Car bombing, suicide bombing, abduction, smuggling, homicide, and hijacking are all profoundly criminal acts. In Terrorism as Crime Mark S. Hamm presents an understanding of terrorism from a criminological point of view, arguing that the most successful way to understand, detect, prosecute and deter these acts is to use conventional criminal investigation methods. Whether in Oklahoma City or London, Terrorism as Crime demonstrates that criminal activity is the lifeblood of terrorist groups and that there are simple common denominators at work that can remove the mystery surrounding many of these terrorist groups. Once understood the vulnerabilities of these organizations can be exposed.
This important volume focuses in on six case studies of crimes committed by jihad and domestic right wing groups, including biographies of more than two dozen terrorists along with descriptions of their organizations, strategies, and terrorist plots. Terrorism as Crime offers an original and significant framework for explaining international and domestic terrorism, as well as how future acts might be detected or exposed.
Mark S. Hamm is a former prison warden from Arizona and currently Professor of Criminology at Indiana State University and a Senior Research Fellow at the Terrorism Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York. His books include Terrorism as Crime: From Oklahoma City to Al-Qaeda and Beyond (NYU Press, 2007), and In Bad Company: America's Terrorist Underground. He is the recipient of the Frederick Milton Thrasher Award for Outstanding Gang Scholarship, and the Critical Criminologist of the Year Award from the American Society of Criminology.
AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: The Criminology of Terrorism Part I. Global Crime and Terrorism1. Criminal Stupidity and the Age of Sacred Terrorism: The First World Trade Center Bombing 2. Vulnerabilities of the Jihad-Prelude to 9/11: The U.S. Embassy Bombings in Kenya and TanzaniaPart II. Domestic Crime and Terrorism3. The Legacy of Lost Causes: The Covenant, the Sword, and the Arm of the Lord 4. Charisma, Con?ict, and Style: The Order Part III. The Current State and Future of the Terrorism-Crime Connection5. The Seduction of Terrorist Mythology: The Aryan Republican Army 6. Al-Qaeda, the Radical Right, and Beyond: The Current Terrorist Threat NotesIndex About the Author