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Sunday, October 03, 2004 | Anti-Terrorism Safety Checklist: How to Stay Safer
In light of the October Plan, as the situation in the US deteriorates, if you are a member of an at-risk group, either by reason of appearance, faith tradition, national origin, or because you may be considering participating in any activities, especially offline activities, that could be interpreted as opposing policies of the Washington warlord syndicate, it becomes especially important to do what you can to minimize the impact of your decision on others, particularly those who depend on you for support and care, such as children, elderly or infirm, pets, etc. Many of these suggestions have been in use for three years by at-risk families. Maybe they will be helpful to you. You can also check with your local mosque or immigrant social service organization for more tips. Also, CAIR has put together a safety kit, available in Arabic and English.
Have a plan. Who will care for dependents if you are unable to?
Even in the best of times, it is recommended that parents instruct their children not to go with other adults who may come to "pick them up" from school, even if the adult claims there has been an accident or other emergency. For legitimate emergencies, it is suggested that you and your children agree on a "secret code phrase," known to NO ONE else. This is also a good idea to expand to adult members of your immediate family.
It is within your immediate family that you should make contingency arrangements for caring for dependents. Friendship is a wonderful thing, and the old saying that the true friends one makes in a lifetime can be counted on one hand. The safety of your children is not a good way to put friendship to the test. Your friends may have children, too.
Because extended family ties are not a strong trait in American culture, keep it to your immediate family, and choose even those carefully. American families tend to be spread out, and it is not uncommon for cousins, even siblings, to live thousands of miles apart and communicate rarely and superficially, if at all. If necessary, arrange for you or your trusted family member to relocate so that you will be near each other.
The family member you choose should have a specific and detailed plan for how to collect, where to take, and how to care for your dependents when the time comes.
Be sure to include information about special diets, and medications, allergies, names of doctors, etc, if your family is affluent enough to afford medical treatment. If possible, obtain extra refills of regular medications and leave them with the family member who will be acting as surrogate care-giver. Ditto with money, if you are lucky to have any to set aside. This money should go into a bank account on which your name does not appear. Or you can have the surrogate care-giver purchase travellers' checks in his or her name.
If you take medication yourself, obtain an extra refill and keep it on your person at all times. If you are seized, it will surely be taken from you, but you may be able to quickly take one last dose that could buy you some time, depending on the medication, even your life.
You may not be able to notify them that the time has come, so begin a check-in program now, and follow it religiously.
Because of the special challenges presented by younger children and "secret code phrases," it is better for you, or a trusted immediate family member homeschool them. This is actually the best option for all children, in the current climate, since school officials may not notify you if the decision is made to seize your children first.
If you cannot keep your children at home, make arrangements with school personnel that in the event of any assignments involving creative writing or visual art of any kind, your child will receive a non-creative assignment of comparable difficulty.
Encourage your children to do creative work at home, and keep it at home, and do not show it to or discuss it with ANYONE outside the family, even their very best friend. This is probably the most difficult safety measure of all.
Use "disposable" pre-paid cell phones. Every family member should have one. Purchase the smallest amount of minutes, so that you change frequently. Do not put numbers of family members in the memory, just dial.
Take an objective look at yourself in the mirror. Do you have any distinguishing characteristics, such as moles, scars, tattoos? If so, and if you have the resources to do so, have them removed, or conceal them with cosmetics when engaging in high-risk activities.
Ladies have a particular advantage in being able to dramatically change their appearance with relative ease and rapidity. Use it.
I would strongly recommend keeping online and offline activities and personas separate and unconnectible.
Do not use your real name or other identifiable contact info online. Do not give this information to other people. You may trust that other person, but do you trust the unknown third party who may view the data on their computer without their permission?
Would you want that other person that you like and trust so much to have knowledge that could be of interest to hostile entities? Hostile entities who would not hesitate to use "pressure" against that other person, even their family members, in an effort to obtain that information?
Do not put others or yourself at risk. Limit conversation topics with neighbors, acquaintances and friends to gardening, pets, sports, food, weather. There is plenty to talk about in all of that!
In the workplace, keep conversation limited to what is necessary for work only. If you have previously been gregarious and gossipy, you may have to do a little finesse. Replace your words with big smiles when you can, and when you can't - gardening, pets, sports, food, weather!
If you are in a situation where the talk turns to politics or world events, gracefully remove yourself. If pressed to give an opinion, smile, roll your eyes, and say "may you live in interesting times," "mm mm mm" or laugh and say you are much too busy with work (if at work) or gardening, pets, sports, food, weather to keep up with any of that, and if you are skillful enough, segue into a "for example, last week I found out that my Japanese maple had some fungus thing I can't pronounce and ---." They will leave you alone quickly, believe me.
