The Legal Definition Of Terrorism

960 Words Dec 12th, 2015 4 Pages
Most citizens would define terrorism as using force to influence or change a political decision, “the legal definition of terrorism has very high importance” (Hodgson). This is because it determines which actions count as acts of terrorism, and hence who is regarded as a terrorist, but also because the definition of terrorism opens up a range of controversy of police and prosecutorial powers. Terrorism has always been an iffy subject to talk about and define. In its original text, terrorism was closely associated with the ideals of virtue and democracy. Terrorism now is the harming and/or killing of civilians and the damaging of property while causing economic harm for the reasons that the terrorist are trying to portray by violence. Understanding all the pieces to the puzzle the government and Americans go through on a daily basis, most would agree that terrorism is the worst thing to happen in the world, aren’t physically able to handle it, but are asked to deal with it while the government and military try to find a positive solution. Terrorism is something people in the world need to understand the true meaning of, and it means the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political point.
When looking at the outline of terrorism from the outside point of view there are three different ways to see it: the terrorist’s, the victim’s, and the general public’s. “The phrase “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter” is a view terrorists themselves would…
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