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NCJ Number: 63452 Find in a Library
Title: STATEMENT OF BERTRAM S BROWN (FROM TERRORISM - HEARINGS BEFORE THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON INTERNAL SECURITY, PART 4, 93RD CONGRESS, 2ND SESSION, JULY 30, AUGUST 1, 15, 20, 1974 - SEE NCJ-17655)
Author(s): B W BROWN
Corporate Author: US Congress
House Cmtte on Internal Security
United States of America
Date Published: 1974
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Congress
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE STRATEGY OF THE POLITICAL TERRORIST IS OUTLINED, AND THE ROLE OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH IN RELATION TO TERRORISM IS DISCUSSED.
Abstract: BASIC TERRORIST TACTICS ARE TO (1) MOUNT SPECTACULAR ATTACKS AGAINST PROMINENT PERSONS SO AS TO ATTRACT THE YOUNG AND THOSE THIRSTY FOR NOTORIETY; (2) ATTACK DEFENSELESS TARGETS IN DEFIANCE OF CONVENTION AND THUS SPREAD FEAR AND A SENSE OF VULNERABILITY TO IRRATIONAL VIOLENCE; AND (3) DESTROY CITIZENS' CONFIDENCE IN THE SYSTEM'S ABILITY TO PROTECT SO THAT THE TERRORIST'S POWER TO DESTROY APPEARS GREATER THAN THE GOVERNMENT'S POWER TO PRESERVE. POLITICAL TERRORISTS ARE GENERALLY NOT MENTALLY ILL FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF HAVING LOST THE CAPACITY TO BEHAVE RATIONALLY IN MOVING TOWARD PLANNED OBJECTIVES. THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH IS THEREFORE NOT APPROPRIATELY CONCERNED WITH THE POLITICAL TERRORIST PER SE SO MUCH AS IT IS CONCERNED WITH THE MENTAL TRAUMAS STIMULATED IN POPULATIONS VICTIMIZED BY TERRORISTS. APPROPRIATE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH TO THE STUDY OF TERRORISM IN THE UNITED STATES SHOULD INCLUDE (1) BASIC RESEARCH WHICH CONTRIBUTES TO IMPROVED UNDERSTANDING OF THE PHENOMENON AND PROCESSES OF TERROR, INCLUDING SURVEYS OF THE SOCIAL IMPACTS OF PARTICULAR MANIFESTATIONS OF TERRORISM IN THE UNITED STATES; (2) SUPPLYING OF EXPERTS FROM VARIOUS DISCIPLINES TO STUDY THE PHENOMENA OF TERRORISM IN TRAINING PROJECTS, PARTICULARLY THOSE INVOLVING BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCHERS; AND (3) CONSULTATION AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR COUNTERTERRORIST PROGRAMS. (RCB)
Index Term(s): Counter-terrorism tactics; National Institute of Mental Health; Psychological research; Terrorist tactics
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