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    Choosing terrorism crime, addressed the following:
    1) Define the terrorism. Include both the legal definition and others as necessary.
    2) Summarize demographics of the terrorism for both the perpetrators and the victim. Cover the following:
    Gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic characteristics, and other relevant diversity issues.
    3) Among the theories; Differential Opportunity, Anomie, Reaction Formation, and Social Control, Choose two theories and apply those theories to the terrorism. Be sure to cover the following:
    a) Explain the type of each theory in detail.
    b) Discuss the development of each theory and the main theorists associated with them.
    c) Compare and contrast the two theories of crime selected. Discuss the ways in which they fit with the crime and the specific demographics associated with terrorism.
    What is your personal hypothesis of the cause of the terrorism? This can be doing using the theories you have chosen. What is your own "combination theory"?
    Please provide references.

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    There are several well-known acts of terrorism that you can discuss for this paper, including the Boston bombing terrorist attack. I will assist you by discussing the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center in New York City in 2001.

    1) The 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center was a coordinated attack. It was an International suicide bombing in which four airliners were hijacked, two of which were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center. THE FBI defines international terrorist attacks as those that:
    "Involve violent acts or acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law;
    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
    Occur primarily outside the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S., or transcend national boundaries in terms of the means by which they are accomplished, the persons they appear intended to intimidate or coerce, or the locale in which their perpetrators operate or seek asylum."
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    Solution Summary

    This solution defines examples of theories of crime and how they relate to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York in 2001.