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MCRP 3-02E Terrorism

The Individual's Guide for Understanding and Surviving

1 that people sitting in aisle seats are chosen for random acts of violence because they are targets of 2 opportunity.

3 Do not tell another passenger that you are in the military, or otherwise confide in them. He could 4 be a terrorist, or if the plane is hijacked, this casual acquaintance would be the first to identify you 5 as military if questioned by the terrorists.

6 Hijackings usually take place in the first 15-60 minutes of the flight. At the first indication of a 7 hijacking, fasten your seat belt if you have not done so already! An explosion or a weapon 8 discharging could cause a hole in the fuselage creating rapid decompression.

9 Aircraft altitude will determine the severity of the hole and the suction to follow. If you do not 10 have your seat belt fastened, you may be sucked out. Immediately hide all documents, 11 identification cards, and official passports that could identify you as military. If asked, show 12 civilian identification; e.g., tourist passport, drivers license, etc. Do not identify yourself as 13 military. Remember that terrorists will be looking for military persons who may represent a threat 14 to their mission.

15 Do not say or do anything that will upset, offend, or disturb the terrorists. Do not take on a 16 threatening image or make threatening gestures. When it comes time to execute someone, anyone 17 they see as a threat will make a good candidate. They will not hesitate to kill you.

18 When a hijacked plane lands, a rescue attempt may be initiated, especially if any hostages have 19 been executed. At the first indication of a rescue attempt, get down and lie as flat as possible. 20 FREEZE! DO NOT MOVE! DO NOT ATTEMPT TO HELP! DO NOT PANIC! DO 21 NOT SAY ANYTHING! This is a very dangerous period. Rescue forces have no idea who is 22 friend or foe. Any sudden movement by you could result in injury or death to you or your fellow 23 hostages, or could distract the rescue force, which in turn, could lead to their injury or death. If 24 the plane catches fire due to an explosion, get out as quickly as possible through the nearest exit 25 and get away! Keep your hands in the air. Shout that you are a passenger or that you are friendly. 26 You do not want to be mistaken for a terrorist and get shot by security forces.

27 Staying in Hotels

28 If a room has been reserved for you, request another one. Others besides the hotel staff may also 29 know which rooms have been reserved for some incoming Americans.

30 Avoid street-level rooms. They are easier to get into, and it is easier to throw something through 31 your window. Get a room between the second and tenth floors, but no higher. In case of fire, 32 most firefighting ladders do not reach higher than the tenth floor.

33 Never answer hotel paging. You have no way of knowing who it is. It might be a ploy for final 34 identification or for a hit by a terrorist. If you are expecting someone, go to the lobby, but don't 35 go to the desk and identify yourself. Check to see if the caller is whom you are waiting for.


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