I have over 14 years experience in counter − terrorism operations that encompasses the UK Army in Northern Ireland, stopping gun smugglers in Bosnia and conducting surveillance on possible terrorists on the streets of London.
I have been trained and worked with various agencies and units including Special Air Service − SAS operatives, Central Intelligence Agency − CIA, Federal Bureau of Investigations − FBI, US Special Forces and Navy Seals to name but a few.
My intention in writing this book is to provide an overview of the methodologies of terrorists, and to provide an insight into the way a terrorist thinks and operates, including their typical modus-operandi. The book has been compiled through my experiences and training over the period, and includes easy to follow skills that have worked for me and my colleagues in recognising terrorist techniques.
To the untrained eye a terrorist cell can be difficult to identify. But in reading this book you will know the tell-tale signs that can identify potential terrorists and targets. You will also know what critical information is needed by the authorities and who best to report it to, hopefully before a terrorist attack can be carried out.
Whilst it is important to become aware of the techniques taught here it is also important not to become paranoid in thinking a terrorist will be targeting you every minute of the day. Australia may never be directly attacked by terrorists, and the chances of the reader or any other particular individual actually being involved in an attack are probably better than winning a lottery.
However on the other hand, Australia is currently beset with a real and potentially imminent threat of a terrorist strike within our borders. The Bali bombings resonated throughout Australia as virtually every citizen felt the pain and anguish of the victims. One of the contributors to this book resides in the Perth suburb of Kingsley which felt the full ramifications of the Bali atrocity through the loss of seven young lives.
The proximity of Western Australia to Asia coupled with the prevalence of mining explosives and a predominately unguarded coastline brings the likelihood of a terrorist strike into the realms of possibility.
Milan and London have recently been targeted by terrorism. It is therefore appropriate to inform the average Australian how to survive such attacks, and how to read the signs of a possible attack so it can be reported to the authorities.
If you have any worries concerning a terrorist attack in Australia, your home or business or indeed yourself, this book is an essential guide that can save your life just by following a few simple rules and being more aware of your surroundings. Suffice to say that prevention is better than cure.
Please be aware that this book is based on extreme situations and should only be interpreted that way
The Previous Threat
The Bali Bombings
The Madrid Bombings
The London Bombings
The possible threat to Australia
On 11th September 2001 at 8:45 am an American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the northern tower of the World Trade Centre. At 9:00 am an American Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the southern tower. Later an American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into The Pentagon and then a United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville Pennsylvania.
This sequence of events became known as 9/11 and it changed the world forever. It had been a well executed attack on the world’s leading superpower, planned and coordinated by Al-Qaeda, a terrorist group headed by the notorious Osama Bin Laden. The terrorists on the flights had been suicide bombers, and this conveyed a powerful message about the mindset of such people. Politicians the world over began considering their responses to terrorism and national security.
Subsequent inquiries revealed some of the terrorists took flying lessons in the USA. In a tragic piece of irony the Phoenix office of the FBI produced a report on the suspicious conduct of a number of Al-Qaeda members participating in flying lessons. It will go down in history as one of the worst faux-pas that this intelligence was found in the In-Tray of an FBI agent in New York the day after the infamous attack.
The ringleaders of 9/11 were Mohammed Atta, Hani Hanjour, Marwan al-Shehhi, Nawaf al-Hazmi, Ziad al-Jarrah and Khalid al-Mihdhar − all members of Al-Qaeda.
On American Airlines Flight 11 the fatalities were 92, American Airlines Flight 175 had 65 fatalities, American Airlines Flight 77 had 64 fatalities and United Airlines Flight 93 had 44 fatalities. The official death toll according to CNN news was 2752.
Aircraft attacks are highly effective against their intended targets, as with the 9/11 aircraft they don’t steer too far off their flight path before crashing into the towers, thus not leaving enough time for the air force to respond. The use of aircraft in attacks is therefore a serious concern in these modern days of high security, and naturally enough airport security has been tightened all over the world. Al-Qaeda has also declared war on the Jewish people and the Western World.
