The Internet and Terrorism
April 1, 2005
Terrorists take advantage of commercial networks for communications, finance, and transportation to act on a global rather than national or regional scale. These networks allow them to maintain a presence and to coordinate and mount operations that would have been beyond their capabilities before 1990. The Internet is one of these commercial networks. It is a vital resource for global terrorism. An initial reaction to the statement that the internet is a vital resource for terrorism might be to urge that we seek to restrict their use of it. This reactive approach should not be the principle guide for government policy.