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Books from Charles C Thomas Reviewed in 2008


Police Union Power, Politics, and Confrontation in the 21st Century
Edition: New Challenges, New Issues (2nd Ed.)
Format: Hardback
Authors: Ron DeLord, John Burpo, Michael R. Shannon, Jim Spearing
ISBN: 978 0398 078203
Publishers: CC Thomas
Price: $
Publication Date: 2008
 
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This all new book brings new perspectives and ideas for police labour leaders to succeed in these challenging times; and includes major revisions and updates of the 1997 book Police Association Power, Politics, and Confrontation, including a title change. The book is an expansive and comprehensive text on police unions, encompassing the vast and intricate changes that have taken place in the field since the authors' last book. There are principles at work in every community, which, if understood by police labour leaders, will allow them to drive their organizations to greatness. These principles concern the accumulation and effective use of power as the primary means of achieving a police labour organization's goals. The book is divided into eight primary parts, each of which looks at one facet of power. Part I defines the concept of power; Part II discusses the building blocks of internal and external power and how a police association can build power; Part III looks at the ultimate source of association powerpolitics, union endorsements; Part IV examines the importance of associationmedia relations strategy, techniques for dealing with the media; Part V discusses the importance of confrontations as a means to maintain respectethics and tactics; Part VI explores disorganized labourthe American Policing Model, decentralized labour laws, greatest challenges; Part VII and Part VIII evaluate American and international case studies to show how the book's principles actually work. Additionally, a historical perspective of the police labour movement is provided, with the first significant updating of the state of the police labour movement in over 25 years. The authors' collective credentials and lifelong work allow them to tell a most useful story about what it takes for police association leaders to face the real-life, day-in and day-out struggles and how they can effectively put their organizations on the path to success.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Preface
Chapter
Part I ABOUT POWERFUL POLICE UNIONS, MESSAGE, AND SAUL ALINSKY
1. About Powerful Police Unions
2. Message Development
3. Saul Alinsky: Still the Man with the Plan
Part II THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL POWER
4. Some Preliminary Observations About Power
5. Strong Leadership
6. Proficiency in Technical Skills
7. Map Out Where the Union Is Headed With a Strategic Plan
8. Money: The Root of All Power and a Lot of Bad Stuff That Can Happen, Too
9. Effective Police Union Communications
10.Mobilizing the Membership
11.Building Community Coalitions
12.Building the Union Image
Part III POLICE UNION POLITICAL ACTION
13. A Knack For PACs An Overview of Political Action
14. Principles of Police Union Endorsements
15. How to Assist the Candidate
16. An Important Question to Ask About Endorsements: Whom Do We Endorse?
17. Another Important Question: When Do We Endorse?
18. The Last Important Question: How Should the Union Endorse?
Part IV - DEALING WITH THE NEWS MEDIA
19. Understanding the Fourth Estate
20. Working With Reporters Some Basic Principles
21. News Organizations and a Reporter's World
22. Developing a Media Relations Strategy
23. Holding Press Conferences
24. Framing Your Message for the News Media
25. Handling a Media Crisis
26. Effective Techniques for Dealing with the Media
Part V - GETTING TO YES OR ELSE: CONFRONTATIONS AS A MEANS TO MAINTAIN RESPECT
27. About Ethics, Conflict, Respect, and Tactics>
28. The Battle is Fought in the Court of Public Opinion, Not at the Bargaining Table or at the Courthouse
29. Initiatives and Referendums as a Confrontation Tactic
30.Everything You Need To Know About Political Consultants
31.The Downside of Democracy: The Police Union Can Lose
32.Nightsticks, Lies and Videotapes: When the Blast is at Ground Zero, What Every Union Leader Needs to Know
33.No-Confidence Votes: What Every Bomb Thrower Needs to Know Before You Light the Fuse
Part VI AMERICAN POLICING AT A CROSSROADS ARE POLICE UNIONS TAKING ON THE CHALLENGE OR IMPEDING CHANGE
34. Some Introductory Comments
35. Disorganized Labour
36. The American Policing Model
37. Decentralized Labour Laws
38. The Greatest Challenge Facing American Policing
Part VII UNITED STATES CASE STUDIES
39. Introductory Remarks
40. The Impact of the National Police Recruiting Crisis on Police Management and Police Unions (Ron DeLord)
41. How a Coalition of Police Officers and Citizens Took on the Mayor of Minneapolis and Won (Michael R. Shannon)
42. The Case of the Arizona City Manager Who Just Had to Have His Own Way: The 2005 Bullhead City Police Contract Dispute (John Burpo)
43. A State Attorney's Abuse of Power Attracts National Attention (Jim Spearing)
44.Future Issues: Where Are We Going? (Ted Hunt)
Part VIII INTERNATIONAL CASE STUDIES
45. Police Unions and the Reform Agenda (Gregory O'Connor)
46. Exception to the Rule: The Spread of the Police Union Movement Across the World (Monique Marks and Jenny Fleming)
47. Professional Registration for Australia's Police (Mark Burgess)
Appendix 1. Police Union Power Rating
Appendix 2. Police Union Strategic Planning Template
Appendix 3. Police Department Job Satisfaction Survey
 


