Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice

2014 Edition
| Editors: Gerben Bruinsma, David Weisburd

US Responses to Terrorists

  • Brent L. Smith
  • Christopher Shields
  • Kelly R. Damphousse
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5690-2_97


America’s response to terrorism has changed dramatically over the past 30 years. Changes have included everything from the way in which terrorism is portrayed politically to the manner in which terrorists are investigated, prosecuted, and punished. Modifications to governmental interventions also have affected the manner in which terrorists plan and conduct terrorist activities as well as the manner in which they defend themselves in court. Although it would be difficult to address all of these changes in a single paper, the purpose of this current entry is to provide an overview of the most significant events that evoked changes in the manner in which terrorists are portrayed, pursued, and prosecuted as well as the way in which terrorists and their defenders have responded to federal prosecutorial efforts. The specific ways in which federal agencies respond to terrorism, however, are rooted in much larger political and social issues.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brent L. Smith
    • 1
  • Christopher Shields
    • 2
  • Kelly R. Damphousse
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Criminal JusticeUniversity of ArkansasFayettevilleUSA
  2. 2.Terrorism Research Center in Fulbright CollegeUniversity of ArkansasFayettevilleUSA
  3. 3.University of OklahomaNormanUSA