Most of us are familiar with the concept of international terrorism, but have little understanding of the extent of domestic terrorism in the modern USA. Give us your definition of domestic terrorism. Then identify groups you consider to be domestic terrorist organizations. Tell us why you believe them to be terrorists. Tell us about specific terrorist acts that those groups have carried out. Respond to another student's posting.
My definition of Domestic Terrorism is a Terrorist or Terrorist group that operates within their own Nation or locality exclusively. Some Home-Grown Terrorists might be considered though some become part of an International Organization and thus become International Terrorists. Groups that I would consider Domestic Terrorists? The Black Panthers, Aryan Brotherhood, KKK, The Animal Liberation Front, The Army of God, Black Liberation Front, Jewish Defense League, Symbionese Liberation Army, Weathermen, any number of the home grown Islamic groups that operate specifically in the United States and have mainly American citizens, Gangs such as the Crips and Bloods (though it could be argued they may have stepped onto the international scene, most of them stay here at home), and my FAVORITE of all Domestic Terrorists, THE FOUNDING FATHERS OF THESE UNITED STATES. They are terrorists because they fit the definition of a terrorist: Using Fear and Terror, ususally through acts of violence, to fight an enemy or “persuade” the general populace and get their message or agenda across. Specific terrorist attacks include the Revolutionary War of 1776, where then British Citizens would threaten and kill British Officials in an attempt to weaken the British resolve and hold on the colonies. The Wall Street bombing of the J.P. Morgan building (by what is believed to be followers of Luigi Galleani) was perpetrated by Anarchist Communists. The Unabomber, who sent letter bombs to various professors or researchers. The Oklahoma City Bombing carried out by Timothy McVeigh was the deadliest Domestic Terror attack to date, killing over 150 people. Most recently, the Holocaust Museum shooting happened in June of this year when an elderly man, believed to be a Neo-Nazi, went into the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC and proceeded to fire at security officers with a rifle.
On a side note, many people believe that groups such as the Oathkeepers, and these “Crazy Right Wing Extremists” that are protesting the Government might be Domestic Terrorists, the DHS even included this warning in a report it published (PDF opens in new window) What are everyone's thoughts on this?
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