TERRORISM

2000s

General Books and Articles

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Berman, Paul. Terror and Liberalism. New York: Norton, 2003.

According to Singer, Parameters 34.2, most of the author's "argument takes place on the theoretical plane." He argues that the totalitarian ideologies of the past "have been planted in fertile ground in the Middle East.... [L]ike Fascism, the ideology of al Qaeda and radical Islam is driven by a fear and hate of liberal ideals of tolerance." Berman offers an interesting point of view, but he "attempts to cover too much ground with little grounding and offers too few tangible solutions."

Berntsen, Gary, and Ralph Pezzullo. Jawbreaker: The Attack on Bin Laden and Al Qaeda: A Personal Account by the CIA's Key Field Commander. New York: Crown, 2005.

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Betts, Richard K.

1. "How to Think about Terrorism." Wilson Quarterly 30 (Winter 2006): 44-49.

2. "Intelligence Test: The Limits of Prevention." In How Did This Happen? Terrorism and the New War, eds James F. Hoge, Jr., and Gideon Rose. New York: Public Affairs, 2001.

Binnendijk, Hans, et al. "The Virtual Border: Countering Seaborne Container Terrorism." Defense Horizons [Center for Technology and National Security Policy, National Defense University] 16 (Aug. 2002): 1-9.

The "magnitude and diversity" of the global trade and transportation "system coupled with the permeability of U.S. borders afford numerous avenues to attack American targets. Maritime commerce, and container shipping in particular, provides a highly attractive means not only of delivering weapons but also of smuggling terrorists themselves into the American homeland."

Bobbitt, Philip. Terror and Consent: The Wars for the Twenty-First Century. New York: Knopf, 2008.

Peake, Studies 52.4 (Dec. 2008) and Intelligencer 17.1 (Winter-Spring 2009), comments that this book "deals head-on" with what the author "sees as the new terrorism of the 21st century and what must be done to keep it from succeeding. It is not light reading, but it is very much worth the effort."

Bodansky, Yossef. Bin Laden: The Man Who Declared War on America. Rosewood, CA: Forum, 1999. New York: Forum, 2001. [pb]

Clark comment: The author is Director of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare. According to Powers, NYRB, 17 Jan. 2002, Bodansky "reports in great detail the outward facts of bin Laden's progress from a builder of hospitals and military barracks in Afghanistan to the world's most wanted terrorist." Nevertheless, we learn "little about bin Laden's character, the people who shaped his thinking, how he came to embrace terrorism and build links with extreme Islamicist groups throughout the world." Chapman, IJI&C 15.4, finds this work "immensely thought-provoking" and "illuminating."

Bohn, Kevin, and Kelli Arena. "With 300,000 Names on List, Terrorist Center Always on Alert." CNN, 25 Sep. 2007. [http://www.cnn.com]

At the Terrorist Screening Center, "a highly secure" facility "in a classified location in northern Virginia," dozens of operations specialists use a "secret terror watch list" to respond to queries about possible terrorists. Officials said that "the consolidated watch list has 300,000 names.... The center's director, Leonard Boyle, said about 5 percent of the names on the list are U.S. citizens.... The majority of calls to the center come from border agents, Boyle said.... [T]he 4-year-old center ... is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by FBI personnel, along with others on loan from various government agencies."

Bonini, Carlo, and Giuseppe D'Avanzo. Collusion: International Espionage and the War On Terror. Hoboken, NJ: Melville House, 2007.

Peake, Studies 51.3 (2007), says that this work "is well documented, well told and provides an explanation for some of the confused intelligence reporting leading to the war in Iraq."

Campbell, Kurt M., and Michèle A. Flournoy, prin. authors. To Prevail: An American Strategy for the Campaign Against Terrorism. Washington, DC: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2001.

Bergen, FA 81.2 (Mar.-Apr. 2002), says that this work "presents a series of policy recommendations that, although they may make the book less engaging, should be of considerable interest to policymakers."

Cannistraro, Vincent M. "The Emerging Security Environment: Preemptive War and International Terrorism After Iraq." Mediterranean Quarterly 14, no. 4 (Fall 2003): 56-67. [Marlatt]

Carafano, James Jay, and Paul Rosenzweig. Winning the Long War: Lessons from the Cold War for Defeating Terrorism and Preserving Freedom. Washington, DC: Heritage, 2005.

Mahnken, JFQ 40 (2006), notes that the authors "believe the war on terror should be viewed as a protracted engagement, like the Cold War." They organize their book around "the central strategic issues facing Washington." Although "[t]he book's breadth at times comes at the expense of depth," this is "an accessible book that touches on the most important topics facing policymakers and the public."

Carr, Matthew. The Infernal Machine: A History of Terrorism. New York: New Press, 2007.

According to Hampson, AFIO WIN 13-07 (2 Apr. 2007), this is "an in-depth history of terrorism and terrorist groups." The author believes that "taking terrorism head-on with force-on-force energizes recruitment and strengthens the enemy, and that "governments can and have successfully negotiated with terrorist groups." Freeman, Booklist (via Amazon.com), finds it unfortunate that "Carr ignores fundamental differences between various groups. Also, he frequently falls into the trap of 'moral equivalency.'" Although there is "some valuable information here, this is hardly the sober, disinterested examination of modern terrorism that our age requires."

Cassara, John A. Hide and Seek: Intelligence, Law Enforcement, and the Stalled War on Terrorist Finance. Washington, DC: Potomac Books, 2006.

Peake, Studies 50.4 (2006) and Intelligencer 15.2 (Fall-Winter 2006-2007), notes that the author is a veteran of the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). However, "the book is not as helpful as it might have been," since Cassara basically has listed "well-known problems without providing specific solutions."

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