Domestic terrorism

Aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing, the deadliest domestic terrorist attack in United States history

Domestic terrorism or homegrown terrorism is a form of terrorism in which victims "within a country are targeted by a perpetrator with the same citizenship" as the victims.[1] There are many definitions of terrorism, and none of them are universally accepted. The United States Department of State defined terrorism in 2003 as "premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents, usually intended to influence an audience."[1] However, the U.S. government cannot charge someone with domestic terrorism because no such criminal law exists.[2]

  1. ^ a b Gary M. Jackson, Predicting Malicious Behavior: Tools and Techniques for Ensuring Global Security (John Wiley & Sons, 2012), p. 235.
  2. ^ Greg Myre (August 14, 2017). "Why The Government Can't Bring Terrorism Charges In Charlottesville". NPR. Archived from the original on June 22, 2019. Retrieved June 22, 2019.

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