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Weekly Hot Titles - Terrorism

Weekly Hot Titles - Terrorism


Directed by Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega

The story of two young Texans accused of intending to firebomb the 2008 Republican National Convention reveals the workings of the post 9/11 security state.

How did two boyhood friends from Midland, Texas wind up arrested on terrorism charges at the 2008 Republican National Convention? BETTER THIS WORLD follows the journey of David McKay (22) and Bradley Crowder (23) from political neophytes to accused domestic terrorists with a particular focus on the relationship they develop with a radical activist mentor in the six months leading up to their arrests. A dramatic story of idealism, loyalty, crime and betrayal, BETTER THIS WORLD goes to the heart of the War on Terror and its impact on civil liberties and political dissent in post-9/11 America.

  • "A riveting and powerful documentary. I highly recommend this film." - Mark J. Rozell, Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University

  • "[A] direct reflection of post-9/11 paranoia." - Stephen Holden, The New York Times

  • "Riveting. Structured like a taut thriller, Better This World delivers a chilling depiction of loyalty, naivete, political zealotry and the post-9/11 security state...and it features one doozy of a kicker in the 'where are they are now' category." - Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

  • Best Documentary Feature, San Francisco International Film Festival
  • Best Documentary Feature, Sarasota Film Festival
  • Audience Award, DocuWest Documentary Film Festival

    DVD / 2011 / (Grades 10- 12, College, Adults) / 89 minutes

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    Planning and preparing to provide care in the event of a bioterrorism attack or other emergency is a critical part of working in any healthcare environment. But planning is more than knowing where emergency supplies and exits are. Planning also involves ensuring that healthcare workers know how to keep safe, both physically and mentally. This includes having the families of healthcare workers be prepared for disasters. Studies have shown that providing care to disaster victims is impaired when healthcare workers are concerned about their own families' safety.

    This program is designed to help healthcare workers prepare themselves at work, at home and in the community at large, to respond to bioterrorism and other emergencies.

    After viewing this program the viewer should be able to:
  • Describe the types of weapons of mass destruction.
  • Describe the types of mass casualty disasters.
  • Describe how to plan for your own family's safety.
  • Describe the facility's disaster plan.
  • Describe the types of personal protective equipment.
  • Describe how community wide planning is used to prepare for disasters.

    DVD / 2011 / 28 minutes

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    The war on terror requires greater cooperation among countries and a deeper understanding of terrorism's causes and manifestations. This program spotlights five nations caught in the crosshairs to examine regional history, terror -related issues, and counterterrorism actions: the U.S., post -9/11, where captured international terrorists have been handled by military rather than civilian courts; the U.K., where fighting the IRA has ultimately conferred little advantage to the country in its battle against the Islamic extremists in its midst; Germany and Japan, whose counterterrorism efforts are constitutionally constrained by their history as aggressors in World War II; and Colombia, a land of narcoterrorism where extradition to America has been the government's key anti -terror weapon. Some content may be objectionable.

    DVD / 2010 / 29 minutes

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    According to the experts, a bioterrorism attack is virtually inevitable, possibly in the next five years. In this program, Eric Toner, MD, an emergency medicine expert and a Senior Associate with the Center for Biosecurity, provides insight into the how bioterrorism agents are used and what can be done post-attack. He will examine the relative risks of different agents íV anthrax, smallpox, botulism, the hemorrhagic fevers, and others íV and discuss a course of therapy for people exposed. Given the growing global threat of terrorism, this timely and authoritative program will enable you to be better prepared to respond in the event of a bioterrorism attack.

    DVD / 2009 / 30 minutes

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    This DVD compilation features stand-alone interviews with some of the most prominent scholars and activists on the subject of mainstream media's coverage of the "war on terrorism."

    The format is designed to allow educators to bring the voices of these cultural analysts directly into their classrooms.

    Featuring interviews with Noam Chomsky, Kevin Danaher, Robert Jensen, Naomi Klein, Manning Marable, and 18 others.

  • "A must for communication, modern world history, social studies, and journalism classrooms." - ROB WILLIAMS, Co-President, Action Coalition for Media Education

    DVD (With English Subtitles) / 2004 / 146 minutes

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    The United States recently fell victim to acts of terrorism. This inspirational DVD shows a nation standing together in the face of adversity. See and hear our leaders and heroes stand up to the enemy and risk their lives to save others. Gain a sense of pride and security and a belief that 'we shall overcome.

