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Funding evil : how terrorism is financed--and how to stop it
Ehrenfeld, Rachel.
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Publication Information:
Chicago : Bonus Books, [2003]

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xviii, 267 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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HV6431 .E394 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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The tentacles of terrorism have reached deep into America, threatening to make Osama bin Laden's dream of destroying the American economy a reality. As the United States spends billions upon billions more towards trying to fend off another 9/11-type attack, terrorist groups grow wealthier, and thus more capable of financing large-scale missions of murder and mayhem. This book, by terrorism expert Rachel Ehrenfeld Ph.D, uncovers the clandestine and sinister ways that Islamic terrorist groups finance their global network. From innocent-looking American businesses that serve as fronts for terrorism to joint efforts with established groups in organised crime, terrorists have grown increasingly savvy in ways to bolster their financial power. Dr. Ehrenfeld's investigation also details how these undetected billions are spent to methodically bring about chaos and destabilisation in American society.

Author Notes

Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld is the world's foremost authority on narco-terrorism (she coined the phrase and was the first to write about the phenomenon), and a sought-after commentator and consultant on the problems of international terrorism, political corruption, money laundering, drug trafficking, and organized crime. She has lectured on these issues in many countries, and has advised banking communities, law enforcement agencies, and the governments of many nations. Dr. Ehrenfeld is the director of the New York-based American Center for Democracy. She was a research scholar at New York University School of Law, a visiting scholar at the Columbia University Institute of War and Peace Studies, and a fellow at Johns Hopkins's School of Advanced International Studies

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Conservative analyst and pundit Ehrenfeld contends that our image of terrorism is all wrong. Rather than shadowy cells of young, religious martyrs, the true face of terror, she says, is an international network of corrupt state leaders, superwealthy contributors, and drug and crime kingpins. Without moneyespecially laundered U.S. dollarsthere would be no terror, and this lively, well-documented primer reveals the sources, the amounts and the armed terror organizations they support. Not surprisingly, the author of Narco-Terrorism is at her best on the ironies of the West's appetite for drugs, which terror groups exploit for funding, arms and recruiting those who would undermine a degenerate Western society. Some readers might be alienated or distracted by the author's exhaustive yet fascinating description of the activities and funding of the PLO, Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, which takes up nearly half the book. Reigniting the drug war and supporting Israel are Ehrenfeld's clear national security priorities, as are other policy initiatives like regime removal and economic sanctions for states sponsoring terrorism. But the Bush administration and a succession of U.S. and Western leaders are taken to task for "a willful blindness" to the role of the international oil and drug trades in funding terror and for "lacking the political will" to confront Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan and other states for their "anti-Western agenda." Ehrenfeld's prescription for ending terrorism might depend on an unrealistic hope for immediate international cooperation, but this timely expos? should heat up public demand for real progress in the war on terrorism. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved