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Section I : Terrorist and Criminal Threats


Section I on “Terrorist and Criminal Threats” discusses the threat from Islamist Jihadists, inspired by bin Laden and Al-Qaida, who want to impact Western adversaries by combining smaller attacks to drive up security costs—for example, against surface transportation, with occasional large-scale plots, possibly using weapons of mass destruction (WMD). A chapter on the psychology of terrorists raises the question of whether there is such thing as a terrorist personality or profile, and warns that this notion can have dangerous consequences and implications for counterterrorism. The section also examines highly intensive criminality—crime that has morphed into a chaotic phenomenon so endemic and severe that it should be considered a national security matter.

Introduction to Section I

David Kamien

Chapter 1—The Legacy of Osama bin Laden’s Strategy
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Chapter 2—The Terrorist Threat to Surface Transportation: The Challenge of Securing Public Places
Brian Michael Jenkins
Chapter 3—Geostrategy of Criminality: Highly Intensive Criminality
Jean-François Gayraud
Chapter 4—The Psychology of Terrorism: Current Understanding and Vital Next Steps
John Morrison
Chapter 5—Twenty-First Century Biological Threats
Senator Bob Graham, Senator Jim Talent, Randy Larsen & Lynne Kidder