Toxic Terror Assessing Terrorist Use of Chemical and Biological Weapons

ISBN-10: 0262700719
ISBN-13: 9780262700719
Edition: 2000
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Description: Policymakers, scholars, and the news media have been alarmed by the potential for chemical and biological weapons (CBW) terrorism, and the U.S. Congress has allocated billions of dollars for counterterrorism and "consequence management" programs.  More...

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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 2/28/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Policymakers, scholars, and the news media have been alarmed by the potential for chemical and biological weapons (CBW) terrorism, and the U.S. Congress has allocated billions of dollars for counterterrorism and "consequence management" programs. Driving these concerns are the global spread of scientific knowledge and technology relevant to CBW terrorism and the vulnerability of civilian populations to chemical and biological attacks. Notably lacking from the analysis, however, has been a careful assessment of the terrorists themselves. What types of terrorist groups or individuals are both capable of acquiring chemical and biological weapons and motivated to use them, and for what purposes? Further, what types of toxic agents would probably be produced, and how would they be delivered? Answers to these questions would enable policymakers to prepare for the most likely contingencies. To this end, Toxic Terrorprovides in-depth case studies of twelve terrorist groups and individuals who, from 1946 to 1998, allegedly acquired or employed CBW agents. The cases were researched from primary sources, including court documents, interviews, and declassified government files. By comparing the twelve cases, the book identifies characteristic motivations and patterns of behavior associated with CBW terrorism and provides an empirical basis for prudent, cost-effective strategies of prevention and response.

Roger M. Battistella is Emeritus Professor of Health Policy and Management in the Sloan Graduate Program in Health Administration at Cornell University.The late Jonathan B. Tucker was a Senior Fellow at the Federation of American Scientists. He was the editor of Toxic Terror: Assessing Terrorist Use of Chemical and Biological Weapons (MIT Press, 2000) and the author of Scourge: The Once and Future Threat of Smallpox and War of Nerves: Chemical Warfare from World War I to Al-Qaeda.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Historical Case Studies
Avenging Israel's Blood (1946)
The Weather Underground (1970)
R.I.S.E. (1972)
The Alphabet Bomber (1974)
The Baader-Meinhof Gang (1975)
The Red Army Faction (1980)
The Rajneeshees (1984)
The Covenant, the Sword, and the Arm of the Lord (1985)
The Minnesota Patriots Council (1991)
The World Trade Center Bombers (1993)
Aum Shinrikyo (1995)
Larry Wayne Harris (1998)
Findings and Conclusions
Lessons from the Case Studies
Psychological and Motivational Factors in Terrorist Decision-Making: Implications for CBW Terrorism
Contributors
Index
About the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

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