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 Patriot Movement: Past, Present, and Future
America's Patriot antigovernment movement, barely noticed before the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City, represents the greatest threat of domestic terrorism to the United States at the end of the 20th century. Assessing the threat from this movement, however, is in many ways an easier task than describing exactly what it is. The Patriot antigovernment movement represents a newly formed broad coalition of previously autonomous and loosely related social and political ideologies. Its component ideologies represent a wide spectrum internally regarding goals, methods, and leadership. The ideological range is expansive: including wholly nonviolent fundamentalists and libertarians on the more moderate end of the scale, and a small but influential number ...