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Death Threats and Terrorism

  • Stephen J. Morewitz
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There are many definitions of terrorism, but they all pretty much agree that it is a political tactic that involves the use of threats of violence, such as death threats or actual violence, often against civilians, to frighten members of the public or target group into accepting certain political demands.

Terrorism is generally used for political, not military objectives. Often groups employ terrorist strategies since they are when they are unable to initiate open attacks on governments. Terrorism is the weapon of choice of alienated persons and its psychological effects on the population have been exacerbated by the media’s widespread and immediate coverage of terrorist events. Governments have great difficulty preventing terrorist activities, but increased monitoring of potential terrorists’ planning and financial activities and international agreements to tighten border security and to deport terrorists back to their home countries for trial may help control terrorism, at least...

Keywords

Terrorist Attack Terrorist Group Terrorist Activity Terrorist Threat Death Threat 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen J. Morewitz
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  1. 1.San FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.TarzanaUSA
  3. 3.Buffalo GroveUSA

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