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The International Reporting (and Life) Adventures of Vivian Salama

Terrorists and the Media

Posted by vmsalama on December 23, 2007

This quote by Jack Straw – Britain’s former Foreign Secretary – I find to be extremely fascinating, and a sign of the times.  It directly correlates with my Newsweek article from earlier this week entitled ASK A TERRORIST (on my blog, it is listed as the post immediately preceding this one). 

“The advent of new technologies, advanced means of communication and evermore sophisticated ways of moving money around have already influenced the way terrorists operate and will continue to do so.  Terrorist organizers and fundraisers no longer have to be in the same country as their target or indeed as each other.  Their communications to each other can be encrypted.  And there is the potential, if the right targets are hit (such as strategic computer systems running banking or air traffic control operations), to affect thoughts of even millions of people.”

Jack Straw, UK Home Secretary

(quoted from O’Brien, Kevin A. “Information Age Terrorism and Warfare.” Globalisation and the New Terror: the Asia Pacific dimension. Aldershot, England: Edward Elgar. 2004, 127.)

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