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Ha! Mark I thought the image smacked of footie holigans too! Ray's got a point, the news business is a bit different over there.jorvik wrote:They are nothing Mark, like the British National Party. They get nowhere in elections and their demonstrations fizzle out, it's just the newspapers ( and not the major ones) trying to sell papers
jorvik wrote: and some folks just won't ask questions ever . look at the Boston bombings...the Chenchens were supported by the US, why on earth would they wish to bomb them???..and more importantly why hasn't anyone had the sense to ask this?.and of course the suspects are dead
Van I thing the British learned lots from their own going exposure to terrorists. We must remember that Britain has had problems with uprisings in many of it's colonies over the centuries around this world. They have had much experience in dealing with rebellion, terrorist tactics and guerrilla warfare. They have had a great deal of exposure to it.Van Canna wrote:Nice list, Laird...what's to learn from it...and what do you think the Brits learned from it?
Feur wrote:Van I thing the British learned lots from their own going exposure to terrorists. We must remember that Britain has had problems with uprisings in many of it's colonies over the centuries around this world. They have had much experience in dealing with rebellion, terrorist tactics and guerrilla warfare. They have had a great deal of exposure to it.
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A soft target is a tactical term referring to an unarmed or undefended position or target. A soft target can be a structure, automobile, school, mall, or an assembly of people.
The spectators at the Boston Marathon were soft targets. The moviegoers at the Aurora movie theatre were soft targets. Police officers sitting in police cars with “low situational awareness” have been soft targets. Off-duty officers wearing swag that displays the last police training school they attended or displaying a popular brand of police equipment they favor can be a soft target.
The off-duty British military soldier was wearing a T-shirt displaying a “Help for Heroes” logo and carrying a military rucksack. He was a soft target.
Avoid making yourself a soft target — that’s the first step.
Traditionally a terrorist would survey a soft target’s residence, route to work, favorite pubs, and any other predictable habits.
He will target the attack at the softest target in your routine. This may be a choke point that allows them for a quick escape. Undercover Narcs have known this forever and go through a great deal of effort to avoid detection.
The London attack, however, just revealed a serious problem. The terrorist may have picked a location that was soft but instead of a quick escape — they waited around the scene for a half hour, talking with witnesses — because they wanted maximum exposure from a media source. That means they were willing to battle anywhere regardless of the outcome.
Similarities in terrorist planning have become obvious from the perspective of the lone-wolf Jihadist or the small-cell extremist attacks. Consider these six points as you develop your defense.
1.) The terrorist will first select or identify a vulnerable soft target.
2.) The terrorist will determine the method of attack.
3.) They will conduct detailed surveillance of the target to measure security forces.
4.) They will assess target vulnerability and select the site or move on to another.
5.) After site selection, a second round of surveillance will be conducted.
6.) Finally, the operation will be scheduled and the attack conducted.
Do not encourage a terrorist attack by becoming a soft target. The most effective way to avoid indicating as a soft target is to remain in a high level of situational awareness. The sad truth today is that walking down a street on the way to a ballgame in a downtown setting may place you in the middle of a battle space in a split second.
Your ability to recognize and perceive potential threats while going about routine activities while on or off duty will make the difference.
Don’t deny your gut feelings. As we all know, most good arrests on the streets come from a gut feeling or intuition and then most importantly, acting upon that feeling or suspicion. Situational awareness and the apparent readiness of that person indicate whether or not they are a hard target or soft target.
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