The Real Terror Network
Terrorism in Fact and Propaganda

Herman, Edward S.
Publisher:  Black Rose Books, Montreal, Canada
Year Published:  1982
Pages:  252pp   ISBN:  0-920057-25-X
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX6519

Herman sets out to show that the U.S. ignores or sponsors terror by authoritarian states that are allied with U.S. interests.

The Real Terror Network is a look at the terror that goes on in authoritarian states. Herman sets out to show that the U.S. ignores, or even sponsors, the hidden crimes described in this volume. Herman researches chilling examples of torture and death to supplement his accusations. These accusations are critically constructed, logical, and well sourced. They point the blame at the media for turning a blind eye to terrorism when it can be traced back to the U.S. government. This book aims to uncover, and provide evidence for, a terror network that has been hidden from the public.

According to Herman, only those territories that challenge Western interests are considered terrorists, while many authoritarian countries that oppress their citizens and commit acts of violence against them are excluded. The book is divided into five chapters. In The Semantics and Role of Terrorism, Herman explores the history of terrorism and its use in creating fear among citizens. Chapter 2, The Lesser and Mythical Terror Networks, shows that a Soviet-based network is evidently propaganda for crowd control. Internal state terrorism and cross-barrier right-wing terrorism is a much greater evil. In Chapter 3 the real danger is exposed and in Chapter 4 the media cover of global terror is discussed. Chapter 5 is called Remedies for Terrorism and seeks to provide a solution to the problems that have been uncovered.

This book is an indictment for the states involved in a terrorist network that is supported by the U.S. government. It includes numerous facts and statistics from reliable sources. The apologists for the National Security States and the mass media covering the problem are also condemned.

[Abstract by Mia Manns]

Table of Contents


The Semantics and Role of Terrorism

Contemporary Terrorism (1):
The Lesser and Mythical Terror Networks

Contemporary Terrorism (2):
The Role of the Mass Media

Remedies for Terrorism

2-1 Terrorist Attacks Against Cuba
3-1 Income Size, Growth and Distribution for
Four Socialist and Six U.S. Client States
3-2 Human Needs Performance for four
Socialist and Six U. S. Client States
3-3 Origin and Spread of the Death Squad in Latin America
3-4 U.S. Military, Police and Economic Aid to Countries
Using Torture on an Administrative Basis in the 1970s
3-5 Forms of Subversion Engaged in by the United States in
Eight Countries in Latin America an the Caribbean, 1950-1980
4-1 Press Coverage of Abused Persons in the Soviet Sphere and in
Eight U.S. Client States

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