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Domestic Terrorism

About Domestic Terrorism

A police officer stands guard at the front gate of the Washington Naval YardThe Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) defines domestic terrorism as “the unlawful use, or threatened use, of force or violence by a group or individual based and operating entirely within the United States or Puerto Rico without foreign direction committed against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof in furtherance of political or social objectives.” Retaliations from environmental groups and killings of law enforcement officials are also considered acts of domestic terrorism. Some examples of domestic terrorism in the United States include the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, 2009 Fort Hood shooting, and the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. (Opposing Viewpoints)

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  • Is the threat of domestic terrorism exaggerated?
  • Does America's violent culture lead to terrorism?
  • Does the media exposure promote terrorism by airing their causes?
  • Should journalists practice censorship when covering terrorism?
  • Should abortion center bombings be considered acts of terrorism?
  • Focus on one incident of terrorism: World Trade Center bombing (1993); Oklahoma City bombing (1995); TWA Flight 800 bombing (1996); Atlanta Olympic bombing (1996); the Unabomber (1996); Boston Marathon bombing (2013)