A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO COUNTER-TERRORISM

Mar 16, 2005


CD/DVD NOW AVAILABLE! -- Sep 11, 2004 (IFN) -- Swiss America today released an audio CD version of thier new DVD, "A Citizen's Guide To Counter-Terrorism." Below are mp3 audio links that may be listened to online or are available free of charge on both DVD or CD by calling (800) 289-2646.
1 - Introduction (1:11)
2 - Understanding Terrorism (12:59)
3 - Inside Children Training Camps (6:45)
4 - Fox/CNBC on Financial Threat (10:30)
5 - Islamic Gold Dinar Threat (1:21)
6 - Five Preparation Steps - Conclusion (4:59)

* WATCH :30 VIDEO INTRODUCTION with PAT BOONE


TERRORISM NEWS UPDATE
Report Lists 12 Possibilities for Terrorist Attacks -NYT
By ERIC LIPTON, New York Times
March 16, 2005

WASHINGTON, March 15 - The Department of Homeland Security, trying to focus antiterrorism spending better nationwide, has identified a dozen possible strikes it views as most plausible or devastating, including detonation of a nuclear device in a major city, release of sarin nerve agent in office buildings and a truck bombing of a sports arena.

The document, known simply as the National Planning Scenarios,(PDF version) reads more like a doomsday plan, offering estimates of the probable deaths and economic damage caused by each type of attack.

They include blowing up a chlorine tank, killing 17,500 people and injuring more than 100,000; spreading pneumonic plague in the bathrooms of an airport, sports arena and train station, killing 2,500 and sickening 8,000 worldwide; and infecting cattle with foot-and-mouth disease at several sites, costing hundreds of millions of dollars in losses. Specific locations are not named because the events could unfold in many major metropolitan or rural areas, the document says. MORE ...


Former prosecutor to lead fight against terrorism -CBSMW
By Corbett B. Daly, CBS MarketWatch
Jan. 11, 2005

WASHINGTON (CBS.MW) -- Federal Appeals Court Judge Michael Chertoff was named Tuesday as secretary of homeland security by President Bush.

Chertoff would replace former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge at the head of the mammoth agency responsible for defending the nation against terrorism.

Bush called Chertoff a "talented public servant" and a "key leader" in his war against terrorism.

"I am confident that he will be a strong effective leader for the Department of Homeland Security," Bush told reporters in the Roosevelt Room at the White House.

"Tom Ridge has the gratitude of our entire nation" for serving as the department's first chief, Bush said.

Prior to serving on the bench, Chertoff was assistant attorney general in charge of the criminal division of the Justice Department from 2001 to 2003. In that role, he helped formulate the administration's early response to the 9/11 terror attacks as well as to the corporate accounting and governance scandals.

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Bin Laden Plan to Bankrupt U.S. Through War
Nov. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden said he is trying to bankrupt the U.S. through its war on terror, a strategy he says felled the Soviet Union two decades ago in Afghanistan, according to a translation by al-Jazeera television of his full, videotaped statement. "The mujahedeen recently forced Bush to resort to emergency funds to continue the fight in Afghanistan and Iraq, which is evidence of the success of the bleed-until-bankruptcy plan -- with Allah's permission," bin Laden said in the video that aired on the Qatar-based satellite network, according to the translation, posted today to al-Jazeera's Web site. FULL STORY
Bin Laden Condemns Bush, Says New Attacks Possible
Oct 29, 2004

DUBAI (Reuters) - Osama bin Laden burst into the U.S. election campaign on Saturday, releasing his first video tape in more than a year to deride President Bush and warn of possible new Sept. 11-style attacks.

Bush had failed Americans with his Middle East policies, deceiving the nation and putting it at risk from further al Qaeda strikes, bin Laden said. The speech was his clearest claim yet of responsibility for the Sept. 11 strikes of 2001.

Appearing in a video released from hiding to Al Jazeera television four days before the U.S. presidential poll and gesturing with a finger to stress points, he said the Sept. 11 attacks would not have been so severe if Bush had been alert.

"Despite entering the fourth year after Sept. 11, Bush is still deceiving you and hiding the truth from you and therefore the reasons are still there to repeat what happened," he said.

