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Homeland Security and Domestic Terrorism

Domestic terrorism is not a new phenomenon; however, law enforcement organizations appear to be facing a multifaceted domestic threat in the forms of Lone Wolf terrorism, special-interest terror groups, and radicalized persons. Briefly describe each of these groups, as well as their current and historic motivations, providing examples of significant incidents in the U.S. involving each.

Finally, identify the current structure in the U.S. to identify potential domestic terror threats, interrupt terrorist planning cycles, and mitigate the impact of successful attacks. Be sure to address the roles of Federal, State, Local and Tribal agencies and organizations in these efforts, as well as those of private industry and concerned citizens.

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Hi Jim,
While I have managed to 'shrink down' the word count to 1,200 plus in the last solution. In this question, I am going to attempt at concise. As you can see, even I myself am struggling to 'shrink down' the necessary information that you will need. But this is because I have 2 tasks - to explain the information to you as well as to show you how the task can be answered. For this question I suggest this outline:

1. Domestic Terrorism - 300 words, 100 for each type, with examples
2. US Structure to identify, interrupt and mitigate - identifying roles (local, state, Federal, Tribal) - 300 words

The solution below should get you started. All the best with this task!

AE 105878/Xenia Jones

On Domestic Terrorism

The Boston Marathon Bombing of April 15 this year has brought to fore once again the discourse and threat of domestic terrorism. Amid the violence and tragedy arose the question if the Tsarnaev brothers will be the last, which is the hope, or just among the many that will likely take on the mantle of lone-wolf radicals bent on terrorism to actualize their radical ideas against the United States. First, let's discuss domestic terrorism which is a type of terrorism whereby the perpetrators of the terrorist act are 'home-grown' - citizens of the country intent in utilizing fear to forward their goals. The 2001 USA PATRIOT Act has formally set out domestic terrorism as such - "(A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State; (B) appear to be intended— (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and (C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States."

The notions of lone-wolf terrorist, special-interest group terrorism and radicalization are ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) on the topic of homeland security and terrorism. It suggests an outline and provides a discussion that undertakes the concepts in relation to domestic terrorism. Current structure in the US is also discussed in terms of mitigation. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic. The solution has been written for a graduate student currently serving in the American military.