By Alastair C. MacWillson

Examines the issues governments face or tend to face in dealing with a hostage scenario. The e-book seeks to handle the really expert topic of problem administration whilst utilized to hostage/siege incidents and concentrates, particularly, at the recommendations utilized in siege negotiations.

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Hostage-Taking Terrorism: Incident-Response Strategy

Examines the issues governments face or tend to face in dealing with a hostage state of affairs. The ebook seeks to deal with the really expert topic of trouble administration whilst utilized to hostage/siege incidents and concentrates, particularly, at the recommendations utilized in siege negotiations.

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However, in previous incidents, 44 Hostage-Taking Terrorism and in particular those in Central America, it is not uncommon to find that the negotiations have been the responsibility of one man, with the crisis managers often reluctant to allow change because of the possibility that such a change will itself create a setback or a breakdown in the dialogue, or outright refusal of the terrorist to accept the change. Even in a team situation the lead negotiator may be in a position of some importance in what may be a national crisis and not unnaturally becomes hesitant, indeed resistant, to the idea of substitution, feeling that only he can maintain the momentum of rapport and dialogue so far achieved and may feel over-important and indispensable.

Similarly, written communications are unsatisfactory in that they really inhibit dialogue and deny the development of rapport, as do messages by telex or delivered pieces of paper. However, their use should not be ruled out in a situation where no other means is available as, of course, may be the case in an offshore or maritime setting. Communicating through the hostages to the terrorists is not an uncommon tactic but is one which, so far as possible, should be avoided. Whatever the means of communication with the hostage takers the negotiation cell should be prepared for it, either in terms of using it, or in the tactics to be employed to control or eliminate its use - acting always, of course, on the direction of incident control.

Again it was the German girl, Gabriel, who acted decisively to save her leader, by shooting the Iraqi dead. ' Later she apologized to the Iraqi charge d'affaires mediator, and claimed she had to kill his countryman because he had tried to disarm her and as though to prove it, displayed her torn coat. The German girl was identified through meticulous Austrian policework, with the aid of Interpol, as a twentyeight-year-old sociology student with a history of anarchist tendencies. She is considered to be a classic example of a middle-class, urban revolutionary and had previously been sentenced to eight years imprisonment in 1973, convicted of three attempted murders, blackmail and theft.

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