It looked like a deliberate attempt to influence the U.S. election on Tuesday.


TERROR TAPE WARNS OF BUSH, CHENEY CONSEQUENCE -DrudgeReport
Oct 28 -- A top goverment source said from Washington that ABC withheld the final 15 minutes of the tape from the CIA -- the portion of the tape where the man warns of retribution for Americans electing Bush and Cheney. "You are guilty, guilty, guilty. You're as guilty as Bush and Cheney. You're as guilty as Rumsfeld and Ashcroft and Powell..." "What took place on September 11 was but the opening salvo of the global war on America and that our Lord willing, the magnitude and ferocity of what is coming your way will make you forget all about September 11," the man, whose face is covered by a headdress, warns in the video. "After decades of American tyranny, now it's your turn to die." FULL STORY
Video Threat of Major Attack on U.S.-Fox
Oct 27 -- WASHINGTON — The CIA is unable to authenticate a videotape that is said to threaten an assault on the United States that would "dwarf" the Sept. 11 attacks. The tape was handed to the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency by ABC News two days ago, multiple government sources told FOX News. ABC is said to have received the tape last weekend from a terrorist source in Waziristan, a region in Pakistan near the Afghan border where the Taliban and Al Qaeda are believed to be holed up. Some U.S. officials to believe that the voice on the video belongs to an American, Adam Yahiye Gadahn...FULL STORY
Bin Laden's Iran alliance -Wash. Times
Oct 27 - By Richard Miniter, author of "SHADOW WAR: THE UNTOLD STORY OF HOW BUSH IS WINNING THE WAR ON TERROR" - Both Osama bin Laden and the mullahs share an Islamist worldview that calls for the armed overthrow of Arab dictatorships and the restoration of a single caliph who will rule according to Shari'a law. Administration officials expect bin Laden will most likely be captured in Pakistan. Yet policymakers would be wise to turn their attention to Iran's documented links to global terrorist networks, including bin Laden's. With vast oil revenues, a long history of supporting terrorists, and a fathomless desire to achieve its ideological aims at the expense of American lives, it certainly deserves its place on President Bush's "Axis of Evil." FULL STORY
Terrorists hope to defeat Bush through Iraq violence -Wash. Times
By Borzou Daragahi -Oct 26- BAGHDAD — Leaders and supporters of the anti-U.S. insurgency say their attacks in recent weeks have a clear objective: The greater the violence, the greater the chances that President Bush will be defeated on Tuesday and the Americans will go home. "If the U.S. Army suffered numerous humiliating losses, [Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John] Kerry would emerge as the superman of the American people," said Mohammad Amin Bashar, a leader of the Muslim Scholars Association, a hard-line clerical group that vocally supports the resistance...FULL STORY
ATOMIC ISLAM: Iran Is A Clear and Present Danger! -IFN
Oct 20 -- PHX, AZ (IFN) -- Dr. Jerome Corsi (co-author of UNFIT FOR COMMAND) today released an exclusive White Paper in advance of his soon-to-be-released book "Atomic Islam". Here is a sample ... "Iran's leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has urged his country to develop a nuclear weapon as a top priority. Reports quote Ayatollah Khamenei as exhorting his followers that, "We must have two bombs ready to go in January or you are not Moslems." The London Financial Times reports that Iran's former president, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, claims Iran has already developed a satellite- launching rocket with a range of 2,000 kilometers, more than enough to reach Israel. The moment Iran has in its possession a nuclear weapon capable of being unleashed on Israel, the entire calculation in the Middle East changes. Israel will immediately fear for survival and millions of Christians all around the world will be rushing to their Bibles to reread the story of the Apocalypse. Register for Dr. Corsi's FREE 8-page White Paper
Cheney: Terrorists May Bomb U.S. Cities -AP
Oct 19, 2003--By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS --CARROLL, Ohio (AP) - Vice President Dick Cheney on Tuesday raised the possibility of terrorists bombing U.S. cities with nuclear weapons and questioned whether Sen. John Kerry could combat such an "ultimate threat ... you've got to get your mind around. The biggest threat we face now as a nation is the possibility of terrorists ending up in the middle of one of our cities with deadlier weapons than have ever before been used against us - biological agents or a nuclear weapon or a chemical weapon of some kind to be able to threaten the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans," Cheney said. FULL STORY
