Terrorism & the new world disorder
By Scott E. McHugh
A terrorist attack can rapidly and violently destroy hundreds of innocent people, and unless the United States begins to focus on the front end of the terrorism problem, the number of destroyed lives will continue to grow. To level the playing field and give law enforcement and security the tools required to neutralize this threat to national security, the U.S. must implement a terrorism intelligence analysis system capable of attacking the problem from a proactive, and preventive, organizational-dynamics perspective.
The United States has the finest post-incident investigative agencies and processes in the world, but it has largely ignored terrorism from a pre-incident analysis and preventive security perspective. Consequently, terrorists have had a free hand to pick and choose targets of opportunity with relative impunity.
(Scott E. McHugh is director of intelligence, research and analysis programs for Orion Scientific Systems of McLean, Va.)
Multidisciplinary child-abuse case review
By Susanna Patricia Parkinson
and Margaret M. Aiken
Approximately 1,600 cases of child sexual abuse were reported in 1996 in the city of Memphis and Shelby County, Tenn. The systematic processing of so many cases has been historically problematic, resulting on occasion in the mishandling of cases for lack of complete investigative information.
It was the goal of program planners that problems such as this would be significantly reduced by the implementation of the Shelby County Child Protection Team Investigation Protocol. Though it requires that all investigated cases of child sexual abuse be reviewed by the multidisciplinary team, we have learned that this does not in itself ensure that oversights will not occur.
(Susanna Patricia Parkinson, M.A., is a child victim advocate at the Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center and a criminal investigator assigned to the 30th Judicial District in Memphis. Margaret M. Aiken, Ph.D., is a professor of nursing at the University of Memphis Loewenberg School of Nursing. She maintains a practice as a nurse clinician at the MSARC.)