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Investigating Terrorism. Current Political, Legal and Psychological Issues

  • ID: 3024956
  • Book
  • January 2015
  • 288 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Investigating Terrorism takes a look behind the closed doors of terrorist cases, and at the entire judicial process of these cases from heated debates in both Houses of Parliament, through arrest, prosecution and imprisonment. In doing so, it confronts many of the crucial political, enforcement, legal and psychological issues currently influencing major decision makers in this arena.

Specialist contributors discuss recently–released research into the effectiveness of front–line counter terrorism officers in their dealings with terrorist suspects, including the findings from a study commissioned by New Scotland Yard into the effectiveness of police interviews with terrorist suspects. Also included are strategic reviews of many of the major legislative changes and subsequent high profile legal challenges that have repeatedly undermined government policy. Contributors provide a clear psychological understanding of aspects of terrorist behaviour, including insights into what drives individuals to become suicide bombers.  

Contributions come from both senior police officers and psychologists.  Contributors Lord Carlile, the former HMG s Independent Reviewer of Terrorist legislation, and Peter Clarke, the recently retired Head of Terrorist Investigations for the UK, combine academic credentials and understanding with substantial policy or practitioner experience. This combination of perspectives ensures a holistic and richly informed view of the subject and issues.

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About the Editor ix

About the Contributors x

Introduction 1

Part I Political, Legal and Policing Context 9

1 The Impact and Consequences of Terrorist Legislation in the United Kingdom Since 2001: A Review 11
Lord Carlile of Berriew, QC, and Carys Owen

2 Investigating Terrorism in the First Decade of the Twenty–First Century: A Different Sort of Crime 31
Peter Clarke

Part II The Criminal Justice Process 43

3 Challenge, Compromise and Collaboration: Part of the Skill Set Necessary for Interviewing a Failed Suicide Bomber 45
John Pearse

4 Urgent Interviews and the Concept of Oppression in Terrorist Cases 66
Max Hill, QC

5 Defence Counsel in Terrorism Trials 80
Peter Carter, QC

6 An Garda Síochána Model of Investigative Interviewing of Witnesses and Suspects 100
Geraldine Noone

7 Risk Assessment of Terrorist Offenders: A Challenge Too Far? 123
Gisli H. Gudjonsson, AdrianWest and Amy McKee

8 Hostage Negotiation and Communication Skills in a Terrorist Environment 144
Simon Wells

Part III Individual and Group Perspectives 167

9 Understanding Suicide Terrorism: Insights from Psychology, Lessons from History 169
Andrew Silke

10 Taking Anders Breivik Seriously as a Political Terrorist 180
Robert Lambert

11 Social Psychology and the Investigation of Terrorism 202
Karl Roberts

12 Community Surveillance and Terrorism 214
Clive Walker and Simon McKay

13 Thinking about Peace While Engaged in Counter–Terrorism: The Primacy of Intelligence 239
John G. D. Grieve

Index 259

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John Pearse
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