Domestic Terrorism Is Defined By The Federal Bureau Of Investigations

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Domestic Terrorism is defined by the Federal Bureau of Investigations as “acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law; Appearing to intend (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination. or kidnapping”(Definitions of Terrorism). This definition describes the case of John Allen Muhammad, 42, and Lee Boyd Malvo, 17 . Although they did not have an agenda, people to persuade, or a government to attack, clearly their assault on was meant to intimidate and frighten the citizens of the Washington D.C. area. This was the solitary goal in the Beltway Sniper case.
The bond between these two men started much earlier than 2002. In 1998, Malvo was introduced to Muhammad in the country of Antigua (Editors). Both men eventually moved to the United States. With no father and a foreign mother, Malvo began to look to Muhammad for advice and guidance in this new country. As a former United States Army soldier, Muhammad was strict with Malvo. Muhammed enforced a disciplined regimen of exercise and diet that Malvo was expected to follow. Another aspect of Malvo’s training was learning how to use a rifle. Muhammad again used his own military training to teach Malvo the skill of a sharpshooting (Editors). One source later commented about the relationship between Muhammad and Malvo, “Many who knew the pair said that…

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