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3/7/02 8:32 AM
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Tony Blauer
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This was sent to me by Lt Col. Dave Gorssman from a friend of his... ============================ Tomorrow morning, as you're riding your usual bus to work, a passenger stabs the driver, announces that he's wearing a bomb, and orders everyone off the bus. You get off. You have just facilitated the deaths of 20 children on a sidewalk three blocks ahead of you. Hours later, people wonder why you and the other passengers allowed the killer to commandeer the bus. You're torturing yourself with the same questions. How could you be so stupid? How could you be so passive? It wasn't a failure of logic or of will. You simply never entertained the possibility that the man would do what he did. The worst you imagined was that the driver would die and the bus would be stolen. Remember this scenario when you think of the passengers who were on the planes involved in this week's terrorist attacks. Why did so many of them remain in their seats or in the backs of the planes while the hijackers took aim at buildings containing thousands of people? Because it never seriously occurred to those passengers that the hijackers would use the planes for that purpose. This isn't the first time terrorists have threatened to do such a thing in fact or fiction. But it is the first time everyone has become aware of the possibility. This is one of the most important lessons of Tuesday's catastrophe. Our ability to prevent crimes is constrained not only by technical limits--money, intelligence assets, airport security administration--but also by conceptual limits. We can't prepare for what we don't anticipate. Furthermore, the range of scenarios we anticipate isn't limited merely by what we think others can do. It's also limited by what we think they will do. Given the countless possible permutations of human behavior, we confine our preparations and calculations to those acts that fall within the range of our implicit moral expectations. We're blind to the risk of unthinkable evil precisely because it's unthinkable. Terrorists don't have the technical assets that states enjoy. What they have instead is the advantage of surprise, by virtue of their willingness to defy moral expectations. If you can't imagine that they'd target children, they'll target children. If you can't imagine that they'd use your bus to do it, they'll use your bus to do it. If you can't imagine that they'd fly your plane into the World Trade Center, they'll fly your plane into the World Trade Center. Your conscience is their cover. end page 1.
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After a terrorist attack, everything looks different. You realize that every plane is a potential guided missile and that every hijacker might be a kamikaze pilot. Yet nothing has changed except the range of your imagination. You can't blame others for failing to imagine these things, any more than others could blame you tomorrow for failing to realize that the bus you were riding was an excellent weapon for committing multiple homicides. Today, the airwaves are full of talk about fixing airport security so that terrorists can't commandeer planes so easily again. That's a good first step, but it's not enough. The next terrorist strike won't involve the use of a hijacked plane as a guided missile, precisely because Tuesday's attacks brought that scenario into the realm of moral expectation. Next time, passengers will depressurize or crash the plane rather than let hijackers fly it. That's what happened Tuesday morning on United Airlines Flight 93. That plane, unlike the other three that were hijacked, went down in an uninhabited area instead of reaching its target. The reason, by all accounts, is that some of the passengers rushed the hijackers. Why did this happen on Flight 93 and not, evidently, on the other planes? Perhaps the people on Flight 93 were particularly courageous. But the most plausible answer is that it was the last of the four flights to be hijacked. Some of its passengers, while speaking to their loved ones on cell phones, were told that planes had been flown into the World Trade Center. The same thing happened on American Airlines Flight 77 a few minutes before it struck the Pentagon. But on Flight 93, the use of planes as guided missiles against densely populated targets became morally thinkable before it was too late. Where will terrorists strike next? If you've got an answer off the top of your head, it's the wrong answer. To thwart a terrorist, you have to think like one. Imagine the destruction that could be engineered with the help of your car, your credit card, or your computer password. Think of how many people you could kill by hot-wiring a propane truck, breaking into a water tower, or piloting a barge full of unknown cargo into a harbor. The next attack could come by air, land, or sea. All we know for sure is that the route to stopping it begins in our heads.
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We should all constantly "play" what if, as if we were premier sicence fiction and horror story writers from the deepest bowels of hell.
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Tony, Thank you for emphasizing that these terrorists do not operate with the same moral or "expectational" guidelines as "we" do. They merely think of ways to inflict maximum damage, both physical and psychological, on their targets. Now, if only the thumb-twiddlers in our govt. would get into the act before the next round of atrocities........ Lee -
3/7/02 12:00 AM
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I believe Glaser Safety slugs would not penetrate the skin of the airliner,yet still make a hell of a hole in scumbags. Probably others here who know more.
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Thanks, I didn't know so I asked. I am sure it will be a popular question for people like me that are uninformed. I understood the statement I just stumbled on the one fact. Thanks again... Brent1
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Hey Tony, I posted this to a news group of which I'm a member... You know, Mike, I've been silent about this one until now. I haven't been given orders yet, but I can't wait! Most of you on this list know where I stand with respect to security matters, in fact, some of you even tease me -- affectionately -- about carrying guns and knives on runs... The truth of the matter is that on the most basic level, what you -- Mike -- and I know to be inevitable has finally come to pass. What we've witnessed on 9/11/01 was expected by most of us military [special warfare] types. In a seminar that I attended a while ago on the psychology of combat, LT COL Dave Grossman, a former Green Beret, and psychologist used an analogy that I like to repeat. He says that there are three kinds of people in this world: Sheep, Sheep Dogs, and Wolves. The sheep, as we know are meek and peaceful; they would not harm a fly. The wolves, well, we all know who they are... Criminals... Terrorists... Maybe even Rotweilers and Pit Bulls (humor)! Then, there are the sheep dogs... The sheep are cautious and even fearful of the sheep dog. To an individual, they will each run from the wolf and huddle behind the sheep dog who would never turn his teeth on them; instead, the sheep dog is the only one who would stare down the wolf. In fact, he lives for that righteous opportunity. My friend, in these United States the sheep are too vocal! I don't know what it's going to take for people to wake up. In the days following the bombing of the WTC/Pentagon, I'm still hearing things like, "...bring them to justice..." A sheep was being interviewed on a news segment about arming airline pilots, of course the comment was, "... oh I dunno about that. That makes me nervous, airline pilots are trained to be pilots and not policemen." I'm sorry but that's exactly the kind of bass acwards logic that makes me say that the damned sheep in our society should just keep their opinions to themselves. continued...
