The International Security Book

The International Security Book
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With declining economies, increasing crime rates, and the ever present threat of terrorism, everyone needs to be able to protect himself, his family, and his assets. International Security, Personal Protection in an Uncertain World, provides simple, effective, and tested techniques and procedures that can be applied by the general public and security professionals alike. The author has encountered unusual problems and situations that could have been easily avoided if simple procedures like those detailed in his book had been followed and applied.

Wilsons experience has enabled him to provide unique perspectives and solutions that cover the security needs of a broad spectrum of people, whether a parent of a teenager or an executive residing in a volatile 3rd world country. He tackles situations based upon reality rather than untested theory. There are chapters that are applicable to everyone. You will learn how criminals operate, self- defense, and residential security. For the international traveler there are chapters on travel security, staying in hotels, and first aid. And for those going to or living in high-risk areas there are chapters on counter-surveillance, basic tactics, and dealing with kidnappings, also useful to law enforcement training programs and military and security professionals.

International Security fills a large and empty gap in the market for a book that provides down-to- earth and practical information in a user-friendly format that can be applied by the general public, travelers, executives, international charity workers, and security professionals alike.

Regards,

Orlando Wilson
Risks Incorporated
International Defense Strategies LLC
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Travel Security: Driving in Hostile Environments

Travel Security: Driving in Hostile Environments

Travel Security: Driving in Hostile Environments

Here is an article I wrote a few years ago and had published in the close protection magazine “The Circuit”. This is the version with the photos!

January 2013 and I am sitting in the back of a Toyota Prada on the outskirts of ill-famed Cité Soleil in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, which is regarded as one of the poorest and most dangerous slums in the Western Hemisphere. My Haitian operatives are doing a deal with a local senior gang member; a chubby kid in his early 20’s wearing an Ed Hardy T-shirt and big, white sunglasses, who was sitting outside of a dirt floored plywood shack, mingling with several other local young ladies and gentlemen… We needed to go into Cité Soleil to perform an advance reconnaissance on a location our VIP client would be visiting the next day; not a recommended area for a day trip but since they were paying the bills it was their choice. The deal was done and for a few dollars we had a local kid ride with us, acting as our guide and ticket of good faith.

Travel Security: Driving in Hostile Environments

During my long career I have been in such situations numerous times and the threat of being set-up, ambushed etc. is always present but that goes with the turf. I am sure it was clear to the teenage gangbanger who was sitting next to me that if things went bad he would be the first to be gut shot; if I was going to suffer, so was he! I am fairly certain I was the only white guy for a few miles around and the odds of me making it out would have been slim… such is life, I chose to be there. Having served in Northern Ireland with the British Army in the late 80’s and early 90’s the murders of Corporals Howes and Wood in Belfast, 1988 emphasized how vulnerable a vehicle is when trapped by a violent mob and how your reaction must be fast and aggressive. Corporals Howes and Wood wrongly drove into an Irish Republican Terrorist’s funeral procession and were attacked by the mob, dragged from their vehicle, beaten, driven to waste ground, stripped and executed with their own weapons. Click here for video of the incident.

Travel Security: Driving in Hostile Environments

After about half an hour later it became clear that the location we were looking for was not in Cité Soleil. After numerous phone calls it was confirmed the site was a few miles outside the slum in greener pastures. This is a perfect illustration for the necessity of advance security procedures. This client set himself apart from many others by spending a few extra dollars and getting things done in advance, properly thus avoiding any potential issues.

Over the 24 year span of my career I have seen little need for evasive driver training but have seen the need for people to learn how to handle vehicles at high speed and in hazardous weather conditions. The main thing you need to learn is how to drive safely, be able to identify any possible threats and how to avoid them. In most large towns and cities you will not be able to perform such things as J turns or other evasive maneuvers due to lack of space and heavy traffic, so you must always be aware of what is going on around you. My primary advice to people is to keep as much space as possible between themselves and the car in front, as this can give you some space to maneuver in congested traffic. When you are driving look around and always be thinking of where you could take evasive action; in urban areas there will be few places where you could spin your car 180 degrees and drive against the traffic flow; that’s Hollywood, not reality!