Sit down and talk with older children, help them develop strategies to follow these same social interaction guidelines. Help them even more by not discussing your high-risk activities, and inasmuch as you are able, any opinions you may have that might be interpreted as opposing warlord policies.
Do NOT take minor children to high-risk events, such as marches, meetings, demonstrations, etc. Find other ways to impart your values. You are an adult and can make an informed decision regarding putting yourself at risk. Minor children are dependent on you to protect them from this and other risks until they are of an age to make their own informed choice.
Don't talk to strangers. Yes, that's good advice for kids, and for you, too. Do not wear a watch in public, and you won't be stopped and asked for the time. If you smoke, don't do it on the street, and you won't be stopped and asked for a light or a cigarette. If you are on a train, waiting in line, whatever, and a stranger starts up a conversation, become Princess Diana.
Princess Diana became known as a terrific conversationalist because she was so adept at following the simple rule that used to be taught to young ladies in many cultures: Transparently and inconspicuously reveal nothing simply by getting others to talk about themselves. Whether the "other" is a harmless old actuary waiting for the bus or a regime operative, you can be sure that they are their favorite topic.
Be observant, ask questions, and be a good listener, and you can walk away from almost any encounter knowing more than you ever wanted to know about the other fellow, and all the other fellow knows about you is that you just love climbing roses.
If you speak any language other than English, keep that fact private. Depending on your ethnicity, speak it in public not at all, or only in situations or areas where many other people are speaking it. Under no circumstances should you reveal to an employer, or to anyone on the internet that you speak or read any language other than English.
If your heritage is "ethnic minority," try to do as much of your shopping and necessary business in a neighborhood where there are either many people of your ethnic group, or where almost everybody is from somewhere else.
Whatever your heritage, get into the habit of paying cash wherever feasible. This can be tricky, since carrying cash carries risks of its own, so use common sense.
You can put the new tires or shirts on your credit or debit card, but pay cash for any printed material such as books, magazines, newspapers, or non-entertainment media such as videotapes or CDs. Of course, if you are printing flyers, pamphlets or buying materials for signs, etc, you should not have to be told to pay for that with cash.
Do not answer your door unless you are expecting someone. This is typical advice given to young ladies living alone in big cities, and like the Princess Diana conversation technique, it is good advice for you too now.
If it is necessary for a repairman to enter your home, before the appointed time, make sure that all family photos, any posters of a political or ethnic nature, anything with any writing or script other than English or containing the name and/or address of any other person, any books on subjects other than gardening, pets, food, sports, are secure and out of sight.
If your neighbors have been in your home and have seen such items, move.
You may consider these suggestions to be extreme.
It is my opinion that you will consider the consequences of disregarding them to be even more extreme.
Actions like Sep 11 do not happen in a vaccuum.
Long before those hijackers ever stepped foot on the planes the damage
had been done. They were brainwashed with the same type of garbage
propaganda that is spewed from Fatwa's weblog.
Middle Eastern countries are so much more barbaric today and preAmercia than America can ever hope to be...America has only been around 230 years...who did you blame for everything before that Ductape? I am calling a Fatwa on your bullshit!
IMO - terrorist plain and simple. He is an Al queda operative who
should be put in a cage on gitmo Skinner
My favorite..."In Defense of Holocaust Deniers"
I always thought that "The Enemy Within" was just a metaphore for liberalism, that is, until I encountered Ductape Fatwa. He should be in an orange jumpsuit for sure.
peopleforchange.netductape is either a commie, al queda, or a deep cover mole
Tells you something about this asshole doesn't it. He's really serious.
I believe that DF is nothing but a Republican plant...
Ductape is a commie, a terrorist, and he drinks blood too. He drinks
Capitalist blood. He eats unborn babies too
Give me your address and I'll send you $20 and a thank-you note for taking your hatred elsewhere.
A terrorist with a sense of humor!
He ain't nuthin' but shit
inadequate, halfway house bullshit
You are a dumbass. Fuck you and your condescension about us "benighted sheeple." hamletta
Untruthful, damaging bullshit
no better than the neocons and no different than Timothy McVeigh
dailykos.coma turd in the punchbowl...if DF were Joe Hill he probably would have killed himself rather than get put to death.
A compost pile of fecundity
dailykos.comdespicable and literally mentally ill