LOW-COST TERRORISM OR THE INVISIBLE THREAT: TERRORISM AND BRAZILIAN ANTI-TERRORISM POLICIES

Marcial A. G. Suarez, Igor P. Acacio

Abstract


We propose to study a tactical change into the violent political action of terrorist attacks: in addition to the car bombs and the attacks on public spaces performed by organized terrorist cells, attacks can growingly be pursued at a lower organizational and material cost. We propose to define such attacks as “low cost terrorism”, referring to recent events (Paris, London, Brussels, and Barcelona). Aside from the theoretical discussion and characterization of terrorism as a macrosecuritization process, we discuss Brazil’s anti-terrorist legislation in this context and highlight inconsistencies and inadequacies of the country’s to address the phenomena of terrorism, especially when referring to “low cost terrorism”.


Keywords


Low-cost terrorism, Brazilian anti-terrorism, Securitization.



DOI: https://doi.org/10.22456/2238-6912.87988

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