Terrorism Must Be Fought `Without Compromise,' Sharon Says
Oct. 11 (Bloomberg) -- The bomb attacks in Egypt last week that killed 32 people, 13 of them Israelis, show that the war against terrorism must be fought "without compromise, everywhere," Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said. The terrorist attacks at two Egyptian resorts in the Sinai Peninsula were directed against Israeli citizens, Sharon told a Cabinet meeting yesterday. "There is no room for compromise or concessions regarding terrorism," the statement cited Sharon as saying. FULL STORY
Intelligence: Al-Qaida Behind Resort Attacks
Oct 8, 2004 By SARAH EL DEEB -- TABA, Egypt (AP) - Rescuers Friday dug through the debris of a luxury hotel for victims of a series of bombs at resorts in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula that are popular with Israelis. At least 27 people were killed, with more than 100 wounded, and officials feared the death toll would rise. Israel's intelligence chief told Cabinet ministers Friday that the bombings at Egyptian resorts were most likely carried out by al-Qaida. FULL STORY
Terrorists could bring down jets with hidden bombs
By Alan Levin, USA TODAY -- 10-1-04 -- Suicide attackers armed with hidden explosives that can weigh as little as a cell phone pose a serious threat to the nation's aviation system despite billions being spent on new efforts to tighten security, according to more than a dozen members of Congress and security consultants. The nearly simultaneous bombings of two Russian airliners in midair on Aug. 24 prompted the U.S. Transportation Security Administration to unveil new security equipment and to order more aggressive searches of passengers. But alarming vulnerabilities remain: There's no reliable way to detect bombs under people's clothing, and the vast majority of carry-on bags are not checked for explosives. FULL STORY
RIDGE APPLAUDS PHX PREPAREDNESS PARTNERSHIP
“Homeland Security and Economics are Inseparable” By David Bradshaw, Idea Factory News -- Sep 28, 2004 -- (PHOENIX, AZ) -- Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge today told a gathering of over 1,000 Phoenix area preparedness leaders from both the public and private sector that the Federal government alone cannot provide “seamless” security for America without shared responsibility and leadership from both business and citizens. Sec. Ridge arrived in Phoenix directly from New Mexico where the BBC reports “The Department of Homeland Security is buying an entire town for use in its anti-terror training...FULL STORY
FBI Securing The Elections -TIME
A tough new anti-terror strategy in the runup to November -- By ELAINE SHANNON, TIME, Sun, Sep. 26, 2004 -- With the election five weeks away, U.S. counterterrorism officials are obsessed with reports from multiple sources that terrorists hope to disrupt the campaign. "Nobody can give you date, time or place, but everyone is absolutely convinced we're going to get hit," says a top counterterrorism hand. FULL STORY
American Hostages Killed in Iraq -AP
Sep 21, 2004 -- CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - A Web site posting Tuesday claimed that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's group has beheaded both of the American hostages in Iraq and that other would soon be killed. Al-Zarqawi "has beheaded the first American, Eugene Armstrong. The group will next behead the others, American Jack Hensley and Briton Kenneth Bigley" the statement said. FULL STORY
U.S. Fears Terrorism Via Mexico's Time-Tested Smuggling Routes -9/15/04, LA Times -- SAN DIEGO — Growing fears that Al Qaeda emissaries are looking to tap into well-worn smuggling routes along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border have led to a security crackdown in recent months as well as new levels of official cross-border cooperation, U.S. and Mexican law enforcement officials say. FULL STORY
Terrorism-Response Plans May Fail -Sept. 14 (HealthDayNews) -- If a smallpox outbreak were to be declared today in the United States, just two in every five Americans would heed official instructions to head to a public vaccination site for immunization against the killer disease, a new study finds. And in the event of a "dirty bomb" attack, just three-fifths of citizens would stay put in an undamaged building, as current guidelines recommend. FULL STORY
