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Can we really think like them

Have you really thought about it? In as much as we do advances, threat assessments etc we are in essence reversing the thought process of sanity to the insanity.

We look for areas of opportunity on advances mostly based on how we were taught to do them, not because we are inherently terrorists or killers.

No matter how hard you try you can never really mimic the mind of a killer. The best we are able to do is interview or interrogate them and learn from what they share. That is, if they do.

Experts are still trying to figure out Charles Manson, Hinckley and the list goes on.

When it comes to a terrorist can you really understand the mindset of taking your own life. We fight to live. They fight to die. Everyday we systematically do things that encompass survival. The moment the fecal matter hits the rotary oscillator we go to ready alert-SURVIVE mode. No one here, at least I hope, wakes up and says, ” today I’m going to kill myself and and many others for a cause”.

When I entered the Maryland state police special services division as an undercover narcotics investigator, I didn’t know jack about packaging or selling drugs. But I did know the streets. I had to learn how to think, act and smell like the real deal. Even in my best moments I had to constantly remind myself who I was and what I was trying to be. Why? Because I really wasn’t who I was portraying myself to be. Once I got good at it I was asked to teach. That’s when it got scary because I had crossed the threshold of who I “was” to being the person portrayed myself as.

In this industry we can’t reside in the mental area of an assassin or terrorist because we aren’t wired that way.

BUT (the big BUT) we should stay dialed in with the vast amount of papers and books that deal with the assassin mindset. That’s just my view.

It’s like this, if you use a sports analogy professional teams play against other professional teams. They don’t just how up to play ( although the Redskins have looked like it recently). Each team studies hours of tape to prepare for their adversary. Now, if they invest that into a game, what value do you place on life and death possibilities. There’s no Lombardi trophy in our world. The stakes are higher, which means the preparation should be higher.

Train, read, study. And when all else fails- train, read and study some more.

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