Travel Security: Driving in Hostile Environments

If the criminals or terrorists are in anyway professional, they will attack you when your car is penned in and you cannot perform any evasive maneuvers, not on wide open roads. It’s common street kid tactics in a lot of Latin American cities to rob cars at traffic lights that are at least two cars back from the stop light with other cars behind them; these cars are stuck and cannot escape. If street kids on bicycles with rusty revolvers have worked out how to jack people in cars, don’t you think their big brothers have also? One such story came out of Latin America; a top competition shooter was driving to work one day when two kids on a motorcycle pulled up next to him while he was stuck in traffic. The kid on the back of the bike had a revolver and asked the competition shooter at gun point for his wallet; he complied. As he was handing over the wallet he reached for the Walther PPK on his ankle. The kid saw the gun, shot and killed him. Who was the better shot that day, the trained or the street wise?

Travel Security: Driving in Hostile Environments

Shooting in the Caribbean, 2010
The wounded driver crashed the truck a short distance from the scene of the incident.

Another important thing to consider when working with vehicles is the type of ammo you carry in your pistols; if you have the choice full metal jacket rounds could be a better option versus hollow points as they penetrate better through windscreens windshields and doors etc. A good example of HP rounds not penetrating enough happened to a close friend and associate of mine in 2010 when he was robbed and car jacked by two wanted armed criminals on the Caribbean island where he lives. He did a good job and managed to deploy his 9mm Sig-Pro that the criminals failed to find when they frisked him. The shooting started when the attackers tried to make their getaway in his truck. The end result was that one of them died and the other survived even though critically wounded. The reason one survived was because he was shielded from the police recommended 124 grain hollow point rounds my associate was shooting by the frame of the car and the seats. The rounds went through the frame and hit him several times in the head, but without enough power to penetrate the skull and kill him. I believe that if my associate had mixed in a few full metal jacketed rounds in his magazines there would have been two dead criminals that day.

Travel Security: Driving in Hostile Environments

The inside of my associate’s truck after the shooting;
he needed new seat covers!!

It always amazes me to still see police and security personnel using out of date Israeli style procedures and not keeping a round chambered in their weapons. Basics, always fully load your weapon and put a round in the chamber. Your reactions have to be fast and aggressive!

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A typical suburban West African Rd!

While I was in Nigeria in 2012 there was one incident where three police officers were killed in what we believe to be an attempted assassination of the VIP they were escorting. While on a busy and congested road the policemen exited their truck and approached a car that was blocking it and their client’s vehicle’s route; as they got close one of the criminals opened up on them with an AK-47 and all three died at the scene. The officers who were all carrying AK’s with the safety catches on and no rounds in the chambers approached in a bunch, did not use cover and they did not stand a chance. The client’s vehicle was hit and one of their children was wounded. Consequently the criminals ran out of ammo and ran into the crowd. Below is a photo from one of the vehicles that was involved in the incident; it was hit once and that was enough to stop it. These days there are so many computers in a vehicle’s engine that if one is damaged the car will just stop running!

Travel Security: Driving in Hostile Environments

The arrow points to the one round
That hit and stopped this vehicle (Nigeria 2012)

Travel Security: Driving in Hostile Environments

In a perfect world engines should be armored but the main issues would be the client’s willingness to pay for this, the availability of materials and mechanics to do the job and a lot of times the answer will be “NO”. I am regularly asked by my clients whether I favor armored cars or not. In my opinion, as it is with everything else, they have their pros and cons. Armored cars do have an application and the first thing you need to consider is what level of armoring the vehicle you’re buying or using has. I have come across people driving around in cars armored to stop pistol caliber rounds in areas where the bad guys carry assault weapons. They thought an armored car was all they needed and were unaware of the different levels of armoring. You will also need to confirm where the car is protected; doors, windows, floor, engine, roof etc. Due to the fact that some vehicles may only have some armored panels in the doors and rear seat, it is necessary to always check for yourself and not take anybody’s word for it.

