Essay The United States Domestic Terrorism

1002 Words Apr 29th, 2016 5 Pages
Introduction
“Domestic terrorism involves violence against the civilian population or infrastructure of a nation – often but not always by citizens of that nation and often with the intent to intimidate, coerce, or influence national policy (RAND, 2016).” In the United States domestic terrorism is often overshadowed by foreign terrorist operations specifically those of Middle Eastern descent. There are a number of influential cases so complex and different, yet all revolving around a similar issue shooting, bombings, and other acts that have terrorized United States citizens on United States soil, a scary thought after the disastrous attack on 9/11.
By RAND’s domestic terrorism documentation any act of terrorism on the ‘viewers’ home soil is domestic. So Sally lives in Israeli and a bomb goes off that is domestic terrorism for Sally. But if Sally lives in the USA and a bomb goes off that is also domestic terrorism. Therefore, events like the anti-abortion Anthrax threats, 9/11, the Oklahoma City Bombings, the Freedom Riders Bus bombings, Beltway Sniper, Unabomber, and the World Trade Center Attacks all fall under terrorist attacks, despite views on terrorist attacks being solely Muslim crimes.
USA Patriot Act Under new laws that further cover domestic terrorism in the United States, the USA Patriot Act has also expanded allowing law enforcement to do more within the United States. Though the USA Patriot Act helps to cover domestic terrorism and the crimes associated with…

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