Book Chapter

Jeffrey H. Norwitz. “Combating Terrorism: With a Helmet or a Badge?” In Paul J. Bolt, ed. American Defense Policy, 8th edition, (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005), 424-432.


COMBATING TERRORISM: WITH A HELMET OR A BADGE?


"Is terrorism a crime to be fought with search warrants and jurisprudence, or is it an act of war?  Indeed, the word war became commonplace in media and government lexicon while citizens, political leaders, and the military became energized.

Curiously, as talk of military mobilization permeated the media, we heard of Herculean law enforcement efforts by thousands of federal, state and local officers to gather physical evidence, execute search warrants, and run thousands of leads seeking to establish criminal culpability for acts of terrorism.  This chapter will examine old paradigms about terrorism, and offer a perspective on how criminal approaches have not grasped the nature of this war."

 

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