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Terrorism expert and award-winning author, Craig O. Thompson believes that America still lacks a clear plan to inform, train, and prepare average citizens for additional attacks on our homeland. He says, “To say that the world changed on September 11th has almost become a cliche,” says Thompson. “But to perceive the need for better preparedness as a cliche would be very dangerous.”
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Terrorism Expert Says America Still Lacks A Clear Plan
INDIANAPOLIS -- In the summer of 1990, Craig O. Thompson, believed what most Americans perceived about terrorism. Terrorists only bombed facilities overseas. Hostages were taken in other countries. And our government agencies would seek the perpetrators. Incredibly, the 1993 WTC and 1995 Oklahoma bombings did not change those perceptions.
Today, Thompson speaks out because, as he states, "American still lacks a clear plan to inform, train, and prepare average citizens for additional attacks on our homeland. Though the aim of a terrorist attack is to create death, destruction, fear, and paranoia among their actual targets--average citizens--Americans know less about what to actually do in case of a terrorist attack than a private who serves in the military."
Craig O. Thompson, terrorism expert and award-winning author of the book OMAR--on global terrorism--continues to speak out. As a principal spokesperson for the International Association of Counterterrorism and Security Professionals (IACSP), Thompson is available nationwide for interviews. His mission: to help every American better understand the challenges we face in order to practice better preparedness at
Thompson’s book (OMAR: A Novel/; Brightwater Publishing Company / StrataGem Press™, August 2001; Trade Paper $14.95; Trade Cloth $24.95) was recently awarded the 2002 Benjamin Franklin Awards™ Silver Award in the category for “Best New Voice--Fiction.”
“With the exception of the first bombing of the World Trade Center, in 1993, and the Murrah Federal Building, in 1995, terrorism always happened somewhere else...not on our soil,” Thompson said of America’s naivete. “Prior to 9/11,” he continued, “our smugness and complacency led Americans to feel our country was impregnable. After all, most terrorist activities only included simple hostage takings and unsophisticated hijackings--not the type we witnessed where sleeper-cell terrorists turned jetliners into weapons of mass destruction.”
Thompson admits that, over the years, the more he researched the more frightening the specter became for the probability of terrorist attacks on our own homeland. In August, 2001, his keynote speech titled “The Terrorist Cell Game,” delivered in Washington, DC, warned of Osama bin Laden, bioterrorism, failed mock disasters, a poorly prepared public health system and infrastructure, and attacks on our homeland that could lead our “first responders” to become our “first martyrs.”
Ironically his speech was broadcast on C-SPAN August 11th--exactly one month to the day prior to the Attack on America.
On Monday, September 10, 2001--while appearing on a three-hour, sixteen-state, late-nite broadcast of the Lee Klein Show, KFI, Los Angeles--Thompson, spoke of extremely poor airport security, inadequate border patrol, the need for “better grass-roots intelligence,” a Congress that was “living in an ether,” bioterrorism, an unprepared public health system, the Taliban, Afghanistan, and Osama bin Laden. Of attacks on our homeland, Thompson said, “...this is where it will come from...”
Then, the world came to a halt--as photos of the 9/11 Attack on America were broadcast to every corner of the earth. Despite the tragedy, Craig O. Thompson believes we still lack a clear plan for informing, preparing, and coordinating our citizens for the possibility of additional terrorist attacks.
“To say that the world changed on September 11th has almost become a cliche,” says Thompson. “But to perceive the need for better preparedness as a cliche would be very dangerous.”
An interview with Craig O. Thompson could feature the following ideas:
? What are the current probabilities for nuclear, chemical, radiological or biological warfare (NCRBW)?
? Why are America’s security and medical institutions not yet prepared to face the exposure from NCRBW?
? What are the government’s serious misstatements about the facts of biological terrorism and how could our security be compromised?
? What could happen to our civil rights during an epidemic or pandemic biological disease quarantine?
? Who controlled the world’s largest, secret, illegal bioweaponry labs until 1992 and what has been done with tons of surplus biological pathogens?
? Why is the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Protection Act a dangerous threat to our health and safety?
? Should visitors to our country be accorded all rights of a citizen?
? How can ordinary citizens become advocates for our nation’s security to protect our loved-ones?
? Why Americans must learn to depend on themselves when our “first-responders” and medical personnel may not be able to protect us
? What can businesses do to protect their infrastructure and critical resources from natural and man-made disasters?
Thompson is a member of the Institute for Business & Home Safety, the Association of Contingency Planners International, and the IACSP. He holds a B.S. and M.A. in Education from Northern Arizona University, and has been writing and speaking for over 25 years. Currently, he is working on a non-fiction book on terrorism, a new novel and the adaptation of a screenplay.
A limited number of the preview e-Book version compact disc of OMAR: A Novel (compatible with PC’s, Mac’s, and Palm Readers) is available on a first-come basis, for review. Referred to as “more faction than fiction,” U.S. Senator Richard G. Lugar said, OMAR forecasts tomorrow’s headlines ....This well-researched fiction is a timely window into potential disasters for unprepared nations.”
Craig O. Thompson is available for interviews nationwide.
Please call: Jay Caniglia at 317-883-3603
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OMAR: A Novel by Craig O. Thompson. First edition 5.5 X 8.5, 624 pgs. ISBN: (Hardcover) #0-9675207-0-3 (Softcover) #0-9675207-1-1 ; CIP/LCCN: #00-191553. $24.95 (Hardbound) / $14.95 (Softbound). Publication: Aug., 2001