In order to decipher whether a violent act is one of terrorism the definition of terrorism must be clear. Most individuals would describe it as “the unlawful use of threat of violence against persons or property to further political or social objectives.”(Taking Sides). In the case of the massacre Brown and his group of men attacked those who were pro slavery and saw his views as radical. The group broke into multiple people’s homes and took these unarmed men to the woods to kill them. (Trial of John Brown). The main goal of these attacks was to instill fear into others in order to bring their goals of complete abolition to light.
Jeffrey Dahmer orfan, murderer, cannibal, sex offender. A man with a tragic back story turned evil. A loner at school, who got picked on and had a sick way to have fun. As he got older he became more fascinated with dead bodies of different animals and seeing what would happen to them after a period of time. While he was one of the most know serial killers , he 's a cannibal, he kept the victims heads in the freezer and kept there skulls, poured acid in their heads to see what would happen, and dismembered their bodies after torching them.
Now, some may argue the fact that John Brown is indeed a terrorist because he murdered many people, just as a terrorist would. Though he did murdered many people, this does not instantly make him terrorist. It was not his intentions to kill, as many people as possible, like some terrorist’s intention. All he wanted was to end slavery, and imagine what it would be like if he did not start the rebellion against slavery. Therefore, just because John Brown murdered many civilians, does not ultimately make him a terrorist.
Defining the concept of terrorism has lead to many debates that have yet to reach an agreed upon universal definition. Throughout the study of political science and psychology many scholars have pioneered definitions for this term, yet none have emerged as universal. The most commonly used definition of terrorism can simply be defined as, a vicious act of violence domestic or foreign. Bruce Hoffman defines terrorism as the deliberate creation and exploitation of fear through violence or the threat of violence in the attainment of political objectives. Hoffman like many other scholars studying terrorism asserts the act of violence is carried out in attempt to reach political agendas. Does the latter statement hold truth, are acts of terror done at free will or are they an outcry in attempt to reach political objectives?
It has been approximately 47 years since the world has last heard of the Zodiac Killer’s activities. Till this day, the San Francisco Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Intelligence have not succeeded in identifying the alias of the Zodiac Killer. He the Zodiac Killer has claimed to have taken 37 lives amid his time terrorizing the San Francisco Bay area. However, evidence has only linked him to 7 of the murders. The Zodiac has been taunting the police by sending them nearly impossible cryptograms with the blood of his victims smudged on the paper to confirm authenticity.
Terrorism has grown to become an important term during the past 40 years and this has been linked to certain groups using terrorism strategies to create chaos and mayhem among governments and the public. But terrorism has grown to develop different meanings among different people and even within government departments (Meisels). The severity and strategies of terrorisms have also changed in recent times with certain groups causing terror in public while others fighting certain groups and individuals and claiming it to be the fight for freedom.
A serious, distressing issue in our world. It is supposedly prejudiced against Islam or Muslims, but is it really? Every terrorist attack caused by any bearded man of colour is known as “Islamic terrorism” but if the attack is caused by a white man, he suddenly becomes “mentally unstable”. Isn’t that injustice towards everyone non-white? One thing I know is that the internet doesn’t seem to think that.
We should improve the laws against hate crimes and even create a few new laws that will allow for an increase in the funding of police departments because it will allow the police officers to be trained properly to be able to identify acts of abuse better. In doing so will allow for a safer environment specifically for Middle Eastern Americans. With the proper training, officers can use religion as an aspect of investigation and not identification which is discussed in the paper “Walking While Muslim.” In this paper, Margaret Chon and Donna Arzt describe that one of the struggles of being Middle Eastern is automatically being identified as Muslim, and vice versa, even though that may not be the case. Chon and Arzt helped shape my idea of a solution because they declare in their paper that “religion should be closely examined as an analytic category” (Arzt and Chon, 2005) rather than unsystematic when regarding “the law and policy of counter-terrorism” (Arzt and Chon, 2005) because religion cannot be used as a description for a person since it’s a choice. By improving the funding that is given to police departments, it will permit police officers better training in handling these situations and preventing them as well rather than instigating them. With better preparation, officers will be ready to handle any backlash caused by terrorist attacks. These hate crimes that officers should be prepped for are usually stimulated by the media. However, the information that is
Since its initiation, we only know about one instance in which the NSA stopped has stopped an act of terrorism. That’s not to say that it has only stopped one terrorist organization but this is the only on we know about, but for the amount of money (exact amount is classified, but is estimated to be about $10 billion a year) that is being spent on the NSA more should have been done by now. For example, many school shooters have posted on social media either pictures of themselves armed to the teeth or actual threats against their school. The NSA is supposed to monitor social media, phone records, etc. so why aren’t they catching these school shooters? Couldn’t they be considered terrorists just as much as the people the NSA have caught already?
