The ‘how-tos’ of surviving
terrorist attacks

By Jon Dougherty

In the face of near-constant warnings of new and “spectacular” terrorist attacks against the U.S. from American intelligence agencies as the war on terror progresses, one author and self-defense expert has written a comprehensive new book giving Americans advice on how to survive the next attack – both physically and economically.

Jarret B. Wollstein’s book “Surviving Terrorism” is much more than just another “survival manual.” Though the book does cover run-of-the-mill preparedness information – water and food storage, for example – Wollstein also addresses other, unconventional threats such as martial law and economic fallout – byproducts of terrorism.

An author of 26 books, Wollstein is also a martial-arts master and one-time defensive-tactics instructor for the FBI and U.S. Army Rangers. In an interview with WorldNetDaily, he said he fully expects new terrorist attacks against the U.S., noting that in “the first global guerrilla war,” our enemy is a patient one.

“Al-Qaida or whoever will strike again at a time and target of their convenience,” he said.

Also covered in the book are personal self-defense techniques “that even people with no formal training” can utilize. He even discusses the use of personal body armor as a way to protect yourself against the kind of sniper attacks that occurred in and around Washington, D.C., in October. And there is a section on radiation detectors and anti-radiation drugs as well.

Besides discussing physical well-being, Wollstein also provides tips on how to survive economically in this time of increased global terrorism and uncertainty.

“One of effects of terrorism is that the U.S. and world economies have suffered,” he said. “The war on terror is making it worse by imposing huge costs [on the economy] and shifting spending patterns.”

For instance, he said, though fewer people are flying – as evidenced again this week when United Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection – “more people are getting married, which is good for that industry.”

“Terrorism has created changing economic patterns in our country,” said Wollstein, “and I deal with those patterns in the book, as well as how you can take advantage of [the changes].”

And, he said, “the attacks by al-Qaida were not just physical attacks, they were economic attacks as well. To a certain extent, that attack has succeeded.”

Indeed, the 9-11 attacks have been blamed for worsening what many analysts believe was a recession already in progress. The travel industry, particularly, has been hard hit, but Wall Street has bled steadily since the attacks. Also, the Labor Department reported this month that unemployment hit 6 percent in November – the highest rate since July 1994, when it reached 6.1 percent.

Regarding martial law, Wollstein said he worries that an “increasing use” of the military by national leaders, under the guise of fighting terrorism, could be bad for personal freedoms.

Also, local police increasingly resemble paramilitary units, he said, adding: “That’s very dangerous because the mission of the police and the military are very different.”

“The main function of police is law enforcement, while the military is trained essentially to destroy an enemy,” said Wollstein.

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