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1. Drug Enforcement Administration
2. Drug control National Guard counter-drug
3. Illegal Drug Use in the United
4. America's Drug Enforcement Airforce:
5. Drug Interdiction:Partnerships,
6. Drug Warriors and Their Prey:
7. Drug Interdiction: Partnerships,
8. The Narc's Game: Organizational
9. European Drug Policies and Enforcement
10. Illegal Drug Markets: From Research
11. Sense and Nonsense About Crime
12. The Great Drug War: And Radical
13. Prohibition Enforcement: Charting
14. Civil Remedies and Crime Prevention
15. The War on Drugs: An International
16. From Pablo to Osama: Trafficking
17. Transatlantic Counter-Terrorism
18. Community Policing and Problem

1. Drug Enforcement Administration (Rescue and Prevention)
by Clive Somerville
Library Binding: 96 Pages (2002-10)
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2. Drug control National Guard counter-drug support to law enforcement agencies : report to the Chairman, Legislation and National Security Subcommittee, ... Representatives (SuDoc GA 1.13:NSIAD-91-113)
by U.S. General Accounting Office
 Unknown Binding: Pages (1991)

Asin: B000107T3K
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3. Illegal Drug Use in the United Kingdom: Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement
 Hardcover: 249 Pages (1998-10)
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This is a comprehensive review of information and interventions available in drug misuse to inform local drug policies. In keeping with the policy documents in both Scotland and England, the volume covers the breadth of possible interventions, rather than health care alone. Each chapter dealing with interventions reviews the evidence of effectiveness of competing methods and uses a standard method to indicate the strength of evidence, thereby making comparisons very easy. Although there are specialist textbooks on all aspects of addiction, this book brings together information in the framework used in the policy documents in the UK. ... Read more

4. America's Drug Enforcement Airforce: Customs, Coast Guard, Cap, Dea and Dod Airborne Drug Busters (Power Series)
by Nena Wiley
 Paperback: 128 Pages (1992-06)
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5. Drug Interdiction:Partnerships, Legal Principles, and Investigative Methodologies for Law Enforcement
by George S. Steffen, Samuel Candelaria
Hardcover: 272 Pages (2002-12-27)
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Written by seasoned drug enforcement officials, this book provides a "cop's point of view" of domestic drug interdiction. It trains the reader to interview suspected drug couriers, ascertain whether an investigation is warranted, and employ an entire arsenal of investigative tools, including the drug canine. It also shows how to partner with the business community to combat the drug dilemma. Throughout the book, the authors discuss legal aspects and pertinent case law to ensure that the narcotics investigator stays within the law. Its simple but comprehensive presentation of proven investigation methodologies will aid law enforcement officers and investigators in their effort to stop narcotics trade within the United States. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Drug Interdiction Bible
What a book. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Candelaria at a class he taught. The class was great and so is the book. If you are a law enforcement officer and are interested in drug interdiction, than your library would not be complete without this book. Great techniques to study and master. If you get the chance to attend one of the authors classes, don't pass it up. ... Read more

6. Drug Warriors and Their Prey: From Police Power to Police State
by Richard Lawrence Miller
Hardcover: 272 Pages (1996-02-28)
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The war on drugs is a war on ordinary people. Using that premise, historian Richard Lawrence Miller analyzes America's drug war with passion seldom encountered in serious nonfiction. Miller presents numerous examples of drug law enforcement gone amok, as police and courts threaten the happiness, property, and even lives of victims--some of whom are never charged with a drug crime, let alone convicted of one. Miller not only argues that criminal justice zealots are harming the democracy they are sworn to protect, but that authoritarians unfriendly to democracy are stoking public fear in order to convince citizens to relinquish traditional legal rights. Those are the very rights that thwart implementation of an agenda of social control through government power. Miller contends that an imaginary "drug crisis" has been manufactured by authoritarians in order to mask their war on democracy. He not only examines numerous civil rights sacrificed in the name of drugs, but demonstrates how their loss harms ordinary Americans in their everyday lives. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This book will make you question your patriotism.
It's difficult to read because every single page assaults the reader with infuriating facts about how the Drug War has been used to gradually strip citizens of their individual liberties by criminalizing normal human behavior and empowering law enforcement to violate many parts of the Bill of Rights, only because the public hysteria generated by patently false drug propaganda has demonized a certain group of people to the point where citizens will willingly support even the most cruel and inhumane measures to eradicate them.

