NACOP: Acid Attack by Taliban Shape of Things to Come
by Jim Kouri
The National Association of Chiefs of Police (NACOP) received the following report from the US Department of Defense in order to alert police commanders and security directors about a recent terrorism tactic development:
It's a measure of the enemy in Afghanistan that Taliban terrorists attacked girls walking to school in Afghanistan on Nov. 12 by throwing acid in their faces, a senior Defense Department official said today. "It was obviously a despicable attack," Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said. "It's a reflection of the brutality and backwardness of the enemy we're dealing with here. I certainly hope this is not any trend of tactic that the Taliban have, because it is a truly despicable act."
Three girls were seriously injured in the attack.
"The Taliban's continued terror attacks threaten the progress that has been made in Afghanistan," first lady Laura Bush said in a statement released by the White House.
When they were in power in Afghanistan, the Taliban forbade women from attending school or even going outside. Women doctors were forbidden from practicing, and no woman was allowed to serve in political office.
Bush noted how that has changed since Operation Enduring Freedom began in October 2001. "Today, Afghan women are attending school, running for political office and serving as police officers," she said. Afghan women are 28 percent of the country's legislature, and almost 2 million Afghan girls are now in school, she added.
"The United States and our allies are working with the government of Afghanistan to build more schools where children can learn, open additional roads so that commerce can grow and provide basic health care for the Afghan people," she said. "These cowardly and shameful acts are condemned by honorable people in the United States and around the world."
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for a number of organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. He writes for many police and crime magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer, Campus Law Enforcement Journal, and others. He's appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com, Booksamillion.com, and can be ordered at local bookstores. Kouri holds a bachelor of science in criminal justice and master of arts in public administration and he's a board certified protection professional.