Excerpt from the Introduction:
Understanding the maritime threat requires an historical review of criminal and terrorist elements. A closer look at the methodologies of terrorism gives greater insight to the maritime condition as it stands today. Some threats have remained for years; others are practiced daily in far away places, distant from the comfort we call our homeland.
This book will not pretend to provide answers to all of the threats we face – only provide greater magnification for understanding. Prevention comes by recognizing the possibilities and then developing sufficient contingency plans. Circumstances currently exist allowing the possibility of terrorist actions within our borders. Far too often, we allow these opportunities by living in denial, or by yielding too much latitude to groups opposed to responsible societal control.
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