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Terrorism as a psychological operation

Curtis D. Boyd

Terrorism as a psychological operation

a comparative analysis of the Zionist and the Palestinian terrorist campaigns

by Curtis D. Boyd

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Published by Naval Postgraduate School, Available from National Technical Information Service in Monterey, Calif, Springfield, Va .
Written in English


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Terrorism is a quintessential psychological operation involving the use of violence to convey a message to multiple audiences. As a psychological operation, terrorism produces two effects; one propaganda and the other psychological warfare. The propaganda effects are informative, persuasive, or compelling among neutral, friendly or potentially friendly target audiences. The psychological warfare effects are provocative, disruptive, and coercive among enemy or hostile target audiences. By comparing the Zionist and the Palestinian terrorist campaigns, this thesis demonstrates how terrorism produces psychological warfare and propaganda effects on multiple audiences and the consequences of each. The success of the Jewish resistance resulted from a strategy of terrorism that identified the psychological vulnerabilities of certain audiences, controlled for the psychological warfare and propaganda effects on those audiences, and anticipated audience response. By comparison, the Palestinian resistance did not control for the psychological warfare and propaganda effects on multiple audiences. Palestinian terrorism was exclusively psychological warfare, which failed to propagandize the cause beyond their national constituency. In either case, the success or failure of terrorism should be understood in part by viewing their campaigns of terror through the prism of psychological operations.

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Statement Curtis D. Boyd
The Physical Object
Pagination274 p. ;
Number of Pages274
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Open LibraryOL25506386M

Terrorism is a quintessential psychological operation involving the use of violence to convey a message to multiple audiences. As a psychological operation. The preceding chapter reviewed priority needs for preparing for and responding to the psychological consequences of terrorism and the practical challenges in response, and identified gaps in the infrastructure. Interventions are required to ensure that these priority needs are met and gaps are covered. However, as discussed in the literature review in Chapter 2, .

Preparing for the Psychological Consequences of Terrorism highlights some of the critical issues in responding to the psychological needs that result from terrorism and provides possible options for intervention. The committee offers an example for a public health strategy that may serve as a base from which plans to prevent and respond to the. Get this from a library! The psychology of terrorism. [John Horgan] -- John Horgan presents a detailed, critical analysis of our existing knowledge and understanding of terrorist psychology, and in doing so, highlights substantial shortcomings and limitations of the.

In this fascinating work, psychologists Pyszczynksi, Solomon, and Greenberg explore the social upheaval that occurred after 9/11 in the context of the work of cultural anthropologist Ernest Becker (The Denial of Death, ) Based in empirical research and numerous studies, this persuasive and provocative book should be in all libraries.—Choice Magazine.   The recent surge of terrorism and issues related to its causes are reviewed in this paper from a Middle-Eastern perspective. First, important related issues such as the definition, ideologies, environment, political, and social reasons that are linked to terrorism .


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Psychological warfare (PSYWAR), or the basic aspects of modern psychological Terrorism as a psychological operation book (PSYOP), have been known by many other names or terms, including MISO, Psy Ops, political warfare, "Hearts and Minds", and propaganda. The term is used "to denote any action which is practiced mainly by psychological methods with the aim of evoking a planned psychological.

PSYOP/PSYWAR BOOKS. Abner, Alan. PSYWARRIORS - PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE DURING THE KOREAN WAR: Burd Street Press, Shippensburg, PA, This page paperback booklet is the biography of a fighter pilot who became a.

Terrorism is a vicious species of psychological warfare waged through the media. It is a war for hearts and minds. If one accepts this premise, then the war against terrorism will not be won with smart bombs and missiles. One does not counter psychological warfare with high-tech weapons.

Terrorism is a quintessential psychological operation involving the use of violence to convey a message to multiple audiences. As a psychological operation, terrorism produces two effects; one propaganda and the other psychological : Terrorism is a quintessential psychological operation involving the use of violence to convey a message to multiple audiences.

