For instance, it was shown in numerous examples of federal cases that the United States treated domestic terrorist differently than Islamic-related terrorists. The Reuters, a newspaper, found “100 federal cases found that domestic terrorism suspects collectively have faced less severe charges than those accused of acting on behalf of Islamic State” (Harte, et al). In the United States terrorists that attack for an Islamic State face charges more harsh than domestic terrorists who commit similar if not the same crimes. Thus, showing that the United States does not see the threat of domestic terrorists, to the point where the United States does not charge them with the crimes the terrorists deserve. Furthermore, the prison sentence for the Islamic-State related crimes differ incredibly to the prison sentence for domestic extremists. The Reuters also discovered that, “Eight Islamic State-related defendants have been sentenced so far, to prison terms that range from three to 20 years, the Reuters review found. Over the same period, 18 domestic extremists have been sentenced
Clearly, John Brown easily fits into the category of a terrorist since he is well-known for assaults on proslavery citizens. In general, a terrorist is someone
Domestic terrorism refers any forcefulness act exerted on the civilian population or the infrastructure of a particular nation. Mostly domestic terrorism is done by the citizens of the nation with the intention of coercing, intimidating the national policy. A lone wolf terrorist is a situation where a citizen performs a forceful act supporting or basing on ideology and beliefs of certain movements or groups. One person alone without any command or assistances does a lone terrorist from the group.
One of the major reasons why defining domestic terrorism has proved difficult is because different agencies approach terrorism with their different interpretations (White, 2013). The difference between the various definitions of domestic terrorism lies within the various descriptions given about terrorists’ motivations. White (2013) classified domestic terrorism as either those that are politically motivated or others that attempt greater specificity. It is however difficult to establish and define the motivations of terrorists. It is therefore necessary do in-depth analysis on terrorists’ motivation because their purpose reflects the methods and targets the terrorists are most likely to select.
A bomb explodes outside of the FBI building in Oklahoma City. Over one hundred people were killed, the side of the building was blown open, and no one knew who did such a malicious thing. A few days later, people know Timothy McVeigh was the terrorist who blew up the FBI building. People like Timothy McVeigh don’t just blow up buildings just because they feel like it. Timothy, like the many other people after him, is called a terrorist because of the reason behind his violent doings. Terrorists all want a change in society according to their beliefs and thoughts of order by protesting with violence that terrify people.
Additionally, terrorist commit murder for psychological reasons. Psychological terrorism is the acting on others by your thought process. Typically about your well being or state of mind from an disorder or a disease. Sometimes it can be a side effect of another action that do not seek to inflict terror on people but usually it always does. Psychological terrorism does not necessarily have to be physical it can be internal, like a fear of something happening again. The littlest thing could trigger that fear to reappear and it creates an lasting terror which is considered Psychological terrorism.(Wiesen and Bailey, "What Is Psychological Terrorism?"). Studies show that a great number of lone wolf terrorist have a diagnosable mental illness. Which causes them to react out of anger which may include high stress, relationship problems, social skills, violent communications and being very intelligent. It is usually when someone has taken a shot at their ego to make them show that they have a lot of power and demand respect. Scientist say the best way to prevent psychological terrorism is to have a Risk Reduction Planning tools to young youth to make them feel involved so by the time they get older they won’t also become a lone wolf. There is also a huge possibility that this terrorism could happen from a failure of a relationship, friendship or lost of a family member. There is a lot of children in the world who has personal problems at home that people need to take in consideration early, so the stress don’t build up to cause them to lose their minds. Studies show these effects of harming other pedestrians comes from family violence, abuse, neglect and most importantly bullying. To help these cases these children should be provided treatment to help them with their basic life and their interpersonal skills. Also law enforcement need to stop babying the youth that
Two theories that probably relate the best are the interactionist and the conflict theorist. The interactionist is primarily concerned with fundamental or everyday forms of interaction, including symbols and other types of nonverbal communication. One of the main assumptions of the interactionists, which directly relates to this article, is that we act according to our own interpretation of reality. The people and domestic terrorist groups described in this article all act the way they do because their interpretation of reality is to wipe out e.g. the government, or other groups of people. They are manipulating symbols and are creating their social worlds through interaction with other group members. They have nonverbal communication with us by the terrorist acts they perform. As opposed to the functionalist and conflict theories, the interactionist sees people disobeying the law because of their own past experiences. The next theory is the conflict theory, which assumes that social behavior is best understood in terms of conflict or tension between competing groups. This relates to the article because the two groups are our nation and the domestic terrorist groups. They believe that people are shaped by power, coercion, and authority. This relates to the deviant people and the domestic terrorist groups in the article because most of the groups have leaders which are figures of
After the 9/11 attack many Americans have come to realize what terrorism really is, but for the kids that 9/11 was history to here you go. Terrorism today is the use of violence usually against other countries aimed towards politics. Targeting terrorist leaders might not make much difference, but it is cheap, it is low risk for the United States (Fisher,par.18). According to Max Fisher’s article going after terrorist leaders isn’t always the best, well the U.S. did that for the 9/11 attack, we ended up killing Osama Bin Laden the man who planned 9/11 out. Terrorist groups like the Al Qaeda, ISIS, and the Jihadist are a threat to mankind.
