How effective are the methods currently used to deal with hostage situations? This study attempts to answer that question by examining the ways in which terrorists manipulate the hostage/ barricade tactic—one of the most formidable and frightening devices in their arsenal—and by analyzing the response of law enforcement officers and policymakers to its use. Drawing on case materials and interviews with high-level decision makers, both in the United States and abroad, who are involved with domestic and international terrorist operations, Professor Miller analyzes the political and psychological motifs of hostage/barricade dramas. He then looks at terrorism, particularly political terrorism, within the broader theoretical context of the general study of political violence and the operational concerns of public decision makers and law enforcement personnel.
Preface -- Introduction: International Terrorism, a Type of Warfare -- Negotiations for Hostages: Implications from the Police Experience -- Hostage Negotiations and the Problem of Transference -- SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics): The Tactical Link in Hostage Negotiations -- Terrorism and the Media: A Dilemma -- Terrorism and Government Policy -- Conclusion