Terrorism Awareness

What is Terrorism?
As a U.S. resident, it’s important for you to understand what terrorism is…and what it isn’t. For an act to be considered terrorism, it must be a crime!
It’s not a crime to:
  • Say something radical or inflammatory against our country
  • Have a strong set of beliefs that are outside mainstream ideology. Americans are guaranteed the right of free speech.
The goals of terrorism are usually political, social, or religious in nature. Terrorists truly believe they are working toward a better world. They may want:
  • To influence policy decisions
  • Their own homeland or some type of independence
  • Special privileges
  • Exemptions from rules
  • To overthrow an existing government, believing It to be corrupt, nonauthoritarian, nonrepresentative or immoral
Crimes Include
  • Homicides
  • Threats
  • Harassment
  • Vandalism
  • Arson
Terrorist activities could include:
  • Vandalism
  • Graffiti
  • Threats against organizations or groups of people
  • Harassment of particular groups of people
High profile crimes include:
  • Assault, Murder, Assassination, Kidnapping, Hostage Taking, Skyjacking, Bombings, Arson