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Will there be another Terrorist attack?
GunOwnersAlliance.com ^ | 28 August 2004 | Rabbi R. Mermelstein

Posted on 08/28/2004 10:13:21 PM PDT by RabbiMermelstein

This alert is located at:

http://www.gunownersalliance.com/OpShiloh-01.htm

To freedom lovers everywhere,

All those who believe that new terrorist acts similar to 9/11 won't touch them should delete this e-mail. That which I have to say does not apply to you, and I don't want to waste your time.

Those of you still reading this know that most recently we have seen how militant radical Islamists swayed the elections in Spain using terror attacks on civilian train commuters. It worked. Spain elected a socialist president that promised to distance himself from America in our fight against terrorism. Never mind 9/11!

Earlier in the week I read from a CNN e-mail alert, "Explosives found in jet crash debris, Russia says". Now I just read from an e-mail alert from foxnews.com, "MUSLIM SITE POSTS CLAIM OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR DOWNING OF RUSSIAN JETS".

Militant radical Islamists want to sway our November 2004 elections like they did in Spain just a few months ago. Intelligence estimates are that additional mass casualty terror attacks like 9/11 are very likely on American soil, likely before our November 2004 presidential election. Homeland Security is focused on protecting hard targets and critical infrastructure such as nuclear power plants, bridges & tunnels, and the transportation, electrical and communications grids. There are literally hundreds of thousands of unprotected, high-value soft targets in the US - places like churches, synagogues and schools just to name a few.

If anyone understands how to deal with militant radical Islamists, it is the country of Israel.

Israeli experience with militant radical Islamists shows there is so much more that civilians can do beside wait for the next attack to occur. It doesn't take a lot of time or money; it does require a sense of patriotism and civic responsibility. This is where the rubber hits the road, where all the Internet rhetoric about Patriotism and the War on Terror becomes fact on the street.

Rabbi R. Mermelstein of the ever popular pro-gun Internet column known as "Ask the Rabbi" found at http://www.gunownersalliance.com/AskTheRabbi.htm has this to say about Operation Shiloh (OpShiloh):

I have reviewed the course curriculum of Operation Shiloh under the expert directorship of Yehoshua Mizrachi and have found it worthy of my heartiest approbation. Go to http://www.opshiloh.com

Operation Shiloh is not another training academy for the defensive or tactical use of firearms. It teaches much more - training, awareness and prevention.

According to ancient Jewish tradition the fate of all living creatures for the coming year is determined in Heaven on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Our sages, of blessed memory, taught "It is not incumbent upon you to complete the task, but neither are you free to exempt yourself from it" (Ethics of the Fathers, 2:21). While this injunction was intended to address the continual study of Torah law by Jews, the concept is universal in all matters essential to the continuation of Mankind. Both Christians and Jews learn, "Do not stand still when your neighbor's life is in danger" (Leviticus 19:16). Go to http://www.gunownersalliance.com/Rabbi_0112.htm

We are required by G-d's law to not stand by idly when another's life is in danger, but the actions to take to prevent the loss of life are vague to most people. Training and awareness are not instinctive. It requires instruction from experts.

Operation Shiloh, I believe, can teach you to save lives. It has my unequivocal endorsement."

[End of R. Mermelstein's quote]

Read the original endorsement by Rabbi R. Mermelstein on the "Ask the Rabbi" website found at http://www.gunownersalliance.com/Rabbi_0282.htm

OpShiloh course material has been reviewed by members of the House Intelligence Committee and the Department of Homeland Security. Operation Shiloh has been profiled by Fox News Channel, ABC, CBS, NBC, and dozens of other international broadcast and print news media. Operation Shiloh has also been endorsed by such prominent scholars as Daniel Pipes, who observes: "Operation Shiloh impresses me as a way, drawing on Israel's unique counterterrorism strengths, for concerned citizens to equip themselves against terrorist threats. I recommend it highly."

The three day OpShiloh counter-terrorism training course will be held September 6th through the 8th, 2004 in Miami, Florida. Please contact the Program Director immediately at info@opshiloh.com if you are planning to attend. Course specifics can be found at http://www.opshiloh.com . Additional courses will be offered in the near future! Time is of the essence!

There is a time for talk and there is time for action; NOW is the time for action. Put your patriotism to work and help stop the next terror attack.

Here's how:

Starting a Volunteer Security Committee (VSC)

You can help fill this security gap by forming a much needed Volunteer Security Committee (VSC) at your school, synagogue, church, or in your neighborhood. Operation Shiloh at http://www.opshiloh.com provides Israeli training counter-terrorism training for American civilians. Operation Shiloh also offer free consulting for setting up your VSC.

What follows is a guide to establish your VSC.

