New Age of Terrorism
By S.K Awasthi
Terrorism continues to adapt to meet the challenges of emerging forms of conflict and exploit developments in technology and society. Terrorism has demonstrated increasing abilities to adapt to counterterrorism meaures and political failure. Terrorists are developing new capabilities of attack and improving the efficiency of existing mehtods.
Terrorists have shown the ability to adapt to the techniques and methods of counter-terror agencies and intelligence organizations over the long term. Terrorists have also been quick to use new technologies and adapt existing ones to their uses. The debate over privacy of computer data was largely spurred by the specter of terrorists planning and communicating with encrypted data beyond law enforcement's ability to intercept or decode this data.
Terrorists have also demonstarted significant resiliency after disruption by counter-terrorist action. Some groups have redefined themselves after being defeated or being forced into dormancy. The shining path of peru (Sendero Luminosa) lost its leadership cadre and founding leader to counter-terrorism efforst by the Peruvian government in 1993.
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