Controlling Political Terrorism in a Free Society

  • John B. Wolf
Part of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety book series (CJPS)


Skyjackings, abductions, bombings, slayings, and the seizure of hostages and government buildings are the tactics usually employed by political terrorists, whose victims range from helpless school children, religious pilgrims, vacationing travelers, and business executives to diplomats, officers of government, and dignitaries. During the 1970s, acts of terrorist brutality were commonplace, as leftist terrorists, who, according to the Italian prime minister Francesco Cossiga, “strike at the heart of the state” by murdering magistrates, businessmen, and police officers, competed with neo-Fascist or black gangs for notoriety. Right-wing extremists, preferring the massacre because it promotes panic and impulsive reactions, do not receive as much publicity as such leftist organizations as the Italian Red Brigades, but they are equally dangerous. On August 2, 1980, one of Italy’s neo-Fascist terrorist gangs is believed to have been responsible for an explosion at a Bologna railroad station that killed 76 people.


Police Officer Terrorist Group Free Society Political Terrorism York City Police Department 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • John B. Wolf
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  1. 1.John Jay College of Criminal JusticeThe City University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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