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.
In one way or another, all the chapters in Part 3 deal with fighting terrorism. The first offering, Chapter 7, “Prosecuting Domestic Terrorists: Some Recommendations,” by Tomas C. Mijares and Wayman C. Mullins, calls for the cooperation of all levels of government in combating terrorism. According to Mijares and Mullins, cooperation removes the need to pass new laws to punish terrorists; it allows the implementation of already existing criminal statutes, such as the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, to attack terrorists and prosecute them. They also encourage private citizens to bring civil actions against extremists and terrorists. Mijares and Mullins's recommendations are simple, straightforward, and capable of yielding fruit.
Chapter 8, “An International Legislative Approach to 21st-century Terrorism,” is what Douglas ...