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Informational Terrorism The introduction of the computer has created a new type of terrorism known as informational terrorism which presents a threat equal to or greater than physical terrorism E-mail bombs and attacks on internet servers are the lowest forms of informational terrorism in terms of destruction Higher forms of informational warfare include using the internet as a catalyst to produce physical terrorism on a higher scale The national security establishment is concerned with a new form of conflict informational warfareDevost 1 The Department of Defense definition of terrorism is the calculated use of violence or the threat of violence to inculcate fear intended to coerce or to intimidate governments or societies in the pursuit of goals that are generally political religious or ideological Research 1 While in physical terrorism the perpetrator must come in contact with the target in informational terrorism the perpetrator only needs a computer connection Not only are the tools of information terrorism more accessible but the implications can be more devastating In conjunction with the Internet and the infancy of its laws the criminal justice system has fallen behind with its vague set of incoherent laws Terroristic violence as portrayed in Tom Clancys Clear and Present Danger presents a serious threat to the US which should be dealt not only with caution and security but also in conjunction with response Identifying international terrorists and their networks providing warning so that protective or deterrent measures can be taken and gathering information on terrorist acts require a major US intelligent effort Wilcox 1 In Tom Clancys Clear and Present Danger information is not correctly distributed to US agents causing underestimation of enemies To rectify the drug problem initiated by Columbia both the United States and Columbia use physical terrorism to contend one another After Colombian drug lords murder a United States ambassador the United States retaliates by mounting a series of covert operations including assassinations and interdiction of drug production and
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