Politics, media and war: 9/11 and its aftermaths
Politics, media and war: 9/11 and its aftermaths

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10.1 Government perceptions of the terrorist threat

Sir Richard Mottram is an eminent civil servant who was a Permanent Secretary to the Cabinet in the area of Security, Intelligence and Resilience (the formal appellation in this context) and Chair of the Joint Intelligence Committee from 2005 to 2007. In an extract from ‘Protecting the Citizen in the Twenty-First Century’, he outlines the distinctive nature of the contemporary threat from international terrorism, and explains what the British government set out to achieve in this context.

Activity 44 Protecting the citizen in the twenty-first century

Please read the extract now. His account is straightforward and clearly signposted, so you should have little difficulty with it. Please note:

  • what he sees as the distinctive nature of the ‘Islamist terrorist threat’
  • the precise objectives of the British government
  • the kind of specific developments that government strategy is trying to prevent.

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