A discussion of the theory of terrorism, its utility and its effectiveness seen from the terrorists' point of view, the reason for terrorism's increase in the last few years, and some recent and possible future trends. Also discussed are the use of kidnapping by terrorist groups, some of the motives for kidnapping, and the reasons why kidnapping is still a very unpopular crime in this country. (A talk given to members of the Research Security Administrators Quarterly Seminar, June 14, 1974, Palo Alto, California.)
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