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NCJ Number: 112504 Find in a Library
Title: Combating the Terrorists: Democratic Responses to Political Violence
Editor(s): H H Tucker
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 221
Sponsoring Agency: Facts on File, Inc
New York, NY 10001
Publication Number: ISBN 0-8160-1904-5
Sale Source: Facts on File, Inc
11 Penn Plaza
New York, NY 10001
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Six papers examine the political impact of and responses to contemporary terrorism in the United States, West Germany, Spain, Northern Ireland, and Italy, and the European community.
Abstract: The components of the underground terrorist apparatus in the United States are described, including the Weather Underground, violent black nationalist groups, FALN, and other Puerto Rican terrorist groups. The activities of these groups are examined, as are their contacts with foreign terrorist groups. Counter-terrorist activities undertaken by the European Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism and other cooperative efforts are discussed, and proposals for the establishment of a Euro- or international court and a Euro-terrorist jail are reviewed. An examination of terrorism in Northern Ireland describes the current situation, terrorist groups and their ideologies and activities, and the British Government's response. The extent of terrorist activity in Italy is discussed with respect to nationalist, left-wing, right-wing, and international terrorist groups. State responses are described, and the role of the media in the history of Italian terrorism is analyzed. An examination of terrorism in Spain focuses on Basque separatism. The Government responses in the areas of permitting some Basque autonomy, security measures, and cooperation with France are described. Finally, the need for an international response to terrorism and attempts at international cooperation are discussed with focus on the establishment of multinational tactical response units and an allied counter-terrorist force. The issue of nuclear terrorism also is addressed. Chapter footnotes and index.
Main Term(s): Counter-terrorism tactics
Index Term(s): Basque Separatists; Europe; International cooperation; International terrorism; Italy; Northern Ireland; Political impact of terrorism; Revolutionary or terrorist groups; Spain; Terrorist ideologies; Terrorist tactics; United States of America
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