Many acts of terrorism still happen today. Terrorism is the use of violence against a person's property. In the 1800's, John Brown was against slavery and fought for what he believed in, but his actions were violent and he terrorized many people. Even though terrorism can be defined in many ways, John Browns actions at Harpers Ferry and Pottawatomie Creek were acts of terrorism, which justify him as a terrorist.
America has gone through difficult times with war, but has gone through harder times with the war on terror. Terrorism is defined as the use of terror or threat. The war on terror became a big deal on December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor was bombed by hundreds of Japanese fighter planes, but has been a bigger deal since that attack on the Twin Towers in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.. The bombing of the Twin Towers and to the Pentagon was like a Pearl Harbor but for the 21st century. Terrorist turn to violent means such as killing and bombing of the government.
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.
There is a lot of stuff constantly going on around the U.S. Mass shootings should not be taken lightly, the shooters generally take more than one innocent life in these situations. Most people ask the question how is that not terrorism? The answer to that is of course it is terrorism how could it not be. Stated “Under federal law, the term "terrorism" refers to any violent or dangerous crimes that "appear to be intended" (CNN 2015) and of course mass shootings are intended. Terrorist come in all shapes colors and sizes, "Terrorism" is determined by the nature of the crime, not the nature of the criminal.” (CNN
In Florida, the School shooting took place on Feb 14 2018. At Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school Nikolas Cruz a 19 year old man, set off fire alarms to get kids to run in the hallways so he could open fire on the students with an AR-15 assault rifle. In addition, Cruz noxiously killed 17 people and injured over a dozen others. To escape, he dropped his weapon and blended in with the crowd of students, although, Cruz was later captured in Coral Springs at 3:41 p.m.(Farber, "Florida School Shooting Timeline"). Since the 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook there has been 142 school shootings in America.(Carissimo, "There Have Been 45 School Shootings in the US This Year"). Terrorism is the illegal use of violence mainly towards civilians,
This rhetoric can encourage for more terrorism to take place, especially in the Western world where this rhetoric is most prevalent. Anti-Muslim rhetoric can encourage terrorism because it causes some Muslims to feel hatred toward Westerners and be violent to Westerners as a result. Therefore, I have come to the conclusion after reviewing all of the information given, that ethnic profiling should not be used to prevent terrorism. Not only does profiling encourage terrorist acts, it has a countless amount of ethical implications as explained by the Open Society Justice Initiative. This source persuaded me that ethnic profiling is ineffective, supported by studies that have been conducted. I believe that focusing too much on one group of people could result in authorities missing out on thoroughly checking other groups of people that could be just as dangerous or terrorists themselves. Stereotyping a group of people because of their race, ethnicity, or religion is not the solution because not everyone in a certain group of people think and behave similarly. As Richard M. Banks states in his argument, it is acceptable to look for suspected terrorists based off of the descriptions given to law enforcement. Nonetheless, targeting and unfairly treating a certain group of people because some of the suspected terrorists were coincidentally of the same ethnicity, race or religion is taking it to the extreme and is an indisputable act of discrimination. More investigation does need to be directed by experimenting the effectiveness of ethnic profiling on a large scale and recording the results of it because most studies conducted previously are outdated. In such studies, the actions and behaviors of people need to be monitored closely instead of the profiling method. To help solve the terrorist issue, security measures need to be