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America confronts terrorism : understanding the danger and how to think about it : a documentary record /
edited with an introduction by John Prados.
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Chicago : Ivan R. Dee, 2002.
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436 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
156663444X
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Chicago : Ivan R. Dee, 2002.
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156663444X
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4669183
 
Includes bibliographical references (p.434-436).
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
John Prados is a leading historian of national security affairs, intelligence operations, and international security concerns
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2002-11-01:
Prados, an expert on national security policies and intelligence gathering, has edited a superb volume of essays and documents that improves understanding of terrorism and its consequences. Prados makes the crucial point that before 9/11, most Americans were more likely to die from being struck twice by lightning than from terrorist actions. Thus public opinion was deeply unprepared for the "most violent foreign attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor." Prados attempts to provide accurate information about terrorism, especially that posed by al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. Consisting of key US government reports from the CIA, State Department, White House, and other agencies, useful chapters present statistical patterns of global terrorism, analysis of the threats, examination of terrorist groups (structure, finances, ideology, training) and their methods, the documentary record about previous attacks such as the Khobar Barracks incident or USS Cole bombing, and US responses to the threat. Two profiles by the CIA and State Department about Bin Laden are fascinating. The threat of terrorist attack with weapons of mass destruction and the determination of extremist groups to acquire new military technology are also addressed. Prados makes it clear that Americans will have to be informed and vigilant about terrorism as never before. Highly recommended for public, college, and university libraries. M. Jackson Brown University
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Astutely compiled and insightfully introduced, Prados's collection sheds more light on this pressing issue than any month's worth of punditry.
John Prados has carried out a valuable service with this collection.
"...superb..."
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Summaries
Long Description
Here is an urgent book about the overwhelming challenge that faces the United States today in its twilight struggle with terrorist groups throughout the world. John Prados, one of our foremost authorities in national and international security affairs, has collected the most informative and provocative documents and writings about the terrorist threat. Drawing on materials from congressional investigations, the reports of the State and Defense departments, executive orders dealing with intelligence activities, other government documents, and articles by accomplished analysts, Mr. Prados lays out the essential characteristics of terrorist groups throughout the world. He shows how their expertise has evolved along with our perception of their activities. In articles from a wide range of sources, he presents the thinking of experts in the field on strategy, tactics, technology, and the development of effective American policies of counter-terrorism. In his Introduction, Mr. Prados offers an historical perspective as well as a compelling forecast of what the nation is likely to face in the years immediately ahead. In a new kind of war where old approaches are not likely to be effective, America Confronts Terrorism offers an intelligent perspective on our situation. It will be an indispensable resource for general readers.
Long Description
Informative and provocative documents and writings about the terrorist threat. Mr. Prados lays out the essential characteristics of terrorist groups throughout the world; shows how their expertise has evolved along with our perception of their activities; and presents the thinking of experts in the field on strategy, tactics, technology, and the development of effective American policies of counter-terrorism.
Main Description
In his introduction, Mr. Prados offers an historical perspective as well as a compelling forecast of what the nation is likely to face in the years immediately ahead. In a new kind of war where old approaches are not likely to be effective, America Confronts Terrorism offers an intelligent view of our situation. It will be an indispensable resource for general readers.
Unpaid Annotation
As a foremost authority on national and international security affairs, Prados presents the experts' thoughts on strategy, technology and counterterrorism, using materials from congressional investigations to executive orders.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 3
The Horror on September 11p. 7
Bin Laden Statement, October 7, 2001p. 12
Appreciations of the Therat of Terrorism
The Worldwide Threat 2001: National Security in a Changing Worldp. 21
Global Trends 2015p. 23
Strategic Intent for the United States Intelligence Communityp. 25
Terrorism: Frequently Asked Questionsp. 28
Global Threats and Challenges Through 2015p. 30
Current and Projected National Security Threats to the United Statesp. 34
Countering the Changing Threat
Countering the Changing Threat of International Terrorismp. 40
National Commission on Terrorism Report: Background and Issues for Congressp. 57
Patterns of Global Terrorism
Terrorism Statisticsp. 68
Patterns of Global Terrorism, 2000p. 86
Terrorism, the Future, and U.S. Foreign Policyp. 144
Osama Bin Laden
Usama Bin Ladin: Islamic Extremist Financierp. 169
Usama Bin Ladinp. 172
Jihad Against Jews and Crusadersp. 176
Terrorist Groups and Methods
Terrorism: Near Eastern Groups and State Sponsors, 2001p. 183
Technology Acquisition by Terrorist Groupsp. 216
Terror Training Manual: Military Studies in the Jihad Against the Tyrantsp. 244
The Record of the 1990S
Khobar Barracks Incident
The Protection of U.S. Forces Deployed Abroad: Report to the President from the Secretary of Defensep. 277
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Finds Khobar Towers Bombing "Not the Result of an Intelligence Failure"p. 294
Embassy Bombings in Kenya and Tanzania
Terrorism: U.S. Response to Bombings in Kenya and Tanzania: A New Foreign Policy Direction?p. 305
Incident Report from Political Violence Against Americansp. 312
Ensuring Public Safety and National Security Under the Rule of Lawp. 315
Terrorism in the United States, 1998p. 326
USS Cole Bombing Attack
Review of USS Cole Attack Reports and Suggestions for Additional Recommended Actionsp. 341
Executive Summary, USS Cole Commission Reportp. 343
Lost Patrol: The Attack on the Colep. 351
Terrorist Attack on the USS Cole: Background and Issues for Congressp. 359
United States Responses
Executive Order on Terrorist Financingp. 379
Blocking Property and Prohibiting Transactions with the Taliban, Executive Order 13129, and Text of Letter to Congressional Leadersp. 386
Terrorist Assets Report, 1998p. 392
Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002p. 398
Memorandum of Law: Assassinationp. 405
Doctrine for Joint Special Operationsp. 411
For Further Readingp. 434
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