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BUSINESS CAN BEST FIGHT TERROR BY THINKING LIKE TERRORISTS

 RIDGEFIELD, Conn., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Corporate executives have to learn to think like terrorists to be effective in assessing and monitoring threats to business operations.
 Dr. William J. Brazill Jr., a Perception International associate and terrorism historian, believes the first step in anti-terror protection is determining whether a company has characteristics that would make it an attractive target.
 "Thinking like a terrorist about your company will better enable you to understand the nature of the threat and ways to counteract it," he said.
 Brazill, who is planning corporate seminars on the terrorist mentality to be offered by Perception International, said one goal of his program is to change the dominate mindset that sees targets as random victims and all terrorists as crazy.
 "Terrorism thrives when it's perceived as random violence," he said. "But in fact it follows its own rules that make it highly predictable. Knowing those rules enables you to come up with an effective plan to assess, monitor and protect against the threat."
 Brazill (pronounced Braz'`l) is a professor of history at Wayne State University in Detroit, where he specializes in the contemporary history of terrorism and political violence. He is writing a book about terrorism, has created university courses on its history, and has studied counter-terrorism in several countries.
 Perception International is instituting the seminars because it believes that terrorism is growing more diffuse and generalized. Andre W. Alkiewicz, Perception's managing director, attributes the change to the disappearance of restraining Cold War institutions and political realities.
 In the same weekend as the World Trade Center bombing, there were terrorist attacks in London, Cairo, France, Russia, Serbia, India, the Philippines, Peru and South Africa.
 "Terrorist warfare is the wave of the future -- recurring attacks without warning, targeting civilians, disrupting economic activity, and trying to express all grievances by covert violence," stated a recent Perception report.
 Alkiewicz believes that terrorist emergency plans will be in growing demand to protect against lawsuits over attacks, and to assure stockholders, employees and the public that prudent security measures have been taken.
 Perception International is a worldwide network of inferential analysts and information gatherers who provide business intelligence to top corporate executives, strategic planners and investment advisors.
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 /CONTACT: Andre W. Alkiewicz, 203-431-6000, or David N. Giguere, communications director, 413-532-6953, both of Perception International/


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