The Management Of Police Specialized Tactical Units
Edition: 2nd
Format: Hardback
Author: Thomas C Mijares & Ronald M McCarthy
ISBN: 9780398078256
Publishers: CC Thomas
Price: $64.95
Publication Date: 2008
 
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Managerial responsibility of a SWAT team requires continuous research in the material area of long-term criminal trends as well as keeping abreast of the continuous legal and executive developments needed by decision-makers to oversee the work of police officers who respond to critical incidents. This second edition of the Management of Police Specialized Tactical Units represents a significant updating of many of the chapters from the previous edition. This book explains the steps for developing and maintaining a realistic, effective response to increasing levels of violent crime. It discusses the social and political matters that must be continuously defined, identified, and settled prior to the implementation of any substantive or procedural change in tactical policy. Legal and operational guidelines are provided that are needed by tactical leaders to develop and improve their leadership abilities and tactical success, thereby enhancing the tactical unit's ability to safeguard the public. Several critical incidents and court cases have taken place within the last eight years, and these historical occurrences and legal decisions are presented in a very clear and logical manner as a guide for improving the delivery of police service. Of particular interest is the new material on how the range of activities assigned to tactical units has expanded dramatically over the past decade and how the law enforcement community has been forced to respond to its critics. Throughout the book, the authors emphasize that decision-makers must not only be organizational managers and administrators but they must also possess a firm grasp of all aspects of confrontation tactics and they must be effective leaders.
 

Table Of Contents
Introduction
Chapter
1. The History And Mission Of Police Tactical Units
2. Organizational Issues
3. The Selection Of Tactical Officers
4. Initial Tactical Training
5. Advanced Training
6. Equipment
7. Leadership Issues In Tactical Operations
8. Incident Management
9. Political Issues And Tactical Operations
10.Media Relations And Police Tactical Operations
11.Non-Swat Uses Of Tactical Units
12.Tactical Operations In The Future
13.Epilogue
Appendix
References
Index


Common Sense Police Supervision: Practical Tips for the First-Line Leader
Edition: 4th
Format: Hardback
Author: Gerald W Garner
ISBN: 9780398078331
Publishers: CCThomas
Price: $69.95
Publication Date: 2008
 
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Thoroughly revised and updated, this practical hands-on book is packed full of step-by-step guidelines and suggestions for carrying out a multitude of leadership tasks and responsibilities focused on a changing work force that serves an equally changing and complex society. While emphasizing the real value of common sense in good leadership practices, the author furnishes the aspiring novice or veteran police supervisor with specific advice on how to train, counsel, inspect, discipline and assess the performance of his or her subordinates. He strives to help the supervisor with the vital obligations of being a planner, a problem resolution officer and effective communicator within as well as outside, the law enforcement organization. Major topics include: (1) what supervision means and what you need to know; (2) supervisory ethics, professional responsibilities as a teacher, inspector, advocate and role model; (3) the key qualities of true leadership; (4) the vital job as an evaluator of employee performance, discipline in the correction process, oral and written communication skills; (5) the skills needed when dealing with the news media; and (6) assistance in planning a career as a first-line leader in supervision. Common Sense Police Supervision represents a fresh, new, realistic approach to a challenging task: providing strong, effective leadership to front-line employees in a dynamic, demanding profession. It is a “must read” for the current and budding police supervisor determined to influence people and events rather than be driven by them.
 