    Learning Objectives:
    1) Students will see a country united in a time of crisis.
    2) Students will learn what past leaders have said about freedom and liberty.
    3) Students will learn about the terroristic attack against the United States on September 11, 2001.

    DVD / 2004 / 16 minutes

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    Terrorism occurs all over the world. Understand what terrorism is and see how terrorists operate. Strategies for how to cope after terrorists have acted are given in a video that sheds light on systematic, organized violence.

    Learning Objectives:
    1) Students will learn about various types of terrorist attacks. Both domestic terrorism and international terrorism will be discussed.
    2) Students will learn about common emotional reactions to terrorism.
    3) Students will learn about constructive things that people can do after terrorism has occurred.

  • Telly Awards "Finalist"

    DVD / 2004 / 20 minutes

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    We have known that biological weapons could be used in a terrorist attack for many years. But in the wake of September 11 this possibility has become a reality. Bioterrorism - The Truth examines whether it could happen, how it would be executed and what we can do to protect ourselves from the appalling consequences that would follow. Never has the threat of biological warfare been so real. As the Pentagon Chief of Biological Defense explains, there is already evidence that the terrorists of September 11 tried to buy crop-duster planes in order to spray deadly germs. And as Hiroshi Takahashi of Japans National Institute of Infectious Diseases reveals, one extremist group has already succeeded in releasing anthrax into the air. Although this anthrax was a nonvirulent strain, that they found appropriate ways to disperse it has alarmed defense experts across the world. From anthrax spray across New York to biological bombs going off around London we examine the possible forms a biological attack will take, the methods that could be used and the likely bacteria and infections that will be released into the airways of our cities.

    And as demand for gas masks outstrips supply, this film investigates the advances in the detection of and defense against biological attack. From the armys Biological Integrated Detection System to long range laser detectors we reveal the state of our current systems to deal with a biological attack once it has begun. And the race is on to find vaccines. The masterminds of the Russian biological warfare programs are working alongside American scientists in an effort to find antidotes. Kanatjan Alibekov and Advanced Biosystems, funded by the US Army, are working on an inhaler vaccine that could create innate immunity in the respiratory tract. They believe it could significantly reduce the casualties in a bioweapon attack - if only they can finish it in time.

    This film takes a frank look at the chilling reality of a biological attack, revealing the possible scenarios which might ensue and the race to protect our cities.

    DVD / 2002 / (Senior High, College) / 52 minutes

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    Both riveting and informative, THE EVOLUTION OF TERRORISM - CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER takes an unflinching look at terrorism. From examining its roots and historical evolution, to unveiling the organizational structure of terrorist groups today, the program investigates the geopolitical and economic environments which enable these groups to flourish and wage traumatizing campaigns of horror placing entire societies under siege.

    The program also investigates the global war against terrorism, revealing the inner workings of intelligence and government agencies. It examines various deterrence mechanisms, border and immigration safeguards, technological precautions, monetary controls, and, most importantly, what preventative and humanitarian measures can be undertaken to curtail terrorist groups at their base and heal the wounds that have ripped our world apart.

    THE EVOLUTION OF TERRORISM features commentary and insight from noted terrorism expert Dr. Jonathan White, an acclaimed author and instructor of both the criminal justice and anti-terrorism training programs.

    DVD / 2002 / (Senior High, College) / 54 minutes

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    By Kevin W. Chason, DO, Sandra Sallustio, MD,PhD

    Is the American medical community ready for a mass-casualty event on its home turf? In the wake of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and following the subsequent uncontrolled spread of anthrax through the U.S. postal system, many consider this to be a timely question. Public health and disaster management experts have been preparing for the possibility of terrorism and bioterrorism for years, however, and procedures and systems are in place that enable hospitals and clinicians to cope with potential disaster. In this video program, two New York-based emergency physicians with expertise in prehospital care, disaster management, and infectious diseases share their perspectives on the current status of preparedness in American health care facilities. They also describe how you and your hospital can sharpen response skills to ensure high-quality care without compromising safety, and they provide the latest clinical information about dealing with biological and chemical agents

    DVD / 2002 / 60 minutes

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    Directed by Ilan Ziv

    For those unsatisfied with sensational television coverage featuring "terrorism experts," HUMAN WEAPON provides the first sober, in-depth examination of the complexities of the suicide bombing phenomenon.

