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“A Practical Introduction to Homeland Security and Emergency Management: From Home to Abroad serves as an extremely versatile, useful and timely addition to the homeland security field.” – Jason Levy, Virginia Commonwealth University A Practical Introduction to Homeland Security and Emergency Management: From Home to Abroad offers a comprehensive overview of the homeland security field, examining topics such as counter-terrorism, border and infrastructure security, and emergency management. Authors Bruce Newsome and Jack Jarmon take a holistic look at the issues and risks, their solutions, controls, and countermeasures, and their political and policy implications. They also demonstrate through cases and vignettes how various authorities, policymakers and practitioners seek to improve homeland security. The authors evaluate the current practices and policies of homeland security and emergency management and provide readers with the analytical framework and skills necessary to improve these practices and policies.

Learning Objectives and Outcomes

At the end of this chapter, you should be able to

  • Define terrorism
  • Describe the frequency and distribution of terrorism
  • Describe the outcomes and costs of terrorism
  • Explain the sorts of targets that terrorists choose
  • Describe terrorist profiles
  • Explain counterterrorist organizations and strategies

In September 18, 2010, Sami Samir Hassoun, a 25-year-old Lebanese citizen legally resident in Chicago, placed a backpack that he thought contained a bomb into a trash can on the crowded sidewalk by Wrigley Field—the Chicago Cubs baseball stadium—where a concert was taking place.

The device was a fake, supplied by an FBI undercover officer. The sting was led by a local Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) of FBI agents, City of Chicago police officers, and other federal, state, and local law enforcement personnel.

They had ...

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