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The Future of Terrorism Investigation

Investigation The very phenomenon and nature of terrorism have changed dramatically during the

past 100 years. Modern technology has made it possible for virtually anyone, living

almost anywhere, to perpetrate a meaningful terrorist attack. The objective of the terror-

ist is to use fear to make the government or population change its direction with respect

to whatever the extremist desires. For some political extremists, the change being sought

is drastic and involves major alterations in how the population will live. For many other

extremists, the desired changes are fairly specific in nature, do not require the overthrow

of the government, and will not greatly alter the way in which most people live their

lives. The terrorist is impatient. He wants the change to occur immediately. He is also

not usually interested in compromise. He wants everything that he demands, not just

part of it.