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Terrorism, Cia, And South America

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Terrorism, CIA, and South America

Terrorism. This word has caused more change in the 21st century than any other thought, policy, or idea. This change can not only be seen in the political realm, but in the academic realm as well. Since the attacks on September 11, the study and research of terrorism has grown exponentially. One area of research that is gaining popularity is whether or not the United States itself has participated in acts of terrorism as defined by the CIA. The largest of these claims revolve around CIA involvement in South America. However, an examination of these operations carried out by the CIA in South America will show that this is not the case. This will be shown by examining the definition of: terrorism, covert
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. . We also consider as acts of terrorism attacks on military installations or on armed military personnel when a state of military hostilities does not exist at the site.

The FBI has taken a similar approach to defining “terrorism.”
The Federal Bureau of Investigation defines terrorism as the unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in the furtherance of political or social objectives.

The CIA, while having a similar approach to the FBI, has a more international focus.
The term "terrorism" means premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents. The term “international terrorism” means terrorism involving the territory or the citizens of more than one country. The term “terrorist group” means any group that practices, or has significant subgroups that practice, international terrorism.

Each of these definitions focus on the motives and methods of the specified organization. They are also useful in determining whether or not an act committed by a group was an act of terrorism or not. However, they do little to analyze a group prior to them taking action. The Department of
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