Terrorism-” The deliberate use or threat of violence by groups seeking to achieve political, social, or religious objectives” (Criminal Law for the Criminal Justice Professional).
Terrorism- “Intimidation through violence used as a political weapon, usually by the weak, to subjugate various groups or to break the will of a culture. By definition, terrorism nearly always involves some sort of violent criminal acts (Dictionary of American Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Criminal Law).
Terrorism has been brought to the publics’ eye more recently in history starting with the September 11th attacks on New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. That was the largest terrorists attack on the United States since Pearl Harbor attacks. Since 9/11, we have entered in two and a half wars. I’m not sure if the Libya situation is considered a war or not. We entered Afghanistan after the Taliban refused to hand over those individuals that we found responsible for the September 11th attacks. Then less than two years later we entered Iraq for various reasons. The reason why I bring this up is because had we not have been attacked then the “War on Terror” would not be as big as it is today. One of the newest tools of the war on terror is the Patriot Act. Many people I have talked to over the years have said they are against the Act because it means the government is reading all their emails and listening to all their phone calls. That is not the case, the average American is not the focus of the government and therefore if someone is being watched it’s because they are doing acts that warrant that kind of attention. The government's success in preventing another catastrophic attack on the American homeland since September 11, 2001, would have been much more difficult, if not impossible, without the USA Patriot Act. The authorities Congress provided have substantially enhanced our ability to prevent, investigate, and prosecute acts of terror....