Terrorism: A Growing Threat

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Throughout history, terrorists have struck fear in the eyes of many people by using threats and violence to further political beliefs. Terrorism can be shown in many different ways; however, there are only two main types of terrorism: international and domestic. International terrorism usually occurs outside the jurisdiction, or boundaries, of the United States. Domestic terrorism is the exact opposite, occurring mostly within the jurisdiction of the United States.
The violence of terrorism is usually comprised of assassination, destruction, or kidnapping. There have been thousands of known terrorist attacks, which means that many of them were successful, however, most are not. There is almost always a motive behind a terrorist
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The Klan was known for killing African Americans in order to intimidate them and keep them away from voting polls. They would also kill white supporters who stood up for civil rights. In many instances, members of the Ku Klux Klan would use other tactics to terrorize African Americans such as threats to loved ones or small children in order to keep protesters quiet. "Because of the secrecy surrounding the Klan's activities and the unfortunate public support of some of its actions, arrests and convictions were few and far between (Azzata1)." The Ku Klux Klan dissolved at the end of the Reconstruction era, but re-emerged during the civil rights movement in order to prevent African Americans from gaining full citizenship rights that were equal to the white man.
Another domestic terrorist group began in 1938 and lasted throughout World War II. This organization was known as the Christian Front. The Christian Front believed that Jews were responsible for the Russian Revolution and the Spanish Civil War. They feared that Jews were going to turn the United States into a communist country. Leaders of the Christian Front were arrested in New York City. Stolen guns and ammunition were found and the leaders were charged with running a covert militia movement. This caused Congress to pass the first Federal gun control law.
Many people believe that the Holocaust was an example of terrorism but this is simply not true. The
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