Fighting Terrorism in the Liberal State: An Integrated Model of Research, Intelligence and International Law

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Samuel Peleg, Wilhelm F. Kempf
IOS Press, 2006 - Social Science - 197 pages
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"The papers in this book illustrate the balanced dichotomy between terrorism and counter-terrorism against the background of the liberal state. This is a unique battlefield, where the tactical advantage is seemingly conceded to terrorists, who are free to exploit the liberties of the open society, while the authorities are constrained by those very rights and freedoms. They work under the constant scrutiny of the free press, public opinion, the political opposition, human rights organizations and the guardians of legal codes. But they have only an apparent advantage, which is forfeited the more depraved and indiscriminate terrorism becomes. Then terrorists begin to lose their popular support, and the authorities begin to win citizens trust in their efforts to restore tranquility. Thus, it really boils down to a question of balance: of how to establish the delicate equilibrium of combating terrorism while preserving the liberties of the open society. This book begins with this question and becomes increasingly complex as it tackles the different aspects and dimensions of this dilemma."
 

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Contents

Actors Motivations Countermeasures
1
Who Is Afraid of Whom?
8
September 11 and the Need for a Social Science Research Agenda
14
A Collective Action Perspective for Analyzing the Tanzim
20
The Case of ETA
40
Combating Terrorism Through International Law
48
The Sense and Its Names
83
A Tightrope Walk Between Protecting Security and Losing Liberty
88
A Practitioners Thoughts About Terrorism
113
The Role of Business in the UK Policing CounterTerrorist Effort
122
An Analytical Model of AntiTerror CrossBorder Cooperation
124
Myth Conceptions and Conceptual Inadequacies
134
Reframing the Debate on Global Terrorism
154
Countering Human Bombs and Their Senders
158
New Actors New Game
176
Subject Index
193

Modular Infrastructure for Adaptive Distributed Intelligent Systems
98
The Impact of the Human Aspects in Designing Collaborative Information Technology Systems
108
Author Index
197
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