Travel Security: Driving in Hostile Environments

West Africa: Congestion can be expected and traffic rules ignored!

Now think like the criminals,: if you knew your target was driving around in a SUV armored to B6 level are you going to shoot at them when they are in route or wait for them stop and get out of the vehicle or stop them and make them get out of their vehicle? Think about how can you get someone out of a car; what would you do if a female driver bumped into the back of your car? Would you get out to inspect the damage and thus possibly be kidnapped by her two armed accomplices crouched in the back seat of her car? Always be aware of decoys that are intended to make you stop and get out of your vehicle, such as accidents or even bodies next to the road. Basic rule: stay in your car and keep moving between safe areas.

A criminal tactic in Europe when targeting armored cash-in-transit vehicles is to box them in, cover the van in gasoline, then give those inside the option of throwing out the cash, surrendering or being burnt alive. An issue with armored vehicles is that you cannot shoot at the criminals from the inside. There was one incident I recall from the mid 1990’s where an unarmored van that was moving cash was stopped and ambushed in an Eastern European country. The fact that the van was unarmored enabled the security personnel inside to shoot through the side of the van and fight off the attackers, which they could not have done if they had taken and armored van that day. There have also been numerous incidents where criminals have assassinated targets traveling in armored vehicles using Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs) and improvised shaped charges. An armored vehicle can assist you in your security program but it should not be all there is to it. Basic advance security and route selection still have to be applied.

Travel Security: Driving in Hostile Environments

A barrio on the main airport road in Caracas, not somewhere you want to break down!

In January 2013 my business partner in Caracas, Venezuela was attacked while driving his armored Land Cruiser. This is a good example of how sporadic incidents can happen in seconds in places like Caracas and how a professional response can save lives. The criminals in this case were car jackers or express kidnappers who trawl the streets looking for victims. His vehicle was shot fourteen times and if they hit it fourteen times I am sure they missed another fourteen. This also serves as a good example to emphasize that the bad guys have no intention to play with you, they mean business!

Travel Security: Driving in Hostile Environments

Incident Caracas January 2013

Here is my partner’s description of the incident: “We just left the client at the hotel and I was taking my partner R who was riding escort to his friend’s house. A red Toyota Hilux with five guys stopped beside me at the red light. They pointed a Glock at my window. I accelerated and they started following and shooting. I hit the brakes so they could smash the car against my rear fender buy didn’t work. They stopped as well. After a barrage of shots they stopped, I supposed they were reloading. I was ten meters away in front of them when I said:”OK MY TURN NOW!” But they kept shooting and by now I didn’t know how much the rear window was going to resist, so I had to move and could not shoot back, their fire was too heavy and they did not follow. I just got that armored Land Cruiser from my cousin one month ago. I knew sooner or later this was going to happen. They shot the gas tank and I was losing fuel. I left R fast and I went back home the same direction to see if they were still there but nothing. I lost all the fuel and barely made it home. It pissed me off, boss. I could not even shoot one of them.”

Travel Security: Driving in Hostile Environments

Luckily no one was hurt in this incident. I expect the fact the vehicle was armored and that he hit the breaks for them to hit him let the attackers know they were not playing with an amateur. Criminals want easy targets, don’t be one!

In my professional opinion for me there is a lot more you need to be aware of when providing protection services and working with vehicles than just being a good driver. In the narrow congested city streets or the flooded, pot holed dirt roads of today’s emerging markets you need to be thinking chess not checkers. Maybe because I am an infantryman at heart and always feel more comfortable on my feet than when working with vehicles, I ensure that the basic security procedures are never overlooked. I also understand as an old Bedouin proverb puts it “At the narrow passage, there is no brother and no friend.”

