The Rise of Domestic Terrorism in the United States

2030 WordsJan 7, 20188 Pages
When discussing terrorism, the groups which most frequently come to mind are those which operate either internationally or specifically in foreign countries, such as al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Al Shabab. However, the United States has a number of domestic terror groups some well-organized, some loosely connected that have perpetrated serious attacks over the last few decades. Al-Qaeda's attacks on September 11th, 2001, and the subsequent wars born out of the United States' response to these attacks have meant that domestic terrorism is less widely discussed topic, this does not mean that domestic terrorist groups do not present a serious threat to the United States and its citizens. By examining known terrorist organizations within the United States and their classifications, it will be possible to demonstrate how and why the country has seen a rise in domestic terror over the last three decades, as well as some possible government responses to these groups that could help to prevent individuals from joining in the first place. Before examining contemporary domestic terror groups in greater detail, it will be useful to briefly discuss some of the notable terror groups throughout the country's history. Arguably the most famous of the United States' domestic terror groups is the Klu Klux Klan, which assaulted and murdered a number of individuals over the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Klan was born out of a racist ideology that views people of color as
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