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Self-Defense Tip #99 — Good Advice on Deniability

Deniability in self-defense: How to talk safely

Modern states, that is police states, have laws to keep their citizens powerless and dependent on the state. They want people to be fearful of exercising their natural rights–such as the right to defend themselves. The states practically prevent people from exercising their right to protect themselves–by making it illegal to prepare for self-defense. In most countries and in many US states, possession of weapons is prohibited. In the European Union and the UK, even possessing an everyday object, be that a cane, a pen, a set of keys, whatever–with an intent to defend yourself–is illegal.

With that in mind, learn to think correctly and, if interrogated, to talk safely (best through your lawyer), like so:

“I bought this telescopic umbrella [or a pair of sturdy boots] because it is made to last and withstands what its cheap, low-quality counterparts cannot.” NOT “I bought this telescopic umbrella [or a pair of boots] because it is strong enough to defend myself with.” That would be an illegal intent.

In case you had to defend yourself, say, “I was suddenly assaulted, in fear for my life, so I used what was within my reach [or in my hand or on me] to protect myself.” NOT “I expected an attack so I folded my walking-stick umbrella and grabbed it tightly [or I put my flashlight in my fist].” That would be an illegal intent.

Remember that police officers have arrest quotas to meet and prosecutors are rewarded for convictions, no matter whether right or wrong. Numbers matter–you and justice don’t (see Self-Defense Tip #91 — Whack, Then What? Arrest?). Further, prosecutors are not punished for convicting innocent people, and even if you are not convicted, you will be ruined.

Recommended reading:
Why police interrogations lead to false confessions:

What to do when questioned by police:
Self-Defense Tip #78 — Don’t Talk to the Police

The above is also true in Europe:

What “the stranger test” is and how it relates to deniability in self-defense, from Wixibux of Defend Yourself Easily!:
“The stranger test is simply this — take your personal protection tool(s) of choice, put them on a table, and leave the room. Now, have any number of strangers come into the room and form an opinion about you as a person based on what you carry for self-defense and personal safety. It’s kind of an eye-opening experience.

“What does a stranger think of your stun gun or your brass-knuckle folding knife? What do strangers think of your pepper spray or expandable baton? You might say, “it’s my life and I don’t have to answer to a stranger about how I choose to protect myself!” That is certainly true until you use your tool(s) to defend yourself. Now you will most certainly come face-to-face with some strangers that will definitely form judgments about who you are, your intent and your character based on what you carry. This group of strangers is called a jury.”

Self-defense tip from Thomas Kurz, co-author of Basic Instincts of Self-Defense and author of Science of Sports Training, Stretching Scientifically, and Flexibility Express.

The Unbreakable Umbrella -- better than a cane, keeps the rain off, whacks like a steel pipe.


One Response to Self-Defense Tip #99 — Good Advice on Deniability

  1. Mitt Radates says:

    In the US particularly (and probably in most of the rest of the world), responding to police questioning without a competent lawyer advising you can ruin your life even if you’ve done nothing wrong. For specifics, take a look at:


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