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Thinking Like a Terrorist: Insights of a Former FBI Undercover Agent Paperback – January 1, 2008
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Differentiates amont various types of terrorists to better evaluate solutions for stopping them
Includes case studies of different terrorist groups, such as the Ku Klux Klan, the Irish Republican Army, and al Qaeda --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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His analysis of the current situation is that our Government and particularily its intelligence agencies have not understood the way that terrorists think, what it is that they are really after, how they are really organized and much more.
I unfortunately don't know enough about the situation to know if everything he says is true. However, there are a few things that come through strongly.
1. Our government has clearly misunderstood what's been happening.
2. The terrorists are not stupid, and clearly believe in what they are doing.
3. We may be playing deliberately into their desired goals.
4. Going against the rules of our own constitution in terms of wiretaps, holding people without trial, ignoring the due process of law, torture, illegal prisons in foreign countries, in short the whole Patriot's Act will do us more harm than good. As Franklin is rumored to have said: 'Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.'
I am about three quarters through with the book and I can't say that this book is one that you can't put down, but I don't think it was written as a novel. I have enjoyed the book as an educational document. I would highly recommend it to anyone who would like to understand a little more of what is going on behind the scenes of today's terrorists; what motivates them to carry out their attacks and what philosophies they adhere to. Great Job
And what he learned about terrorism from his first-hand experience flies in the face of much of the conventional wisdom on the subject, but makes far more sense than the conventional wisdom, if you really think about it. Moreover, his findings have important implications for how best to fight terrorism. If we don't understand what motivates terrorists and what they're trying to accomplish, we run the risk of playing right into their hands and giving them exactly what they want.Read more ›
Thank you Mike German.
The following ideas are the necessary ideas to being a fascist government:
1. A Cult of Tradition.
2. The rejection of modernism.
3. A compulsion to action for action's sake.
4. The inability to withstand analytical criticism.
5. An exploitation of the fear of difference.
6. An appeal to a frustrated middle class.
7. The obsession with a plot.
8. Humiliation at the wealth and force of the enemy, yet conviction the enemy can be defeated.
9. An acceptance of life as permanent warfare, for pacifism is considered trafficking with the enemy.
10. Popular elitism exhibiting contempt for the weak.
11. The possibility that everybody can become a hero.
12. A machismo ethic implying both disdain for women and intolerance and condemnation of nonstandard sexual habits, from chastity to homosexuality.
13. A selective populism that disdains parliamentary government.
14. U-Fascism speaks Newsspeak (a reference to Orwell's 1984.).
The author states that the methods that have worked in defeating terrorism have been to treat them as criminals. Bobby Sands and 9 others starved to death because the British quite treating them as political prisoners and started treating them like the "other criminals". Getting rid of Habeas Corpus and rounding up civilians didn't make them mad; in fact that was part of the plan. The author further states that the government should always follow the rule of law, mentioning that when torture has been used, it works to the advantage of the enemy. I picked this up at the Wichita Public Library.
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Fascinating information about what makes a terrorist tick, from a man that spent a long time studying them!Published 12 days ago by Allen D. Alloway
For those of us who have lost our way and need some reminding of what we we're all about, Mr. German kindly reminds us. Osama bin Laden himself told us what he wanted in his jihad. Read morePublished on June 4, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Extremely interesting and insightful. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a new/fresh perspective on terrorists and terrorism.Published on March 3, 2013 by Ryan Siebert
This book can help someone that is interested in the perspectives of an undercover FBI agent. It is unique and a good read.Published on January 9, 2013 by Michael L. Brandon
"Thinking Like A Terrorist" is an intelligent argument by an undercover FBI operative who infiltrated white supremacist groups successfully and who brings his wide-ranging and... Read morePublished on December 15, 2008 by Thomas W. Sulcer
A far left view of the war on terror.
The author believes we should arrest bin laden and haul him before the International Criminal Court (ICC). Read more
Considering 9/11 and current events regarding Al-Qaeda, this book should be on everyone's nightstand.
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