Table Of Contents
Preface
Introduction
Chapter One: What Is Supervision?
Chapter Two: Preparation for the Role of Police Supervisor
Chapter Three: Ethics of Police Supervision
Chapter Four: Qualities of a Leader
Chapter Five: The Police Leader as an Educator
Chapter Six: The Police Leader as an Evaluator
Chapter Seven: The Police Leader as a Disciplinarian
Chapter Eight: The Police Leader as a Planner
Chapter Nine: The Police Leader as a Communicator
Chapter Ten: The Police Leader as a Counsellor
Chapter Eleven: The Police Leader as a Manager
Chapter Twelve: The Police Leader as a Complaint Processor
Chapter Thirteen: Some Special Problems
Chapter Fourteen: The Police Leader's Role in Community Policing
Chapter Fifteen: The Police Leader's Role in Officer Survival
Chapter Sixteen: The Police Leader as Agency Spokesperson
Chapter Seventeen: The Police Leader's Role in Exceptional Customer Service
Chapter Eighteen: Where Do I Go from Here?
Index

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A Comprehensive Study Of Female Offenders: Life Before, During, and After Incarceration
Edition: 1st
Format: Hardback
Author: Martin Guevara Urbina
ISBN: 978 0398078119
Publishers: Charles C Thomas
Price: $62.95
Publication Date: 2008
 
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Few empirical studies have focused on women in prison. In the last few years, though, a number of studies have demonstrated that there are fundamental differences between male and female prisoners in an ever-changing penal system. Consequently, there has been a need for more comprehensive studies of female offenders for three primary reasons: (1) imperative research gaps remain to be bridged; (2) the female prison experience is not constant; and (3) prison rates for female offenders, especially minority offenders, have increased considerably in the last few years. A central goal of this book, then, is to provide a balance to the existing literature and research on female prisoners in the United States and, to an extent, abroad, focusing primarily on female offenders and using data gathered from the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. The book utilizes a comprehensive investigative approach by equating the experience of female offenders by the totality of circumstances within an historical, institutional, political, and ideological context. The critical objective is to offer an inclusive analysis of the things that are considered by female inmates to be the most significant before, during, and after their incarceration, as a way of better understanding the reasons that lead to their first incarceration as well as subsequent incarcerations. By reading this book, the reader will have a greater understanding of the many challenges facing female inmates, as well as the relationship between inmates, correctional officers and, by extension, society in general. Also provided is a series of policy recommendations throughout the book, particularly in the concluding chapter and epilogue.

Table Of Contents
Preface
List Of Tables
Chapter
1. Introduction
2. Leading Characteristics Of The American Female Prisoner: A Twenty-First Century Profile
3. The Lives Of Female Prisoners Before Their Incarceration
4. Inmates' Involvement With The Criminal Justice System
5. An Exploration Of Female Prisons And The Women They Control
6. The Many Faces Of Women's Health
7. Living Under The Same Roof: Female Offenders And Correctional Officers
8. Critical Issues: Twenty-First Century Challenges
9. Life After Prison
10. Conclusion
Epilogue
Notes
References
Index

The Author
 
Doctor Martin Guevara Urbina is professor of sociology and criminal justice at Howard College. He has taught at New Mexico State University, Western Michigan University, and at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as a tenured Associate Professor of Criminal Justice. Professor Urbina was awarded a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Teaching by Western Michigan University in 1999, and he was nominated for the 2002-2003 UWM Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award. His record includes 14 solo publications, 11 referred journal articles, and three books. Author of Capital Punishment and Latino Offenders (2003) and Kylor's Adventure Through the Rain Forest: A Journey of Courage and Faith (a children's book) Urbina has a children's book under review, and he is writing two academic books and two novels: The Making of a Famous Writer (fiction) and Mi Vida: Between the Wind and the Rain, I looked up and Wept (non-fiction). His work has been published in national and international academic journals, to include Justice Quarterly, Social Justice, and Critical Criminology. Urbina loves evening walks, and he is learning how to play classical guitar. His biggest delight: la lluvia!

