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The Best Terrorists We Could Find

Author : Petra Bartosiewicz
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In the aftermath of 9/11, the intense political pressure to keep up the appearance of success in the War on Terror led to a pattern of dubious and expensive prosecutions by the Department of Justice. The case of Hemant Lakhani, an Indian-born, British businessman, is a particularly chilling example. Hailed in 2005 as one of the most significant arrests in the war on terror, Lakhani was convicted of attempting to provide material support to terrorists after being caught red-handed with a Russian-made missile he believed he was selling to a Somali terrorist group. But Lakhani, it turned out, was no great catch. Less a seasoned weapons merchant than a bumbling businessman, he had been lured into an elaborate sting operation entirely of the government’s invention. Lakhani’s story, along with many others like this, form the backbone ofThe Best Terrorists We Could Find, the first comprehensive and fully reported look at ten years of terrorism-related cases in the federal court system: the alleged terrorists that have been caught, the plots that have been foiled; the perverting effect these investigations and prosecutions have had on the US criminal justice system; and the human cost this domestic War on Terror has imposed on innocent Americans. Bartosiewicz shows how the policy of pre-emptive justice has been dangerously translated into cases relying heavily on paid criminal informants with money-making agendas, on sting operations where the government’s behavior veers suspiciously towards entrapment, and on the questionable crutch of the "material support to terrorists” statute (the government’s legal front of choice in domestic terrorism cases), which has been used ad absurdum to artificially pump up conviction rates. In the tradition of John Grisham’sThe Innocent Man and Jane Mayer’sThe Dark Side,The Best Terrorists We Could Find is a powerful work of investigative narrative non-fiction that reveals a Potemkin war of bogus investigations; politically compromised expert witnesses; the rise of a new star chamber in the federal courts; and rampant racial profiling against Muslims. The result is a string of shameful convictions of individuals who are not terrorists and a serious hobbling of the government’s response to real threats.

Statistical Methods in Counterterrorism

Author : Alyson Wilson
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With the realization that many clues and hints preceded the September 11 terrorist attacks, statisticians became an important part of the global war on terror. This book surveys emerging research at the intersection of national security and statistical sciences. In it, a diverse group of talented researchers address such topics as Syndromic Surveillance; Modeling and Simulation; Biometric Authentication; and Game Theory. The book includes general reviews of quantitative approaches to counterterrorism, for decision makers with policy backgrounds, as well as technical treatments of statistical issues that will appeal to quantitative researchers.

Countering New est Terrorism

Author : Bruce Newsome
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How should we analyze and assess new terrorist behaviors? What are the particular risks and challenges from new terrorism? Should we negotiate with terrorists, and, if so, how? When should we use force against terrorists? Countering New(est) Terrorism: Hostage-Taking, Kidnapping, and Active Violence�Assessing, Negotiating, and Assaulting improves our knowledge of new terrorist behaviors, and our skills in responding to such attacks. The term "new terrorism" has been in circulation since the late 90�s. This book analyzes the "newest terrorism" that has emerged in recent years�characterized by increased hostage-taking, kidnapping, and active violence�and develops best practices for countering these emerging threats. Along the way, it challenges fashionable wishful thinking that all terrorists are open to rational negotiation or de-radicalization, that military responses always reflect badly on the official side, and that terrorists are not constrained by their own doctrines. The new terrorists are dramatically more ideological, murderous, and suicidal. They are generally less reconcilable, less trusting of official negotiators, less likely to release detainees, and more likely to kill detainees. They are less likely to demand ransoms yet more likely to release hostages in cases in which they do demand ransom. They are more informed about the official side�s policies, tactics, techniques, and procedures. They are more likely to use new information and communication technologies against responding agencies and officials. They are more capable fighters�they kill more people despite deploying fewer fighters per hostage. Most disturbing is the fact that they take advantage of free-er societies to access easier targets. Features: Includes evidence-based definitions and descriptions of political, religious, Jihadi, and new terrorism Presents the first large-n comparison of old and new terrorism, using an original extension of the Global Terrorism Database (GTD), with added codes for each of 10,735 hostage crises and more than 500,000 data points from 1970 through 2016 Details a further extension of the GTD covering all terrorist events from 2004 through 2016, roughly 5 million data points. Offers prescriptive advice and visual decision trees on how to negotiate crises, assess the risk of terrorism, and how and when to assault terrorists Reviews official practices, interviews with experienced officials, and real-world simulations of recent terrorist events and attacks Countering New(est) Terrorism will be of interest to researchers, students enrolled in terrorism and Homeland Security programs, crisis negotiators, and police, security, intelligence, and military authorities tasked with counterterrorism and anti-terrorism efforts.

