Terror Criteria & Targets

Terroristic Acts can be defined by using the following criteria

Criterion I: The act must be aimed at attaining a political, economic, religious, or social goal.

Criterion II: There must be evidence of an intention to coerce, intimidate, or convey some other message to a larger audience (or audiences) than the immediate victims.

Criterion III: The action must be outside the context of legitimate warfare activities, i.e. the act must be outside the parameters permitted by international humanitarian law (particularly the admonition against deliberately targeting civilians or non-combatants).

Typical Terror Targets

Abortion Related (mostly US )
Commercial Aircraft
Commercial Airports
Businesses (targeted nationalities or targeted industries/companies)
Diplomatic
Educational Institutions
Food or Water Supplies (contamination)
Government (General)
Journalists & Media
Maritime
Military
Militia
NGO
Police
Private Citizens & Property
Religious Figures/Institutions
Telecommunication sites
Terrorists
Tourists
Transportation
Utilities/Infrastructure

Attack Types include

Individual Armed Assault (‘Lone Wolf’)’
Group Armed Assault
Assassination (any method – defined target)
Hostage Taking (planned or oportunistic)
Kidnapping
Bombing/IED
Hijacking
Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Suicide Attack
Unarmed Assault

Weapons typically used by terrorists include

Aircraft
Biological
Blunt weapons
Chemical
Edged weapons
Explosives (home made, commercial, military)
Fake Weapons (threat and intimidation)
Firearms (very available in SA)
Incendiary (including petrol bombs/dousing)
Melee/forced stampede (Fulham 15 Sept injuries)
Nuclear (potential)
Poison
Radiological (rare)
Vehicle (current trend)

A SATAC Open Source Article By Andy Grudko

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