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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Yin on Domestic Counterterrorism

Tung Yin (Lewis & Clark Law School) has posted An Information Operations Theory of Domestic Counterterrorism Efforts (South Carolina Law Review, Vol. 71 (2019)) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
Terrorism is asymmetric warfare, and counterterrorism can be thought of as information operations – using information to deceive, confuse, and identify/locate the enemy. Reading threatening public social media postings, following up on tips, and conducting electronic surveillance of emails all find analogues in information operations. Using undercover sting operations to discern the intentions of the targets serves a number of the purposes of information warfare, including identification and deception of the enemy. But a critical conclusion of the analogy is that such sting operations need to mimic actual terrorist recruiting, or else they are not accurately identifying and detecting the enemy.

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