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NCJ Number: 120916 Find in a Library
Title: Terrorism in West Germany (From The Threat of Terrorism, P 57-88, 1988, Juliet Lodge, ed. -- See NCJ-120913)
Author(s): E Kolinsky
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 32
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Type: Historical Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: After reviewing the history of terrorism in West Germany beginning in the 1970's, this chapter outlines West German policy for countering terrorism.
Abstract: Terrorism of the left in Germany has opposed militarization, nuclear weaponry, and policies perceived as undermining the environment. Terrorism from the right has aimed at transforming German society back to a glorified National Socialist past through activism and violence designed to shock the populace and generate a popular surge for change. Both types of terrorism have had links with the Palestine Liberation Organization, having received training, refuge, and funding from this terrorist group. In combatting terrorism, the West German government has more narrowly defined terrorists' rights of legal defense, including the rights of information, mobility, and communication. Legislation has defined terrorist associations and the so-called State monopoly of the use of violence. Terrorism has also generated an increased emphasis on internal security other than protecting key institutions and State representatives. Tighter laws governing the ownership and use of weapons have also been passed. Overall, the policy is to distinguish terrorists from other criminals for special handling and harsher punishment. 34 notes.
Main Term(s): Counter-terrorism tactics
Index Term(s): Germany; Revolutionary or terrorist groups; Terrorist group cooperation
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