    Filmed in Iran, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Israel, Palestine, Europe and the United States, HUMAN WEAPON weaves dramatic, previously unseen footage together with interviews of key militants whose organizations use suicide bombing as part of their strategy. It supplements these scenes with powerful human stories.

  • In Iran, the film looks at the "prototype" for the human weapon - the Basiji - young volunteers who were recruited to sacrifice themselves on the battlefield during Iran's long war with Iraq.

  • In Lebanon, the film combines interviews with key leaders of Hizbollah (the Party of God) and a former CIA agent with rare archival material and footage of a haunting visit to the family of a martyr. It also explores the very first suicide bombings - attacks directed at the U.S. Embassy and Marine barracks in 1983.

  • In Sri Lanka, the films examines the Tamil Tiger separatist movement, which took suicide bombings to the next level by launching hundreds of suicidal attacks against both military and political targets.

  • In Israel and the Palestinian territories, the film interviews failed suicide bombers, key leaders of Hamas and other militant organizations, Israeli doctors, and Palestinian psychiatrists. The film draws an intimate portrait of a recent suicide bomber and his community on the West Bank, to trace the recent phase in the evolution of suicide bombing: the ultimate weapon of terror, the political strategy of targeting civilians.

  • Finally, in the United States, HUMAN WEAPON explores, with the help of well-known author Robert Jay Lifton, some of the far-reaching historical ramifications of suicide bombing.

    HUMAN WEAPON is not primarily concerned with suicide bombing as a local phenomenon in a particular conflict. Rather, it strives to understand the recent history, and how the introduction of this new weapon has unleashed a different kind of warfare, whose impact we are yet to grasp.

  • "(4 Stars!). Chilling and instructive." - David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor

  • "A gripping and important documentary." - Stephen Holden, New York Times

  • "HUMAN WEAPON provides an in-depth view into the global trend of suicide bombing and contextualizes resistence groups in their appropriate place in history." - Middle East Studies Association Bulletin

  • "The film debunks many of the stereotypes about suicide bombers. Truly disturbing. ...some scenes will stay with me for weeks."- Janus Head

  • "Powerfully analytical." - Bob Campbell, Star-Ledger (NJ)

  • "Highly Recommended... this is an excellent introduction to this currently prevalent form of warfare." - Educational Media Reviews Online

  • 2002 Prix Europa, Special Commendation (2nd Prize)

    DVD (Color, Closed Captioned) / 2002 / 55 minutes

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    Directed by Philip Brooks and Alan Hayling

    On the evening of October 17, 1961 about 30,000 Algerians, ostensibly French citizens, descended upon the boulevards of central Paris to protest an 8:30 curfew, imposed by the French authorities in response to repeated terrorist attacks by Algerian nationalists in Paris and other French cities.

    At that time France, led President Charles de Gaulle, was in trouble. The war in Algeria, marked by bloody atrocities committed by all sides, had been grinding on for nearly seven years. The country was constantly disrupted by strikes and protests by farmers and workers, as well as by terrorist acts by the Front de Liberation Nationale (FLN - representing the Algerian nationalist independence movement), and the Organisation Armee Secrete (OAS - a group of disaffected soldiers, politicians and others committed to keeping Algeria French).

    Terrorism had claimed the lives of dozens of policemen, provoking what Interior Minister Roger Frey called the "just anger" of the police. Thus, on October 17, Algerian demonstrators were met by a massive police force. Demonstrators were beaten, shot, even drowned in the Seine. Thousands were rounded up and taken to detention centers around the city, where there were more beatings and killings. Although no one seems to know for sure how many Algerians died that day, their number is estimated around 200.

    DROWNING BY BULLETS exposes the massacre and the cover-up of what was undoubtedly one of the darkest nights in the history of France. Policemen, demonstrators, former officials, and journalists who witnessed the events speak on camera for the first time. These harrowing personal accounts are juxtaposed with clips from the French press, which supported the official lie that only a few people had died in the demonstration. Footage taken from state-owned French television shows how images of police brutality were replaced by those of Algerians being shipped out of France after the demonstration.

    DROWNING BY BULLETS reveals a story that quickly died, suppressed by the French government and a complicit press, and then drowned by the events that later shocked Europe.

