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NCJ Number: 134425 Find in a Library
Title: Terrorism in the United States: 1990
Journal: Security Management  Volume:36  Issue:1  Dated:(January 1992)  Pages:43,45-48
Editor(s): M A Crawford
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 5
Type: Best Practice/State-of-the-Art Review
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The recent FBI report, Terrorism in the United States, 1990, offers detailed descriptions of terrorist acts within U.S. borders.
Abstract: According to U.S. State Department figures, there were over 200 acts of terrorism worldwide from January 16, 1991 through March 15, 1991 with about half of these acts directed against U.S. targets. No attacks against U.S. interests were carried out by the traditional Middle East terrorist organizations; most were claimed by indigenous terrorist groups that used the Gulf War as a backdrop for the rhetoric and actions that espouse their goals. Attacks by traditional Middle East terrorist groups may have been prevented by a number of factors including increased security at airports, military installations, public buildings, and other potential targets; proactive measures taken by law enforcement and intelligence agencies throughout the world; the excellent communication between these agencies; the speed of the coalition military success; and the diplomatic pressure that caused nations with a previous history of State sponsorship of terrorism to refrain from such activity. Although the threat of terrorism will remain, it should be put in proper perspective and not allowed to unnecessarily alter the lives of U.S. citizens.
Main Term(s): Counter-terrorism tactics
Index Term(s): Crime prevention planning; Domestic terrorism; Security systems
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