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University of Virginia Experts Continuing Coverage Of Terrorism

September 14, 2001-- "A terrorist may choose a target with some symbolic meaning, but he is not really out to harm a particular person or destroy a particular object. His purpose is to cause terror. Nor does he seek to terrify just those who are directly harmed or threatened by the terrorist attack. He aims to frighten a much larger audience: often…an entire nation."

from "Threats to Symbols of American Democracy"

by U.Va.’s Critical Incident Analysis Group

The University of Virginia serves as the center for a flagship group of experts analyzing Tuesday's incidents. The Critical Incident Analysis Group is a consortium composed of scholars, law enforcement officials (including the U.S. Justice Dept. and FBI), and professionals, such as therapists and psychiatrists, who seek "to analyze, anticipate, prevent, and mitigate critical incidents."

Lawrence E. Adams, research director of the CIAG, has studied the interaction of religion and politics and can speak about political responses to the crisis and rebuilding efforts. He has worked previously at the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill.

Adams may be reached for comment at the office, at (434) 243-3501, or at home, at (434) 973-1728, or via e-mail at ciag@virginia.edu.

The Critical Incident Analysis Group's web site address is: http://faculty.virginia.edu/ciag. Of special note is a recent CIAG publication titled "Threats to Symbols of American Democracy," which is available online. An excerpt:

"Nearly all crimes are called by the name of the criminal act committed -- murder, robbery, rape, drug trafficking, fraud, tax evasion, parking at an expired meter. Terrorism is an exception. It is named not for the act, but for the emotion it causes. In this way, language recognizes the special nature of the crime and its true goal. A terrorist may choose a target with some symbolic meaning, but he is not really out to harm a particular person or destroy a particular object. His purpose is to cause terror. Nor does he seek to terrify just those who are directly harmed or threatened by the terrorist attack. He aims to frighten a much larger audience: often, an entire religious or ethnic community or an entire nation."

ADDITIONAL U.VA. EXPERTS:

Intelligence

TIMOTHY NAFTALI is an expert on intelligence and espionage. He has taught international relations courses, including one on the Cold War in the Third World. He is an associate professor at the University of Virginia and the director of the Presidential Recordings Project and the Kremlin Decision-making Project at the Miller Center of Public Affairs. Office Phone: (434) 924-6053; Email: tjn3y@virginia.edu

Catastrophic Terrorism

PHILIP D. ZELIKOW is a University of Virginia expert on U.S. foreign policy who has written about catastrophic terrorism. He’s also director of the University’s Miller Center of Public Affairs. Office Phone: (434) 924-7236 or (434) 924-6858; Email: pdz6n@virginia.edu

Helping Children Cope

PETER SHERAS, professor of education, University of Virginia. A clinical psychologist who specializes in adolescent relationships, family relationships and stress. Has developed an adolescent stress index that takes into account many things, such as crushes, dating and peer relationships, that cause stress in youth. Also one of the lead faculty members in the Virginia Youth Gang and Virginia Youth Violence projects; as part of that work, he counsels schools nationwide on factors that can trigger violence among youth. Office phone (434) 924-0795; Home Phone: (434) 973-3536; E-Mail: pls@virginia.edu

DEWEY CORNELL, professor  of  education at the University of Virginia. Author of "Designing Safer Schools for Virginia: A Guide to Keeping Students Safe From Violence" which describes several programs, including bullying-reducing programs, that promote school safety. Offers counseling to schools coping with emotional issues. Office Phone: (434) 924-0793; Home Phone: (434) 973-3943; Email: dgc2f@virginia.edu

New defense technologies

HAYDN WADLY, associate dean for research at the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, works with the U.S. Department of Defense on new defensive technologies. Office Phone: (434) 924-0816; Email hnw4z@virginia.edu

Impact on the financial markets

EDWARD T. BURTON, a visiting professor in the University of Virginia department of economics, he is a private investment banking consultant and former chairman of the Virginia Retirement System for state employees. Can comment on the impact on financial markets, investments. Office Phone: (434) 924-4054; Email: etb6d@virginia.edu

ROBERT I. WEBB, a professor at the University of Virgina’s McIntire School of Commerce and expert in futures markets. Former financial futures and options trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Has served as senior financial economist at the Executive Office of the President and the Office of Management and Budget. Office Phone: (434) 924-3174; Home Phone: (434) 295-8521; Email: riw4j@virginia.edu

University of Virginia satellite information for electronic media:

U.Va. has a C-band satellite and studio available for commercial news use. To make arrangements for use of these supports, contact broadcast engineers Bob Hutchison or Jason Hartzog in the educational technologies group in U.Va.'s School of Continuing and Professional

Studies, located on the lower level of Zehmer Hall. Phone numbers there are (434) 982-5254 and (434) 982-5267. Bob Hutchison also is reachable via email at rwh6u@virginia.edu and Jason Hartzog's email address is jrh2n@virginia.edu. An ISDN phone line can be arranged in Charlottesville by calling Sarah McConnell at (434) 924-3855.

Contact: Charlotte Crystal, (434) 924-6858, home (434) 984-1462

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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