Targets chosen by bombers may be randomly or
carefully selected. The psychological makeup, along with the motivation for
bombings, are interrelating factors in determining targets. Any number of
factors may isolate target selection.
These factors include hatred,
perceived unfair treatment, excitement, and anarchy.
A list of potential
bombing targets to be considered by security personnel follows. The list is
not limited to these, however:
b. Commercial operations.
e. Public safety buildings.
g. Public buildings.
j. Public utilities.
Bomb cases of historical importance have generally
been politically motivated. However, it would be a mistake to overlook the
other possible motives. When devising preventive measures and bomb threat
plans, remember two things. There are two basic categories of motives for
bomb placement and threats: nonpolitical and political.
a. Personal animosity is often the motive behind many bombing
The quest for vengeance results form being fired, perceived
injustices, harassment or other psychological disorders. Any of these may
be underlying factors.
b. Malicious destruction may account for the simple desire for power or
excitement. Vengeance as well as other factors should also be considered.
c. Labor disputes often arouse attacks from either or both sides. Such
attacks serve as a means of pressure in making gains in labor contract
negotiations. Attacks are aimed at strike breakers. They are also aimed at
non-union laborers as well as union and company officials.
d. Monetary gain, more commonly known as extortion, is the motive for
bombings of large companies or rich businessmen.