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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

This fact-filled but rather dry volume brings together a wealth of information uncovered in recent years on the money-making activities and financial networks that sustain terrorism. Ehrenfeld (Narco-Terrorism; Evil Money) covers the major terrorist organizations, including al-Qaeda, Palestinian groups like Hamas and al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigades, Lebanon's Hezbollah and the Colombian narco-guerilla armies. Their funding sources, Ehrenfeld says, are multifarious and complex, including state sponsorship, private Islamic charities (many operating in the United States), front businesses, drug trafficking, credit card fraud and a flourishing global money-laundering industry. Ehrenfeld's treatment is exhaustive, but sometimes repetitious, since different terror outfits often use the same methods, and is occasionally eye-glazing in its detail. She is forthright in naming culprits-the Saudi government and royal family and Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority are fingered as premier bank-rollers and sponsors of terrorism-but her recommendations tend to be sketchy and sometimes quixotic. She argues cogently that the United States and the international community must bring pressure to bear on state sponsors and the web of financial institutions that facilitate and conceal terrorists' financial transactions, but provides few specifics on how these complicated and politically sensitive tasks might proceed. Particularly disappointing is her discussion of the problem of drug trafficking-a major cash cow for terrorists-which calls for an intensification of the anti-drug war that has failed so dismally in the past, this time with more potent "bioherbicides." Ehrenfeld's comprehensive overview properly emphasizes a crucial but neglected front in the war on terrorism, but also highlights the difficulty of making headway on it. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.