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 New Terrorism
On Friday, February 26, 1993, at 12:18 p.m., a massive explosion occurred in the garage area beneath the Vista Hotel, located at the World Trade Center complex in New York City. By the afternoon of the next day, it had become clear to law enforcement officials that the explosion was the result of a bomb, rather than an accident such as a gas leak. Until this despicable act of cowardliness took the lives of six innocent people and injured nearly 1,000 others, textbooks devoted to the study of terrorism downplayed the possibility of international terrorism coming to the United States.
In Perspectives on Terrorism, Harold Vetter and Gary Perlstein (1991) argue that the continental United States should remain relatively “free ...