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Superterrorism : assassins, mobsters, and weapons of mass destruction
Schweitzer, Glenn E., 1930-
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New York : Plenum Trade, [1998]

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363 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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1530 Lexile.
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Glenn Schweitzer sounds an alarm alerting us to the barrage of new terrorist threats targeted at Americans in the form of biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons. Superterrorism - heinous and violent acts aimed at causing massive death and destruction - poses the greatest threat to life as we know it. Schweitzer spotlights for the first time the volatile mix created when religious and other zealots join forces with mobsters, drawing on billions of dollars of laundered drug money to bankroll terrorist attacks. He warns that the tried-and-true routes for smuggling drugs and arms may become highways for contraband nuclear, chemical, and biological materials that could lead to the kind of holocaust that Americans have never known. Are we prepared for a chemical, biological, or nuclear attack? Schweitzer provides a shocking answer, but also suggests steps to prevent the worst from happening.

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This book goes beyond the traditional types of terrorism covered in other works and focuses on new venues of political violence threatening the United States into the next century. Based on his diplomatic experience and access to specialists, Schweitzer warns of the possible use of biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons by terrorists seeking to cause mass destruction. Major concerns cited include the transfer of dangerous materials from former Soviet stockpiles, linkages between international terrorists and American dissident groups, and the use of electronic technologies to disrupt US governmental and economic computer systems. The author argues convincingly that unlike the politically motivated terrorism of the 1970s, modern terrorists are driven by religious and increasingly by economic motives, as is the case with narcoterrorists and organized crime. Instead of quick fixes to combat superterrorism, the author proposes long-term solutions that include development of new templates for intelligence agencies, more extensive gathering of data, and using unconventional coercive means against terrorists. Although somewhat alarmist, this book contains much useful information about the serious threats facing America and the world. All levels. R. H. Dekmejian; University of Southern California

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 7
Prologuep. 9
Chapter 1 Modern Mutations of Terrorismp. 23
Chapter 2 The Nuclear Legacy: a Shopping Mall for Rogue States and Terroristsp. 51
Chapter 3 Chemoterrorism: Poisoning the Air, Water, and Food Supplyp. 83
Chapter 4 Bioterrorism: the Last Frontierp. 109
Chapter 5 The Globalization of Weapons Expertisep. 137
Chapter 6 Drug Runners and Terrorists: New Partners in Crimep. 165
Chapter 7 Laundered Assets: Cleaning Dirty Currency to Fuel the Terrorist Enginep. 195
Chapter 8 Business as Usual: Hostages, Bombings, and Assassinationsp. 223
Chapter 9 The Growing Arsenal to Combat Terrorismp. 251
Chapter 10 Searching for Long-Term Solutions to Replace Quick Fixesp. 281
Epiloguep. 311
Endnotesp. 319
Illustration Creditsp. 349
Indexp. 351