Hijacking as a Terrorist Tactic

Hijacking is the armed, hostile take-over of any kind of transportation, including an airplane, a truck, a car, a boat, a train, or a bus. A hijacking usually involves hostage-taking, but this isn’t always the case. Often, the presence of hostages provides hijackers with significant tactical and psychological advantages. Photo: 1970, Jordan --- Huge columns of smoke pour from the wreckage of three multimillion dollar international airlines destroyed by Palestine Liberation Organization guerillas at Dawson's Field in the Jordan desert. The planes, a BOAC VC10, a Swissair passenger airplane and TWA Boeing 707 were hijacked by the PLO during the preceding week. More than 200 passengers and crew are still in Arab custody in Amman while negotiations go on to exchange them for Arabs held in western jails.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/feda2y/3510829366/MotivationsThe motives of the hijacker will often differ depending upon the situation and the type of vehicle that is under…

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Carmen Rane Hudson

From the time I was a small child I always had a fascination with "the what" and "the how." As I got older I realized that some of the most interesting subject to pair with these...