INTERNET STILL SPEWING TERRORIST HATRED .. ON 9-11 THIRD ANNIVERSARY -- Jeremy Reynalds, JoyJuction.com -- Three years after 9/11, a video available for download through a link on an Internet bulletin board service, regarded by many terror experts as being a prime means of communication for al Qaeda operatives makes an apparent attempt to justify the attacks. FULL STORY -- WATCH Jeremy on CNN Anderson Cooper 360
National Groups, States and Companies Come Together for National Preparedness Month -- Campaign Mobilizes Private Sector to Help Americans Prepare
NEW YORK, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The America Prepared Campaign (APC), a non-profit, non-partisan effort to help Americans prepare for terrorist attacks and other disasters, will launch National Preparedness Month (September) with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and The American Red Cross on the grounds of the United States Capitol at 11:00 a.m. today. Honorary Co-chairs of the Month, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) and Representatives Christopher Cox (R-CA) and Jane Harman (D-CA), and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge will be joined by American Red Cross President and CEO Marsha Evans and leaders of more than 80 other organizations to announce hundreds of events focused on preparedness across the country. Members of the Girl Scouts USA and the Boy Scouts of America, will then distribute emergency preparedness kits to the Members of Congress, as well as preparedness material to be added to each congressional website. AmericaPrepared.org -- Dept. of Homeland Sec. Tom Ridge: "Be Prepared! is a good motto for all citizen's, not just Boy Scouts."
Ridge: Terrorists Hope to Disrupt Election
Sep 7, 2004 -- By KATHERINE PFLEGER SHRADER, AP -- WASHINGTON - Terrorists still hope to disrupt the U.S. democratic process even though the presidential nominating conventions and other high-profile gatherings this summer went off without incident, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Tuesday. Threat reporting over the last several months has been "consistent, general and credible" and indicated the al-Qaida network is trying to push ahead with its plans, Ridge said. Although large events this summer were not attacked, he said, "that in no way diminishes the level of vigilance, awareness and concern that we have during this entire process." FULL STORY
RUSSIANS AND AMERICANS MOURN HUNDREDS KILLED IN HOSTAGE DRAMA -- Christians pray in both nations for "Russia's 9-11"-- By: Stefan J. Bos - Sep 7, 2004 - BESLAN, / WHEATON (ANS) -- Prayer and memorial services were underway in Russia and the United States after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared Monday and Tuesday as national days of mourning for the hundreds of people who died in the hostage drama of School No. 1 in Beslan, North Ossetia. Russian Ministries, a U.S. backed Christian aid organization working in the devastated region, said two of its Russian pastors who lost children in the tragedy would lead a group memorial service in Beslan on Tuesday, September 7. Russian medical workers have already warned those parents still missing children against keeping to much hope, as at least 335 people, half of them children, are officially known to have died during the bloodbath on Friday, September 3, that ended a near three-day siege of the Russian school. MORE ...
Russia: Explosives Found in Jet Wreckage -FOX News
Sat, Aug 28, 2004 - MOSCOW — Both Russian airliners that crashed nearly simultaneously were brought down by a terrorist act, officials said Saturday, after finding traces of explosives in both plane's wreckage. An Islamic militant group claimed responsibility for the attack in a Web statement. The planes, with 90 people aboard, went down within 20 minutes of each other Tuesday night. In Washington, a Bush administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there is mounting evidence that both crashes were acts of terrorism. MORE...
Latin America on Alert for Terror -AP -- Aug 21, -- By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ -- MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) - Governments throughout Mexico and Central America are on alert as evidence grows that al-Qaida members are traveling in the region and looking for recruits to carry out attacks in Latin America - the potential last frontier for international terrorism. The territory could be a perfect staging ground for Osama bin Laden's militants, with homegrown rebel groups, drug and people smugglers, and corrupt governments. U.S. officials have long feared al-Qaida could launch an attack from south of the border, and they have been paying closer attention as the number of terror-related incidents has increased since last year. FULL STORY