Values and Violence

Author : Ibrahim A. Karawan
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Most books on terrorism deal with descriptions of terrorist organizations and activities, some examine privacy and civil liberties issues, and others treat terrorism as a series of policy choices. Hardly any books deal with the foundational questions of values and violence as they relate to terrorism. The two unique features of this book are that it deals with violence at the normative foundations of values and human dignity and that it includes many of the best-known authors in the world from a variety of disciplines, making it a paradigmatic example of cutting-edge study in interdisciplinary scholarship, with a focus on bringing theories and policy issues closer together. "Values and Violence" includes chapters by a dozen of the leading scholars in the world on patterns of political violence, responses to terrorism, and the basic value choices inherent in them.

The Five Front War

Author : Daniel Byman
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A comprehensive look at the War on Terror and the best way to a safer future Scholar Daniel Byman offers a new approach to fighting the war on terrorism. He convincingly argues that two of the main solutions to terrorism offered by politicians-military intervention and the democratization of the Arab world-shouldn't even be our top priorities. Instead, he presents a fresh way to face intelligence and law enforcement challenges ahead: conduct counterinsurgency operations, undermine al-Qaeda's ideology, selectively push for reforms, and build key lasting alliances. Daniel Byman (Washington, DC) directs the Security Studies Program and the Center for Peace and Security Studies at Georgetown University. He is a Senior Fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution and also served on the 9/11 Commission. He regularly writes about terrorism and the Middle East for the Washington Post, Slate, and other publications.

What Terrorists Want

Author : Louise Richardson
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“This is at the top of my list for best books on terrorism.”–Jessica Stern, author of Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill How can the most powerful country in the world feel so threatened by an enemy infinitely weaker than we are? How can loving parents and otherwise responsible citizens join terrorist movements? How can anyone possibly believe that the cause of Islam can be advanced by murdering passengers on a bus or an airplane? In this important new book, groundbreaking scholar Louise Richardson answers these questions and more, providing an indispensable guide to the greatest challenge of our age. After defining–once and for all–what terrorism is, Richardson explores its origins, its goals, what’s to come, and what is to be done about it. Having grown up in rural Ireland and watched her friends join the Irish Republican Army, Richardson knows from firsthand experience how terrorism can both unite and destroy a community. As a professor at Harvard, she has devoted her career to explaining terrorist movements throughout history and around the globe. From the biblical Zealots to the medieval Islamic Assassins to the anarchists who infiltrated the cities of Europe and North America at the turn of the last century, terrorists have struck at enemies far more powerful than themselves with targeted acts of violence. Yet Richardson understands that terrorists are neither insane nor immoral. Rather, they are rational political actors who often deploy carefully calibrated tactics in a measured and reasoned way. What is more, they invariably go to great lengths to justify their actions to themselves, their followers, and, often, the world. Richardson shows that the nature of terrorism did not change after the attacks of September 11, 2001; what changed was our response. She argues that the Bush administration’ s “global war on terror” was doomed to fail because of an ignorance of history, a refusal to learn from the experience of other governments, and a fundamental misconception about how and why terrorists act. As an alternative, Richardson offers a feasible strategy for containing the terrorist threat and cutting off its grassroots support. The most comprehensive and intellectually rigorous account of terrorism yet, What Terrorists Want is a daring intellectual tour de force that allows us, at last, to reckon fully with this major threat to today’s global order.

