The Terrorist-Criminal Nexus: An Alliance of International Drug Cartels, Organized Crime, and Terror Groups (Hardback)Jennifer L. Hesterman (author)
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Postmodern global terrorist groups engage sovereign nations asymmetrically with prolonged, sustained campaigns driven by ideology. Increasingly, transnational criminal organizations operate with sophistication previously only found in multinational corporations. Unfortunately, both of these entities can now effectively hide and morph, keeping law enforcement and intelligence agencies in the dark and on the run.
Perhaps more disturbing is the fact that al Qaeda, Hezbollah, FARC, drug cartels, and increasingly violent gangs-as well as domestic groups such as the Sovereign Citizens-are now joining forces. Despite differing ideologies, they are threatening us in new and provocative ways. The Terrorist-Criminal Nexus: An Alliance of International Drug Cartels, Organized Crime, and Terror Groups frames this complex issue using current research and real-world examples of how these entities are sharing knowledge, training, tactics, and-in increasing frequency-joining forces.
Providing policy makers, security strategists, law enforcement and intelligence agents, and students with new evidence of this growing threat, this volume:Examines current and future threats from international and domestic criminal and terror groupsIdentifies specific instances in which these groups are working together or in parallel to achieve their goalsDiscusses the "lifeblood" of modern organizations-the money trailDescribes how nefarious groups leverage both traditional funding methods and e-commerce to raise, store, move, and launder moneyExplores the social networking phenomenon and reveals how it is the perfect clandestine platform for spying, communicating, recruiting, and spreading propagandaInvestigates emergent tactics such as the use of human shields, and the targeting of first responders, schools, hospitals, and churches
This text reveals the often disregarded, misunderstood, or downplayed nexus threat to the United States. Proving definitively that such liaisons exist despite differing ideologies, the book provides a thought-provoking new look at the complexity and phenomena of the terrorist-criminal nexus.
This book was excerpted in the February/March 2013 issue of The Counter Terrorist.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Number of pages: 351
Weight: 612 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 23 mm
" ... Jennifer L. Hesterman has a solid professional career as a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel with multiple unit commands, including leadership of an Air Force Base EOC during 9-11... . The Terrorist-Criminal Nexus squarely focuses on the threat posed by violent non-state actors (VNSAs) and their increasing levels of interaction and cooperation. ... As a reviewer, I very much enjoyed the chapters of the work on terrorist and criminal traditional financing methods (Ch. 6) and on terrorist and criminal exploitation of E-commerce (Ch. 7). They provided a nice contrast between the old and the new methods of raising, storing, and moving wealth via the illicit (dark) economy. Also, the inclusion of 'drug cartels' in the book - and considered by Hesterman distinct from organized criminals - was of great interest ... ."
" ... aimed at North America, but much applies to the UK."
-Professional Security Magazine Online
" ... the reader's awareness of this alarming alliance of politically or religiously motivated terrorists and materialistic criminals will undoubtedly be heightened by this work."
-Hugh J. Martin, Retired Police Chief, Wisconsin, in Security Management