Magazine article Security Management

The Terrorist's Year in Review

Magazine article Security Management

The Terrorist's Year in Review

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The FBI is our hero in the battle against terrorism and the continual flood of bad news.

According the bureau's report Terrorism in the United States 1990, terrorist incidents in the United States have dropped significantly in the past five years-from 25 in 1986 to seven in 1990. That's great news to a country still slightly anxious about Saddam Hussein's call for "jihad," or holy war.

But the FBI warns against loosening the security belt: "Despite the positive trend, it would be incorrect to conclude that the threat of terrorism in the United States is being eliminated. Throughout the world, the political and social events and conditions which spawn terrorism still remain."

The FBI explains: "In assessing the threat associated with the Persian Gulf crisis, it is important to note that the full ramifications of the crisis have yet to be realized. While the end of the armed conflict has lessened the intensity of the threat, it has not been eliminated. During the next year, it will be essential to follow developments in the Middle East which may impact on potential terrorism related to this crisis."

If 1990 is any indication, we must concentrate on defending ourselves against domestic terrorism. …

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