Thinking Like a Terrorist Insights of a Former FBI Undercover Agent

ISBN-10: 1597970255

ISBN-13: 9781597970259

Edition: 2006

Authors: Mike German

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As the fifth full year of America??'s global war on terrorism continues, statistics concerning terrorist attacks show a disturbing trend: from a twenty-one-year high in 2003, attacks tripled in 2004 and then doubled in 2005. And as the incidence of terrorist attacks increased, so has the number of terrorists. While the primary leaders of the Taliban, al Qaeda, and al Qaeda in Iraq remain at large, a 2006 Department of Defense study reportedly identified thirty new al Qaeda???affiliated terrorist groups that have been created since September 11, 2001. We may not have metrics that measure our success in the war on terrorism, but these realities certainly illuminate our failures.In "Thinking Like a Terrorist," former FBI counterterrorism agent Mike German contends that the overarching problem is a fundamental failure to understand the terrorists???namely, what they want and how they intend to get it. When our counterterrorism policies are driven by misunderstanding and misperception, we shouldn???t be surprised at the results. Today??'s terrorists have a real plan???a blueprint that has brought them victory in the past???that they are executing to perfection; moreover, their plan is published and available to anyone who bothers to read it. Once the terrorists??? plan is understood, we can develop and implement more effective counterterrorism strategies.A former undercover agent who infiltrated neo-Nazi terrorist groups in the United States, German explains the terrorist??'s point of view and discusses ways to counter the terrorism threat. Based on his unusual experience in the field, "Thinking Like a Terrorist" provides unique insights into why terrorism is such a persistent and difficultproblem and why the U.S. approach to counterterrorism isn???t working.
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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Potomac Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/1/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 252
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Mike German left the FBI after blowing the whistle on the agencyrsquo;s mishandling of a terrorism investigation. A former undercover agent and counterterrorism instructor at the FBI National Academy, he is currently a senior fellow at He lives in the Middle Atlantic region.

Prologue: An Unusual Education in Terrorism
The Trouble With Terrorism
The Difficult Definition
Getting Beyond Good and Evil
Compounding Confusion
Mind-set and Methods
Understanding Political Violence
Grading the Government
Methods and Motives
Case Study #1: A Successful Terror Campaign
Ranking the Resistance
Terrorism Types
How to Win
Case Study #2: The Ku Klux Klan
A Winning Strategy Against Extremist Terrorists
Case Study #3: Lessons of the IRA
A Winning Strategy Against Legitimately Motivated Terrorists
Analysis of the Global War on Terrorism
Our Constitutional Shield Against Terrorism
About the Author
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