British Police Charge 8 in Terror Roundup -Fox News
Aug. 20, 2004 -- LONDON — British police charged eight men Tuesday with terrorist offenses, including one suspected Al Qaeda (search ) operative accused of having surveillance plans of financial institutions in New York, Washington and New Jersey that were at the center of a U.S. terror alert this month. FULL STORY
Border Patrol: New Powers to Deport Illegal Aliens -NYT
By RACHEL L. SWARNS -- WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 — Citing concerns about terrorists crossing the nation's land borders, the Department of Homeland Security announced today that it planned to give border patrol agents sweeping new powers to deport illegal aliens from the frontiers abutting Mexico and Canada without providing the aliens the opportunity to make their case before an immigration judge. The move, which will take effect this month, represents a broad expansion of the authority of the thousands of law enforcement agents who currently patrol the nation's borders. Until now, border patrol agents typically delivered undocumented immigrants to the custody of the immigration courts, where judges determined whether they should be deported or remain in the United States. FULL STORY
8/11/04 -- Bin Laden hints major political assassination -Wash. Times
National Organizations Partner to Launch National Preparedness Month
August 10, 2004 – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), The America Prepared Campaign, the American Red Cross, the National Association of Broadcasters and the U.S. Department of Education have joined a coalition of more 50 national organizations to engage Americans in emergency preparedness by launching National Preparedness Month on September 9. The launch event at the United States Capitol is co-chaired by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) and Representatives Christopher Cox (R-CA) and Jane Harman (D-CA). In addition, all 56 state and territorial governors have pledged to mark National Preparedness Month with local events. “National Preparedness Month brings together an amazing coalition of partners to make citizen preparedness a priority for every city, every neighborhood and every home across America,” said Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge. “Homeland security is a shared responsibility and I am pleased that so many organizations and so many national leaders are working together to help get this information out into communities across the nation.” MORE... Calender of Events
Terror attack to be in early September -NewsDay
BY KNUT ROYCE, WASHINGTON BUREAU, New York NewsDay
Aug. 3, 2004 -- WASHINGTON -- More financial institutions than previously disclosed may be at risk of attack, and an al-Qaida operative has told British intelligence that the group's target date is early September, intelligence sources said yesterday. The operative, described as "credible" by British intelligence, told his debriefers that the attack would take place "60 days before the presidential election" on Nov. 2, according to a former senior National Security Council official. On Sept. 2 President George W. Bush is expected to address the Republican National Convention at Madison Square Garden. FULL STORY
8/4/04 -- New Qaeda Activity Is Said to Be Major Factor in Alert -NYT
Bush Wants to Create National Intelligence Czar -AP
Aug. 2, 2004 -- WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush on Monday endorsed creation of a national intelligence czar and counterterrorism center - his first steps in revamping the nation's intelligence-gathering system to help prevent a repeat of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. "We are a nation in danger," Bush said as he announced his position during an appearance with top administration national security figures in the White House Rose Garden. FULL STORY
NY/NJ/DC Put on `Orange' Terror Alert, Ridge Says
Aug. 1 (Bloomberg) -- The Department of Homeland Security is raising the terrorism risk status for the financial services sectors in New York, Washington and northern New Jersey, Secretary Tom Ridge said. ``We do have new and unusually specific information about where al-Qaeda would like to attack,'' Ridge said at a news conference in Washington. He said the al-Qaeda terrorist organization was targeting the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in Washington, Citigroup Inc. and the New York Stock Exchange in New York, and Prudential Financial in northern New Jersey...
FULL STORY

