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Eureka: Q & A on security and terrorism
by Jay Gutman
2018-05-09 06:15:22
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Security and terrorism, in question and answer form.

sec0001_400Question: What are the exact sources of funding when it comes to terrorism.

Answer: You basically have five types of terrorist organizations. You have national government or local governments who have terrorist wings, you have olligarchies attached to national or local governments who have terrorist wings, you have political organations who are aiming for political power who have terrorist wings, you have legal and illegal businesses who have terrorist wings, finally you have religious, spiritual or interest-based organizations who have terrorist wings.

A lot of times funding from terrorist organizations comes from legal and illegal business activities, donations from governments, olligarchies, political parties and religious or interest-based organizations. The funding system tends to be circular and it's more of a web of financial funding. That is you might have a government who might donate to another government who might donate to a terrorist organization who might loan money to an illegal business and collect the loans, while the illegal business might also outsource some of its activities to terrorist organizations and so on.

Here's a table to sum up the sources of funding for terrorist organizations


Government B

Ollgarchy B

Political organization B

Business B

Religious organization B

Government A

Donates money in the form of financial aid, imports products from the country or pays services to the country.

Grants large construction and infrastructure projects, grants privileges when it comes to importing and exporting, grants generous loans and everything needed to start large businesses, grants easy and unlimited access to banks and cash flows.

Grants donations because recognizes the organization's political rights or in the name of human rights or freedom of expression, eases access to other sources of cash.

Buys products from the business, grants land, real estate and access to protection.

Grants donations in the name of freedom of religion or in the name of proselitizing. Grants land and real estate and infrastructure to keep the organization going.

Olligarchy A

Grants politicians funds in exchange for protection, either in the form of taxes or bribes. Builds infrastructure and real estate for the government. Invests in large scale projects.

Builds import and export partnerships with the other olligarchy. Loans money or collects loans from the olligarchy.

Makes a financial alliance with the polical organization and makes arrangements in case of victory of the political organization.

Buys products and loans money or collects loans from businesses.

Grants donations in the name of freedom of religion or proselitizing.

Political organization A

Receives money from the government in exchange for favors in case the political party succeeds.

Receives money in exchange for favors in case of success.

Makes financial and other arrangements for alliances in case of success.

Offers protection in exchange for funds and arrangements in case of success.

Exchanges donations and services.

Business A

Gets governments to purchase their services.

Makes business and financial arrangements with the olligarchy.

Makes financial arrangements in case of success of the organization. Receives protection in exchange for funds and arrangements.

Trades and exchanges.

Makes donations in the name of freedom of religion or to proselitize.

Religious organization A

Receives grants in the name of freedom of religion or preselitizing.

Receives grants in the name of freedom of religion and proselitizing.

Makes arrangements and receives cash in exchange for protection and proselitizing.

Consumes the products of the business.

Exchanges donations, funds and services.

Question: What are the motivations for terrorist organizations to commit terrorist acts?

Answer: There are basically four types of terrorist organization members each with four types of motivations when it comes to committing terrorist acts. Here's a table to summarize them.



Intelligence officers



Emotional motivation

Frustration with the status quo, anxiety related to financial and social status, feeling the need to repair injustice, lust for power and wealth

Drive to fulfill the mission, statisfaction of collecting and receiving information, feeling of being in control, lust for power and success

Need to release the anger, feelings of satisfaction for causing destruction

Sense of mission, feelings of satisfaction for serving a greater cause.

Personal motivation

Feeding the family, aiminig for a higher position, feeling that their personal cultural codes will be followed and respected

Having a job, helping the organization, serving a greater cause

Taking revenge on a perceived injustice, being celebrated in the future

Protecting the cause, becoming a privileged member of society in case of success

Organizational motivation

Being a leader, having control and a say over operations, being listened to, being feared and celebrated

Having a say in the organization, controling the flow of information, taking care of logistics

Having a key and celebrated role in the organization, being branded as the courageous one

Going up the military ranks, obeying superiors to later become a superior

Motivation to get the tasks done

Being consulted on operations, deciding and designing large scale operations

Implementing the logistical aspects of the organization

Obeying orders and causing the destruction

Obeying orders and going on large scale missions.

Final question: What are the relations between different terrorist organizations?

Some have relations with governments, either collapsed governments or strong governments. Others have relations with olligarchies, others with political parties, others with businesses, others with religious organizations. Some can have one or many relations with such organizations, some can have casual relations with one organization and more formal relations with another, some can have short term relations with an organization and long-term relations with another. Relations can be purely financial with one organization, purely military with other, or political with another. The problem is terrorist organizations come and go, one disappears and two spring up. Some can start small and finish big, while others will be big but end up being small.

Some countries are labelled state-sponsors of terrorism, while other countries tolerate relations with terorists. In some countries the mentality is, as long as the terrorists are paying us money, why should we refuse their services. In other countries it's “as long as the terrorists don't attack us, if they want relations with us, they can have relations with us.” A lot of other times, governments and organizations just don't know they're dealing with terrorists or that the funds or weapons will end up in the hands of terrorists.

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