VPTF Combat Terrorism

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Homer Lea Military Gospel – Overpopulation/Consumption as Source of Resource Conflict

Feb 86: Public Report of the Vice President’s Task Force on Combatting Terrorism

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Arguably the most authoritative work on terrorism was the February 1986 Report of the Vice President’s Task Force on Combatting Terrorism, chaired by Vice President George Bush, Sr. Yet no mention of the study has appeared in the press since September 11, 2001. On that day, the George Bush Library archivist, Melissa Walker, pulled it from her files in anticipation of interest by the media. But not until October 29th did she receive her first request. It was from CRPS. This report concludes that the root cause of terrorism is overpopulation. This determination the Vatican no doubt finds highly offensive since all of the solutions to the population problem undermine papal authority. – Population Security: Is Global Overpopulation a National and Global Security Threat?.

Profile of a Terrorist: The motivations of those who engage in terrorism are many and varied, with activities spanning industrial societies to underdeveloped regions. Fully 60 percent of the Third World population is under 20 years of age; half are 15 years or less. These population pressures create a volatile mixture of youthful aspirations that when coupled with economic and political frustrations help form a large pool of potential terrorists. Many terrorists have a deep belief in the justice of their cause. They are tough and vicious and may have little regard for their own lives or those of their victims in attempting to achieve their goals. Others may even be hired assassins.

Terrorism and the Media: Terrorism is a form of propaganda, demanding publicity to be effective. Among the factors cited for the increases in both the number and sensational nature of incidents is the terrorists’ success in achieving wider publicity and influencing a much broader audience. Terrorists see the media’s role in conveying their messages worldwide as essential to achieving their goals. Tithe violence is spectacular, wide coverage is usually assured. Terrorist acts are newsworthy, and the media see coverage as a professional, competitive responsibility. Some in the media have claimed that intense coverage helps to resolve an incident and that putting the hostages on television may actually save their lives. The other side of this argument is that untimely or inaccurate information released by the media can interfere with resolution of an incident, foreclose options for dealing with it, or unwittingly provide intelligence information to terrorists, which prolongs an incident or endangers lives.

Study the Relationship between Terrorism and the Domestic and International Legal System: International and domestic legal systems are adequate to deal with conventional war and crime. However, on occasion, questions of jurisdiction and authority arise when it comes to terrorism. For example, there are ambiguities concerning the circumstances under which military force is appropriate in dealing with terrorism. This lack of clarity about the international law enforcement relationships and legal systems could limit governments’ power to act quickly and forcefully. The Departments of State and Justice should encourage private and academic study to determine how international law might be used to hasten—rather than hamper—efforts to respond to an act of terrorism. – The Public Report of the VP’s Task Force on Combatting Terrorism [PDF].
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Table of Contents

  • Significant 1985 Terrorist Incidents Involving U.S. Citizens
  • The Growing Threat of Terrorism
    • THE NATURE OF TERRORISM
    • PROFILE OF A TERRORIST
    • INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM
    • DOMESTIC VULNERABILITY
  • U.S. Policy and Response to Terrorists
    • CURRENT POLICY
    • EVOLUTION OF POLICY
    • RANGE OF RESPONSES TO TERRORISM
    • Managing Terrorist Incidents
      • Coping with the Threat
      • Alleviating Causes of Terrorism
    • U.S. RESOURCES FOR COMBATTING TERRORISM
    • PERSONAL AND PHYSICAL SECURITY
    • FEDERAL AGENCIES’ ROLES IN COMBATTING TERRORISM
    • INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
    • CONSIDERATIONS IN DETERMINING RESPONSES
    • INTELLIGENCE
  • The Role of Congress in Combatting Terrorism
    • CURRENT LEGISLATION
    • PENDING LEGISLATION
    • POTENTIAL LEGISLATION
  • Viewpoint of the American People
  • Terrorism and the Media
  • Task Force Conclusions and Recommendations
    • NATIONAL POLICY AND PROGRAM RECOMMENDATIONS
      • National Programming Document
      • Policy Criteria for Response to Terrorists
      • Establish New National Security Council Position
      • Speak with One Voice
      • Review American Personnel Requirements in High-Threat Areas
    • INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION RECOMMENDATIONS
      • Pursue Additional International Agreements
      • Close Extradition Loopholes
      • Impose Sanctions Against Vienna Convention Violators
      • Evaluate and Strengthen Airport and Port Security
    • INTELLIGENCE RECOMMENDATIONS
      • Establish a Consolidated Intelligence Center on Terrorism
      • Increased Collection of Human Intelligence
      • Exchange of Intelligence between Governments
    • LEGISLATIVE RECOMMENDATIONS
      • Make Murder of U.S. Citizens Outside the Country a Federal Crime
      • Establish the Death Penalty for Hostage Murders
      • Form a Joint Committee on Intelligence
      • Establish Additional Incentives for Terrorist Information
      • Prohibit Mercenary Training Camps
      • Stop Terrorist Abuse of the Freedom of Information Act
      • Study the Relationship between Terrorism and the Domestic and International Legal System
      • Determine if Certain Private Sector Activities Are Illegal
    • COMMUNICATIONS RECOMMENDATIONS
      • Expand our Current Support Program for Hostage Families
      • Launch a Public Education Effort
      • Working with the Media
  • Appendix I VICE PRESIDENT’S TASK FORCE ON COMBATTING TERRORISM
  • Appendix II
    • RESPONSIBILITIES OF PRINCIPAL DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
      • Department of Justice
      • Department of Transportation
      • Department of Defense
      • Central Intelligence Agency
      • Department of the Treasury
      • Interagency Programs

» Military Gospel: Feb 1986 VP Bush Task Force on Combatting Terrorism.

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