A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO COUNTER-TERRORISM
By Craig R. Smith, CEO SATC
Sep 1, 2004

"The U.S. government has access to vast amounts of information, but it has a weak system of processing and using that information. The need to share must replace need to know."
-Lee Hamilton, 9-11 Commission's vice chairman

Back on July 22, 2004 the 9-11 Commission Report was released to the public -- online in PDF format and also in bookstores nationwide and from the Government Printing Office.

The 9-11 Commission was chartered to prepare a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, including preparedness for and the immediate response to the attacks. The Commission is also mandated to provide recommendations designed to guard against future attacks.

On July 21, 2004, The American Red Cross released their latest study stating that "only one-third of Americans say that they have a basic family emergency plan — fewer than made the same claim a year ago. Only 40 percent have assembled the basic supplies they would need to take care of themselves and their families in a natural or man-made disaster. This alarming lack of preparedness is practically a disaster in itself."

Tom Ridge has repeatedly warned Americans that the terrorist threat is "elevated" over the next few months and that The Department of Homeland Security is "ramping up security," in response to a steady stream of intelligence indicating al-Qaida may seek to mount an attack aimed at disrupting U.S. elections, political conventions, the Olympics and other special events. Full Story

Ever since 9-11, Americans have been warned over and over about heightened terrorist alerts. So much so that following the most recent alert, Dennis Miller recently asked his CNBC panel, "Is this information that you really want (or need) to know?" Most agreed that even though they feel helpless to do much of anything, they still want to know what is really going on.

Perhaps the question Miller should have asked is "What (if anything) can Americans do to "ramp up" terrorism preparation efforts at home?

NOT A MATTER OF IF, BUT WHEN!

“When a terrorist group wants to attack the US, they generally target business. Since 1968 when the government first started tracking terrorism, 80 percent of the attacks on US interests have been on businesses . . . This reflects a new reality that is upon us that we all have to live with.”
-L. Paul Bremer, Presidential Envoy to Iraq

The probability of another major terrorist attack in the United States is virtually 100 percent. Not only is the next attack likely to come soon, it is also likely to be equal to or greater in magnitude than what we experienced on 9/11. The need for emergency preparedness has never been more urgent. Survival from future acts of terror will be largely dependent on choices made today.

A part of our mission at Swiss America is to help private individuals to achieve the highest level of preparedness possible to protect their assets, their family, and their community before the next major terrorist attack. Therefore, I am proud to announce that we have a new resource that explains not only WHY, but HOW to get prepared for another potential terrorist attack or any other disaster...

PRESS RELEASE: AUG. 31, 2004

"RIVETING!" TERRORISM PREP DVD OFFERED FREE TO THE PUBLIC

PHOENIX, AZ --(IFN)-- In support of National Preparedness Month, Swiss America Trading Corp. today released an educational DVD and CD exposing the strategy of radical Islamic terrorist groups -- like Hamas, Hezbollah and al-Qaeda -- to achieve "victory or martyrdom!" against the U.S., Israel and allies engaged in the growing war on terror.

"A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO COUNTER TERRORISM" is a 'riveting' documentary-style film underlining the harsh realities of our post-9-11 world. You'll travel inside terrorist training camps for children, who are taught to hate and murder all "Infidels" (Jews, Americans, non-Muslims) at an early age.

According to the producer, DAVID BRADSHAW, "The goal of this film is to both 'shock and offer' viewers tangible steps to "ramp up" family and financial security on a household level, while the governments and private corporations do the same on a local, national and international level."

Narrated by entertainer PAT BOONE, the program advises viewers to take five basic steps of emergency preparation (recommended by Department of Homeland Security and American Red Cross) for disaster readiness. Given the recent targeting of U.S. financial institutions and the Mid-East oil supply by radical terrorist groups, Boone also offers helpful tips on financial preparation.

According to BOONE, "Today radical Islamic warriors are willing to die to help bring America down -- both with physical attacks, like 9-11, and with planned financial attacks. Right now the enemy is busily training up the next generation of deadly terrorists -- and, right NOW is the time we must all be prepared! Preparedness has no downside risk, but unpreparedness does."

On July 21, 2004, the AMERICAN RED CROSS released their latest study stating that "only one-third of Americans say that they have a basic family emergency plan — fewer than made the same claim a year ago. This alarming lack of preparedness is practically a disaster in itself."

According to Swiss America's CEO, CRAIG SMITH, "Terrorism will fail in the end, but the future belongs to those who have prepared for it -- physically and financially. This educational film will help the public understand how simple it is to preserve our peace of mind by taking a few steps ahead of any possible emergency."

"A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO COUNTER TERRORISM" covers all of the major types of terrorism preparedness including; chemical, biological, nuclear, radiation and economic. Produced by Idea Factory Films, the 40-minute film includes graphic images, expert testimony and live news segments.
*Sound bytes of the CD/DVD are available for media use HERE

CALL Swiss America at 800-289-2646 (8am - 6pm Pacific) to request a complimentary DVD or CD "A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO COUNTER TERRORISM"
WATCH :30 INTRODUCTION with PAT BOONE


PUBLIC RESPONSE TO A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO COUNTER TERRORISM

10/4/04 -- "We took your advice and made a plan"
- ANICA A., Scottsdale, AZ

10/1/04 -- "I didn't believe it was financial ... Until now!"
- LOUISE W., Torrington Wy.

