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Understanding

Sept 11.


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Supercourse

A project designed to create a free lecture library of PowerPoint prevention slides, 9212 Academic Faculty from 120 countries with over 800 available Free

Powerpoint Lectures

http://www.pitt.edu/~super1/


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Terrorism

What is it?

Where does it come from?

Why is it used?

What do we fear about Terrorism?



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Terrorism

  • Is an unlawful act of violence

  • Intimidates governments or societies

  • Goal is to achieve political, religious or ideological objectives


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“Putting the horror in the minds of the audience, and not necessarily on the screen”

“…warfare seeks to conquer territories and capture cities;

terrorism seeks to hurt a few people and to scare a lot of people in order to make a point”NYTimes, 1/6/2000


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Educational Deterence necessarily on the screen”

Fear always springs from ignorance.

Emerson, 1837


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Early History of Terrorism necessarily on the screen”

  • Terror has been used to achieve political ends and has a long history

    • As early as 66 – 72 A.D. Resistance to Roman occupation, terrorists killed Roman soldiers and destroyed Roman property.

  • Terror was used to resist occupation.


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Early History of Terrorism necessarily on the screen”

  • Suicidalmartyrdom represented being killed by invaders which resulted in rewards in heaven. It dates back thousands of years in most societies and religions.

  • Terrorism against the enemy is often viewed as a religious act.


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Modern History of Terrorism necessarily on the screen”

  • The term “terrorism” was coined in the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror (1793 – 1794). .

  • This was the birth of Government-Sponsored Terrorism

  • Goal: of State terrorism was to eliminate opposition, consolidate power, e.g., the Vanished in Argentina


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Modern History of Terrorism necessarily on the screen”

  • Anarchists were seen in the late 19th century

  • Individual terrorism

    • The use of selective terror against an individual in order to bring down a government, e.g. Lincoln assassination

  • Propaganda by deeds …terrorists acts

    • Terrorism became tool of communication, propaganda

    • An act of terrorism could rapidly spread a message world wide, e.g. the Kennedy killing


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Modern History of Terrorism: necessarily on the screen”

  • Middle 20th century, terrorism became a tool to end colonialism especially in Africa.

  • The last 20 years of of the 20th century brought religious based terrorism in Northern Ireland, the Middle East, East Timor and many other places.


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Modern History of Terrorism necessarily on the screen”

  • Terrorism is Asymmetric Warfare.

    • Asymmetric warfare is the use of apparently random/unpredictable violence by an weak military against a stronger military to gain advantage. (Allen, 1997).

    • The key of Asymmetric warfare is using using unexpected, unconventional tactics in combat (Craig, 1998).


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Terrorism conclusions necessarily on the screen”

  • Terrorism is an ancienttactic.

  • Terrorism is a mode of communication.

  • Terrorism is a special type of violence and Asymmetrical warfare.

  • Terrorism is used in times of peace, conflicts and war.

  • Terrorism is designed to make a point, through psychological means, fear.

  • Terrorism is a political act.


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Anatomy of a Terrorist Attack necessarily on the screen”

Terrorism takes much

Time and planning

Preparation

5 years

Execution 1 day

Diagnosed case 3 days

First Death

Multiple deaths


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Types of Terrorism necessarily on the screen”

  • Domestic terrorism involves groups whose terrorist activities are directed at elements of our government without foreign involvement. Oklahoma City is a primary example.

  • International terrorism involves groups whose terrorist activities are foreign-based and/or directed by countries or groups outside the United States. Sept. 11 is an example of International Terrorism.


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Methods of Terrorism necessarily on the screen”

  • Nuclear Weapon

  • Biological Agents

  • Chemical Agents

  • Explosive and Incendiary Devices


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Nuclear Terrorism necessarily on the screen”

Spreading of radioactive materials through ventilation system or explosion

Disable nuclear reactor cooling system and cause leakage of radioactive materials

Detonate a nuclear weapon


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Biological terrorism necessarily on the screen”

  • Dispersal of microbes or their toxins to produce illness, death and terror

  • The paths of infection can be contaminated water, food, air and packages.

  • Microbes

    • Bacteria

    • Viruses

    • Toxins

Phillip L. Coule, M.D.


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Is this something new? necessarily on the screen”

  • 14th Century – Kaffa

    • City on Crimean Peninsula

  • Hurled plague infested corpses over walls of city to infest it

Phillip L. Coule, M.D.


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Is this something new? necessarily on the screen”

  • 18th Century French and Indian War

    • British Officers gave blankets from smallpox victims to Indians aligned with French

    • Caused an epidemic in tribes

    • Effective means of incapacitating group

Phillip L. Coule, M.D.


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Motives for bioterrorism necessarily on the screen”


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Responses to Bioterrorism necessarily on the screen”

  • Emergency measures to save lives

  • Early detection of active and potential cases

  • Prevention and management of secondary contamination


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Chemical Agents necessarily on the screen”

  • Chemical agents kill or incapacitate people, destroy livestock or ravage crops

  • Some agents are odorless and tasteless

  • They can have an immediate or a delayed effect


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Example of Chemical Terrorism necessarily on the screen”

  • Sarin nerve agent attacked the Tokyo subway system in March 20, 1995

  • 12 people were killed and 53 were seriously injured

www.jal.co.jp/information/ branch/index-e.html


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Example of Explosion Terrorism necessarily on the screen”

From Emergency Net NEWS Archives, 1994 Document Courtesy of the U.S. Postal Inspector's Office


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In an Emergency necessarily on the screen”

  • IF you believe that you have been exposed to a biological or chemical agent please your teacher, or parents who will contact local health departments and / or your local police or other law enforcement agency



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Risk of Dying United States


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Why did terrorism draw considerable attention in 2001? United States

  • No evidence that terrorism is increasing

  • The risk of dying from terrorism was extremely low in 1990’s, and was still relatively low compared with some diseases in 2001

  • But the risk increased by 500 times in 2001 due to Sept. 11

  • Overall the risk of terrorism has not been high

  • Despite the low risk, shock, surprise and fear engulfed our country and world


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Conclusion United States

  • Terrorism is unlawful act

  • Terrorism has a long history of been used to achieve political, religious and ideological objectives

  • Terrorism can be conducted through nuclear, biological, chemical agents and explosive devices

  • The risk of dying from terrorism is much lower than that from motor vehicles, smoking, and alcoholic beverage.


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The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. United StatesFDR, 1937

Fears are educated into us & can,

if we wish, be educated out. — Karl A. Menninger


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