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Category Archives: Threats
They say evil never rests and as we’ve discovered here in the U.S., evil at the hands of terrorists has become more common. We’ve been told by our “betters” that this is the “new normal”, and that we must accept it. So, if our leaders are willing to foist this “new normal” on us, then it behooves us each to learn as much as we can about the tactics of terrorists and how to respond in a way that could save lives. Terror attack survival is no longer reserved for citizens of hot spots like Israel.
A terror attack can take many different forms, and that’s the main reason preparing is difficult.…Read More...
I well remember the election of 2008. It came at the beginning of the crash of the housing bubble, which affected my family business in a big way. With a President Obama on the horizon and the economy going down the tubes, I felt very uncertain about the future. So, my wife and I became preppers, and it was a smart move.
Now I’m hearing of prepper-minded folks who think they can relax their prepping because Donald Trump has been elected President.
Like Obama when he was elected, Trump doesn’t have much of a record when it comes to actual governing but he speaks with confidence about making America great again.…Read More...
A warm body can be detected by the infrared (IR) heat that it gives off with thermal imaging equipment, and provides a difficult challenge to someone or something wishing to avoid detection. You may be camouflaged in the best concealment there is, but you may be highly visible to thermal imaging from someone with a IR scope on the ground or that drone flying overhead. This goes the same for any warm or hot equipment that you might wish to conceal.
What is infrared? It is light not visible to the human eye; electromagnetic radiation with longer wavelengths than visible light, extending from the red edge of the visible spectrum.…Read More...
I grew up and spent a good deal of time with petty criminals, a handful of whom had a dangerous human nature. Maybe that doesn’t say much for me, or maybe it does, because it quickly hit home with me that I preferred being a law-abiding citizen rather than a law-breaker. For any number of reasons, the law enforcement career I had planned on just didn’t happen, but over the years, I’ve spent more time learning about and observing criminals than most civilians.
It’s been eye-opening, to say the least. As a psychology major, I was able to learn even more about how the criminal mind works, as explained in this excellent book by a former FBI profiler.…Read More...
Last night as I watched the news on the sickening terrorist attack in France, I thought about how easy it is to commit such a despicable act by using something as available as a truck. According to the news, the only actual firearm the terrorist possessed was a 7.65 caliber handgun, the rifles and grenades were fake. I doubt that he had a chance to fire the handgun while driving a large truck under these conditions.
This is an example of how to commit a terrorist action without the use of firearms or explosives. This act and others show that it is possible to get firearms or explosives even in a country with strict controls.…Read More...
The other day I received a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, warning me that the IRS was about to file a lawsuit against me for back taxes, and of course, they wanted money. Two things immediately clicked in my head. First, I knew that the IRS would not contact anyone in this manner. They always contact by mail or they show up at your door. Second, I knew that my taxes were paid. So I laughed at the caller, hung up, and reported their phone number to the authorities. This got me to thinking about various scams that I see being spread around the internet aimed at preppers.…Read More...
It seems like almost everywhere I go I see surveillance cameras. They show up in the strangest places even on back roads in the backcountry. Cameras are mounted on telephone poles temporarily to watch for potential arsonists. They move them around to cover areas in which they are having suspicious fires.
Cameras are located all over in the cities, mounted on stores, overpasses, light poles and many other locations. You never know who or what are monitoring the cameras. The reason I say what is explained in the following paragraph, sent me by a friend.
“Increasingly, smart surveillance cameras are monitoring public places in search of suspicious cues, a high-tech version of “if you see something, say something.” …Read More...
The following is information a friend put together using materials from the Terrorism Awareness Module that is used in Cert (Civilian Emergency Response) Training. These guidelines can help us spot possible terrorist attacks and keep our families and others safe. I remember that when we did searches of building, the most helpful people were the janitors and maintenance people; they knew what belonged and what didn’t. The same thing applies to areas you are familiar with; you know what is out of place or is doesn’t belong. If you see something strange, don’t be afraid to report it. You may prevent a terrorist attack.…Read More...
Many years ago when I attended the FBI Hazardous Device School at Huntsville Alabama, I came away with one idea, that when you were working with explosives you needed to always play the odds. In other words, you always needed to take as few chances as possible. The same applies to a terrorist attack. Always try to keep the odds on your side.
Protect yourself and your family from a terrorist attack
- Pay attention to what and who is around you. Be aware of your surroundings. For example if I am sitting in a restaurant I always sit where I can see the doors.
During my years as an arson investigator, I had the chance to do a fair amount of surveillance and sneaking around. Most people were fairly easy to follow and did not pay attention to what went on around them. Now whether you are following someone or are trying to avoid being seen, there is one change we should all consider making to our vehicle lights in case of TEOTWAWKI. That is retake control of the lights in our vehicle.
For example, dome lights that come on automatically every time you open the door. You want to be able to enter or leave your car without the entire neighborhood seeing the vehicle lights go on. …Read More...