9/28/04 -- "God bless Crag Smith for making the (Preparedness) DVD available".
Bob L., NC

9/22/04 -- "Worthwhile... without being alarmest, the DVD caused me to re-think my investment strategy."
- JON S., Pennsylvania

9/21/04 -- "The DVD is an absolute eye-opener."
-LOU R., New York

9/20/04 -- "I didn't realize how vulnerable we are. Thank you for the DVD!"
-JIM W., Michigan

8/24/04 -- "Riveting!" "A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO COUNTER TERRORISM is riveting! It tells the truth about terrorism and what you can do about it -- economically and practically. The powerful footage, interviews and commentary by Craig Smith and Pat Boone inform viewers about how you can be prepared. Absolutely every American must watch A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO COUNTER TERRORISM! I'm going to show this DVD to as many people as I can."
-PAUL MCGUIRE, Irvine, CA, Syndicated Radio Talk Show Host/The Paul McGuire Show

CHRISTIAN POLITICAL APATHY - WHY?
* Listen to Pat Boone on KBRT "Remembering 9-11" -9/10/04, Paul McGuire Show
WHAT EXACTLY IS THIS COUNTERTERRORISM DVD ABOUT?
* Listen to Craig Smith on KBRT "Remembering 9-11" -9/10/04, Paul McGuire Show


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IN THE FACE OF EVIL - Watch Trailer
-- Reagan film to challenge 'Fahrenheit 9/11' Amid current threat, theatrical release shows how evil defeated
-- September 3, 2004 --By Art Moore, WorldNetDaily.com -- As a presidential election with enormous national security stakes approaches, a stirring theatrical film hailing Ronald Reagan's victory over communism and setting the context for the current threat to world peace is planned for release Oct. 1, 2004.

Locked in a Cosmic Battle With Islam - Alan Caruba, National Anxiety Center - "The attack on the World Trade Center was symbolic of the great battle being waged against us. To the Islamists, the towers represented the worship of materialism, of money and greed. To Islam’s true believers, there is no validity in Judaism, Christianity, or any other religion. To them, idolatry is the most heinous sin and, if they must die to destroy us, they will do so.


P.S. Remember, the future belongs to those who are prepared for it … let us all do our part to make sure America is prepared with a counter-terrorism strategy. Here are some steps of family preparation recommended by both The American Red Cross and The Dept. of Homeland Security.

Terrorists are working to obtain biological, chemical, nuclear and radiological weapons, and the threat of an attack is very real. Devastating acts, such as the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, have left many concerned about the possibility of future incidents in the United States and their potential impact. The growing terrorism threat has raised uncertainty about what might happen next, increasing stress levels.

Nevertheless, there are things you can do to prepare for the unexpected and reduce the stress that you may feel now and later should another emergency arise. Taking preparatory action can reassure you and your children that you can exert a measure of control even in the face of such events.

According to The Department of Homeland Security, "All Americans should begin a process of learning about potential threats so we are better prepared to react during an attack. While there is no way to predict what will happen, or what your personal circumstances will be, there are simple things you can do now to prepare yourself and your loved ones."

Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling a supply kit and developing a family communications plan, are the same for both a natural or man-made emergency. However, as you will see throughout the pages of www.Ready.gov, there are important differences among potential terrorist threats that will impact the decisions you make and the actions you take. With a little planning and common sense, you can be better prepared for the unexpected.

Specific Terrorist Threats

A biological attack is the deliberate release of germs or other substances that can make you sick. Many agents must be inhaled, enter through a cut in the skin or eaten to make you sick.

A chemical attack is the deliberate release of a toxic gas, liquid or solid that can poison people and the environment.

A nuclear blast is an explosion with intense light and heat, a damaging pressure wave and widespread radioactive material that can contaminate the air, water and ground surfaces for miles around.

