View Full Version : Denial of terrorism = prevention ?

M&A Parts
07-31-07, 09:40
This note is indicative of the problems we face....

By way of background, I'm a 23 year veteran of the FBI, having worked
terrorism most of that 23 years, as well as being a bomb technician for both
the FBI and 2 years prior EOD technician experience in the U.S. Army. I'm
currently the "homeland security coordinator" for a mid-west state
(Missouri) and run their Office of Homeland Security. I've never had the
opportunity of meeting Mr. Giduck, but had the opportunity to obtain
his book, "Terror at Beslan" from Lt. Col Dave Grossman recently at a
threat assessment seminar. Having spent a small amount of time in southern
Russia (Sorotov) shortly after the fall of Communism in the mid 90's,
training some of their special forces, I found the book both credible, and

The value of reading what appears to be the most credible
account of what happened, and how it was allowed to happen, I believe, will
allow us to better prepare here in Missouri, so that such a tragedy of this
magnitude never visits our schools. But something happened to me last week,
that causes me to believe that our education system's organizational
"denial" of the Beslan tragedy will most assuredly enable such an event to
happen here in Missouri, or someplace else in the U.S.

Last week, from May 10 to 11, I attended a US Dept of Ed "Emergency
Management for Schools Training" Seminar in St. Louis, Missouri. I was
scheduled to give a short presentation on the Missouri Homeland Security
perspective of school safety, and had prepared a short power point
presentation to support my talk. My opening slide was a photo of your book,
and the quote of Col. Grossman's in the forward of the book, to the effect
"Every day, millions of parents hug millions of kids, the most precious
things on the face of the earth, and then send those kids to school,
trusting us to keep them alive. This is the most important thing any
society can do: to protect our young." I gave credit to Col Grossman and
reflected this quote came from your book. I thought it was a fitting
opening statement for my talk on school safety. You can imagine my shock
when the morning before the talk, Kathy Zantal;-Wiener, Director, Emergency
Response and Technical Assistance Center, U.S. Department of Education, (the
folks hosting the seminar) informed me that she had removed my first slide,
and while I could still give my presentation, I could not make any mention
of Beslan, as it would cause too much emotional distress for participants.
She indicated that it was their policy to not talk about or mention Beslan
in any of their seminars.

Ms Zantal-Wiener would hear nothing of my argument on the foolishness and
short-slightness of the U.S. Department of Education to take such a
position. The inability for the educational community on the national level
to engage in meaningful dialogue on the lessons learned at Beslan can only
insure that we will repeat those same mistakes here in our country. And
while I will write Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings
re this issue, I seriously doubt she will ever read my comments.

I would like to thank both John Giduck and Col Grossman for the job you do, and for
the information you share, that both educates and motivates our first
responder and special operation forces here in our country. You are both
continuing to do a great service to your country.


Paul H. Fennewald
Homeland Security Coordinator
Missouri Office of Homeland Security
Department of Public Safety

07-31-07, 11:36
Tragic attitude and with this attitude, tragedy will come....

Why, why, why?

Alpha Sierra
08-01-07, 18:44
One more reason why I will not send my child to public schools.

08-01-07, 21:33
Bureaucratic bullshit at its finest. Pretend a problem doesnt exist and it goes away.