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Taser Electronic Control Devices And Sudden In-Custody Death Separating Evidence from Conjecture
Edition: 1st
Format: Hardback
Author: Howard E Williams
ISBN: 978 0398077754
Publishers: Charles C Thomas
Price: $39.95
Publication Date: 2008
 


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Negative sentiment regarding conducted energy weapons is due largely to a lack of understanding about the technology behind such weapons and a misunderstanding of those weapons' physiological effects. Media accounts that speculatively associate sudden in-custody deaths with the use of conducted energy weapons only add to the confusion. Taser Electronic Control Devices And Sudden In-Custody Death documents 310 deaths in the United States proximate to the application of TASER electronic control devices from 1983 through 2006. The study examines the phenomenon of sudden death as it relates to electromuscular disruption technology and TASER electronic control devices by constructing 213 cases studies, dating from 1983 through 2005, and analysing information available from news accounts, police reports, and autopsies. After reviewing the available evidence from this extensive case study, the author concludes that these conducted energy weapons are excluded as the cause of death in 182 of the 212 cases. In only two cases did the evidence tend to confirm the weapon was either a cause of death or a significant contributing factor. While arguing that the TASER electronic control devices are safe less-lethal weapons, the author also cautions that they are not completely effective. He notes that the weapons were not effective in subduing more than 60 percent of violent or aggressive subjects in the 213 case studies, and he documents 131 cases of fatal police shootings and one police fatality following the failure of the weapons. The only way to determine whether the TASER electronic control devices is responsible for deaths is to separate evidence from conjecture and analyse the facts of each case. This book will be an excellent resource for law enforcement professionals, attorneys, investigators, and criminal justice personnel.


Table Of Contents
Preface
Chapter
1. Sudden In-Custody Death
2. Conducted Energy Weapons
3. Case Studies
4. Analysis Of Taser Case Study Data
Appendices
Appendix A: Unexpected Deaths Following Application of TASER2006
Appendix B: Unexpected Deaths by Jurisdiction1983 through 2006
Appendix C: List of Fatal Shootings 1987 to 2006
Glossary
Bibliography
Index


The Author Howard E. Williams served twenty-five years with the Austin (Texas) Police Department, advancing through the ranks from patrol officer to Commander before becoming Chief of the San Marcos (Texas) Police Department in 2003. During his career, Chief Williams commanded the Training Division of the Austin Police Department, where he was responsible for developing cadet and officer training programs, including programs in the use of force and the use of less-lethal weapons.

Chief Williams holds a Master Peace Officer's license from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education (TCLEOSE), and has served on TCLEOSE's Education Committee. Additionally, he also holds a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Texas State University. He is also a graduate of the Leadership and Command College at the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas at Sam Houston State University. Chief Williams is an adjunct instructor in the Criminal Justice Department at Texas State University, where he instructs classes in management and forensic evidence, and he has been a guest lecturer for criminology classes at the University of Texas. He is also the author of two other books in criminal investigations, Investigating White-Collar Crime: Embezzlement and Financial Fraud, Second Edition and Asset Forfeiture: A Law Enforcement Perspective.

