release).  If you don’t think there’s any chance you’ll ever encounter a blood agent then think again.  There are a number of commercial and industrial uses for these agents in addition to their use by foreign governments in chemical warfare.  The most frightening use of these agents is by criminal or terrorist groups against an unprepared populace.

Cyanogen agents interfere with proper oxygen utilization in the body.  Hydrogen cyanide (AC) and cyanogen chloride (CK) are the primary agents in this group.

Protective Measures (more…)

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