Since the disparate terror groups all work from the same playbook, the terror attacks to come in America will likely be patterned after the attacks and attempted attacks that have occurred in Israel. (In fact, American ground troops in Iraq have benefited significantly from Israel's experience with terrorist insurgency.) Therefore, Israel's experience in terror suppression is instructive. This is the underlying premise of the OpShiloh course.

In many Israeli towns, kibbutzim and moshavim, you will see four layers of terror prevention (going from least to most intense):

1.) The generally high alertness level of all residents. (In Efrat last year, an alert mother dropping her son off at school noticed an Arab man approaching the school with an ill-concealed butcher's knife. Once spotted, the man fled on foot. The woman was able to alert the RVSH"Tz [see below], who reacted immediately and thus prevented an atrocity.) (There's more to this story - e-mail the OpShiloh Program Director at info@opshiloh.com and he will tell you the rest of the story.)

2.) Shomrim: Able-bodied citizens, mostly army reservists, do take turns patrolling the community, watching the perimeter and approaches, guarding the entrance gates, etc. The shomrim are armed, and trained in communications rules of engagement, and the like. The community is patrolled by such shomrim 24/7, even on the Sabbath and holidays.

3.) Kitat Konenut: A small cadre of citizens (all in the active reserve) are organized and trained as a first response unit in the event the community is infiltrated or comes under any other kind of attack. Their main mission: flush out and neutralize the terrorist(s). These brave people are Israel's "minutemen."

The shomrim and Kitat Konenut are trained and organized by a RVSh"Tz (pronounced rav-SHATZ) which is Hebrew acronym for "Public Security Coordinator" who is in charge of overall security for the community.

4.) IDF: The regional Army base supports the security network described above and monitors the regional security comms net, ready to respond as needed.

Instead of protecting an entire community, your VSC will probably be working to protect a church, synagogue, private school or organization, or perhaps a neighborhood. For the purposes of clarity, general guidelines will be used and future reference will be made to protecting a church. Please feel free to adapt these recommendations to suit your unique situation.

For the VSCs, OpShiloh is recommending a hierarchy loosely patterned after the foregoing. Again, from least to most intense:

1.) The alertness level of all residents. Your VSC will be responsible for running education programs to heighten the general alertness level of the congregation.

2.) VSC: Your VSC will be a small cadre like the Kitat Konenut, but will function in a more defensive posture, like the shomrim.

Your VSC will be tasked with continually reviewing the security arrangements at the church with the objective of making the facility harder to attack, and if attacked, easier to defend. You will be trained with an emphasis on terror prevention and close coordination with local law enforcement in the event of an attack.

3.) Local law enforcement: instead of the IDF, your VSC will establish close working liaison with local law enforcement. Developing these good working relationships in advance will be critical to your terror prevention program. Again, these details will be covered during training.

You will likely find that the local police will be eager to work with you for two reasons: first, there is a general sense of frustration that the general public is not taking the terror threat seriously; secondly, they understand all too well that more trained eyeballs means the better the chances of preventing an attack.

Where to Begin:

1. Speak with the Pastor and church leadership to get their approval for setting up the VSC. Have them announce it from the pulpit, publicly support it, and have them ask for volunteers.

2. Post flyers requesting volunteers for the VSC. The ideal size of your VSC depends on the size of the facility that you wish to protect, the amount of activity in the building, and other factors. In general, though, the more the merrier as there will be plenty to do. Again, specific tasking will be covered during training. Encourage both men and women to participate.

3. Start reading. Here are a few suggestions:

Bin Laden: The Man Who Declared War on America, by Yossef Bodansky http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0761535810/gunownersalli-20

Militant Islam Reaches America, by Daniel Pipes http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0393325318/gunownersalli-20

American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us, by Steve Emerson http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0743234359/gunownersalli-20

The Third Terrorist: The Middle East Connection to the Oklahoma City Bombing, by Jayna Davis http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0785261036/gunownersalli-20

We know there are thousands of terror cells in the US; we know that they are collecting intelligence for future attacks; and we know that attacks have already been attempted. Once alerted to these facts, the question most people ask is, "Yeah, but what can I do about it?"

Gun Owners Alliance believes that the VSC (taught by OpShiloh as found at http://www.opshiloh.com ) is an answer to that question. During WWII, America had effective Civil Defense Committees. In Israel, alert citizens have prevented or preempted terror attacks too many times to count.

Thank you for standing up and for being willing to be counted.

