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.
Armed Prophets and Extremists: Islamic Fundamentalism
On February 26, 1993, at 12:18 p.m., an explosive device of roughly 1,200 pounds of combustible materials was detonated on the B-2 level of the parking garage at the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York City. Although approximately 50,000 people were in the WTC complex at the time of the blast, only 6 people were killed and about 1,000 injured.
The WTC is a major symbol of U.S. wealth, power, and prestige. The choice of this target, which houses many of the country's most important corporations, was not merely opportunistic. Although the plot may have been technically flawed, it was socially and politically shrewd in making the point that the very nerve center ...