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International Political Network
Series IX: Terrorism
Moderated by Mark Meredith; 01:00 Meredith introduces himself, the topic, and the panel; 08:05 Marvin Leibstone begins his discussion. He talks about his experience at his last presentation; 10:14 Leibstone talks about the definition of terrorism. He mentions that terrorism is a specific type of tactic or operational mode by a group. He also talks about the perception of guerilla warfare groups as freedom fighters rather than terrorists; 13:52 Leibstone talks about what terrorism is not and the level of violence that can occur; 18:10 Leibstone talks about politics before violence. He also talks about military violence and guerilla warfare; 21:23 Audience member asks if Leibstone will be talking about acts of terrorism from a government upon its own people. Leibstone expands on the topic of illegitimate terrorism; 22:15 Leibstone talks about the international terrorist events and groups that have occurred since 1968. Each terrorist organization adheres to a specific belief system. He talks about the Jewish Defense League in the United States as a religious terrorist group. An example of a separatist terrorist organization he provides is the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Leibstone then provides examples of political groups, that being the IRA Provisionals or the Weathermen; 25:59 Leibstone states that the organizations on the left are usually the â€œMarxist-Leninistâ€ groups and lists some of the names of the groups. He also talks about Maoist oriented groups; 31:17 Leibstone talks about operational strategy and the groups that either operate transnationally, internationally, or are a domestic group; 35:00 Leibstone talks about the role of the media and government regarding terrorist groups; 36:11 Leibstone mentions that terrorism does not always result in war and there are very few cases where a terrorist group actually achieved their long-range political objective; 40:59 Leibstone talks about the groups that did achieve their long-range political goals. He also talks about the use of media as a short-range goal; 44:20 Leibstone talks about the type of acts of terror such as kidnappings, bombings, assaults, incendiary acts, assassinations, and sniping; 47:20 Leibstone talks about the mercenary terrorist in it for the money. He continues to talk about acts of terrorism; 53:25 Leibstone provides an example of an act of terrorism influenced by an international group, that being the Lod Massacre in 1972; 56:00 Brian E. Fisher begins his discussion. He talks about the intelligence side of terrorism; 58:50 Fisher talks about the interaction between intervention services such as the police and FBI. He also talks about the news media in the mix of terrorists and the police; 01:01:37 James D. Henderson begins his discussion. He focuses on contemporary left American history and counterterrorism; 01:03:49 Hans von Ploetz begins his discussion. He agrees with Leibstoneâ€™s definition of terrorism; 01:05:25 Ploetz talks about the similarities and differences of terrorism between countries; 01:07:30 Panel opens to the audience for questions. First audience member asks if the German government has not over reacted to acts of terrorism on public institutions; 01:12:55 Audience member asks if organizations like the IRA and Red Brigades actually support the plights of the Palestinians or they get involved because the groups are similar and want to help each other out; 01:16:27 Audience member asks if there is one identifying purpose of all terrorist groups. Leibstone explains that all terrorist groups are minority organizations that are weak and feel oppressed but believe they are freedom fighters; 01:17:55 Audience member asks about German terrorism and West Germany; 01:25:30 Audience member asks about transnational and international terrorism; 01:26:20 Audience member asks if Leibstone could address the individual personality and how it converges or relates to a terrorist group; 01:33:56 Audience member asks about United States support in South Africa; 01:36:01 Meredith asks the panelists to talk about how they gain their information about terrorist organizations and how they respond to the organizations; 01:49:08 Panel ends and Meredith thanks the panelists.
Fisher, Brian E.
Henderson, James D.
Von Ploetz, Hans
CWA/Archives, University of Colorado at Boulder
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