A Criminal Justice View of Terrorism

A Criminal Justice View of Terrorism - A Criminal Justice...

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A Criminal Justice View of Terrorism 1. Terrorism and Counter-terrorism are about perceptions of Good and Bad a. Good and Bad are Value Judgments. i. Your values and your judgments about the rightness of the practices of a government, a group, or an individual can be quite different from the values and judgments of another person about those same actions. ii. The difference in the values possessed by the observer can make a suicide bomber either a freedom fighter or a terrorist; a martyr or a murderer. iii. Can there be an objective definition? b. Terrorism and Counter-terrorism are defined by their contexts. i. Contexts are Moral, Political, Cultural, International, and Legal 1. Politically and philosophically, “Terrorism” and “Terrorist” are Contested Concepts. 1776: American Colonists v British 1861: Rebels or CSA v US 1914: Gavrilo Prinzip v the Austro-Hungarian Empire 1991: Afghan Islamists v Russians 2008: Afghan Islamists v US 2008: Kurds v Iraq v Turks 1947: Zionists (Israelis) v British in Palestine Ariel Sharon was once classified by the US as a “terrorist.” 2008: Hamas (Palestinians) v Israel
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2. The Criminal Justice System does not view terrorism as a contested concept. a. WHY? Criminal Law does not recognize the particular higher purposes asserted by terrorists as justification for their otherwise criminal acts. b.
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