As a psychological operation, terrorism produces two effects; one propaganda and the other psychological warfare. The psychological science needed to provide proper and effective treatment for victims of horrendous events, such as September 11th, and future potential terrorist acts, simply does not exist, so military, medical, and psychological experts must work together to improve their understanding of mass casualty terrorism.

Discover the best Terrorism Thrillers in Best Sellers. Find the top most popular items in Amazon Kindle Store Best Sellers. Kitson, unhappy with the British army's in-built bias against PSYOP, tried to change the army's traditional “all it takes is a good soldier with a rifle” approach to war.

Another noteworthy book is G. Chaliand, Terrorism: From Popular Struggle to Media Spectacle (London: Saqi Books. Terrorism enhances the ability of a less powerful group to influence a more powerful group through a variety of tactics related to psychological operations (White, ). Today’s terrorists, both foreign and domestic, increasingly have turned to psychological operations as a significant tool and tactic in their asymmetric struggles.

Despite the extraordinary social and political consequences often associated with terrorist violence, as well as our responses to it, psychological research on terrorist behavior is conspicuously underdeveloped.

This special issue of American Psychologist presents a series of articles that showcase new conceptual, theoretical, and empirical advances in our understanding of terrorism. Many of the features and outcomes seen in the war on terrorism and the war on communism are evident in this new “war on death.” Therefore, it’s reasonable to wonder if the extreme response to COVID, and its associated virus SARS-COV-2, could be another psychological operation against the public.

This study aims to examine the correlation between social media and terrorism, including psychological operations and intelligence to several other areas. or fund transfers on the books of non. The National Security Strategy of the United States calls for the destruction of ISIS and its affiliates.

As ISIS continues to lose territory in Syria and Iraq, the threat from the regional Caliphate diminishes as that from the global virtual Caliphate expands. This article utilizes psychological concepts from social identity theory and fusion theory within an overall.

A Country Study of Communist Terrorism and Islamic Radicalization in Brazil: Implications for Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations in Counter-Guerilla Warfare Gordon James Knowles [1] [2] According to the Brazilian census ofthere w Muslims living in the country, many concentrated in cities of São Paulo and Foz do Iguazu.

Psychological Science 10(6) Post, Jerrold M. Terrorist psycho-logic: Terrorist behavior as a product of psychological forces. in Origins of Terrorism: Psychologies, Ideologies, Theologies, States of Mind, Walter Reich (ed.). Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson Center Press.

Psychological warfare, also called psywar, the use of propaganda against an enemy, supported by such military, economic, or political measures as may be required.

Such propaganda is generally intended to demoralize the enemy, to break his will to fight or resist, and sometimes to render him favourably disposed to one’s position. Propaganda is also used to strengthen the.

The field of operational psychology, and consequently its standards of practice, are evolving and expanding at a rapid pace. Now, more than ever, psychologists' expertise is employed on a day-to-day basis by members of the military, national intelligence, and public safety communities.

There are many different kinds of terrorism and terror-violence. During the s, Frederick Hacker, MD, proposed that terrorism could be divided into, as the title of his book. IRD Special Operations: An Initial Survey of the Covert Propaganda Activities of the Information Research Department by Lee Richards.

Over the last year, new operational files related to the covert propaganda activities of the Information Research Department (IRD) have been released to the National Archives. IRD was set up under the Foreign Office in to counter Soviet. These operations, although of considerable value, also have raised a number of concerns.

Their use in offensive missions and psychological operations campaigns has, at times, been counterproductive. In general, their main value has been as human intelligence collectors, particularly for long-term background intelligence or for identifying. Governments have used psychological warfare throughout history to manipulate public opinion, gain political advantage, and generate profits.

Western governments have engaged in such tactics in the war on terrorism as well as in its predecessor, the war on communism. In both cases, state-sponsored terrorism and propaganda were used to distort .focus on psychological dimensions, de-emphasizes analysis of sociologically-based explanations (sometimes referred to as “root causes”) or macro-level economic and political theories.

Moreover, our focus on terrorist acts de-emphasizes analysis of the psychological effects, consequences or amelioration of terrorism.information operations. Overview. Terrorism had been treated primarily as a law (SC), psychological operations, information operations (IO), civil-military operations.