chapter  5
4 Pages

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.