An Explanation of Terrorism

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An Explanation of Terrorism

After browsing through Stephen E. Atkins book Terrorism, I soon learned many interesting things regarding the history of terrorism. It seems this form of protest has been around since Biblical times. Also, the main goal of a terrorist is not to do damage to one peticular person or place, but to gain publicity for an idea they support. (page 1) Evidence of this can be found by looking at the recent past of the United States. The Oklahoma bombing was one man's way of expressing his dislike of the government. The exact definition of terrorism is not a solid line, it is a very wide line that isn't defined. The general definition of terrorism is an attack of some sort against a person or place that involves
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( rykramer/cookbook.html) It is also true that two high school students built a small nuclear weapon in a chemistry lab from instructions found on the Internet.
Resources like Jolly Roger's Cookbook and the Phreak filez are easily available on the Internet, but contrary to what most mass-media mediums would like people to believe, the bomb making instructions do not suddenly jump up on the user's screen. The Internet user must go out and look for the information, and if they are really that dedicated to their terrorist cause, the will be able to find the information anywhere, not just the Internet. As far as the modern terrorist is concerned, the Internet doesn't have any new information that isn't already easily accessible.

Terrorist form groups to make it easier to get their message across. Atkins has a very good list of modern terrorist groups. One group is the Arab National
Youth Organization for the Liberation of Palestine. (ANYOLP) This group was found by the president of Libya, Qaddafi. This group isn't as active as when it started in 1972, but it was never officially disbanded by Qaddafi. (Terrorism
102) One of the most famous groups is the Black Panther Party. (BPP) This was founded in the United States in the 1960's, in Alabama. This groups wasn't really a terrorist group, but more a self-defense group that
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