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Gangs and Law Enforcement
A Guide for Dealing with Gang-Related Violence
Edition: 1st
Format: Hardback
Authors: Linda M Schmidt & James T O'Reilly
ISBN: 978 0398077488
Publishers: CC Thomas
Price: $59.95
Publication Date: 2007
 
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Description
“Gangs are on the rise again.” This portent of trouble comes from the FBI'S expert on gangs, Linda Schmidt. Today, there are over 30,000 gangs across America and over 800,000 gang members. Gangs are savvy and scarier than ever. Their firepower, military background and lack of restraint have made some city centres too dangerous to patrol. As gang power grows, knowledge is the best antidote and the best inducement to corrective actions. The interviews, street wisdom and advice that are used throughout this book show its heavy dose of reality. Specialist Linda Schmidt goes deep into gang territory without a badge or gun. She uses a lethal mix of wily street smarts, courage, and determination. She possesses the secret weapons of confidence and caring, and the unnerving manner and moral compass of a grandmother. There are very few in law enforcement who have gotten so far beneath the surface of gang life. Linda can look at a wall of graffiti and read the hieroglyphics that predict an impending murder. She has leaned over unidentified corpses on the cold steel of the coroner's table and told their life story by interpreting the codes of their tattoos. Linda's book is a crucial primer for anyone who needs to learn the customs and codes of the gang world. She brings you systematically through the anthropology, psychology and pathology of the gang culture. This book is not an ideology approach but rather a practical book with a set of steps to follow. It provides specific advice and ideas for actions. Interviews, photos, experiences and case studies are included to make the book much more user-friendly to prosecutors, police and corrections officials. One of the goals of this book is to provide all law enforcement (local, state, and federal) with a method for working together to get the best results when dealing with gang cases. It will make law enforcers sit up and take notice. This book will get real results in a short time if it's carefully explained advice is heeded.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Foreword
Preface
Chapter 1: GANG OVERVIEW: Evolution of Today's Urban Gangs Linda M. Schmidt
Chapter 2: GANGS AS A SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY CONCERN: Personal Perspectives on Prevention and Response Linda M. Schmidt
Chapter 3: GANGS AS A SOCIAL STRUCTURE: What Law Enforcers Need to Understand Linda M. Schmidt
Chapter 4: LAW ENFORCEMENT PARTNERSHIPS AGAINST GANGS Linda M. Schmidt
Chapter 5: ILLUSTRATIONS OF GANG GRAFFITI: Early 1990s through 2006 Linda M. Schmidt
Chapter 6: INTERACTION BETWEEN SCHOOLS AND LAWENFORCEMENT: School Safety and Student Privacy Issues© Mary A. Lentz, Esq.
Chapter 7: ANSWERING COMMUNITY QUESTIONS ABOUT GANG ISSUES James T. O'Reilly
Chapter 8: GANGS AND PRISONS Anthony M. Delgado
Chapter 9: COMMUNITY RESPONSES TO REDUCE GANG THREATS Robert Harris
Chapter 10: GANGS AND GOVERNMENT: Organizing the Municipal Response James T. O'Reilly
Chapter 11: WHEN SHOULD JUVENILE OFFENDERS BE TRIED IN ADULT COURT? James T. O'Reilly
Chapter 12: GANG-RELATED SENTENCING OPTIONS James T. O'Reilly
Chapter 13: ORGANIZING AN ANTI-GANG EFFORT James T. O'Reilly
Chapter 14: COORDINATING LAW ENFORCEMENT RESOURCES AGAINST GANGS Stanley J. Borgia
Chapter 15: Two Gang Case Studies Linda M. Schmidt and James T. O'Reilly
Appendix: Sample Proposal for Gang Training (to be adapted for individual department use)
Bibliography
Index

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Investigating Allegations of Child and Adolescent Sexual Abuse ( An Overview for Professionals)

Author: Tom Plach

Publisher: Charles C. Thomas

Published: 2008

ISBN No: 978-0-398-07794-5 (hardback)


As an expert witness to the courts and frequently involved with allegations of paedophile behaviour, I was particularly interested in reviewing this book. The book introduces the reader to the best way of conducting a successful investigation into allegations of sexual abuse of a child or adolescent.  It has been written for the new investigator who is seeking skills on how best to assess paedophile behaviour and to assess children who claim they have been sexually abused.

