I wanted to share this with everyone. PLEASE read it through and comment.
From a friend in San Diego,
To all my friends - Deputy and Civilian alike: - - -
A fellow Deputy passed this on to members of our Department...I have
taken the same training that he refers to in his letter. I do agree
that schools & children are their next focus. Please read his entire
memo – I believe you will find it very interesting. The attached slide
show has some amazing photos from 911 from the air. When viewing you
must click to advance each of the pictures.
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On This September 11, 2009
This is an open letter from San Diego Sheriff’s Deputy to his unit. I
thought you might find it worthwhile.
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On this anniversary of the attack on our nation, I ask that you reflect
on a few things. The attack killed approximately as many of our
countrymen as did the attack on Pearl Harbor. The military has
continued to prosecute the "war on terror", although with questionable
support from congress and waning interest from the American people.
Where is the outrage, the resolve, the unity of our populace?
Far more Americans can name the American Idol finalists than can name the #2 in
command of al-Qaeda. Politicians lie, waffle, or fold like a house of
cards rather than leading. However, there is one man we can trust. He
hasn't lied to us yet. Any promise he has made he is either planning
to keep, has already accomplished, or made a serious effort to do so.
We would do well to trust in what he says. To whom do I refer? The
man is Osama bin Laden.
Unlike American politicians elected by a
mindless and/or self centered electorate in little more than popularity
contests, OBL's reputation and continued power depends upon him keeping
his word. I firmly believe that he will do his utmost to continue to
keep his word.
When I've done terrorism training within the department and as an
outside contractor, I've been asked many times what does al-Qaeda have
in store for America next? I answered that no one knows that for sure,
but we would do well to examine what they have done elsewhere and what
they have said they will do. Both points have been strong indicators
of their intentions. With that in mind, I suggest they have at least
one course of action in the planning stages. Al-Qaeda knows that
children are near and dear to the American psyche.
Consider the following points, overlooked or minimized by the mainstream media:
Videotapes confiscated in Afghanistan showing al-Qaeda terrorists
training to takeover a school.
An Iraqi national with known terrorist connections caught with a
computer disk containing information detailing Department of
Education crisis planning for U.S school districts.
Two Saudi men - one wearing a black trench coat despite the Florida
heat -- terrifying a busload of Tampa schoolchildren by boarding a
school bus and remaining for the entire ride to school, all the while
laughing and speaking Arabic.
A March FBI/DHS bulletin noting "recent suspicious activity" by
foreigners who drive school buses, are licensed to drive them, or have
actually managed to purchase them right here at home.
(the next few are VERY scary - BlackbootJack)
Members of "unnamed extremist groups" (al-Qaeda affiliates) who have
obtained commercial drivers licenses with school bus endorsements.
Osama bin Laden's promise that the 2004 terrorist attack at Beslan will
happen many times over in the United States.
Al-Qaeda spokesman Suleiman Abu Gheith‘s declaration of al-Qaeda's "right" to kill 2 million American children.
Most Americans have a short attention span, which is only exacerbated
by the media. An event that happened eight years ago is nearly ancient
history to them. However, the radical Islamists never forget and they
work on a timeline of centuries. When Saladin captured Jerusalem in
1187 it was the culmination of a struggle that had its root in the 7th
century. Whether it is al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Jemaah Islamiya,
Al-Shabaab, or any other of their ilk, their goal is the death of the
West and the reinstatement of the Islamic caliphate - worldwide rule.
When I heard the Colonel give a presentation on the terrorist threat to
America's school children, he quoted a Marine headed to Afghanistan who
responded as to what cops could do for him. He said. "I've got your
12, you watch my six. Do your job." He asked us to keep his kids and
his family safe. This may raise the question, "But I'm only one cop.
What can I do?" It was one off duty cop that pinned down the active
shooter in the Utah mall until he could be neutralized. It was one
security officer that stopped the shooter at the El Al terminal at LAX.
It was one border officer that interdicted Ahmed Ressam at Port
Angeles, Washington on his way to bomb LAX.
If you do not mentally rehearse crisis response, if you do not remain
aware of your surroundings in all situations, if you do not stay
proficient with the weapons you have been entrusted to use, then you
are not fully doing your job. I encourage you to rethink and change
that. Never forget September 11. Honor our fellow Americans who died
and our troops who continue the fight. Honor them by being ready to
protect their children and families. Honor them by watching their six.
If or when you are faced with the need to act, who knows but that you
were born to such a time as this.
A fellow member of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department Team
Just another side note:
American Law protects ANYONE from a lawsuit if that person reports suspicious activity in the public.
In other words....if you report suspicious actvity, you are free from those under suspicion placing a law suit on you. - BBJ