“Researches believe domestic lone wolf terrorists are fundamentally different than organized international terrorist groups” (). Lone wolf terrorists rarely carry out their criminal acts because of politics alone, but find their motivation through personal grievances, disputes, or hateful ideology. Furthermore, unlike international terrorists, lone wolf terrorists have a history of some sort of mental health issue. Law enforcement agencies believe that lone terrorist have more in common with apolitical mass murders than organized terrorist cells, because their attacks tend to be less effective and deadly than coordinated attacks by organized terrorists groups (). Unlike international terrorists organizations, lone terrorist conduct their violence in a place they are familiar with. However, lone terrorists are similar to international terrorists because they also carry out violence in unknown locations. International terrorists
Denita Wells. I believe that the essential characteristics of terrorism, be it foreign or domestic, is the fact that both want to make extreme statements. I believe that all terrorists share the thirst of fame. Not in the sense of conventional fame but in a political sense. Lets look at the 9/11 terrorist. Most of us may vaguely remember a face of at least one of the terrorists, but we can definitely remember the name of Mohammad Atta. He was the 9/11 hijacking mastermind. I can still see the evil face of this guy. Lets look domestically. Timothy McVeigh who killed and maimed so many innocent souls in Oklahoma City. Their motives were religious and political, and therefore establishes the similarities between the two types of extremists. Both
Terrorism as a term is equivocal in that it is defined differently by various states. A state such as the United States of America may have a different definition of terrorism compared to a state such as Syria as they both hold contrasting values and principles. Boaz Ganor states in his piece that “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter” (287). This statement helps to emphasis different state’s views on terrorism as a state who agrees with a terrorist organization’s actions may retain that the organization consists of “freedom fighters” instead of terrorists. Ganor discusses this subject matter in depth in his text, giving his opinion on the aforementioned quote as well as if terrorism can in fact have an objective definition.
The world today is facing a crisis and there seems to be no resolution in sight. The war on terrorism has been going on for many, many years and it appears as if the leaders of the world are baffled as to stop it or if nothing else, control it. Many scholars have a difficult time attempting to define a good definition for the word terrorism. Many believe it is a difficult word to define because there are so many interruptions to the word. It will depend on what part of the country one is in, but for the universal approach to the definition many believe terrorism is “the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce esp for political purposes” (Dyson, 2012, p. 19).
One person's freedom fighter is another person's terrorist" is a common statement used to describe the different perspectives about terrorism around the world. A myriad of reasons confirm the incident of 9/11 was definitely a terrorist attack. Firstly, the proceedings that occurred on this day perfectly align with the terrorism definition and secondly, the subnational group created widespread fear. However, there are fewer reasons that some argue that 9/11 was a freedom fight. Firstly, the United State’s abandonment in the Afghan- Soviet War and the type of message Al Qaeda aimed to spread. With no question, 9/11 must be recognised as an act of terror.
BANG! BANG! BANG! Gunshots echo out a terrifying noise heard by far too many Americans in the growing epidemic of mass shootings. When people think of terrorism, some of the worst events in history come to mind, such as September 11th, or the sarin attack on the subways of Tokyo. Still far too many people seem to overlook the most common type of terrorism, the type of terror that anyone could cause, your parents, your siblings, your neighbor, or even a classmate. Domestic terror is a growing trend, due to easy access to extremist ideas through the internet, along with peoples blind eye towards the situation. We must act now to stop it from occurring.
Terrorism causes fear all across the world. People are terrified because of what happens in these attacks. There are many different kinds of fear caused by terrorist attacks. Some react to these attacks differently than others. Many react to these attacks in a constructive and rational matter, this helps to not give the terrorists what they want. If we can do this we can minimize these attacks across the world. So, are you with me? Will you help to minimize this problem?