The Terror Of The United States

2184 WordsMar 11, 20159 Pages
The history of Terrorism in the United States is extensive, with present day being focused mainly on Islamic Terrorist groups and extremists. There have been 2,608 total attacks and 226 fatal attacks in the United States between 1970 and 2011. There have been attacks from within the United States from our own people and attacks that originated from abroad. Religion, political agendas, instilling fear and protesting policy have all been motives of terrorists throughout history. Terrorists will use any means necessary to promote their cause and to receive worldwide recognition and media attention from their acts. Terrorism can also be used, especially in regards to religion, to enforce a system of belief, opinion or viewpoint. The effectiveness of the terrorist act is not in the act itself, but in the public’s or government’s reaction to the act. The terrorists plan their attack to gain the greatest publicity, choosing targets that stand for what they oppose. Terrorist groups that are connected with a political activity or organization will often need a more hierarchical structure, in order to coordinate terrorist violence with political action. Over the years terrorism has advanced and the United States has declared a “War on Terror”. Various agencies and departments within the government have been created to deter and stop terrorist acts from happening on United States soil. Terrorism in the United States is thought to have its beginnings dating back to 1866, with the
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