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In this important book veteran researchers Grabosky and Stohl draw on organized crime to illuminate the neglected terrain between terrorism and more ordinary forms of illegal behavior. The book is required reading for anyone interested in the critical intersection between political violence and illegal business. – Gary LaFree, Director, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, University of Maryland
”Jargon-free and bristling with thought-provoking examples from around the globe, Grabosky and Stohl have produced a lucid overview of a much-neglected area within criminology – the often murky interface between organised crime and terrorism.” – Dr. Keith Hayward, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Kent, UK
Terrorism and crime are two areas of knowledge that have traditionally been looked at independently. In this timely and original text, two of the leading authors in the field provide a clear and thorough look at terrorism from a criminological perspective. Integrating the latest research, the book explores the motives of criminals and terrorists, the causes of crime and terrorism and the impact of the law and the legal system. Central to this exploration, the authors examine the nexus between criminal and terrorist organizations, and the commonalities and differences between them and what this means for public policy and safety and security within states. Cross-cultural and international in perspective, this is a fresh and original text that will appeal to undergraduates, academics, and researchers in criminology, politics, international relations, sociology, communication and cultural studies.
Chapter Four: Intersections of Terrorist and Criminal Organizations
Intersections of Terrorist and Criminal Organizations
It has long been argued that there are ‘growing’ links between terrorists and criminals. More recently the concern has been the growing connection between what have been labeled transnational criminal networks and global terrorism networks. This chapter addresses both the links between criminals and terrorists and the potential overlap and meshing of their networks. Criminals and terrorists may engage in similar activity (such as money laundering, bank robberies and smuggling). Terrorist groups may engage in conventional criminal activity in furtherance of fund raising. Criminal organizations may engage in terrorist activity such as assassination, and can engage in ideologically motivated violence. The two types may relate symbiotically, as when they exchange drugs for weapons. The ...