Accession Number : ADA543917


Title :   Freed: Ripples of the Convicted and Released Terrorist in America


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Brown, Michael A.


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA543917


Report Date : MAR 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 149


Abstract : The release of convicted terrorists from American prisons is inevitable. This thesis frames and initiates discourse about this unexplored phase of the terrorism continuum. Utilizing a grounded theory approach, we arrive at four findings: (1) we do not yet know to what extent convicted and released terrorists pose a threat; (2) convicted terrorists are treated no differently from an administrative or social standpoint from most other criminals; (3) the American public knows very little about convicted and released terrorists; and (4) there is no defined entity responsible for convicted and released terrorists. We then extrapolate the political, social, and legal implications of these findings, including whether our theoretical or structural frameworks are adequate to the threat. How might such a threat be measured or determined, by whom, and with what policy consequences? We look at existing models ranging from sex offender registries to megacommunities and existing sociological theories of terrorism as potential tools with which to address this complex and interdisciplinary issue.


Descriptors :   *LAW ENFORCEMENT, *PRISONS, *TERRORISTS, *UNITED STATES, SOCIOLOGY, SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, CRIMINOLOGY, TERRORISM, RIPPLES, THESES, THEORY, COUNTERTERRORISM


Subject Categories : GOVERNMENT AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
      SOCIOLOGY AND LAW


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE