Domestic Terrorism

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domestic terrorism



Trent Kenmai 5/15/00

DOMESTIC TERRORISM

Over the past few years a new threat has been encountered by the United States.


This threat does not come from away, but from within. It is know as domestic terrorism.


This has been seen over the past decade in the form of violence and terrorism across the


United States. This has become a threat to American security and the American people in


general. To battle against this issue, Congress has upheld the Anti-Terrorism Act in 1996.


One of the best examples on examining these acts of uproar can be viewed, seen and


understood by studying the case of the Oklahoma bombing which occurred in 1996. Major


newspaper headlines have also described the World Trade Center bombing, the


Unabomber’s arrest, and Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta as other major cases. All this


demonstrates how sinister1 terrorism is in American society. This paper will explain


background data on anarchy/terrorism, case studies including the Oklahoma bombing,


government’s reaction toward terrorism. In addition terrorism now and the


years coming.


A number of terrorist attacks in the 1990s have brought the fear to the public,

giving rise to vulnerability2 between many Americans. Most terrorist incidents in the

United States have been bombing attacks, involving detonated and undetonated explosive

devices, tear gas and pipe and fire bombs. The effects of terrorism can cause loss of life

and injuries to property damage and disruptions in services such as electricity, water

supply, public transportation and communications.


The dictionary defines terrorism as “ n. the policy of using acts to inspiring terror


as a method of ruling or of conducting political opposition”. though terrorism can be


expressed in two ways. Domestic terrorism involves groups or individuals whose terrorist


acts are directed at situations of our government or population without unknown ways.


International terrorism involves groups or individuals whose terrorist activities are


foreign-based and/or directed by countries or groups outside the United States or whose


acts pass national boundaries. In the United States, most terrorist attacks have involved


small anarchy groups who use terrorism to achieve a destined objective. Local, State and


Federal law enforcement officials monitor suspected terrorist groups and try to prevent or


protect the US against a suspected attack. Also, the US government works with other


countries to end the cause of support for terrorism. A terrorist attack can take certain


forms, depending on the technological approach available to the terrorist, the kind of the


political issue causing the attack, and the points of weakness of the terrorist's target.


Bombings are the most frequently used terrorist method in the United States. Other


possibilities include an attack at transportation facilities, an attack against uses or other


public services or an attack involving chemical or biological weapons. Terrorist incidents


in this country have included bombings of the World Trade Center in New York City, the


United States Capitol Building in Washington, DC Mobil Oil corporate headquarters in


New York City, the Oklahoma bombing, and the Continental Olympic Park.

Terrorism in America


During these past few years, there has been a perception3 that the United States is


becoming more vulnerable to terrorist attacks. Many cases such as The World Trade


Center Bombing, The Olympic bombing, The Unabomber’s arrest, , and the Oklahoma


bombing, has given many Americans fear among terrorism. Below are a few case studies


that have been researched.

World Trade Center Bombing: In February 1993, a bomb exploded in the World

Trade Center in New York City. The World Trade Center is the third tallest building in

the world, and more than 100,000 people work and visit every day. The bomb exploded in

the parking structure underneath the building, damaging the base and subway tunnels.

Smoke reached the top of the 110-story building in minutes. Six people were killed; more

than 1,000 were injured. The FBI joined the Joint Terrorist Task Force in the research,

which eventually brought 22 Islamic extremist to trial. The trial revealed extensive plans to

use terrorism to wreak havoc4 in the United States, including targeting government

facilities.


In April 1996, federal agents arrested Theodore Kaczynski and charged him with

the crimes committed by the so-called "Unabomber." The Unabomber, who targeted

university scientists and airline employees among others, had evaded authorities for over

18 years. According to the FBI, the suspect had killed three people and injured 23 others

with package bombs.

Olympic Bombing: During the Summer Olympic Games, in July 1996, a pipe bomb

exploded at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia, killing two people and injuring

more than one hundred others. The FBI said that the pipe bomb looked "homemade" with

"nails and screws attached." They suspected domestic terrorists, and members of local

militia groups were questioned without any results. Olympic athletes and spectators

became tense and worried. Lines to attend Olympic events became even longer than

before; spectators were submitted to more precise observation as they passed through

metal detectors and had their bags inspected.

One of the recent and major attacks from terrorism has been the Oklahoma

bombing. Oklahoma City became the site of the most deadly terrorist bombing in the history of

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