A Journalist’s Guide to Covering Bioterrorism
Links and suggestions from the Radio-Television News Directors Association.
Afghan Academic Resoruces
Academic Info Afghanistan Studies has several links to an array of Afghan scholars and organizations, including detailed information on the Taliban and Osama bin Laden. You can also find reports on terrorism from the State Department.
The Afghan Network has assembled a number of online maps of Afghanistan, including major roads and regional maps.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has been chronicling the growing backlash against American Arabs and Muslims since the September 11 terrorist attacks.
The site also provides statistics on Arab Americans including a primer on Islam and the basic tenets of the religion.
CBS News disaster links
A good set of links from the CBS library on disasters, natural and human.
Chemical and Biological Terrorism
The Henry L. Stimson Center’s home page is featuring The Chemical and Biological Weapons Nonproliferation Project, which have gathered a host of documents dealing with terrorism and biological weapons from international experts, government reports, and articles from leading news sources such as the Christian Science Monitor and The Washington Post
On September 21, 2001, The Institute of Peace brought together leading experts in the field of terrorism and presented a special briefing: “Coping With Terrorism: Challenges and Responses��. The Institute has provided a summary of the briefing with the intended purpose of advancing public discussion on the U.S.�s national security policy while offering suggestions for combating the threat of terrorism. The page is accompanied with related online resources dealing with terrorism including detailed information on the Taliban and Afghanistan
Congressional Quarterly Terrorism Resources
Congressional Quarterly has assembled a set of resources for finding information on Terrorism, Islamic Fundamentalism, and the Middle East Conflict, from past CQ Press sources and encyclopedia articles.
Independent news source with focus on Middle East terrorism; has a distinctly hawkish, often pro-Israel bent (it was founded by 2 journalists in Israel) though it claims to have “no axe to grind.” Provides news and tips about terrorism and intelligence from around the world that aren’t necessarily reported widely.
Defense Link: U.S. Department of Defense
The Department of Defense features an updated news section here on the September 11 terrorist attacks along with other matters relating the U.S. military. The American Forces Press Service writes the articles. On the left side of the page are additional links for finding recent speeches from top military personnel, such as Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfield, advisories to the media about upcoming press conferences, and home pages for specific branches of the U.S. Armed Services.
Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
Here are 734 pages of US military terms, jargon and acronyms, in a PDF file. From “abort” to “ZULU time.”
Federal Grand Jury
Reporters not already familiar with how grand juries work in the U.S. can find a short explanation of why grand juries will be employed in the cases of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Law professors Susan Brenner and Lori Shaw at the University of Dayton provide this Federal Grand Jury site, with frequently asked questions and info on both state and federal grand juries.
Hijackers Photo Archive
The FBI recently released photos of the 19 suspected hijackers believed to have been on board one of the four airplanes of September 11 that crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the downed plane in Stony Creek Township, Pennsylvania.
Islamic Studies, Islam, Arabic, and Religion
Dr. Alan Godlas, professor of Religion at the University of Georgia, has gathered a host of scholarly articles on Islam and addresses how the terrorist attacks carried out on September 11, belies the basic tenets of the religion.
National Security Archive
The National Security Archive recently released the first of a series of documents involving Usama bin Laden and his terrorist network, including reports from the Pentagon and the Senate Intelligence Committee, the State Department’s reports on global terrorism, as well the F.B.I.’s review of terrorism in the U.S.
In upcoming issues, the NSA plans to publish documents from the Soviet and U.S. files involving the last war in Afghanistan and information on the use of assassinations in foreign policy.
National Violence Prevention and Study Center
These experts, largely from the U.S. Secret Service, have done groundbreaking work on “targeted violence” — terrorism, workplace and school shootings, and terrorism. Few of the so-called experts on “profiling” or terrorism have studied the subjects, but these guys have.
NLM: Chemical Warfare Agents
Authoritative source of information from the National Library of Medicine. Includes descriptions of four types of chemical agents and their effects on human health. Offers extensive collection of links to related information.
Refugee Population Statistics
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has made available a statistical breakdown of refugees, including resettlement figures, returnees, and a world refugee overview.
Resources on Arab-Americans
The American Arab Anti Discrimination Committee has provided a resource guides for finding information on Arab Americans, listing updated resources and reference works as well as an annotated bibliography on anti-Arab discrimination, stereotyping, and hate crimes.
Also included is a biliography of leading scholars on the Arab world and Islam accompanied with citations to their published works.
September 11 online archive
Collection of 250 news sites on September 11, 2001. Searchable by publication time, country.
Terror in the Information Age
The International Institute for Strategic Studies summarized the key points covered in the IISS Annual Conference held in Geneva, Switzerland, from September 12-15, 2001. Topics discussed include “Western Defence Policy Debates and Counter Terrorism,” “Changing Power Relations in the era of Globalised Terrorism,” “New Technologies, The Fight Against Terrorism and the Conduct of War,” and “Changing Definitions of Political Risks.”
Terrorism Afghanistan Resource Page
This is a full-service resource page accompanied with links to information on the Taliban in Afghanistan, including information on Women under the Taliban; an extensive range of resources on terrorism and anti-terrorism; biographical sketches of Usama Bin Laden, and a listing of books on the Taliban. There is also a media section for accessing home pages and an editorial and commentary page for understanding the roots of hatred.
Terrorism Knowledge Base
Search for incidents or statistics related to incidents worldwide or use their chonology tool to find out about past events.
Terrorism, Counter-terrorism, Homeland Security
Internet gateway that links to hundreds of articles and reports on terrorist groups, the war on terror, and protective measures.
U.S. Department of State-Counterterrorism
The State Department�s Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism has made available a number of useful links and government reports on terrorism, a chronology of terrorist attacks inflicted upon Americans, and background information on the Taliban including Usama bin Laden in Afghanistan.
NOTE: Much of the information available here was gathered before the September 11 terrorist attacks.
USA Today database of September 11 victims
A searchable database of victims.