This book raises my temperature so fast I can only read a few pages before I have to cool off. Even writing this positive review is frightening, considering some of the cases Miller highlights regarding "legitimate" police raids on citizens who publicly express opinions that challenge the validity of the Drug War.

A must read for everyone, but of course the most important messages are the least likely to be heard.

5-0 out of 5 stars Chilling and essential
I would like not to see the parallels.Any rational and compassionate person should like not to see the parallels.But the parallels are there, and Miller lays them bare in this devastating and meticulous extended analogy.

This is an astonishing book.Its thesis is provocative, to say the least, and it may not be for everyone -- but if you've ever wondered if just maybe our current federal drug policy wasn't delivering quite what you'd hoped, crack this book open and prepare to lose sleep.

5-0 out of 5 stars Read this because...
This is one of the best books I have read. I am against prohibition. Many people are but whenever the subject comes up in conversation the retort to my sugestion that prohibition be repealed is typically something along the line of "all you want to do is smoke pot" ...followed by some chuckling and then some stories about the days when we use to get high as kids.
This book is not about smoking pot. It is about the use of the drug war and prohibition law to circumvent Americans civil liberties. It is very well written. It helped me to form reasonable counter arguments to the for mentioned statement such as... "is it OK to strip search a child?"
This book is made even more relative when used as background material to analyze what I witness while watching the Judge Alito confirmatio hearings.
The scariest part of this book is watching the events described come alive right before our eyes on C-span.
I think you should read this if you, like me, suspect that something is rotten in Denmark and the official version of what is happening just isn't making sense.

5-0 out of 5 stars An anomaly in Drug War Policy literature, and that's good...
This book is an anomaly amidst the typical drug policy literature available. Miller's argument stems from his scholarship on Nazism. He applies Raul Hilberg's "chain of destruction" to the current "war," not on drugs, but on drug users. William Bennett was less than secretive about his abhorrence for those who used drugs, especially those "hard-core users who were too far gone to care about" - stated differently,the real issue is not the drugs themselves, but the type of people who use drugs. America is full of social problems, e.g. poverty, crime, &c.; problems that most politicians are timid in addressing because of the complexities involved in solving them. Yet, politicians need a platform to stand on and the American public needs a scapegoat. Drug users, that most alien element in the population, according to Miller, are the perfect group to identify, ostracize, confiscate, concentrate, and then annihilate as scapegoats for all the ills in society: in fact this sequence of stages is Hilberg's "chain of destruction." It is from his "seminal" study on the Holocaust, later published as: The Destruction of the European Jews,that Hilberg constructed his theory of the chain of destruction. Nazi Germany, like America, was in the throes of profound social discord and the public demanded a scapegoat. The Jews became the literal manifestation of a scapegoat for the German people. Hitler, faced with harsh social problems, exercised his own prejudices to isolate, blame and thus use the Jews as a scapegoat for Germany's problems. It was identification of the scapegoat with a real entity and the eventual acceptance of this scapegoat by a German majority that led to the conceptualization and employment of a "final solution" for the riddance of social ills from German society. Miller's argument is provocative, to say the least, in that he sees a direct correlation between the processes of Nazism and the processes of the "drug warriors." Moral indignation when it is directed toward a highly specified group of people can have disastrous consequences.Miller is not the only scholar who has applied the scapegoat theory to drug users in American society, but he is the first to take it to its disturbing, but logical end.

5-0 out of 5 stars Now that I've read this book, I want to burn a flag.
This is one of the most powerful books I've read in a long time. Richard L. Miller deserves an award. In this book, the author details the erosion of civil liberties by the current war on drugs. For those familiar with this area, he trots out the typical points: harsh penalties for minor violations and loss of civil liberties for all.

