Warning from a Former Secret Service Agent on Terror Attacks

SAYS PLANNING IS NECESSARY FOR SOFT TARGETS

by Daniel Bongino, Congressional Candidate from Maryland’s Sixth District

Daniel Bongino is a former New York City police officer and elite Secret Service agent. He has pledged to donate half his salary to charity if elected to Congress next November,

(Sep. 27, 2013) — I do not want to unnecessarily alarm you, nor do I intend this post to be a call for more “police-state” actions but I feel it important to sound the alarm.

The terrorist attack in the mall in Kenya is indicative of two troubling trends. The first is a tendency for previously parochial terror groups to look for international targets to leverage the media coverage of their carnage and the second is a renewed interest by terror groups in “soft-targets”.

If you are the owner or manager of any facility which attracts crowds (i.e. malls, arenas) be aware that your facility may become a target. From my experiences in the Secret Service, there are a number of relatively painless steps you can take to help mitigate the threat.

First, use your relationships with local law enforcement entities to determine what the law enforcement response would be to an “active-shooter” in your facility. Your employees should be intimately familiar with this plan.

Second, make sure law enforcement cooperation includes a blueprint of your facility. It is no coincidence that this is one of the first things an attacker or group of attackers looks for.

Third, rehearse your escape plan. In moments of profound fear and stress, your body will revert to your LOWEST level of training as blood is diverted to major muscle groups and clear thinking becomes nearly impossible. Your escape must be second-nature and require little to no conscious focus.

Sadly, we are in a new era of “sole-proprietor” terror where anyone with an Internet connection and a troubled mind can cause untold carnage. Ignoring this will not make it go away and there is no need to live your lives in fear but there is no good excuse for a failure to plan.

God bless America and all those who defend her.

-Dan

2 Responses to "Warning from a Former Secret Service Agent on Terror Attacks"

  1. Monica Sanders   Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    And don’t forget the Jihawg ammo!

  2. OPOVV   Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Bravo.
    Require every mall employee to have a conceal carry permit and actually carry a weapon.
    At every cash register have, at the bare minimum, a 20 gauge shotgun so even the most petite woman can blow some Muslim to Paradise.
    Have all the employees visit the shooting range at least once a month.
    Make contests: most improved, best shot, etc.
    Have signs at every entrance in full support of the Second Amendment and the NRA.
    Listen, whenever I give a speech I require that everyone be armed: no weapon, so sorry, can’t get in. My gatherings have been STANDING ROOM ONLY.
    People like what I have to say: protect yourself because if you rely on the government to protect you, well, just ask the American Indian what the government’s done for them lately, as Henry Ford used to say.
    And, Yes, I’m part American Indian.
    OPOVV

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