Two identical bills (H.R. 4008 and S. 1608), introduced by Rep. Christopher Shays (R-CT) and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), respectively, would increase the penalties for terrorism against mass transit systems. Anyone guilty of the crime could be imprisoned for up to 20 years. For aggravated offenses--which would include any that involve high-level radioactive materials or those that result in the death of a person--the punishment could range from a prison term of not less than 30 years to the death penalty.
A new report explores why terrorist groups die off and whether government intervention can help speed the process. The report also discusses how factors such as the age of the organization can affect its demise.