But what makes this book special is the author's analysis of legal issues and history. Richard Miller is an independent scholar who has written about Nazi justice (in "Nazi Justiz"). I thought his application of Nazi jurisprudence to the drug war was overkill at first. Little did I know just how wrong I was. As one reviewer put it, this book will help you lose weight.

What sets this book above the others on the drug war is that Miller explains how the war effects the innocent, and how innocence is no longer an adequate defense. In fact, Miller has a Justice Department official quoted as saying that innocence was not a defense to forfeiture of assets. He argues that asset forfeiture has corrupted law enforcement at all levels.

In one example, Miller tells of an elderly couple in one California county who owned a mutil-million dollar ranch adjacent to a national park. Apparently, the Park Service wanted the land, the local law enforcement the assets (in the form of the house, possessions, etc.). Thus, police had to get a warrant to raid the property. First, they searched it illegally. This is a typical tactic of DEA agents and local law enforcement, who search a house and either plant or discover evidence that they can use to get a warrent later. Regardless, the courts have determined that even illegal searches and seizures are acceptable in the war on drugs. All of this is documented in the book. Even in the illegal search, no drugs were discovered. An elderly couple, go figure?

If you think that stopped the police, DEA, et al., then you haven't read the book. One local officer testified before a judge that "thousands" of marijuana plants were being cultivated on the property. This testimony was based on a lie told to the officer by another. Although both were aware of the lie (and the couple's complete innocence of ANYTHING), this way neither officer could be chared with perjury. Needless to say, the judge issued the warrant.

During the raid, the husband was sleeping. He was roused awake by his wife's screaming and was shot to death as he put down his rifle, which he had becuase he thought he was being robbed and was defending his wife. The agents participating in the raid evicted the wife. Even agents of the U.S. Park Service were involved, in case you doubted their complicity.

It gets better. The location of the ranch was in a different county than the one in which the local police were from! They went out of their own jurisdiction for the express purpose of seizing property from people THEY KNEW were innocent. All of this was expressed by the county prosecutor (where the ranch was), when he said that they appeared to be motivated by a desire to obtain the property and assests of its owners.

This book is meticulously documented and researched. The analysis of the legal issues with references to the Nuremburg Tribunal and Nazi legal principles is stunning. As well as his telling of the internment of Japenese-Americans to demonstrate how segments of society can be treated if the propaganda warriors desire their elimination.

If you're not enraged by the time you're finished reading this book, your heart is dead. ... Read more

7. Drug Interdiction: Partnerships, Legal Principles, and Investigative Methodologies for Law Enforcement, Second Edition
by George S. Steffen, Samuel M. Candelaria
Hardcover: 320 Pages (2010-04-05)
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As drug trafficking and the abuse of illicit drugs continue to inflict untold harm upon our society, it is clear that a global initiative and an intense domestic strategy are vital to address the sophisticated drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) that are prevalent in many regions. Covering a wide array of domestic interdiction topics, Drug Interdiction: Partnerships, Legal Principles, and Investigative Methodologies for Law Enforcement, Second Edition is the most comprehensive drug interdiction book available, providing a "how-to" step-by-step guide for all law enforcement officers.

Explores the gamut of interdiction scenarios

Drawing on their multiple years of experience, the authors explore a range of issues that confront today’s drug interdiction officer. The book explains how to initiate specific domestic drug interdiction programs and discusses how to use business partnerships to assist law enforcement in identifying potential violators who use legitimate businesses to facilitate the drug trade. It examines consensual encounters, the use of drug canines, and interdictions involving trains, buses, airports, and rental vehicles. Wide-ranging in scope, the text also covers interdictions at hotels and those involving storage units and parcel systems. The book includes a chapter on currency seizures as well as chapters on report writing, courtroom testimony, and the role of the interdiction supervisor. Each chapter includes relevant case law that supports the protocol described.

Reliable techniques, tested in the field

The techniques presented in this volume are tried and true methods, utilized by the authors as part of many years of successful narcotics investigations. The unbeatable methods are deeply rooted in case law to ensure proper execution of the practices described, and admissibility in court of the evidence seized.

