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.
Terrorism in America: The Threat of Militant Islamic Fundamentalism
More than four years after the 1993 World Trade Center bombing in New York by a group of militant Islamic fundamentalists, the reverberations of the bombing were still being felt in the counterterrorism community in the United States. At first glance, the initial assumption by law enforcement was that the immediate national security threat was confined to a small band of extremist followers of a charismatic but obscure Islamic religious leader named Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman. Sheik Rahman, a militant cleric from Egypt, had arrived in the United States in 1991 and reccruited a band of fanatic followers who were mobilized by his calls for jihad, holy war, ...