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NCJ Number: 99271 Find in a Library
Title: Hostage - You Could Be Involved
Author(s): C E Willis
Corporate Author: Avcom Law Enforcement Media
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Sponsoring Agency: Avcom Law Enforcement Media
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Film Communicators
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Laguna Beach Police Dept
Laguna, CA 92651
Sale Source: Film Communicators
11136 Weddington Street
North Hollywood, CA 91601
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This narrated audio/slide presentation educates the audience about the different types of terrorist acts occurring today, the general characteristics of individual and group terrorists, suggested Federal Bureau of Investigation terrorist prevention steps for individuals, and Government terrorism deterrence strategies.
Abstract: Most terrorist acts fall into three categories: kidnappings, airplane hijackings, and siege/barricade incidents. In all three instances, the terrorists' primary weapon is the threat of force against their captives. This threat is used in an attempt to gain such objectives as money, increased publicity, and public sympathy for a political cause. Three types of individuals join terrorist groups: fanatics, mentally disturbed persons, and professional criminals. It is noted that (1) the dangerousness of all three types should not be underestimated and (2) terrorists are often successful in manipulating their hostages into developing an attachment for them and their cause, called the 'Stockholm syndrome.' The presentation emphasizes that the current growth of terrorist groups and their actions poses a perplexing problem for governments: How much can any society yield to the terrorists' demands and still survive? Capitulation to terrorists' demands only encourages more terrorism. To lessen this dilemma, the presentation offers steps for both individuals and groups to take to deter terrorism.
Index Term(s): Audiovisual aids; Deterrence; Hostage takers; Hostages; Personal Security/Self Protection; Revolutionary or terrorist groups
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