The book has been written from a multi-discipline perspective and seeks to achieve multi-dimensional outcomes. The final chapter of the book puts in summary the main approach by the author: "It is important in the team approach to remember that no one person has all the skills necessary to best investigate a case, and the best approach combines the skills and competencies of many." Hence the responsibility of ascertaining whether sexual abuse occurred and the manner of this abuse and its effects on the child, if any, needs to be dealt with through a multi-disciplinary approach.

The book consists of 10 chapters with the penultimate section dealing with answers for case studies. This is a useful section to help those seeking to provide investigative information on the impact, if any of child abuse. The very final section of the book provides resources, but in the American scene, about contact for further information concerning problems related to children. There appears to be no bibliography or references in connection with the content of the book.

Tom Plach is a licensed clinical Social Worker, who lives and works in Illinois in the United States. He has been working in the field of mental health and child welfare since 1975. His main work has been as an interviewer for child and adolescent victims of sexual abuse within a multi-disciplinary team investigating allegations of child or adolescent sexual abuse. He has also worked as a therapist for abused teens in a residential treatment centre. He has written a number of books including The Creative Use of Music in Group Therapy (1980, 1996) and Residential Treatment and the Sexually Abused Child (1993).

This latest book is written mainly for American specialists in the area of investigating child sex abuse allegations, but many of the views expressed could well be of interest to British psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and other workers involved with the protection of children. The author points out the importance of an effective investigation as both the safety of a child is involved, as well as the potential innocence of an alleged perpetrator. He also points out that great care must be used with young children as they are fragile or vulnerable in the manner in which the investigation is conducted. He feels that there  is also the need to gather information and to be objective and thorough in that investigation. He states that whatever evidence is collected must be strong enough to withstand attacks by the defence if a trial should ensue. He further feels that great care must also be taken in order not to victimise the victim any further through further questioning of an inappropriate nature. It is also felt important for the investigator to actively explore and evaluate alternative hypotheses regarding the allegation. In addition to investigating the views expressed by the child or alleged victim, Tom Plach feels there is a need to involve the family, to provide a medical examination of the child and of course to thoroughly investigate the alleged perpetrator.

The book states that the  investigator must be aware of the common emotional reactions to sexual abuse including embarrassment, shame, helplessness, fear, guilt, self-blame and anger. It is pointed out that victims often experience post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in relation to the abuse they may have suffered.

The book provides a good number of case studies of children who are very young, as well as adolescents, who have made allegations of sexual abuse. The effect of such abuse frequently relates to problems with education and emotionally disturbed behaviour at home. There are also signs of anxiety and fear which such individuals demonstrate. The examples cited by the author indicate the multicultural population of the United States and includes a Mexican and Korean child.

In relation to the alleged perpetrator it is stated that the previous history of this individual must be investigated as well as crime scene evaluations and the suspect’s statements.  As far as the victim is concerned, the author expresses the view that investigators must be certain that the child is not reporting fiction and is only reporting facts.

When assessing the child’s evidence vis-a-vis the offender’s evidence, the author suggests that there are three categories. These are: those children who are at high risk, those who are at medium risk, and those who are at low risk of further abuse. Factors that are unique to the allegations include grooming tactics used by the alleged offender and the nature of the abuse, as well as the relationship of the alleged perpetrator to the victim. Cultural issues are also important. The author emphasises the importance of never interviewing a child in the presence of a parent or another person such as one who is likely to influence the process. Where the child is interviewed is of importance, with some advantages to interviewing the child at school, or in a police station, or at home. Great care must be taken not to put words in the victim’s mouth through faulty interviewing techniques or coercive questioning.

This is a book that should be read by anyone working with children who allege abuse despite the fact that the book has been written by an American for the American scene. Much of the contents of the book are of value to British workers with children who allege abuse and those who deal with perpetrators of abuse.

