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Module Three

(Response to Terrorism)


Required Readings:


1.    Understanding Terrorism (Poland)

        a.    Chapter Three: Violence and Terrorism: The Role of the Mass Media

        b.    Chapter Nine: Counterterrorist Measures: The Response

2.  Terrorism (Snowden & Whitsel)

        a.    Chapter Four: The Diplomacy of Counterterrorism: Lessons Learned, Lessons


        b.    Chapter Nine: Interpol and the Policing of International Terrorism:

               Developments and Dynamics since September 11.

        c.    Chapter Nineteen: Planning for Campus Security after September 11: One

               University's Experience

        d.    Chapter Twenty: Post 9/11: Are we Really Safer Now?

3.    The National Response Framework is available on the internet here:


Recommended Readings:


1.    Salij, J. (2005). The Significance of "Ineffective" Methods of Fighting Terrorism.

       American Behavioral Scientist, 48(6) p.700.

2.    Thornburgh, D. (2005). Balancing civil liberties and homeland security: does the USA

        patriot act avoid justice

3.    Robert H. Jackson's "suicide pact"? Albany Law Review, 68(4) p801.
4.    Gause, F. (2005). Can Democracy Stop Terrorism? Foreign Affairs, 84(5), p62.
5.    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.
6.    Light, J. (2004). Urban planning and defense planning, past and future. Journal of the

      American Planning Association, 70(4), p399.


(Available via the Internet)

1.    Confronting the Enemy Within What Can the United States Learn
Countering Terrorism: Integration of Practice and Theory

Interagency Domestic Terrorism Concept of Operations Plan

(Note: Assignment due dates are listed on the course homepage)


Written Assignments


Using the readers and your own research, complete a 3-5 page analysis of United States (US) National Response Framework.  Based on your readings, what are the strengths and weakness of the US plan? What are the alternative to the US plan?  Concentrate on the differences between prevention, planning, response and recovery. 


Hint:: Superior work (an A grade) will include sources from academic, peer reviewed journals; be properly formatted and sourced in APA style.


Practical Exercises

Choose five of the following terms. Conduct research and write a one page briefing paper on the EACH term.   Presume that the audience is your agency's chief executive.  Use whatever form (memo, white paper, etc) your agency most commonly uses.  On this one page, define the term and determine if the term has any application to domestic law enforcement. 
Hint: Many of these terms have a domestic law enforcement equivalent.  Finding the similarities and differences is the most important part of this exercise. Note: These one page briefing papers should not be in an academic style (such as APA), but in an organizational style of writing.
HUMINT - Human Intelligence - gathered from a person on the ground
GEOINT - Geospatial Intelligence - gathered from satellite, aerial photography, mapping/terrian data
IMINT - Imagery Intelligence - gathered from satellite and aerial photography
MASINT - Measurement and Signature Intelligence
ACOUSTINT - Acoustic Intelligence - gathered from acoustical sources
CBINT - Chemical and Biological Intelligence - gathered from chemical and biological weapons and hazards
DEWINT - Directed Energy Weapon Intelligence - gathered from weapon related radio frequency, microwave, electromagnetic pulse, laser, and particle beams
Effluent/Debris Collection - gathered from atmospheric effluents and debris
EOINT - Electro-Optical Intelligence - gathered from optical monitoring of the electromagnetic spectrum
IRINT - Infrared Intelligence - gathered from the infrared spectrum
LASINT - Laser Intelligence - gathered from laser systems
MATINT - Materials Intelligence
NUCINT - Nuclear Intelligence - gathered from the analysis of radiation
RADINT - Radar Intelligence - gathered from radar sources
RF/EMPINT - Radio Frequency/Electromagnetic Pulse Intelligence - gathered from radio frequency and electromagnetic pulse emissions
Spectroscopic Intelligence
OSINT - Open Source Intelligence - gathered from open sources
SIGINT - Signals Intelligence - gathered from interception of signals
COMINT - Communications Intelligence
ELINT - Electronic Intelligence - gathered from electronic sensors
TECHINT - Technical Intelligence - gathered from analysis of weapons and equipment used by the armed forces of foreign nations

Session/Semester Long Project:


At this point in the course, you have selected a terrorist group and prepared a bibliography.  Spend sometime going over the research in your bibliography. A good paper has headings and sub-headings.  At a minimum, your final paper should have these headings: 1) Group History; 2) Structure and Organization; 3) Current Activities; 4) Major Goals;  and,  5) Recommended Counterterrorist Policies, Strategies and  Tactics.  For this assignment, take your bibliography and arrange your sources under these headings and any others you feel strengthen you paper.  A source may appear under more than one heading.  But, each heading should have multiple sources.  This exercise should give you (and the instructor) a good idea of how well you have thought out your paper.  Submit this project.


Participation Assignment


Go to the Criminal Justice Degree forum and post this threaded discussion.


Due Date Fall 2009
Session I Session II Go To
August 31, 2009 October 26, 2009 Session Begins
September 11, 2009 November 6, 2009 Module One (Defining Terrorism)
September 25, 2009 November 20, 2009 Module Two (Modus Operandi of Terrorists)
October 9, 2009 December 4, 2009 Module Three (Response to Terrorism)
October 21, 2009 December 16, 2009 Module Four (Emerging Trends)
October 24, 2009 December 19, 2009 Session Ends




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