Orlando Wilson
Risks Incorporated
International Defense Strategies LLC
E-mail: contact@risks-incorporated.com
Risks Incorporated: www.risks-incorporated.com
Adventure Events & Photography: www.orlandow.co
Author’s Page: www.amazon.com/author/orlandowilson

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Photos: Close Protection / Bodyguard Firearms Training

Close Protection / Bodyguard Firearms Training

Close Protection / Bodyguard Firearms Training in Miami

Here are a few photos from a recent Close Protection / Bodyguard Training courses I ran in Miami. As you can see, it was a wet courses and we proved that you can wash a clogged up Glock and it will still shoot!!

Click these links to see the videos from the course.

Remember, Risks Inc. provides a full range of tactical firearms, bodyguard and hostile environment training! Click here for Risks Incorporated’s website.

Orlando Wilson
Risks Incorporated
International Defense Strategies LLC
E-mail: contact@risks-incorporated.com
Risks Incorporated: www.risks-incorporated.com
Adventure Events & Photography: www.orlandow.co
Author’s Page: www.amazon.com/author/orlandowilson

“Stay low and keep moving”

Close Protection / Bodyguard Firearms Training

Close Protection / Bodyguard Firearms Training

Close Protection / Bodyguard Firearms Training

Close Protection / Bodyguard Firearms Training

Close Protection / Bodyguard Firearms Training

Close Protection / Bodyguard Firearms Training

Close Protection / Bodyguard Firearms Training

Close Protection / Bodyguard Firearms Training

Close Protection / Bodyguard Firearms Training

Close Protection / Bodyguard Firearms Training

 

Organized Crime: Voodoo Cults / Confraternities in Nigeria, West Africa

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I wrote this article in 2013 when I got back from working in Nigeria in 2011 & 2012 and got an edited version published in Soldier of Fortune Magazine, click here for the SOF version. I have had quite a few people say to me that voodoo is a crazy subject to seriously write about. I understand why some ignorant people, especially those untraveled readers from the very conservative corporate security industry have (behind my back of course) called me a nutter etc. Voodoo, Vodou, Vodun, Santería or Regla de Ochá may seem a crazy subject to discuss even for mainstream U.S. or European readers but there are lot practitioners of these religions around.

At this point in time for my sins I live in South Florida, U.S. where there are large Caribbean and Latin American communities, Miami is the capital of Latin America right? There is also a lot of Botanica’s here and people practicing Voodoo, Santería etc. Last year I posted a photo of a chicken sacrifice close to my apartment in urban South Florida, click here for the photo. I first encountered people using Traditional African Magic while working in South Africa in 1994, usually guys had amulets of medicine that they claimed made them bullet proof… I have heard such claims in other places but have yet to see any actual results. I remember one claimant rigorously emphasizing the fact that only a AK-47 would not kill him while looking down the barrel of my .357 on single action. People’s beliefs are their beliefs and from my experience I can’t say Voodoo or African Magic works or does not work.

If you are going to be dealing with different cultures you must make an effort to understand them, more so if you’re working within their communities, even if you don’t agree with some of their practices you should respect them. To dismiss someone’s culture or beliefs because you think yours are superior is pure ignorance, especially when those cultures have been around for a lot longer than yours. To put it into context, within living memory homosexual’s and Jews have actively discriminated against, but these days’ in most countries discriminating against their beliefs and lifestyles can be classed as a hate crime.

The issues with voodoo cults and confraternities in Nigeria and West Africa is that many of them use their rituals and mystique to recruit men and women to use in criminal activities. In West Africa the cults and confraternities are usually nothing more than criminal gangs, many of whom have political connections. They are involved in a vast array or crimes and scams ranging from kidnapping, extortion, prostitution, drug trafficking to internet scams. There have been numerous reports of ritual killings in Europe, especially UK, where children have been trafficked and used for human sacrifices.

