America Confronts Terrorism: Understanding the Danger and How to Think about It

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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, ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

The Journal Of Intelligence History
John Prados has carried out a valuable service with this collection.
— Scott-Smith, Giles
Choice
Superb.
CHOICE
Superb.
The Journal of Intelligence History
John Prados has carried out a valuable service with this collection.
— Giles Scott-Smith
H W. Brands
Astutely compiled and insightfully introduced, Prados's collection sheds more light on this pressing issue than any month's worth of punditry.
The Journal Of Intelligence History - Giles Scott-Smith
John Prados has carried out a valuable service with this collection.
Journal of Intelligence History
John Prados has carried out a valuable service with this collection.
Choice
Superb...improves understanding of terrorism and its consequences.
Booknews
Prados, an international security historian, has compiled US government documents from executive departments and Congress relating to terrorist acts against the US. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566634441
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.58 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.44 (d)

Meet the Author

John Prados is a leading historian of national security affairs, intelligence operations, and international security concerns. His other books include Presidents' Secret Wars, The Hidden History of the Vietnam War, Combined Fleet Decoded, Valley of Decision, and Keepers of the Keys. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
The Horror on September 11 7
Bin Laden Statement, October 7, 2001 12
I Appreciations of the Threat of Terrorism
The Worldwide Threat 2001: National Security in a Changing World 21
Global Trends 2015 23
Strategic Intent for the United States Intelligence Community 25
Terrorism: Frequently Asked Questions 28
Global Threats and Challenges Through 2015 30
Current and Projected National Security Threats to the United States 34
II Countering the Changing Threat
Countering the Changing Threat of International Terrorism 40
National Commission on Terrorism Report: Background and Issues for Congress 57
Terrorism: U.S. Response to Bombings in Kenya and Tanzania: A New Foreign Policy Direction? 305
Incident Report from Political Violence Against Americans 312
Ensuring Public Safety and National Security Under the Rule of Law 315
Terrorism in the United States, 1998 326
Review of USS Cole Attack Reports and Suggestions for Additional Recommended Actions 341
Executive Summary 343
Lost Patrol: The Attack on the Cole 351
Terrorist Attack on the USS Cole: Background and Issues for Congress 359
III United States Responses
Executive Order on Terrorist Financing 379
Blocking Property and Prohibiting Transactions with the Taliban, Executive Order 13129, and Text of Letter to Congressional Leaders 386
Terrorist Assets Report, 1998 392
Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002 398
Memorandum of Law: Assassination 405
Doctrine for Joint Special Operations 411
For Further Reading 434
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