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Good day,

According to this story: http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/09/10/fellow-sex-slave-isis-jiha

"When they first captured Kayla, ISIS fighters pulled her nails out."  

I would surmise the reason they did this was to terrorize her into submission. I couldn't imagine what she did to deserve this treatment.

I guess I don't understand the mentality of these people. Can you enlighten me as to why they would have been so cruel?

Thank you for your assistance.

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Liz,

It is always difficult to speculate about what might be in someone's mind, but I believe you are correct in your surmise that at least part of the reason for such treatment would be to gain her compliance through the use of pain. Unfortunately, we may yet learn more about abuse she sustained before her death.

Best regards, Mayer

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Mayer Nudell

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Questions related to terrorism, travel security, crisis management, contingency planning, and related matters.

Experience

Currently a consultant to various government, academic, and multi-national organizations and adjunct professor at Webster University. Formerly, U.S. diplomat. Certified Security and Safety Consultant.

Organizations
ASIS International, International Institute of Security and Safety Management, International Association of Chiefs of Police

Publications
Author of 2 books; articles in Security Management, Marine Corps Gazette, Risk Management, The World & I, Journal of Defense & Diplomacy, and other magazines.

Education/Credentials
M.S. International Public Administration, University of Southern California, 1973. Certifcat d'Assiduité, University of Grenoble, France, 1972. B.S. Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 1971. Foreign Service Institute, 1975-76. Police Reserve Training, Washington, D.C Police Academy, 1982. FBI Hostage Negotiation Seminar, 1983. FBI Victimology Seminar, 1983. Crisis Response Management Seminar, U.S. Government Joint Training Center, 1983. FAA Civil Aviation Security Seminar, Transportation Safety Institute, 1983. Terrorism Seminar, GSA Training Center, 1987. Risk Assessment-Contingency Planning Seminar, GSA Training Center, 1988. Emergency Management U.S.A., FEMA Emergency Management Institute, National Emergency Training Center, 1990. Conflict Negotiation Training, Prince George's Police Training Academy, 1992. Advanced Hostage Negotiation Training, Prince George's County Police Department, 1993. Preparing for and Managing Consequences of Terrorism, National Interagency Counterdrug Institute, 1997. Court Security Seminar, Delaware State Capitol Police Department, 1997. Emergency Response to Terrorism, National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center, 2000.

Awards and Honors
Group Meritorious Honor Award, U.S. Department of State, 1980, 1982. Distinguished Leadership Award, American Biographical Institute, 1987. Certificate of Appreciation, Washington, D.C. Chapter, American Society for Industrial Security, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1994. Certificate of Appreciation, Bureau of Business Practice, 1989. Certificate of Appreciation, International Association of Chiefs of Police, 1989. President's Award, American Society for Industrial Security, 1990. Grand Winner, Mercury Awards, 1990. John Edgar Hoover Memorial Gold Medal for Distinguished Public Service, American Police Hall of Fame, 1991. Certificate of Appreciation, Tactical Response Association, 1992. Certificate of Appreciation, TREXPO Conference on Special Tactics & Security, 1994. G2I Cyber Award for OSINT Excellence, 1997, 1998, 1999. Award for Exceptional Service, National Capital Chapter, ASIS International, 2003. Listed in various Who's Who publications.

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