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Psychology of Terrorism. Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. --- Voltaire. Scope of Psychology of Terrorism.

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Psychology of Terrorism

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.--- Voltaire

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Scope of Psychology of Terrorism.

  • “There is a broad spectrum of terrorist groups and organizations, each of which has a different psychology, motivation and decision making structure. Indeed, one should not speak of terrorist psychology in the singular, but rather of terrorist psychologies” (Post, 20012).

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Early Origins of Terrorism

  • Reign of Terror, The Terror (French: la Terreur) -France

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Little Did You Know!

  • Not just narcissism, hostility toward parents.

  • Mental illness not a critical factor-most not “psychopaths.”

  • No terrorist profile.

  • Not all promote violence.

  • Not much research on recruitment.

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IRA-The Provisional Irish Republican Army (Irish: Óglaigh na hÉireann)

  • 1969-The Troubles

  • Force of Arms, Political Persuasion

  • All-Island Ireland State. (Socialist)

  • 2005-End of Force of Arms

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  • 1991-Fall of the Iron Curtain

  • Different groups with political, economic and/or ideological motivations.

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Zapatista Army of National Liberation

  • indigenous peoples and some urban

  • 1994-Declared War against the Mexican State.

  • Violent and Nonviolent-Internet Propaganda.

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African National Congress

  • 1912, 2004

  • Bring all Africans together as one people to defend their rights and freedoms.

  • Religious and Cultural Motivations.

  • Nelson Mandela-Noble Peace Prize

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The Weatherman-”You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”

  • 1969

  • Destruction of imperial government-classless world-communism

  • Bombings, jailbreaks, riots.

  • Disbanded 1973, end of Vietnam War.

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The London Train Bombings 7/7

  • July 7, 2005.

  • Suicide Bombers, Al-Qaeda.

  • 52 Victims, More victims than any IRA attack, not that many deaths since bombings in WWII.

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The following men are stated to have carried out the attacks:

  • The bombers caught on CCTV at Luton railway station at 07:21 a.m. on 7 July. From left to right, Hasib Hussain, Germaine Lindsay, Mohammad Sidique Khan, and Shehzad Tanweer.[20] (Image: Crown copyright)

  • Mohammad Sidique Khan (30) - Edgware Road Tube 8.50 a.m. Lived in Dewsbury with his heavily pregnant wife and young child. (Hasina Patel miscarried August 2005).

  • Shehzad Tanweer (22) - Aldgate Tube 8.50 a.m. Lived in Leeds with his mother and father working in a fish and chip shop.

  • Germaine Lindsay (19) - Russell Square 8.50 a.m. Lived in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire with his pregnant wife.

  • Hasib Hussain (18) - Tavistock Square 9.47 a.m. Lived in Leeds with his brother Imran and sister-in-law Shazia.