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Evaluating Definitions of Terrorism and Government Agencies

There are many possible reasons for the different U.S. agencies having
different definitions of terrorism, and made some good points. One thing I
like to think about is the specific purpose of these U.S. agencies which have
different definitions. Some of these agencies, which have these definitions,
are tasked with other jobs besides simply attempting to stop terrorism.

Q1. Do you think that these agencies tailor their definition of terrorism to fit their
individual needs? In other words, do they tailor the definition so that they
justify their purpose for investigating the terrorists?

Q2. Does violence have to included in the act of terrorism for it to really be terrorism? Can you provide any examples of terrorists acts that are non-violent?

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Q1.Generally the main problem with agreeing on a single definition of terrorism is that many people believe there are cases where extreme actions are justified. But there are also people who believe that terrorism is always wrong. In the United States, agencies across the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, and Law Enforcement communities have been unable to standardize a definition across all agencies because each agency has a different mission. It is the duty of each of these government agencies to protect and serve the needs of citizens however these needs may vary according to breaches in security or the level of the threat. For example, the FBI is a law enforcement agency whereas ...

Solution Summary

This solution evaluates the different definitions of terrorism and the agencies held responsible for stopping terrorist attacks. Specific questions include:

1) Do you think that these agencies tailor their definition of terrorism to fit their individual needs? In other words, do they tailor the definition so that they justify their purpose for investigating the terrorists?

2) Does violence have to included in the act of terrorism for it to really be terrorism? Can you provide any examples of terrorists acts that are non-violent?

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