A very serious and terrifying aspect of contemporary society is the ever-present threat of terrorist activity. Understanding this ominous kind of threat is the best way to prepare for it, and this book provides rich insight into: the definitions and classifications of terrorism; the impact of international events on terrorism in the United States; trends in domestic terrorism; infiltration by foreign terrorist groups; media and terrorism; reducing the risk and deterrents; and current trends and projects for the future.
The Threat from within
There are days in your lifetime when you remember where you were when an event happened. Such was the case when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. On April 19, 1995, at 9:02 a.m., Americans relived that same darkness when in a matter of seconds downtown Oklahoma City had been rearranged to resemble Beirut or Belfast—places that had always seemed worlds away. Unlike the foreign terrorists responsible for the bombing of the World Trade Center, the suspects in the Oklahoma City bombing were homegrown. Unfortunately, the conditions that might have precipitated the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building lead the authors in this section to predict more of the same.
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