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Running head: CAUSES OF DOMESTIC 1Causes of Domestic TerrorismAlex TamsenHSM305, Survey of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Instructor's NameMonth Day, Year
CAUSES OF DOMESTIC TERRORISM2Causes of Domestic TerrorismDomestic terrorism has been on the rise in the recent years in the United States. Even though we have been dealing with domestic terrorism for decades, it seems that we have been dealing with a lot more isolated incidence recently than ever before. The 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 Rice without foreign direction committed against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, a civilian population, or any segment thereof in furtherance of political or social objectives (Terrorism). Today’s domestic terror threats run the gamut, from hate-filled white supremacist, to highly destructive eco-terrorist, to violence-prone anti-government extremist, and to radical separatist groups (Domestic Terrorism, 2009). This paper is going to go through the history of incidents in the United States, while also analyzing these incidents, it will also evaluate effectiveness of deterrents and existing antiterrorism measures, and lastly it will Propose recommendations basedon the analysis of historical incidents and the evaluation of deterrents and antiterrorism measures. The U.S. is not like any other country. Sure, we have our problems, but at the end of the day we have the best of the best agencies and people protecting our homeland so that we can livesomewhat of a worry-free life day to day. From time to time this way of life gets interrupted by an event that is meant to disrupt all things. The types of domestic terror attacks can vary from bombings to lone wolf shootings, but in the end these attacks are meant to get a point across or tohurt and kill people. The U.S. experienced a lot of domestic terrorism in the 60’s and 70’s due toour involvement in the Vietnam War, these acts were not part of a sophisticated protracted campaign of terror (Sloan, 2016). This paper is going to start with analyzing the Bombing of the
CAUSES OF DOMESTIC TERRORISM3federal building in Oklahoma City. As we analyze certain domestic attacks you will see how a lot of the attacks have evolved into “lone wolf” attacks in the recent years. These “lone wolf” attacks are people who are being inspired by extremist ideologies to radicalize to violence and commit acts of terrorism against Americans and the Nation (Bullock, 2016). The first attack that to analyze is the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. On April 19th, 1995 at 9:02a.m. was when the bomb went off outside the Murrah Federal Building. Timothy McVeigh, an ex-soldier and security guard, parked a rented Ryder truck in front of the building. This truck was loaded with agricultural fertilizer, diesel fuel, and other chemicals, which resulted in the mix for the deadly bomb.