So, from a security professionals point of view I don’t see how you can blindly dismiss others cultures and beliefs especially if you are working internationally in a multicultural environment. And especially when elements of that culture are engaged in serious organized criminal activity.

I hope you enjoy the article, if you have any questions let me know!

Orlando
Risks Incorporated
E-mail: contact@risks-incorporated.com
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Nigerian Hunters & Vigilantes

Organized Crime: Voodoo Cults / Confraternities in Nigeria, West Africa

While working as a consultant in Nigeria in 2012 I came into contact with the issues that come from the “Cult Boys”. The cults (confraternity) groups started off as university-based groups that were created as social organizations for student welfare etc. They are now mainly criminal gangs that are engaged in murder for various reasons, targeted rapes, kidnappings, extortion and intimidation, narco trafficking and political violence.

Voodoo Cults / Confraternities in Nigeria, West Africa

Domestic drug use and production is a large problem. This guy was arrested for dealing marijuana.

The cults use a lot of African rituals and magic in their initiation ceremonies and at their meetings. Ceremonies and meeting are held on specific days of the month, say the first Fridays or on Luna events such as a new moon. The ceremonies take place at specific sites and shrines generally in bush areas and we came across plenty of evidence that these groups take decent security procedures. The members were usually armed with machetes and we usually found spent shotgun shells at the sites after ceremonies.

To join the cults potential new members had to be initiated and most of the times pay a fee. We had 3 boys who were arrested by vigilantes just as they were going to rob the home of one of their college professors, the reason was to steal a laptop computer etc. so they could pay a membership fee to join a cult group. Their criminal careers did not get off to a very good start and was delayed for a while!!

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These Cult Boys caught with narcotics detained by Vigilantes
We never had handcuffs; quite a few guys never had shoes!!

For many people in supposed first would countries such things as voodoo and magic ceremonies are just for Hollywood movies but in a lot of places they are part of the main stream culture. I have encountered these beliefs in Africa, Caribbean, Latin America and Miami!! I respect others beliefs and try to understand them as much as possible, this is a must if you’re working closely with the locals in these areas and should be considered in operational planning.

One issue with voodoo and black magic ceremonies is that a lot of the time they require blood. On one of my first wanders alone in the bush on this specific job I encountered some villagers who were concerned for my safety… One of the women in their community had recently been beheaded, no sexual assault and the head was taken. They believed the head was taken to use in a ceremony or to be buried with a dead tribal leader for the life to come! I have a lot of time for the people in the villages who for the most part are very considerate and humble people, who have to deal with what would be classed in the developed world as extreme adversity on a daily basis.

Voodoo Cults / Confraternities in Nigeria, West Africa

The above group, 3 guys and one girl walk into a patrol while smoking weed. After being search and questioned it turned out the girl was going to be initiated in to a cult. The guys had condoms to have sex with her (semen save for other rituals), a ceremonial axe to cut her, rum and eggs to rub into the wounds.

The initiation ceremonies for new members involve severe beatings, being cut and rum poured on the wounds, drinking potions of blood and other ingredients. Then addition initiation tests can include targeted rapes and other crimes as ordered by the new member’s seniors. Female member’s initiations usually include having sexual intercourse with multiple male cult members.

The cults also work for political figures and parties as enforcers who of course pay them for their loyalty. The cults are very much part of the criminal structure in Nigeria but also have strong connections with influential political and government members. The cults offer their members protection and spring board for a criminal or even a political career.

The issues with the Cults like most crime in Nigeria is that it can be combated but those in power very rarely want to combat it due to being too afraid or because they are profiting from it. But they are safer than most in their compounds with their police guards anyway so… Such is life!!

The following photos are of a cult ceremony site; on the night of this ceremony we had a team manning a non-reactive observation post on a main track about 30 meters from the site. Before first light they counted 18 young men armed with machetes leaving the area. The red ribbon marks the alter area; cult members also wear colored ribbons during the ceremonies.

