Eco-Warriors, Nihilistic Terrorists, and the Environment

Eco-Warriors, Nihilistic Terrorists, and the Environment

Eco-Warriors, Nihilistic Terrorists, and the Environment

Eco-Warriors, Nihilistic Terrorists, and the Environment

Synopsis

First published in 1985, this book looks at the victimisation of women, focusing on the four main areas of incest, rape, physical violence, and sexual harassment. Elizabeth Stankoe(tm)s work is based on original research and interviews with police forces, victims and others involved. It examines womene(tm)s experiences of male violence and looks at the reactions of those to whom women complain, including police officers, judges and union officials. The book analyses the decision making process of the criminal justice system and of administrative personnel at the time of publication, and Stanko shows how such institutions can be carriers of a male point of view.

Excerpt

Today, the natural environment is threatened by many forces, the most powerful of which is mankind. We are aggressively destroying this essential part of our own existence. The wounded state of the environment is now apparent in many regions of the world and has attracted the attention of individuals and organizations who either want to protect it or further exploit it for personal advantage. Terrorists, loosely defined as individuals or groups who use violent acts to achieve various social or political goals, now have a nexus with the natural environment.

This book deals with this dangerous nexus and the security methods that can protect individuals and organizations from the actions of those terrorists who perceive the natural environment as a motivational cause, vulnerable target, or powerful weapon. The natural environment, human violence, and security are subjects that have engaged my interest for most of my adult life. These interests led to and were enhanced by my choice of careers. First, an early career in the U.S. Army’s Special Forces, where training and operations in wild regions of the world developed my appreciation of the importance of wilderness to human existence. Then, a lengthy career in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) taught me more about the human capacity for violence and our ability to commit and then justify horrific crimes than all my years of formal education. My current career as an associate professor of justice, law, and security at La Roche College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has given me the opportunity to study and advance my knowledge in the areas of violent crime, terrorism, and security. This book is the culmination of individual experience and academic study.

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