Reviewing a dispensation for dynamite.

This special section looks at the politics and interpretation of terrorism at a point in history in which Alfred Nobel’s dynamite was becoming freely available, having been created 20 years earlier. The special section commentaries open with Paul Gill, a criminologist who specializes in terrorism, and his colleagues from University College London. The second paper by Shandon Harris-Hogan, a Countering Violent Extremism consultant and terrorism scholar, notes the apparent failure to progress in modern times the journalistic analysis of political violence, even with the development of an interconnected world and the sea of information provided by the Internet. The political discourse is also examined by Molly Amman, an Federal Bureau of Investigation Supervisory Special Agent, who finds a sense of déja vu on a global scale in the article. Next Reid Meloy, a forensic psychologist, notes that targets and tactics have not appreciably changed in the 135 years since this opinion piece appeared in the New York Times. The special section concludes with Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent and bomb expert Ron Tunkel considering the article in the context of bomber behavioral analysis. Further reflections on the use of political violence over time and the way it is reported will continue to inform the threat management trajectory. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2018 APA, all rights reserved)