Contact information for Operation Shiloh:

Yehoshua Mizrachi - Director

Operation Shiloh

Israeli Counter-Terrorism Training for Civilians

http://www.opshiloh.com

info@opshiloh.com

Sincerely,

Gun Owners Alliance

Chris W. Stark - Director

http://www.GunOwnersAlliance.com

Director@GunOwnersAlliance.com

WebMaster for "Ask the Rabbi"

Feel free to browse http://www.gunownersalliance.com/AskTheRabbi.htm AND, "Ask the Rabbi" YOUR firearms related questions! Feel free to e-mail Rabbi R. Mermelstein at Rabbi@GunOwnersAlliance.com

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1 posted on 08/28/2004 10:13:31 PM PDT by RabbiMermelstein
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To: RabbiMermelstein

Orthodox gun toting jew Bump!


2 posted on 08/28/2004 10:18:42 PM PDT by hoosierboy
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To: RabbiMermelstein

Anyone who thinks the Inited States will never be attacked again by terrorist isnt living on the same planet I am. its not IF its WHEN, and on what scale...


3 posted on 08/28/2004 10:24:04 PM PDT by FesterUSMC
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To: FesterUSMC

GRRRR UNITED STATES i wish FR would have an EDIT FEATURE!!!


4 posted on 08/28/2004 10:24:39 PM PDT by FesterUSMC
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To: RabbiMermelstein

And how is this breaking news?


5 posted on 08/28/2004 10:29:52 PM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (http://www.drunkenbuffoonery.com/mboards/)
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To: hoosierboy
Orthodox gun toting jew Bump!

LOL. That does sound strange.
If anyone knows about terrorism, it's the people of Israel. I feel so sorry for the innocent who have had to live with such fear.
It could just as easily happen here unless we do something about political correctness. It's a security wall for the enemies who wish to harm us.

6 posted on 08/28/2004 10:31:11 PM PDT by concerned about politics ( Liberals are still stuck at the bottom of Maslow's Hierarchy)
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To: RabbiMermelstein

BTTT


7 posted on 08/28/2004 10:33:32 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (If only hamsters could talk...THEY'D tell you the truth that Upland IS in Pennsylvania!)
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To: hoosierboy

It's only a matter of time before they attack again, defense is nice, I prefer a good offense.


8 posted on 08/28/2004 11:15:04 PM PDT by JPJones
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To: RabbiMermelstein
Earlier in the week I read from a CNN e-mail alert, "Explosives found in jet crash debris, Russia says". Now I just read from an e-mail alert from foxnews.com, "MUSLIM SITE POSTS CLAIM OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR DOWNING OF RUSSIAN JETS".

Should be interesting to see how the Chechan elections go this weekend. I believe they're on Sunday.

9 posted on 08/29/2004 12:27:54 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (Real gun control is - all shots inside the ten ring)
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To: RabbiMermelstein

The four tier defensive structure with active armed citizens linked with law enforcement is the main reason why Israel is so resistant to terror attack. But it takes two things America has not got.

First, an active ARMED citizenry,

Second an ACTIVE armed citizenry,

My guess is 99.999% of Americans would much rather the other guy guard the block, cause the trip to the lake or the movie is much more important, and besides, I don't have a nasty gun in the house because I am moraly superior...

That is why America is SO ripe for the damage from the attack that will take place nationwide when the infiltration movement is complete.

But one thing Americans do better than most any other country in the world is Adapt fast and have a very high sense of honor. One out of one hundred Americans is a hero waiting for his day, he just does not know it.

When the attacks come, and they will, the rare breed that is not so rare in America will come to the surface. They will be the Gun Toting Christian bunch, the same bunch of heros that won all our wars before, because of their self sacrificial willingness to risk it all to save a neighbor.

That is if the liberals don't have them all jailed for Hate Crimes first.


10 posted on 08/29/2004 12:31:49 AM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: American in Israel

Hammer-hitting-nail-on-the-head-bump


11 posted on 08/29/2004 1:41:20 AM PDT by SirLurkedalot (God bless our Veterans!!! And God bless America!!! Molon Labe.)
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To: American in Israel

Well there's always this website:

http://www.citizencorps.gov/

...which is linked to Volunteers in Police Service:

http://www.policevolunteers.org/

And they have a link to our very own Sheriff's Posse:

http://www.policevolunteers.org/programs/index.cfm?fuseaction=dis_pro_detail&id=254

...of which I am a proud (armed) member. I would urge people to contact their local law enforcement agency rather than starting a separate program and trying to make the police department accept it. I never thought of myself as a law enforcement volunteer, but after joining up and being trained and working some details, I almost wish I had gone into full time law enforcement many years ago. It is very rewarding and lots of fun.

There are enough former veterans around that we could easily staff a gigantic force of volunteers if we really wanted to. The lefties would cry about "vigilantes" or whatever. Let 'em whine.


12 posted on 08/29/2004 1:50:34 AM PDT by Tarantulas
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To: Tarantulas
former veterans

The only way I know of to become a "former" veteran is to die.

