Organized Crime and Terrorism

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Treverton et all define crime and terrorism as illegal activities which greatly revolve around economic interests. The document accurately depicts how ‘organized crime seeks money and why terrorism needs it’ . Furthermore, according to the authors, the definitions about crime presented by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United Nations (UN), and the International Police (INTERPOL) coincide in some terms regarding the essence of organized crime. All of the aforementioned identify key words within their definitions such as groups of individuals working under illegal structures with profitable aims.
On the other hand, the article highlights the importance of the effects that globalization and Information Technology (IT) have
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On the other hand, the authors outline the importance of drug trafficking as the most significant and current source of income for both terrorist and international criminal organizations. Similarly, The Jamestown Foundation cites the example of how profits of narcotrafficking have been used to strengthen international links between terrorist organizations: ‘ETA has been training FARC members in explosives and weapons. In exchange, the FARC compensated the Basque terrorists, using financial revenues obtained through drug trafficking’ . Thus, one could affirm that the market of illegal drugs and narcotics produce enormous revenues which often support criminal organizations, revolutionary groups, and terrorist organizations among many other illegal forms of crime.
On the other hand, Traverton et all assert that crimes committed by Islamic terrorists alienate the communities and this is considered as one of their biggest failures; However, it is important to mention that alienation is not a consequence of Islamic groups’ terrorism exclusively. Every terrorist action, independent of its perpetrator, causes the same effect on the public: alienation. In fact, one of the main objectives of any terrorist action is to alienate the community against the government and generate the sensation that the targeted government is incapable of protecting its own citizens . Hence, one could say that, in this case, contrary to what the author state the Islamic terrorists are

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