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NCJ Number: 167812 Find in a Library
Title: America's Vulnerability to Terrorism Is Declining (From Urban Terrorism, P 30-31, 1996, A E Sadler and Paul A Winters, eds. -- See NCJ-167808)
Author(s): K Adelman
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: Greenhaven Press
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
Sale Source: Greenhaven Press
P.O. Box 9187
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Despite several recent terrorist acts within the United States, Americans are in little real danger of attack.
Abstract: Although individual acts can do major damage, the chances of a wave of terrorist attacks is slight. There are a number of reasons why the threat of terrorism is waning. First, the international terrorist network has collapsed; second, terrorism has proven politically unproductive; and third, antiterrorism technology and intelligence gathering are improving fast. The Soviet Union and its satellites did fund and provide technical assistance for a worldwide terrorist network. These resources are no longer available. Terrorism has also been weakened by its failure to achieve any politically significant goals. Although terrorist acts have caused significant suffering for victims, the ideological goals of the various terrorist groups have not been achieved by terrorist acts. Further, the technological and intelligence balance has shifted from terrorists to law enforcers. Experience with terrorism in Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America has spurred a new industry of better detection and antiterrorism technology. Moreover, the Cold War's end has freed up intelligence agents to focus on terrorist threats.
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Counter-terrorism tactics; Domestic terrorism; Terrorism causes; Terrorist tactics; Threat assessment
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