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Trent Kenmai 5/15/00
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
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
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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