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MCRP 3-02E Terrorism

The Individual's Guide for Understanding and Surviving

1 When Mr. Vaders completed his conversation with Mr. Prins and announced his readiness to die, 2 the South Moluccans said, "No, someone else goes first." Dr. Ochberg observed that Mr. Vader 3 was no longer a faceless symbol. He was human. In the presence of his executioners, he made 4 the transition from a symbol to be executed to a human to be spared. Tragically, the Moluccans 5 selected another passenger, Mr. Bierling, led him away and executed him before they had the 6 opportunity to know him.

7 Rescue or Release?

8 Having adjusted to captivity, you are now faced with a new possibility-rescue or release? 9 Remember, if demands are not met, terrorists have and will kill hostages. In some countries, once 10 the first hostage is killed, it serves as the green light for rescue forces to go in and rescue 11 hostages. Negotiations cease. Then you as a hostage must be mentally prepared for this.

12 During the rescue attempt, both the hostage and the rescue force are in extreme danger. Most 13 hostages who die or are killed during rescue attempts. You must be especially alert, cautious, and 14 obedient to instruction should you or the terrorists suspect such an attempt is imminent or is 15 occurring. If the doors fly open followed by rescue forces, drop to the floor immediately, and lie 16 as flat as possible. FREEZE! DO NOT MOVE! DO NOT ATTEMPT TO HELP! DO NOT 17 PANIC! DO NOT SAY ANYTHING! As the central figure in a rescue attempt, you must 18 avoid any movement especially with the hands. Rescue forces have no idea whether a person 19 moving is friend or foe. Any movement you make could result in injury or death to you or your 20 fellow hostages. It could distract the rescue force, which, in turn, could lead to their injury or 21 death. During a rescue operation at Entebbe, a woman hostage threw her hands up in a natural 22 gesture of joy as the commandos came bursting in. The commandos shot her. This also happened 23 to two hostages in the South Moluccan train when Dutch commandos assaulted the train.

24 Do not run because both the rescuers and the terrorists may shoot you. Even if you can don't 25 pick up a gun to assist rescue forces. After order has been restored by rescue forces, you might 26 be handled roughly and ordered up against the wall. You will probably be handcuffed, searched, 27 and possibly gagged and/or blindfolded. This is a common procedure for rescue forces, and must 28 be done until everyone is positively identified.

29 Terrorists have used "sleepers" in their hostage operation. A sleeper is really a terrorist posing as 30 a hostage to inform on the real hostages or to evaluate the operation. Terrorists have also thrown 31 their weapons and masks away to pass themselves off as hostages. Under the influence of the 32 Stockholm syndrome, hostages have hidden and helped terrorists to pass themselves off as 33 hostages.

34 The moment of imminent release, like the moment of capture, is very dangerous. The 35 hostage-takers, as well as the hostages, are likely to feel threatened and even panic. The terrorists 36 will be extremely nervous during any release phase especially if negotiations are drawn out. They 37 will also be anxious to evade capture and punishment. They also will fear being double-crossed 38 by the authorities since they are letting their bargaining chip (you) go. So pay close attention to


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