Terrorism: The Role Of Domestic Terrorism In The United States

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Terrorism is a powerful weapon because it is unpredictable and is often aimed at civilian, or nonmilitary, targets. In most cases, the primary objectives of terrorist are to gain publicity and to spread fear. Personally, I am opposed to terrorism as it is a rule by fear method that isn’t sustainable in any functional society. In addition, the terrorists’ real targets are often not the immediate victims of the attacks, but the media, the government, or the population at large. Terrorist attacks can range in scale as some groups focus on a single individual, such as former Italian prime minister Aldo Moro, who was kidnapped and murdered in 1978 by a group called the Red Brigades.
There are other large assaults, such as the attacks on the United
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Domestic terrorism is takes place within national borders. Some governments have employed terrorist techniques. In Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin, and various Latin American countries, the governments arrested, tortured and executed opposition to spread fear among the population and to stamp out opposition and rebellion. Domestic terrorism may also be intended as an attack on government or society in general. In the United States, the student movement that emerged largely to protest the Vietnam War spawned violent groups such as the Weather Underground, which organized bombings on university campuses and at corporate and government …show more content…
Using small weapons that had passed through airport security undetected box-cutters or multi-function hand tools the hijackers seized control of the four planes and redirected them back toward New York City and the Washington, DC area. Each group had at least one member trained to pilot a plane; the hijackers had actually trained in flight schools in Arizona and Florida.Three of the four planes struck their targets, two struck the World Trade Center in Manhattan, and a third struck the Pentagon, home to the US Department of Defense, in Arlington County, Virginia. The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, never reached its destination believed to be the United states Capitol building or the White House, Passengers and crew aboard United 93 learned of the other attacks while in the air, and a group stormed the cockpit in an attempt to regain control of the plane. The plane crashed in a field in rural Pennsylvania, killing all aboard but likely preventing the deaths of hundreds of others if the hijackers had reached their final destination.The World Trade Center towers collapsed within two hours of being hit by the planes.In total, nearly three thousand people lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks, most of those in the World Trade Center.Compared to,the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 1941,

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