Terrorists: A Distinct Species

Terrorism and Political Violence, Vol. 23.1

Posted: 20 Oct 2017

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Amitai Etzioni

The George Washington University

Date Written: December 17, 2010


This article first lays out arguments that explain why terrorists should not be treated as criminals or as soldiers. It suggests that they are best characterized as a third, distinct species. Although their basic rights should be honored, e.g., they should not be tortured, on all other matters they should be subject to distinct authorities and procedures. For instance, instead of being held indefinitely without review, they should be held until a review board (somewhat like a parole board in prison) determines that they are no longer a danger to society.

Suggested Citation

Etzioni, Amitai, Terrorists: A Distinct Species (December 17, 2010). Terrorism and Political Violence, Vol. 23.1 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3050795

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