domestic terrorism

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

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


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