Freed: Ripples of the Convicted and Released Terrorist in America
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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The release of convicted terrorists from American prisons is inevitable. This thesis frames and initiates discourse about this unexplored phase of the terrorism continuum. Utilizing a grounded theory approach, we arrive at four findings 1 we do not yet know to what extent convicted and released terrorists pose a threat 2 convicted terrorists are treated no differently from an administrative or social standpoint from most other criminals 3 the American public knows very little about convicted and released terrorists and 4 there is no defined entity responsible for convicted and released terrorists. We then extrapolate the political, social, and legal implications of these findings, including whether our theoretical or structural frameworks are adequate to the threat. How might such a threat be measured or determined, by whom, and with what policy consequences We look at existing models ranging from sex offender registries to megacommunities and existing sociological theories of terrorism as potential tools with which to address this complex and interdisciplinary issue.
- Government and Political Science
- Sociology and Law