Governmental Agencies and Terrorism

640 WordsFeb 3, 20183 Pages
After the 9/11 attacks the word terrorism became etched in the worlds vocabulary. The word Terrorism immediately brings up images of bombings and hooded figures making demands on a home video. But when organizations tasked with defending against the treat of terrorism, begin to shape their operations, it also shape tire definition. The gathering and analysis of intelligence is the driving force in the Central Intelligence agency (CIA). So much so that it’s right in the name. So when the CIA begins working on the definition of terrorism, it uses that mission as a driving facture. The CIA describes terrorism as “premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents”(n.d., para. 6). This is a simple characterization because this is exactly what they are looking for. That part of the description illustrates the specific types of acts the organizations looking to prevent. Because of its mission it also adds the definition of international terrorism as “terrorism involving the territory or the citizens of more than one country” and terrorist groups as, “any group that practices, or has significant subgroups that practice, international terrorism” (n.d., para. 6). These add-ons highlight the scope of the organization. Unlike the FBI’s definition that has heaver legal implications or the State departments which is used for political purposes, the CIA uses its definition to focus its operations.
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