Know your Terrorists
Juan Ceballos Johnny Innocent Lerue Sarvis Sony Cameau David E. Allende Susan Johnson
University Of Phoenix Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
Sgt. Patrick Hart
December 11th, 2007
Know your Terrorists Terrorist" is a word used so often and so loosely that it has lost a clear meaning. Currently, the term "terrorist" is applied to the use of force most often on the basis of whether the speaker agrees with the goal of the violence. The expression "One man 's terrorist is another man 's freedom fighter." Let 's define a "terrorist" action as the use of violence where one would reasonably expect harm to innocent civilians. This is to be distinguished from a "military" action, where the use of violence is not reasonably expected to harm innocent civilians.
Terrorism is a method of combat in which random or symbolic victims become targets of violence. Through the previous use of violence or the credible threat of violence, other members of a group are put in a state of chronic fear (terror). The victimization of the target is considered extra normal by most observers which in turn create an audience beyond the target of terror. The purpose of terrorism is either to immobilize the target of terror in order to produce disorientation and/or compliance, or to mobilize secondary targets of demand or targets of attention (Schmid 1983). There is no one, good definition of terrorism. In fact, it might be impossible to define because it is intangible and fluctuates according to historical and geographical contexts. Some forms of it are indistinguishable from crime, revolution, and war. Other forms of it are easily distinguishable. Each and every person knows that they would in some way, some day, under some back against the wall condition, support some form of terrorism (as a
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