Unfortunately Australia is of interest as we are aligned with the USA. Australia’s contributions in Iraq also heighten the threat against our country. Hopefully updated intelligence briefs and increased security should help prevent terrorism attacks on Australia.
The Bali Bombings
On the 12th October 2002 at 11:05 pm a backpack containing a small explosive device was detonated killing the backpack carrier and injuring others in a small bar called Paddy’s Bar. In the initial shock of the explosion the injured and locals were said to have run away from the bomb site. Unfortunately a secondary bomb was detonated via 1000 kg of explosive hidden inside a white Mitsubishi van in their pathway, leaving a one-metre crater in the ground.
A third bomb was then detonated on the streets in front of the US Consulate in Bali, luckily not causing any injuries and leaving minimal damage. The final death toll was said to be 202, of whom there were 14 Australian tourists plus 113 injured.
The day was described as Australia’s 9/11 due to the large number of Australians killed or injured. It was the first major attack on Australians since the Second World War, and an introduction to terrorism that Great Britain has lived with for decades through attacks by the IRA − Irish Republican Army.
The people responsible for the Bali bombings were alleged to be connected to The Al-Qaeda.
The streets where the bombings occurred in Bali are now back to normal but the families of the dead will always remember. Vigilance may have saved the lives of many that night.
Unfortunately the bombers struck again in October 2005, this time leaving approximately four Australians dead and 12 wounded. The terrorists apparently used a number of suicide bombers within a confined area to gain the maximum amount of casualties. Metal ball bearings had been wrapped around the explosives to rip through and bury into flesh. One of the bombers was actually captured on video which would later prove useful to the authorities.
It is scary to think the casualties may have even talked to the bombers or planners a few days before when they were doing their planning and reconnaissance of the attack. If the tourists staying in the area had known what to look for at the time and realised somebody was acting suspiciously in the bar or on the streets of Bali, maybe that tragedy could have been averted.
The problem with Indonesia is that the country has too many areas on the border where terrorists may enter, and Indonesian security services are not as well trained as in the Western Worlds. Hopefully in the future, countries such as Australia and the UK can help train up Bali’s security personnel and return it to a safe area for people to visit again.
(Casualty figures courtesy of C.N.N.)
Since the September 11 terrorist attack the threat of terrorism has spread to now include our own racist and political "home grown" extremist groups in Australia.
Author Tony Haigh was not long ago a long term serving member of a counter-terrorist surveillance team and has worked in various war zones where terrorism tactics are used, including recently in Iraq.
His book How to Survive a Terrorist Attack in Australia gives a brief history of terrorism and reveals what is inside terrorism. It then examines the threat as it now exists in Australia and gives everyday members of the public some simple counter-terrorism tools that will help save innocent lives. It also explains exactly what to do about suspicious people or items.
Some individuals may unknowingly become a target of terrorists simply because of their place of work.
There are sections on basic self defence techniques showing how to defeat an assailant, how to avoid being followed or watched, plus vehicle and home protection methods. These same skills can be also be used to protect against common criminals or thugs.
Anyone could become a victim of a terrorist attack at any place or any time finding themselves caught up in a disaster situation such as a car bomb or letter bomb.
With this book you can survive the war on terrorism. Help restore order to chaos with some simple emergency management techniques and learn how to render first aid without becoming a victim as well.
So how can one spot a potential terrorist bent on placing a bomb somewhere? It could be anybody! What are the telltale signs to look for? What are the likely targets in Australia? What method of attack would they be likely to use?
And do you know the most effective way to report potential, actual or suspected incidents or people?
This book is a "must read" for anyone interested in learning simple anti terrorism techniques that everyday people can use in the war on terrorism, who want to help their country and learn how to improve their own personal security at the same time.