Rise of the terrorist professors

Toolis, Kevin
June 2004
New Statesman;6/14/2004, Vol. 133 Issue 4692, p26
Offers a look at the rise of the study of terrorism in academia. Claim that counter-terrorism can be used as an intellectual justification for authoritarianism, military repression and neoconservativism; Corporations that fund terrorism studies at academic institutes; Statement that defining a group as "terrorist" automatically delegitimizes both its methods and its political aims; Failure of terrorism studies to provide insights into the future political strategy and tactics of any terrorist organization; Creation of the ideology of counter-terrorism by Binyamin Netanyahu; Statement that intelligence is rarely detached from the aims of the political leadership that controls its public dissemination; Connection of counter-terrorist academic centers to the aims of the Israeli state.


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