Terrorism in the United States during 1985

by Bruce Hoffman

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This paper, originally presented before the American Jewish Committee National Affairs Commission National Task Force on Anti-Semitism and Extremism, reviews terrorist activities within the United States during 1985. The author notes the decline of terrorist incidents in the United States in 1985 compared to the previous year, and attributes it to the success of law enforcement agencies in arresting terrorists, and to disillusionment and dwindling numbers of ethnic/emigre and left-wing terrorists. He cautions that, despite an overall decline in terrorism in the United States during 1985, there remain sources of concern, among them the upsurge in violence by Jewish militants, the existence of a widespread network of volatile right-wing extremist organizations, and the apparent shift in the nature of anti-abortion terrorist operations.

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