Terrorist Attacks On The World Trade Center

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There is little doubt that the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York on September 11 drastically changed America’s sense of security in recent years. Yet the country is facing another kind of threat, one that is not entirely different than the dangers of terrorism at a global scale: domestic terrorism. At its core, domestic terrorism differs from any other type of terrorism in the sense that those who carry it out are citizens or permanent residents of a given country and who inflict violence and intimidation against their fellow citizens or permanent residents in the pursuit of political aims (Sharpe, 2000, p. 606). In that sense, domestic terrorism may also be called homegrown terrorism. Perhaps the best, and most gruesome, example that shows the difference between domestic terrorism and other types of terrorism is the bombing of the World Trade Center. In the September 11 attacks, the perpetrators were Islamist jihadists who belong to al-Qaeda, a Sunni Islamist organization that America eventually categorized as a network of terrorist groups. Most of the direct perpetrators themselves were from Saudi Arabia while the rest were from Egypt, Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates (Bell, Clay, Murdie & Piazza, 2014, p. 607). In other words, they were non-citizens of America. In the aftermath of the attacks, authorities revealed that most of the victims were American citizens and permanent residents. The fact that the attacks were carried out in American
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