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Terrorism: Domestic

Terrorism is a crime that everyone can recognize when it happens, yet few can agree on exactly how it is defined. While there is not a single and universally accepted definition of terrorism, the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), in Section 0.85, defines it as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.” Terrorism is “domestic terrorism” when the terrorist activity occurs within one country, by a group or individual operating within that country without foreign direction, to create fear and produce change within that same country. The effect of terrorist activity is most devastating when the violent acts are forced ...

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