What are the root causes of terrorism and what can be done to prevent or reduce terrorism in America

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What are the root causes of terrorism and what can be done to prevent or reduce terrorism in America and in our global community? Sarah Mohr April 22, 2018 Terrorism 4012-002 Professor Ricky Langlois
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What exactly is terrorism? Terrorism is a word hard to define. The definition of terrorism states that it is a social construct. According to Jonathan R. White, terrorism is defined by different people within vacillating social and political realities. When a person brings up the word terrorism it because a very heated debate because the word is so nebulous and pejorative. So when did terrorism actually start? Most people think it’s a modern act. Do you know that terrorism actually started all the way back during the French revolution? According to White, the French Revolution was the first revolution in the modern sense of the word. Terrorism described the actions of the new government. White also states that, the meaning of terrorism underwent a subtle transformation during the Napoleonic Wars, which means, the meaning of the word terrorism shifted away from governmental repression to the resistance of some people to government. Terrorism did not only stick in the French Revolution, it continued throughout the years. The word terrorism traveled through the Guerrillas and the Spanish Peninsula, 1848 and the Radical Democrats and many more, all the way to current day. How does terrorist make all this money to actually commit acts of terror? This is the question we need to figure out that so we can prevent from acts of terror from happening. White states that, terrorists need money to run an operation, methods of terrorist financing have changed over time. The text also states, that a terrorist operation does not cost a lot of money, but the overall budget for a campaign is a quite high. Different ways terrorists make their money for campaigning is money laundering and the black market peso exchange. However, there are many efforts to control terrorist financing, which is one way we are trying to reduce the act of terrorism to stop happening. For example, in the text, it states that the joint European and American initiative to stop terrorist financing is the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program (TFTP). This program began as a secret American intelligence gathering program. However, the United
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Nations has also tried to reduce terrorism by also adopting the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism. However, there are legal ways terrorism are still
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  • Fall '19
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation, Terrorist financing

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