Terrorism : Terrorism And Terrorism

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Terrorist attacks are major threats that could occur in any nation. Terrorism is one of those things that can happen at any time. It will strike in small, medium and large cities. Although we will never be able to remove all risk from terrorism, we can definitely reduce the risk through hazard mitigation and disaster preparedness (GBRA, 2011).
To better understand terrorism we need to know what it is. Terrorism can be defined as the use of force or violence against persons or property in violation of the criminal laws of the United States for purposes of intimidation, coercion, or ransom. The Federal Bureau of Investigations has put terrorism into two categories: (GBRA, 2011)
• Domestic Terrorism – is terrorist activities that focus on facilities or populations without foreign direction (GBRA, 2011).
• International Terrorism – is terrorist activities that are foreign‐based and/or sponsored by organizations or groups outside the U.S. (GBRA, 2011).
To determine whether it’s international or domestic terrorism is not where the attack took place but rather the origin of the individuals or groups responsible for the attack. For example, the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was an act of domestic terrorism, but the attacks of September 2001 were international terrorism. Although attacks, regardless domestic or international can be devastating to our community, international terrorism poses the biggest threat (GBRA, 2011).
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