Global Corporate Intelligence: Opportunities, Technologies, and Threats in the 1990s

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long as politically motivated elements perceive themselves as too weak politically or militarily to engage their adversary, the possibility of terrorism exists. Furthermore, as long as nations see the support of terrorist groups as furthering their objectives with little cost, state support of terrorism will continue, and international cooperation will be unable to solve the basic issues.

Corporations are not in a position to do battle with terrorists. The cost to personnel as well as corporation assets is too high. Most importantly, the purpose of corporations is not to be confused with that of governments. But corporations must be concerned with their own security and the extent to which terrorist activity disrupts their commercial ventures. For that reason alone, corporations must secure the kind of intelligence that will enable them to advise their personnel wisely as to the proper measures that they can implement for protection.

Personnel must be advised of the dangers of an overseas assignment and of travel in general. They must be advised of the dangers of kidnapping and of attack. Procedures must be established within the corporation that will enable it to work quickly and clandestinely with insurance agents and officials of foreign governments as well as officials of its own government.

Corporations, like governments, will never be able to control all of the factors that will enable them to dodge the terrorist arm. To promise such control would be to misrepresent the possible. Yet to act in ignorance is to invite disaster. There is no choice but to prepare for the unexpected.


NOTES
1.
Cited in Elie Kedourie, "Political Terrorism in the Muslim World," in Terrorism: How the West Can Win, ed. Benjamin Netanyahu ( New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1986), 71.
2.
Jerrold M. Post, "Hostilité, Conformité, Fraternité: The Group Dynamics of Terrorist Behavior," International Journal of Group Psychotherapy 36 ( April 1986): 212.
3.
Quoted in Nathan Leites, "Understanding the Next Act," Terrorism: An International Journal 3 ( 1979): 29.
4.
Walter Laqueur, The Age of Terrorism ( Boston and Toronto: Little, Brown and Company, 1987), 48ff.
5.
Leites, "Understanding the Next Act,"8.
6.
Jerrold M. Post, "It's Us against Them: The Group Dynamics of Political Terrorism," Terrorism: An International Journal 10 ( 1987): 23-35.
7.
Ariel Merari, Anat Kurz, Maskit Burgin, Sofia Kotzer, Yoel Kozak, Tamar Prat, David Tal, Yael Treiber, and Orit Zilka, INTER: International Terrorism in 1987 ( Jerusalem: Jerusalem Post, 1988).
8.
John Kifner, "That's What the Weathermen Are Supposed to Be . . . 'Vandals in the Mother Country,'" New York Times Magazine, January 4, 1970, 15.
9.
See Martin Kramer, "The Structure of Shi'ite Terrorism," in Contemporary Trends in World Terrorism, ed. Anat Kurz ( New York and Westport, Conn.: Praeger Publishers, 1987), 43-52; Yoram Schweitzer, "Terrorism: A Weapon in the Shi'ite Arsenal," ibid., 66-74; and Elie Kedourie, "Political Terror in the Muslim World," Encounter 68 ( February 1987): 12-16.

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