Fear of Fear pp 89-107 | Cite as

Approaches to Antiterrorism

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


A democratic society, although dedicated to the peaceful settlement of dissent and disagreement, must devise and implement legislation which permits its police to conduct antiterror operations, otherwise it may one day come to realize that it has ceased to govern a free people. Some Latin American countries, for example, unable to control the extension and development of a terrorist organization through the use of traditional police methods, have devised and implemented state-of-siege legislation which prohibits all public dissent, and utilizes military courts martial to handle a wide range of offenses, from kidnapping to guerrilla ambushes of police personnel. Although a generally successful counterterrorist technique, a state-of-siege decree often results in a shift of power to the armed forces who use it to overturn or control most civilian institutions, arguing that a terrorist movement is only a manifestation of the decay of a nation’s political and social structure. Democracy as a viable institution, therefore, ceases to exist.


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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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