Identification of Potential Terrorists and Adversary Planning

Author : T.J. Gordon
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Never before have technological advances had so great an impact on security—not only increasing the nature and level of threats, but also for the possibility of providing the means to address the threats. Technologies that could increase security include ubiquitous and omnipresent surveillance systems, the use of new algorithms for big data, improving bio- and psycho-metrics, and artificial intelligence and robotics. Yet trustworthy and reliable partners and an active and alert society remain sine qua non to reduce terrorism. “To my mind, this publication is one of the best studies of modern terrorism and what to do about it that we have at our disposal. So I am confident that it will find a wide readership, not only in academic or think tank circles, but even more importantly, among policy makers and government officials. They stand to benefit most and they can afford least of all to ignore the important conclusions and recommendations that this wise publication has provided.” Jamie SHEA Deputy Assistant Secretary General, Emerging Security Challenges Division, NATO

Terrorism Intelligence National Security

Author : Kerry Patton
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On a beautiful May afternoon in 1965, Millie, a twenty-four-year-old wife and mother, committed suicide for reasons not known and not probed. Denial. Silence. But her inquisitive five-year-old-son, Jo-Jo, saw too much. Now a middle-aged adult, Joe has long since forgotten a mother who "punched out" on life and on him. Life's quest for happiness has molded Joe into a self-proclaimed materialist, while life's tragedies have deteriorated what little faith he had, leaving behind a bitter godless man, losing purpose. In a moment of despair, Joe challenges God to prove His existence. This time however, this hardened man expects silence, thus validating his belief that God doesn't exist instead strange things start to happen. It's as if God accepts the challenge, recruiting a distinguished guest list of angelic proportions to combine forces for some high-spirited love, laughter and transformation. But, can one of these teachers be Joe's suicidal mother? Isn't she damned to Hell forever for taking her own life? And why did she commit suicide? From eternity into time, "God and Company" perseveres to rebuild Joe's faith in God, life, afterlife and Their laws. But there's tremendous conflict and controversy surrounding his traditional Christian upbringing that requires resolution. Experience the dogged determination of this "lost soul" on his journey to discover the truth, so help him God.

National Strategy for Combating Terrorism

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America is at war with a transnational terrorist movement fueled by a radical ideology of hatred, oppression, and murder. Our National Strategy for Combating Terrorism, first published in February 2003, recognizes that we are at war and that protecting and defending the Homeland, the American people, and their livelihoods remains our first and most solemn obligation. Our strategy also recognizes that the War on Terror is a different kind of war. From the beginning, it has been both a battle of arms and a battle of ideas. Not only do we fight our terrorist enemies on the battlefield, we promote freedom and human dignity as alternatives to the terrorists' perverse vision of oppression and totalitarian rule. The paradigm for combating terrorism now involves the application of all elements of our national power and influence. Not only do we employ military power, we use diplomatic, financial, intelligence, and law enforcement activities to protect the Homeland and extend our defenses, disrupt terrorist operations, and deprive our enemies of what they need to operate and survive. We have broken old orthodoxies that once confined our counterterrorism efforts primarily to the criminal justice domain. This updated strategy sets the course for winning the War on Terror. It builds directly from the National Security Strategy issued in March 2006 as well as the February 2003 National Strategy for Combating Terrorism, and incorporates our increased understanding of the enemy. From the beginning, we understood that the War on Terror involved more than simply finding and bringing to justice those who had planned and executed the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Our strategy involved destroying the larger al-Qaida network and also confronting the radical ideology that inspired others to join or support the terrorist movement. Since 9/11, we have made substantial progress in degrading the al-Qaida network, killing or capturing key lieutenants, eliminating safehavens, and disrupting existing lines of support. Through the freedom agenda, we also have promoted the best long-term answer to al-Qaida's agenda: the freedom and dignity that comes when human liberty is protected by effective democratic institutions. In response to our efforts, the terrorists have adjusted, and so we must continue to refine our strategy to meet the evolving threat. Today, we face a global terrorist movement and must confront the radical ideology that justifies the use of violence against innocents in the name of religion. As laid out in this strategy, to win the War on Terror, we will: * Advance effective democracies as the long-term antidote to the ideology of terrorism; * Prevent attacks by terrorist networks; * Deny weapons of mass destruction to rogue states and terrorist allies who seek to use them; * Deny terrorists the support and sanctuary of rogue states; * Deny terrorists control of any nation they would use as a base and launching pad for terror; and * Lay the foundations and build the institutions and structures we need to carry the fight forward against terror and help ensure our ultimate success.