What’s New in the Second Edition:

  • Updated case law and case studies
  • New information on trends, practices, and investigative techniques
  • Every chapter updated
  • New chapter on cloned vehicles
  • 42 new photos, 12 new figures, increased content
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8. The Narc's Game: Organizational and Informational Limits on Drug Law Enforcement
by Peter K. Manning
 Hardcover: 331 Pages (1980-04-02)
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The Narcs' Game draws on Peter K. Manning's extensive field experience (episodes of enforcement practice, raids, interrogations, investigations, surveillances, and planning sessions), records analysis, and interviews gathered in two Southeastern drug enforcement units to strip away the rhetoric, self-serving organizational myths, and conventional wisdom that surround drug law enforcement.

The Narcs' Game will interest professionals and students in criminal justice, public administration, management, and organization theory, as well as sociologists studying the various strains of deviance (both official and unofficial) and social scientists generally involved in the study of work behavior, professionalization, and bureaucracy. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A Second edition of Narcs' Game is Being Prepared
Immodestly, I announce that Waveland Press, Prospect Heights, Ill is scehduled to publish a second edition of Narcs' Game, in fall, 2001. I am presently working on the revision.

Peter K. Manning Manningp@msu.edu ... Read more

9. European Drug Policies and Enforcement
 Hardcover: 296 Pages (1996-07)
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Drug problems present sharp challenges for policing and democracy in the European Union. Harmonization of anti-trafficking measures contrasts with diversity of local policies on drug users. "Open drug scenes" trigger innovative but often volatile responses. This collection presents experiences of drug policy-making at city, regional and higher levels. For the future, beyond 1996, EU "confederal" and "intergovernmental" scenarios have distinct implications for drugs. Finally, international dimensions are explored - drug control through money laundering countermeasures, trade and development policies, security and EU enlargement. ... Read more

10. Illegal Drug Markets: From Research to Prevention Policy (Crime Prevention Studies)
Hardcover: 336 Pages (2000-12)
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Despite the vast size of the worldwide illicit drug market,little is known about the structure of the distribution process indifferent countries, the way in which markets respond to changes in supplyand demand, and the impact of law enforcement. Much of the research thathas been done has sought to develop academic theory, with limitedattention to the policy implications. Thus, public and political debateabout illegal drugs have remained largely insulated from existingresearch. This book attempts to draw researchers a little closer topolicy, and to encourage politicians and their advisers to engage morewillingly with the research community. The book has its origins in aconference held at John Jay College in New York City, at which leadingacademics and policy advisers in the U.S. and Europe described their mostrecent research and drew out the implications for drug control policies.

Chapter topics include: Crack cocaine distribution and abuse in NewYork; How young Britons obtain their drugs; Impact of heroin prescriptionon heroin markets in Switzerland; Women as consumers of illegaldrugs; Typology of illegal drug markets; Heroin use and dealing in anEnglish Asian community; Swedish drug markets and policy; Albanians andillicit drugs in Italy; Geographic analysis of illegal drug markets inDelaware; Drug trafficking as a cottage industry (Washington-Baltimorearea); Structure of a large drug trafficking organization in New YorkCity; Performance management indicators and drug law enforcement; andConnecting drug policy and research on drug markets. ... Read more

11. Sense and Nonsense About Crime and Drugs: A Policy Guide (Contemporary Issues in Crime and Justice Series)
by Samuel Walker
Paperback: 288 Pages (1997-08)
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This book is intended as a supplemental text for a variety of courses in departments of criminal justice, sociology, and political science. Beginning with a succinct discussion of the administration of criminal justice in the United States, Sense and Nonsense About Crime and Drugs evaluates conservative and liberal crime control proposals, gun and crimes, drug policy, the war on drugs, and the legalization of drugs. The book concludes with a summary of the evidence and draws some conclusions about crime policy. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good deal and good delivery!
Got my order for a good deal, in the exact condition they reported and in amazing time!

