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Definition of Terrorism

How do we define terrorism and why is such a definition important to Homeland Security?
Discuss why there is confusion when trying to define terrorism.

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First, some definitions of terrorism:

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary (1795), "Terrorism is the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion."

The United Nations General Assembly, in 1994, described terrorism as "Criminal acts intended or calculated to provoke a state of terror in the general public, a group of persons or particular persons for political purposes are in any circumstance unjustifiable, whatever the considerations of a political, philosophical, ideological, racial, ethnic, religious or any other nature that may be invoked to justify them."

A UN Secretary-General report from 2004 described terrorism as any act "intended to cause death or serious bodily harm to civilians or non-combatants with the purpose of intimidating a population or compelling a government or an international organization to do or abstain from doing any act".

The United States Government defines ...

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The solution explores the varied definitions of terrorism and the importance of this definition to Homeland Security.