Why Good Kids Turn Into Deadly Terrorists Deconstructing the Accused Boston Marathon Bombers and Others Like Them

Author : Alice LoCicero
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Using psychological theory and the author's direct experience working with at-risk youth, this book answers the questions on the minds of anyone shocked and appalled by the events of the Boston Marathon bombings. • Identifies the various factors and influences that drove two young men who were described by many who knew them to be "nice, normal people" to commit premeditated acts of violence • Addresses recent events in other countries with similarly aged and seemingly unthreatening young adults and teens as perpetrators of attacks • Provides an appendix containing sources for further research, including books, news articles, links to journal articles, and websites of research organizations • Includes a foreword by Michael Lamport Commons, PhD, Harvard Medical School

Terrorist Modus Operandi

Author : Dan Sommer
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For its candid examination of the historical, political and sociological contexts of international terrorism, Terrorist Modus Operandi is a valuable addition to counter terrorism classics.It is in the category of “must read†for anyone who wants to understand the ideology and causes behind terrorism and how we can and should respond to acts of terrorism.Terrorism Modus Operandi covers the history and development of terrorism and explains in detail the full terrorist planning process from its “Original Cause†through the 8-Phases of the terrorist planning process to execution, and escape and exploitation.Including case studies and in-depth researched statistics of international terrorism incidents and specific terror groups. The final chapters explain the similarities between terrorism and organized crime and explain the best methods for detecting the terrorist planning process.According to Dan Sommer, an understanding of the mindset of terrorists is vital to success in the war on terror.

Vital Issues

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Terrorism 101

Author : Leon Newton
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This book is a Must for Libraries Reference Sections Today's terrorists are often part of a global network of highly sophisticated, methodical, comprehensive, well funded terrorist organizations whose perversions of their faiths allow them to justify even the most heinous of acts. It stands to reason that our response must likewise be global, sophisticated, methodical, comprehensive and well funded. We have at our disposal an arsenal of the finest, most powerful weapons available to fight terrorism. Not bombs and bullets, but people: experts in diplomacy, intelligence gathering, computers, anthropology, economics, communications, crisis management, arbitration, languages, foreign relations, and dozens of other fields that can contribute to the all-important task of identifying, stopping and preventing terrorism. If there were a "right" answer to how best to deal with global terrorism, surely we would have found it by now. But just as surely, finding the solution must lie in asking the right questions.

The Middle East Abstracts and Index

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Congressional Record

Author : United States. Congress
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Terrorist Attack Against United States Military Forces in Dhahran Saudi Arabia

Author : United States. Congress. House. Committee on National Security
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Walls of Terror

Author : Frank Simon
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With an oppressive government looking over their shoulders and a deadly secret lab practically next door, archaeologists Mars and Anne Enderly may be in deeper than they think. This Middle East thriller brings together terrorism and faith in a final battle.

Top Ten Global Justice Law Review Articles 2007

Author : Amos N Guiora
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Top Ten Global Justice Law Review Articles 2007 is a thorough and accessible review of the most salient, the most controversial, and the most illuminating essays on security law in the previous calendar year. In this edition, Professor Amos Guiora presents the ten most vital and pertinent law review articles from 2007 written by both scholars who have already gained international prominence as experts in security law as well as emerging voices in the security-law debate. These articles deal with issues of terrorism, security law, and the preservation of civil liberties in the post-9/11 world. The chosen selections derive not just from the high quality and expertise of the articles' authors, but equally from the wide diversity of legal issues addressed by those authors. Guiora combines the expertise of scholars from such accredited institutions as Harvard, Stanford, the U.S Military Academy and the U.S. Department of Defense to provide a valuable resource for scholars and experts researching this important subject area. This annual review provides researchers with more than just an authoritative discussion on the most prominent security debates of the day; it also educates researchers on new issues that have received far too little attention in the press and in academia. These expert scholars and leaders tackle and give voice to these issues that range from cyberterror to detention of suspected terrorists to France's tightening of its civil liberties policy to new restrictions on religious philanthropy and beyond. Together, the vast knowledge and independent viewpoints represented by these ten authors make this volume, of what will be an annual review within the Terrorism, 2nd Series, a valuable resource for individuals new to the realm of security law and for advanced researchers with a sophisticated understanding of the field. Top Ten Global Justice Law Review Articles 2007 serves as a one-stop guidebook on how both the U.S. and the world generally are currently waging the war on terror.