  • "Extraordinary... This moving film provoked animated discussion among the audience and was the highlight of our [French Colonial History Society] meeting. The film illuminated for us an event, a time, and a mentality about which we had heretofore known too little. In light of both the historical memory it creates and what is going on right now in the United States, we hope the film will have the broad distribution that it so richly deserves." - Robert S. DuPlessis, President of the French Colonial History Society

  • "Extremely powerful... Compelling... could not be more timely. This important documentary [is an] exposition of many horrific events associated with the Algerian War that had been excised from the official memory [and] the suppression of memory and thus of accountability, drowned out by decades by the French state, a complicit press, and a more or less indifferent public. The fundamental question that the film raises is how could this happen in the middle of a huge city, in a democratic nation? The questions it raises represent serious dilemmas for America today. I intend to show this film to all of my classes." - Professor Julia Clancy-Smith, University of Arizona, for the Middle East Studies Association Bulletin

  • "A chilling documentary, especially in view of the growing influence of the extreme Right in modern France." - Daily Mail

  • 1993 Amnesty International Award
  • Best Documentary, 1993 San Francisco Film Festival
  • Best Documentary, 1993 Angers Film Festival

    DVD (Color / Black & White) / 1992 / 52 minutes

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    An excellent program on airport and aircraft security and terrorism prevention featuring an interview with Dr. Paul Carlton, Director Homeland Defense Texas A&M University.

    DVD / 22 minutes

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  • How to recognize a BT disease outbreak
  • Symptoms of anthrax, smallpox, plague, botulism 43
  • Modes of transmission
  • Precautions to take with patients
  • How to reduce public anxiety

    Viewers see the difference between:
  • Cutaneous anthrax and a spider bite
  • Inhalation anthrax and the flu
  • Smallpox and chickenpox
  • Botulism and other paralyzing ailments

  • "Great! Subjects covered were clear, to the point, and easily understood. We made this mandatory training." - Adrienne Garcia, Infection Control Coordinator, St. Elizabeth Hospital, Belleville, IL

  • Surgeon General's Award, International Health and Medical Media Awards
  • 1st Place, Freddie Award

    DVD / 13 minutes

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    Trains special operation units to understand and respond to all WMDs.

    This program provides training to special operations units such as hazmat teams, bomb squads, tactical units, National Guard troops, and other emergency responders who may be called upon to carry out monitoring and sampling activities at a suspected WMD incident in order to help identify the weapons used. New low price!

    Focuses on equipment used as part of initial emergency response operations:
  • Dosimeters
  • Radiation pagers
  • Contamination survey instruments
  • Spectrometry
  • M8/M9 paper
  • High speed chromotography
  • Hazmat Smart Strips
  • Infrared technology
  • Biological sampling kits
  • many more!

  • The complexities of detecting for weapons of mass destruction
  • Detection priorities
  • Technologies used to monitor for radiation, explosives, chemical weapons and biological weapons
  • The advantages and limitations of each type of technology is discussed
  • How to avoid false positives
  • How to document findings

    DVD (With Guide) / 29 minutes

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    This anthrax safety training video is for emergency personnel who may respond to an anthrax incident.

    This DVD-based training program examines five common scenarios involving anthrax threats and illustrates proper response procedures for each.The five threats are:

  • A threat is made but no substance is discovered
  • An unopened letter or package is discovered that claims to contain anthrax
  • A package is opened that claims to contain anthrax, but no suspicious material is included
  • A package or letter is opened that claims to contain anthrax, and a suspicious substance is found
  • A suspicious powder is found, but no threat has been made.

    Other topics covered:
  • Protective clothing and equipment
  • Obtaining samples
  • Handling victims
  • Clean-up.

    DVD (With Guide) / / 29 minutes

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    Suicide bomber preparedness training for police officers and other emergency personnel.

    "Suicide Bomber" DVD provides important training and information for bomb squads, police, firefighters, EMS, security and military personnel who may respond to an attempted or actual suicide bombing. Instructs emergency personnel on how to plan for, prevent, recognize and respond to suicide terrorism.


  • Trends in suicide terrorism
  • Intelligence gathering and cooperation
  • How terrorists plan an attack
  • Improving security measures
  • Clues to the presence of a human or vehicle bomb
  • Covers both pre- and post-detonation responses
  • Taking the warning call
  • Mobilizing local & federal agencies
  • Evacuation
  • Identifying WMD agents
  • Checking for secondary devices
  • Use of deadly force
  • Search, rescue and triage.

