Terrorism And Its Effects On Terrorism Essay

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Although terrorism has been around for millennia in different forms, today terrorism is becoming more and more prevalent with the ability to reach across the globe. Terrorism is defined as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government and/or the civilian population to advance ideological objective” (Schwab, p.115). These attacks can be performed by individuals or by groups. They may also be either overt or covert attacks. An example of an overt attack is when planes were hijacked on September 11, 2001, destroying the twin towers at the World Trade Center in New York and hitting the Pentagon in Washington D.C. A covert attack may be a biological attack by releasing a virus or infection disease into a community in order for it to spread to produce casualties. In an effort to help defeat or mitigate the aftermath of terrorist activities, a plan must be developed. The federal government has multiple programs to help with the mitigation as well as state and local procedures. With these programs, there are also response options built in to them. The federal programs are the beginning of the plans. There are several agencies in the United States federal government that have plans in place to help to counter terrorist attacks. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) are three key players in the efforts to…

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