4-0 out of 5 stars Dense but excellent overview...
I am a professor who has used this book in my Crime class.The book is excellent in that it organizes policies around conservative and liberal viewpoints.It then brings in the latest research to either support or debunk the viewpoints of conservatives and liberals.The book is very dense and does an excellent job of addressing current crime policies.The focus is ultimately, what works and what doesn't regarding crime policies.The last chapter summarizes what does work.I like the book because it appeals to all students regardless of their political beliefs because Walker shows how BOTH conservatives and liberals are wrong in how they attempt to "fix" the crime problem.The biggest weakness of this book is that it is light on the theory but again, this book is about policies, not theory.

In regards to a previous reviewer, professors preview books before they use them, so if their professor did not like this book, they probably should never have used it in the first place.I suspect that the professor did not take the time to preview the book and hoped that it would fit their plans for the class.It appears that in this case, the professor wanted a book with theory and was disappointed when there was none.That is not a fault with this book, but with the professor.

1-0 out of 5 stars A very poorly written book
This book just makes educated guesses and opinions, there are very few facts. The author contradicts himself every other page, especially in the very first chapter. All Walker does throughout the whole book is complain about policies, he never once has a solution. The only good that can come from this book is learning how not to write.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not Recommended
I used this book for my Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice book along with his Color of Justice book.The whole class and even my teacher agreed that these books sucked and were not the best ones to use.I did not gain anything from reading these books and I would NOT recommend them to anyone to use.It was a waste of my money to use these books and my teacher was also disappointed in them.He may be an excellent professor at UNO, but this book and the Color of Justice book are horrible to use, especially for a Contemporary Issues class.

5-0 out of 5 stars quick delivery
My order was processed and sent very quickly.Arriving just in time for the new semester.The book was in great condition with no highlighting.Thanks for the great service. ... Read more

12. The Great Drug War: And Radical Proposals That Could Make America Safe Again
by Arnold S. Trebach
 Hardcover: 401 Pages (1987-06)
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While this book is not a great work of literature, its content is exceptional.Dr. Arnold Trebach, for decades one of the world's leading experts on drug policy, has hit all the nails right on their heads.As a criminal justice professor, this was required reading in my capstone seminar for seniors, and it is truly a "must read" for any open-minded individuals who want to know the truth about the drugwar and drugwarriors.We need Dr. Trebach's new brand of wisdom to escape the horrors of prohibition and to get down to the real business of dealing with drugs and the human beings who use them.HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!(a recovering drugwarrior)

5-0 out of 5 stars Radically ahead of its time.
Given the current trends in the War on Drugs, Mr. Trebach's book offers refreshingly radical and interesting new strategies on how we might deal with the dilemma of illicit drugs.He also gives a great deal of information from behind the scenes of just how we have been dealing with this problem.It is interesting that this book was originally published in 1987, during the height of the drug war ... Read more

13. Prohibition Enforcement: Charting a New Mission
by Martin Alan Greenberg
Hardcover: 292 Pages (1999-11)
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The present book is about the drama of everyday life and the exercise of governmental power for the regulation of everyday conduct. It illustrates our nation's incessant struggle to maintain civil order without diminishing civil liberties.Today, this issue is especially relevant as American society tries to cope with school and family violence, media presentations of violence, the growth of the Internet, and the ravages of substance abuse.The problem of substance abuse and control is given more attention in order to narrow the scope of this book.It is the only social problem among the foregoing that has actually been the subject of a specific Constitutional amendment (the eighteenth).The amendment was aimed at eliminating the saloon and the consumption of liquor.The prohibition amendment is especially significant since it is the only amendment which has ever been repealed.The topic of substance abuse and control is presented by considering the events leading to national prohibition in 1920, the enforcement of prohibition, and the more recent issues and trends regarding overall drug enforcement.A final section of the book describes several ideas concerning a new mission and role for modern prohibition enforcement agents. ... Read more

