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RUNNING HEAD: DOMESTIC AND TRANSITIONAL TERRORISM1Domestic and Transitional TerrorismCrystal L. KincadeColombia Southern University
2DOMESTIC AND TRANSITIONAL TERRORISMUnderstanding the difference between Domestic and Transitional TerrorismThe Federal Bureau of Investigations states the following definition for Domestic and Transitional terrorism: Domestic terrorism is the unlawful use, or threatened use, of violence by a group or individual based and operating entirely within the United States (or its territories) 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. International terrorism involves violent acts or acts dangerous to humanlife that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or any state, or that would be a criminal violation if committed within the jurisdiction of the United States or any state. Acts are intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population, influence the policy of a government, or affect the conduct of a government. These acts transcend national boundaries in terms of the means by which they are accomplished, the persons they appear intended to intimidate, or the locale in which perpetrators operate. (Watson, 2004, Testimony)As events during the past several years demonstrate, both domestic and international