L F Lowenstein


The Evils of Terrorism, Diagnosis and Countermeasures

Edition: 1st

Format: HB

Author: Uriel Rosenthal & Erwin R Muller

ISBN: 978 0398077808

Publishers: CC Thomas

Price: $44.95

Publication Date: 2008

Publisher’s Title Information


The United States and other countries throughout the world have suffered from catastrophic terrorism causing mass casualties. Elsewhere, terrorists have taken the lives of prominent people in ostentatiously cruel ways. In Iraq, bloody terrorist attacks are an endemic phenomenon. They have become part of daily life. There is no reason to expect a reduction of the new terrorism in the foreseeable future. On the contrary, there will be new waves of terrorism, including attacks with unconventional means. The globalisation of the new terrorism is reflected not only in the mobility of terrorists but especially in the worldwide distribution of ideas and methods practiced by terrorist networks. The world is facing the threat of a shift from terrorism to terror - towards a society intimidated by a continuous threat of arbitrary, massive violence. This book addresses the shift in many parts of the world from terrorism to an atmosphere of terror. It stresses the lack of symmetry between democratic governments which have to obey the role of law and international conventions, and terrorists cherishing a total denial of rules and norms. The authors formulate five missions for democratic governments: do not deny the most serious threat; make life as difficult as possible for terrorists; upgrade the quality of acute crisis management in the case of a terrorist attack; improve the quality of consequences management after terrorist attacks; and increase the effort to channel collective stress in the aftermath of a terrorist assault. The authors claim that the fight against terrorism is first and foremost a responsibility of democratic states. Throughout its existence, the United Nations has been unable to give shape and substance to an effective counterterrorism strategy. An alliance of democratic states would be in a much better position to take on the legitimate fight against international terrorism.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface

Chapter

1. TERRORISM AND TERROR
New Terrorism, Catastrophic Terrorism
Old Terrorism: Not Over
Relative Importance of the Distinction
Between Old and New Terrorism
New Terrorism: A Further Interpretation
Catastrophic Terrorism: Still a Long Way Off?
Catastrophic Terrorism: Coming Closer
Terrorist Threat
Old Terrorism, New Methods
The Terrorist’s Patience
Terror
The Netherlands
Conclusion

2. THE TERRORIST VIOLENCE
Legitimate Force, Just Wars, The Evil of Terrorism
Just War
The Government’s Monopoly on Legitimate Force
Legitimate Force Against the Government
The Evil of Terrorist Violence
Conclusion

3. CAUSES
Searching for the Deeper Causes
Towards the Deeper Causes of Terrorism?
Incantations
Shifting Responsibility
Causes and Motives of Terrorism
Radicalisation and Terrorism in Europe
Conclusion

4. COUNTERTERRORISM: POLICIES
Breaking the Vicious Circle
Five Missions for the Government
1. Do Not Deny the Most Serious Threat
2. Making Life as Difficult as Possible for Terrorists
3. Acute Crisis Management
4. Disaster Relief
5. Channelling Collective Stress
Conclusion

5. COUNTERTERRORISM: ACTORS
Threat Assessment
The Authorities
Central Government
Parliament
The Judiciary
Ministries
Local Government
Citizens
Companies
Intelligence and Security Services
Police, Fire Department, and Medical Services
The Armed Forces
Religious Organizations
The Media
Conclusions

6. IN THE INTEREST OF THE DEMOCRATIC STATE AND THE RULE OF LAW
Antiterrorism Measures and Opposing Views
What Is It Really All About?
The Rule of Law Against Terrorism: The Facts Speak for Themselves
The One-Sidedness of Constitutional Criticism
Conclusion

7. DEMOCRATIC STATES AGAINST TERRORISM
The World of States
In Need of the Strong State
The Strong State: Obstacles
Failing States and Rogue States
The United Nations and the International Community
Alliance of Democratic States
Conclusion

8. RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM
Endemic Terrorism
The New Terrorism
It Is Not About Whether But When It Will Happen To Us…”
Globalisation
Connections With Other Events and Developments
From Terrorism to Terror
Successes In the Fight Against Terrorism
Laws and Regulations
Conclusion

Index


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