The Role of Criminal Justice in Terrorism
Union Institute and University
CJM 304
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Module Two

(The Modus Operandi of Terrorists)




1.    Understanding Terrorism (Poland)

        a.    Chapter Six: The Dynamics of Hostage Taking and Negotiation

        b.    Chapter Seven: Terrorism and Bombing

        c.    Chapter Eight: Suicide Bombers: A Global Problem

2.  Terrorism (Snowden & Whitsel)

        a.    Chapter Six: Islamic Extremists: How do they Mobilize Support?

        b.    Chapter Seven: An Analysis of Organizational Characteristics for Groups use

               Radiological Weapons of Mass Victimization

        c.    Chapter Eight: Steganography and Terrorism: An Introduction to Data Hiding

               and its use in Terrorist activities

        d.    WMD Yesterday's News: The WMD Terrorism Threat Today.

        e.    Leaderless Resistance: Are Terrorist Groups a Thing of the Past?



1.         Lecture

2.         Individual presentations

3.         Work on panel project

4.         Online forum participation


Individual Presentations:
Each learner will be assigned one of the following supplemental readings. The learner is to digest the information and prepare a ten minute class presentation and one-page briefing paper on the reading.  The learner must provide a copy of the briefing paper to each class member.  These articles can be accessed via the Union Library here,  or are available directly on the web.

(Available via the Union Institute and University electronic library)

Ganor, B. (2002). Defining Terrorism: Is One Man's Terrorist another Man's Freedom Fighter? Police Practice & Research, 3(4), p287.

Sunhauseen, U. (2004) Terrorism and America. Social Alternatives. 23(2), p6.

Laquer, W. (2004) World of Terror. National Geographic. 206(5), p72.

Larabee, A. (2003). A Brief History of Terrorism in the United States. Knowledge, Technology & Policy, 16(1), p21.

Duff, R. (2005). Notes on Punishment and Terrorism. American Behavioral Scientist, 48(6), p758.

Atran, S. (2003). Genesis of Suicide Terrorism. Science, 299(5612), p1534.

Hoffman, B. (2003). The logic of suicide terrorism. Atlantic Monthly, 291(5) p40.

Ciampi, D. (2005). Developmental and motivational factors of transnational terrorists. The Forensic Examiner, 4(3), p29.

Salij, J. (2005). The Significance of "Ineffective" Methods of Fighting Terrorism. American Behavioral Scientist, 48(6) p.700.

Thornburgh, D. (2005). Balancing civil liberties and homeland security: does the USA patriot act avoid justice Robert H. Jackson's "suicide pact"? Albany Law Review, 68(4) p801.

Gause, F. (2005). Can Democracy Stop Terrorism? Foreign Affairs, 84(5), p62.

Dolan, J. (2005). United States' narco-terrorism policy: a contingency approach to the convergence of the wars on drugs and against terrorism. The Review of Policy Research, 22(4), p451.

Light, J. (2004). Urban planning and defense planning, past and future. Journal of the American Planning Association, 70(4), p399.

(Available via the Internet)
The Changing Faces of Terrorism

A Brief History of Terrorism

Terrorism in the United States

Defeating Terrorism: Strategic Issue Analyses

Confronting the “Enemy Within” What Can the United States Learn About Counterterrorism and Intelligence from Other Democracies

Countering Terrorism: Integration of Practice and Theory

Interagency Domestic Terrorism Concept of Operations Plan

Participation Assignment


Go to the Criminal Justice Online forum you will find the second threaded discussion question here.


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