Target U S A

Author: Louis R. Mizell
Publisher: Wiley
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"Many Americans still believe that terrorism plagues only other nations, places such as Jerusalem and Beirut, Belfast and London, Tokyo and Paris, Berlin and Bogot?. Not here, not in the United States, they think. Their perception is dead wrong." —from the Introduction An enemy with a thousand faces has declared war on the United States, and the fighting has already commenced. The battlefields are neither deserts nor tropical jungles, but office buildings, hotels, churches, airports, and even quiet suburban streets. The enemy soldiers, rarely in uniform, are virtually invisible. The war is terrorism and, as the Oklahoma City and World Trade Center bombings have so chillingly shown, it is unlike any other threat the United States has ever encountered. In this riveting frontline report, renowned counterterrorism expert Louis R. Mizell tells the inside story of the escalating terrorist war in America. Drawing on his firsthand experience as an intelligence officer with the U.S. State Department, Mizell details the methods, the motives, and the tactics of extremist groups and individuals while revealing the big picture that most of the media either misses or ignores. Target U. S. A. is a vivid, fast-paced narrative filled with chilling accounts of terrorist acts from around the country. Mizell paints a hardhitting portrait of a once shielded society that is no longer a safe haven. The facts are documented, disturbing, and alarming: Puerto Rican terrorists planted a bomb in a New York tavern, killing five; Sikh terrorists systematically assassinated targets in the Midwest; a team of Libyan terrorists set up a secret training camp in Colorado; and Croatian terrorists committed scores of violent acts that were reported as street crime. Shocking you-are-there accounts expose undercover terrorist actions at universities, hotels, restaurants, and banks, as well as brazen, broad daylight assassination attempts on political leaders. Using professional sources unavailable to most researchers, Mizell provides up-to-date information on established foreign and domestic groups, new emerging operations, and current targets, trends, and tactics in terrorism —information the general public never sees. Particularly provocative is his report on how many unpublicized terrorist operations occur almost daily on American soil, often appearing as routine bank robberies or gun shop burglaries. With special access to interrogation reports, confiscated documents, and other previously untapped confidential materials, Mizell supplies profiles of terrorists —the nationalists, the ideologues, the religious zealots, and the unaffiliated loners —that will change the way you read the news. If it is true that the best defense of democracy is an informed citizenry, Target U. S. A. is urgent, compelling, and essential reading for all Americans. "Shattering the talking-head world of touchie-feelie pseudoacademics and wannabe counterterrorists, Lou Mizell's ground-level lessons from the real world give us an accurate, frightening look at some of the world's most resourceful, enterprising, and deadly terrorists. Mizell is a warrior who has put his life on the line, and his experience can help teach us how to survive these nasty, nasty times." —John Weisman, author of the New York Times bestselling Rogue Warrior series. "Mizell writes from his own experience, which is the stuff of suspense fiction, except it's all real. We all need to pay attention to what he has to say before it's too late."—Mark Olshaker, novelist and coauthor of Mindhunter and Journey into Darkness. "Effective security depends upon good intelligence. Lou Mizell understands this better than anyone. He has smelled the cordite and walked amidst the shattered glass and shattered lives. Every reader could learn from Lou's experience." —Donald E. Moss, Deputy Chief, NYPD, Retired Former Chief of Bronx Detectives. "Target U. S. A. provides essential knowledge of domestic terrorist activities for all law enforcement personnel. Lou Mizell has provided a spellbinding summary of the current threat to our nation. This book is a must read." —Lieutenant Colonel Matt Tyszka, Connecticut State Police.

Winning The Un War

Author: Charles V. Peña
Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.
ISBN: 1612343236
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According to President Bush, "the American people are safer" as a result of invading Iraq. True, Saddam Hussein has been removed from power. But al Qaeda, the group that planned and carried out the attacks on September 11, remains at large. Meanwhile, the White House has conceded that Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with the attacks. Charles Peña argues that the war in Iraq is but one misstep in the Bush administration's "global war on terror." Terrorism is simply a tactic, however, not an enemy. Trying to eradicate it is a quixotic quest that does not focus on those responsible for 9/11. Instead, the national security strategy should consist of three central elements: establishing homeland security against further attacks; dismantling the al Qaeda terrorist network; and enacting a foreign policy that does not attract new al Qaeda terrorists. This approach requires restructuring U.S. forces and ending Cold War-era commitments that distract from the current, pressing threat. It also requires ameliorating the negative consequences of an interventionist U.S. foreign policy, which creates incentives and opportunities for terrorists to target the United States. If we misdiagnose al Qaeda's motivations or focus military efforts on the wrong targets, then we run the risk that the war against the al Qaeda terrorist threat (and the radical Islamic ideology it represents) will become a broader war against the Islamic world that could last generations and cost countless lives. With a foreword by Michael Scheuer, the bestselling author of Imperial Hubris.

Terrorism Today

Author: Christopher C. Harmon
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135979189
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The new edition of this best-selling insight into terrorism today has been fully updated and revised to include what the author terms the new ‘militant Moslem international.’ Drawing directly on the words and ideas of terrorists themselves, this book is an examination of patterns, current trends and future threats in terrorism worldwide. It explores the ideology and psychology, the politics and policies, the strategies and operations of many active small groups and major insurgencies. The terrorist leader emerges as a calculating, innovated and often well-educated person whose use of violence against the innocent is calibrated for maximum effects. The closing chapter is a stimulating discussion of the problems of counter-terrorism, making several key recommendations. Terrorism Today will be essential reading for students of terrorism, counter-insurgency and international security.

Terrorism In The Twenty First Century

Author: Cynthia C. Combs
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317343611
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Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century helps readers understand terrorism, responses to it, and current trends that affect the future of this phenomenon. Putting terrorism into historical perspective and analyzing it as a form of political violence, this text presents the most essential concepts, the latest data, and numerous case studies to promote effective analysis of terrorist acts. Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century objectively breaks down the who-what-why-how of terrorism, giving readers a way both to understand patterns of behavior and to more critically evaluate forthcoming patterns.

Understanding Terrorism In America

Author: Christopher Hewitt
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134472269
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Christopher Hewitt's comprehensive book surveys the characteristics and causes of terrorism and governmental responses to it. He also examines the organizational structure of terrorist networks, how they are financed and their ideological agendas. Groups covered include: Islamic fundamentalists, white and black racists, black nationalists, revolutionary communists, neo-Nazis, militant Jewish groups, anti-abortionists and émigré groups. This book is essential reading for students of American politics and terrorism. It also provides a highly readable account for interested readers wishing to know more about a topic which has recently become tragically relevant to world affairs.

Post Cold War America

Author: James Haley
Publisher: Greenhaven Press, Incorporated
ISBN: 9780737711479
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Looks at important writings and moments in American history during the nineteen nineties, discussing the challenges facing America following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The Enemy Of My Enemy

Author: George Michael
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In the violent world of radical extremists, "the enemy of my enemy is my friend." This study reveals how that precept plays out in the unexpected bonding between militant Islam and the extreme right in America and Europe. It provides an insightful and sane look at the possibilities for collaboration between these groups.