Is Terrorism A Form Of Domestic Terrorism Or Eco-Terrorism?

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There have been many different types of domestic terrorist groups and organizations over the years. A form of terrorism that targets its actions based on a perceived threat or harm to the environment is known as Eco-Terrorism. If a group of activists attempt to join the cause of another group and commits violence in the furtherance of the ideals, it could conceivably be considered terrorism. If the outside group were to commit a violent act that resulted in a death, then it has arguably committed an act that is dangerous to human life and violation of law. According to the FBI (2013), domestic terrorism “involve acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law”. The firebombing of a government building, especially one that resulted in a death would clearly fit that requirement. However, aside from having been committed in the U.S. without foreign …show more content…
In the stated incident of an outside group committing criminal actions including vandalism and violent actions dangerous to human life for environmental political reasons clearly falls under an act of eco-terrorism. The question can then become if eco-terrorism is the same as domestic terrorism or if the group, while committing an act of eco-terrorism also committed and act of domestic terrorism. According to Section Chief Jarboe of the FBI, “domestic terrorism is the unlawful use, or threatened use, of violence by a group or individual based and operating entirely within the United States (or its territories) without foreign direction, committed against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social

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