An Overview of Investigative Techniques as They Apply to Terrorism
There are no investigative techniques that can only be employed in terrorism
investigations. Conversely, there are no investigative techniques employed in ordinary
criminal cases that cannot also be applied in at least some terrorism investigations.
Nonetheless, terrorism investigations are different in many respects from the average
criminal matters that investigators normally address. While the investigative techniques
employed may be essentially the same, their application is often different. If nothing
else, the use of certain techniques is more constrained in terrorism cases. The terrorist
is motivated by his political objectives, which are all-consuming. His whole life
is controlled by his political goals. His values and mores are governed in many respects
by his political agenda. If his activities result in a profit, it is for the benefit of
his political organization, not for himself.