Accession Number : ADA255168


Title :   The Legal Use of Terror as a Weapon


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS


Personal Author(s) : Hogg, David R


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a255168.pdf


Report Date : 05 Jun 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 118


Abstract : This study investigates the legal use of terror as a weapon to accomplish national goals and objectives. This study does not advocate using terrorism. Terrorism, for the purpose of this paper, is illegal. Legal terror, by my criteria, conforms to the standards of the laws of land warfare. Specific Criteria are established to define what constitutes using legal terror as a weapon. These criteria are used to analyze specific case studies to determine if the United States has used legal terror in the past. There are two major factors in defining legal terror. First, the target must be legally viable as defined by the laws of land warfare. Secondly, the method of engaging that target must also conform to the laws of war. The conclusion of this study is that legal terror is a legitimate weapon. It has been used in the past and will probably be used in the future.


Descriptors :   *WARFARE , *UNITED STATES , *TERRORISM , *INTERNATIONAL LAW , LIBYA , TARGETS , BOMBING , RAIDS , PHILIPPINES , STANDARDS , CASE STUDIES , THESES , LAND WARFARE


Subject Categories : Unconventional Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE