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Terrorism and counter-intelligence : how terrorist groups elude detection

Author: Blake W Mobley
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2012.
Series: Columbia studies in terrorism and irregular warfare.
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"A key component of Mobley's approach is to identify and keep close watch on areas that often exhibit weakness. While some counterintelligence pathologies occur more frequently among certain terrorist groups, destructive bureaucratic tendencies, such as mistrust and paranoia, pervade all organizations. Through detailed case studies, Mobley shows how to recognize and capitalize on these shortcomings within a group's  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Blake W Mobley
ISBN: 9780231158763 0231158769 9780231528092 0231528094
OCLC Number: 760904900
Description: viii, 340 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
The Provisional Irish Republican Army --
Fatah and Black September --
Al Qa'ida --
The Egyptian Islamic Group --
Failure in embryonic terrorist groups --
Terrorism and counterintelligence.
Series Title: Columbia studies in terrorism and irregular warfare.
Other Titles: Terrorism and counterintelligence
Responsibility: Blake W. Mobley.

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"A key component of Mobley's approach is to identify and keep close watch on areas that often exhibit weakness. While some counterintelligence pathologies occur more frequently among certain terrorist groups, destructive bureaucratic tendencies, such as mistrust and paranoia, pervade all organizations. Through detailed case studies, Mobley shows how to recognize and capitalize on these shortcomings within a group's organizational structure, popular support, and controlled territory, and he describes the tradeoffs terrorist leaders make to maintain cohesion and power. He ultimately shows that no group can achieve perfect secrecy while functioning effectively and that every adaptation or new advantage supposedly attained by these groups also produces new vulnerabilities."--

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