Terrorism: An Investigator’s Handbook

Title:                      Terrorism: An Investigator’s Handbook

Author:                  William E. Dyson

Dyson, William E. (2012). Terrorism: An Investigator’s Handbook, 4th edition. New York Elsevier

LCCN:    2011292727

HV6431 .D97 2012


Date Posted:      January 7, 2016

Reviewed by Joshua Sinai[1]

This is one of the finest and most important handbooks written on the discipline of terrorism investigations. It discusses what investigators need to know about terrorism in terms of how terrorism is defined from an investigator’s perspective, the different categories of terrorist groups, including religious-based terrorism, how terrorists operate and how they differ from other types of criminals, what terrorists attempt to know about law enforcement (for instance, by reading security-related manuals), effective interrogation techniques, how to create and maintain databases on terrorist suspects, conducting undercover surveillance, using informants, managing terrorist incidents, including collecting physical evidence at such sites, and how to prepare prosecutable cases against terrorist suspects.


[1] Sinai, Joshua, PhD. in The Intelligencer: Journal of U. S. Intelligence Studies (19, 1, Winter/Spring, 2013, p. 106 ). Dr. Joshua Sinai is a Washington-based educator and consultant on terrorism and counterterrorism studies. He has provided capsule reviews of important books recently published on terrorism and counter-terrorism-related topics. He can be reached at: Joshua.sinai@comcast.net.

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