Terrorist Dzhokhar Tsamaev bombed the Boston Marathon April 15, 2013. Dzhokhar and his brother wanted to defend Islam from the U.S., which conducted the Iraq war and war in Afghanistan, in the view of the brothers, against muslims. The bombs were made from two pressure cookers. The bombs went off about 13 seconds apart near the finish line, killing 3 people and
Terrorism is a broad category and there are different types of terrorism in the world. Two of the more dominant types of terrorism are domestic terrorism and international terrorism. Domestic terrorism is “the unlawful use of force or violence by an individual or a group that is based and operates entirely within the United States and its territories, acts without foreign direction, and directs its activities against the elements of the U.S. government or population” (Schmalleger, 2013 p.562). One of the most recent examples of domestic terrorism in the United States would have to be the bombings at the Boston Marathon, which took place on April 15, 2013. An article written by the Los Angeles Times on April 24, 2013, which was eleven days after the bombings, describes what the offender and his brother did, and has information that pertains to their arrest and the hun...
Terrorism is not a new concept and although the treat has been highlighted by the events of September 11th, there has been a history of terrorism in America leading as far back as the establishment of the country. Although the proverb of “one mans terrorist is another mans freedom fighter” can be true on certain accounts, there is a distinction. The CIA uses a definition outlined by Title 22 Section 2656f(d) of the US Code, which states, "terrorism means premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents ” (2013). This definition has two important aspects, politically motivated violence and the targeting noncombatants. These two aspects address the motive and methods of a terrorist organization. Through the understanding of this definition it becomes clear that organizations like Al-Qaeda are ...
The sun rises to a deep spring-blue sky on Sunday the Fifth of May 2017; 51,000 people are converging on downtown Spokane for the 39th running of the Bloomsday road race. Thirty miles to the south, near the town of Fairfield, a small cluster of people watch from a distance as two men in protective coveralls and respirators pour fifty gallons of a clear fluid into the payload compartment of a Bell 300C helicopter. The crop duster, which was purchased for cash in Walla Walla, is a descendent of the Korean War era helicopters depicted on the television series MASH. After the liquid is loaded, and the outside of the helicopter is sanitized, the pilot runs through his preflight checklist and fires up the engine. Thirty minutes later, moments before the starter fires his gun into the air, the helicopter swoops in low over Riverside Avenue, coming from the east so the sun is to the pilot's back. As the pilot reaches the near edge of the crowd, his right hand depresses to trigger on the control stick and begins to spray his payload on the assembled runners.
The United States, like any large nation, experiences its fair share of domestic terrorism. Domestic terrorism comes in two forms, within the United States, secular terrorism and religious terrorism. The broader category of terrorism, of which secular and religious terrorism fall under, is defined as a violent act committed against defenseless civilians in order to incite change. The distinctive difference between secular and religious terrorism is the motivation to commit the act. Secular terrorist are motivated by ideology, that is separate from religion, and Religious terrorist are motivated by an interpretation of their religion. Because of these terrorist acts the United States is forced to take action, in order to prevent terrorist acts,
The next category of terrorist is a group acting together in order to achieve their political or ideological agenda. These groups of people are often found living in oppressed conditions and are seeking extreme measures to bring about change. Such groups have been found in Georgia and Bosnia fighting over ethnic cleansing of a particular area after the Soviet Union disbanded (Wilkinson). Once a group looks at its neighbors and decides to improve its self-defense in order to...
In today’s world there is a huge problem with terrorism and organized crime. Now when a lot of people look at terrorism and organized crime some would think that the two are different and yet in a way they are different but they are the same in a way to. For example terrorism is the use of violence and intimidation for the purpose of political gain (dictionary.com. n.d.). Now organized crime is considered to be the illegal behavior which is carried and planned out by a group of people. Now both of these things are considered to be a crime and are carried out by a group of people in order to achieve their goal of intimidation, money laundering, and chaos. Yet, they are different because terrorism uses violence or the threat of being violent against innocent civilians in order to accomplish their mission. Unfortunately, an organized crime group is a conspiratorial enterprise that is engaged in illicit activities in order to generate money but not to scare or harm civilians.
