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NCJ Number: 162613 Find in a Library
Title: Targeting the Terrorists: A Legal Proposal for Assassinating Terrorists as a Preemptive Strike
Journal: International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice  Volume:19  Issue:1  Dated:(Spring 1995)  Pages:127-141
Author(s): D Kash
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 15
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This academic exercise proposes consideration and debate of the idea of preemptive assassination of terrorists.
Abstract: Terrorists are constantly modifying their tactics to thwart defensive and protective measures put up by many nations. Therefore, it is incumbent upon those nations to develop new strategies and remain one step ahead of the potential attackers. One such strategy is assassinating the terrorist before he strikes. While many commentators and politicians summarily dismiss this idea, it remains a viable, yet unexplored, option. This article details the historical and current perspectives on assassination as well as its legal significance and justification. There have been numerous articles presenting arguments for and against the assassination of the leader of a nation and other prominent officials. This article explores the legal justification for assassinating the foot soldiers in wars without boundaries and with civilians as the intended victims. The author does not advocate a national policy of assassination, but submits the argument as an academic exercise for consideration and debate. Notes
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Assassination; Counter-terrorism tactics; International terrorism; Nuclear terrorism; Radical criminology; Theory; Threat assessment; World criminology
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