Nicholas Swails (CSU): America’s Introduction to Global Terrorism: The Labor Day Hijackings, Black September, and their Challenges to the Era of Detente. From The New York Times Magazine, a cover story on Obama’s War Over Terror. A review of The Test of Our Times: America Under Siege and How We Can Be Safe Again by Tom Ridge. A professor in the US takes up the cause of a terror detainee of Pakistani origin who, she says, is guilty only of being a Muslim and a critic of US policies. Aziz Huq on three reasons racial profiling won’t end terrorism. A review of The Rhetoric of Terror: Reflections on 9/11 and the War on Terror by Marc Redfield. A review of Talking to Terrorists: Why America Must Engage with its Enemies by Mark Perry. Flagg Miller of UC-Davis, has listened to hundreds of audio tapes that once belonged to Osama bin Laden — it's the everyday conversations among jihadis that he finds the most interesting. The Holy War Pitch: We're only doing al-Qaeda recruiters a favor by casting its young men as invincible warriors. From Foreign Policy, is that scary man with a gun a full-fledged member of al Qaeda or just a wannabe? Here's a guide to the people who make up the organization's core and its periphery (and more); and meet the next generation of jihadi pundits (and more on the jihadi pundits who are making waves on al Qaeda's Web forums today). We should be treating the media outlets of terrorist groups as terrorists themselves. A review of Radical, Religious, and Violent: The New Economics of Terrorism by Eli Berman. By focusing on planes, terrorists take a calculated risk. A look at the world’s most bizarre terror threats: Underpants may be the least of our worries. From Cato Unbound, what is terrorism? Paddy Hillyard investigates.

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