In Module one, I learned that terrorism is a result of physical harm or deadly acts of force with the intent of a political outcome by the use of terror for coercion. There are various types of terrorism such as international terrorism and domestic terrorism. International terrorism occurs outside of the United States with a purpose to influence the policy of a government by intimidation. International and Domestic terrorism both involve violent acts dangerous to human life that violate federal and state laws. Domestic terrorism occurs within the United States with the intention of coercion or intimidation by way of mass destruction, etc. Some forms of terrorism include Improvised explosive devices (IED), kidnappings, suicide bombings and
I will look to the similarities and differences between terrorism and interstate wars. Firstly, they both have different targets in sending out their messages. Interstate wars have a fought by soldiers in arms. They are the ones who have the skills and the know how to operate machines used in wars. Terrorist attack has innocent civilians as their targets. The attack on civilians is done to provoke an outrage for the population to get the government to alter a political decision or depart from certain areas. Just as in the above incident, they did that to send a message to the United States government to leave Iraq and secondly to wage a war on Christianity. Secondly, the element of surprise. Unlike wars, terrorism occurs at times that people least expect them to. Attacks in London, Bali and Milan and most recently Paris were surprises to most people. With modern day improvements to technology and surveillance in general, it is still difficult to predict when these attacks will occur because, unlike interstate wars, they are not required to declare war on states before attacking them. They are also not bounded
Terrorism, I may not know its exact definition, but I believe it has to do with violence among people who want to intimidate others. I think anyone can be a terrorist for example: if you terrorize your younger brother for doing something uncalled for and you threaten him, you are indeed a terrorist. There are all kinds of terrorists, some can be simple like I said above or they can be complex like the ones in 9/11 the ones who killed hundreds of people that day. Terrorist acts can happen anywhere at almost any given time it’s best to cautious of suspicious people. Terrorism may happen for several reasons, but usually revolve around one which is disagreements and opinions. Terrorism can happen in a very violent and destructive way.
The bombing that occurred in Baghdad would be considered a domestic terrorism attack. The reason for that would be because the act was done by a local terrorist group ISIS. They would be considered domestic since, they committed the act intending to cause serious harm upon other Muslims and death. ISIS committed the act of terrorism in their owe jurisdiction. the term “domestic terrorism” means activities that involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State; appear to be intended (Cornell,1992).
There have been several terrorist acts committed in the United States of America, not by terrorists that live in other countries and despise the American ways and ideas, but by our own citizens who live and work in the United States of America. Domestic terrorism is done by a person or group of persons who reside here, who are not acting on behalf of a foreign power, and who may be conducting criminal activities in support of terrorist ideas and whose acts are aimed at elements of the U.S. Government or population. Those objectives range from distrust of the government, to hatred of a specific type of person or people or their beliefs. They organize around civil rights, war, feminism and other po...
The Oklahoma City Bombing is an example of domestic terrorism. Timothy McVeigh an anti-government militant American citizen who bombed a Federal building in Oklahoma city in 1995. The attack involved a rental truck packed with explosives which was denoted on the north side of the building. The explosion killed 168 people, 19 of them were children, and leaving over 650 injured. The blast was so devastating it blew off the side of the building and left more than 300 surrounding buildings with damage. Non-Domestic terrorist attacks on US soil would be exampled by 9/11. In this attack foreign terrorists hijacked 4 separate passenger airline jets and crashed two of them into the World Trade Towers in New York, the 3rd being crashed into the Pentagon, while the fourth crashed into a field in the outskirts of Pennsylvania. This tragedy has an estimated death toll of over 3000 people, with 400 being first responders. The terrorists responsible for this heinous crime is believed to be affiliated with al-Qaeda, which was funded at the time by Osama bin-laden. This event was a turning point in the security level of the American nation. Because of the increase in security in border control, American conversion to Islam has seen an increase inside the American Prison system. The Prison system is an excellent place to recruit people to
The U.S. is struggling to find a way to prevent domestic terrorism. Local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and the armed forces are working tirelessly to neutralize domestic terrorist cells and dismantle the influence of international extremist. This is a short summary discussing three domestic terrorist groups, and the similarities and differences between them. The three groups are the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), Earth Liberation Front (ELF), and the Army of God.
The U.S. Department of State defines terrorism as, “The calculated use of unlawful violence or threat of unlawful violence to inculcate fear; intended to coerce or to intimidate governments or societies in the pursuit of goals that are generally political, religious, or ideological”. Whereas the Belgium Red Cross says that terrorism is committed “for the purpose of intimidating the population, forcing a third party to act or destablishing or destroying the fundamental structures of a country or of an international organization”.