Interview with Bob Donohue

Why write a book on threats? I have not had any and I don't know of friends that have.
Good question...
The book is really designed for folks who have been threatened in some way. However, even though you have not had any problems, read through some of the material and ask yourself if it gives you ideas on how to make your home safer for you and our family.

Don't forget that crime rates are increasing in many areas. Home invasions in my city are a daily issue, and most often happen during the day when the family is away at school or work. Thieves knock on your front door and if there is no response, they might go around to the garage or back door and try entering. In one episode we know about, the criminals knocked, waited a moment, then took a large wrench and just twisted off the front door knob. Within about three minutes, they had hauled out a large TV, and several loads of goods in pillow cases.

Hopefully your situation will remain safe. Tell a friend or relative about my e-book...it is inexpensive and will surely save them an insurance co-pay, at the very least.
You have "Diagnosis and Treatment Options" mentioned in the title...why?
Just as you find in medicine, a diagnosis is necessary to understand an issue. Treatment options are simply answers to how can you deal with the diagnosis. In counter terrorism, it is essential to diagnose the threat. You are asking, "What was done?", and "Who might have done it?', and the rest - when, where, why and how. The answers to the questions provide the basics for dealing with the issue - the treatment.

In your e-book you will see this pattern of diagnosing and making a plan to deal with, or prevent the problem.

Let's create an example... your family goes to the local park to play. A husband and wife and two children, ages 6 and 9. They are at the swings, while you are setting up a picnic at a nearby table. You are about 50 feet from the children. About ten feet to the side of the swings are some shrubs about 3 feet high, and there is a trash receptacle next to the shrubs. Behind this is a stand of trees about 15 feet farther away. The restrooms are in the other direction from the swings, but fairly close, maybe 50 feet from your table.

Now, being sensible, and hopefully having read my e-book, you begin to diagnose the potential threat.

Your diagnosis makes note of these facts... vulnerable children, distracted while swinging and laughing, you two are busy setting up the picnic items at the table, but watching closely in-between tasks, you don't see anyone behind any of the landscape items or the trash receptacle. You conclude the threats to be injury at the swings - finger stuck, slipped out of seat onto ground, or banging into each other while acting silly. With no other people nearby, you dismiss kidnapping or robbery.

Your treatment forms itself even though you do not sense a threat, and you decide that you could tend to an injury with some tender loving care, or bandage up a scratch or cut. If there is a fall with possible concussion, you could look at the pupils, assess verbal response and check for scalp cuts. Maybe a trip to clinic or urgent care. Might have to call 9-1-1. You hardly consider kidnapping or robbery - there aren't any robbers or kidnappers in sight.

However, since you are gaining in your awareness, your subconscious says, "Check those shrubs, trash receptacle and restroom". Prioritizing, you walk toward the shrubs and trash first, find nothing, glance at the trees, and then turn toward the restroom. Upon arriving, you hear a flush, and you are promptly at Code Red. Relieved when a five-year old runs out, but you look inside anyway.

You have done a good job. Maybe you thought about how fast could a kidnapper run from the trees to the swings, grab a child and run back to the trees. Maybe you remembered that an attacker could run to you from 25 feet away and attack you with a knife, in less than two seconds. The distance from trees to swings is about 15 feet, then add 50 feet to our table and 50 more to the restroom. Bottom line for the WCS -worst case scenario? A kidnapper crouching behind trees, comes low to get behind the shrubs, and is within ten feet of the children. The kidnapper runs the ten feet to grab a child, then heads to the trees and disappears. You have 100 feet to get to the swings, and 15 more to reach the trees.

Assuming you catch the kidnapper...and his pistol, or knife or boxcutter ... what do you have? You have a Treatment Option.
That was creepy. Maybe you should tone things down a little. You will have readers minimizing the screen!
Right. Yet it is a mistake to "minimize the screen" You are the protector. You must teach your family. You have the opportunity to make some changes that could really be a blessing. While you are at it, teach, but push the idea of common sense in being prepared. It is too easy to scare, too easy to create a fear environment that hurts in a crisis situation. Be happy because you, and your family, are all aware and prepared.
Do you do the things you suggest in the book?
Yes. And I am still relatively sane!
Just one example - Suppose someone tries to kidnap me and transport me in the back seat of their car.
I will fight as hard as I can and try to hit eyes, groin and throat within the first three seconds of the fight.
I always have a fingernail sharp enough to slash a face (or ladies can have a long nail to slash a throat), and collect some DNA.
I will grab anything I can to slow down removal to their car, including wedging with my legs at doorways and grabbing curtains.
If it looks hopeless, I will drag a shoe, or scrape an elbow to draw blood to leave a trail - urine works if you are out of blood.
I might be upset to the point that I vomit on my attacker.
I carry a chapstick or permanent marker to write on the car window, PLEH (HELP backwards).
I have a mini-lighter to set fire to the seats. hair, whatever burns. Kidnappers don't think to bring a fire extinguisher.
I have my multi-tool knife for a dozen different self-defense moves.
I have a belt that is strong enough to loop and reach over from the back seat to strangle my attacker.
I watch carefully for a fire hydrant or power pole to time my surge from the back to grab the wheel and force the vehicle to crash,
I pre-plan my escape while the kidnappers are pinned in by the airbags that deployed in the crash.
i will do whatever it takes to survive...the farther they take me, the worse my odds.
i will spend any hostage time I have, diagnosing what I did wrong to allow myself to be kidnapped in the first place.
There are too many dangers out there!
True. What you need to do is diagnose your situation and ,make a list of the most likely threats you face. Then put the #1 most likely at the top of the list, followed by the #2 most likely and so on. Then work on the first item until you feel comfortable about your treatment options. OF course, you will continue working down the list.
What role does your faith have in this kind of topic?
I believe the Lord gives us common sense to guide us away from danger. We don't always listen to Him, or trust Him to care about us, so we might get into a bad situation. I believe He intervenes for us, and that He uses other folks to help by teaching, or sharing their life crises and their solutions. I believe He has the power to block an attacker.

i also believe that if I am injured, He can heal my wound, or provide medical personnel with skill, guide them to prescribe medications and a healing therapy. If I am disabled in some way, I believe He can give me strength to endure.

If I die I believe I will be with Him in Heaven, and that I will understand fully why He allowed me to be killed. I will agree totally with His reasoning, because He loves me with an awesome love that allows me to trust Him 100%.

I believe He will provide whatever my survivors need through our pre-planning, assistance from others, and through a multitude of fascinating resources. He loves them with that same perfect love.

So, if I believe all this, what's the need for the book? It is because He gave me enough common sense to be prepared, and enough love for others to share it.
Published 2016-07-05.
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Books by This Author

Threat - Diagnosis and Treatment Options - Handbook for Families Facing Threats or Physical Violence
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 27,670. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Terrorism, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Confidence and self-esteem
A handbook designed for families facing threats or who have experienced physical attacks. The book shares ideas on how to block criminal activities, and how to cope emotionally. Topics reviewed include assassination, hostage-taking, arson, kidnapping, drive-by shooting, safety in church nursery and in school, weapons and permits, legal issues of using lethal force, and effects on the neighborhood.