All Posts By Michele Rigby Assad

4 Steps to Survive an Active Shooter Scenario

The tragic deaths at the hands of crazed gunman remind us that we live in a very dangerous world. Because there are so many terrorist...

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January Flashback: Craigslist, Sex, and One Woman’s Intuition

January Flashback: Originally published on FC, July 2014 No one is ever ready for this to happen. We can’t even entertain the possibility...

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Escape from ISIS

They had been surrounded by ISIS for months. The siege continued to build as fighters managed to cut off water, electricity, and the flow...

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The EQ Factor

What’s it really like to walk into a room and debrief a terrorist who has agreed to work with the CIA?  Pretty intimidating. These are...

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I couldn’t get a job … until I finally got hired by the CIA.

Facing rejection? Dealing with a string of disappointments? Not sure what you are supposed to be doing in life? I was there and I made it...

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13 Things You May Not Know About Nice People

Being “nice” has gotten a bad rap lately. The blogosphere is filled with anti-nice themes as if that is a concept we should eschew...

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3 Things to Remember About 9/11 and America

The anniversary of the vicious attacks that happened September 11, 2001, is upon us. Thirteen years ago, marks a time in history that no...

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I’m Tired of Being Scared

Have you ever said that to yourself?  Admitted that you were exhausted by your own combative thoughts that have consistently held you...

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Exposing Fraud: Melanoma or Just a Mole?

She’s had multiple surgeries and every time she goes back to the doctor, they find more areas of concern, which always seem to turn up as...

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5 College Safety Musts to Discuss with Your Daughter

You thought this moment would never come, or at least you hoped that it wouldn’t. How can it be that your precious baby is now heading...

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Healing the Blind in North Korea

It was an audacious double operation. Conduct 1000 surgeries on North Korean citizens in an attempt to restore eyesight to the blind,...

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Craigslist, Sex, and One Woman’s Intuition

No one is ever ready for this to happen. We can’t even entertain the possibility it could happen. It sounds like a story out of a seedy...

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Sexual Extortion on the Internet: Blackshades

It’s one of the biggest threats that no one thinks they are vulnerable to until it happens to them: online exploitation. Nasty people are...

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Incredible India: Rhinos, Rats, Potholes and the Taj Mahal

I have never been so happy to survive a vacation as I was my first trip to India. The roads of this enormous country should be classified...

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When you’re not just “The Wife”

My husband and I had a recent debate about whether to admit to the clients that we were married and not just colleagues. This might sound...

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Recruited—How I Got Into the CIA

Everyone wants to know, “How do you get hired to work for the CIA?”  I remember looking at a large pile of resumes—there were...

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Be Your Own Security Advisor—Small Decisions are Big Decisions

It was the worst kind of attack in an area of Baghdad teeming with terrorists.  After leaving the meeting and driving half-way down the...

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Be Your Own Security Advisor – Security Tips from a Counterterrorism Expert

The thing about CIA intelligence officers is that you must be tuned into your environment, aware of your surroundings, and able to spot...

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Bad Bosses

I have the worst luck when it comes to landing bad bosses. Jennifer Aniston’s character in Horrible Bosses has nothing on the people...

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Succeeding When You’re the ‘Odd Woman Out’

The ten years I served as a counterterrorism official in the CIA kept me on my toes, in an alternate reality, in which manipulation, lies,...

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The Underground Internet You’ve Never Heard of

Unless you’re a drug dealer, assassin, spy, pedophile or black market profiteer, you’ve likely never heard of it. It is the electronic...

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My Secret Life at the CIA

We kept it under wraps for a long time. Only family members and a few friends knew, and they did their best to keep it a secret. It was a...

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