A radiation threat or "Dirty Bomb" is the use of common explosives to spread radioactive materials over a targeted area.

Be prepared to adapt this information to your personal circumstances and make every effort to follow instructions received from authorities on the scene. Above all, stay calm, be patient and think before you act. With these simple preparations, you can be ready for the unexpected.

What You Can Do to Prepare

Finding out what can happen is the first step. Once you have determined the events possible and their potential in your community, it is important that you discuss them with your family or household. Develop a disaster plan together.

1. Create an emergency communications plan.

Choose an out-of-town contact your family or household will call or e-mail to check on each other should a disaster occur. Your selected contact should live far enough away that they would be unlikely to be directly affected by the same event, and they should know they are the chosen contact. Make sure every household member has that contact's, and each other's, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers (home, work, pager and cell). Leave these contact numbers at your children's schools, if you have children, and at your workplace. Your family should know that if telephones are not working, they need to be patient and try again later or try e-mail. Many people flood the telephone lines when emergencies happen but e-mail can sometimes get through when calls don't.

2. Establish a meeting place.

Having a predetermined meeting place away from your home will save time and minimize confusion should your home be affected or the area evacuated. You may even want to make arrangements to stay with a family member or friend in case of an emergency. Be sure to include any pets in these plans, since pets are not permitted in shelters and some hotels will not accept them.

3. Assemble a disaster supplies kit.

If you need to evacuate your home or are asked to "shelter in place," having some essential supplies on hand will make you and your family more comfortable. Prepare a disaster supplies kit in an easy-to-carry container such as a duffel bag or small plastic trash can. Include "special needs" items for any member of your household (infant formula or items for people with disabilities or older people), first aid supplies (including prescription medications), a change of clothing for each household member, a sleeping bag or bedroll for each, a battery powered radio or television and extra batteries, food, bottled water and tools. It is also a good idea to include some cash and copies of important family documents (birth certificates, passports and licenses) in your kit. Copies of essential documents-like powers of attorney, birth and marriage certificates, insurance policies, life insurance beneficiary designations and a copy of your will-should also be kept in a safe location outside your home. A safe deposit box or the home of a friend or family member who lives out of town is a good choice.

For more complete instructions, ask your local Red Cross chapter for the brochure titled Your Family Disaster Supplies Kit (stock number A4463).

For more information on putting together a disaster plan, request a copy of the brochure titled Your Family Disaster Plan (A4466) from your local American Red Cross chapter. You may also want to request a copy of Before Disaster Strikes . . . How to Make Sure You're Financially Prepared (A5075) for specific information on what you can do now to protect your assets.

Sources:
AMERICAN RED CROSS - Terrorism Preparedness PDF
U.S. DEPT. OF HOMELAND SECURITY
FEMA Preparedness

CHRISTIAN EMERGENCY NETWORK


IF I KNEW

If I knew it would be the last time,
That I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly
and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.

If I knew it would be the last time
that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss
and call you back for one more.

If I knew it would be the last time
I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word,
so I could play them back day after day.

If I knew it would be the last time,
I could spare an extra minute
to stop and say "I love you,"
instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.

If I knew it would be the last time
I would be there to share your day,
Well I'm sure you'll have so many more,
so I can let just this one slip away.

For surely there's always tomorrow
to make up for an oversight,
and we always get a second chance
to make everything just right.

There will always be another day
to say "I love you,"
And certainly there's another chance
to say our "Anything I can do?"

But just in case I might be wrong,
and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you
and I hope we never forget.

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone,
young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance
you get to hold your loved one tight.

So if you're waiting for tomorrow,
why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes,
you'll surely regret the day,

That you didn't take that extra time
for a smile, a hug, or a kiss
and you were too busy to grant someone,
what turned out to be their one last wish.

So hold your loved ones close today,
and whisper in their ear,
Tell them how much you love them
and that you'll always hold them dear

Take time to say "I'm sorry,"
"Please forgive me," "Thank you," or "It's okay."
And if tomorrow never comes,
you'll have no regrets about today.


DISCLAIMER: All of the information in this story is believed to be true, however errors are possible.
Past performance is no guarantee of future performance. All investments have risk.

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