  • CINE -- 2006-Golden Eagle
  • International Film & TV Festival of New York -- 2006-World Medal
  • Telly Awards -- 2006-Telly
  • Aurora Awards Film & Video Competition, Salt Lake City, UT -- 2005-Gold Award
  • International Academy of the Visual Arts -- 2006-Davey Award

    DVD (With CD-ROM) / / 30 minutes

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    This biological terrorism preparedness video provides first responder training for terrorism events.

    "Terrorism: Biological Weapons" DVD provides training and response guidelines to emergency personnel who would be called upon to respond to a terrorist incident involving biological agents.

    Topics include:
  • Possible targets
  • Likely terrorist devices
  • Hazmat response protocols
  • Site management and control
  • Role of National Guard Civil Support Teams and Medical Strike Teams
  • Specialized equipment and supplies
  • Chem-bio certified protective suits and air purifying respirators
  • Incident management
  • Addresses three different scenarios: (1)Intelligence agencies uncover the probability of a known threat and responders are called out to support the operations of the agencies; (2)a device is actually discovered, either prior to or following a release; and (3) an attack goes unrecognized until a number of victims develop symptoms.
  • Examines - viruses, bacteria, toxins and rickettsia.
  • How biological agents are be delivered
  • Incubation periods
  • Determining the dispersal site.

  • Telly Awards -- 2000-Finalist

    DVD (With CD-ROM) / 29 minutes

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    This chemical terrorism preparedness video provides first responder training for terrorism.

    Know the signs of chemical terrorism and adapt hazmat protocols to meet the threat.

    This safety video is designed to provide training and response guidelines to emergency personnel who would be called upon to respond to a terrorist incident involving chemical agents.

  • Profiles four chemical agent classes: lethal agents (nerve agents and blood agents); choking agents; blister agents and incapacitating agents
  • Toxicology and symptoms of exposure of specific agents within each class
  • Possible targets
  • Likely terrorist dissemination devices for chemical agents
  • Warning signs and indicators of a chemical attack
  • Site control
  • Protective clothing
  • Incident management
  • Specialized equipment and supplies.
  • How terrorists may weaponize chemical agents
  • Using hazmat response protocols
  • Assessing risks to responders as well as to the community
  • Decontamination of victims, equipment and responders
  • Managing casualties
  • Air monitoring and instruments.

  • Telly Awards -- 2001-Finalist
  • Videofuego -- 2004-Golden Firefighter Award

    DVD (With CD-ROM) / 26 minutes

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    This program for First Responders teaches IED response.

    Recent events underscore the need for emergency personnel to be up to date on all types of terrorist weapons! This important program examines pre- and post-detonation response to the following weapons:

  • Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)
  • Fusing mechanisms
  • Secondary devices
  • Rockets
  • Suicide missions
  • Dirty bombs
  • Vehicle bombs

    Topics covered include:
  • Determining evacuation distances
  • Setting strategic goals
  • Search and rescue
  • Firefighting in a terrorist environment
  • Dealing with mass casualties
  • Investigation activities
  • Recovery.

  • Videofuego -- 2004-Mencion Especial

    DVD (With Leader's Guide) / 30 minutes

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    Terrorism preparedness training for EMS and public health personnel.

    "Terrorism: Medical Response" DVD is designed for EMS, medical services, hospitals and public health agencies. This important training resource prepares personnel in the medical community to be pro-active in planning for and responding to a terrorist incident. Topics include:

  • Characteristics of various categories of biological and chemical agents
  • General indicators of a terrorist event
  • Symptoms of exposure
  • Elements of an emergency plan for hospitals and public health, including staffing issues & resource needs
  • Legal and security issues
  • Surveillance
  • Protective clothing
  • Decontamination
  • Treating and cohorting victims
  • Mass fatalities

    DVD / 29 minutes

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    Watch a scenario in the use of a dirty bomb and learn how to respond safely!

    Terrorism: Radiological Weapons" DVD shows a credible scenario in the use of a dirty bomb, consisting of explosives and radioactive materials. This important DVD program uses footage of emergency responders performing actual training exercises to respond to scenarios involving radiological weapons - potentially the most fearsome weapons in the terrorism arsenal!

    Topics covered:
  • The nature of radioactivity
  • Immediate and long-term health hazards of exposure
  • Response and protective actions
  • Search and rescue procedures
  • Using time, distance and shielding for protection
  • Exposure limits for emergency response and survival
  • Use of radiation alert devices
  • Size-up issues
  • Use of protective clothing and equipment. .

    DVD (With Leader's Guide) / 30 minutes

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