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Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror by Richard A. Clarke

By Richard A. Clarke

Examines America's warfare on terror, either prior to and after September eleventh, together with what went wrong or right, the operations of al Qaeda, the dept of place of origin protection, and different an important activities of the Bush management.

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First, manage risk well – so as to have a credible message to communicate. If terror seems to be managed poorly in other ways (messages being ‘spun’ or inconsistent policies like alert levels and advisories), then the credibility of communications will suffer and their messages may prompt further scepticism. Second, create appropriate communication Overview of the key disciplines 25 channels. Having appropriate channels should increase public confidence by demonstrating that a common framework underlies preparation, alert, crisis, and recovery plans.

It is contended here that a more subtle effect of disorientation occurs through individuals changing their behaviours and attitudes to reduce the perceived risks of terrorism. While for the majority these adverse responses are short term, there can be a large proportion who continue to change their day-to-day routines in the subsequent months and years. The level of disorientation is not necessarily sufficient to cause significant political change in line with a terrorist group’s political agenda.

82 It is worth noting that these studies were undertaken in the US and prior to 9/11. Consequently, the hazard of terrorism on the grid may have changed slightly in the post-9/11 environment. 1 shows a risk matrix with terrorism capitalised. This illustrates the perceived levels of unknown and dread risk elements of various activities and hazards that influence public perceptions. Risk perceptions are influenced by past experiences and pre-existing knowledge, and communications and messages received.

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