3/7/02 12:00 AM
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Folks, here in the U.S. we are RICH, we are FAT, and we have short attention spans. Sheep will put our Marines in harms way without ammuntion. Now how fucking stupid is that! Then, when a terrorist kills 274 of them what do we do? Nothing! More recently, when they blow up a U.S. airliner over Scotland what do we do? We bring them to justice, and what happend there? One of them walked free! Can you say Blackhawk down in Somalia, U.S. Embassies in Tansania and Kenya, USS Cole, and WTC the first attempt. What did we do -- not a damned thing! We better learn how to make the word KILL synonymous with justice. We better develop a taste for blood! We better be hungry for revenge, and in so reaping "...keep this from ever happening again..." I've been hearing a lot of that rethoric as well. For all the sheep out there. You go to bed every night and feel that waking up is guaranteed. Let me tell you that that guarantee comes at a price. The enemy is so determined that he is willing to study and educate himself for years, train his body physically on a daily basis, and lay dormant until he receives that call. Then, in one split second, he's willing to lay down his life to take many of ours! We better develop that kind of determination! Oh, and by the way... Our government will train them... Because of money restrictions placed on the military -- by the sheep -- I can't get my government to send me to the schools that I request, the schools that will help me to become a better soldier, better able to kill many of them! BTW, there has been much talk about this not being a war against Islam, but I was watching 60 minutes -- only one of the few "real" news programs left -- last night, and unless they found every Islamic extremist possible to get their opinions on the U.S. and Osama Bin Laden, almost to a man or child, every single person that was interviewed described themselves as soldier in a Jihad or "Holy War." So, we should probably treat Isamic countries a lot more cautiously than we do. Mike, I know that I'm just preachin to the choir, but I had to get that sermon off my chest. As you probably know, there is not ink available with which to write my orders quick enough! Okay, I'm down off the box now... Hope to see some of you at the "Hocking Hills Indian Run 60km" this weekend. Kevan (Extremely Personality Disorder) Pittsburgh, PA
3/7/02 12:00 AM
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Another great letter sent from a very well known firearms instructor: ==========20 Sept 01 What do we make of recent events? "I now understand how the sons and daughters of mighty warriors can be converted to sheep. First, you disarm them. You scare them by telling them life is far too dangerous for them to ever think independently or attempt to accomplish anything by themselves. Then, you warn them that independent action, in any form, is naughty. The ‘professionals' will take care of everything, you assure them. After all, they shouldn't ‘take the law into their own hands,' now, should they? You make them wait in long lines, subject them to ceaseless humiliating and demeaning inconveniences, and run them through narrow gates, as you repeatedly assure them that they are ‘safe.' After a while, those who have thus been treated like feeble-minded idiots start meekly asking permission before doing anything. Now, we are told, in order for us all to have even greater ‘safety,' we must accept significant, new restrictions upon any species of independent action on our part. As a society, we apparently cannot even think in other than preprogrammed directions. All this, in spite of the fact that unarmed passengers (and only a few of them), upon their own initiative, and acting independently, kept a hijacked airliner from carrying out its deadly mission. The only airliner (of the four that were hijacked) to fail in its mission was stormed from within. Our civilization's current fad of universal feminist brainwashing apparently failed to take in some individuals! Ballistician, Marty Fackler, has already spoken out against the paranoid dither currently seizing the airlines and the FAA. He has boldly suggested that LEOs, who normally carry concealed anyway, not only be allowed, but be encouraged, to routinely carry aboard commercial aircraft. The government of Brazil has already instituted such a policy." Other subjects: Remington, Winchester, and Federal have stopped shipping new-production 223 and 9mm ammunition to commercial outlets. All current production going to the military. Those who don't now have adequate supplies will have great difficulty acquiring what they need in any quantity. Finally, from a recent female student and former grass eater: "PLANNING! Now, every time I run an errand, I plan my routes. I think ahead. Before, I never thought about defending myself or my children in an emergency. I was constantly in condition white. No more! Now, I share this with my sister whenever we go out together. I start by saying, ‘So, what are we going to do when someone attacks us?' I am longer the foolishly naive person who replies, ‘That's not going to happen to us.' Now, I am constantly aware, and I practice with my pistol regularly." My kind of woman! /John
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great post.....I have a question though...a gun on an airliner? Any hole in the the airplane can result in a loss of cabin pressure and possibly cause a rip or tear in the actual planes body. This could kill everyone. Remember the flights to Hawaii in the early 90's or late 80's that was due to some poor rivets(same effect). I think a more tactical approach like a chemical or physical approach is more realistic. Does this sound right or am I missing something? I agree with so much of what has been said lately. Especially the thought on the fact that terrorist's are probably on to other forms of attack now. It really makes me test my warrior mindset. Any opinion on this would help me.......Thanks. Brent1

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