14. Civil Remedies and Crime Prevention (Crime Prevention Studies)
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This anthology describes the use of civil remedies in policing and crime prevention programs in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia. Civil remedies are procedures and sanctions provided in civil statutes and regulations that are used in programs to prevent crime. These remedies include efforts to persuade or coerce non-offending third parties, such as landlords and property owners, to take action in their buildings, as well as the use of restraining orders and injunctions against loitering or congregating in gangs, enhanced enforcement of housing and nuisance codes, and other measures.Part I,Social, Legal and Political Considerations,includes:The Role of Civil Sanctions in Crime Control: A Socio-Legal Examination,by Sharyn Roach Anleu;Civil Remedies to Control Crime: Legal Issues and Constitutional Challenges,by Mary Cheh;Regulating Opportunities: Multiple roles for Civil Remedies in Situational Crime Preventionby Marth J. Smith;The Politics of Third-Party Policing,by Michael Buerger; andCurtailing Youth: A Critique of Coercive Crime Preventionby Robert White.Part II,Controlling Drug Problems,includes:Controlling Social Disorder Using Civil Remedies: Results from a Randomized Field Experiment in Oakland, California,by Lorraine Gree Mazerolle et al.;Improving the Management of Rental Properties with Drug Problems...by John Eck and Julie Wartell;...An Evaluation of Cook County s Narcotics Nuisance Abatement Unit,by Arthur Lurigio et al.;andThe Cost-Effectiveness of Civil Remedies: The Case of Drug Control Interventions,by Jonathan Caulkins.Part III,Community Perspectives,includes:Civil Remedies for Controlling Crime: The Role of Community Organizations,by Jan Roehl;A Co-Production Model of Code Enforcement and Nuisance Abatement,by Anne Blumenberg et al.;andLwhat Do Landlords Think about Drug Abatement Laws?by Barbara E. Smith and Robert C. Davis.Part IV,Civil Remedies in Public Housing,includes:Gettin ... Read more

15. The War on Drugs: An International Encyclopedia
by Ron Chepesiuk
Library Binding: 317 Pages (1999-12-01)
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The global drug trade is one of the most prominent examples of the law of supply and demand. Despite such countermeasures as the execution of narcotics dealers in China and the United States's much-ballyhooed "War on Drugs," drug traffickers have always managed to meet the demand and satisfy an ever-growing customer base.

In addition to offering a wealth of little-known facts, The War on Drugs also covers major dealers, cartels, organizations, smuggling and anti-smuggling strategies, major miscalculations and disasters, drug epidemics, legal restraints, famous incidents, and more.

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16. From Pablo to Osama: Trafficking and Terrorist Networks, Government Bureaucracies, and Competitive Adaptation
by Michael Kenney
Hardcover: 248 Pages (2007-05-30)
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From Pablo to Osama is a comparative study of Colombian drug-smuggling enterprises, terrorist networks (including al Qaeda), and the law enforcement agencies that seek to dismantle them. Drawing on a wealth of research materials, including interviews with former drug traffickers and other hard-to-reach informants, Michael Kenney explores how drug traffickers, terrorists, and government officials gather, analyze, and apply knowledge and experience.

The analysis reveals that the resilience of the Colombian drug trade and Islamist extremism in wars on drugs and terrorism stems partly from the ability of illicit enterprises to change their activities in response to practical experience and technical information, store this knowledge in practices and procedures, and select and retain routines that produce satisfactory results. Traffickers and terrorists 'learn,' building skills, improving practices, and becoming increasingly difficult for state authorities to eliminate.

The book concludes by exploring theoretical and policy implications, suggesting that success in wars on drugs and terrorism depends less on fighting illicit networks with government intelligence and more on conquering competency traps--traps that compel policymakers to exploit militarized enforcement strategies repeatedly without questioning whether these programs are capable of producing the intended results. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The never ending conflict. . . .
This is a fascinating book.It uses data from two seemingly different realms--drug smuggling to terrorism--to illustrate some key organizational issues facing both drug traffickers and terrorists, on the one hand, and the governments that combat them, on the other.The book examines the interaction between these actors and draws some important lessons for governments.The linkage is made explicitly on page 1: "As members of the U.S. intelligence community acknowledge, drug enforcement raids in Colombia during the 1990s serve as models for today's counterterrorism missions. . . ."