13 posted on 08/29/2004 2:00:11 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Tourette's syndrome is just a $&#$*!% excuse for poor *%$#** language skills.)
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To: American in Israel; RabbiMermelstein; neverdem; Joe Brower
That is why America is SO ripe for the damage from the attack that will take place nationwide when the infiltration movement is complete.

Michael Moore, Senators Schumer and Feinstein, and Phil Donnahue have been doing their best to put us in just such a position.

It's a good thing that Americans don't like to be told what to do.

14 posted on 08/29/2004 2:04:19 AM PDT by risk
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To: RabbiMermelstein; SJackson; dennisw; Hildy; Yehuda; veronica; Alouette; yonif

Welcome to FRee Republic, Rabbi.


Feel free to browse http://www.gunownersalliance.com/AskTheRabbi.htm AND, "Ask the Rabbi" YOUR firearms related questions! Feel free to e-mail Rabbi R. Mermelstein at Rabbi@GunOwnersAlliance.com

http://www.gunownersalliance.com/Lethal_Laws_book.htm


15 posted on 08/29/2004 2:09:35 AM PDT by onyx (JohnKerry -- the standard bearer for the unbearable)
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To: FesterUSMC

I agree. It's just a matter of time before we're hit again. The country's done an unbelievable job preventing attacks so far, but Al Qaeda plans for years and the only thing that will stop them is if they're all dead. Establishing democracy in Iraq will change Muslim minds in time, but even if it were up and running tomorrow, there are too many whose only reason for breathing is murdering Americans. No one's surprised the airline crash in Queens was a shoe bomber. The timing and target were undeniable. And what's to keep terrorists from claiming credit for accidents? They get the profit with no work or risk. The border situation is awful and it would take a miracle or another attack on a huge scale to change it. I suspect the latter is waiting down the road...especially if Kerry gets in.


16 posted on 08/29/2004 2:26:26 AM PDT by hershey
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To: BigSkyFreeper

If Chechan elections are today, we'll soon know if those airplane attacks had an effect. It's not easy living next door to the Russian bear. But nothing succeeds like success, and Spain will have a lot to answer for if country after country cave in to Muslim threats. It will backfire here, though. 'A good offense' is better than a good defense any day of the week. And I can't think that we've been sitting on our hands while Iran/NK/Syria did their dirty work. A lot's been going on behind the scenes -- that railroad explosion in NK. How much of our preemptive efforts would stop if Kerry were president? He's already said he'd hand over nuclear technology, whatever they need, and then, if they didn't give back used fuel rods, he'd know they weren't our friends. What kind of an idiot...scratch that. We know Kerry's a complete fool. The real question is why is MSM willing to risk the lives of millions of Americans simply because the RATs aren't in power. What happened to patriotism, especially in war? Integrity, honesty, moral values...Kerry's a liar, and so is the MSM.


17 posted on 08/29/2004 2:41:37 AM PDT by hershey
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To: RabbiMermelstein

Neighbors guarding neighborhoods with guns in the US would earn them a bullet in the back from the FBI hostage rescue team..or a burned down home..or a few years in jail...for something they'll think of later.

This country is lost. Our politicians [yes bush] have sold us out.


18 posted on 08/29/2004 3:11:06 AM PDT by Indie (Ignorance of the truth is no excuse for stupidity.)
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To: Indie; Travis McGee; Squantos
Neighbors guarding neighborhoods with guns in the US would earn them a bullet in the back from the FBI hostage rescue team..or a burned down home..or a few years in jail...for something they'll think of later.

Better a jury of 12 than 12 pallbearers for you and your family. Act with restraint, with consideration to the life and liberty of others, and you may be surprised to learn that your fellow Americans will find sympathy for you. A wise old vet (with a real purple heart) once said that the militias of the American revolution were defending their communities, and their communities actually trusted and supported them. That's how it must be in any future situation where civilian force must be used to protect the homeland.

19 posted on 08/29/2004 5:33:04 AM PDT by risk
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To: RabbiMermelstein
Interesting stuff. This is some of what needs to be done. The government must inform the public about how to react during a terror attack and how to prevent one. They should be teaching this to students in school, running ads on tv, and sending booklets home. They have not done so yet, and it will cost lives in the future. This is a main component of homeland security.

On the terrorism front militant Islamic terrorists will continue to strike America, of course. We all remember in 2002 the terror attack at the LAX El Al counter.

20 posted on 08/29/2004 7:19:02 AM PDT by yonif ("So perish all Thine enemies, O the Lord" - Judges 5:31)
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To: American in Israel

bump


21 posted on 08/29/2004 7:20:36 AM PDT by yonif ("So perish all Thine enemies, O the Lord" - Judges 5:31)
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