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MCRP 3-02E Terrorism

The Individual's Guide for Understanding and Surviving

1 the instruction the terrorists give you when the release takes place. Do not panic. Do not run. 2 The terrorists may shoot you.

3 Once you are safely in the hands of the authorities, remember to cooperate fully with them, 4 especially if others are still being held. As soon as you can, write down everything you can 5 remember-guard location, weapons and explosives description and placement, and any other 6 information which might help rescue forces.

7 Surprisingly, few hostages bear any grudge against their abductors for turning them into human 8 pawns. Indeed, they frequently develop positive relationships with them. Inside embassies 9 surrounded by soldiers and policemen, they chat and share sandwiches. When released, they often 10 part company amiably and wish each other well. Some former kidnap victims recall their "hosts" 11 almost fondly. One said they were "exceptionally polite, especially for terrorist". A U.S. counsel 12 said, after having been held for 95 hours by a Japanese terrorist, "I hope they might some day be 13 people with whom I can sit down and have a cup of coffee and talk politics." Others speak of 14 their abductors with begrudging admiration. "They were dedicated men," and "Their sincerity 15 should be respected." Some develop something close to affection for their abductors. A few fall 16 in love. Sometimes hostages go beyond compliance at gunpoint and actively collaborate. They 17 may even try to protect their abductors. Several years ago, when police stormed a bank vault in 18 Stockholm, one hostage held by two bank robbers shouted to police "I won't let you hurt him!" 19 For most, the effects wears off quickly after release but not always. A stewardess, once held at 20 gunpoint by a hijacker, continued to bring him gifts in prison long after his arrest. Grateful for 21 having been spared? Fearful of retribution? Uncommonly compassionate? Latently sympathetic 22 toward the political aims of the captors? Brainwashed? For whatever reason, don't forget it was 23 the terrorists who put you in the position to be terrorized.

24 Having cooperated fully with the authorities so that fellow hostages can be rescued, or, if you 25 were a lone hostage, having provided the authorities with valuable information, you can now start 26 mentally preparing yourself for the aftermath. The news media will immediately be there wanting 27 an interview. Your mind will probably be in no condition to give good reasonable responses. Say 28 only that you are grateful to be alive and thankful to the terrorists for releasing you. Do not say 29 anything that might be harmful to your fellow-hostages who are still in captivity. Do not say 30 anything that is sympathetic to the terrorist cause which might gain support for them. Be mentally 31 prepared to be debriefed by government and military officials. It might be tiring and boring, and 32 you probably will want to do many other things. Remember that what you provide the authorities 33 won't help you, but it may keep a fellow Marine from committing the same mistakes. If you were 34 a victim of circumstance, it may help others to avoid similar circumstances.

35 Many victims after a hostage ordeal feel guilty for not having conducted themselves in a heroic, 36 macho-type manner, but yet very hostile at their government. They feel their government did not 37 do enough or did nothing at all. A human life is very sacred, especially when it's yours. 38 Remember that the government, by not giving in, is actually helping the public. Not negotiating 39 discourages future acts of terrorism against Americans and sends a message to all terrorists 40 worldwide: "We will not Negotiate, we will not pay a ransom, and we will not release political


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