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 Internet: A Terrorist Medium for the 21st Century

The Internet: A Terrorist Medium for the 21st Century
The internet: A terrorist medium for the 21st century
Kelly R.DamphousseBrent L.Smith

This chapter investigates the use of the Internet by two types of violent protest groups: (a) those that hate certain types of people (e.g., blacks, Jews, women) and (b) those that oppose certain types of policies (e.g., affirmative action, abortion rights, immigration). Although the ultimate focus of each may differ, the two certainly overlap some in terms of behavior, strategy, membership, and etiology (Lofland, 1996). The term protest group is used to refer to both potential and active terrorist groups. It would be incorrect, for example, to refer to a group of militia members as terrorists until they have actually performed some act of terrorism. At ...

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