Countering New est Terrorism

Author : Bruce Oliver Newsome
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How should we analyze and assess new terrorist behaviors? What are the particular risks and challenges from new terrorism? Should we negotiate with terrorists, and, if so, how? When should we use force against terrorists? Countering New(est) Terrorism: Hostage-Taking, Kidnapping, and Active Violence—Assessing, Negotiating, and Assaulting improves our knowledge of new terrorist behaviors, and our skills in responding to such attacks. The term "new terrorism" has been in circulation since the late 90’s. This book analyzes the "newest terrorism" that has emerged in recent years—characterized by increased hostage-taking, kidnapping, and active violence—and develops best practices for countering these emerging threats. Along the way, it challenges fashionable wishful thinking that all terrorists are open to rational negotiation or de-radicalization, that military responses always reflect badly on the official side, and that terrorists are not constrained by their own doctrines. The new terrorists are dramatically more ideological, murderous, and suicidal. They are generally less reconcilable, less trusting of official negotiators, less likely to release detainees, and more likely to kill detainees. They are less likely to demand ransoms yet more likely to release hostages in cases in which they do demand ransom. They are more informed about the official side’s policies, tactics, techniques, and procedures. They are more likely to use new information and communication technologies against responding agencies and officials. They are more capable fighters—they kill more people despite deploying fewer fighters per hostage. Most disturbing is the fact that they take advantage of free-er societies to access easier targets. Features: Includes evidence-based definitions and descriptions of political, religious, Jihadi, and new terrorism Presents the first large-n comparison of old and new terrorism, using an original extension of the Global Terrorism Database (GTD), with added codes for each of 10,735 hostage crises and more than 500,000 data points from 1970 through 2016 Details a further extension of the GTD covering all terrorist events from 2004 through 2016, roughly 5 million data points. Offers prescriptive advice and visual decision trees on how to negotiate crises, assess the risk of terrorism, and how and when to assault terrorists Reviews official practices, interviews with experienced officials, and real-world simulations of recent terrorist events and attacks Countering New(est) Terrorism will be of interest to researchers, students enrolled in terrorism and Homeland Security programs, crisis negotiators, and police, security, intelligence, and military authorities tasked with counterterrorism and anti-terrorism efforts.

Stay Alert Stay Alive

Author : Jim C. Blunt
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Contained in this book is not the way, but simply a way to detect, defeat and disrupt a terrorist attack against yourself and your family. There is no magic bullet that will protect you in any and all circumstances. There are no guarantees that following this book to the letter will prevent your becoming the target of a terrorist group. There is no doubt, however, that by following these time-honored and tested principles you will be safer and better prepared than most citizens. The tactics and techniques in this book have been practiced by U.S. Government employees who live, work and serve in dangerous environments. We have a phrase that we use - "written in blood," and these techniques have truly been "written in blood." Simply stated, we learn through the failures and experiences of others. In the world of counter terrorism it is often through the shed blood and sacrifice of innocent lives that we learn our most valuable lessons. There is no doubt that the world has changed in the last few years and we must be prepared for the worst, even as we hope for the best. The information contained in this book should be considered an essential guide in your quest for personal safety. Today's terrorist makes no distinction between soldier and businessman, man or woman, child or adult, student or missionary.To the terrorist we are all targets of opportunity - we are fair game. When they are faced, however, with an adversary who is well trained and versed in the terrorists' own tactics, and most importantly is willing to fight, most of these "bullies" will retreat and seek out an easier target. As a society, we must become better prepared to detect and defeat terrorism, wherever and whenever it rears its ugly head. This book will help you to stay alert and stay alive through the diligent practice and incorporation of those techniques in your daily life.