There are a handful of key concepts that underlie the analysis.One of these is competitive adaptation.The author defines this in the following terms (page ix): ". . .terrorists and counterterrorists not only learn, they learn from one another, through complex interactions in shared social systems. . . ."Another key concept is "organizational learning."This book explores how organizations learn.Methods of learning might include "metis," experience in the field, and "techne," abstract technical knowledge.Terrorists and drug traffickers use experience based in practice, the lessons of which will vary from context to context.States and their competitors tend to develop "competency traps," in which they come to depend on what has worked in the past and do not anticipate organizational learning from their nemeses.

The book's first part looks at drug trafficking in Colombia as a case study.The second chapter lays out how the traffickers' decentralized networks "allow them to process information and adapt their activities in response to knowledge and experience" (page 23).Because they are more agile, the small networks have an advantage over state organizations. Chapter 3, to provide symmetry, focuses on governmental responses to drug traffickers.Competitive adaptation is not a one way street.Chapter 4 uses the concept of competitive adaptation to explain the governments' versus traffickers' dynamic relationship.Chapters 5 and 6, in essence, reprise this analysis, with the case study being the relationship between terrorists and counterterrorists.

The conclusion explores key lessons from the two case studies.Among these: (a) governments simply cannot be as agile as their non-state based antagonists; (b) governments should not simply mimic terrorist/traffickers tactics, since these would violate the very essence of America's commitment to civil liberties and processes of popular government [As the author says on page 226: ". . .we must avoid sacrificing the political values and institutions that define us as a society"]; (c) governments must avoid "competency traps," in which they come to depend upon particular tactics that seem to work, without realizing that their antagonists will adapt and that the tactics that once worked may cease to do so and without continuing to experiment with alternative approaches that might work together; (d) government agencies must stay away from developing vested interests in magnifying the threats posed against them to justify their missions.

This is an important work that those interested in the contestation between governments, on the one hand, and drug traffickers and terrorists (and like organizations), on the other, will find thought provoking.The methodology is based on qualitative techniques, and one can always raise questions about how representative those being interviewed are or how accurate their comments are.However, that said, this book makes a strong case in support of its thesis.

Truth in advertising: the author is a colleague of mine. However, my response to his book is pretty much independent of that fact.

5-0 out of 5 stars A unique and valuable asset to terrorism literature
I've read many books on terrorism and have found many of them well written.This literature is one of the very best.It uses information by practitioners and provides like no other resource.A must for anyone in the terrorism/trafficking field. ... Read more

17. Transatlantic Counter-Terrorism Cooperation: The New Imperative
by Wyn Rees
Hardcover: 208 Pages (2006-09-25)
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Asin: 0415331382
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An incisive new analysis of transatlantic security cooperation, probing the roots as well as the future directions of this key relationship in world affairs.

Since the 1990s, this cooperation has expanded from traditional military security issues into countering terrorism, international organized crime and drug trafficking. This has injected new impetus into transatlantic relations to work together on matters such as intelligence sharing and law enforcement. The events of September 11th 2001 have forced these new patterns of cooperation to the forefront of transatlantic relations.

While progress has been made, developing this area of cooperation has been more difficult than expected and this book examines the reasons why. The author argues that many of the difficulties are due to different approaches on either side of the Atlantic and the absence of a dedicated transatlantic security forum in which these issues could be pursued. Furthermore, European nations have been preoccupied with the building of the European Union and have been both reluctant and unable to enter into special patterns of cooperation with the US.

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18. Community Policing and Problem Solving: Strategies and Practices (4th Edition)
by Kenneth J. Peak, Ronald W. Glensor
Hardcover: 327 Pages (2004-04-17)
list price: US$106.67 -- used & new: US$104.94
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Asin: 0131132687
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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For courses in Community Policing or Police-Community Relations. Unique in perspective and comprehensive in coverage, this text provides an exceptionally up-to-date and scholarly synthesis of the collective nationwide experience in implementing both community policing and problem-oriented policing. It explains the processes and terms in detail--what they mean and how they are applied, as well as how they are implemented and evaluated. It explores both historical and operational perspectives, and provides examples of existing strategies and future considerations. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Community Policing
The book came quickly at a fair price in great condition.Would buy from them again and recommend. ... Read more

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