Domestic Terrorism: Threat Analysis and Countermeasures,
NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPT NY
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In the entire United States for calendar year 1983, the FBI statistics show 31 incidents of terrorism, about 10 of them in New York. So, we do get our fair share. However, when you compare that figure to something on the order of 1,6000 homicides in New York City last year, it is not a terribly big number. Unfortunately, we kill off a small town every year-1,600 homicides and a like number of narcotics-related deaths. There are several reasons. First of all, and from the perspective of all of us here, terrorism is designed to challenge the Government. It is designed either to paint the Government as repressive, forcing it into stringent measures of control, or, in many cases, to show the Government as weak and ineffectual, and incapable of protecting its citizens.