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NCJ Number: 122517 Find in a Library
Title: Conference Report -- A View From Congress
Journal: Terrorism  Volume:11  Issue:4  Dated:(1988)  Pages:339-342
Author(s): P M Joyal
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 4
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Specter Terrorist Prevention Act, enacted in 1986 has been a significant counterterrorism weapon by bolstering the legal remedies available to the United States to seek recourse for terrorist strikes as well as to deter future attacks.
Abstract: The legislation has been used to extradite and prosecute international terrorists who have attacked American citizens and illustrates the point that terrorists are criminals, not freedom fighters. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been very successful in prosecuting domestic terrorist cases across the political spectrum. Many of the principles in fighting these groups are adapted from prosecuting organized criminal syndicates. The Iran-Contra affair also taught important counterterrorism lessons; governments should never hold open-ended secret negotiations with terrorists or bargain for the release of convicted prisoners. Successful counterterrorism policies will depend on improved and increased internal and international agency coordination. Effective and quiet executive branch enforcement of anti-terrorist legislation has improved the U.S. response to terrorism.
Main Term(s): Antiterrorist laws; Counter-terrorism tactics
Index Term(s): Counter-terrorism tactics; Domestic terrorism; Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); International terrorism
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