Voodoo Cults / Confraternities in Nigeria, West Africa

At the sites there was always ribbon, various colored candles, razor blade wrappers (never the blades) and rum bottles. If we came to a clearing and there was a couple of these things lying around, we took it as there had been cult activity there.

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Also at the more permanent site there were pots and buckets of some description hidden in the bushes close by, these were for mixing of their potions etc.

Voodoo Cults / Confraternities in Nigeria, West Africa

Here is one ceremony site that had been cut out of the bush, one day we found a blade there, which was not common.

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The site in the below photos was the biggest and the most used in the area, from what we understood it would have 50 to 100 cult members attending ceremonies. Our observation posts always reported a lot of activity at this location.

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The Cultists always deployed security during the ceremonies along the trails leading to the sites. Indicators of the security positions or that you were approaching a site were white/red rags, ribbons and candles by the side or on the trails.

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The following ceremony site was used for animal sacrifices etc. A tree was used as a shrine and you could smell the place before you got there. Funnily one day we found a chicken there running free, for some reason the guys were a bit apprehensive about eating it!!

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This is the grave and shrine to a Voodoo priest / Magic man, here people left offerings but we never had reports of large cult ceremonies here. There if a big difference between the cults and those that just practice the Traditional African Medicine!

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My time in Nigeria working with the locals was interesting, enjoyable and educational, it’s just sad that those in power have no interest for the common people apart from BS’ing them for their votes, but that’s the same everywhere right?

997My limited contact with other foreign ex-pat workers was mainly due to the fact they seem to all hide in their compounds, hotels and night clubs. And to be honest after meeting a couple of these guys I am sure that’s the best place for them. It just baffles me how they know the real situation and environment they are supposed to be advising on or selling products for if they are too scared to take a look! But who cares about the real world as long as the girls and booze are cheap and you’re getting paid eh!

Orlando Wilson

Free Active Shooter & Terrorist Attack Response Booklet

Terrorism Awareness and Contingency Training Courses

Free Active Shooter & Terrorist Attack Response Booklet

It’s sad that with events in the world today I feel there is a need for everyone to have the basic knowledge of what to do if they are caught up in an active shooter or terrorist attack.

I am offering a free booklet on tactics and procedures for dealing with active shooter and terrorist attacks. Sadly, I regularly encounter reports from clients and in the media of active shooter and terrorist attacks where casualties could have been minimized by taking simple precautions and procedures.

The information in the Active Shooter & Terrorist Attack Response Booklet is drawn from my training manuals and is what I teach on my courses, so you are getting the real deal. I hope this booklet can assist you in being aware of potential security threats and able to formulate reasonable procedures and responses to hostile incidents for you and your family.

The Active Shooter & Terrorist Attack Response Booklet covers:

  • Bomb / improvised explosive device awareness & incident procedures
  • Active shooter response procedures
  • Basic counter active shooter procedures

The booklet is in PDF format and 500 KB in size, contact me and I will email you a copy.

For those of you seeking more in-depth training and information click here to check my online training courses!

Orlando Wilson
Risks Incorporated
International Defense Strategies LLC
E-mail: contact@risks-incorporated.com
Risks Incorporated: www.risks-incorporated.com
Adventure Events & Photography: www.orlandow.co
Author’s Page: www.amazon.com/author/orlandowilson

“Stay low and keep moving”

Live Fire Close Protection / Bodyguard Training Drills (Video)

Live Fire Close Protection / Bodyguard Training Drills

Live Fire Close Protection / Bodyguard Training Drills

Here’s a video of some live fire close protection / bodyguard training drills form one of our courses in Miami, South Florida.

Note: Risks Inc. provides a full range of close protection / bodyguard & hostile environment training courses!

Orlando Wilson
Risks Incorporated
International Defense Strategies LLC
Risks Incorporated: www.risks-incorporated.com
Adventure Events & Photography: www.orlandow.co
Author’s Page: www.amazon.com/author/orlandowilson