In this episode, I speak to Ami Toben, a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces, and director of consulting and training for HighCom Security Services, an elite private security firm based in the Oakland/San Franscisco Bay Area. Ami writes extensively about security-related issues on his blog, with a particular emphasis on surveillance/counter-surveillance and counter-terrorism.
Although much of Ami’s work is geared towards professional security officers, I asked him to connect the dots between the concepts – many of them developed in Israel – that his firm uses in support of their clients, and the efforts of normal civilians to stay safe in their daily lives. Ami delivered a tremendous amount of very useful, eye-opening information that will be of interest to anyone looking for greater control of their personal security.
• Mechanics of preventive security.
• Responding to hostile planning vs. hostile action.
• How to conduct preventive security that catches bad guys without offending good guys.
• What scares a suicide bomber who isn’t afraid to die.
• Why nosy neighbors keep communities safe.
• The principles of the Inner Circle and Outer Circle.
• How Israeli airport security screening focuses on motivations rather than objects.
• The value of irrelevant questions in determining hostile intention.
• Analyzing behavior vs. appearance.
• What “chosen appearance” can tell you about a person.
• Interplay of martial arts and self-defense training.
• How the “warrior mentality” of military and law enforcement is misunderstood by civilians.
• The factors that criminals look for in a target.
• How to be the worst target for a criminal.
• The difference between verbal compliance and verbal management of aggressive behavior.
• Why civilians should understand basic concepts of surveillance.
Throughout this conversation, we discussed a few things I wanted to link to. Here are those links: